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Swerved is probably one of the best looking and exciting young horses we have ever owned as a 2YO in the North. She really is an impressive racehorse even though she is still a yearling. Ollie Pears admitted that he had looked at her in the paddocks at the sales and by her size and scope, along with her impressive pedigree, he assumed she would be far too expensive.
"I was walking away from the bidding area, but then realised that she wasn't going for as much as I thought." Ollie told us "I went back in and bid at the last opportunity, not expecting for one moment that she would be knocked down to me, and thirty seconds later I'd bought her for you!"
Ollie continued "She is wonderfully bred and has plenty about her. She's probably the biggest, most imposing filly I have ever bought at the sales, but for a large horse she walks like a ballerina."
He continued "Excellebration has done really well with his first few seasons as a sire, and this youngster looks like having far more scope than just a 2YO - I think she will work out well."
Shareholders should be aware that this filly is likely to need six furlongs and possibly seven furlongs as a starting trip, so we don't expect her to be racing at the very start of the 2018 season. Ollie stated "I would view her as a horse who will get going in June when the six furlong races start to become more numerous in the programme book.
Ollie went on to say "I would guess that she will need a mile by the end of the season. She reminds me a bit of Dyna Might [another Ownaracehorse filly with Ollie], as she's a similar type and we could find ourselves taking a similar route - hopefully with the same success."
Ollie Pears commented "So far she has proved to be down-to-earth, switched off, and has been well handled by her breeders. We will get her broken in fairly soon and have her ready to kick on with in January."
This filly is currently at Ollie Pears' yard in Malton and will be broken in before November and then enter full training straight afterwards. After trotting and cantering in December, she will have a short rest before getting ready to start racing in May to July of the 2018 season.
We are already reporting on the fillys progress for shareholders on an ad-hoc basis, reporting on the major breakthroughs with her training - and we will provide regular updates on her progress on the gallops and with her education in detail from January onwards. During the heart of the season we publish update reports every 7-10 days, and more regularly when she actively starts racing.
If everything goes to plan, and Swerved is far enough forward both mentally and physically, she will get plenty more gallop experience up the 'Langton Wold Gallop' at Malton and will be racing right through summer and autumn 2018. We expect between 3 and 7 runs from this filly this season, and she will most likely race around the Yorkshire, Lancashire and North Eastern racetracks. There are also a few 'Private Service' shares available in this filly.
Form & Race Plans
The race plans for this filly will be determined by her level of ability shown at home and on the course in 2018. On breeding she should start at six or seven furlongs and then will perhaps get even further as her season gets underway and she develops physically and mentally during the year.
The standard route of a horse of this type will be to start in Maiden (races for horses who have yet to win a race) or Novice races (2YO only races where previous winners get extra weight)and her performance in these first three of four races will determine whether she goes into nursery handicaps, or is good enough to tackle conditions races or even step into pattern races (high value, prestige races).
If, as we believe, she shows that she will be a six to seven furlong starter, then there are plenty of races available for her from late May onwards. We will assess this filly's progress and if Ollie believes she has the right level of ability she may get entries for some of the more prestigious races in the racing calendar.
Your online Racehorse Manager will provide full details of all developments in terms of the filly's progress and race planning as the season progresses.
Swerved 2018 Guarantee
We expect to get 2-5 runs and sometimes more from all our 2YO horses per share period, however, you should expect periods of no racing as a result of recuperation from injury or training setbacks. This share period starts January 1st 2018 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2018, although we will be reporting on the filly before the share period starts should we have anything of importance to share with shareholders.
During the season the horse may be rested or have time away from the track to recover and it is quite normal for a flat horse to have periods of 3-6 weeks rest between races. 2YO's are particularly susceptible to sore shins, bone chips and growing pains, and can need a greater time to recover between races.
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.
2YO's are the most risky of racehorses to own - and you should be aware that there is a chance that your 2YO may not race at all. Around 20% of 2YO's will not reach the racecourse during their 2YO season.
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 risk is the chance all shareholders take, as we do ourselves, when participating in the ownership of a racehorse.