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Austin Taetious was a bit of a steal at the Tattersalls sales as he is perfectly formed and is incredibly well bred, out of a mare who won twice at Class 1 level or above.
The colt will be trained in Surrey by Adam West, who couldn't believe he had managed to buy such a quality horse at a value price. He told us "The colt was making a lot of noise in the ring, as he was being a bit coltish, which may have put a few people off, but I would have gone much higher for him if needed."
"Despite being a fairly late foal he's a decent size already and I expect him to be a racey type who should see a racecourse in the first few months of the season."
Austin Taetious has already made a big impact at Loretta Park stables, where he is trained in Epsom. The colt has been described as being 'like a peacock, and 'a bit of a showman' by the lads and lasses at the yard. Adam West told us that the horse has a huge amount of spirit and loves any attention he can garner from the people around him.
His racing name reflects the character of this colt - he is definitely ostentatious and whilst that name had already been taken, Austin Taetious was allowed by the BHA and we were delighted the colt has a racing name yard told us was 'perfect for him'.
This youngster will probably start at around six or seven furlongs and could need as far as a mile by the end of his first year in training. He is bred to be a horse who gets better with age, as both his parents won at two and then went on to exceed expectations over a longer trip at three.
"He is like a peacock. He just loves to stride around holding himself up high and showing off. He strikes me as a horse that will love to win a race and get all the attention afterwards." commented Adam.
This sort of characteristic in a horse can be channelled into their racing, as the will to win from a racehorse is basically the same as running as the leader of the herd. Adam has been really pleased with the way the colt has settled into the yard and although he can be a bit of a boy at times, that's not something which will slow him down! They are quite excited by the way he handles himself already.
This colt is a really interesting sort and could be anything. He will be broken and ridden away before Christmas and then brought on in the new year before heading to a racetrack in the south for the first time sometime from April to June. Your Racehorse Manager account will keep you up to date with any major milestones the youngster reaches and of course we will be reporting regularly from March onward, when we will get a feel for the type and quality of racehorse he is likely to become.
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 furlongs and then will perhaps get further, most likely seven or a mile, 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 he shows the need for longer distances at home, he may have to wait for the seven furlong or mile races later in the season. However, we will assess this colt's progress and if Adam 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 filly's progress and race planning as the season progresses.
Austin Taetious 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 horse 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 horse 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) 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.