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Crown Princess enjoyed a stellar season in 2021, recording a win, three second placings. The filly was rarely beaten more than a few lengths. She proved she has trained on from two to three years old and provided her shareholders with a huge amount of fun and enjoyment.
This filly is by Mehmas, a top-class sprinter and the leading first season sire in 2020. His progeny has been much sought after since the start of the 2020 season. Crown Princess showed she not only possesses speed but is also robust, running frequently and consistently to a high level.
She started last season on a mark in the sixties and was still competitive when running off a mark of seventy-nine. She is based in North Yorkshire and many of her races are at tracks in the area. However, trainer Ollie Pears is willing to travel with her when the race is there for her.
Ollie told us "She is such a good-looking filly and has a great temperament. She tries hard, and her 3YO season showed she has the ability and mental strength to be competitive against her own age group and older horses. She's never been far away in her races, and in the odd one where she's run under par there was a good reason. As long as the handicapper is fair with her handicap mark, we will certainly enjoy more wins with her through the 2022 season."
Ollie Pears stated: "She doesn't give up, and the strength of her form is there for all to see. She won her Novice race in good style, and was then second to a horse who subsequently went into Class 2 and Listed races. This year she bumped into a trio of improving horses otherwise shed have recorded more wins."
Crown Princess really enjoys her racing, and particularly running around Beverley (has only once been out of the first three in nine runs and won two of them). She acts on most ground types - from Good to Firm through to Soft - and really is the perfect horse for owners who want to see their horse competitive each time it runs.
The other important point to make about this filly is that she has already shown an exceptional calmness and easy-going temperament. Even after only a day at Ollie's yard the filly was being petted and nosing into us in her stable. She always goes into the stalls without any issues and jumps really well from them - a prerequisite for any racehorse.
"This filly has a touch of class about her. She still has bags of scope and has already shown she has what it takes to win races. If all goes well, we will have a crack at one or two bigger races at the premier tracks as the 2022 season develops." Ollie told us.
Ollie Pears commented "We will give her plenty of rest over Christmas and then get her going in February so she will be ready to race at the start of the new season. Now that racing is back to normal after COVID I'm looking forward to having a proper full season with this filly. Shed deserved to get more wins than she has, and as a 4YO she may find things a little easier, being a bigger, more powerful sort with another winter under her belt."
Ollie went on to state: "She's very straightforward and the plan will be to get an initial run in handicap company into her and then start picking off races as they come. If she can improve, then we can aim for some better class races as well. Her form has her on the cusp of 0-90 rated company, so it's not beyond the realms of possibility that we could be having a tilt at more Class 2 handicaps off a low weight. "
Crown Princess is currently at Ollie Pears yard in Malton and after finishing her 2021 season will get two months off. After trotting and cantering in late January/February she will have a short rest before getting ready to race in the opening stages of the 2022 season. She likes soft ground, so there's nothing to stop her racing in April if she is ready after winter.
We will be posting updates on the filly's progress for shareholders on an ad-hoc basis through the late winter months, reporting on the major breakthroughs with her training - and we will provide regular updates on her progress on the gallops and with her education in detail from March onward. During the heart of the season, we publish update reports every 7-10 days, and more regularly when she actively starts racing.
If everything goes to plan, and Crown Princess is in good health both mentally and physically, she will start racing in April/May and then race regularly through the summer. She acts on fast ground, so racing in July and August can be expected. We anticipate between 4 and 8 runs from this filly this season, and she will most likely race around the Yorkshire, Lancashire, and North Eastern racetracks. She may travel further north or south if the right racing opportunity presents itself.
Form & Race Plans
The race plans for this filly will be determined her final handicap rating earned on the racecourse through 2020. She is a seven furloing and mile horse, and at the time of writing, rated 78. We expect she will be competing in Class 4 and Class 3 handicaps in the 0-75 to 0-90 category. Trainer Ollie Pears has brought this filly along a step at a time, ensuring she can step forward with every race, which has resulted in the filly rarely finishing out of the first three.
Crown Princess is still very capable, and we will be seeking to continue her rise up the handicap ratings. If she is good enough, this could mean she can qualify handicaps at top class tracks. Even if that's not possible, she will be competing for decent prize-money in Class 4 handicap company.
There are plenty of races available for her from late April 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, including the possibility of racing at higher prestige venues such as York, Haydock, and Doncaster.
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.
Crown Princess 2022 Guarantee
We expect to get 2-5 runs and sometimes more from all our horses per share period (one season), 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 2022 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2022, however we will be reporting on the filly in an ad-hoc fashion before the share period starts (from January 2022), 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. Some horses 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 due to the nature of acquiring racehorses at short notice. Prizemoney cannot be paid on any replacements, but all other benefits such as yard visits and race day badges are available.
As a shareholder you MUST ACCEPT that we cannot guarantee your horse's 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.
We believe in being crystal clear with our shareholders - any participation in racehorse ownership is a risk, and we are UNABLE TO MAKE 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 and part of your lease payment covers the horse's four months training prior to the season starting. This risk is the chance all shareholders take, as we do ourselves when participating in the ownership of a racehorse.