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Mike Murphy is a new trainer for us in 2019 and we have started him off with this good-looking daughter of Dandy Man, who is a renowned source of good quality two-year-olds. We bought this filly at the Doncaster Goffs Silver Sale for GBP 10,000 and she immediately went to Mike's training yard in Westoning to be broken in.
Mike said of the filly 'I really liked the fact that she is compact and already filling out. She's a decent stamp of a horse and has a good neck and back.'
The filly walked really well when at the sales and Mike reports that she has settled into her new home at Westoning really well. She will be backed in the next couple of months and ridden away by December at the latest, allowing her to have a short break over Christmas before the really hard work starts in January ahead of the season starting in late March 2019.
Mike told us "She's a good natured filly and although she isn't huge, that's just what you want from an early sprint filly. I think she was good value for what we paid.
"Her mother was decent and ran plenty of times. That's exactly what I'm looking for from these early types and this filly ticked all the boxes."
This filly will be named quite soon and has all the hallmarks of an early type. If she over-winters well she should be more than capable of being ready to race as soon as the flat season gets into full swing in April. We will be keeping shareholders appraised of her progress from early 2019 so you don't miss any major milestones in her preparation for racing.
Mike stated 'Dandy Man has a really good record with his young offspring and this filly looks racy already.'
This horse should be out early season. As this is our first 2YO with Mike Murphy we wanted a youngster who should be be ready to go racing as soon as the season starts in April. At the sales, this filly struck us as the sort who should come to hand early and will hopefully be robust enough to enjoy a full season of racing.
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 2019. On breeding she should start at five furlongs and then will perhaps get further, most likely just six furlongs, as 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/Auction or Selling/Claiming 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 5f sprinter, then there are plenty of races available for her from late April onwards. We will assess this filly's progress and if Mikebelieves 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.
Dandy Man Filly 2019 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 proper at the start of the turf season on April 1st 2019 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2019, however we will be reporting on the filly before the share period starts (from January 2019) 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 because of setbacks or simply being too backward.
As a shareholder youmust 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 and part of your lease payment covers the build up to the season.
This risk is the chance all shareholders take, as we do ourselves, when participating in the ownership of a racehorse.