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Friday, September 02, 2011  •  10:54 BST

Nick Gauntlett riding CHILLI MORNING

Nick Gauntlett riding CHILLI MORNING

FLYING THE FLAG FOR THE BOYS

Chilli Morning (no.93), owned by Mrs Lisa Stone and ridden by Nick Gauntlett (GBR) is the only stallion competing at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials this year. It will be the first four-star event for the German-bred SHB(GB) graded stallion. He is by the German-bred Thoroughbred Phantomic, a grandson of Northern Dancer out of Koralle who is by the Mecklenburg stallion Kolibri an international show jumper and successful sire of jumpers.

Nick who is based in Chipping Sodbury close to Badminton says; “Chilli is a really laid back horse which is just as well as the yard is not really set up for stallions but fortunately he is extremely well-behaved.

“He has a fairly prominent place in the yard as he likes to keep an eye on what’s going on and it also means that he gets seen as he seems to like being the centre of attention. He also likes to know his neighbours so Rocket Science always lives opposite to him and Arkela in the next stable – he really doesn’t like a new horse next door and can be quite threatening if there is another horse put in there. “

Nick and Chilli will start their Burghley at 12.30 today. “At a competition he loves showing off and will rise to the occasion in the arena. But he also likes going to stud and is very easy for them to deal with he wouldn’t dream of mixing business with pleasure.”

Progeny of Chilli have already been making their mark and several of Nicks homebred stock have recently done well at the BEF Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity, a series that aims to identify British-bred potential sport horses and ponies. At the recent Futurity assessment at Hartpury College Chilli Morning had six of his progeny forward in the eventing section. All owned by Nick and all attained First or Higher First Premiums.
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Nick said; “Three-year-old Jalapeno (out of a mare by the Thoroughbred Shaab) is an exciting prospect as she is looking really athletic and an exciting first example of what Chilli can produce.” The highest score of Gauntlett’s six entries at Hartpury went to the yearling filly Tender Morning. Her dam the thoroughbred, Tenderfoot by Be My Chief, won on the flat and three other progeny of hers are now racing.