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Amity Island is a horse who has improved with every single run he has had. He started at Newcastle and was very 'green', but has then been placed EVERY TIME in his subsequent three runs.
After that first run he improved immensely second time out when chasing home a couple of decent sorts at Southwell, again over seven furlongs, to finish third. His third run saw him badly off at the weights but still run a very respectable race to finish third again. The race was won by an experienced 72 rated handicapper who Amity Island had to give lots of weight. Handicapping will definitely be his route through 2018 and he has been given a very workable starting mark of 62 by the official handicapper.
We do expect that this youngster will be racing over a mile, and possibly much further as the season develops. His mother got a mile and whilst his father was unbeaten at six furlongs as a 2YO (including in the Richmond stakes) Amity Island is very scopey and has been running on well at the end of both of his last three races.Ollie says of the colt "He is a good ride, and has plenty of spirit, but is sensible with it. I was desperately disappointed with his first run, but he more than made up for it with his next few outings. He will stay at least a mile and I think off a starting mark of 62 he will win races for us. There is plenty more to come from him and I think he will only improve over the winter as he grows and fills out."
Ollie Pears added "We've definitely not seen the best of him yet, and I'm looking forward to taking him handicapping next season. He's not run on the turf yet, but I expect he will go on pretty much any surface with his long-striding action."This son of Harbour Watch already has plenty of substance to him and it will be fascinating to see how he develops over the course of the 2018 summer season.
If you are wondering about his name, 'Amity Island', it was chosen by trainer Ollie Pears as its the fictional town where the film 'Jaws' was based. Given his sire is 'Harbour Watch' it seemed fitting.
This colt will be contesting handicap races throughout the North and should run between 3-7 times for his shareholders. He has done nothing but gain confidence through the autumn and winter, which will stand him in good stead for his campaign on the grass when the warmer weather comes along.
Trained in Malton, East Yorkshire, a well known training centre for racehorses, we expect this colt to be racing at tracks such as Newcastle, Catterick, Ripon, Pontefract, Beverley, Southwell, Nottingham and possibly York, Haydock and Chester.
Form & Race Plans
The race plans for this colt will be determined by his level of ability shown at home and on the course in 2018. He will start at seven furlongs or a mile and then may get further than this as he develops physically and mentally during the year.
The route for this colt will be to start off in 0-65 or 0-70 rated handicaps and then go up the grades as he experiences success. We are hopeful that going up in trip will see his potential being realised and if this is the case, we may see him develop into a very nice three-year-old.
There are plenty of races available for him right from the start of the turf season, and he is expected to start racing in April, as he will be fit from his winter campaign. Please note that we expect Amity Island to race once or twice on the All-Weather between New Year and the end of March for his winter shareholders.
We will assess this colt's progress and if Ollie believes he has the right level of ability he may get entries for some of the more prestigious races in the racing calendar. We currently have no plans to geld him, as he is very well-mannered and an easy colt to deal with.
Your online Racehorse Manager will provide full details of all developments in terms of race planning as the season progresses.
Amity Island 2018 Guarantee
We expect to get 3-5 runs and sometimes more from all our 3YO 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 runs through the 2018 turf season - finishing on 1st November 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 flat horse to have periods of 3-6 weeks rest between races. Young horses can be 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 colt'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.