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Middlethorpe (GB) Six wins on the flat and six wins over hurdles

Middlethorpe and Paul Hanagan are led back to the winner's enclosure at York, 30th August 2000.



GENDER: gelding

FOALED: 1997

SIRE: Noble Patriarch
DAM: Prime Property

BREEDER: Alan Black and Co and Mr MW Easterby

OWNER: AG Black and J Quickfall

RACES:66 WINS: 12 2nd: 5 3rd: 8


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Foaled on 6th April 1997, Middlethorpe was bred by York estate agent and chartered surveyor Alan Black. Black had been an owner with the yard for many years his red and blue colours being no stranger to the winners' enclosure. A strong foal, Middlethorpe was out of Alan Black's Tirol mare Prime Property. Selected for the mating the previous year was the stallion Noble Patriarch. Noble Patriarch had been the winner of the Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes in 1991, with his best form at 10 furlongs.

Middlethorpe was always going to be a long term project and although running in Black's silks he was co-owned by Alan Black's good friend, John Quickfall, a director of York City Football Club.

Running three times before beginning his handicap career he was awarded a mark of 62. However, he finished his two year old season a maiden despite showing plenty of promise, but a drop in the weights would assist him in his three year old career.

Middlethorpe's first win came at Beverley in 2000 under the late Pat Eddery. On a rain soaked night he was given a superb ride to lead inside the final furlong and stay on for victory. Later the same year he was a winner at York, the local track of his owners, taking the 'HBLB Travel Trade Gazette Apprentice Handicap' ridden by Paul Hanagan. The first time blinkers had done the trick as he won easily at odds of 20/1. He followed up a week later when he was a rare runner for his owner at Chepstow, again Paul Hanagan was in the plate.

In August 2001 Middlethorpe scored at Pontefract, winning the twelve furlong 'Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel Handicap' in the hands of our then stable jockey, Australian Terry 'The Wombat' Lucas. At odds of 7/1 he was the rank outsider of the five runner field but hitting the front a furlong out her hold on to win.

The following year saw Middlethorpe win the traditional opener of the turf campaign, the 1m 4f Apprentice Handicap at Doncaster under Sam Hitchcott, his owner and trainer topping the winners' tables for the first 30 minutes of the season.

At the end of the 2002 season he switched to hurdling where his stamina would be a key strength and won his first race over timber at Newcastle. The same year saw Middlethorpe's half brother Property Zone win his first race, scoring at Southwell.

A good season under national hunt rules was had in 2003 as Middlethorpe won novice hurdles at Catterick and Wetherby, and then back at Wetherby in December he was the winner of the 'Sky Bet In Running On All Premiership Games Handicap Hurdle' off a mark of 111. In the meantime Property Zone had moved onto new ownership and trainer and became a dual winner over hurdles. Tragically Property Zone died in 2003, suffering a fatal injury at Aintree.

In 2004 Middlethorpe mixed flat racing with jumping. His campaign began by winning the 1m 4f Apprentice Handicap at Doncaster for the second time, ridden by then apprentice jockey Paul Mulrennan. Switching back to hurdles he was successful twice more at Wetherby for jockey Tom Greenall. His final visit to the winners enclosure came in December 2004 off a lofty mark of 127, when he was first past the post in the Class C 'Come Racing At Christmas Handicap Hurdle', bravely holding on to win by a head to defeat Castleshane ridden by Mick Fitzgerald. With perfect timing, a month earlier the baton was passed on to Middlethorpe's half brother King's Square who had won his first race when successful at Newcastle. Although unable to emulate Middlethorpe's 12 wins, King's Square was to win again at Musselburgh in 2005 before being retired in 2007.

Middlethorpe himself was retired in 2006 having run 66 times and won six races on the flat and six over hurdles. He amassed over £75,000 in prizemoney.

As part of a long line of successful racehorses Middlethorpe's family are still racing for the yard. His dam, Prime Property, went on to have a filly foal called Price's Lane. Although she remained a maiden on the racecourse her second foal is Babouska, a dual winner by Monsieur Bond. Price's Lane's third foal, Nunnery Lane, is also in training and has shown promise and will hopefully add to his family's winning record shortly.

More about Middlethorpe

An interview with Middlethorpe's breeder Alan Black

Middlethorpe: Three generation pedigree

Middlethorpe (GB)
bay gelding
Noble Patriarch (IRE) Alzao (USA) Lyphard (USA)
Lady Rebecca
Pampala Bold Lad (IRE)
Pantamerla (IRE)
Prime Property (IRE) Tirol (IRE) Thatching (IRE)
Alpine Niece
Busker Bustino
Kereolle (IRE)

Race wins

Date Race Jockey Racecourse

04/12/04 Come Racing At Christmas Handicap Hurdle 2m Mr T Greenall Wetherby

29/10/04 Rocom Handicap Hurdle 2m Mr T Greenall Wetherby

25/03/04 Racing Schools Apprentice Handicap 1m 4f Paul Mulrennan Doncaster

27/12/03 Sky Bet In Running On All Premiership Games Handicap Hurdle 2m Gino Carenza Wetherby

05/03/03 Weatherbys Travel Novices' Hurdle 1m 7f 156y Gino Carenza Catterick

26/02/03 Kirkburton Novices' Hurdle 2m Gino Carenza Wetherby

25/11/02 St Modwen Properties Maiden Hurdle 2m 98y Gino Carenza Newcastle

21/03/02 Racing Schools Apprentice Handicap 1m 4f Sam Hitchcott Doncaster

07/09/01 Maskreys Handicap 1m 2f Paul Hanagan Chepstow

08/08/01 Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel Handicap 1m 4f T Lucas Pontefract

30/08/00 HBLB Travel Trade Gazette Apprentice Handicap 1m 2f 85y Paul Hanagan York

07/06/00 Racing Pages Handicap 1m 4f Pat Eddery Beverley

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