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Dazzling Darren was bought at the Tattersalls Ascot breeze up sale for GBP 7,000. He is by a relatively new sire called Dragon Pulse who has enjoyed plenty of success with his first few crops, including horses rated well above 100 on the flat.
Epsom based trainer Adam West bought him for what he considered a very decent price after a very fair breeze.
Speaking about the colt Adam said "He had a small cut on his back leg from an over reach during his breeze, so he went through the sale with a bandage on his ankle, but his breeze was actually decent and I was surprised he was knocked down to me so early. I guess the other buyers weren't too happy about the bandage, but I\'d seen the cut beforehand and it wasn't serious.
We can confirm that once the 2YO had got home, he was fully recovered from the small cut and on the gallops within a couple of days.
The colt's mother, Top Of The Art only saw a racetrack twice before she was sent to the paddocks, however she is extremely well bred. Her full brother was Heeraat, the multiple Group winning colt. Even though her own racing career was cut short, she was sold for 55,000 guineas as a broodmare.
Adam told us "This lad has a bit about him. He's called 'Darren' in the yard and I expect him to get better as the season progresses. He will probably start at six furlongs, but will come into his own as soon as the seven and eight furlong races start in mid-summer."
"He will not take too much getting ready. However, I do think that five furlongs will be too sharp for him. Being out of a Dark Angel mare he will almost certainly improve with experience as the season unfolds." commented Adam.
This colt will be named quite soon, and Adam expects he will be racing in June, once the six furlong races are available for the juveniles. Adam has also intimated that he may geld this son of Dragon Pulse, so that his season isn't disrupted halfway through the summer. The colt has a decent temperament, but has already shown coltish tendencies when around fillies, so the best policy is to get him gelded before he starts his 2019 campaign.
He is a good-looking colt, with decent markings and was well prepared for the breeze ups. He stands well and Adam reports that he has settled into Loretta Lodge well. He should be an exciting young horse to follow through the summer and autumn of 2019.
Update June 2019 - Dazzling Darren has needed time to develop, as he has grown and also needed time for his knees to lock. Adam is now expecting to see him make her debut in July or August. This colt may well race right through into the start of the All-Weather season, if so, we will adjust his share period accordingly.
Form & Race Plans
Dazzling Darren 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 horse 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 horse has a season-ending injury and has not already raced twice during the share period, we will replace him 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, vets 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.