A Great end to the year for FTF
Our latest purchase DIAMOND PURSUIT made her debut on the 21st December at Southwell Racecourse over 7 furlongs with Gabby Malune in the driving seat. She was slightly slow away from stall one but her jockey got her up on the pace. She ended up nearly making all getting beat into second by a length and a 1/4. She showed some real enthusiasm for racing again and had to do it the hard way from the front.
We took the opportunity to send her back out to Southwell a week later Luke Morris took the ride over 6 furlongs. She was drawn wide in stall 9 and ended up missing the break by a few lengths. Over 6 furlongs round Southwell we pretty much knew our fate from the break. She stayed on through beaten horses but never landed a blow. We can certainly put a line through that run and look forward to a fruitful AW season with her.
We had given CLASSIC PURSUIT about 6 weeks of at the end of the turf season just to freshen him up and get him ready for the AW season.
CLASSIC was sent to Southwell on the 29th December over 5 furlongs with Luke Morris in the saddle. After breaking well and leading the far side Classic hit a flat spot about 3 1/2 furlongs out. Luke started to get stuck into Classic and he respond well enough to pick up the leaders to go on and record his 4th win of the year and his 7th win for FTF. Luke was very complementary about Classic and said he would also come on for the run. He will head back to Southwell over the AW season and then will be prepped for another good turf season. We have to thank MICK APPLEBY and all his staff for getting Classic in such good order.
So as we head into 2019 we have sat back and reflected on what we think was a great year for the syndicate in 2018. It was certainly a year of firsts some good some bad.
We started the year with our filly COURIER winning for the first time in the green and white silks but for her to only be fatally injured in her next race again another first for us and not something we would want to experience again anytime soon.
We then had our first jumps winner in the way of HURRICANE RITA with champion jockey Richard Johnson on board. A couple of races later she was claimed after placing three times winning once from five runs she was a great servant even if it was for only a short period of time.
We then had our first HAT TRICK of wins courtesy of CLASSIC PURSUIT after winning three races in ten days. First win with champion jockey Silvestre De sousa driving him home then the next two wins with Apprentice Theo Ladd riding, who really got a good tune out of Classic, (what a grand old lad).
Then onto the syndicates first 2yr old winner in the shape of EPONA trained by Keith Dalgleish. EPONA had shown plenty of ability on debut finishing second and then after a couple of placed efforts she went on to finish second in a class 2 nursery up at Ayr at gold cup week. Her next run she finally got her head in front winning by 2 1/4 lengths. It was great to get our first 2yr old winner after buying her the year before at the yearling sales. She will hopefully have a cracking 2019.
For only having a handful of horses compared to some of the bigger syndicates we think 2018 was a good year for FTF Racing. We will continue to strive to make sure our owners get maximum value for money as well as plenty of enjoyment out of racehorse ownership. Our owners have had some cracking days out this year and we can’t thank them enough for there support.
The team we are getting together for 2019 season is looking in good order so if you are reading this blog and aren’t involved in racehorse ownership please visit our site and take a look around as we have shares in a few horses which will all be running in 2019.
Many thanks to all our owners and your continued support and lets hope we can have a great year this year.
All the best