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Ollie Pears attended the last breeze-up sale of the year to capture this very sweet filly for us. She is called 'Dora' in the yard (her racing name being a mixture of her mother's and her stable name), and is a daughter of the top sprinting sire Bungle Inthejungle. We were looking for a sprinter that could go racing within a few weeks of the sale, and Ollie has managed to find a filly that exactly fits that bill.
This filly has all the hallmarks of a horse who will start in sprint races but could get distances up to a mile in time. She has a full sister who ran twelve times, contested some high-class races, won as a 2YO, and went up to seven furlongs in time. Ollie Pears bought Talladora outside the ring when she didn't reach her reserve and was delighted when she returned home as she has proven to be sharp and have an extremely good nature. She did a decent breeze (see the video above) and has a very interesting black patch on her left shoulder - the first we've seen of its kind.
Ollie told us "This filly is all sprinting on paper. I liked her breeze, where she was pretty green, but you can always forgive that. However, she covered two her middle two furlongs in twenty-two seconds which tells me that she has an engine."
"She will need three to four weeks to be brought up to speed, and given stalls training, but I expect her to be racing in July and then through the rest of her 2YO season in 2021." stated Ollie Pears.
Prospective shareholders should be aware that Talladora is from a family of winners - and the mare Tallawalla's stock seems to be improving with age. Both her most recent offspring are winners and did their winning over sprint distances, so we are very hopeful this filly will continue to prove the mare's value.
Ollie Pears told us "Talladora has a lovely nature and is quite laid back. She has settled in well to her new home at Malton and we will build her up over the next few weeks ahead of her racing debut. At the moment is going out in the paddocks with the old man of our yard every day - and is loving it."
Ollie went on to state "If everything works out in the next few weeks I expect her to have her debut in early July over five furlongs. She should get six and possibly seven on pedigree, but she is really a sprinter - this is clear from her pedigree, but also the way she is built."
'Dora' is currently in full training at Ollie Pears' yard in Malton. After trotting and cantering for a week, she will be breezing in mid-June and her stalls training will be completed before June is out. We are looking forward to this youngster, who has the credentials to be a proper fun horse as a two-year-old, and if she follows the same path as her full sister (Nakakande), could be contesting some interesting races before the summer is out.
We are already posting on the filly's progress for shareholders, 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 June 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 Talladora is far enough forward both mentally and physically, she will start racing in July and then get plenty more gallop experience up the 'Wold Gallop' at Malton and will be race right through summer 2021 and into autumn. We expect between 3 and 7 runs from this filly this season - and have provided her with a share period that will go right through to Christmas if necessary. She will most likely race around the Yorkshire, Lancashire, and North Eastern racetracks.
Form & Race Plans
The race plans for this youngster will be determined by her level of ability shown at home and on the course in 2021. Her breeding suggests she should start at five furlongs and then will perhaps get further, most likely just six or seven furlongs, as she develops physically and mentally during the summer.
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 sprinter, then there are plenty of races available for her. 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.
Talladora 2021 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 June 14th 2021 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2021, however, we will extend this to Christmas 2021 if the filly goes through onto the All-Weather beyond the normal flat season. We will be reporting on the filly before the share period starts (from June 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 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 youmust 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.
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.