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Trainer Adam West went right up to the top of our budget at the sales for this son of Bated Breath. The youngster looks like a proper 2YO sprinting type, being compact and powerful. However, the dam has form at a mile and further, so it will be fascinating to see how this colt shapes up in 2022.
Adam says of Mr Postman, "This horse impressed me at the sales. He moved really well and was always on his toes, taking everything in. Since arriving at the yard he's been great to deal with and I'm pleased to be training him for his debut year.'
"He has plenty of height and there's a lot of good bone on him - he's certainly not a shrinking violet and has the feel of a substantial, robust sort. He eats well and has the scope and pedigree to be a 'proper' two-year-old racehorse." commented Adam.
Adam told us, "His half brother is a 2YO this year and showed enough quality to finish second over seven furlongs and third over ten furlongs. However, this lad is a different kettle of fish - he's bred to be a five, six or seven furlong horse as a two-year-old and he's certainly built to be a sprinter."
This yearling is currently un-named, but will be given his racing name in the next few weeks.
As Adam pointed out, this colt is a good size and whilst he will change dramatically over the winter, he is already very forward in terms of maturity. He behaved impeccably at the sales and Adam noted that he seems to have a really good attitude and is at home with people around him. He has already settled nicely into the yard in Epsom, eating and sleeping well. He has no vices and has a striking head on him.
"I couldn't be happier with this chap,' Adam admitted, 'I think I managed to get him for a very fair price at the sales and given the fact he is by a really decent sire, out of a Shadwell mare, I'm looking forward to his debut season."
Mr Postman is trained in Surrey by Adam West, who is a young, aspiring trainer based in a famous racing yard - Loretta Lodge in Epsom - where he trains close to fifty horses each season.
This youngster will probably start at a distance of five or six furlongs and could be going up to seven furlongs or a mile by the end of his first year in training if his dam is a major influence. He is bred to be a sprinter on his father's side. We are hoping he will be a robust and competitive sort that will provide his shareholders with plenty of fun.
We are really hoping this son of Bated Breath (how many times have you waited for the Postman with bated breath?) will see a racetrack early in 2022. However, potential shareholders should be aware that you can never legislate for how a young horse may grow, develop or indeed have setbacks. Adam tends to bring his young horses along in their own time, but also isn't afraid of racing them against good opposition in order to give them valuable experience. Shareholders may get a couple of moderate runs before the true potential of this youngster is realised.
This colt will be heading to a racetrack in the south for the first time in 2022 sometime between April and May if he is (as we suspect) a sprinter, or perhaps June if he needs the longer trips. Your Racehorse Manager account will keep you up to date with any major milestones he reaches and of course we will be reporting regularly from March onward when Adam has him ready to go.
Form & Race Plans
The race plans for this Bated Breath Colt will be determined by his level of ability shown at home and on the course in 2022. On breeding he should start at five or six furlongs and then will perhaps get further as he 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 his performance in these first three of four races will determine whether he 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, he shows that he will be a 5f to 6f horse, then there are plenty of races available for him from May onward. We will assess this colt's progress and if Adam believes he has the right level of ability he 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 colt's progress and race planning as the season progresses.
Mr Postman 2022 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 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. Racehorses, especially youngsters, can be 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 him 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 made available.
As a shareholder you MUST ACCEPT that we cannot guarantee your horses performance, a specific volume of runs (beyond our minimum guarantee if injured) 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 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.