Introducing Paddy De Pole, a smart 5-year-old gelding, now in training with Paul Nicholls. Paddy De Pole has quite a speedy look to his pedigree. He is sired by Alkaadhem, whose progeny include 2022 Grand Annual winner, Global Citizen, and Listed mares’ novices’ hurdle winner, The Organist.
His dam, Squirrel Wood, was a Flat horse by super-sire, Saddler’s Wells. She too proved to be a speedy type who found success in the latter part of her career over trips of around a mile.
Paddy De Pole was handpicked by Mick Fitzgerald, who described him as “a ball of energy”, adding that “he’s a little demon and he’s a proper little tank and he’s made of some pretty stern stuff this fella. I really like him.”
Paddy De Pole has plenty of Point-to-Point experience. He had a tough time in the early part of his career; falling twice and unseating once but has since strengthened his form significantly.
In his most recent outing, Paddy De Pole came up against stiff competition at Belharbour where he faced not one but two previous winners. Not only did Paddy De Pole win that race, he won it by a 15 length margin!
To add further strength to his form: the horse he beat into second, Desert Cave, finished runner up again in his next outing, while Aghmorough Bridge, who he beat into third, has since won twice.
You can see why Mick is excited about this one…
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Paul Nicholls is looking forward to getting going with this lad, informing us that… ‘he’s a Point-to-Point winner, that can be the start of anything with any horse really’ and that ‘what we’ve done so far – he goes nicely and we can see how he develops over the next few months. I’m sure he’s going to improve and turn into a nice staying novice hurdler next season.’
Paul feels it is in Paddy De Pole’s best interests to wait until next season before getting him on course. So, the plan will be to bring him back and start nice and fresh at the beginning of July with a view to sending him novice hurdling early in the autumn.
There are no other partners in this horse, so once 3000 shares are sold, 100% of the horse will be owned by shareholders.
Mick Fitzgerald Racing Club does not charge owners VAT. This means that there is no need to reclaim VAT and that a share represents a greater proportion of the racehorse.
At the end of the syndicate term any unspent funds are returned to owners pro-rata. These funds can be withdrawn or used against the cost of renewing or purchasing a share.
THE SHARE PRICE BREAKS DOWN AS FOLLOWS:
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Insurance & Racing Fees