Friday 19 February 2021

Quantum Leap Racing: Two-Year-olds to Follow 2021

We believe that horses should be durable and progressive, so racing our horses as juveniles is not a significant consideration for us. We try to buy and breed horses that will improve with age and our trainers handle them considerately. Many of our horses run as two years olds, but this is part of the learning process. Those that are able to achieve forward showings can be expected to do better still the following year. At this stage we hope that they can make their debuts from September onwards, but even minor hiccups can prevent that when one prioritises a long term future. Under normal circumstances we like our horses to have a proper winter break before a three years old campaign, as their workload would increase throughout that season. At this stage therefore it is difficult to give you a two year old to follow, but if you keep your eye out for those below, no doubt a couple will come to the fore. They always have in the past! 

Ham and Jam (Champs Elysees x Artistica) 

The dam is a half sister to Montmartre, who won the Grand Prix de Paris by seven lengths. The cross of Danehill (grandsire) on dam's grandsire (Rainbow Quest) was phenomenally successful, with Derby winner North Light and Frankel's dam among several black type products. He is a May foal and will be a horse for the Autumn. He is in training with Ralph Beckett, who has won with all 7 horses he has trained for Quantum Leap Racing, three of which rated 100+ and three 80+ with the hope they will further improve their ratings this season. 

Speycaster (Highland Reel x Examinee) 

Speycaster is from the first crop of a globetrotter who won Group Ones in England, The United States and Hong Kong during an arduous career. He relished fast ground and was very consistent on that surface. The unraced dam is a full sister to the last German trained Royal Ascot winner. This cross was responsible for Waldgeist: winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Also in training with Ralph Beckett, he has taken enthusiastically to his work and it would not be surprising if he emulated his sire with a midsummer debut. 5% share still available. 

Ribaldry (Ribchester x Greek Goddess) 

Ribaldry is from the first crop of the tough as teak Ribchester. He was very consistent on all ground conditions, having made his debut in early July as a two years old. The dam has bred two winners from three runners including her current two years old filly by Kingman, a winner on her third, most recent start. She also made her debut in July and this filly appears forward enough to emulate her. She is in training with David O'Meara and will be built up gradually with a late 2yo / 3yo campaign in mind. 

The Wellerman (Mastercraftsman x Sworn Sold) 

The Wellerman is by a stallion that polarises opinion, which is strange, given that he has sired fourteen Group One winners. The dam won two listed races in Germany and hails from a family that has been consistently successful there. He is in training with David Simcock who has been very happy with his progress to date. 

The Writer (Ulysses x Arwaah) 

The Writer is from the first crop of his sire, who was a Group One winner at ten furlongs and had the unusual distinction of being by a Derby winner out of an Oaks winner. We are very impressed with his stock and they made up to 320,000 Guineas. He looks uncannily like his sire and has grown appreciably since his sale. He is in training with James Ferguson, who reports him to be strengthening up. He has a good mind and takes everything in his stride, which is half the battle. 5% share available. 

Best of luck with the blog. Kind regards, Niall O'Connor

We would like to thank Niall for taking the time to forward these exciting two-year-old horses and wish the team, owners, trainers and jockeys a successful year. 

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