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This daughter of Belardo had a torrid time as a 2YO, having to battle against an accident that left her needing stitches in her mouth, and also a nasty bug that laid her and the yard low for a month. However, she has overcome both these setbacks.
Big Bear Hug ran a very encouraging debut in summer 2021 over seven furlongs at Lingfield, only to have to wait several months to return to the track in autumn because she picked up a bug. The form for that race has worked out well, with horses only a few lengths ahead of her and also behind her having gone on to win.
The filly has now recovered from this setback and is expected to race into the end of 2021 and prove she is a quality racehorse. Adam West is particularly sweet on this filly, which is why we are committing to this youngster as a three-year-old with only the one run under her belt.
Big Bear Hug was a recommendation by trainer Adam West. She arrived directly into the yard from the breeder and we bought her after he had galloped her at home for a couple of weeks.
Ownaracehorse shareholders have already enjoyed success with a similar filly in Adam's yard this season. Daphne May was Adam's recommended buy in 2020 and managed to win twice for her shareholders that season and win again in 2021, finishing on a rating of 81.
Adam West told us 'This filly has been in the wars - none of it her fault. We were looking forward to getting a win into her after her first promising run when she contracted a nasty bug that ruled her out for two months. However, she's come back just as good, and many have even benefitted from having some time in the field.'
He added, 'She's among the most scopiest of the youngsters I had for the 2021 season. She's currently a little bit leggy, but with another winter under her belt she will strengthen up and I'm hoping she will turn out to be a very significant filly. She certainly exhibits plenty of quality, and has the physique to go with it.
"This filly's breeding suggests we will be able to get her racing over seven furlongs and a mile. She is a tall, athletic individual, and she could well race right up until the end of 2022, as she will cope with soft ground."
This Belardo filly will be available to view at our Spring yard visits by her shareholders, prior to starting her 3YO season in 2022. She has been named Bear Hug for two reasons, firstly her sire Belardo's name means 'as strong as a bear' and also, 2020-21 has been a time of minimal contact between family and friends, with many missing their hugs. We wanted to make 2022 a year where we can all give a bear hug when this filly wins!
This youngster's pedigree is littered with half-brothers 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.
"She's the sort who I would be looking to slip her into a Listed race at some stage, as I would like her to get some black type." commented her trainer, Adam West.Big Bear Hug's family has 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 a mile as a three-year-old.
Adam says of the filly, "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 straightforward horse to look after without any vices. I'm really looking forward to getting her back to the racetrack and allowing her to fulfill her potential. "
We are hoping this filly will run a few times at the back end of 2021 and show progress from her opening run. Adam tends to bring his younger horses 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 in 2022 before the true potential of this youngster is realised.With only a single run to her name so far in 2021, Big Bear Hug is open to huge improvement and she will race right up to Christmas 2021 for her shareholders before getting a break, ready for spring 2022. She's a very likeable filly with a good temperament and Adam likes her so much he has insisted she remains in training for her 3YO 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 autumn 2021. We expect the filly to run at least twice in the autumn in order to get her handicap mark (horses need to race three times or win twice in order to qualify for handicaps).
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 (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 step straight into mile or ten furlong races in April or May 2022. 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 2022 Guarantee
We expect to get 2-6 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 2022 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2022, however, we will be reporting on the horse before the share period starts (from January 2022) 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 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. Prize-money cannot be paid on any replacements, but all other benefits such as yard visits and race day badges are available.
As a shareholder you MUST ACCEPT 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 PROVIDE 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.