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Ollie Pears has managed to find our shareholders some really great young filly's in the last few years and Christmas Diamond looks like she will be another one.
This filly has all the hallmarks of an early, sharp sprint 2YO type, as Bated Breath is known for producing five and six furlong types. Ollie Pears was pleased to have her knocked down to him at the Doncaster Silver Sales because she is very well proportioned, has a good eye and should make up into a good-sized 2YO in summer 2019. She already has a decent muscle structure.
Ollie told us "She walks well and although she isn't huge, that's just what you want from an early sprint filly. In a sale where there were some big prices, I think she was pretty good value.
"Christmas Diamond is striking - as she has a near-perfect diamond on her forehead. Apart from that, she is chesnut all over."
Prospective shareholders should be aware that this filly is from a family of winners - and both her offspring winners did their winning over sprint distances, so we are very hopeful she will be a forward, early sort that can be racing in April or May.
Ollie Pears told us "She is quite laid back and has settled in well to the yard. I've a couple of Bated Breath's and I like him as a sire, he seems to transfer plenty of pace to his progeny"
Ollie Pears commented "This horse should be out early season and is already looking like a forward type. I've looked for a youngster who will be ready to go racing as soon as the season starts in April, and this filly struck me as the sort who should come to hand early. "
Ollie went on to state "She is a good-looking chesnut and well proportioned - with a decent profile for being a sprinter. I'd love to take to York for the Rous Stakes in June if everything works out for her. "
Christmas Diamond is currently at Ollie Pears' yard in Malton and will be broken in before November and then enter full training straight afterwards. After trotting and cantering in December, she will have a short rest before getting ready to race in the opening stages of the 2019 season.
We are already reporting on the fillys 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 education in detail from January onward. During the heart of the season we publish update reports every 7-10 days, and more regularly when she actively starts racing.
If everything goes to plan, and the filly is far enough forward both mentally and physically, she will start racing in April/May and then get plenty more gallop experience up the 'Wold Gallop' at Malton and will be race 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 Christmas Diamond will be determined by her level of ability shown at home and on the course in 2019. On breeding she should start at five furlongs and then will perhaps get further, most likely just six furlongs, as she develops physically and mentally during the year.
The standard route of a horse of this type will be to start in Maiden (races for horses who have yet to win a race) or Novice/Auction or Selling/Claiming races (2YO only races where previous winners get extra weight) and her performance in these first three of four races will determine whether she goes into nursery handicaps, or is good enough to tackle conditions races or even step into pattern races (high value, prestige races).
If, as we believe, she shows that she will be a 5f sprinter, then there are plenty of races available for her from late April onwards. 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.
Christmas Diamond 2019 Guarantee
We expect to get 2-5 runs and sometimes more from all our 2YO 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 proper at the start of the turf season on April 1st 2019 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2019, however we will be reporting on the filly before the share period starts (from January 2019) 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 3-6 weeks rest between races. 2YO's are particularly susceptible to sore shins, bone chips and growing pains, and can need a greater time to recover between races.
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.
2YO's are the most risky of racehorses to own - and you should be aware that there is a chance that your 2YO may not race at all. Around 20% of 2YO's will not reach the racecourse during their 2YO season.
As a shareholder youmust 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 and part of your lease payment covers the build up to the season.
This risk is the chance all shareholders take, as we do ourselves, when participating in the ownership of a racehorse.