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This filly was bought at the Doncaster Silver Sale for GBP 9,000 which we rated as tremendous value for a Galileo mare. She is by a brand new sire called Ivawood who won several top class races as a two-year-old and went on to be placed in both the British and Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Adam West bought her on our behalf and was keen on the way the filly handled herself and with her pedigree. She is quite correct and although she may look to be on the small side she is actually well over 15 hands and is set to grow into her frame over the coming months.
Speaking about the filly's pedigree Adam said "Her mother only ran once but she has had success with her offspring so far, with two multiple winners from three which have raced."
Ivawood is a son of Zebedee, hailing from the Invincible spirit line and this filly is among the first of his opening crop, so there will be plenty of interest around him when his first son's and daughter's start to hit the track in 2019. It's always a gamble when going for a new sire, but because of this they can be far more affordable, and Adam pointed out that being from a Galileo mare will automatically upgrade the filly's chances of success.
Adam told us "I like the filly. She's called 'Ivy' in the yard and is proving to be a feisty and sparky sort of filly. She has plenty of confidence and is very forward going. I like that in my filly's, a shrinking violet is unlikely to make it as an early two-year-old."
"This filly was bought with the intention of going racing as a two-year-old, so I looked for a compact, sprinting type. However, being from a Galileo mare there is every chance she will get a trip in time. " commented Adam.
This filly will be named quite soon - and you can have the chance to do so, as we will be running a competition to name this filly. As Adam stresses, she will grow and change enormously over the coming months. The plan is to have her ready to race in the early part of the season. 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.
She is a good-looking filly, with decent markings and was well prepared for the sales. She stands and trots very well and Adam reports that she has settled into her new home at Loretta Lodge really well. She should be an exciting young horse to follow through the summer of 2019.
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 she shows the need for longer distances at home, she may have to wait for the six furlong races later in the season. However, we will assess this filly's progress and if Adam 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.
Ivawood 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.