BRITISH 2yo RACING 2005 - Horse Summary
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Assertive (CH, C.), [Picture]
R. Hannon Bold Edge Tart And A Half (Pedigree) Distant Relative 36,000 gns [DSL]

Racing Summary
May 2nd: Kempton
5f Maiden
  • Made a good price at the Doncaster St Leger sales although not high given the performances of Boogie Street. Trainer R Hannon bought him having trained both the sire and Boogie Street.
  • Rated 71 at the sales with an average chance of being a strongly competitive 2yo. He was just above average size with a good build in front although lighter behind. He was very mature, especially in front and this was a notable positive.
  • By second season sire who had 5 moderate to average winners in first season, only one at 5f although two early runners showed 60s form over 5f. He has had four runners so far in 2005 and similar hints that runners will be better for 6f than 5f. However he had a FTO winner in a muddling race over 5f at Newbury with his last debut.
  • Dam showed useful form around 5f at 2yo and has produce one superior 5f 2yo.
  • Major trainer does not target FTO wins and they tend to come along with better types. He has made a slow start to 2005 but has now had four winners and the recent debuts have been solid while lacking the final 'edge'. He has had one FTO winner in a weak Windsor race.
  • Trainer has the superior half-brother and he made his debut at Ascot in late July and ran well and won STO.
  • In summary the profile of an average (or a little better) sprint 2yo winner although not in the class of Boogie Street. Out to be ok for 5f with help from the dam. Likely to be competent on debut and could win a weaker edition of this race. Profile [63]
  • May 12th: Salisbury
    5f Maiden
  • Steady around 13/2 3rd favourite on debut as King Malachi was a surprise short price. Looked to have developed quite well from the sales and still notably heavier in front. Broke ok but showed his inexperience and lost two lengths with a slow pick-up. Settle 4 lengths off the lead early he travelled well and made progress against a solid pace to be within 1.5 lengths at halfway and moved up smoothly to challenge the leader and head her. Faded in the last half furlong and lost the lead as the STO filly kept on. A pleasing debut and seemed to show good pace.  Estimate [71]
  • Looked a good type and possibly above average on debut where he made up lost ground comfortably and would have won but for a bit of lack of fitness. The one slight niggle is the quality of that race and was he showing good pace against limited types? The winner looks a small filly with a 6f+ pedigree whose previous run was in a suspect quality 5f Newmarket maiden fillies. The third was beaten in an average Novice this week receiving weight and the 4th looked notably small and limited and was left behind in a moderate 6f race NTO. However, the debut was still better than the 'norm' and he has good prospects to rate better here.  Profile [75]
  • June 6th: Windsor
    6f Maiden
  • 8/11f at Salisbury in a race run on firm ground with a strong tailwind that produced an all-age course record. The first three home ran as an effective team and produced a fast pace and time that stretched the field from after the first furlong. Broke ok from an outside draw and settled 4th just over a length off the leaders after the first furlong. Pace picked from there and he looked in trouble soon after, had lost ground to just over 2L off the leaders at halfway, driven along and looking uncomfotable. As at Kempton he showed some progress for the pressure in the penultimate furlong towards the stalled pacemaker but never got to them. The jockey was slightly easy in the last furlong and did not press hard to try for third.  Estimate [71]
  • His debut form was over-rated and the Kempton race was a moderate level of form overall. However, he still showed a good debut by his trainer's 2005 standards. At Salisbury he looked like he wasn't enjoying the ground but fundamentally he was taken off his feet by useful 5f sprinters (two have run in a Listed race since). 
  • He steps up to 6f here and has a prime draw in 12. His pedigree overall should be better for that and provided he has no ill effects from the Salisbury ground he should build on the Kempton promise. Interesting to see what that short 'surge' he has shown previously does here. If he can travel with the pace he may be able to get a lead inside 2f out.  Profile [78]
    Horse Run # Date Course Dist Gng RcCls RcTyp SP Postn [Est] Run Style Hdgr Notes
    ASSERTIVE102/05/2005KTON5GGF4M6.52-868BMPS-2 SInx, PrgWLHf-2, Led-1 Fd
    ASSERTIVE212/05/2005SALS5GF5M0.734-971T4Dv&Uncmf+2, -3Hf, SPrg-2, SFd
    ASSERTIVE306/06/2005WDSR6GF5M41-1670THldUp, T3Hf, HmpRl, QPrg-2f KO
    ASSERTIVE430/06/2005NWBY6GFG1Lst71-784HLast-5+Hf, Ef&Prg-2f, LedLt KO
    ASSERTIVE617/08/2005YORK6GGF1G2c113-1392M9-3+Hf, Ef-2To3rd +2L, KOn
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    Assertive:-  Pedigree Details
    DAM Name Previous Foals and their Racing Performances Foal Years General Notes
    Tart And A Half 3 previous foals.
    Half to :-
    • Lstd 5f 2yo/Lstd 5f 3yo Boogie Street (40k, rtd 106/107)
    • +unr 2yo/unp 7-8f 3yo Red Beaufighter (rtd 40)
    dam 5.3f 2yo/plcd spr 3yo (rtd 82/75, front-runner)
    DAM 92 =
    • 00 RB
    • 01 BS

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