EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT -

a filly building

a future

EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT is a well-bred four-year-old filly, being a daughter of top racehorse and stallion High Chaparral and has already proved her winning ability on the racecourse. After making 28,000 gns as a yearling, she was too backward to race as a juvenile, but showed promise in her first two outings on the Polytrack at Lingfield before finishing third on her debut on turf over ten furlongs at Windsor in July, 2014.Trained then by Jamie Osborne in Berkshire, she justified favouritism with a hard fought win over the same course and distance a week later.


That was a selling race and Ollie Pears was so taken with the performance, he stepped in to buy her at the subsequent auction for 10,000 gns. It looked a shrewd move when she finished second at Musselburgh over an extra quarter of a mile on her debut for her new connections. But then her season fell apart as she suffered a series of minor problems, including a nasal discharge and virus which resulted in several disappointing performances.


However Ollie still felt she was worth persevering with an retained her when she came under the hammer at Doncaster sales during the winter before passing her on to Club Racing. In four starts in our colours she has netted two wins and two third placings, while her career record now stands at 3 victories, a second placing and she has also been third on 3 occasions.

EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT landed a first victory in the Club Racing colours when she powered home at Thirsk and followed up in great style on the North Yorkshire track. Now she is back in training after enjoying a winter holiday.

"She has thrived during the winter, enjoying time in the paddocks with another filly that and they became real pals" says Ollie.Pears. "We had her clipped out a few weeks ago and she came back into training in great shape."
















 




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She looks

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RACECOURSE photographer Louise Pollard catches Jake Butterfield bringing Exclusive Contract home for her first win in our colours at Thirsk (top) while Peter Steveney, Ollie Pears, Jake Butterfield and stable lad Gareth gather with our filly in the winner's enclosure (above) and another shot of the on-course action at Thirsk (bottom)


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"Charles Camoin won on the all-weather surface at Kempton and the family seem to appreciate the faster artificial surface, so we may give our filly a run on it at some time in the future" said Peter Steveney. 


"Her sire, High Chaparral, is making a name for himself as a producer of brood mares too. His grand-children have been selling well as yearlings this autumn with an average of around 25,000 gns at the recent sales, so we have lots to look forward to, even when she is finished racing".

EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT strides clear for her latest success at Thirsk (above) and looks pretty pleased with herself afterwards (below)

The filly turned in two slightly disappointing runs at Newcastle after her successes, but was back on song at Pontefract when she tackled a marathon trip for the first time. Racing over almost 21/4 miles and up against some hardened stayers, she raced keenly off a slow pace in the first half of the contest. She was always up with the pace and disputed the lead on the home turn and although she kept galloping, she was eventually beaten just over five lengths into seventh place.


Trainer Ollie Pears was far from dejected. "We had to withdraw her at Catterick two days earlier because of the rain and the ground was still too slow for her.The slow early pace did not help either as she was keen and used up some vital energy needlessly, but she was bouncing the day after" he said.


So she ran at Beverley a couple of weeks later, but after starting well, she lost her place before halfway and finished last of the seven runners in a two mile contest in which she had the form to do much better. With ground conditions perfect - it was good to firm - it was plain that she was way below her best, so it was decided to rough her off and give her a nice long winter break.

 

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"She had a couple of weeks on the horse walker and has resumed steady cantering and I am really pleased with here. She did us proud last summer and always tries her best. She has abundant stamina and so perhaps we will aim her at those staying races at Pontefract. There are seven or eight races  all over marathon trips in the series which is decided on points with a substantial cash bonus.


"But we know that she needs quick ground to show her best form and so we will go along steadily and wait for the weather to dry things out. She will need a bit of sun on her back too, so I don't envisage running her until May - or perhaps late April if we have a warm, dry spring" he added.


The filly began in Club Racing colours off a handicap mark of 52 and netted her second success off a mark of 57. The handicapper put her up into the low 60's, but those below par efforts towards the end of the campaign have seen her drop back to a mark of 58. "That's very workable and I'm really looking forward to the summer with her "Ollie added.


Exclusive Contract is a half sister to four other winners and her half-sibling Charles Camoin won at Kempton recently after returning from a lengthy lay-off. That was his sixth success and boosts our filly's pedigree as she will one day become a brood mare when retired from racing

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