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Swerved is probably one of the best looking and exciting young horses we have ever owned in the North. She really is an impressive racehorse, being out of a Galileo mare. Ollie Pears admits he had looked at her in the paddocks at the sales in 2017 and by her size and scope, along with her impressive pedigree, he assumed she would be far too expensive.
"I was walking away from the bidding area, but then realised that she wasn't going for as much as I thought." Ollie told us "I went back in and bid at the last opportunity, not expecting for one moment that she would be knocked down to me, and thirty seconds later I'd bought her for you!"
She is wonderfully bred and has plenty about her and her opening run at Newcastle on the Tapeta surface was memorable when she came home third of nine in a decent Maiden over seven furlongs, at odds of 100/1.
She is a big, statuesque filly with plenty of scope and attitude and will be racing over middle-distances as a three-year-old.Shareholders should be aware that this filly is likely to be running in 0-75 and 0-80 rated races as a 3YO and possibly above that grade, which will mean that she will be racing in good company and for decent prizemoney.
Whilst she has shown good ability on the track already, she has also shown some temperament - her second run saw her get fizzed up when the temperature hit 30 degrees at Yarmouth, which ruined her chances on the day. This should improve as she matures, but shareholders should be aware that she is not a predictable filly. However, this unpredictability is also one of the features which makes her such a fascinating project.
Swerved was much better on her following run at Thirsk where she was in much higher spirits and ran another encouraging race when finishing fourth over a mile. She was running on well that day after a tardy start and showing she is going to need ten or twelve furlongs as a three-year-old.
Ollie Pears says 'She ran the three times as a two-year-old because she was so big and scopey. I'm looking forward to racing her at three as she will have had time to grow into herself over winter.'This filly will be over-wintered at Ollie Pears' yard in Malton and after trotting and cantering in January through February, she will have a short rest before getting ready to start racing in March to May of the 2019 season.
We are already reporting on the filly's progress for shareholders on an ad-hoc basis, reporting on the major breakthroughs with her training - and we will provide regular updates on her progress on the gallops and with her race-plans in detail from January onward. During the heart of the season we publish update reports every 7-10 days, and more regularly when she is actively getting entries and declarations.
If everything goes to plan, and the filly is far enough forward both mentally and physically, she will get plenty more gallop experience up the 'Langton Wold Gallop' at Malton and will be racing right through spring and summer 2019. We expect between 3 and 7 runs from this filly this season, and she will most likely race around the Yorkshire, Lancashire and North Eastern racetracks.
Form & Race Plans
The race plans for this filly will be determined by her level of ability shown at home and on the course during her three-year-old season. On breeding she should get ten furlongs and even further, and she appears to act on a variety of surfaces.
Swerved made an eye-catching debut at Newcastle in 2018, followed by a flat run at Yarmouth (where she faced temperatures of 30 degrees and bolted when going to the start). Her third run at Thirsk showed she will be a middle-distance horse in 2019, staying on stoutly over a mile at Thirsk.
Ollie Pears says 'She needed to grow into herself as a two-year-old which is why we only raced her three times. But I'm hoping to see her make plenty of improvement as a 3YO."We will assess this filly's progress and if Ollie believes she has the right level of ability she may get entries for some of the more prestigious races in the racing calendar.
Your online Racehorse Manager will provide full details of all developments in terms of the filly's progress and race planning as the season progresses.
Swerved 2019 Guarantee
We expect to get 3-5 runs and sometimes more from all our older horses per share period, however, you should expect periods of no racing as a result of recuperation from injury or training setbacks. This share period starts April 1st 2019 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2019, although we will be reporting on the gelding before the share period starts should we have anything of importance to share with shareholders.
During the season the horse may be rested or have time away from the track to recover and it is quite normal for a flat horse to have periods of 3-5 weeks rest between races or a short break in the middle of the season.
We provide guarantees with all our racehorses. If this filly has a season-ending injury and has not already raced twice during the share period, we will replace her with an alternative horse for the remainder of the season. Replacement horses may not be of the same quality, are provided with no further guarantees and no alternative choice can be provided. Prizemoney cannot be paid on any replacements, but all other benefits such as yard visits and race day badges are available.
As a shareholder you must understand that we cannot guarantee your horses performance, a specific volume of runs (beyond our minimum guarantee) or that runs will be evenly spaced throughout the share period. This is the chance you take when owning any racehorse and participating in this ownership experience. If you will be disappointed with only 2-3 runs from your racehorse during the season, then please DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THIS OR ANY OTHER RACEHORSE, as you could be disappointed. We believe in being crystal clear with our shareholders - any participation in racehorse ownership is a risk, and we are unable to make any refunds because of share periods which finish early due to injury or retirement - as training and livery fees for the horse still remain whether they are racing or not. This risk is the chance all shareholders take, as we do ourselves, when participating in the ownership of racehorses.