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This half-sister to our own very consistent and successful chaser Little Jimmy is set to have her debut season in the 2017-18 National Hunt season starting in October 2018.
This filly has been on our radar for three years - when we discovered that our top winning chaser Little Jimmy had this half sister. The mare has only had two offspring, and once we knew she could become available, we and the trainer Tom Gretton planned to keep tabs on her development and secure her before reaching the sales ring. We went to see her at the breeders at the end of Spring and were suitably pleased with her to buy her and place her in training for this next winter/spring/summer season.
This filly is interesting from a couple of perspectives - as she is a very decent size, (bigger than Jimmy was at this stage of his life), and she is conformed nicely. Obviously she is closely related to a very decent chaser, but her sire Denounce is an interesting mating. This sire has only had a few mares go to him, but he has had considerable success with a good number of them at distances up to a mile and a half on the flat. Denounce himself showed ability on his three starts for Juddmonte before injury ruled him out of further races.
This filly will follow a standard un-raced National Hunt route this season, as she will be readied for her opening run in spring and will almost certainly go straight over hurdles. She is bred to need over two miles in distance and we expect 2m Bumpers will simply be too short for her, so she will contest Maiden hurdles to gain experience.
Prospective shareholders must understand that this filly is a long term prospect - we expect to keep her in training for a number of years (her half-brother is now racing in his sixth winter season!) and this opening season to her career is all about educating her, gaining experience and learning about her.
Tom believes the filly will race between 2-5 times, but she will certainly not be campaigned too rigorously. She is a long term prospect and will be treated as such. That's not to say she cannot run, win and do so more than a few times, but we want to be clear with prospective shareholders that they should treat their involvement with the filly as more than simply one season. As such, we are offering a guarantee that any returning shareholders for her 2019 winter season will receive their share at a 15% discount to our advertised prices compared to new people joining the syndicate.
She is a bay coloured filly who is starting to tighten up and do a lot more on the gallops at Inkberrow, close to Worcester. She was broken during early summer and has been in full training since May. Tommy has already jumped her over small obstacles and she has a very similar 'feel' to her as her sibling, Little Jimmy.
He stated "This filly is already a decent size. She moves well, and has a similar temperament to Jimmy. She is obviously very green at the moment, and she will be learning a great deal on her opening few runs, but I'm really looking forward to it, as she is a proper National Hunt horse and its always nice to have them from the very start of their careers."
Tom added “On his day Jimmy is a really good horse, and will be competitive in pretty much any chase race. If she has that same attitude in her races, and gains some of the speed from her sire we will have a good time with her this winter. I want to make it clear that we will not be over-racing her though - she may only run a few times this first season. We will see how it goes, but I do expect her forte will be chasing, just like her brother.”
Little Jimmy is a really popular, winning syndicate horse, and we believe Jimmy's Sister has the profile to be very similar.
Like her brother, she will need time to find her feet - but that is all part of the process of bringing a chaser along, and this is why we are offering shareholders a guarantee of a run, a low cost first season, and a guarantee of a reduction in costs for her 2019 season for shareholders who decide to stay with her.
UPDATE APRIL 2018
Jimmy's sister is now almost ready to run. She has been schooling nicely over hurdles and we are looking forward to her first run in the third or fourth week of April. With the weather playing a big part in trying to find a race for her, we may go for a spin in a Bumper with her before going hurdling.
Form & Race Plans
The race plan for the this mare is quite simple - she will be going straight into Hurdle races and will be specifically contesting Maidens (races for horses who have yet to win), most likely for mares/fillies only.
Tommy Gretton stated "Bumpers are probably going to be too short for her, and so we'll most likely head for hurdles races. However, once her fast work starts in late summer we will re-evaluate her and we could change the targets, but I am assuming she will be like her brother and need the experience of her first couple of runs before she starts to show her true potential. This first season should be interesting and could go anywhere, but I would expect to race her around the Midlands, only travelling further afield if we are desperate for some decent ground or there is a really good target for her."
Her brother does like some juice in the ground, so we are less likely to see Jimmy's Sister out on very firm ground. She will no doubt need 4-5 weeks between runs, especially her opening couple of races.
Jimmys Sister 2018 Guarantee
Whilst we hope to get 3-6 runs from all our National Hunt horses per share period, you should expect periods of recuperation from injury or training setbacks. This horse is having her first season, and as such the number of races she runs will depend entirely on how she copes with full training and racing itself.
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 mare suffer a season ending injury which prevents her from not running AT LEAST ONCE 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 1-2 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.