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This gelding is the third offspring we have bought from the same family, all out of a fantastic mare called Barbieri. The first was called Roaring Rory, who ran 60 times, won 6 races, and was placed a further 15 times. The second is Ready Freddie Go, who is now rated in the 90's and has already won eight times from 32 races and still only a four-year-old.
Let's Go Hugo has managed to continue the family's success by winning and being placed in his opening 2YO season and has been placed four times in 2023 including being second twice. His three-year-old campaign was interrupted by the soft ground that came in summer as this gelding really needs it to be Good to Firm ground, or standard on the All-Weather to be at his best. However, running on less-than-perfect ground has meant that he is now running off a great handicap rating for his four-year-old campaign.
Ollie Pears said, 'This lad should have won early in 2023, but he was just run out of a couple of races when the going was Good to Firm. Then the rains came and we were struggling to find him races. But I have plenty of faith in him and that's why we've kept him as a four-year-old.'
Unfortunately is a sire with proven sprinting abilities and 'Hugo' is out of a sprint-winning mare at two, so he has the right background to be a winner. Not only that, but his family has shown that they improve through four and five years old. Scuzeme, another of his half brothers, has now won three times (rated 70), and Hamper has won twice over in France, both as a 2YO and 3YO. The family is bursting with winners and all of them take their racing well and run plenty of times. Hugo has so far run fourteen times and is expected to run another once or twice in the autumn as a 3YO.
Ollie says of the gelding "He's a good-looking, hard-working gelding, and like his brothers, he is a real delight to have around the yard. Just like Rory (Roaring Rory), he isn't massive but he's strong and forward-going. He comes from a family of winners, and I would be astonished if he wasn't capable of landing more races for us."
Ollie went on to say 'Both Ready Freddie Go and Roaring Rory have been really competitive throughout their racing careers. But the really important thing about them is that they were both real triers. The mare seems to breed this into her offspring and Hugo is the definitely same. He gives everything every time we go racing with him.'
Hugo is bred to be a sprinter, as all his mother and father's families have been five and six furlong types. He ran all his races as a two-year-old over five furlongs, and Ollie Pears tried him over six in 2023 but we believe he is a true out-and-out five furlong horse.
We are already reporting on the gelding's progress for shareholders on an ad-hoc basis, reporting on the major breakthroughs with his training - and we will provide regular updates on his progress on the gallops and with his education in detail from January onward. During the heart of the season, we publish update reports every 7-10 days, and more regularly when he actively starts racing.
If everything goes to plan over the winter 'Hugo' (as he's known in the yard) will start racing in April/May 2024 and then get plenty more gallop experience up the 'Wold Gallop' at Malton and will be race right through spring and summer. We expect between 4 and 8 runs from this 4YO (in 2024) during the season, and he will most likely race around the Yorkshire, Lancashire, and North Eastern racetracks.
Hugo endeared himself to his shareholders with a win at Catterick as a 2YO, however, it was his show of competitiveness at Beverley when things didn't quite go his way, that cemented him as a favourite among the Ownaracehorse horses. He has been placed in almost 50% of his races and has a really pleasant nature. Hugo always puts his head down and really gives everything in his races, which is all an owner can ask of their racehorse.
Both Roaring Rory and Ready Freddie Go improved as they got older and Hugo's trainer Ollie Pears is convinced Hugo will take the same route. Ollie said, 'There was talk of selling him at the end of his 3YO campaign, but I'm delighted he is being kept in training. I think he is so well handicapped now, we could have a really successful start to his 2024 campaign.'
Form & Race Plans
The race plans for this gelding will revolve around how he gets on in handicaps at the start of the season. If he starts an upward progression, we may be able to have a crack at some of the bigger five furlong sprint handicaps.< p/>
If not, Hugo will no doubt find his level in handicaps and his performance in those first three of four races of the season will determine how his campaign develops.
Let's Go Hugo is definitely a sprinter, based on his three-year-old form. He was unlucky not to get his head in front last season when finishing second twice and placed another twice. He acts on anything from Good, through to Good to Firm, so a hot summer will not curtail his activity.
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.
Lets Go Hugo 2024 Guarantee
We expect to get 3-7 runs and sometimes more from all our older 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 horse before the share period starts (from January 2023) 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. Young horses 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 horse has a season-ending injury and has not already RACED TWICE during the share period, we will replace it 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, or become easily frustrated with poor performances 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, lack of prize money, 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 racehorses.