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This daughter of Mayson was a horse that trainer Adam West liked a lot at the Doncaster Silver Sales in 2019. He was taken by the way the filly strode out and how well boned she was. His faith in her was repaid, as the filly showed plenty of potential on the racecourse.
Daphne May was another shrewd purchase for us by Adam. The filly has been placed in all of her runs to date ad we believe a first win is just around the corner. Adam thinks a lot of this filly, believing her 3YO season will see her blossom into a very decent handicapper.
Adam commented, "At our autumn visit for shareholders Daphne May was the star of the show. We think an awful lot of her, and the best is certainly yet to come. I hope to finish off her 2YO season with a win, and take her up the ratings as a 3YO."
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, from spriunt distances up to a mile. 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 substantial filly, already well over sixteen hands. 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 far more expensive.
Adam West has trained her through her 2YO season and will continue to manage the horse as a 3YO. He told us 'She is known as 'Ada' in the stables and is a really good filly to ride at home. On the track, she didn't have the best of luck on her first two outings, with a bad draw first time out over six and then bumping into a very decent sort on her second run at Redcar.
Adam noted, "She is a filly I have looked after as a 2YO because she was quite leggy and needed time to fill out. However, she showed plenty of ability, both at home and on the track in 2020. Her 3YO season should be the making of her."
Daphne May will be available to view at our Spring yard visits by her shareholders, prior to going racing in 2021. We held two socially distanced visits to the yard in autumn and anticipate a repeat of these visits, government advice allowing.
"She's a nice horse with a nice way about her. The plan will be to have her ready early in 2021 because she will like the softer ground. I'd hope we can pick off a race or two by high summer," commented Adam.
We are really hoping Daphne May will see a racetrack early in the 2021 turf season. She prefers ground with a bit of bounce in it, so expect to see her avoid very hard or firm going. There is a chance she will race on the All-Weather surfaces as well - in order to keep her racing when the summer months make finding good or softer going difficult.
UPDATE OCTOBER 2020
Daphne May has enjoyed a fabulous end to her 2YO season, WINNING at Newcastle in a 0-70 rated handicap on the polytrack surface. She won by three lengths and was shouldering top weight. Her race time was the quicker of the two divisions. She is now going on her winter break and will return in spring 2021.
To date the filly has won twice, and been placed three times. 'Daphne' is now rated in the mid 70's. She has never finished out of the first four in any of her five 2YO races. These shares are the last few in her - and we expect to sell out before Christmas.
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 2021. During 2020 she showed ability and was given a handicap rating of 61. We expect this to rise before the end of the 2020 season
This filly will step into nursery handicap company soon, and her first two or three races in handicaps will determine whether she remains in handicaps, or is good enough to tackle conditions races or even step into pattern races (high value, prestige races).
Currently running at six and seven furlongs, if she shows the need for longer distances at home, she may start to contest mile 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 handicaps 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 2021 Guarantee
We expect to get 2-5 runs and sometimes more from all our 3YO 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 2021 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2021, however, we will be reporting on the horse before the share period starts (from January 2021) 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. Young horses 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 suffers a season-ending injury or retirement 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.
Owning racehorses is extremely risky - and you should be aware that there is a chance that your horse may not race at all. Around 15% of all horses in training will not reach the racecourse during any one season because of training setbacks.
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.