by Caroline Cook
Limited Edition of 250.
High quality Giclee print signed and numbered by the artist. Image size 10.5 x 14 ins
Thistlecrack is a bay gelding with a small white star bred in England by R F And S D Knipe. He was sired by Kayf Tara, an outstanding stayer who won two Ascot Gold Cups and two Irish St Legers and was a three time Cartier Champion Stayer. His other offspring have included Planet of Sound (Punchestown Gold Cup), Blaklion (RSA Chase), Special Tiara (Celebration Chase), Tea For Two (Feltham Novices’ Chase) and Carruthers (Hennessy Gold Cup Thistlecrack’s dam Ardstown was a successful racemare who won three times on the amateur Point-to-point circuit and four times under National Hunt rules.
As a foal in November 2008 the colt was offered for sale at Tattersalls Ireland and was bought for €32,000 by John McDonal In August 2011, by which time he had been gelded, Thistlecrack was returned to the same sales ring and was sold to John Snook for €43,000. He was sent into training with Colin Tizzard at Milborne Port in Dorset.