Happy New Year! And Happy Birthday to all the thoroughbreds out there. Our foals of 2017 are now yearlings and join an ever increasing band of horses bred by Abacus Bloodstock, who are at various stages of their careers.
Quite apart from the five yearlings however, this year will see the most horses bred by Abacus Bloodstock racing in the UK. These range from 2 year olds through to our eldest horses aged 5 this year. Our first homebred racer, the famous Pancake Day is 6 this year but more of him later.
We sold all of the horses who will race as 2 year olds this year, and they include the following:
- The only colt by Albaasil from his first crop – now owned by Richie Fiddes
- A colt by Mazameer and last foal of Los Organos- now in training with Nikki Evans in Wales
- A colt by Mawatheeq from a mare related to Golden Horn and in pre-training in the North (trainer yet to be decided)
All colts and all early looking types so we wish them and their new owners all the luck in the world.
Of the 3 year olds, two have raced as 2 yo’s – Elegant Joan (owned by Abacus Bloodstock Racing Club & trained by David Griffiths)
and Little Aub (trained by Mark Usher), and will now pursue exciting handicap careers. Both showed great potential but with a handicap mark they will undoubtedly do well amongst horses of similar capabilities. Tin Fandango (trained by Mark Usher) has grown into a beautiful looking 3 year old and we should see him on the turf around May. We have no news of the other 2015 crop yet but we will update the website once we do.
Of the older horses, Roll on Rory (trained by Jason Ward) continues to lead the way from a ratings viewpoint. He won a smart mile race at Newmarket at the end of the 2017 turf season, and has to be a good prospect off a good mark in 2018. That is unless he is sold overseas as he nearly was last year – to Hong Kong.
Finally Pancake Day – at six he is the oldest of our bred horses still racing. Following a successful pre-Christmas campaign in Europe, he ran at Neuss over the New Year period and has shown signs of a growing weakness in his knee. He has raced over 60 times in a short career and never gives anything but 100%. He is perfectly sound normally but at the level of professional racing it is likely the weakness will play a vital role. Owned now by the Berg family in Germany, they have asked us to have him back for his retirement. We will assess him when he gets back to us, and then, if possible, he will compete in RoR and other non-racing classes as a much loved pet. We will of course share his exploits in the future.
So with the decorations taken down for another year, we wish all the horses a safe and successful racing year, and to all the owners and trainers we give our thanks for having the faith in owning and racing our horses. Good luck to all!