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This daughter of Mayson was a horse that trainer Adam West liked a lot at the Doncaster Silver Sales. He was taken by the way the filly strode out and how well boned she was. We later were able to lunge her to test her wind and she covered the ground nicely.
Adam liked the way Daphne May handled herself, and was particularly pleased with the price we managed to get her knocked down for. The filly had a few ringworm marks on her at the time (just like chickenpox, most young horses will suffer from it at some time), which made her look a little worse than she actually was.
Named Daphne May due to her breeding (by Mayson and also foaled in May and Daphne named after Adam's Grandmother) she comes from a family of winners, and each of them are sprinters. The fact Adam wanted his Grandmother's name as part of her racing name is a testament to how much he likes this filly! Her full sister, Melonade, was a solid mid-seventies horse who won twice as a juvenile over five and six furlongs. Her half brother (Woodside Wonder by Camacho) has won three times and been placed a further seven times. He is still racing and is consistently rated in the seventies to eighties.
This filly is a good size, and moves well. Daphne May is a May foal as well, so still has more growth to come, yet she is already well over fifteen hands and bordering on sixteen. Adam was really delighted when she was knocked down to us, as he had reckoned that given her breeding and her size, she would be a 15k - 25k horse.
Adam West has already taken charge of her. He told us 'She has settled in really well and took the day at the sales and subsequent journey down here in her stride. At the moment she is known as 'Ada' in the stables.
"Daphne May's breeding suggests we will be able to get her racing in the first few months of the 2020 season and when you look at her mother, brother, and sister, you have to think she has every chance of being a really competitive filly over six and seven furlongs."
Daphne May will be available to view at our Spring yard visits by her 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 six and possibly seven furlongs by the end of her first year in training.
"She's a nice horse with a nice way about her. She's obviously not had a great deal of handling, as she was a bit clueless when we lunged her, but she has the frame and length which her plenty of scope. We'll be riding her by November and should know what we've got in spring. But everything is in the right place and she's straight and well put together. I'm looking forward to training her. " commented Adam.
We are really hoping Kate May 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 may possibly see a couple of runs before the true potential of this youngster is realised.
UPDATE JULY 2020
This youngster is almost ready to race and we expect she will make her debut in July. She is showing plenty on the gallops and her debut will be keenly anticipated. 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 filly will be determined by the level of ability shown at home and on the course in 2020. On breeding she should start at five furlongs and then will perhaps get further as she 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 she goes into nursery handicaps, or is good enough to tackle conditions races or even step into pattern races (high value, prestige races).
If she shows the need for longer distances at home, she may have to wait for the six or seven furlong races a little later in the season. However, we will assess this filly's progress and if Adam believes she has the right level of ability she 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.
Daphne May 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 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, 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.