In the first of our look at the Abacus Bloodstock bred runners for 2017, it is only right that we start with our first runner and winner as breeders – Pancake Day. Born in February 2012, on Pancake Day, his name was almost assured from that day. His dam is successful sprinter Fangfoss Girls, who as a double
winning 2 year old was her father Monsieur Bond’s first winner. She was always going to be a good choice to kick off our breeding program and so she has proven to be.
Pancake Day is the son of Mullionmileanhour and part of that sire’s first season crop. He was to go on to copy his dam and deliver his father’s first winning 2 year old – and then to do the same as a three year old, a four year old, and earlier this year he did the same as a five year old! That in itself is a massive feat and probably unique in the thoroughbred racing world.
As a foal, Pancake was a placid type. He was very friendly and loved a fuss – something which was to prove a massive boost to his career as a racehorse. Stable staff and trainers like nice horses with manners and indeed Pancake proved so easy to train that it was only when he reached the end of his fourth year that he was gelded – and then only because it made him easier to house next to fillies rather than for any behavioural reasons.
Initially trained in Yorkshire by Jason Ward and running in the colours of our senior partners Stuart & Sarah Matheson, Pancake Day made his debut at Ripon coming last behind subsequent group 2 winner Toocoolforschool. Not the most promising of starts but as it was to prove, Pancake would go on win his ninth race earler this year – scraping into his 2 year old season by just a few days with a first win at Southwell in December 2014 – and race in the UK a total of 42 times. 24 runs on the all weather have yielded 4 wins, 3 seconds and 3 third places – in the money 14 times in total. His turf runs totalled 18 and led to one win at Leicester, one third and a further 4 runs in the prize money. In total Pancake has won over £18000 in the UK and was the punters’ favourite due to his frequent placings and wins – particularly at his favoured track Southwell – returning each way dividends in over half his runs. Having moved to new trainer David Griffiths in November 2016, and winning yet again, he was sold at Doncaster sales in January of 2017 and travelled to Germany to join champion trainer Christian von der Recke, and owned by Mr. & Mrs. Berg. Within 10 days he was to come third at Dortmund followed by a second place a few weeks later. Another first for Pancake Day as his sire’s first overseas runner and also the first horse bred by Abacus Bloodstock to do so.
Pancake Day continues to be a great favourite with everyone who meets him. He has proved
consistent, albeit not at the highest levels, but he has given his owners regular visits to the winners’ enclosure. He has led the way for us at Abacus Bloodstock, and has remained the genuine, never-say-die racehorse he shows himself to be in all his races. His tenacity and fight to the line, usually leading from the front, is a pleasure to watch and we are so proud of this little horse, with a massive heart. Still going strong with 45 races in just three seasons, we await his return to the track after a well deserved rest in the last few months.
Good luck to him and to his owners and connections. We will watch with pride and much love.