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This filly improved with every run in 2023, culminating in a victory over the extended nine furlongs at Wolverhampton in September. She is a good size, has plenty of heart, and possesses the most important attribute: the will to win! Watch a replay of her winning race in the videos above.
Kaaress has really interesting bloodlines and added to the fact she is a good-looking sort with plenty of size about her, we were delighted when she was knocked down to us at the Tattersalls Irish Yearling Sales. By rising the first-season star of the bloodstock ranks, Kessaar, this filly has similar markings to her father, sharing the same bay colour, with white socks on her rear feet and a touch of white on her forehead. She is an out-and-out sprint-bred filly with an Italian influence.
Kaaress’s mother won a total of eight times, racing exclusively in Italy despite being born in the United Kingdom. She earned almost £40,000 in prize-money, from the age of two to five over distances from five to eight furlongs. The dam's full sister was also a very decent racehorse taken to race in Italy, winning over £50,000 and finishing second in a premier 1500 metres Listed race in Rome (just under a mile).
Ollie Pears stated: ‘I was impressed with how this filly walked at the sales and having got her home, I was even more pleased with her as she has been well handled and is a straight-forward type with no vices.’
Following an outing at Pontefract over an inadequate five furlongs trainer Ollie Pears was pleased with the filly’s staying-on performance in the Rous Stakes at York in June 2023 over six furlongs. Ollie knew that sprinting probably wasn’t this filly’s bag, and sure enough, she went on to impress over seven furlongs as the season developed.
Kaaress’s first breakthrough came when she was placed second at Newcastle over seven furlongs on the All-Weather in late June. She was seen finishing off well on that occasion, to only be denied by a length at the line to a filly who was priced at 2/5 favourite. She was allowed off at 80/1 that day but didn’t run anything like her odds suggested. Having proven her liking for a longer trip and the artificial surface, Kaaress went on to prove her ability on the turf in her next race when third in her first nursery handicap.
Ollie Pears stated, 'I was keen to get her racing over seven furlongs, so we had a crack at one of the first seven furlong handicaps. That run over seven on good ground at Thirsk was another good indicator that she is going to be a decent sort.’
On the bare bones of her third at Thirsk in July, you could be forgiven for thinking Kaaress struggled. However, the story of the race was her missing the kick, and then being caught on heels and having to come through the entire pack to put down her challenge in the home straight. She was giving the winner, Lexington Belle, 6lbs that day and that filly subsequently went on to win again and then finished second at York in a £100k Class 2 race. Lexington Belle won against Kaaress off a mark of 58 and is now rated in the 80’s. Meanwhile, Kaaress is rated 64 and has plenty of scope for improvement.
‘There are definitely races to be won with this filly,’ stated Ollie Pears, ‘She is well handicapped and I expect she will develop over the winter. We could see her improvement continue right through the range of distances, and I expect to race her over a mile and further before we reach the end of her 2YO season.’
Kaaress continued her improvement and this culminated in a run at Wolverhampton in September over the extended nine furlongs. She picked up over two out, improving up into the straight, and ran her rivals down to score by a cosy head with Harry Davies in the saddle.
If everything goes to plan, and the filly is far enough forward both mentally and physically, she will start racing in April/May and will race right through the spring and summer of 2024. We expect between 4 and 7 runs from this filly this season, and she will most likely race around the Yorkshire, Lancashire, and North Eastern racetracks. She acts on both the All-Weather and turf, so she may make the odd visit to Southwell, Newcastle, and Wolverhampton if she can’t get her preferred ground on the turf.
Kaaress is a really interesting filly who has improved with every one of her runs as a 2YO, and we anticipate she will be troubling the judge on many occasions in late 2023 and all the way through 2024.
IMPORTANT - Please note that a minimum of 2 shares (0.3%) are required to be bought in this filly in order to qualify for prizemoney payments.
Form & Race Plans
The race plans for this filly will be determined by her level of ability shown at home and on the course in 2024. Based on her performances in 2023 Kaaress is likely to start at a mile and then attempt longer distances as the season develops. She has shown a tremendous amount of stamina and Ollie believes the filly could be racing over a mile and a half by the middle of her three-year-old season.
The filly will start off in handicaps, but Ollie hasn’t ruled out her improving with the increase in distance. We may look at some of the valuable fillies-only races as the season develops, and give her the chance to prove herself in classy company.
As a handicapper with a mark in the mid-sixties there are plenty of races available for her from late April onwards. 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.
Kaaress 2024 Guarantee
We expect to get 3-7 runs and sometimes more from all our 3YO 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 properly at the start 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 colt 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 racehorse suffers 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. Prizemoney 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 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 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 4-5 month 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.