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This daughter of Belardo was due to be sold at auction as a 2YO, however, with difficulties caused with Covid-19 ended up being sent directly to our trainer Adam West, who recommended her to us once she had been in the yard for a fortnight.
Big Bear Hug arrived already broken, and Adam was able to assess the filly and has found her to be a good mover, and possess plenty of scope. She has already settled nicely into life at Lorretta Lodge in Epsom and we were delighted to buy her on behalf of our shareholders once Adam recommended her to us.
Ownaracehorse shareholders have already enjoyed success with a similar filly in Adam's yard this season. Daphne May was Adam's recommended buy last season and managed to win twice for her shareholders and finish on a rating of 78.
Adam West told us 'This filly has settled in really well and she's among the most scopiest of the youngsters I have for the 2021 season. She's currently a little bit leggy, but with another winter under her belt she will strengthen up and could turn out to be a very significant filly. She certainly exhibits plenty of pep, and has the physique to go with it.
"This filly's breeding suggests we will be able to get her racing once the six furlong juvenile races start in the 2021 season. She is a tall, athletic individual, and she could well race right up until the end of the year."
This Belardo filly will be available to view at our Spring yard visits by her shareholders, prior to going racing in 2021. She has been named Bear Hug for two reasons, firstly her sire Belardo's name means 'as strong as a bear' and also, 2020 has been a year of minimal contact between family and friends, with many missing their hugs. We wanted to make 2021 a year where we can all give a bear hug when this filly wins!
This youngster's pedigree is littered with half-brother and sisters who have been successful at the races. None of her five siblings have failed to win races at either two or three years old. Adam has indicated that she is the type to improve as she matures, and this is borne out by her family, most of whom went on to have successful three-year-old careers. If you are a shareholder looking for more than a single season involved with your racehorse, this filly would appear to be a good choice. (Shareholders in 2YO's are offered renewals for their 3YO campaigns before we offer shares to the public.)
"She's the sort to be starting at a minimum of six furlongs, but I expect she will come into her own over seven, and perhaps a mile as the season progresses." commented her trainer, Adam West.Big Bear Hug's family have a very decent record over a distance of six and seven furlongs, with multiple wins and horses achieving ratings in the 80's. Belardo was a Group winning seven furlong, and mile horse, which adds to the expectation that this filly will be winning her races over seven as a two-year-old. Adam is already riding her out (although until late January she will only be cantering) and he told us we should know what we've got (in terms of ability) in spring.
He stated, "She is tall, and has plenty of length, but everything is in the right place, and she's straight and well put together. She's got big nostrils, which always helps a horse's wind, and she's a straight-forward horse to look after without any vices. I'm really looking forward to training her. "
We are hoping this filly will see a racetrack for the first time in late May, or June 2021. 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.As this filly will need at least six furlongs to be at her best, Adam has indicated that she may wait for the longer distance races that start to become available to 2YO's in June and July (last year Daphne May made her debut in July but went on to run five times). If this happens it could mean this filly may run right through into the All-Weather season in November and December. If this is the case, Ownaracehorse will automatically extend her share period to cover the extra few months up to the end of 2021.
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. On breeding she should start at six furlongs and then will 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 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 she shows the need for longer distances at home, she may have to wait for the seven furlong races that start in late May and June. 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.
Big Bear Hug 2021 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 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. 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 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 because of setbacks or simply being too backward.
As a shareholder you must understand that we cannot guarantee your horse's 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. Also, part of your lease payment covers the five months of their pre-season training.
This risk is the chance all shareholders take, as we do ourselves, when participating in the ownership of a racehorse.