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  Little Jimmy 2018 Profile
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Racehorse Profile    

Little Jimmy is not a huge horse, but what he lacks in size he more than makes up for with tenacity.  He rarely runs a disappointing race, having a 72% win or place strike rate throughout his racing career.  Last year he managed to finish in the prizemoney four times. 

Trainer Tom Gretton has placed this son of Passing Glance incredibly well over the last four years to make the most of the racing opportunities available to him, and as a result Little Jimmy has more than paid his way.  Tom describes him as his 'stable star' - a permanent fixture who has provided the yard with plenty of good times at the races - and we are delighted to be syndicating him again for his coming racing season.  In his three seasons shareholders have been treated to 15 excellent days at the races, and four fantastic wins and numerous placings.  He has also run in races worth up to £25,000 in total prizemoney. 

Tom believes the gelding is going to continue in the same pattern as last season and Little Jimmy will have a break through high summer before starting back in late summer, building up to the new campaign, which will start in Autumn.  

He is a brown/bay gelding, but is actually rather dark in colour and looks tremendous in his summer coat, which tends to come out early in Spring.  He is a nimble jumper and in 35 races has managed to complete on 33 occasions!  His jumping is normally extremely good - the only two times he has fallen have been when jumping the last fence when under pressure but in contention!  Tommy has no worries about the gelding's jumping - or his will to win, as he always tries his best.

He stated "This gelding is a star.  He jumps for fun, and its a real character - needing to be treated very carefully.  However, when he gets the right ride he will come through the field and really lay down a decent challenge.  He's a really good ride, and goes well for all sorts of jockeys - this last season we even had the top Military rider Guy Disney riding him!" 

Tom added “On his day he is a good horse, and will be competitive in pretty much any chase race. Different distances come easy to him, and I expect to have a crack at one or two better races where we can get in with no weight at all - so we could see some nice racecourses as well this winter.”

Little Jimmy will be starting his preparation for the winter in early August, culminating in his opening run of the 2017-18 season sometime in September or October. The plan is very much like last season, where Tom will pick off races as we move through the season, ideally looking for races in the Midlands and South. This gelding is quite capable of racing twice in one month, however, Tom found last season that he went really well when fresh - winning two races when given 20+ days between runs.  We would expect an average of a run once month through the seven month season.

Tom says of the gelding "When he's in really good shape, we will race him.  I will probably give him a breather in the worst of the winter weather, but once his conditions come, he is more than capable of racing regularly. We've had plenty of success with him over the last four years, and I'm looking forward to even more from him this season. He's a lovely horse and it will be great to have plenty of shareholders there supporting him at the races once again."  


  Breeding Information

10YO (29 April 2007 brown gelding)
Passing Glance  — Sementina (USA) (Silver Charm (USA))
This gelding has proven National Hunt form throughout his pedigree with his sire becoming a dual purpose stallion as his progeny develop.  The mare Sementia only produced Little Jimmy and no other foals, but her only offspring has gone on to be a very decent and competitive chaser with plenty of wins to his name.

Race Plans      

The race plan for Little Jimmy will be quite similar to 2017, as Tom Gretton will be making the most of the gelding's status in hurdle races during the Autumn as well as going chasing once again.


Tommy Gretton states "Jim enjoyed going hurdling last season and I think we will look for the odd race over hurdles, especially at the start of the winter.  But he will also head over chase fences and I'd like to have a go at the sandwon Military race again  with him if possible."


Into 2017-18 Little Jimmy will be following the same path as he adopted last winter with the gelding - which resulted in five runs, and some decent days out for shareholders.  

Tom will give the gelding a rest over the first few months of summer, but will be bringing him back into training in August with the intention of having him ready to race once the hurdle races become more frequent in late September onwards.  If the gelding looks likely to race in early September we will start his share period early for shareholders, in order to take in his opening run of the season.

This gelding loves seeing a fence in front of him, and relishes a good pace in his races.  In fact, he is competitive in any race which has a strong gallop. He is currently rated 112, which means there are plenty of opportunities for him in handicaps up to the 0-120 category.  He is just as able in better races with a fly weight, as he is with more weight on his back in lesser contests and we expect Tom to find a combination of these types of races for Little Jimmy as we move through the winter.  Last year we ran in races worth £12,000, up to £25,000 each - and once he goes over chase fences, he will have a high earning potential.

He does like some juice in the ground, so we are less likely to see him out on very firm ground, but he has raced well on all types of ground - but Tom does like to give his jumpers a short mid-season break, so don't be surprised if the gelding doesn't turn out for four weeks or so in January or February if the weather is foul.  However, this gelding is more than capable of racing multiple times in a short space of time - and Tom does tend to gear him up for a flurry of races during certain points in the season - with great success in doing so!

Race Record        

This ten-year-old has been racing every season for the last five years.  Below are his results for the last eighteen months:

20 Mar17 Sth C4HcCh 5K2m4½f GS   4/6 btn 28L 10/1 B Hughes
10 Mar17 San C4HcH 4K2m Sft   4/6 btn 11½L 16/1 Capt G Disney
19 Feb17 Mar C4HcCh 4K2m3f Sft   2/4 btn 7L 15/2 B Hughes
01 Jan17 Cat C4HcCh 6K2m3f GS   9/10 btn 102L 11-7 25/1B Harding
02 Dec16 San C3HcCh 9K1m7½f Gd   4/7 btn 15½L 25/1 A Coleman
31Mar16  Ban 20.5Sft C3HcCh 15K   5/8  tp 7/1  Felix De Giles
02Mar16  Ban 17.5Hy C4HcCh 6K   1/6  tp 25/1  Brian Hughes
23Jan16  Hay 16.5Hy C3HcCh 6K   6/6 (31L Ubaltique 11-6) tp 8/1  Felix De Giles
31Dec15  Utt 16Hy C4HcCh 3K   1/4 tp 4/1 Felix De Giles
01Dec15  Lin 16Hy C5HcCh 2K   3/7  tp 6/1  James Davies
28Mar15  Str 20GS C4HcCh 3K     1/11 8/1 Felix De Giles
21Feb15  Chp 16.5Sft C5HcCh 2K   1/7 6/1 Felix De Giles

You can read his entire racing history at the Racing Post website.

Value Guarantee        

Whilst we hope to get 3-6 runs from all our chasers and hurdlers per share period, you should expect periods of recuperation from injury or training setbacks.

This share period runs for the 2017-18 winter jumps season, until April 15th 2018. 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.  Jumpers tend to run less frequently than flat horses, due to the rigours of the National Hunt season.  This particular horse may also have an extended rest during the worst of the winter weather (Jan-Feb).

However, we provide the following guarantee: Should this gelding 
suffer a season ending injury which prevents him from not running at least twice during this share period, we will transfer shareholders to another, similar racehorse of our choosing, for the remainder of the winter season.

We expect demand for Owners Badges on racedays with this horse could be higher than normal. Whilst we have good relations with all the UK tracks, there are always limits to the number of people to whom we can provide badges. Owners Badges are always distributed fairly, but for any major handicap races the horse runs in, badges will be allocated on a ballot basis for this horse so that all shareholders have the same chance of receiving a free or discounted badge. You must expect that on some occasions we will be unable to provide free or discounted Owners Badges to every shareholder who wants them. However, we will always attempt to get access to the paddock for every shareholder at the meeting, even if they have not been allocated an owners badge. 

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 35  
  Wins 8  
  Placed runs (1st 3) 12  
  Prizemoney to Date 42166  
  Horse Age 10  
  Gender Gelding  
  Best Distance 2m 2f  
  Trainer Tom Gretton  
  Based Inkberrow, Worcestershire.  
  Regular Jockey James Davies  
  Data Correct At 2017-05-13  


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