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If you are looking for a racehorse where the planets aligned, serendipity came to the fore and luck has already played a part, then Inver Silver will certainly fit the bill.
Ollie Pears bought this filly at the Goffs Doncaster Silver Sale on our behalf, however it wasn't until after the hammer had fallen that we realised some interesting facts about the purchase. Ollie had bought her on the basis of her walk, soft eye and overall looks. However, when he confirmed he had bought a filly for us we were shocked to discover that she was the first foal by a horse we had owned in the past!
My Best Bet was a very successful mare for us over seven years ago, winning twice and being competitive in the south for a number of years. This filly by the up-and-coming sire Fast Company is her first offspring. My Best Bet had plenty about her and had a good change of pace over two out which often got her into a challenging position. A solid 70 horse, we are delighted she has been put to Fast Company
Ollie Pears (trainer): I've had a couple of Fast Company's before and they are good to train and tend to be robust as well.
In the dam's line is Owington, who has a good record with Fast Company offspring and he tends to produce horses that can win at two, and then go on to improve as three-year-olds.
Inver Silver is very similar to her mother, with a smudge of white on her forehead but otherwise a lovely chesnut colour. Ollie was really pleased to get her at the sale as he felt she walked better than most and has the size to develop into a proper racehorse.
Ollie stated "I liked her as soon as she walked into the ring. She looks like a sprinter, but has a really good neck on her and could lengthen out and get further in time."
The filly is named Inver Silver because unbelievably, she has another horse in her pedigree which Ownaracehorse enjoyed a deep connection. Inver Gold was a gelding which led to the formation of the company fifteen years ago! Given the string of coincidences associated with Ollie buying this filly at the Silver sale, 'Inver Silver' seemed the correct way to link these serendipitous connections together!
We really can't wait for this filly to start her career in 2019. She has all the right attributes and Ollie has proved in the last few years that he is a brilliant judge of these youngsters. Inver Silver will almost certainly be aimed at the Rous Stakes at York in June, or a Maiden race at the same meeting if she proves to be of high quality.
Update June 2019 - Inver Silver suffered a setback in May when she got an abscess in her foot. However, she is now back to full health and is expected to start racing in July. This filly may well race right through into the All-Weather season, if so, we will adjust her share period accordingly.
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 or six furlongs and then will perhaps get even further as her season gets underway and 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 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 six to seven furlong starter, then there are plenty of races available for her from late May onwards. We will assess this filly's progress and if Ollie 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.
Inver Silver 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 April 1st 2019 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2019, although we will be reporting on the filly 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. 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.
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.