Greg Aitken col
Unnamed : 2016 bay mare
Owner :  A Syndicate
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                                                                      Freedom Cry
                                                                      Sally's Room
  2016 bay mare
                                                                      Old Vic
                                        Rose Vic
                                                                      Greek Melody

The family

This filly is the 5th foal out of the unraced mare Rose Vic, a daughter of the excellent NH sire Old Vic, and a half sister to Paper Promise and Paper Roses who are both in training at Dodlands Steading.
Paper Promise is a dual bumper winner and winning hurdler, while the fair hurdler Paper Roses, although a maiden, has been runner up 6 times!
Rose Vic also has bumper/hurdle/chase winner Way Out West (b 2013 by Westerner) and colts (b 2017 & 2018) by Jet Away.
The grand dam, Greek Melody, was placed in 4 bumpers before prevailing in a similar event over 2½ miles at Dundalk in the mid 90s. She followed that up with a 3rd place again over 2½ miles in her sole hurdle race. As a broodmare, she has bred 3 winners who all achieved black type - the mare Best Wait (placed in a Royal Bond), Grade 3 placed Spartan Angel and Grade 1 placed Arrive Sir Clive.
The 3rd dam Kazama, placed in France, is an excellent broodmare, with 7 individual winners from 8 foals. Best of these was 6-time winner Kiora, Group 3 placed on the level, Listed placed over hurdles.

About the sire

Califet  (bay horse, born 1998) raced for 4 seasons, running from 2-4 years for Guy Cherel in France then, after finishing a close up 4th in the 2002 Arc,  joined Godolphin for a couple of races as a 5 year old .
Winner of a Listed event as a 3 year old, Califet really blossomed at 4 winning a Group 3 over 12 furlongs at Longchamp before winning a Group 2 again over 12 furlongs at Saint-Cloud.
A sparely-made colt who improved with age, he was a high-class racehorse, rated 126 by Timeform.

Retired to stud in 2005, Califet spent the first few years in France before switching to Boardsmill Stud in Ireland in 2014. Sire of over 50 winners on the Flat and 150 (and rising) over jumps, his fee has reflected his growing success as an NH Sire rising to €6,000 in 2019.  A proven Grade 1 sire, his best progeny are Blue Dragon (multiple Graded winner in France over hurdles and fences), Gordon Elliott's Clarcam (Grade 1 winning chaser), and WP's Grade 1 winning hurdler Cilaos Emery. Most recently his son Carriacou won the 2019 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris.

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Form Summary

Season 2020-21 outlook
Although the original plan was to 'Emily' back in training in the Spring months of '20, her first spell at Dodlands was a bit later in the season so the filly was roughed off in early January and sent to back to Greg Aitken for the remainder of Winter, then the green pastures of Spring and Summer.

'Emily' returned to the yard mid August, where as expected (!) she proved a wee bit of a handful for the early season work riders (i.e. Callum). We'll be patient with this nice, athletic filly as we know how much ability the family holds but we'd like to think that a debut run in a mares -only bumper just after the turn of the year would be possible. Same route as The Paper Sisters, really.

Having bought Paper Roses in 2014 and her full sister Paper Promise two years later, it wouldn't have been difficult to imagine that, at the Tattersalls (Ireland) August 2019 NH Store Sale, this filly - a half sister to the 'Papers' - would be prominent on our Inspection List.

As it turned out, it was late in the evening on Day 2 of the 3-day sale, that she entered the ring. She's a well-made filly, though not overbig but any notion we had of achieving an uncontested acquisition proved groundless. She cost a wee bit more than we had planned but nevertheless ours was the final bid at the fall of the hammer, and delighted we were too.

Back in the Hawick Borders in August directly after the sale, and this filly was dispatched to local handler Nick Orpwood to begin her education.
She wasn't the easiest filly that Nick had ever educated but perseverance paid off in the end!

In that 2019-20 season, although slightly later than her peers she had the planned couple of weeks in the yard to gain experience of our morning routine on the gallops. The initial period entailed nothing more than a gentle canter each day, being led 'Up-the-Middle'  by one of her new stablemates.

She then spent most of the winter months with Greg Aitken in a local yard, as she strengthened and matured.

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