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Trainer Adam West (based at Epsom) was brimming with excitement when he was able to purchase this son of Cityscape at the Ascot Sales in August on our behalf. He was expecting this gelding would be out of our spending bracket and couldn't believe the sort of value for money the horse represented.
Adam says of the gelding, "Gilbert moves really well and is a really nice horse to deal with. His first few runs haven't been much to get excited about, but that's because he's been a slow learner and a shade backward. If you watch his first two races, he's always trying really hard, and once he's had another winter on his back things will start to happen for him.'
This gelding was given the stable name of 'Gilbert' when he first arrived, and Adam liked the name so much he checked with the BHA and was delighted to be able to make this his racing name too.
As Adam pointed out to shareholders at visits to the yard, Gilbert is a good size and has a really good attitude. He is at home with people around him and always wants to please. He has no vices and has a striking head on him.
"I couldn't be happier with this chap,' Adam admitted, 'He hasn't found his stride yet, but he shapes like a nice horse who just needs to fill out and get his conditions. He is three-quarter related to a quality handicapper and is one to look forward to next season."
Adam pointed out that Gilbert has a proven three-quarter brother called Merry Banter. This gelding has won seven races, and been placed in an amazing 23 races, earning over GBP 75,000 in prize-money for his connections - and is still only a seven-year-old!
Adam said, "The breeder has replicated the pedigree of Gilbert along almost exactly along the same lines as Merry Banter, using a sire (Cityscape) who was a brother of Bated Breath. Merry Banter is rock hard robust, is a quality performer, and a perfect horse for a syndicate looking for plenty of competitive runs. He's certainly got the character, and I'm hopeful he will come to himself as a 3YO and we can have a lot of fun as he makes his way up the handicapping ranks."
Gilbert is trained in Surrey by Adam West, who is an aspiring trainer based in a famous racing yard - Loretta Lodge in Epsom.
"I think he's my dark horse for 2022. He's got a lovely way of being and once he's fully mature he will be capable of much more than he's achieved so far." Adam West, trainer.
Gilbert has been running over a distance of seven furlongs and a mile and could be going up to ten furlongs in 2022. He is bred to be a miler on his father's side, and both his mother and father won as youngsters. We are hoping he will be similar to his brother, and be a robust and competitive sort that will provide his shareholders with plenty of fun.
"He is very likeable, and has a good eye. I expect he will not be super-sharp, but I'd expect him to start at seven furlongs in 2022 and be racing through summer as he's already proved to me that he is likely to be a horse that wants ground on the firmer side of Good," commented Adam.
We are really hoping Gilbert will see a racetrack early in 2022. However, potential shareholders should be aware that you can never legislate for how a horse may grow, develop or indeed have setbacks. Adam tends to bring his young horses along in their own time, but also isn't afraid of racing them against good opposition, as seen in his first two runs of his 2YO season. So shareholders are likely to see a couple of runs before the true potential of this youngster is realised.
This gelding will be heading to a racetrack in the south for the first time in 2022 sometime between April and May. There is also a possibility that he may start on the All-Weather in early spring. Your Racehorse Manager account will keep you up to date with any major milestones Gilbert reaches and of course we will be reporting regularly from March onward when Adam has him ready to go.
Form & Race Plans
Gilbert will get his handicap mark in late 2021 and will head straight into handicap company in 2022. Adam is expecting the gelding will prove to be the sort who will improve with racing, and he is hoping to take the youngster up the handicap bands through 2022.
He will probably start in 0-60 company over seven furlongs or a mile and then dependent on his progress, work his way into Class 5 and Class 4 races as the season develops.
Your online Racehorse Manager will provide full details of all developments in terms of the horse's progress and race planning as the season progresses. However, being southern-based, we do expect this colt will race at tracks like Kempton, Sandown, Lingfield, Newbury, Bath, Chelmsford, or Windsor.
Gilbert 2022 Guarantee
We expect to get 2-7 runs and sometimes more from all our 3YO horses per share period/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 horse before the share period starts (from January 2022) should we have anything of importance to share with shareholders.
During the seasonÂ 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. Racehorses can be 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 alreadyÂ RACED TWICEÂ 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. Prize-money cannot be paid on any replacements, but all other benefits such as yard visits and race day badges are made available.
As a shareholder you MUST ACCEPT that we cannot guarantee your horses performance, a specific volume of runs (beyond our minimum guarantee if injured) or that runs willÂ be evenly spaced throughout the share period. Â This is the chance you take when owningÂ any racehorse and participating in this ownership experience. Â 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, andÂ we areÂ UNABLE TO PROVIDE REFUNDSÂ 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 five months of pre-season training.
This risk is the chance all shareholders take, as we do ourselves when participating in the ownership of a racehorse.