First Fandango

Trainer:   Tim Vaughan


BHA Flat – 85

BHA Hurdles  – 143

BHA Chase – 138

Age:   8



A lovely pedigree, including the world famous Nijinski and Rainbow Quest. The sire, Hernando, was an outstanding horse in France, winning the Group 1 Prix Lupin and the Prix de Jockey Club and beaten less than a length when second to Commander in Chief (Derby winner) in the Irish Derby before being beaten a short head into second by Carnegie in the Arc de Triomphe. As a sire, Hernando has already sired many top class horses, both on the flat and over jumps, including the great Sulumani (winner of no less than 6 Grade 1 races)and Look Here (Oaks winner) on the flat and State of Play and Cape Tribulation over jumps.
A winner on the flat (rated 85 RPR) and sold for £60,000 to go hurdling in October 2010. Proved to be one of the top novices in his juvenile season (Official Rating 135), winning his first two hurdles. A fine 2011 seasonal debut when an unlucky third at Cheltenham was followed with a good 2nd in a Pertemps Qualifier at Kempton before a well deserved win at Leicester under Tony McCoy. Was then a fine 4th in the Gerry Feilden at Newbury to Rock on Ruby, Empire Levant and Raya Star, with Alarazi 5th, the form of which has worked out exceptionally well.  In 2012, after unfortunately being under the effects of the virus in the yard when disappointing at the Cheltenham Festival he bounced back with two good placed efforts in valuable and competitive races at Cheltenham and Aintree. He embarked on a novice chasing career in the Autumn of 2012 for which he had always schooled well.  He was just denied a debut success at Fontwell by There’s No Panic and was then similarly just touched off at Aintree by Forgotten Gold in bottomless conditions.  Made no mistake on his third outing with a 12 length win at Fakenham. Unable to handle the horrible ground when odds on next time, he returned to hurdles with a fine run in the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival in March and was then a good third in a £50,000 race at the Aintree Festival.His 2014 season was disrupted by the yard being laid low for much of the season with a problem but he did qualify for the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival,  although just did not run his race at the Festival.  It was just a season to forget with no explanation for his disappointing runs ever being found.In October 2014 he returned to action a completely different horse after his summer break with a decisive and hugely impressive win over fences by 14 lengths at Ludlow.  Always travelling and jumping well he bounced right back to form to win a valuable handicap.  He then followed up nicely in a £25,000 hurdle at Musselburgh by half a length from Capellanus with the third 18 lengths away before being a close 3rd on unsuitably heavy ground at Market Rasen in another £25,000 race.
Lost his way a bit last season with the yard in the doldrums but Tim was adamant he would come back to form.  Now back rejuvenated and refreshed and right back to form on his return to action.  Should give his owners a lot of fun in the season ahead.
Wins – 6           Seconds – 4          Thirds – 6          Fourths – 1
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