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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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                 Tyrone Bridge

Tyrone Bridge is another oldie from the late 80s and early 90s.  He was a high class horse on the flat and was in fact second in the Ascot Gold Cup at Royal Ascot so he is very appropriate to mention this week.  He was a 1986 born bay gelding by Kings Lake and his dam was called Rhein Bridge.  He began his career on the flat as a two year old in the care of Kevin Prendegast in Ireland.  He was well beaten on debut but improved for the experience to finish second on his next start at Naas in September 1989.

After a little break he won his first start over 1m2f as a three year old at Phoenix Park in April 1989 and followed up with a win at Leopardstown over 1m6f after this.  A run at Royal Ascot came after this but he was never near the leaders, finishing seventh in the Queens Vase.  He returned back across the Irish Sea to win a Listed contest at the Curragh before finishing runner up back at the track in a Group 3 contest.  He then went very close to winning the Irish St Leger in September 1989.  He was beaten a short head by Petite Ile just being caught in the last stride.  He had one more run in Ireland after this where he finished a close third in a Group 3 contest.

Owned by Paul Green, he came over and joined the Pond House team in January 1990.  He made a winning stable debut at Beverley in June 1990 with P Shanahan riding.  It was then on to Royal Ascot where he ran really well in the Ascot Gold Cup to finish second behind Ashal.  He was second in the Lonsdale stakes, Listed race at York in August before he returned to Ireland for another crack at the Irish St Leger.  In first time blinkers he ran another good race, finishing fourth on this occasion behind winner Ibn Bey.

It was then time for a hurdling career and he transferred his immense talent to the jumping sphere and won his first three starts over hurdles with Richard Dunwoody on board.  He won on debut at Wolverhampton very easily, a Grade 2 contest and then followed up in another Graded race later that month at Sandown in equally impressive fashion.  It was the same result as he won the Grade 1 Challow hurdle at Newbury on just his third start over hurdles.  He was then third in the Tolworth hurdle, fourth at Warwick and he finished seventh of 29 runner in the SunAlliance novices hurdle at the 1991 Cheltenham Festival.

He then went on his summer holidays and was next back on the track in December 1991.  He finished second on his first two starts back, finishing close behind Granville Again on both occasions.  He ran in the Stayers hurdle at the 1992 Cheltenham Festival but was a disappointing eighth behind winner Nomadic Way and then he finished second at Uttoxeter after this.

It was then decided to go back on the flat with him that summer.  He finished third in a Group 3 contest at Sandown but then disappointed in the Ascot Gold Cup in June.  He bounced back to form however with a win in a Listed contest at York after this.  Lester Piggott rode him in the Goodwood Cup on his next start but he finished down the field.  He ran well again in a Listed race at York and he finished fourth in a similar event at Newmarket after this.

He then went back hurdling and although disappointing at Cheltenham on his first run back, he improved to finish third in a Grade 2 contest at Ascot and then went on to win the Grade 2 Long Distance hurdle at Newbury in November.  He finished fourth in the Long Walk hurdle at Ascot and then third behind Sweet Glow back at Ascot.  His final ever run for Pond House was in the Stayers hurdle at the 1993 Cheltenham Festival where he pulled up.

He then went home to his owners for a summer holiday but did not return.  He went into training with the owners son-in-law N Walker and he went on to run another nine times in his career, winning once, a novice chase at Southwell in December 1994.

Tyrone Bridge won ten races from 45 career starts and he was placed 18 times as well.  Rated 108 at best on the flat and 150 over hurdles he was a high class horse, probably better on the flat than over jumps but he was still a very very good horse and we would love a few more like him!  He won over £176,000 in prize money.

Watch him win the 1990 Challow hurdle at Newbury: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEhK8URGZvA

Watch him win the 1990 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDnLdaQpyn8