Exciting times as filly arrives at Jackdaws Castle

Posted 2 months ago
filly first day

Saturday was an exciting day for the Racegoers Club as our latest filly did her first piece of work since arriving at Jonjo O'Neill's last week.

She seems to be a lovely filly and is settling in really well at Jackdaws Castle. She worked for the first time up the five furlong gallop as the next stage of her education on Saturday morning ridden by conditional jockey Jack Savage and Jonjo was really pleased with how she coped with the experience.

Jonjo said, "She has plenty of character but that's what you want and she's a smashing filly. You'd be very hopeful the way she moves, that was her first time up the main gallop this morning and she took to it well.

"You can't ask them to do too much when they're at this stage as they'll just back off so we'll have to be patient as with all the young horses. I know Martin Jones thought a lot of her and she looks like she's got the physical ability it's just whether she'll have it mentally which can be the challenge.

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Jonjo added: "I'd imagine it will be after Christmas before we see her on a racecourse in a bumper as she's still very new to everything but being a four-year-old she'll hopefully be that step ahead. That'll give us plenty of time though still and there's a great programme for the fillies and mares now right from the bottom up to the top so we'll look to make use of that if we can."

She is also getting to know one of Jonjo's stable jockeys, Richie McLernon, as you can see from the picture below.

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She is stabled just two boxes down from another Stowaway progeny - a gelding called I Know U Too Well who won two bumpers last season which bodes well.

A couple of boxes further down is another new horse to the yard called The Manuscript who was actually foaled on the same day as our filly - 13 March 2013. That was also the day that Sprinter Sacre won the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in a canter by 19 lengths - we can but hope!