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Lickpenny Larry is a successful chaser, the winner of three races in only fourteen chase races - and having been placed a further four times.
This big grey races with his heart on his sleeve, tending to go prominent and jumps for fun. He has never fallen, either over hurdles or chase fences and is a really solid handicapper. What this gelding lacks in scope, he more than makes up for with tenacity and hard work. He rarely runs a disappointing race, having won or been placed in the first five horses home in every single one of his chase races throughout his racing career. That's a prizemoney-winning finish in every one of his thirteen chasing starts! He has won three times in his last eight races.
Trainer Tom Gretton has placed this son of Sagamix incredibly well over the last few years to make the most of the racing opportunities available to him, and as a result Lickpenny Larry has more than paid his way. Tom describes him as a dependable sort who will win his races once he gets the right conditions and we are delighted to be syndicating him again in 2019-20 after he won and was placed several times for shareholders last season.
In his last two seasons shareholders have been treated to some excellent days at the races. the good-looking grey runs all over the Midlands and the South.
Tom believes the gelding is going to continue in the same pattern as last season, so 'Larry' (as he's known in the yard) will have a break through high summer before starting back into training in late summer, building up to the new campaign, which will start in Autumn 2019.
He is a smashing grey colour and looks tremendous in his summer coat, which tends to come out early in Spring. He is a nimble jumper and has yet to fall over chase fences! His jumping is extremely good and Tommy has no worries about the gelding's jumping - or his will to win, as he always tries his best.
Tommy Gretton states "This gelding is a lovely horse. He jumps for fun, and is lovely with shareholders, he's very approachable. When he gets the right conditions he will go prominent or to the front and take a lot of pegging back."He's a really good ride, and goes well for all sorts of jockeys - this last season Robbie Dunne has struck up a great partnership with him and I expect to keep that link intact for the coming season."
Tom added “On his day he is a difficult horse to pass and will be competitive in most of his chase races. He loves wet ground, so he will be busy through the worst of the winter weather - that's meat and drink to him.”
The plan is very much like 2018-19, where Tom will pick off races as we move through the winter season, ideally looking for races in the Midlands and South.Tom added: "He tends to take his racing well, so I would hope we'll see him racing regularly. He's a tough horse and he should supply plenty of fun for your shareholders through the jumps season."
Form & Race Plans
The race plan for 'Larry' will be quite similar to 2019, as Tom Gretton will be making the most of the gelding's ability to beat the handicapper when conditions are right for him. He will be going chasing once again and you should expect to see him running when the ground goes softer than 'Good'
Tommy Gretton states "Larry will get a good summer break and we'll have him racing in October. He is on a decent handicap mark still, despite winning three out of his last six runs. "
Into 2020 the gelding will be following the same path as he adopted last winter - which resulted in seven runs, and some really decent days out for shareholders.
Tom will give the gelding a rest over the first few months of summer, but will be bringing him back into training in August with the intention of having him ready to race once the hurdle races become more frequent in late September onward. If the gelding looks likely to race in early September we will start his share period early for shareholders, in order to take in his opening run of the season.
Lickpenny Larry 2020 Guarantee
Whilst we hope to get 3-6 runs from all our chasers and hurdlers per share period, you should expect periods of recuperation from injury or training setbacks. This share period runs for the 2019-20 winter jumps season, until April 15th 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. Jumpers tend to run less frequently than flat horses, due to the rigours of the National Hunt season. This particular horse may also have an extended rest if icy conditions dictate.
For this gelding we offer the following guarantee: If due to injury or retirement, his season is cut short and he will not race again, and he has not raced at least twice we will replace him with another, if possible, similar racehorse for the remainder of his share period. Please note that we are unable to pay prizemoney on any replacements and the replacement will be a horse of our own choosing and may not be with the same trainer.
Owners Badges are always distributed fairly, but for any major handicap races the horse runs in, badges will be allocated on a ballot basis for this horse so that all shareholders have the same chance of receiving a free or discounted badge. You must expect that on some occasions we will be unable to provide free or discounted Owners Badges to every shareholder who wants them. However, we will always attempt to get access to the paddock for every shareholder at the meeting, even if they have not been allocated an owners badge.
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.