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We have always looked to the first season sires for value for money when purchasing our youngsters and this filly caught both Ollie Pears' eye and ours at the big September Yearling Sale at Tattersalls in Ireland. She has an excellent pedigree and walks really well. She is perfectly conformed and has the sort of sharp look about her that should ensure she is a proper 2YO.
Christmas Morning is by Vadamos, a talented miler trained by Andre Fabre in France, which is why you may not recognise his name. However, he was very successful, winning over a mile and ten furlongs in top-class company. He closed his career off with a win in a Group One as a 6YO.
Ollie told us "I went across to Ireland and spent time at the Tally Ho stud. I looked at around a hundred of their youngsters and this filly was one which I had my eye on when she went through the sales in Ireland. She is built like a sprinter, but I think she has the scope to fill out and perhaps get further as she gets older."
Ollie stated: "Both her mother and her father were decent as juveniles, but trained on to become adept older horses. The mare was a solid 70+ handicapper and Vadamos got better with every year in training."
Prospective shareholders should be aware that we are aiming to get this filly ready for the start of the season. She is February foal, so will have time on her side. Both her mother and father ran as 2YO's, which bodes well for her possessing the sharpness which means she can be racing in April or May.
Named Christmas Morning, the filly is the latest in a line of 'Christmas' horses we have syndicated, and they have been very successful in the past. Charistmas Night (who lives only two stables away from her) has been a multiple winner for his shareholders.
She is well put together, and isn't a small filly - already standing about fifteen hands. She will grow over the winter and we are hoping she will develop into a really nice type. Ollie was pleased with her when she arrived from Ireland, she had travelled well and didn't seem too bothered by the long trip.
"It's always a risk when you go for a first season sire, but this lass is solid. She has a great pedigree with plenty of winners in there and hopefully the speed of her mother will combine with the stamina from her father to give us a racehorse we can go to war with." stated Ollie.
Trainer Ollie Pears commented: "Since she has been here at the Malton yard we've got to know her. She is a friendly sort and has no vices. She's already 15'3 hands tall and she's got a proper body on her, and plenty of bone, which means she will have scope to grow even further."
Ollie went on to state "She is another of my youngsters who I'd love to take to York for the Rous stakes in June if everything works out for her. "
Christmas Morning is currently at Ollie Pears' yard in Malton and will be broken in before November and then enter full training straight afterwards. After trotting and cantering in December, she will have a short rest before getting ready to race in the opening stages of the 2020 season.
We are already reporting on the fillys progress for shareholders on an ad-hoc basis, reporting on the major breakthroughs with her training - and we will provide regular updates on her progress on the gallops and with her education in detail from January onward. During the heart of the season we publish update reports every 7-10 days, and more regularly when she actively starts racing.
If everything goes to plan, and the filly is far enough forward both mentally and physically, she will start racing in April/May and then get plenty more gallop experience up the 'Wold Gallop' at Malton and will be race right through spring and summer 2020. We expect between 3 and 7 runs from this filly this season, and she will most likely race around the Yorkshire, Lancashire and North Eastern racetracks.
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Form & Race Plans
The race plans for this filly will be determined by her 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, most likely just six furlongs, 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 her 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, as we believe, she shows that she will be a 5f sprinter, then there are plenty of races available for her from late April onwards. We will assess this filly's progress and if Ollie 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 filly's progress and race planning as the season progresses.
Christmas Morning 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 filly 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 filly has a season-ending injury and has not already raced twice during the share period, we will replace her 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.
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.