Eternally Yours
DW Whillans col        Eternally Yours video
Eternally Yours : 2013 bay mare
Owner :  D. W. Whillans
Thimble close up

Pedigree

                                                                      Hernando
                                        Sulamani
                                                                      Soul Dream
  Eternally Yours
  2013 bay mare
                                                                      Beneficial
                                        Well Disguised
                                                                      Executive Move

The family

Eternally Yours is the second foal out of the Dodlands Steading trained racemare Well Disguised. Bought as a 3yr old store, Well Disguised raced for Al Duncan and 'Lucky Dave' Leslie for whom she won 4 hurdles and was placed numerous times in bumpers and hurdles.
Well Disguised is a half sister to that useful staying jumper of Paul Nicholls' French Executive, the winner of 7 races over jumps including the Sussex National. Her full sister, Thirty Days Out was also trained at Dodlands and was placed several times in bumper and hurdles.
The granddam, Executive Move, unraced but a half sister to useful hurdler/chaser Parson's Green, who won 7 races for Nicky Henderson in the early 90s.
Family traces back to the Scottish National winner Cockle Strand.
Well Disguised has produced 5 living foals, and in addition to 'Thimble' there are a year older full sister Lonely Paradise (injured as a yearling, broodmare), a half sister Our Elsie (b 2015, died 2021), and a half brother Nights In Venice (b 2016) in training at Dodlands.
In 2020, she produced a colt foal by Linda's Lad.

About the sire

Bred by the Niarchos family and trained by Patrick Bary in France as a 3yr old (winning the French Derby), Sulamani (bay horse, b 1999) continued to prosper as a high class racehorse for Godolphin over the next 2 seasons. He added 5 Group 1 victories to his tally for Godolphin.
Sulamani was campaigned successfully far and wide notching up victories in UAE, England, Canada and the USA. He showed winning form from 10-12f and seemed best suited with a little give in the ground.
To stud in 2005, he spent several years standing as flat stallion at Darley Studs in Newmarket, Brazil and France. First crop included a Classic winner in Mastery, and he has sired numerous Stakes winners in Brazil.
In 2011, he was acquired by Richard Venn on behalf of the Cashman family to stand at David Futter’s Yorton Farm in Shropshire as a National Hunt sire. He has sired several classy jumpers in his time - Champion Hurdler Honeysuckle, 2016 Grand National winner Rule the World, Grade 1 winner Cash 'n Go and 2021 Bet365 Gold Cup hero Potterman. 
Sadly though, Sulamani passed away in January 2017.

Thimble on the gallops
Form Summary

Season 2020-21 outlook
Eternally Yours' 2019-20 season was impacted by a low-grade virus which came to a head when she was unplaced at Ayr just after New Year. However, after some TLC, her comeback run at that same track in March showed her to be much more like her usual self, staying on into 3rd after clattering 4 out.
Nicely primed for a Newcastle run next time, but then....
 
'Thimble' is an athletic filly, just that little bit long in the back, and has matured into an attractive 16.1hh frame. Suited by 2½ miles, she will be aimed at good class handicap hurdles (could be well handicapped off OR122) with mares-only novice chases not ruled out!

Previously....
In 2016, owner/breeder Al Duncan (I'll bet he likes the sound of that description - ed) came to us with some encouraging reports of how well his young filly had taken to the start of her education with Tim Reed.  Having been brought up at Malcolm Imray's Eildon Hill Stables (where a couple of 2016 Royal Ascot 2yr old runners were bred), she was quite a nervous sort being away from the company of a couple of her pals for the first time. Nevertheless, she took well to Tim's patient handling and was working very pleasingly up his all weather gallop in a matter of weeks, before returning to the Scottish Borders at Dodlands Steading.
Of course, this is a family that Donald and his team know very well, with both mother and full auntie spending several seasons racing for the yard. And sure enough, initial reports back to her owner were along the lines of 'she's working just like her mum'. Quite a complement, as Well Disguised (and sister Thirty Days Out) were excellent morning exercise horses, taking their work riders to the top of the gallop each day with ease.
The filly spent the Autumn of 2016 strengthening and maturing in a field just across the road from the stable yard. When Eternally Yours returned to full training just after New Year, she continued to impress the team on the gallops, working well with Paper Promise who herself went on to finish a fine second on her bumper debut in May 2017. We almost ran this filly then as well, but felt an extra few months to furnish would do her the world of good.

That patience (well, not really, it's the stable way!) paid off handsomely in season 2017-18. After an initial bumper (4th) full of promise, she followed up on Boxing Day at Sedgefield winning a Mares' Bumper. Following another placed effort at Musselburgh under a penalty, she impressed when quickening over the last to win on her hurdling debut at Newcastle in April.
Eternally Yours, although lightly raced due to the prevailing fast ground, enjoyed an excellent 2018-19 season with two runner up efforts sandwiching a comfortable handicap hurdle victory at Newcastle in December.

Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2017-18 NH Flat 1 2  
2017-18 Hurdles 1        
2018-19 Hurdles 1 2      
2019-20 Hurdles     2   1
2020-21 Hurdles   1     1
Current Season Form
22 February 21 Carlisle 2m 3½f Handicap Hurdle (Class 3 0-135) OR126 soft (heavy places) 7 ran (Blair Campbell (3)) - p.u.                   video
Soon chasing leaders, pushed along halfway and lost touch, pulled up before 2 out
Blair Campbell reported that Eternally Yours was never travelling

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5 December 20 Aintree 2m 4f Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) OR 122 Soft 11 ran (B Campbell (3)) - 2nd (beaten nose)                                       video
Tracked leaders on outer, jumping well. Ridden to dispute lead after 2 out, slight advantage last, kept on well, just caught on line
Heartbreaking. Eternally Yours has put in a tremendous performance on seasonal debut, jumping was electric. She looked to have won the battle with Kateson after the last and held a slight advantage with 100yds to run but was just outdone on the nod at the post.

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Previous Season Form
7 March 20 Ayr 2m 4½f Handicap Hurdle (Class 3 0-140) OR 125 Soft (heavy places) 5 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 3rd (beaten 11½l)                   video
Set slow pace. Disputed lead till bad mistake and lost place 4 out, soon outpaced, stayed on from 2 out to take 3rd place near finish
Eternally Yours had a few weeks off to recover from an infection so came into this race a little ring-rusty. Nevertheless, she was running well till blundering 4 out just as the pace quickened. That put paid to her winning chance but she kept on pleasingly to the finish. Better for race.

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2 January 20 Ayr 2m 5½f Handicap Hurdle (Class 3 0-140) OR 127 Soft 9 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 7th (beaten 59l)                                               video
Prominent, ridden and weakened before 3 out
This wasn't the mare's true running and Eternally Yours wasn't right on her return to the stables. We'll get her checked out fully.

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3 November 19 Carlisle : 2m 4f Handicap Hurdle (Class 2 0-150) OR 127 soft 9 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 3rd  (beaten 20l)                                     video
Waited with in rear, headway to track leaders after 4 out, ridden 3 out, kept on but no chance with leading pair.  
A fair enough season opener from the mare. Slight mistake at the second, but jumped well otherwise. She was a tired horse over the last two flights but kept on under hands and heels to reach the frame. We're slightly limited in opportunities given her rating but hope she can step forward on this.

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9 March 19 Ayr 2m 4½f Handicap Hurdle (Class 3 0-140) OR 127 Soft 12 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 2nd (beaten 5l)                                               video
In rear, headway after 5 out to track leaders, disputed lead 3 out, soon headed and stayed on one pace, left 2nd last
It's fair to say Eternally Yours was rushed off her feet early by the strong pace on her first attempt at this grade. Callum settled her in rear and jumping very well throughout came there 3 out holding every chance. Not able to quicken, but a fine run nonetheless.

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22 December 18 Newcastle 2m 4½f Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Class 4 0-120 OR116) Soft 7 ran (Craig Nichol) - won by 16l                               video
Tracked leaders, smooth headway to challenge after 3 out, led and mistake 2 out, shaken up and soon clear, easily.
Being careful not to get too carried away - in a mares only 0-120 handicap - this was an impressive display by Eternally Yours. She still made a couple of novicey mistakes at her hurdles, but from 3 out she responded each time when asked by Craig, who gave our mare a fine ride.

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14 November 18 Ayr 2m 4½f Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Class 4 0-120) OR 110 Heavy 12 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 2nd (beaten neck)             video
Held up in rear, good headway after 4 out to track leaders 3 out, disputed lead from 2 out till last, ridden and kept on well but just held near line.
Excellent handicap debut from the mare on just her second run over hurdles. She lacked experience in this competitive field, and was held up a fair way off the pace made by eventual winner Bon Chic. Just pipped by the battle hardened winner on the run-in.

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14 April 18 Newcastle 2m 4½f Novices Hurdle (Class 4) Heavy 8 ran (C Whillans (3)) - won by 3l                                               video
Took keen hold, held up, smooth headway to track leaders 3 out, challenged last, quickened and soon clear, eased near finish, readily.
Fine win on hurdling debut from Eternally Yours. The favourite under-performed which has left not too much substance to the bare form but our mare produced a very impressive performance, jumping well and quickening clear under a classic, hands and heels ride from Callum.

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14 February 18 Musselburgh 1m 7½f Mares only NH Flat Maiden (Class 5) Good to soft 8 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 4th btn 10l                    video
In rear on inside off modest pace, hampered 5f out, not clr run 3f out, ridden but not quicken until stayed on final furlong but not reach leading pair.
Guess she's not really suited by Musselburgh................

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26 December 17 Sedgefield 2m 1f Mares only NH Flat (Class 6) Soft (Good to soft places) 12 ran (C Whillans (3)) - won by 2¾l          video
Tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, driven to challenge 3f out, led just after 2f out, stayed on well.
You know, our filly still ran a bit green during the race but under excellent handling from Callum, she was well placed when the leaders set for home with 4 furlongs to race. Eternally Yours joined the leader (eventual runner-up Birch Vale) over a furlong out, and soon put the race to bed. Fantastic!!.

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30 November 17 Musselburgh 1m 7½f NH Flat Maiden (Class 6) Good 13 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 4th beaten 7l                                                   video
Towards rear on inside, ridden 4f out, headway 2f out when not clear run, ran on well, nearest finish.
Despite running green almost throughout, Eternally Yours ran on well over the final two furlongs and delighted connections with a eye-catching run on debut finishing 4th. We'll see how she comes out of this in the next few days, but maybe a mares bumper over a galloping track will be on the cards.
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