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Sir Ten T stood out at the sales, as Adam West already had prior knowledge of him before attending the Doncaster Silver Sale. The colt was among a group he saw as foals at Mickley Stud and had followed this youngster's progress from an early age.
This youngster is a proper character. He is a feisty, busy gelding with a good attitude and is very forward in terms of maturity. At the sales he was pulling his lead up man around the ring, keen to get on with things. His temperament is good though, he will be the first to have his head over the stable door in the morning asking to be fed, and is able to relax well when he gets some attention.
This colt wasn't the biggest when he first arrived in the yard, however he is bred to be a sprinter and is nicely compact - which should ensure he can get to the track earlier rather than later. He will also grow significantly during the 2019 winter, however, we're not too worried about his size, as the family he comes from (including Wi Dud) were not huge horses - however they had plenty of ability.
Sir Ten T is trained in Surrey by Adam West, who was delighted when we confirmed we would be sending him to his yard in Epsom. He told us "This lad has plenty of character about him and I'm really pleased we've got him. I've been monitoring this horse for the last few months, as I regularly head to the Mickley Stud to see what sort of horses they have coming through. For our sort of budget I think he's a great buy.'
"He is a foal I have been aware of for many months and was hoping to get to train him as he's got the look of a very early type and he has a decent pedigree, coming from a winning mother."
Sir Ten T is trained in Epsom. He received his racing name because of his temperament and his stable name (Tommy). Originally he was to be called Triple T, which stood for Tiny Tommy the Tearaway! However, the BHA naming committee objected to this name, even though it was available. Instead we managed to get Sir Ten T passed then - 'Certainty!' He will be available to view at our Spring yard visits by his shareholders, prior to going racing in 2020.
This youngster will probably start at the minimum distance of five furlongs and could be going up to seven by the end of his first year in training. He is bred to be a sprinter on his father's side, and despite his mother winning over a mile, her family is littered with speed. His breeder was certainly expecting him to be out racing in spring, as he commented 'This will be your first 2YO runner of 2020 for sure - he's as keen as mustard.'
"He is very likeable, has a good eye, is nice and compact and well balanced. On a day where the prices were reasonable we still had to go to seven thousand to get him - which is a testament to the fact that other people also thought he was the racy type likely to be out early." commented Adam.
We are really hoping this gelding will see a racetrack early in 2020. However, potential shareholders should be aware that you can never legislate for how a horse may grow, develop or indeed have setbacks. Adam tends to bring his 2YO's along in their own time, but isn't afraid of racing them against top-class animals. So shareholders are likely to see a couple of runs before the true potential of this youngster is realised.
We really liked this chap in the sales ring. He was full of life, and came across as a determined, feisty individual who was very forward going. He is an April foal, which should also mean that he will be ready to race earlier, rather than later. His family is full of black type and coming from a winning mother we believe he has every chance of being a winner himself.
Sir Ten T 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. We will be holding a spring yard visit as soon as the weather improves, and before he runs his first race.
UPDATE JULY 2020
This youngster made his racecourse debut in June and is expected to race again in July. He found some very firm ground difficult to cope with on debut and so may race on the artificial surface next time out. The pandemic has caused us to re-evaluate the season for our horses, and so we have added an extra TWO MONTHS to all share periods, meaning this horse may well run into November and December, depending on how the season develops.
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 2020. On breeding he should start at five furlongs and then will perhaps 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 he shows the need for longer distances at home, he may have to wait for the six or seven furlong races a little 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 horse's progress and race planning as the season progresses.
Sir Ten T 2020 Guarantee
We expect to get 2-5 runs and sometimes more from all our 2YO horses per share period/season, 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 2020 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2020, however, we will be reporting on the horse before the share period starts (from January 2020) 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 five months of pre-season training.
This risk is the chance all shareholders take, as we do ourselves, when participating in the ownership of a racehorse.