As you can all agree it’s been some year for everyone. Something I’m sure and hope we will never have to relive.
We got the good news that racing could resume in June which was a decision welcomed with open arms for everyone in the industry. Racing returning behind closed doors wasn’t ideal but it was great to see the industry turning again.
Now having only 2yr olds in the syndicate this was a conscious decision we made and how we wanted to move the syndicate forward.
We knew this would limit how many runners we would have without having older horses in training. But it would also give us better chances of finding nicer horses at the right price.
STEADMAN was our first 2yr old runner of the season on the 3rd June only 3 days into the revised season. We knew he was going well at home, he was very relaxed pre race and a couple of horses were getting plenty of money thrown at them. STEADMAN ran a top race finishing second to the eventual Norfolk winner The Lir Jet. With Royal Ascot being only three weeks into the revised season we had to take our chance in the Windsor Castle. Our thinking of only buying yearlings to race had seemed to of hit the spot and we were to have our first Royal Ascot runner as a syndicate. We were drawn high and he has plenty of early pace, after watching the first day of racing we thought he would have one hell of a chance.
Unfortunately Steadman was lame that evening before the race and couldn’t run. He turned out to have a little problem with his knee which has kept him of the track since. He will make a full recovery and will run again in the next couple of months. We certainly had hit the heights and depths of ownership within the first four weeks of the season.
Our second 2yr old runner was LOBESI, we had bought Lobesi from the silver sale at Doncaster for very small money. Her family had made there debuts early as 2yr olds and we were certain she would follow suit. In her first couple of runs she was very green and didn’t beat many home. We then stepped her up in trip were she travelled well for a long way to then empty out. We feel she has taken the stamina from her mother ( Cockney Rebel) rather than speed from her father ( Adaay). She is going to be stepped up in trip again once those races become available and were hoping to pick up a little race with her.
Our third 2yr old runner of the year was RIVERS LAD who again we had bought from the silver sale at Doncaster for small money. We had seen this lad and were certain he would be out of our budget. He went unsold in the sales ring and we bought him privately outside of the ring. We really liked him, liked his page, his DAM was a super sprint winner, black type, his dad was a 260k breeze up horse so was always going to be quick and early enough. He made his debut at Windsor and lead for 5f before rolling around finishing a good 6th. He made his second start at Wolverhampton and we were certain he would go well. He went to finish second to a gimcrack runner rated 97. He was given a mark of 70 which we feel is very workable and we feel he could be a lot better than his current mark.
Our fourth 2yr old is our breeze up purchase MILLIES ANGEL who is yet to run but is not far of making her debut for FTF Racing. We bought her from Doncaster breeze up sale and has been working well at home. She’s the first foal from the DAM, who is half sister to some nice performers. She has a cracking walk and moves really well on the gallops. We can’t wait to see her debut.
We do have a couple of shares left in her, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved before her debut.
So we sit three months into the revised season, think we have spent less than £25,000 on three yearlings and one breeze up horse. We’ve had one 2yr old ( Steadman) finish second to a Norfolk winner now rated 107, one 2yr old ( rivers lad ) finish second to a gimcrack runner now rated 97, one 2yr old ( Lobesi) needing upping in trip and one 2yr breeze up horse ( Millies Angel ) nearly ready to make her debut. Also if it wasn’t for an injury we would of had our very first Royal Ascot runner with a great chance of running a big race in our humble opinion.
We know winners wise we have had a lot better years previous, but this year it feels like we’ve achieved a lot more than any other year since we have been established as a syndicate. We know which way we want to move the syndicate and what sort of horses that will help us to get there. As we have less horses than most other syndicates it leaves minimal margin for error and we will continue to work hard buying the right horses at the right prices for our owners.
The sales season has started and we will be heading to the yearling sales in the next few months. If anybody wants to be involved with us in the selection process and join us at the sales please get in touch.
We would like to thank our patient and understanding owners, We know this year hasn’t been great for attending the races and seeing your horses. It’s great to see people back attending the races in the next few weeks and we hope to see you at the track soon.