In last week's blog I gave you a look at the latest older horses we have purchased from Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale and I'm delighted to say that all three have settled in perfectly and are taking their new regimes very well.
The nicest of them, Oud Metha Bridge, is now available for syndication. 10% shares cost £1500 with no training fees to pay until January 1st 2018 (£200/month thereafter). More details can be found on our OWNERSHIP page.
This week we focus on the yearlings who will grow into the two-year olds of 2018. We never have many juveniles as most of our owners prefer to buy horses who are ready to race but this year we have been specifically buying a few more to try and win some of the lucrative prizes available to the younger generation.
Owner Carol Bushnell is renown for only buying grey horses so it came as a shock when she asked me to start bidding on a chestnut but I'm glad she did as she came away with a beautiful colt by Mastercraftsman at Tattersalls Book 2 yearling sale. He is currently away at pre-training but has taken the early stages well. He is quite big so won't be seen out early next year but when he does, you'll certainly be able to see him coming!
Reverting back to type, Carol later bought a grey colt who we have been pre-training at the yard and he too is taking everything in his stride. He was rather coltish on arrival so he has already been gelded but that should help him next season when he can get running and won't have his mind on other things. We hope he can be a sharp type and can hopefully be good enough to run in some of the valuable sales races.
Another youngster we have who looks like she could be a rocket is the Paco Boy filly I bought as a foal. She has strengthened up extremely well whilst in the paddocks and I'm looking forward to getting her ridden and eventually racing. She may be syndicated or sold as a whole when ready to run so keep an eye out. Whoever owns her can have fun in the naming process as she is the first foal out of a mare called Amy Winehorse.
Another filly we bought as a foal is a big and strong one from the first crop of Eclipse winner Mukhadram. She was originally going to go to the sales to sell as a yearling but a knock to her joint close to that sale meant that she didn't reach the price we thought she was worth so we decided to keep her and that is for good reason - she is a lovely filly who will make a nice three-year old eventually and has some very good breeding. Sir Henry Cecil always said that fillies with big ears were the best and she certainly has them!
Completing the squad are a pair of homebreds out of the mares Bavarica and Bushy Dell.
Bavarica's filly is already at pre-training and, being by Cityscape, she is a full sister to Gas Monkey. She too will race for the N.E.T. Racing Club who now have a strong squad of four horses. Membership costs just £200 per year and you can join online via our OWNERSHIP page.
The other homebred yearling we have is a little colt by Epaulette. He was only born in June 2016 so still has a bit of growing to do and has been given extra time in the field to mature before we start training him in the new year.
This is the time of year when you can dream of what might be with the yearlings as they are completely unproven and are very much like a lottery ticket - a lucky one could change your life.
In the less distant future, we have a handful of runners to get us back on track after a quiet few weeks.
On Wednesday, I'll be making the long trek up to Newcastle with a pair of runners. I tend not to go as far as there because there are usually similar races closer to home but the conditions of these two races are so rare that they should be worth the journey.
Casey Banter hasn't had much racing due to her preference for firm ground but she took to the all-weather really well last time. Five furlongs on a conventional track would be a bit sharp for her but the stiff finish at Newcastle should see her stamina come into effect. She is training very well and should give the N.E.T. Racing Club some fun.
Pitch High on the other hand has had little experience of the all-weather on a racecourse. He goes well on it at home and his best runs on the turf were at tracks with an uphill finish so hopefully he can be in with a shout.
With Shelley Birkett on a media training placement with Racing UK and Adam Beschizza away for the winter in America, Milly Naseb will be claiming a handy 7lbs off both horses.
The Newcastle runners will be staying overnight on Wednesday so I won't be able to go to Southwell the following day where Limerick Lord and Gatillo are entered.
Depending on the number of declarations, they may have to run in the same race.
Gatillo has taken a step forward recently with the change to hold-up tactics and it seems to have made him a more relaxed horse too. His best ever run was at this track so hopefully he can get in the thick of the action.
Limerick Lord handles the Southwell sand very well too and he usually comes into form at this time of year.
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