We are now entering our fourth flat season with Richard Fahey with a filly leased from Whitsbury Manor Stud. The combination has proved to be a (multiple) winning formula in all bar one of those seasons and now we have a very precocious filly to go to war with once more. She is very powerful and definitely the type you would like to go to into battle with!
We followed her progress as a yearling over the course of 2016 and throughout her time at the stud she near enough topped the charts with her vital statistics, being the biggest filly at the stud that year, at one point with only one colt heavier than her. She absolutely flourished as a youngster with her new trainer scarcely believing she could be her dam's first foal (first foals are often smaller than average). Yet despite her strength she remains beautifully proportioned and looks every bit a two year old type.
She has been in training since November, which is just about the earliest ours would go into training; often fillies can benefit from a few weeks longer to mature at home but not this one, she was ready to work. Since being broken she started to do steady canter work on the gallops from January and has impressed Richard Fahey so far:
"You would have to say she is a natural. She has done everything we've asked her to do very easily and at this point she looks a forward type"
Temperaments with fillies are very important as they have to cope with training and maintain a healthy appetite. Not a lot looks to phase this individual, physically and mentally she looks the perfect package.
As ever with our groups we have a two year lease of this filly so everyone involved with her for her two year old season will have the option to stay with her as a three year old, no matter how high her career goes. Anyone joining this group will be invited to submit their name suggestion for her, so thinking caps on! This Group will run until the end of the 2017 Flat season and is limited to 150 shares only. Please see here for more details on how our Owners Groups are run.
Sire - Swiss Spirit
Swiss Spirit is a first season sire for 2017 but his progeny proved popular at the sales with vendors respectful of Whitsbury Manor Stud's excellent record with freshmen sires in recent years. Richard Fahey was one expert eye taken with several of them. Swiss Spirit hails from a prolific family of Sprinters with his siblings including Swiss Diva, Swiss Dream and Swiss Franc all achieving black type wins and his half-brother (by Frankel) Swiss Storm looks set to add to that impressive family album this year. Our Filly certainly looks to have taken her compact muscular shape straight from her sire.
Dam - Belatorio
Her Dam also has a great sprinting background and is from a family the Club has had great success with in recent years. Belatorio’s Dam Tarbella is sister to Tahara, dam of black type winners Godfrey Street and Gilt Edge Girl as well as Ahwahnee, (dam of our Glacier Point, Clouds Rest and Tamora ((Grand Dam to our Showbizzy)). Although Belatorio’s full brother (Royal Ascot and Black type winner) Big Audio won over a mile and her half brother (by Galileo) Sword Fighter, won a group 2 over 1m6 and at Royal Ascot over 2m. This filly is Belatorio’s first foal and it will be interesting to see whether she will carry more of the genes geared for speed, or more of those required for stamina. Finding out what sort of equine athlete she is destined to be is all part of the excitement of ownership!
Trainer - Richard Fahey
Musley Bank is firmly established as one of powerhouses of the British training ranks. Even with around 200 horses in training, Richard gives all his owners a great deal of attention with detailed and regular training updates. The yard is very laid back and friendly and a huge priviledge to visit on our owners days. To read more about Richard's career and success, click here