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Golden Gal is a daughter of 2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold, whose first season batch of offspring were impressive in 2021. Being by a Classic winning father and a Listed class mother, this youngster has every chance of making up into a nice, competitive filly. She will contest handicaps, although there is a possibility of claimers and selling races. She's a fun horse at a budget price.
The mare, Dubai Princess, has been responsible for five winning offspring, including the ever-popular Windforpower, who has run almost 150 times and won 17 races and been placed over sixty times! She also has a son called Taquka who won significant prizemoney and was rated in the eighties.
Trainer Ollie Pears bought this filly at the Tattersalls sales in Newmarket in October 2020. She is a medium-sized filly, and has an extremely good nature. Ollie describes her as 'Well put together, with bags of enthusiasm, and has a terrier-like attitude to racing.'
Ollie Pears stated, "Golden Gal comes from a successful family and to be honest, I thought we'd get a win from her in her first season. However, she was young and immature in 2021. With another winter under her belt, I'm hoping she will be ready to shoot up the handicap ratings."
Golden Gal ran six times as a 2YO, her best performance coming at Catterick in August when finishing second in a handicap. She certainly has ability, but as Ollie Pears explains, she was such an excitable filly as a 2YO, she tended to ruin her chances by being too eager to please.
Ollie remarked, "Golden Gal may be on the small side, but she's got a massive heart. The issue with her 2YO season was that whenever she saw any daylight, she would go forward and blast to the front of the field, regardless of what the jockey wanted. She did it most obviously at York and also at Redcar, leading until about a furlong out. By going off so quick she inevitably weakened in the closing stages of her races."
However, the one occasion where things worked out for Golden Gal was at Catterick in August when Keiran Schofield managed to get her to travel nicely behind a wall of horses and then come with a run in the last furlong of a six furlong contest. She had to be switched out that day, but came with a great run and was a good second in a Class 6 handicap.
Ollie went on to point out that he believes the filly is well worth another season, as she has shown sparks of ability and will be a better horse for having the autumn and winter off.
'Golden Gal was mentally immature during 2021. However, it means we have a horse who tries really hard and is on a cracking handicap mark of 45 for the 2022 season. With age comes wisdom, and if I can get her to settle better in her races as a 3YO we will have a lot of fun with her through the summer of 2022.' said Ollie Pears, trainer.
Ollie added, 'She goes on everything from 'Soft' to 'Good to Firm' ground, is a hardly little filly. I'm hoping she will see plenty of racing and we'll pick up a win or two along the way. She should be a proper fun horse for her shareholders. I'm actually pleased to be keeping her another year, as she's a lovely, genuine horse to have around. Because of her in and out 2YO career, it was questionable whether she should remain in training, so I'm delighted Ownaracehorse has given her another year to prove herself.
Golden Gal will remain at Ollie Pears' yard in Malton through winter. She will get rest from October to late January and then start building up for the new 2022 season, ready to start racing in April 2022.
We will report on the Golden Gal's progress for shareholders on an ad-hoc basis, reporting on the major breakthroughs with her training before her new season starts - 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 starts racing.
We expect between 3 and 8 runs from this filly in the 2022 season, and she will most likely race around the Yorkshire, Lancashire, North Eastern, and possibly Scottish racetracks.
Form & Race Plans
Golden Gal is currently running off a handicap mark of 45. However, we believe she is capable of working her way up the handicapping ranks, so this mark may turn out to be very generous.
She will start in six furlong handicaps, however, Ollie has indicated that he will consider testing her out over seven furlongs, and could possibly go back to five furlongs if the right opportunity arises.
There will be plenty of races available for her from April onwards.Â She takes her racing very well indeed and she could be a busy filly during the summer.
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.
Golden Gal 2022 Guarantee
We expect to get 3-8 runs and sometimes more from our 3YO handicappers 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 2022 and runs through the turf season until November 1st 2022, however we will be reporting on the filly 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 aÂ flat horseÂ to have periods of 3-6 weeks rest between races. Young 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. Prizemoney cannot be paid on any replacements, but all other benefits such as yard visits and race day badges are available.
As a shareholder youmustÂ understand that we cannot guarantee your horse's performance, a specific volume of runs (beyond our minimum guarantee) 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.
We believe in being crystal clear with our shareholders - any participation in racehorse ownership is a risk, andÂ we areÂ unable to make any refundsÂ 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 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.