Black Sam Bellamy ex Behra, for sale

Fancy owning a racehorse and a share of £100,000?

That's a tempting carrot being dangled as part of geegeez' latest racehorse syndicate.

Shares are available now in this handsome three-year-old gelding purchased at the Goffs Spring Store Sale in May.

A strapping son of Black Sam Bellamy, he is eligible for the £100,000 Goffs Sales Bumper in March and his trainer was keen to make the entry.

If this sounds interesting, here's what you need to know:

 

The Horse

This as yet unnamed 2019 gelding is by the same sire as the likes of The Giant Bolster, Sam Spinner, Sam Brown, Sams Profile, and Tidal Flow.

The dam, his mother, is a mare called Behra who was smart herself: Listed placed over a trip on the flat as well as winning a 17-runner Newbury maiden, and beautifully Aga Khan-bred.

 

Behra herself has produced six winners so far, including Grade 2 winner Baradari and the winning machine Barizan, who was second in the both the Triumph Hurdle and the G1 juvenile hurdle at Aintree before winning the Punchestown Grade 1 juvenile.

Our gelding's full pedigree is available at this link

Since the sale he's been ridden up the gallops, and had a jump over a barrel showing a really good attitude and aptitude for the job. He's a lovely, big and strong athletic type. Of course, he's done nothing serious yet but it's very much a case of so far, so good. He's had a short break and is now ready to come back in and continue his development. The plan for him is in the section below.

One of the first things we'll need to do is give him a name - syndicate members will be invited to make suggestions after which we'll vote to decide what this fellow will be called!

 

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The Trainer

He was sourced, and will be trained, by Anthony Honeyball, who is based on the Dorset/Somerset border. Anthony has been a progressive trainer over the past decade or so and has his biggest and best team this season, improvements in terms of both the quality and quantity of horses in the yard.

Anthony has been responsible for the careers of the likes of Sam Brown (same sire) and Regal Encore, both firm yard favourites, and has been a regular in the winners' circle at the Aintree and Punchestown Festivals in the past few seasons.

Importantly, he's an expert with young store horses like this one, and has a better than one-in-four win rate in bumpers during the past five years (36 from 132, 27%, at time of writing).

Anthony has trained lots of winners for geegeez.co.uk syndicates including the Listed-winning bumper mare, Coquelicot, and we very much believe this chap will join that club.

 

The Plan

The plan for this season is geared towards the spring, and specifically the Goffs £100,000 race. In order to try our luck there, we'll probably need to have a prior race a month or so beforehand though it's not inconceivable we could go straight to Newbury. He will be coming back in from the field in the next week or so where, as you can see below, he's been having a good time bulking up on the grass cover, and he'll start his work routine immediately thereafter.

 

Beginning with steady canters on the round gallop, he'll move through the gears both there and on Anthony's searching - and picturesque -  Seaborough gallop (see below) until he's ready for a run. It is quite possible he will also have an 'away day' on a racecourse somewhere prior to his debut.

 

We expect he'll be ready to race in February or early March but, of course, it's very hard to be precise about such things. He won't be rushed as his future will be as a chaser, graduating through hurdle races en route. It's an exciting path with plenty to look forward to in the spring and maybe, just maybe, he might trouble the judge in that valuable sales race.

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The Details

He's being syndicated into twelfth shares at £3,050 covering all fees until the end of March 2023, including grass, training, transport, vet, agent and sales fees incurred to date. A two-part payment plan is available if that helps.

Training dues of £190/month start on 1st April 2023, so there's every chance he'll have run before the first monthly contribution is required. Who knows, he may even have picked up a very healthy prize cheque by then!

All VAT is reclaimed and returned to the syndicate account, and members receive a full pro rata percentage of prize money as well as, in the case of a sale, any sales proceeds.

As an owner, you'll be entitled to all of the privileges associated with that status: access to the owners' and trainers' facility at racecourses when our lad runs, as well as the parade ring and, hopefully, winner's enclosure. Additionally, you'll be able to visit the yard and see him work either as part of an arranged group event or by appointment on your own/with a friend or partner. And you'll receive regular updates via WhatsApp and email with videos and bulletins on his progress throughout.

Importantly, you'll be able to follow the career of a racehorse up close and personal as he progresses through the National Hunt disciplines.

To register your interest, click here.

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