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Smashing Lass was bought at the Doncaster 'Breeze Up' sales in mid-April 2018 for 10,000 guineas. Trainer Ollie Pears liked her because of her robust feel, size and scope. She grew incredibly well through the first half of 2018 and has made up into a decent 2YO.
She has won and been placed several times in her opening season, but its been clear from her last few runs that she will enter her 3YO career and need to be racing over a mile and perhaps even further.
Already a winner as a two-year-old, this filly is maturing fast.Ollie told us "She shaped like a sprinter in the early part of 2018, and ran well over six furlongs at York. However, since then she has grown substantially and is showing plenty of stamina at home. Shane Grey rode her in late August and said she will need a mile as a minimum in the future."
Ollie added "Her pedigree is what first drew me to her though. She has four siblings, all of which are rated above 70, and her full brother is rated 76. Three out of the four of them have won and the other is rated in the 80's."
Smashing Lass is rated around the 60 mark at the moment, but a change in trip could see significant improvement. Even if that doesn't happen, she is a competitive already and Ollie will no doubt place her well.
The filly's pedigree shows a really versatile family - which is what we liked about her. There are winners among her brothers and sisters from five furlongs all the way up to 1m 2f. However, the clincher for us to keep her in training as a 3YO was that this filly is very well proportioned and will fill out further over winter.
Ollie Pears: "She is bred to be a horse that can improve from two to three, and certainly her home work is pointing to her needing a mile next season."Ollie stated "She is a bit cheeky and playful, which is good to see. She's also a trier. She's never downed tools in a race, and has become a really consistent type for us. She should be a lot of fun as a 3YO."
This filly is at Ollie Pears' yard in Malton and will stay there over winter before getting ready for the new season in January of 2019. There is every chance that she could have an early run on the All-Weather before the turf season gets underway. We will start her share period early for shareholders if this is the case.
This is a fun filly who has already won, and could easily become a very decent handicapper over the longer distances. She ran plenty as a 2YO and we anticipate the same from her in 2019.
Form & Race Plans
Smashing Lass has run five times as a 2YO and apart from her opening run where she was very green, she has been competitive. She has been placed three times (York, Ripon and Catterick) and won once (Catterick).
She won over seven furlongs but will be stepping up to a mile before the end of her 2018 season.
Smashing Lass 2019 Guarantee
We expect to get 3-7 runs and sometimes more from all our 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 runs through the turf season from April 1st 2019 until November 1st 2019.
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 3-6 weeks rest between races. 2YO and 3YO's are particularly susceptible to sore shins, bone chips and growing pains, and can need a greater time to recover between races.
We provide the following guarantee: Should this filly suffer a season ending injury which prevents her from not running AT LEAST TWICE during this share period, we will transfer shareholders to another, similar racehorse of our choosing, for the remainder of the winter season. We will be unable to pay prizemoney on the replacement horse, but all other benefits such as yard visits and race day badges will be 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 high 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 a racehorse.