Blame It On Sally
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Blame It On Sally

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Buy a Share for £31 (inc. VAT)

Blame It On Sally is a tall and rangy five-year-old gelding. He made a bright start to his hurdling career when finishing sixth in the Grade 2 Adonis Hurdle at Kempton last February. He then finished a good fourth back on the Flat at Sandown in June. Sadly, Blame It On Sally suffered a tendon injury during the summer of 2020 and is midway through a year's rehabilitation. His prognosis for a return to racing is good and it is likely that he will be prepared for a hurdling campaign this autumn. Blame It On Sally's height is 16.0hh.

Blame It On Sally is trained by Alan King from his Barbury Castle Estate in Wiltshire.

This syndicate term lasts until 1 March 2022, with no commitment to continue at the end of the syndicate period. Please click here for full details of the end of term process.

This syndicate is divided into 3,300 shares and each share costs £31 (including VAT). View price transparency. There will be nothing extra to pay, no matter what costs are incurred during the syndicate period. The syndicate is subject to the usual 'Owners Group' terms and conditions. The current maximum number of shares that can be purchased by one person is 10.

  • The share price is £31. The full price breakdown is:
  • The capital value of Blame It On Sally is £15,000, which works out as £4.55 per share.
  • Our management and service provision fee is set at £10.46 per share.
  • The all-inclusive racing/training cost is set at £10.10 per share.
  • The cost for mortality insurance is £0.53 per share.
  • The Racehorse Rehabilitation contribution is £0.20 per share.
  • The VAT is £5.17 per share.
  • There will be nothing extra to pay for the syndicate period, no matter what costs are incurred.

Blame It On Sally Pedigree

Blame It On Sally2016 (12 February) { CANFORD CLIFFS (IRE) { TAGULA (IRE) { TAUFAN (USA)

Blame It On Sally Profile

Written on 08 April 2020

Blame It On Sally impressed us at Tattersalls' Horses In Training Sales in October last year with his physique, and how well he looked after a busy summer on the Flat, where he had been successful for another of Owners Group's trainers, Sir Mark Prescott. Naturally, Sir Mark offered him a clean bill of health and an endorsement that he should make a comfortable transition to hurdling, which very much looked the case in his sole race over timber to date.

Blame It On Sally was bred and raced for John Kelsey-Fry while in training with Sir Mark, as had Blame It On Sally's year-older sibling, Praeceps, before that horse joined Alan King to embark on a successful hurdling career in 2018. On this basis, Alan King seemed the sensible yard for Blame It On Sally to join, after he was briefly assessed at EquiPrep, where he was found to be fresh and well, hence his swift move to Alan's Barbury Castle Stables.

Looking briefly at Blame It On Sally's pedigree, his breeders have raced several foals with Sir Mark out of his dam, Sliding Scale (by perhaps Europe's greatest stallion, Sadler's Wells), with a decent level of success. Scala Romana (by Holy Roman Emperor) won twice as a juvenile before being sold; as a broodmare she has since bred the decent two-year-old Layfayette, who won a maiden in Ireland last season, before finishing runner-up in a valuable sales race last October. Blame It On Sally's full-brother Praeceps won three races for Sir Mark, including a two-mile handicap from a mark of 75, and Sliding Scale's most recent winner is the surprise two-year-old winner, Escalade (a full-sister to Blame It On Sally), who won the third race of her career, at Southwell last October, at 33/1.

Blame It On Sally is by multiple Group 1-winning miler Canford Cliffs. Victor of the Group 2 Coventry Stakes as a juvenile, he progressed to win five Group 1 races: the 2,000 Guineas, the St James's Palace Stakes, the Lockinge Stakes, the Sussex Stakes and the Queen Anne Stakes during his glorious career for Richard Hannon Sr. Canford Cliffs stood at Coolmore Stud until 2018, when he was transferred to Highlands Stud in South Africa. His best European progeny to date include Salouen, Most Beautiful, Al Jazi and Stargazer.

Blame It On Sally boasted a really progressive profile on the Flat, having run four times to obtain his handicap mark as a juvenile in 2018, over what turned out to be inadequate distances of around a mile. His best run was when beaten just over twelve lengths by the talented Eightsome Reel on his final start of the campaign, which earned Blame It On Sally a rating of 58.

At the end of his two-year-old season, Blame It On Sally was gelded and rested for the winter, to allow him to grow and develop. Sir Mark Prescott made a late start to 2019, as his yard was affected by a virus which impaired the performance of the few horses he ran at the end of May, forcing him to reduce the exercise regime of his string for four weeks, just as the season was in full swing. Blame It On Sally made his belated reappearance, his first since being gelded, at Epsom on 11 July 2019, and he looked a different horse. This was his first race over 1m 4f, on the full Derby course, and he was ridden very positively by stable jockey, Luke Morris. Connections obviously felt he needed further than a mile and a half in an ideal world, so they were forced to make full use of his stamina by setting a decent gallop. Despite being challenged with two furlongs to run, Blame It On Sally defeated the favourite, Arms Of The Angel, to win by a length.

Thirteen days later Blame It On Sally reappeared to finish second at Salisbury to recent winner, Oydis, who later progressed to run in the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster's St Leger meeting. On 7 August, Blame It On Sally finished third at Bath when letting down the punters who had backed him at odds-on, when we wonder if a succession of races on good to firm ground were beginning to catch up with him. This theory looks entirely possible, as he looked a different horse when winning a fortnight later at Goodwood on good ground, where he was able to get more of his toe into the ground.

In this race, Blame It On Sally defeated the odds-on Whistler Bowl by no less than four lengths; in his previous race Whistler Bowl had chased home the Prescott-trained Land Of Oz at Salisbury, before that horse improved sufficiently to land the Cesarewitch Trial at Newmarket later in the season. At Goodwood, once again Blame It On Sally made all the running, in his first race over two miles. Just five days after, he followed up this victory when scoring at Kempton over the same distance, having dictated the pace throughout. Blame It On Sally ran once more for his previous connections, when chasing home the consistent Anyonecanhaveitall at Newcastle last September, when the more demanding nature of the course and surface at Newcastle did not suit his front-running style, as is often the case at the northern venue.

He was then rested before being bought by Owners Group at the sales, after which he joined EquiPrep for a short time. Alan King was thrilled when he arrived at Barbury Castle Stables, as he had won twice over hurdles with full-brother, Praeceps, who had also finished third in the Grade 2 Adonis Hurdle, and sixth in the Grade 3 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. Alan soon started schooling Blame It On Sally over jumps, but after a few weeks of regular schooling, he became quite sore in his back, and required treatment from the vet and a reduction in his workload.

He was treated with shockwave treatment* (see below) over a course of a few weeks, while only completing steady exercise, which soon brought about physical improvement. Alan was soon able to return his work to a normal intensity, and start jumping him again. The quality of his schooling was much improved, as he was moving well and he soon became both happy and confident over obstacles. The problem Alan faced as he prepared Blame It On Sally for his first race over hurdles was that the ground everywhere was generally very soft or heavy, following one of the wettest winters on record, and although we feel he needs some cushion in the going, soft ground was considered most unlikely to suit. On this basis, Alan took the brave decision to run in the Grade 2 Adonis Hurdle, a recognised Triumph Hurdle trial, on 22 February.

This prestigious race, run at Kempton Park, has been won by the likes of Zarkandar, Soldatino and Penzance, who all progressed to win the Triumph the following month, while previous winners Binocular and Punjabi both progressed to win the Champion Hurdle later in their careers. The 2020 Adonis Hurdle was run on good to soft ground and looked to be a good starting point for Blame It On Sally, as the ground continued to be very testing at most other courses.

During the race, Alan and jockey Tom Cannon agreed to dispense with his usual front-running tactics, on account of his inexperience over obstacles, but felt it best he remained close to the pace. He jumped very well through the entire race, and maintained his prominent position until the final two furlongs, when the impressive winner, Solo, began to eveal his class for the first time in Britain. The lack of a recent run impacted on Blame It On Sally's fitness (taking his break for his shockwave treatment into account) and the lack of experience probably cost him a place or two, so to finish sixth in this exalted company was a very satisfactory result.

When you consider how much he is likely to improve for this jumping experience, it is natural to hope that he can win at least an average novice hurdle, when Jumps racing resumes, though his trainer hopes he may be capable of better in due course. It is also relevant that he ran in headgear for Sir Mark, so applying some cheek pieces, blinkers or a visor could well bring about further improvement, if needed. For now, Alan intends to revisit running on the Flat, as it is possible that some improvement remains, especially on decent (good) ground.

Blame It On Sally won from marks of 58 (Epsom, 11 July 2019), 65 (Goodwood, 23 August 2019) and 71 (Kempton, 28 August 2019), before finishing second when rated 76, which remains his official rating on both turf and the all-weather. We hope Alan can conjure further improvement from Blame It On Sally in the level, when racing hopefully resumes on or after 1 June, before switching to hurdling in the autumn, when the ground should be to his liking, in an ideal world. Although his Owners have had to be patient so far, thanks to his break to allow his shockwave treatment and, more recently, COVID-19 forcing the cancellation of all British racing, we hope this horse has an exciting future over hurdles and on the Flat.

*Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) has been adapted from human medicine to treat horses. The handheld machine generates a high intensity pressure wave, which travels through fluid and tissue, when applied to the area that has been troubling the horse. Shockwave treatment has proved most effective in areas of soft tissue that attach to the bone, and are therefore difficult to medicate in other ways. A common area shockwave treatment is used is in the sacro-iliac joint in horses, which is high up in their quarters, essentially forming the horse's 'engine room'.

Buy a Share in Blame It On Sally for £31 (inc. VAT)
No monthly costsThere are NO monthly costs and there will be NO other requests for payment during the syndicate period.
GREAT GIFT IDEA! We can either post the welcome pack to the purchaser, or directly to the recipient.

What happens at the end of a syndicate term?

There really is no obligation at all after the initial one-off purchase!

All horses have a set syndicate term, which usually lasts for approximately 12 months, although this can vary.

Towards the end of the term, owners will receive a report from the trainer and the team, specifying the horse's prospects going forward and a recommendation on whether we believe the horse should continue into a further term, giving everyone the chance to renew for a further term.

The renewal price is very likely to be cheaper than the price paid to purchase the share(s) in the first instance, as owners will have already paid for their share of the capital of the horse. Therefore, the renewal price just includes the ongoing racing/training fees, management fees, insurance, VAT and the contribution towards the Horse Retirement Fund.

Owners are not obliged to renew their share(s) if they don't wish to, it's completely their choice. Once the syndicate term ends, any relinquished share(s) will automatically be released for sale and if those share(s) sell elsewhere, owners will receive the relevant share capital value of the horse, credited to their account.

If a low number of owners decide to renew their shares, the syndicate may be re-structured (see Terms and Conditions), or the horse may potentially be sold. If a horse is sold, the net sale price will be divided by the number of shares in the syndicate and all owners will receive their share of the net sale price to their account. If the syndicate does not continue into an extended period, any renewal payment for that new period, will be refunded.

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