When I think about it now, dear reader, how could it have been any other way?
A young lady who is a full sister to a horse called Blog... It was the only one for the Geegeez Racing Club, naturally.
And so it is that we have our horse, secured for a paltry 3,500 Guineas (about Â£3,750) at the Newmarket July Sales.
I'm currently in the process of sorting out the final paperwork elements, and then the horse will be officially 'ours' (or at least, those who were lucky enough to get a share, anyway). 🙂
So who is this beast? And what has she done to date? Well... she's immaculately bred, and comes from the Juddmonte Farms stable.
For those who have never heard of Juddmonte Farms (and that may be many of you), this is Prince Khallid Abdullah's breeding operation, and it's been responsible for many Classic winners down the years.
Obvious had just one run as a 2yo last season, over 7f at Kempton, where she finished a promising enough 7th of 14 to a subsequent Listed race winner. Indeed, there are a number of winners and creditable performers to emerge from that race.
That single run on dirt tells us very little about Obvious, except that she has a leg in each corner, and can be competitive. Julia's mole had told her that the horse had had a back problem, hence why she'd been off the course since (Obvious, not Julia!).
That run had been for Barry Hills' mighty training operation, and it's no surprise that she didn't make the grade there. This is exactly the type of animal we were looking for: lots of promise, well bred, and a Premier League 'cast off'.
Obvious is by brilliant middle distance colt, Falbrav, out of Bright and Clear, who herself was placed multiple times in pattern company (i.e. top drawer races). What that means is that IF we can garner a win from her, she'll be worth a decent sum when she goes back to the sales a year from now. This is because her 'paddock value', as its known when an animal has more perceived value for breeding than for racing, would be suitably embellished, due to her regal family.
Now then... back to the present... all this conjecturing about the future is... well, it's just that. After all, we didn't buy the horse to sell it. At least not for a year. We bought her to race her, and have some fun doing that. So that's what we're going to do.
Julia tells me Obvious walked beautifully, implying that her back seemed fine. She's obviously (pardon the pun, which you may have to get used to!) going to need some time to get fit, but - with luck - we should be ready to race in two months or so.
Obvious is bred for middle distances, so a midfield finish over 7f augurs well enough. Also, she's bred for turf, so there may be more to come on that surface. Put it this way: if she'd run three races like her first for Barry Hills, she'd have been given a handicap rating of circa 75. With two more runs like her first, for her new stable, she's more likely to get a rating of around 60. That being the case, we ought to have some fun with her!
All if's and but's, and there's always the chance with horseflesh that she's no good. Until we get her on the track, we'll have to wait and see. And that's the beauty of this game. But, being a wonderfully bred filly, and completely unexposed, we can at least allow ourselves some modest dreams.
That, at the end of the day, is what we're in it for, no?
More news in due course...