Of course, It’s Obvious!

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 £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.

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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...

Matt

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11 replies
  1. Mike Brennan says:

    Hi Matt
    I was not in a position to join the club at the time. I do hope ‘OBVIOUS’ gives your members (and to some extent the rest of us readers) some great fun over the next 12 Months. Well done for setting it up, how you find the time, God only knows. Good luck
    Very best wishes
    Mike Brennan

  2. jonno says:

    only time will tell matt and the buzz of having a horse running for you is well worth the initial investment, ive never been involved in anything like this but i am really looking forward to it and cant wait till we all meet up on course should be a blast its obvious!!!!

  3. graham ashford says:

    Matt
    have not joined the club
    but all the very best to you and the members
    lets hope you get get some great days out and maybe a winner

  4. Bill says:

    Hi Matt, Obviously, with all of the interlinking connections, it was Obvious there was only one horse you were ever going to buy for the club. lol It looks like you got a real bargain and I hope everything works out for you and the club. I will watch with interest.
    Good Luck Bill

  5. Donkers says:

    Hi Matt,

    Good luck to you and the syndicate members with ‘Obvious’…..I shall be watching with interest and perhaps backing her when she is fit and ready to fire. I really wanted to be in the syndicate but was hoping there would be some places available where I could spread the cost as I haven’t got the necessary to hand in one lump. Still, all credit to you for getting 50 shares snapped up so quickly. 🙂

  6. Paul says:

    Got to admit I was tempted Matt, but it wasn’t so long ago I had a half share in an unraced Brief Truce filly who remains, to this day, unraced and my wife might, literally, choke me to death if I spent a penny on another racehorse.

    I’ve got to tell you though….

    1) You’re right, she’s very well bred.
    2) That first run was definitely promising.
    3) And how cool is the name? Obvious. I love it.

    Sounds like a great buy to me for under £4K.

    ~ Paul

  7. Peter Hodges says:

    Hi Matt, I was not able to join the club due to impecuniosity, but I wish you and the members the best of luck with Obvious.
    Best wishes Pete

  8. IAN HARTE says:

    HI MATT , WHAT AN APPROIATE NAME ‘ OBVIOUSLY’ , SORRY I DIDNT MAKE YOUR LINE UP THIS TIME BUT THERE WILL BE OTHER TIMES IN THE FUTURE IM SURE,LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR BLOGS WHEN YOU GET HER UP TO SPEED TO RUN AND HAVE YOU GOT A TRAINER SORTED YET. HOPE ALL GOES WELL AND NO NIGGLY PROBLEMS ARISE WITH HER AS I KNOW ALL ABOUT HORSES AND THEIR PROBLEMS, IF YOU NEED ANY HELP OR ADVICE GOING FORWARD DO NOT HESITATE TO E-MAIL DIRECT LEAVING A NUMBER AND I WILL CALL BACK WITH ADVICE RIGHT AWAY OR ALSO YOU CAN LOOK AT SITE BETFAIRMASTERED.COM AND I CAN GIVE YOU ALL THE INFO FOR A FRACTION OF THE COST , DONT GET ME WRONG IM NOT ADVERTISING I JUST WANT YOU ALL TO BE SUCCESSFUL, REGARDS IAN HARTE IRELAND.

  9. Peter Colledge says:

    oh, Matt, how lucky you are and will be, no doubt. A horse is a lovely beast to own, God wot. Like everyone else on the blog, I hope all goes well with Obvious.

  10. william fieseler says:

    hi matt,congrats,hope all goes well for you @club members.cheers bill f

  11. Paul says:

    Damn, I was out of the country for a month and missed the opportunity to get on board.
    Obviously (oops), I’m disappointed to miss out, but I wish the lucky 50 every success with the venture.

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