UP & RUNNING!
Racehorse owners from Highclere’s northern syndicate are delighted that spectators are now allowed back on the racecourses, writes Jason Fildes
It’s an exciting time for racing with crowds recently being allowed back on racecourses for the first time since March. Racing is well placed to be at the forefront of welcoming spectators in a safe environment as people are able to spread out over a large area and mostly can be outside.
It bodes well for 2021 with high hopes that by the time we get to the height of the summer flat racing season, we will be able to enjoy seeing our horses run at the big northern race meetings with full crowds present. It should be great fun as I’m sure everyone will be determined to enjoy themselves and the atmosphere will be lively!
It’s going to be an excellent year to have a share in a horse and we’ve had all kinds of enquiries from interested people who have watched racing on TV during lockdown and want to get involved.
We are in the process of buying a yearling to be trained by Karl Burke in Middleham. Most flat trainers attend the Yearling Sales that take place at this time of year.
We asked Karl to keep an eye out for a suitable horse for us – one that he feels has plenty of potential on breeding, represents good value and who should be ready to run as a two-year-old early in the summer.
He has just contacted us about this absolutely gorgeous colt, son of respected sire Bungleinthejungle whose two-year-olds had a 50 per cent strike rate in 2020. One of his best offspring is Living in the Past, trained by Karl to win the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York’s Ebor meeting as well as speedster Rumbleinthejungle who won the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
We expect this colt to be precocious – and fast. We’re thinking of having eight shares at £5k each to include purchase and all the first year’s training and racing costs.
Let’s hope he’s very good! Whatever happens. we’re going to make sure it’ll be fun!
Highclere – Jason Fildes