So the flat season is all done for the year.
I would like to thank all our owners for your support over the year so far. We have beat last years number of winners and were hoping to try and nick a couple more before the year is over.
We finally managed to get the syndicates first 2yr old winner in the shape of EPONA. After running second in the class 2 nursery at Ayr a nice opportunity arose in a maiden at the same track 20 days later over 6f. EPONA ran out a convincing winner by 2 lengths making all. It had been a long time in the making after a couple of solid runs but everything fell right and we were more than pleased. The owners had a great day up at Ayr and enjoyed the champagne after. We chanced our arm and sent Epona down to Haydock under a penalty back into nursery company and back to 5f. The race didn’t go to plan Epona was tapped for toe and failed to pick up. She had a busy back end of the season and has been put away for a break. She is a big filly and has plenty of filling to do we think a good break and time to fill she will come back next year an improved filly once stepped up in trip.
After CLASSIC PURSUITS non event in the silver cup at Ayr we dropped him back in class and sent him over to York to run in a competitive handicap over 5f. Again we were very confident of a good run from classic and breaking from the stalls classic showed great speed and led the field. With a furlong to go classic came under pressure but so did the rest of the field and for a split second we thought he was going to stay in front. Unfortunately a couple of horses closed in a pounced on classic who eventually finished 3rd at 33/1. MICK reported classic was in good order after the race so we went ahead and entered him for the Catterick dash. I’d of said the track wouldn’t suit classic but with the race been £21k to the winner we had to run. Classic was slightly slow away and was in behind before making great headway in the final furlong. It was a bunch finish and classic was beat into 7th but only beat length + 3/4. We have given him a bit of time of but he will be back running around Christmas time.
We had entered KIRBEC into the HIT sale down at tattersalls for the start of November so we gave her three runs in October to see if she could show us anything of her 2yr old form. KIRBEC had become very disappointing and her last run for us she finished fourth in a seller at Redcar getting beat 6 lengths. We had certainly given her every chance to show something on track it just looked like she was out of love with the game. She was sold down at tattersalls and has now gone to race abroad. She was the first yearling we had purchased and ran well enough to finish second twice in two 10k bonus races bringing us and her owners plenty of fun and hope in the process.
MACS BLESSINGS ran his first race in nursery company over at Newcastle over 7f David Nolan took the ride. He travelled well for majority of the race but was drawn in one over the far side and found himself with no cover. When push came to shove Mac was a little one paced and then stayed on to the line to finish 5th. We have since had Mac gelded and he should be ready to run in a week or two. Of his mark he should be very competitive on the AW through the winter.
We have bought two new yearlings which have been broken in and are now starting there education with trainer IVAN FURTADO. We had our first open morning over at IVAN’s new yard in Averham to see how our yearlings were coming along. Both colts showed up very well on the gallop moving with ease up the 5 furlong gallop. Since our open morning the EPAULETTE COLT has now sold out. We do have shares left in the TAGULA colt and also have the naming share available to buy.
We have also recently added another horse in training to the FTF racing roster in the way of DIAMOND PURSUIT. We picked up Diamond from trainer Jo Hughes who trained her to win two races at two. Since then Diamond has ran some ok races but has dropped down the handicap to what we think is a workable mark. We have bought her with the AW in mind but if she goes well enough she will head to the turf once the season starts again. She’s won at Wolverhampton and got beat by a length + 1/2 at Southwell so we think with a change of yard she could find that form again. She will be trained by IVAN FURTADO and will pay her way over the winter months. She is really cheap and we think will be great value over the winter.
There will be another blog before the end of the year and lets hope were typing up about a few more winners. Thanks you to our owners for there continued support and to those who have thought about entering into the world of ownership what you waiting for.