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This mare stood out for us when we visited Philip Kirby's training base at East Appleton in Richmond, North Yorkshire. She is by the high-ranking jumps sire Westerner, who seems to produce very robust and well balanced types, and we were struck with how bullish she was whilst not being oversized.
She was 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 2018 season saw her improve with each run until she reached Wetherby in January and stepped up in trip to 2m 4f.
She came through the field in the last two furlongs and was still on the bridle and four lengths clear of her field when stumbling at the last and falling. She subsequently needed a couple of runs to get her confidence back.This filly is usually a very solid jumper - and has only failed to complete a hurdles race on that one occasion. 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 really likes this filly and believes there are races to be won with her. She will head 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 A1. 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 handicap hurdle races. If she proves to be successful, we will seek to step up in class. Northern Girl showed she had talent in her first season, and should have won in her second. We are expecting her to step up on that form after her summer out in the paddocks. She's a striking horse to look at, a really popular filly with her shareholders, and we are really looking forward to her getting what she deserves - a win under her belt.
Form & 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 Hurdles races in the north, probably over a distance of 2m 3f+, and depending on her success, possibly step up to 2m 6f and possibly more. In an ideal world we would like to see her rise through the ranks during the season, and have a crack at one or two nice handicap hurdles in spring 2019.
Northern Girl 2019 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 2018-19 jumps season, from October 1st 2018 through until May 1st 2019. 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.