Potential Oaks contender for Nathaniel and Newsells Park Stud


Nathaniel’s daughter, You Got To Me, made all to claim victory in the Listed William Hill Oaks Trial at Lingfield today and set herself up for a possible tilt at the Epsom Oaks.

She is owned by the partnership of Valmont & Newsells Park Stud Bloodstock 24 , the latter being the new racing and breeding investment fund set up by the stud earlier this year.

Trained by Ralph Beckett, no stranger to training Oaks winners with Look Here and a one-two in the Epsom Classic with Talent and Secret Gesture in 2013, he said: “It’s fantastic, it’s going back to what got me going – staying fillies. They’re always a pleasure.

“It was a terrific effort from the horse and jockey. It was important not to get in her way, she’s a filly that needs to get into a rhythm and she’s not a filly who likes being ordered around. Hector obviously knows her well and rides the track particularly well and it all came together. I was pretty sure we’d handle the track, it was just whether she was good enough.”

You Got To Me was given an enterprising ride by Hector Crouch, who led for much of the contest by around six lengths.

Crouch said: “She has a lot of talent. I was a passenger for the first six furlongs, she likes to get in a fight and you have to try and not argue back with her, but her class showed in the last furlong. 

“She’s overcome a lot there and she’ll be more relaxed for getting a run under her belt. There’s plenty of improvement to come.” 

A new Stakes winner for her sire Nathaniel, You Got To Me was bred by Dullingham Park Stud & Sarabex, and is out of the Medicean mare Brushing, a winner of the Listed Galtres Stakes over 1m4f at York, from the family of Group winners Wait Till Monday and Token Gesture, dam of Gr.1 Canadian International hero Relaxed Gesture.

Nathaniel also sired another new Stakes three-year-old filly today with Cetera finishing second in the Listed Prix des Lilas over 1m at Chantilly for trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias and owner/breeder Wertheimer & Frere.

In addition today, Nathaniel boosted his credentials as an exciting young broodmare site, with Silver Knott landing a second Gr.2 success with victory in the Gr.2 Man O War Stakes at Belmont at the Big A for trainer Charlie Appleby and Godolphin. The four-year-old gelding by Lope de Vega was bred by St Albans Bloodstock and is out of the Nathaniel mare God Given.