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This filly will be given her racing name before the end of March 2021. She is known as 'Lulu' in the yard, is a striking grey and was only added to our 2021 team of horses in mid-March. She cost GBP 12,000 directly from stud.
Due to the difficulties caused with Covid-19 this filly wasn't sent to the yearling sales in 2020. However, she grew into such a nice sort over winter, the breeder (Woodcote Stud) ended up liking her so much they decided to place her into training with Adam West. We managed to buy into her, and we are delighted that the intention is to take her back to Woodcote as a broodmare once her career on the track is over. This gives the filly a clear goal as a racehorse over the next few years: to win a Listed or Conditions race in order to cement her future as a breeding prospect.
Adam liked this filly when he inspected her after Christmas and proposed we take a large share in her. He trains the half-brother, called Trevolli, who has been rated 78 after three runs as a 2YO and is expected to surpass this handicap mark in 2021.Adam said: 'She has a similar physique to her brother, and just like Trevolli, she's needed time to grow into her frame. The other big plus is that she has a very similar nature. She has plenty of spirit about her and will only get better for having experience on the track. I expect she will be just like him - and be quite a headstrong sort, but once she gets upsides a few other youngsters she will soon realise what her job is.'
Adam waited until March to collect this filly from the stud where she was born because she was a March foal and the plan was always to train her for the second half of the season. On breeding, this filly will need six to seven furlongs as a minimum and could be racing over a mile by wintertime.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.
"This filly's breeding and the way she looks have always suggested that she will be the sort that sees a racecourse from late June or July onwards. She is a good size and well made, and she could well race right up until the end of the year."
As a result of the race plans for the filly, we have provided shareholders with a special share period that begins two months into the flat season, but as a result, lasts right up to Christmas. This filly could well be racing on the All-Weather in November and December before she gets her winter break.
Ownaracehorse shareholders have already enjoyed success with a similar filly in Adam's yard last 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 'I was delighted with this filly when I went to see her at Woodcote Stud in late February. She had grown significantly over the winter, as I'd seen her as a yearling the summer before. I think a great deal of her half brother and from what I've seen of her so far, there's a good chance she can be just as good as he is, which is why I recommended Ownaracehorse get involved with her.'
"Adam added: I expect she will be ready in late June onwards, which should work in well with your shareholders, as the lockdown should be lifted by then and everyone will be able to go racing again. Just because she is starting in July won't mean she doesn't run as many times as the other youngsters - I still expect to get the runs into her, even if that takes us up to Christmas."
This filly will be available to view at our Spring yard visits by her shareholders, prior to going racing in 2021. we expect to start our yard visits in June, once the government allows groups greater than 30 people to meet outside once more.
This youngster's pedigree doesn't look hugely impressive on paper, but it is the deeper knowledge of each of the offspring, and the analysis of the mating that led us to get excited about owning her. The combination of Lethal Force and a Holy Roman Emperor mare has been shown to be highly effective. Three out of the four matings with this sire/damsire have produced winners, and each of them was rated over 80 (one rated 98, ran in Group 3's and valuable Class 2 handicaps). The only horse out of the four not to win was still rated 69 and probably didn't win due to only racing a handful of times, but was placed.
Adam stated, "I can't wait to get started on this filly. Her half brother is arguably from a lesser sire and is a really lovely individual and she looks as if she can be the same, perhaps even better."
We are hoping this filly will see a racetrack for the first time in late June, or July 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 or seven furlongs to be at her best, Adam has indicated that she will wait for these juvenile races 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. This is why she has a special share period that will take in the first two months of the All-Weather flat season.
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.
Silver Steps 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 June 1st 2021 and runs through the turf season and into the start of the All-Weather season until December 31st 2021, however, we will be reporting on the horse before the share period starts (from April 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 three to 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.