Friday 11 March 2022

Quantum Leap Racing 2022

Quantum Leap 

Quantum Leap Racing is a syndicate focused on buying yearlings that will run over the Classic distances. We believe horses should be durable and progressive, so racing our horses as juveniles is not a significant consideration for us and our trainers handle them considerately as two-year-olds. Those that do run at two can be expected to do better still the following year. It’s a model that we’ve had plenty of success with and also allows us to position our horses for resale to the likes of Australia and Hong Kong if they don’t make it to the top level in the UK. 

Pictured, Speycaster winning at Chelmsford (26th November, 2021)

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Rodrigo Diaz 
Age: 5yo Gelding 
Rating: 105 
Form: 13: 4-3-1 
Trainer: David Simcock 

Rodrigo has progressed steadily through the ranks and we’re hopeful we have a very good stayer on our hands. He’ll be campaigned ambitiously with his next run being in the Dubai Gold Cup on March 26th. He finished 6th behind the high-quality Manobo on his first start in Dubai last month but he’s a horse that takes plenty of work to get fit and he’ll improve for having that first run under his belt. If he equips himself well enough in Dubai, we can dream about running in some of the big Cup races in the UK this summer. We’ll aim to qualify him for the Melbourne Cup in November as an end of season target – we sold a 50% share to an Australian syndicate last summer - and we’re looking forward to the journey. One step at a time but we hope he’ll provide our owners with plenty of big days out in 2022. 

Age: 3yo Filly 
Rating: N/a 
Form: 3: 1-2-0 Trainer: 
David Menuisier 

Ottilien is a full sister to Group 1 winner Morandi, who also finished 2nd to Intello in the Prix du Jockey Club. She improved with every run as a 2yo and won at Saint Cloud on her final start over 2000m by an impressive 3.5l. Our goal will now be to secure some black type for her. She has been given entries in the Irish Oaks, Prix Saint Alary and Prix de Diane and will have the opportunity to show us whether she is worthy of those entries in early April, where we’ll likely take her to France for her seasonal reappearance. Another exciting horse for our owners to race in 2022. 

Age: 3yo Colt 
Rating: 82 
Form: 3: 1-0-1 
Trainer: Ralph Beckett 

Speycaster (pictured) is a very genuine, likeable son of Highland Reel. Much like Ottilien, he showed great improvement from his first start to second start. We were pleased with how he won at Chelmsford on his final start considering the nature of the track doesn’t play to his strengths. He’ll improve for stepping up in trip as a 3yo (his ½ brother won the Italian St Leger on soft ground over 1m7f) and we’ll probably start him off in a 10f handicap in the spring with a view to stepping up to 12f in time. We should have plenty of fun with him this summer. 

El Secreto 
Age: 2yo Colt 
Sire: Recoletos 
Trainer: David Menuisier 

A half-brother to our 3yo filly Ottilien, and also Group 1 winner Morandi. He is beautiful to look at - a larger, more imposing individual than his older was at this stage. He is a tall horse & very strong, not necessarily backwards. If he progresses the right way over the few months he could be one to make his debut in late spring/early summer. We felt he was the best looking of the Recoletos’ we saw at the yearling sales and his pedigree is terrific. 

Age: 2yo Colt 
Sire: Zoffany 
Trainer: Kevin Philippart de Foy 

A 50k yearling purchase, he is different type of horse to that which we usually buy. There is a lot of speed in his pedigree - he's a half-brother to useful 2yo Amalfi Coast, who had run 5 times by the end of June of his 2yo career (our 2yos don’t typically debut until late in the season). We felt he represented good value at the yearling sales and he’s been sent to Kevin de Foy, a new trainer for our syndicate this year. In his training career to date, Kevin has demonstrated his ability to train to a high level and maintained an excellent 18% strike rate. We expect Speziato will come to hand quicker than our typical 2yo now he’s in full training in Newmarket. 

Age: 2yo Filly 
Sire: Camelot 
Trainer: David Menuisier 

An 80k yearling purchase, she is a well-balanced filly by one of the leading sires in Europe. She moves very well and is progressing as expected at this stage. Her pedigree is exceptional. Her sire is a Guineas & Derby winner whilst her dam is a half-sister to Hurricane Run (who himself is by Camelot’s sire Montjeu). It’s unlikely she’ll be seen on a racecourse until the end of the year and as you’d expect with her pedigree, she was very much bought with her three-year-old career in mind. 

Age: 2yo Colt 
Sire: Protectionist 
Trainer: David Simcock 

Another of our 2yo crop recruited from the German yearling sales. We felt he was the best model by the sire at the sale and represented significant value at €32k. Like the majority of our horses, he has been bought with his 3yo+ career in mind. His temperament is excellent and he has grown in recent months, developing into a lovely looking horse. We’ll take things step by step and he probably won’t be seen on a racecourse until later in the year. 

If Not Now 
Age: 2yo Colt 
Sire: Iffraaj 
Trainer: Ralph Beckett 

Purchased at the German yearling sales where we’ve had success buying the likes of Nivaldo and Lord Protector (both first time out 2yo winners with middle distance pedigrees). He is by a top-class sire in Iffraaj and his dam Amona placed 3rd in the German Oaks. This colt has settled in well to his routine at Ralph’s showing a willing attitude. He’ll likely not be ready to race until the late summer but his looks and pedigree suggest (at this albeit early stage) that he could yet follow in the footsteps of our other German recruits.

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