By Connor Heaps at Personal Racehorse Owners (PRO) Syndicate
It’s been an interesting journey for the owners of Captain Sedgwick so far and you can’t help but feel it’s only going to get better.
She’s always been a scopey filly who took lots of interest just based on her looks and being an unknown quantity. She started off her career slowly at Kempton where she ran incredibly green and was beaten miles in a 6f Maiden race.
She then went to Wolverhampton where we began to see a bit of improvement, she beat a few home and it was clear that she still had a lot to learn.
We then took her to Lingfield on the all weather where she ran a nice race from the front, running green still, but showing that she had some fighting qualities about her, battling back to only be beaten by 2 lengths.
This was when we all got a good feeling that she’s really starting to understand what was being asked of her and that she definitely has some real ability.
John (Spearing) then entered her for a 6 furlong maiden race at Wolverhampton where she ran an absolute cracker. She settled in midfield, then was incredibly green and got outpaced going into the final bend. However she stayed on with real purpose and finished like a train in the final ½ a furlong to finish fourth, only beaten 3 ¾ lengths by horses that are now rated 65+ and likely to go onto better things.
After such a promising performance it was then very disappointing to see her run no race at all in a 7 furlong handicap at Lingfield; she wasn’t herself that day and it’s easy to forgive that run.
She then ran her best race to date in a 7 furlong handicap race at Wolverhampton under the steering of Jane Elliott. She was in midfield coming round the final bend and then began to produce her effort, she was very unlucky in running and met trouble with ½ a furlong to go.
However the most pleasing thing was that once she saw the gap she really put her neck out and was unluckily just beaten into 3rd place, only beaten a neck and a neck. On another day with a bit more luck in running I have no doubt that this could well have been her first victory, but that’s racing for you.
So what’s the significance of the form of that run? Well the horse that won ‘Cryptonite’ has since gone and placed third up in grade at Redcar and is now rated 60. The most interesting however has to be the second horse, who has now won its last two starts, including a class 5 handicap at Beverley; I expect it will be raised to a mark of around 65.
Captain Sedgwick subsequently returned to Lingfield on June 17th but was involved in a nasty incident which saw her unseat Jane. Thankfully both are reported to be fine and fight another day.
We are all very excited about getting Captain Sedgwick back on a racecourse and we are all very hopeful that she’s got a great season ahead. On form she should be well handicapped and she’s still got plenty of improvement to come so it will be interesting to see where we end up come the end of the flat season. It’s also interesting that on breeding, foals out of Alinda who have made it to the racecourse have all been winners with the top rated being 83 and a mean average rating of 72!
The future is bright and there are plenty of reasons above to be getting involved with team PRO and Captain Sedgwick. Shares are available from £40 per month with no initial cost involved!!