FRED MACKEY – BREEDER OF NATIVE RIVER

FRED MACKEY – BREEDER OF NATIVE RIVER

10 March 2017

Will you be at Cheltenham for the Gold Cup? Have you got to experience any of Native River’s big wins in person so far?

No, my son Robert is going but we will be cheering him on from home. It’s been unfortunate that the best horses I’ve bred have run in England, so it’s been hard to see them racing in person.

How do you rate Native River’s chances? What attributes do you think make him a Gold Cup winner?

We are delighted to have bred a horse talented enough to run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and after that, we’re just hoping he’ll get around safe and sound. He’s a stayer and jumps well so hopefully he runs well. He’s young so there’ll be plenty of other days for him. 

What would breeding a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner mean to you?

In the 30 or so years I’ve been breeding horses, this is the first that’s run at the Cheltenham Festival. It would give me great excitement and pleasure if Native River (IRE) won; it’s as simple as that. 

I remember the day he was born- the first thing I saw was a pair of white feet and I said to my wife, Maureen, “Well, what in the name of God have we here?” I pray it’s the first thing I see coming up the Cheltenham hill next week.

Are you still breeding from Native Mo? Have you kept any of the family?

We still have Native Mo (IRE) and sold her Milan filly foal at Tattersalls Ireland November NH Sale last year. She didn’t go in foal in 2016 but she will visit Walk In The Park (IRE) next week.

How many mares do you keep? Do you have any horses in training?

We have four mares in total and as well as owning shares in some point-to-pointers, we also own a filly called Mollyking (IRE) with Jerry Cosgrave. She won her first point-to-point last season at Loughanmore and we’re hoping she’ll run next on the first Saturday in April.

 

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