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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014 Report Card on Share The Delight

Sarah Thomas, a friend of VFTRG and a representative of STAGBI (the breed registry for Great Britain and Ireland), provides us with a final update on how Share The Delight's initial crop of 2yos performed in Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom now that their racing season has concluded for the year.

Here is her update....

The final update is very much as per my last update - Kentucky Rocket remained the sole Share The Delight to race, his best performance was a third place in the North Wales Standardbred Association 2YO colts staged at York Harness Raceway. Overall his first crop has been very lacklustre.

Brywins Magician (Share The Delight - Lifes Magic Girl) was third highest yearling sold (£5000) at
 the annual yearling sale at York Harness Raceway on October 4, 2014 (photo courtesy of Janet Cockburn)

However, the annual sale at York Harness Raceway was held a fortnight ago (Saturday 4th October) and the sole Share The Delight yearling put forward made £5000 (third highest priced yearling sold). BRYWINS MAGICIAN (bred by Brian Davies, Powys, Wales) out of Lifes Magic Girl [Life Sign] is a half-brother to one of the top Free For All horses in the UK, Brywinsmagicpotion (Camotion), who has won numerous FFAs this season all over the UK and Ireland. This, in my opinion, is the best chance Share The Delight has and I will keep you updated of his progress 

The annual Standardbred sale at Builth Wells, mid Wales, is being held on Monday and the following horses were entered. 
For reference, the top yearling price at the sale was £51,000 (new British sale record) for a Hasty Hall colt out of Tonda Star (Albert Albert). The total number of yearlings forward was 41; 34 of which sold for an average price of £3,967.94. 

Lot #13 - GARTHS SHAREGAR - colt out of Garths Landscape, by Artiscape (£800)

Lot #24 - BRYWINS LARGO - colt out of Brywins Largesse, by Laag (£1,100)

Lot #25 - BRYWINS MONALISA - filly out of Art Connection, by Artsplace (£600)

Lot #44 - BRYWINS DELIGHT - filly out of Playfull Bunny, by Precious Bunny (£950)

Lot #45 - BRYWINS AWESOME - colt out of Brywinsallamerican, by Allamerican Ingot (Not Forward [Withdrawn]) 

Lot 46 - BRYWINS MALALA - filly out of Maple Hanover, by Dragon Again (£850)

Lot 47 - BRYWINS RUBY - filly out of Lifes Treasure, by Life Sign (Not Forward)

Lot 48 -  BRYWINS DANA - filly out of Duckwork, by Arturo (£600)

There are less Brywins yearlings by him this year as Brian [Davies] has used his other stallion, Star On The Beach (half brother to Somebeachsomewhere) on a few of his mares [Share The Delight stood stud at Oakwood Stud, County Offaly, Ireland in 2014 before returning home after the breeding season].

Clearly, it was a disappointing season for Share The Delight's first crop of two year olds.  While only one horse made it to the races, others showed promise before being turned out for the year at various points in their training.  It may be the case this crop may make its mark at the age of three, but as in North America,  horsemen are looking for horses to race at two.

It will take another year or two before the final verdict is in for Share The Delight.  When it comes to breeding, you never know what will happen.  As long as someone is willing to breed to a stallion, there is always a chance a really good one may come along.

If you are interested in harness racing in Wales and Great Britain, allow me to recommend the Welsh TrottingBritish Harness Racing Club, and the Standardbred and Trotting Horse Association of Great Britain and Ireland websites for your perusal.  In addition, the Wales & West Harness Racing Association has a presence on Facebook.   

Others have noted the growth of racing in the UK and Ireland., has introduced a page dedicated to racing in the two countries.

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