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. She made a very impressive debut in a Mare’s Novice Hurdle in December finishing a close 2nd. She then scoped badly just before she was set to make her next racecourse appearance, so we decided to put her away and bring her back this season. She is back in training at Sandhill Stables and made an extremely exciting season debut at Chepstow in a very hot Mare's Novice Hurdle finishing 2nd.
Festival Dawn's Race Reviews
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.