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Golden Gal is the daughter of 2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold. Being by a classic-winning father and a Listed-class mother, it was no surprise when this mare made up into a nice, competitive sprinter.
This filly was a revelation in 2022, starting her season by winning a six furlong handicap at odds of 50/1 (freely available at 80/1 and 100/1 before the race). She went on to race 13 times, winning three races and being placed a further six times! She earned over £18,000 in prizemoney and provided some wonderful days at the races during the summer months.
As a four-year-old in 2023 the mare was no stranger to the winner’s enclosure once again, with a winning run at Beverley and four placed efforts, primarily at Catterick.
Golden Gal is a proper sprinter, racing over five and on the odd occasion each season, over six furlongs. She will contest handicaps, although there is a possibility of claimers and selling races. She's a really fun horse who is equally at home on soft or good to firm ground and also acts on the All-Weather.
Her mother, Dubai Princess, has been responsible for five winning offspring, including the ever-popular Windforpower, who has run almost 150 times won 17 races, and been placed over sixty times! She also has a son called Taquka who won significant prizemoney and was rated in the eighties.
Trainer Ollie Pears bought this filly at the Tattersalls sales in Newmarket in October 2020. She is a medium-sized filly, and has an extremely good nature.
Ollie describes her as 'Well put together, with bags of enthusiasm, and has a terrier-like attitude to racing.'
Ollie Pears stated, "Golden Gal comes from a successful family and to be honest, I thought we'd get a win from her in her 2YO season. However, she was young and immature in 2021. But it all came together in 2022 and she was brilliant - great for the yard and great for her shareholders. She’s continued the winning thread in 2023 and I fully expect that after a winter of recuperation, she will be winning again in 2024."
Golden Gal showed the benefit of another winter under her belt by finding her form early in 2023, and she is now a competent and very competitive racehorse in her grade. She competes in 0-60 and 0-65 rated handicaps and runs very regularly.
Ollie remarked, "Golden Gal has a massive heart. She loves her racing and always puts in a shift. She loves a battle and even if she isn't good enough to win every time, she will persevere and often come home in the first four or five, just because she's so willing.
Ollie believes this filly will 'win in her turn' once again through 2024. She will grow again over the winter and because she acts on both soft and firm surfaces, she can race right through the season, only avoiding the extremes of the ground. She also recovers quickly from her races, which means she can race up to a dozen times a year.
'Golden Gal was mentally immature during her 2YO season in 2021. That was put right in 2022 and 2023. With age comes wisdom, and if I can keep her sweet - which shouldn't be a problem – she will be winning more races as a five-year-old!' said Ollie Pears, her trainer.
Ollie added, 'She is a hardy filly and I'm hoping she will see plenty of racing and we'll pick up a win or two along the way. She should be a proper fun horse for her shareholders. I'm really pleased to be keeping her another year, as she's a lovely, genuine horse to have around.’
Golden Gal will remain at Ollie Pears' yard in Malton through winter. She will get rest from October to late January and then start building up for the new 2024 season, ready to start racing in April 2024.
We will report on the Golden Gal's progress for shareholders on an ad-hoc basis, reporting on the major breakthroughs with her training before her new season starts - and we will provide regular updates on her progress on the gallops and with her education in detail from March onward. During the heart of the season, we publish update reports every 7-10 days, and more regularly when she starts racing.
We expect between 5 and 8 runs from this filly in the 2024 season and possibly more. She will most likely race around the Yorkshire, Lancashire, North Eastern, and possibly Scottish racetracks.
PLEASE NOTE: TWO shares (0.3%) are required in Golden Gal to qualify for prizemoney payments in her 2024 season.
Form & Race Plans
Golden Gal is currently running off a handicap mark of 57. She tends to handicap herself and is always dangerous in 0-60 and 0-65 company. She is a battle-hardened five furlong handicap specialist, however, as in other seasons, Ollie will consider sending her out over six and possibly seven furlongs, if the right opportunities arise. He may also enter her for Amateur Riders races, as her stable lass, Chelsea Brooks, is an adept rider and may get the chance to ride her once or twice.
There will be plenty of races available for Golden Gal from April onwards. She takes her racing very well indeed and she could be a busy filly during the summer. 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.
Golden Gal 2024 Guarantee
We expect to get 3-8 runs and sometimes more from our older handicappers 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 properly at the beginning of the turf season on April 1st 2024 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2024, however we will be reporting on the filly before the share period starts (from January 2024) 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 of rest 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.
As a shareholder youmust 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.
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 poor runs, or share periods that 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.