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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                     Sindapour

Sindapour was a 1998 born bay gelding by Priolo and his dam was Sinntara.  He was bred in the purple by the Aga Khan and was half-brother to 2000 Derby and Arc winner Sinndar.  Unfortunately Sindapour was not in the same league as Sinndar but he was a Royal Ascot winner for Pond House and he didn’t do too badly so it is appropriate to write about him this week with the Royal Meeting going on behind closed doors.  

Sindapour had just two runs for John Oxx in Ireland on the flat.  Both were at the Curragh as a two year old in September 2000 over seven furlongs.  He ran with promise on each run, finishing sixth on debut and fourth on his second start with Johnny Murtagh riding.  He was keeping on at the finish both times and was not beaten very far. He unfortunately had issues after these runs in which time he changed ownership and move to Pond House.

He arrived at the yard in November 2002 and had his first run for the stable at Bath in March 2003, so he had been off the track for just over 2½ years.  He ran with promise over 1 mile to finish fourth, after which he was sixth at Leicester and 12th at Nottingham over 6 furlongs.  Returned to a mile he finished third before finishing down the field again after this. 

He next run was at Sandown on Saturday 14th June.  He held an entry in the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting as well which was just a few days later but he needed to win at Sandown to make the starting line up at Ascot.  Stepped up in trip to 1m6f he got that win, beating Sergeant Cecil by 1 length and therefore ensured he sneaked into the Ascot Stakes field.  He chased the leaders during the race before being driven clear and staying on well to beat Landing Light by three lengths at 12/1 with Martin Dwyer riding once again.  He was primed for this day and he duly delivered.

He returned to Ascot the following month and finished second in a flat handicap before he had a crack at the Cesarewitch at Newmarket but he finished nearer last than first on this occasion.  It was then time for a hurdling career.  He won on debut at Plumpton in March 2004 but it is probably fair to say he did not live up to expectations after this.  He finished 13th in the Royal and SunAlliance novices hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival before a couple of third placings finished off that season’s campaign.

After a summer break he returned to action but further physical issues had caught up with him and it meant he was not able to show his best.  Three hurdle runs were followed by a couple of outings on the flat but he failed to fire on any occasion.  He was subsequently went home to his owners and passed through the sales ring a little while after but he never raced again.

Sindapour won three races from 20 career starts and was placed six times as well.  Rated 83 at best on the flat he won just over £41,000 in prize money.  Health issues throughout his career pprevented him from showing us his full talent or running that many times in his life but he shone on the biggest day of his career and is a Royal Ascot winner in the history books.