Horses for Sale

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We have an athletic young gelding for sale.
Bred in the purple by NH super-sire Milan,
he has Grade 1 winner David's Charm in his
pedigree as well as high class Pond House
winners Junior and Celtic Son
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I remember Stormez as a yard and racing public favourite from when I first arrived at Pond House in December 2003.  He was a very very good horse, full of character and he was well known for finishing very close seconds in some of the great races as well as winning his share of them as well.  He was a 1997 born bay gelding with a striking big white blaze by sire Ezzoud out of a dam called Stormy Scene.

He started his career in France with two different trainers.  On the flat he was in the care of Claude Charlet and he had five runs in 2000 but got nowhere near the winners enclosure.  He then moved to trainer C Aubert and although only seventh on his hurdling debut he improved to be second on his second start over hurdles at Auteuil.  He got his first win on his next start over hurdles at Auteuil with Christophe Pieux on board in July 2001.  He won two further races in France over hurdles, both at Enghien and the second of these was a Grade 3 event.

He was then bought by owner David Johnson and he arrived at Pond House in December 2001.  He was fifth in the Tolworth hurdle on his stable debut (run at Warwick on this occasion), then fourth at Newbury before winning on this third start, a novice hurdle at Ascot.  He was unplaced in the Coral Cup at the 2002 Cheltenham Festival before finishing third in the Sefton novices hurdle at Aintree and then third up at Ayr after this.

His attentions were then turned to a novice chase campaign and he made a very easy winning debut over the larger obstacles at Worcester in May and followed up back at the course next time out as well.  He was then second at Newton Abbot before he lined up in the Summer National at Uttoxeter in June 2002.  He prevailed in a thrilling finish to beat General Claremont by a neck with A P McCoy on board.

He then had a little holiday before returning to action at Cheltenham’s November meeting.  Barry Geraghty was on top on this occasion and he was the very game winner of the listed handicap chase over 3m3f beating Southern Star by ¾ length.  He never featured in the 2002 Hennessy but returned to novice Chase Company after Christmas and recorded three straight wins in a row at Kempton, Newbury and then back at Kempton again.

He ran in the 4 mile National Hunt Chase at the 2003 Cheltenham Festival with a certain Mr J E Moore in the saddle. He ran a cracker to finish second, caught in the last few strides by Sudden Shock to be beaten a length at the line.  He ran another super race to finish a very close second in the 2003 Scottish National after this.  He was beaten a head by Ryalux and he again ran another wonderful race to finish runner up on his final race of that season in the Attheraces Gold Cup at Sandown on the final day of the jumps season.

After a summer at grass he came back for what was to be another fine season without actually winning.  He was runner up once again at Cheltenham’s November meeting, third in the Rehearsal Chase at Chepstow and he finished third back over hurdles at Haydock.  He was unplaced in the Pertemps Final at the 2004 Cheltenham Festival, sixth in the Scottish National and then he unseated in the Betfred Gold Cup at Sandown.

He got a well-deserved win on his return from a summer break at Cheltenham in November 2004 where he beat Ballycassidy by three lengths with Timmy Murphy on board.  He was fourth in the Rehearsal chase at Chepstow this time and then he was finding life tougher and he seemed not to be enjoying his racing as much as he once did.  He was campaigned in all the top races still with not much relief from the handicapper.  He ran well to finish second back over hurdles on New Year’s Day 2006 and he only had two more runs after that before he was retired.  David Johnson gifted him to a girl called Lucie who had followed him and been a fan for his entire career.  He was thoroughly spoilt and we received regular updates and photos about how he was enjoying life alongside her pony.

He won 12 races from 48 career starts and he was placed 15 times as well. Rated 149 at best he won over £333,000 in prize money.  He was not very big in stature but he had a very big heart.  Although often the bridesmaid in some of the top races he was a joy to watch and he won his fair share of good races as well.

Watch his win in the 2002 Summer National at Uttoxeter here:

Watch his win at Cheltenham in 2002 here: