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This is a standout purchase for Ownracehorse. We have never syndicated a racehorse rated over 100 on the flat before, never mind a winner of a Group 2 race. We are absolutely delighted to be offering our small-share shareholders this Group 2 winning, 106 rated colt for his 5YO racing campaign on the turf - which is usually only the preserve of owners with exceptionally deep pockets.
We are expecting this racehorse to contest some valuable races (he has already won over GBP 72,000), and if he retains all the talent he showed as a 2YO shareholders may get the chance to visit some of the top racing tracks in the country with a horse competing at an extremely high level.
Even if he turns out not to be quite the 106 rated horse he was as a 2YO, he is still going to be a talented individual more than capable of winning races.
He could well be racing in Pattern company, and may also get entries into some of the serious handicaps in the racing calender.
There is a significant story to tell about this ex-Aidan O'Brien colt. He has been with Aidan for the last three years, racing as a 2YO with success in the 6f Group 2 Railway Stakes over at the Curragh, but for the rest of his juvenile season he became a pace-setter for the top 2YO that year - Air Force Blue (who ended up winning the Dewhurst). Painted Cliffs still scored a couple of successes, winning his maiden and then the Group 2 race, but as you would expect, he was being overshadowed by his all-conquering stable-mate.
For the last two years Painted Cliffs has been gainfully employed at Aidan's yard to lead horses up the gallops such as Carrivagio, Order Of St George and Churchill - all in the same ownership. His rating of 106 marked him out as a fast horse, but with the cream of the Balldoyle outfit around him, he was a lesser light.
Apparently he was one of the only work horses in the yard capable of getting proper fast exercise into the stable's stars.
With a brand new set of 2YO's coming into the yard from the sales in the last few months, and a policy of letting horses go at four, Sir Tony McCoy (a good friend of our trainer Seamus Durack from his riding days) bought a group of horses from the Magnier, Tabor and Smith partnership and this chap was among them. The Ballydoyle stables always let a large number of high quality, but not absolute top class horses go once a year.
You may be asking yourself why a yard would be wishing to dispose of a horse like this - but when you have close to 50 other horses all rated 110 in the yard, a 105 horse who is coming up to his fifth birthday doesn't hold the same excitement for his previous owners!
This sort of horse is usually beyond the budget of most owners, but being with the right trainer at the right time has meant we have had the opportunity to buy a very interesting, and potentially exciting horse who has already shown a very high level of ability. His past form speaks for itself, but with two years of gallop work behind him, the big question will be whether he is still a 100+ horse.
We have had Painted Cliffs knees tested to ensure he is still capable of using his ability - and that analysis came back with a perfect result. He moves very well and if anything, the fact that he has been acting as a lead horse for superstars for two years probably points to the fact that he is going to be very robust. Frankly, even if he only ends up being an 80 horse, he is still going to take his shareholders to some top class meetings, which is why we jumped at the chance to purchase him.
Canford Cliffs, his sire, trained on to be an outstanding miler at three before being retired to stud, and we are hoping this chap will be just like his father. He showed that he got seven furlongs really well as a 2YO and we expect him to be racing over a mile and potentially further as the 2018 season develops.
Prospective shareholders should be aware that with any racehorse which has not run for two years, there is a risk involved. That said, the reports from Ballydoyle have been favourable about this chap, and if he turns out to be a true 100+ horse we will be ecstatic - as he will be competing in Group company. It is far more likely that he will make up into a decent Saturday afternoon handicapper - but we would equally be delighted if this is the case.
He was still expensive, costing over GBP 30,000 to get him to the racecourse for April in 2018, however, we have seen this chap close up, and he appears to be in need of nothing more than a good rest over winter - which is what he's getting. And like us, shareholders can dream about what could be possible all the way through the winter!
This is a great opportunity for small-share owners to be involved in a proven Group horse at a value-for-money rate.
We fully expect demand to be very high for this colt so you must expect that he may sell out, and therefore there will be between 50-60 shareholders in him for 2018. But try finding a horse like this available for a season of racing with prizemoney paid in exact proportion to the share you own for this sort of price - we'll save you the time - you won't!
UPDATE 24th May 2018
This colt has had a minor wind operation in spring and we are expecting him to make his debut in June. The colt has been going well on the gallops recently and Seamus Durack has reported that Painted Cliffs has been showing plenty of speed and enthusiasm on the gallops.
Form & Race Plans
The race plans for this Group horse will all depend on his home work through the early part of next year. Trainer seamus Durack is keen to give the colt a proper 2 month break over the winter period and bring him back to racing fit and fresh.
This horse will need a distance of a mile, and more likely, a little bit further during his 5YO season. He will be keeping to the flat and Seamus has already indicated that he will have to take the first few runs as they come, as there are not a huge number of races around for a horse rated so highly. However, we are expectant that he will either be racing in Conditions, Listed or quality handicaps to start his season. If he proves to be just as good as his rating, then a stab at a Group 3 or even a Group 2 race is certainly possible.
Seamus has also floated the possibility this chap could be sent abroad at some point, possibly to France or Germany if he believes the right race is available to him.
Painted Cliffs 2018 Guarantee
We expect to get 3-5 runs and possibly more from this racehorse in his share period, however, you should expect periods of no racing as a result of recuperation from injury or training setbacks. This share period starts April 1st 2018 and runs through the summer turf season finishing on November 1st 2018.
During the season the horse may be rested or have time away from the track to recover and it is quite normal for a racehorse to have periods of 3-6 weeks rest between races. Some horses are particularly susceptible to sore shins, bone chips and growing pains, and can need a greater time to recover between races.
For this 5YO we offer the following guarantee: If due to injury or retirement, his season is cut short and he will not race again, and he has not raced at least twice, we will replace him with a similar horse for the remainder of the 2018 turf season. Please note that we are unable to pay prizemoney on any replacements and the replacement will be a horse of our own choosing. It will be impossible to replace this horse with another of the same quality - so shareholders need to understand that we will simply try our best to provide days at the races in such circumstances.
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. We believe in being crystal clear with our shareholders - any participation in racehorse ownership is extremely high risk. We are unable to make any refunds because of share periods which finish early due to injury or mid-season retirement. This is the chance all shareholders take, as we do ourselves, when participating in the ownership of a racehorse.
If you are unhappy with any part of this statement then please DO NOT purchase a share - you need to enter racehorse ownership with an acceptance that in a sport which depends upon animals, things can, and on occasion, will go wrong.