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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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Copeland was a 1995 born bay gelding by Generous and his dam was Whitehaven.  He was high class over hurdles and won the Tote Gold Trophy and Scottish Champion hurdle to name just two of his big victories.  He ran in the yellow and maroon colours of owner Heather Silk and Heather still joins us in our Chetenham Festival marquee every year.

Copeland began his career on the flat in France for trainer H Pantall in 1998 in the colours of Sheikh Mohammed.  He recorded four wins that summer at Argentan, Nantes, Frauenfeld in Switzerland (the Swiss Derby) and Clairefontaine and he was placed several times as well.  In 1999 he had seven starts on the flat in France and again was very consistent at just under Group class and recorded one win at Lyon-Parilly.  He finished second on his final French start at Toulouse in September 1999 before coming over to England and joining Pond House.

Copeland made his British and hurdling debut at Cheltenham in November 1999.  He finished second this day but went on to win his next two starts at Warwick and Sandown.  He won the William Hill handicap hurdle at Sandown beating stablemate Rodock by a short head on only his third start over hurdles.  He finished second in the Tote Gold Trophy in February 2000 behind Geos before finishing down the field in the County hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.  He ran a cracker at Aintree in April in the Grade 2 novice hurdle, finishing a close second to Best Mate.  He then headed over to Punchestown and finished third in their Grade 1 novice hurdle behind What’s Up Boys.

After a summer break he returned the following season with a sixth place in the Tote Silver Trophy at Chepstow in November.  A third a Cheltenham on New Year’s Day followed and he was fifth back at Newbury in the Tote Gold Trophy this time around.  He was eighth in the Imperial Cup at Sandown, fifth at Aintree and then third in the Scottish Champion hurdle in 2001.  He then has his first run on the flat for Pond House and he ran well to finish seventh, not beaten far but never nearer in the Chester Cup of a mark of 103 with Kieron Fallon on board. He also ran in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle that summer but was below form and then went on his holidays and was gelded during that time off.

He was next back on the track over hurdles at Kempton in January 2002 and came back an even better horse.  He finished second in the Lanzarote hurdle only 1 length behind winner Majlis at 33/1.  Just one week later he went to Cheltenham and won the Letheby and Christopher handicap hurdle beating the mighty Rooster Booster by 13 lengths.  He went on to beat him for the second time the following month when he got his moment of glory in winning the Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury.  He had the race in safe keeping from two out and won comfortably off a mark of 142 with A P McCoy on board. He finished second in the Kingwell hurdle at Wincanton after this behind Hors La Loi III and then was not at his best in the County hurdle at the Festival in March. He bounced back to form to finish a neck second in the Welsh Champion hurdle after this before unseating in the Scottish equivalent.  He finished that season on a high when winning at Sandown on the final day of the 2001/02 National Hunt Season.  He beat Intersky Falcon by a short head that day with AP on board once again.

Life was always going to be tougher for him after this with his rating now in the high 150s.  His first run the following season was back in the Tote Gold Trophy again in February 2003 where he finished down the field.  He ran in the Champion hurdle after this and still had every chance when unfortunately falling at the third last.  The race was won by Rooster Booster with stablemate Westender in second.  He finished fifth in the Aintree hurdle after this and second back at Sandown at the end of April.

His first run back the following season was over fences at Plumpton in December 2003.  That proved to be his one and only start over the larger obstacles as he did not enjoy the experience!  He was sent off a short priced favourite but after some indifferent jumping he could only finish third.  He ran six times over hurdles following this that season in a lot of top races.  He ran a cracker to be a close third in the County hurdle at the 2004 Cheltenham Festival.  He was only beaten 2 lengths by Sporazene with Jamie Moore claiming three pounds in the saddle.  He ran well at Aintree after this but then got a deserved success, his first for two years, in the Scottish Champion hurdle in April.  Always travelling well he took it up at the third last still on the bridle before being pushed clear on the run in.

When he returned to action the following autumn life was even tougher at the top level.  His best runs included a second place in the National Spirit hurdle at Fontwell and then fourth place at Aintree and then he was fourth trying to defend his crown in the Scottish Champion hurdle.  His final run over hurdles was at Sandown in April 2005 where he finished fifth and then he had one final run on the flat in the Chester Cup the following month where he finished down the field.

He went home to his owners and had three runs in point to points with their daughter riding where he was placed on every occasion before he was retired at home with them. 

Copeland won 11 races from 63 career starts and was placed 24 times as well.  Rated 157 at best over hurdles he won over £356,000 in prize money and was a very good horse on his day.

Watch his win in the 2002 Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury here: