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Racehorse Profile    

This young jumping prospect stood out for us when we visited Philip Kirby's brand new training base at East Appleton in Richmond, North Yorkshire.  She is by the high-ranking jumps sire Westerner, who seems to get very robust and well balanced types, and we were struck with how bullish she was whilst not being oversized.

She has been raised in Ireland, and Philip bought her at the Goffs June sales in Ireland in June 2016.  She raced four times in National Hunt Flat races during the 2016-17 winter season and improved with experience for each run.  Her second run at Catterick saw her finish only a few lengths behind subsequent winners after which she ran on very heavy, bottomless ground to bravely finish third at Ayr.  Her last run of the season saw her as second favourite at Market Rasen, but she never travelled and ran a flat race which wasn't her true running.   

This filly is a scopey sort and it willo be interesting to see how she grows through her summer break.  She has already been schooled over fences and is an energetic and accurate sort with her feet.  She has a very decent pedigree and the Westerner-Silver Patriarch cross has been very successful in the past with 120+ rated horses being the result.  Her half brother, Scorpiancer (by Scorpion), was rated 124 before being sold and heading to America, where he now competes in high class hurdle races.  She is the third produce from the mare who's mother was a really decent sort called Sendai - and raced over 30 times in a 6-year career.

Philip Kirby like this filly a lot, and she will be heading straight over hurdles once the races are there for her in late September and into October.  If she should come to herself quickly, we will start the share period early to take in any runs in September.  Northern Girl will do almost all of her running in the North and Scotland and we are delighted to be a part of Philip's burgeoning new training operation near Catterick, just off the M1. It is a 100 acre training base, with his own grass and artificial gallops and an impressive area of turnout for his horses - which we insist upon for our horses.

This filly's pedigree screams stamina and jumping - and that's exactly where she will be going this season.  She will go up in trip to at least 2m 4f and will be entered into Novice Hurdles and then into handicap hurdles.  If she proves to be successul, we will seek to step up in class.  Northern Girl showed she had talent in her first season, but we are expecting her to step up on that form as she is given the right conditions and is given fences to jump.  She's a striking horse to look at, a really popular filly with her shareholders, and we are really looking forward to her forthcoming season.   


  Breeding Information

4YO (May 6th 2013 Bay Filly)
by Westerner  — out of Janebailey (Silver Patriarch)

This filly is the third produce from the mare Janebailey.  The mare has only had one runner to date, Scorpiancer, who has won twice, been placed in a Bumper and was recently placed in a $200,000 Class 1 Hurdle in the USA.  This gelding was sold to race in America for £200,000 last year.  Janebailey's mother Sendai was a solid and robust 125 rated handicap hurdler who won many races.

Westerner was runner up in the Arc and a top class stayer.  His stallion career took off when he started to get high profile winners on the National Hunt circuit.  His offspring such as Cole Harden and Champagne West are rated 160 and above and Gilgamboa was fourth in the Grand National in 2016. His progeny tend to progress with age.

Race Plans      

The race plan for Northern Girl is one of two halves.  The filly will enjoy a break from the middle of April, through to the middle of July and will then be brought back into full training in late July or early August. She will then be readied for a start to the winter season in late September or October.

Although the filly goes well on Soft ground, she may have a short mid-season break after Christmas if the ground goes bottomless everywhere - but then be ready to come back for further runs through March, April and possibly May. Your ownership of the racehorse is for her season, so if she happens to race just before or after the share period starts/finishes then we will incorporate the extra time accordingly.

She will start off in Novice Hurdles in the north, probably over a distance of 2m 3f+, and depending on her success, possibly step up to 2m 6f and more.  In an ideal world we would like to see her rise through the Novice ranks during the season, and have a crack at one or two nice handicap hurdles in spring 2018. 

Race Record        

Northern Girl has run four times in National Hunt Flat races to date.  She improved with each of her first three runs last season, but disappointed on her final appearance, where she looked to be over the top, and in need of a break.

27 Mar 17  Mar C6MdNHF 2K  2m½f  Gd6/9 btn 26L  4/1  T Dowson
27 Feb 17  Ayr C6NHF 2K  2m  Hy  3/6 btn 26L  9/1  T Dowson
13 Feb 17  Cat C6MdNHF 2K  1m7½f  Sft  6/12 btn 11L  50/1  T Dowson
14 Jan 17  Wet C64yNHF 2K  1m4½  GS7/10 btn 30L  33/1  T Dowson

View her full pedigree

Value Guarantee        

Whilst we hope to get 3-5 runs from all our jump horses and hurdlers per share period, you should expect periods of recuperation from injury or training setbacks, especially with a young horse in only her second season of racing.

This share period runs for the 2017-18 jumps season, from October 1st 2016 through until May 1st 2017. During that time the horse may be rested or have time away from the track to recover and it is quite normal for a jumps horse to have periods of 3-6 weeks rest between races, and perhaps more.  Jumpers tend to run less frequently than flat horses, due to the rigours of the National Hunt code, and the effect the weather can have on racing conditions.  Please DO NOT purchase this share if you will be disappointed with only two or three runs during this share period - young, inexperienced horses are far less likely to run a huge number of times in a season.

We provide guarantees with all our racehorses. If this filly has a season-ending injury and has not already raced twice during the share period, we will replace her 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. You agree to all these conditions when purchasing your share.

As a shareholder you must understand that we cannot guarantee your horses 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, then please DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THIS OR ANY OTHER RACEHORSE, as you could be disappointed.  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 share periods which finish early due to injury or retirement - as training and livery fees for the horse still remain whether they are racing or not.  This is the chance all shareholders take, as we do ourselves, when participating in the ownership of a racehorse.

  Number of runs 4  
  Wins 0  
  Placed runs (1st 3) 1  
  Prizemoney to Date 0  
  Horse Age 4  
  Gender Filly  
  Best Distance 2m 4f  
  Trainer Philip Kirby  
  Based Catterick, North Yorkshire.  
  Regular Jockey Thomas Dowson  
  Data Correct At 2017-04-14  


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