Cheltenham Festival is over, the Grand National field is taking shape, and as the clocks skip an hour in a week it can only mean we are fast approaching Lincoln day and the start of the 2017 flat turf season.
Not that there has been a lack of runners over the winter, with Pancake Day, our first ever winner, continuing to impress in his new home over in Germany with the von de Recke stable. Another Abacus bred is Diamond Princess who has failed to fire in her 2 year old season and on the all-weather, but will hopefully find her way as she turns 3. You can’t win them all!
As we go into the season there are 7 horses facing the judge in the UK and Pancake Day, after a deserved rest, will return to the racecourses of Germany. The highest rated is the full brother of Pancake; Roll on Rory. Both sons of sprint mare Fangfoss Girls, they are bred with her speed and tenacity coupled with the physical presence of their sire, Mullionmileanhour. It is a shame for the stallion that he has not been used more and his future in the breeding sheds is under threat. “Rory” remains in training with Jason Ward and runs for a syndicate of guys including first time owners. They must feel very lucky to own a 95+ rated horse with a 40% win rate as their first horse – indeed they have invested in other horses so we are proud to have encouraged another new owner into the world of racing.
Over the coming weeks we will be showcasing the 8 to watch, including three very exciting 2 year olds. Keep an eye out for our in depth focus on the first of them in the next few days.
Meantime catch up with our website : abacus-bloodstock.co.uk