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. See below for her race reviews:
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.
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.