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Amity Island is a horse who has been lightly raced to date, but has won and been placed on several occasions. He always tends to be thereabouts and is a robust and sound horse who rarely misses races due to ill-health.
This gelding improved right the way through 2018. Bought at the Tattersalls sales as a yearling, Amity Island won his first race on his sixth attempt after being placed twice.
He is a sizeable gelding, and having already won on the All-Weather surface, we're looking forward to taking the gelding through the summer on the turf. He showed he can cope with a decent, good to firm surface in 2018 at Beverley when running well in a above average handicap.
He has proved himself to be versatile, racing on both the turf and All-Weather surfaces. His mother got a mile and his father was unbeaten at six furlongs as a 2YO (including in the Richmond stakes), and he looks so like his father. Currently he is racing over a mile, but we do expect to try ten furlongs every now and again as he has already shown some ability over that trip.
This horse really gets on with the surface at Southwell, and we expect him to have the odd run on the fibresand surface there during summer. He should be very competitive in Class five one mile handicaps.
Ollie says of the 4YO "He is a good ride, and has plenty of spirit, but is sensible with it. We gelded him in early June and that helped him and he does need things to go his way in his races, but he has the ability to be winning races in his turn."This son of Harbour Watch already has plenty of substance to him and it will be fascinating to see how he develops. He could be racing at Southwell, Beverley, Catterick, Ripon, Pontefract, Haydock, Newcastle and Wolverhampton. He has also run well at Chelmsford, so a trip to the south is a possibility.
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.
Ollie commented "We've not really got to the bottom of him as a grass horse yet, and I think there will be races to be won with this gelding through the summer."This gelding will be contesting handicap races throughout the North and Midlands through spring and summer. He should run between 3-7 times for his shareholders. He has already proved he can win races and he should be very competitive and good value for money.
Trained in Malton, East Yorkshire, a well known training centre for racehorses, we will be holding a minimum of two yard visits for shareholders (spring and autumn) to the Ollie Pears stables.
Form & Race Plans
The race plans for this gelding will be determined by his level of ability shown at home and on the course in 2019. He will start at a mile and then may get further than this as he develops physically and mentally during the year.
The route for this gelding will be to start off in 0-65 and 0-70 rated mile handicaps and then go up the grades as he experiences success. We are hopeful that he will be starting in spring from a very workable handicap rating.
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 current winter shareholders.
We will assess this gelding'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.
Your online Racehorse Manager will provide full details of all developments in terms of race planning as the season progresses.
Amity Island 2019 Guarantee
We expect to get 3-5 runs and sometimes more from all our 4YO 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 2019 turf season - starting April 1st and finishing on 1st November 2019.
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. Some horses perform better when given 3-5 weeks between races.
For our older horses we offer a race guarantee: If due to injury, retirement or a forced sale, this gelding's season is cut short and he has not raced at least twice, we will replace him with a substitute horse of our choosing for the remainder of the 2019 turf season. Please note that we are unable to pay prizemoney on any replacements and due to the nature of racing we cannot guarantee the replacements location or ability. However we will ensure shareholders have the opportunity to go racing.
As a shareholder you must understand that we cannot guarantee your horses performance, a specific volume of runs (beyond our minimum guarantee in the event of an injury) 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. We are NOT a Racing Club - you are a shareholder in a specific syndicate in a single racehorse which makes the experience more personal, but also higher risk. 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 there is a possibility of this happening. We believe in being crystal clear with our shareholders: any participation in racehorse ownership is high 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.