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First season sires can be great value for money when purchasing our youngsters and this filly caught Ollie Pears' eye at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale at Tattersalls in Newmarket. She has an absorbing pedigree and is already a good size. She walks well and has impressed by showing a very good temperament.
This filly's sire is Twilight Son who was a Group quality sprinter who won the Jubilee Stakes at Ascot (Group 1) as well as several other quality races. This is his first crop of youngsters, who will race in 2020, so there is a risk attached to buying untried sires, however, this filly is well boned, has been well handled by the stud and has all the attributes you would look for.
Ollie told us "She was a horse I'd been very interested in ever since the sales catalogue came out and I went to see her a few days before the sale. To be honest, I thought she'd be out of reach of our budget, but when the vendor bought her back in I had a word with them and managed to get her for an affordable price."
Ollie stated: "The mare won a race and was placed a few times, but its the strength of the family you need to look at. Canford Cliffs and Triple Tipple are both direct descendants."
Prospective shareholders need to be aware that this filly is already well above 15 hands, and is shaping like she may be touching sixteen hands by the time the season starts in 2020. Her pedigree is interesting, and only work on the gallops will really help to indicate whether she is a sprinter or a miler - we will have to wait and see! Whilst Twilight Son will certainly inject some speed into her breeding, her mother's line were more seven furlong and milers. It will be fascinating to see how the filly develops over the next six months.
The filly is known in the stables as 'Katie'.
Katie will grow over the winter and we are hoping she will develop into a really nice type. Ollie describes her as well-balanced, and a good mover.
"It's always a risk when you go for a first season sire, but hopefully the speed of her father will combine with the stamina from her mother to give us a racehorse with plenty of scope." 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. "
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 either five or six furlongs and then will perhaps get further, most likely just seven 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.
Sunset Katie 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.