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Festival Dawn - race horse

- Trained by Phillip Hobbs - Horse Racing Trainer

By Kayf Tara and the only foal from Keel Road whom her breeder Nick Sutton bought from the late Ginger McCain. The dam won 4 p2p's (once with Nick on her!) and a good Novice chase at Chepstow. Festival Dawn was born at 5.00am on the Tuesday of the Cheltenham festival hence her name. Festival Dawn was recruited from the Point-to-point scene last year and went in to training with Philip Hobbs. It is clear she is a mare with a lot of ability finishing 2nd in 2 hot mare's novice hurdles, however she has had a fairly interrupted career with various small setbacks but hopefully there is still a lot more to come from this exciting young horse. Festival Dawn is leased to the British Racing Club. See below for her race reviews:

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Festival Dawn's Race Reviews

Stuart Redding's review of Festival Dawn's race at Huntingdon 21.02.18

That wasn't quite the result we were hoping for but I suppose you have to take the positives. Our mare was always close to the pace and still had every chance turning for home, but perhaps her 105-day absence told in the closing stages and she could only finish a slightly one-paced fourth. At least this was a step back in the right direction and hopefully we can get her out again soon.

Stuart Redding's review of Festival Dawn's race at Market Rasen 08.11.18

Well that was disappointing. For reasons we’ve yet to discover, Festival Dawn wasn’t on a going day and was comfortably beaten. When she ran well at Chepstow previously she was very keen to get on with it but this was a lifeless display, as she looked subdued throughout and found little when asked for an effort. It’s possible that her previous run had taken a lot out of her but let’s not make any rash decisions until Philip Hobbs and the team have been able to give her a thorough check-over back at base.

Stuart Redding's review of Festival Dawn's season debut at Chepstow 13.10.18

It’s easy to have mixed feelings about that, because it was clearly a fantastic effort but perhaps one that got away. Our mare showed plenty of enthusiasm on her comeback – perhaps too much in fact, as she quickly pulled a long way clear – and despite looking vulnerable in the home straight only one managed to get past. She may need a short break after this, but it was quite a hot contest and she’ll have little trouble finding easier opportunities once her batteries have been recharged.

Stuart Redding's review of Festival Dawn's racing club debut at Taunton 20.02.18

That was a cracking effort from Festival Dawn. Our newest hurdler tracked the leaders throughout and briefly looked like the winner turning for home, but she couldn't quite match a gutsy rival in the closing stages. Some of her jumps weren't all that fluent but this was a hugely promising start and there are certainly similar races to be won with her in the next few months as her hurdling technique improves.
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