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This daughter of Coach House has been named Waltzing Home.
Derek Shaw trained this filly's mother, Dancing Duo, and we syndicated her for a number of years. She was a hardy horse, racing over 7f and 8f and provided us with plenty of action during her time with us. She won once, but was also placed numerous times, always finishing with a rattle! We were excited to discover she had been retained by Derek after her racing career and when we discovered she had been put to Coach House, a sire who is becoming recognised as a source of very decent youngsters, we leaped at the opportunity to become involved with 'Duo's Filly', as she is known in the yard.
Waltzing Home is now a 3YO and will be racing in 2020. She was quite backward as a 2YO so Derek took the decision to give her plenty of time and allow her to mature, both physically and mentally, before putting her into full training. This year will be her first on the track, but she has been building up to this season since last October, so we're expecting an early start to the turf with her. She is already being galloped several times a week and has had some stalls training.
Derek Shaw says of the filly 'She is very similar to her mother, in that she has plenty of attitude. She is the boss and she lets you know about it! However, her work at home has been good - she does everything easily. She needs to have horses around her, but travels kindly, exactly like her mother did.'
Derek said "Dancing Duo also had another foal, which I trained, but she was small and had issues. However, this Coach House filly is a different horse entirely. She has lots of bone on her and has plenty of scope. I'm looking forward to finding out what she's like on the track."
Because this filly is a three-year-old, it means that she is far more mature, and should be able to take her racing much better than an unraced two-year-old. She is over sixteen hands and has plenty of length, as her mother did. We're looking forward to a full season with her starting quite early.
Derek Shaw: "We won't know what we've got until I take her racing, as she's very much like her Mother - you get the feeling when you ride her that there is bags of talent there, however, the question is whether she will produce it in her racing! She may need her first run or two to find her feet, just as her mother did."
Derek is expecting that Waltzing Home will start her season in April at a local track in order to get that first racing experience into her. Derek is based near Melton Mowbray, so she will race at tracks such as Nottingham, Leicester, Doncaster, Chelmsford, Wolverhampton or Yarmouth, but also possibly further afield as well as the season develops.
We are already reporting on the filly's progress for shareholders on an ad-hoc basis, reporting on the major breakthroughs with his training - and we will provide regular updates on her progress on the gallops and with her education in detail from the start of the season. During the heart of the season we publish update reports every 7-10 days, and more regularly when she actively starts racing.
This is an exciting young horse who has been given the opportunity to grow and mature at the right rate for her. We love the fact we are racing the second generation of the same family, and if she can perform to the same level as her mother, shareholders should have an exciting and interesting time at the races this summer.
UPDATE JULY 2020
This youngster is almost ready to race and we expect she will make her debut in July. She has needed a bit of time to come to hand, as she is 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 horse will be determined by its level of ability shown at home and on the course in 2020. On breeding the filly should start at seven or eight 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 (3YO only races where previous winners get extra weight) and her performance in these first three of four races will determine whether she goes into 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 he will be an 8f horse, then there are plenty of races available for her from mid-April onward. We will assess this filly's progress and if Derek 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.
Waltzing Home 2020 Guarantee
We expect to get 3-6 runs and sometimes more from all our 3YO 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 gelding 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.
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.
Unraced horses are the most risky of racehorses to own - and you should be aware that there is a chance that your horse may not race at all. Around 20% of horses's will not reach the racecourse during their 2YO or 3YO seasons 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 if injured) 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 horse's build-up to the season.
These risks are the chance all shareholders take, as we do ourselves, when participating in the ownership of a racehorse. By buying a share or being the recipient of a gift pack you will be accepting this risk.