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This son of Swiss Spirit is a very interesting youngster. He already stands at sixteen hands and has a strong, athletic shape. Ollie Pears was delighted when he was knocked down to us at the Silver Sales at Doncaster as this fellow has plenty of scope and is a February foal - which should mean he makes up into a proper two-year-old type.
He bears a fair resemblance to his sire, Swiss Spirit, who was a top class sprinter for John Gosden. Both horses are dark bay, and sport a strong white flash on their foreheads
Ollie described the gelding for us: "This colt is a much bigger individual than we could usually buy, but with the market at the Silver Sale a little depressed due to the weakness of the pound, we managed to get a proper horse for our budget. He's got a wonderful head on him and he has a huge amount of scope. We can't wait to get him broken and see what he's made of."
Ollie decided to gelding this youngster as he was very full of himself when he arrived at the yard. The gelding has helped calm the youngster down, and as a result he was the first juvenile in the yard to be backed and ridden away.
"This chap has a lot going for him and it will be fascinating to see how he develops over the winter. He has a ton of muscle already and could be a very early runner for the yard."
We like this youngster; he's got plenty about him and is impressive when you stand beside him. Prospective shareholders should be aware that there is a good chance this colt could be gelded before the season starts, simply because it will enhance his chances of being a successful racehorse - and give him a better quality of life.
This gelding's mother has already had a winning daughter and there are listed winners only one dam down in her pedigree. In fact, this colt is related to the wonderful Ursa Major. As with all of our 2YO's in the North, Ollie will target this chap at the Rous Stakes at York in June, unless he is too good for that race in which case we will be targeting better races.
Ollie states: 'This son of Swiss Spirit has a lot going for him; born in February, already a good size, great conformation and bred to be a sprinter, I can't wait to get him broken and ridden away.
Ownaracehorse and Ollie Pears enjoyed huge success with a 2YO called Harry Love in 2019, who cost about the same at the sales as this gelding. Ollie has proved himself to be adept at identifying quality youngsters from small budgets, and also getting them to the track for shareholders. Similar to Harry Love, who was also gelded before racing, this horse is very forward going.
Ollie added "He walks well and has settled into the yard nicely. He'll be broken in the next fortnight and we'll have him ridden away before Christmas. We'll know what we've got in February or March. He's actually got far more going for him than most at this stage, with his size and scope, and that can only be positive."
Ollie went on to state "He is a good-looking bay and well proportioned. I'd expect him to lengthen and I'd love to take him to York for the Rous Stakes in June if everything works out for him. "
This horse is currently at Ollie Pears' yard in Malton and will be broken in before November and then enter full training straight afterward. After trotting and cantering in December, he will have a short rest before getting ready to race in the first few months of the 2020 season. He will be named in October
We are already reporting on the gelding's progress for shareholders on an ad-hoc basis, reporting on the major breakthroughs with his training - and we will provide regular updates on his progress on the gallops and with his education in detail from January onward. During the heart of the season we publish update reports every 7-10 days, and more regularly when he actively starts racing.
If everything goes to plan, and the youngster is far enough forward both mentally and physically, he will start racing in May or June - although this could slip to June or July if he grows considerably through the winter. He will get plenty more gallop experience up the 'Wold Gallop' at Malton and will be race right through summer 2020. We expect between 3 and 7 runs from this colt this season, and he will most likely race around the Yorkshire, Lancashire and North Eastern racetracks.
UPDATE JULY 2020
This youngster is almost ready to race and we expect he will make his debut in July. He's a big fellow now and will be a lovely prospect as he gains experience and fills out as the season progresses. 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 gelding will be determined by his level of ability shown at home and on the course in 2020. On breeding he should start at five or six 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, as we believe, he shows that he will be a 5f to 6f horse, then there are plenty of races available for him from May onward. We will assess this gelding's progress and if Ollie 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.
Alive Wire 2020 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 2020 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2020, however we will be reporting on the colt 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 colt suffers 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 even though they do not get injured. Around 20% of 2YO's will not reach the racecourse during their 2YO season.
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 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.