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This young filly was given her racing name, Capturethemoment, in our annual racehorse naming competition. She is trained by Ollie Pears in Malton, who enjoyed incredible success with his 2YO's in 2023, including when winning the Rous Stakes (worth £25k) at York for Ownaracehorse in June.
Capturethemoment has a speedy pedigree and Ollie managed to pick this youngster up at the Tattersalls Somerville sale at the start of September 2023. She is by a Kodiac sire called Ardad who has had considerable success in the last few years (including a number of Group races) and out of a mare who, whilst unraced herself, has a brother and a sister who won and were Group placed, along with another two siblings who won multiple races and all were highly rated. This filly is the mare's second foal, the first has yet to race but was sold for 70,000 guineas.
This filly is by Ardad, who is a son of Kodiac and both these horses were top-class sprinters. A talented six and seven furlong Group 1 winner, Ardad won the Flying Childers and the Windsor Castle at Ascot as a 2YO. He has followed up his successful racing career with a hugely successful five years as a sire of top-class progeny and recently, a sire of sires.
The filly's mother has really good credentials too. She was unraced but has a half-sister and a half-brother (same mother) who were Group placed. The best of these was sprint bred, like this filly.
Ollie told us "I looked at around a hundred youngsters at the Somerville Sale and this filly was one which I had my eye on when she went through. She is built like a sprinter, so isn't huge, but I think she has the scope to fill out and perhaps get further as she gets older. But she walks like a quality horse with a proper pedigree. "
Ollie stated: "In terms of confirmation, she is spot on apart from being a little straight in the knee and needing to level out. However, I can live with that! She will grow a lot over winter and be a different proposition in spring,"
Prospective shareholders should be aware that we are aiming to get this filly ready for the start of the season. She is a March foal, so will have time on her side. Her father ran as a 2YO, which bodes well for her possessing the sharpness which means she can be racing in April or May. She is also sprint-bred, although, by the end of the season, she could be trying distances of up to seven furlongs.
Trainer Ollie Pears has had huge success with our youngsters recently, including in the Rous Stakes at York, which we target every season (and won this year with Celestial Flight). It's a six furlong race for 2YO's in June and worth a healthy £25,000 (£12,500 to the winner). If everything works out for this filly we will be targeting her for the Rous Stakes next June.
Capturethemoment is well put together and is a very sweet filly, calm and collected. She took her visit to Tattersalls Sales very well and travelled well on the journey back up north afterwards.
"This filly has very solid breeding and having spoken to the trainer with her half-sister, Diamond Annie (by Exceed And Excel), she is a decent sort. Hopefully, we've found ourselves a very nice young horse who can follow in the footsteps of Keldeo and Kaaress from this season, and punch above her weight." stated Ollie.
Trainer Ollie Pears commented: "Since she has been here at the Malton yard we've got to know her. She is a friendly sort and has no vices. She's a kind horse and has obviously been well handled by the breeder."
Ollie went on to state "She is another of my youngsters who I'd love to take to York for the Rous stakes in June, or even better races than that at their May meeting if she shows the ability at home. Everything needs to work out for her, but at the moment she has a lot going for her."
This filly is currently at Ollie Pears' yard in Malton and will be broken in before November and then enter full training straight afterwards. After trotting and cantering in December, she will have a short rest before getting ready to race in the opening stages of the 2024 season.
We are already reporting on the filly's progress for shareholders on an ad-hoc basis, 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 January onward. During the heart of the season, we publish update reports every 7-10 days, and more regularly when she actively starts racing.
IÂ everything goes to plan, and the filly is far enough forward both mentally and physically, she will start racing in April/May and then get plenty more gallop experience up the 'Wold Gallop' at Malton and will be race right through spring and summer 2024. We expect between 3 and 7 runs from this filly this season, and she will most likely race around the Yorkshire, Lancashire and North Eastern racetracks.
Please note that TWO SHARES (0.3%) are required in this filly to benefit from prizemoney payments from her runs in 2024.'
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. On breeding, she should start at five furlongs, although she may get further, most likely six furlongs, as she develops physically and mentally during the season.
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 want the minimum trip of five furlongs, then 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.
Capturethemoment 2024 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 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. 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 simply because they are not ready either physically or mentally.
As a shareholder you must understand that we cannot guarantee your horse's 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 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 their build-up to the season.
These risks are the chance all shareholders take, as we do ourselves when participating in the ownership of racehorses.