Northern Girl 2020

A really likeable filly who always tries hard and has a decent level of ability

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Racehorse Profile

Northern Girl was raised in Ireland, and Philip bought her at the Goffs June sales in Ireland in June 2016.  She raced four times in National Hunt Flat races during the 2016-17 winter season and improved with experience for each run. Her 2018 season saw her improve with each run until she reached Wetherby in January and stepped up in trip to 2m 4f. She came through the field in the last two furlongs and was still on the bridle and four lengths clear of her field when stumbling at the last and falling. She subsequently needed a couple of runs to get her confidence back.

In 2019 she won her first race at Ayr and was also second at Wetherby during that season, finishing the year on a rating of around 100.

This filly is usually a solid jumper - and has only failed to complete a hurdles race on that one occasion.  She is an energetic and accurate sort with her feet.  She has a very decent pedigree and the Westerner-Silver Patriarch cross has been very successful in the past with 120+ rated horses being the result.  

Her half brother, Scorpiancer (by Scorpion), was rated 124 before being sold and heading to America, where he now competes in high class hurdle races.  She is the third produce from the mare who's mother was a really decent sort called Sendai - and raced over 30 times in a 6-year career.

This is a special share period, as Northern Girl will be going to the broodmare sales in late December or early January 2020. Before then, the mare will be heading over hurdles once the races are there for her in late August or early September and she will be racing until late December, or possibly January.  We hope to see her race about 3-5 times during the share period - which is why she is such a good value price.

Northern Girl will do almost all of her running in the North and Scotland and we are delighted to be a part of Philip's burgeoning new training operation near Catterick, just off the A1. It is a 100 acre training base, with his own grass and artificial gallops and an impressive area of turnout for his horses - which we insist upon for our horses.

This filly's pedigree screams stamina and jumping - and that's exactly where she will be going this season.  She will go up in trip to at least 2m 4f and will be entered into handicap hurdle races.  If she proves to be successful, we will seek to step up in class.  Northern Girl is a lovely mare who always tries her best, and we are hoping to see her sign off her racing career with one or even two more winning runs.

This share period will also include a period at the end where we will report on her day at the sales - where shareholders will be invited along to enjoy the day out.

Form & Race Plans

This mare will enjoy a break from the middle of April, through to the middle of July and will then be brought back into full training in early July. She will be readied for an early start to the winter season in August or early September.

She will compete in Hurdles races in the north, probably over a distance of 2m 3f+, and depending on her success, possibly step up to 2m 6f and possibly more.  In an ideal world Phil is aiming to race her about 3-4 times and hopefully we will finish her racing career with a couple of wins. 

Northern Girl 2020 Guarantee

This is a SPECIAL SHORT SHARE PERIOD. Please do not buy this reduced price share if you will be disappointed with only one or two runs. Whilst we hope to get 3-5 runs from Northern Girl between August and January 2020, shareholders need to be aware that during the four month period the mare may have setbacks which reduce her opportunity to race.

This share period runs from August 1st 2019 through until the mare is sold at sale in December or January 2020. During that time the horse may be rested or have time away from the track to recover and it is quite normal for a jumps horse to have periods of 3-6 weeks rest between races, and perhaps more. Jumpers tend to run less frequently than flat horses, due to the rigours of the National Hunt code, and the effect the weather can have on racing conditions.

We provide guarantees with all our racehorses. If this mare has a season-ending injury and has not already raced ONCE during the share period, we will replace her with an alternative horse for the remainder of the short share period. 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. You agree to all these conditions when purchasing your share.

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 is the chance all shareholders take, as we do ourselves, when participating in the ownership of a racehorse.