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When this gelding went through the sales at Doncaster in 2016, we were expecting that his price would soar into unobtainable heights very quickly, but thankfully, we were able to pick him up at a good value price and bring him back to Malton to join our syndicates last year.
Ollie liked Christmas Night as soon as he saw him walking around the parade area. He has an excellent pedigree, from a mare who has already produced two who achieved black type (Listed class placed or winners) and nine individual winners from twelve of her offspring to reach the track.
Last season the gelding took a race to get himself experienced, but then went to York and finished fourth in the Acomb Stakes (worth £15,000).
He then was beaten only a short head at Wolverhampton and was second again at Leicester, only beaten by a decent sort. He proved himself to be a really robust and consistent horse as a two-year-old and we expect that to continue through 2018.He will be contesting five and six furlong races through 2018 and should provide his shareholders with plenty of fun and enjoyment. He is a really great horse to be involved in, and the syndicate had a superb day out at York in summer in July this year.
Ollie explains "I liked this chap at the sales, and expected him to go for much more than he did. His pedigree speaks for itself, but he is also a good size, walks well and is exactly the type to have a lot of fun with in sprints. He is a proper sprinter and hasn't had a day lame since we've had him."
This son of Compton Place is sprint bred through and through. His pedigree is littered with sprint winners, with nine brothers and sisters who have won over five or six furlongs. There are also plenty of 2YO winners in his family - including his Mother and Father, and half his siblings.
This gelding will be contesting sprints throughout the North through summer, and should run between 4-8 times for his shareholders. He has a good temperament, and was a really fun horse in 2017 - and hopefully he will take us racing plenty of times.Trained in Malton, East Yorkshire, a well known training centre for racehorses, we expect this gelding to be racing at tracks such as Newcastle, Catterick, Ripon, Pontefract, Beverley, Nottingham and possibly York, Haydock and Chester.
We will be reporting on the gelding's progress for shareholders on an ad-hoc basis from the start of the year, and as soon as we have the early indications of the likely raceplans for the 3YO we will make shareholders aware. Part of the thrill of owning a racehorse is the expectation of the opening run of the season, but shareholders will have the opportunity to see him in the flesh before his opening run of the season, as we will hold our spring yard visit to the stables in April or early May.
Form & Race Plans
This gelding has run six times and came close to winning on two occasions - only being beaten a short head at Wolverhampton on one occasion. He has shown enough ability to be winning in handicaps or claimers.
Christmas Night will head straight into handicaps, and possibly claimers and sellers. He was successful in these sorts of races last year and Ollie will place him to make the most of his handicap mark and ability.
There are plenty of races available for him right from the start of the season. We will assess this 3YO's progress and if Ollie believes he has the right level of ability he may get entries for some of the more higher grade races in the racing calendar.
Your online Racehorse Manager will provide full details of all developments in terms of race planning as the season progresses.
Christmas Night 2018 Guarantee
We expect to get 3-6 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 April 1st 2018 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2018, although we will be reporting on the colt 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. Young horses are particularly susceptible to sore shins, bone chips and growing pains, and can need a greater time to recover between races.
For our 3YO's we offer the following guarantee: If due to injury or retirement, this gelding's season is cut short 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.
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.