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This daughter of Foostepsinthesand, was bought directly from her breeder. We know plenty about this family, as the filly is a half-sister to our very own popular mare Daphne May (winner of seven races ) who raced for us for three years.
Adam was keen to train this filly, as he's enjoyed plenty of success with her sister, and we were delighted to do a deal with the breeder, Theakston Stud based near Bedale, and get her into training at his Epsom base.
'Daisy' came into her 3YO season as a lightly raced filly with plenty of potential, having finished third over a mile at Redcar. She ran creditably in her first few runs then won, when expected, over a mile at Ffos Las on soft ground. She subsequently went onto a mixture of the All-Weather and turf when the ground went hard, and made the frame in all her starts. However, this filly is always at her best when she has some cut in the ground.
What was most pleasing about her 3YO career is that she has shown a real spirit for racing. She never gives in and puts everything into her race. She has also steadily improved as the 2023 season developed, and we fully expect to see her winning again in the near future and into 2024.
Trainer Adam West was convinced that 'Daisy' needed softer ground when she was a 2YO, and he was right - Daisy always does better when she can get racing on Good to Soft or softer ground. As a result, we may see her race more often on turf in the spring and autumn months, and on the All-Weather in summer if the ground firms up everywhere.
Adam has said of the filly, 'I'm convinced there is more to come as she grows and matures both physically and mentally. Many of her siblings improved right through to being 5YO's, and we had a great season with Daphne May as a 4YO. I'm looking for Daisy to work her way up the handicap in 2024.'
Adam West stated, 'Daisy Roots improved with each of her runs as a juvenile and did the same as a three-year-old. She has proven ability and I expect her to continue to remain competitive in 0-60 and 0-65 rated handicaps through her four-year-old campaign.
She has been named Daisy Roots. Daphne May was named after Adam's grandmother - and so this filly (stable name 'Daisy') is named after another grandmother linked to the Ownaracehorse team. Daisy Roots is rhyming slang for 'Boots' and appears in the famous Lonnie Donegan song from the 50's - 'My Old Man's a Dustman'. This fits nicely with her sire's name - Footstepsinthesand.
The song lyrics go: 'In his great big hobnail boots, He's got such a job to pull 'em up, That he calls them daisy roots'
This filly is a good size, moves well, and is incredibly similar to her sister Daphne May. However, she still isn't the finished article. There is still plenty more to come. She is bordering on sixteen hands, but we expect her to grow again over winter and emerge at the start of the 2024 season as a fully rounded mare.
'She will be sent back to her birthplace, the Theakston Stud in Yorkshire for the winter, and will be given plenty of good food until after Christmas when she will return to Epsom. She likes the soft ground, so the plan is to have her ready to go straight out of the blocks in March when the flat season starts and the spring rain might give her the chance she needs to get her toe in and record her next win,' stated Adam West.
Adam added, 'She's a very sweet filly, and has always made steady progress, rather than being precocious. She's forward-going and is a very easy horse to get along with. We've definitely not seen the best of her yet, and next season I expect she will start at a mile and probably try ten, twelve, and possibly further on Good ground, as she has plenty of stamina.'
Daisy Roots will be available to view at our Spring yard visits (set for March to mid-April) by her shareholders, prior to going racing as a 4YO in 2024.
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 2024.
In 2023 she was a 3YO and started her season well with several competitive runs. She then won at Ffos Las over a mile and has remained very competitive ever since. The filly will be headed for 1m to 10f handicaps in the south. She acts on most types of ground, but does like a bit of cut, so expect her to be busy early season and late season.
Her minimum will now be 1m, but we expect she will be racing over a 10f or potentially even further as the season develops. Having stayed well over ten furlongs on soft ground and the All-Weather, she should have no problem getting further as a 4YO - which opens up plenty of racing opportunities.
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.
Daisy Roots 2024 Guarantee
We expect to get 3-7 runs and sometimes more from our three-year-old 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 on April 1st 2024 and runs through the turf season and beyond - until November 1st 2024, however, we will be reporting on the horse before the share period starts (from March 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 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 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 horses 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 run the real risk of being 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, 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.