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Mike Murphy went over his budget in order to secure this son of Sea The Moon (top quality stallion by Sea The Stars) but we were quite happy he did when we saw the colt up close. He has an outstanding European pedigree and is bred by a German Derby winner out of a French Group Three winner over the same distance!
This youngster's sire, Sea the Moon, has enjoyed a number of quite high profile runners in his first crop. It seems they all improve as the season develops and from twenty-five 2YO's to race, a third of them won races. His Mother was top class - winning a Group Three contest on soft ground easily as a three-year-old. He has been named 'Spacesuit' as his mother's name means 'Jacket' in Spanish.
Mike Murphy is a new trainer for us in 2019 and this colt is the type that will be worth waiting for. We expect him to need at least six furlongs and probably seven furlongs as a starting distance. This will mean that shareholders should not expect to see him running until the end of May or June, as the seven furlong races don't begin for 2YO's until then. We bought this filly at the Tattersalls Sales for GBP 7,500 and he immediately went to Mike's training yard in Westoning and has already been ridden.
"He behaved well at the sales and since he's come home I've been delighted with his attitude. He is very straight-forward and has been well-handled."
The colt is quite stocky at the moment, but Mike expects him to lengthen out as he is already showing signs of a significant growth spurt since joining the yard. He is a late foal (early May) and we believe he was a really great buy because he was probably a little bit smaller than some of the other colts at the sales. However, he will change enormously over the next six months and will be a different horse by the time the 2019 flat season gets rolling.
Mike told us "His pedigree screams 'miler' as a 2YO, but I would expect he will start at around seven furlongs in May or June and go on from there. He really is bred to be a Derby winner and I expect he is actually a two-year project, and he will undoubtedly train on as a three-year-old. Many of Sea The Moon's first crop have done well as the season progressed and I expect 2019 will see this lad's sire getting some high profile winners.
"This colt's mother was was top class. She won in Group Three company and she's only had one foal before this one. This lad could be anything." stated Mike.
Potential shareholders in this colt should consider that they are becoming involved in a racehorse who by breeding is going to need a trip, therefore please don't expect this youngster to race over five furlongs in April or May. His season will probably start in June or July and go through into the autumn. If he ends up racing on the All-Weather in November or December, we will include these runs for his 2019 shareholders. As Mike states, he is likely to improve the older he gets and we already expect he will stay with us through his 3YO season.
Mike stated 'Sea The Moon has already had success on the track, and I was shocked to get this lad for such a value price, but he is bred to be a derby winner... we will see!'
We will be keeping his shareholders up to date with any major milestones he achieves before his season starts in April. He is the sort of horse rarely available in small-share syndicates and remember that if you are a shareholder in his 2YO season and assuming he stays in training, we always guarantee a share for his 3YO season at a reasonable price for those renewing, even if he shows a huge amount of talent. That won't be the case for any shareholder joining the syndicate just for his 3YO career
Form & Race Plans
The race plans for this colt will be determined by his level of ability shown at home and on the course in 2019. On breeding he should start at six or seven furlongs and almost certainly get further as he 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 his performance in these first three of four races will determine whether he 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, he shows that he will be miler as a 2YO, then there are plenty of races available for him from late May onward over seven furlongs. We will assess this colt's progress and if Mike believes he has the right level of ability he 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 colt's progress and race planning as the season progresses.
Spacesuit 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 colt has a season-ending injury and has not already raced twice during the share period, we will replace him 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 because of setbacks or simply being too backward.
As a shareholder youmust understand that we cannot guarantee your horses performance, a specific volume of runs (beyond our minimum guarantee if injured) 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, vets 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. By buying a share or gift pack you will be accepting this risk.