A ONE-EYED racehorse named Material World became a favourite with many local racegoers when trained by Suzy Smith at Lewes, and owned by Southern Bloodstock (GB), headed by Suzy’s father, Robin Smith of West Wittering in conjunction with his wife, Carol. Despite Material World’s visual impairment, she proved to be a star.
Known affectionately as Daisy, she won her first race at Market Rasen at 25-1 by a substantial margin and went on to win some good races when competing against top class horses, winning five races and being placed in 11of her 19 outings and reaping more than £90,000 in prizemoney.
Since she retired from racing, Material World has proved to be a high-class broodmare. The first of her offspring to race in Material World’s colours will be Storm Patrol by Shirocco. Shirocco won the Italian Derby, German Derby, Prix de Foy, Coronation Cup at Epsom and the Breeders Cup Turf in the USA. He sired Brown Panther and numerous other winners.
Material World has since had two more foals by Shirocco- a yearling named Shirocco Rose, and the second is a foal born a few months ago and still with her mother at a Sussex stud farm. Shirocco Rose is a bay filly born on May 3 2013 and she is being prepared for a racing career, which will begin with initial training in 2015.
With a view to this, the Shirocco Rose Partnership has been established offering a unique opportunity to be involved in the fun of racehorse ownership. It also has spin-off benefits for the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Slinfold in West Sussex, which will receive £500 donated by the breeder for every share purchased in Shirocco Rose.
This Shirocco Rose yearling has been linked with Moorcroft as a way of giving something back to the sport and ensuring that retired racehorses are not forgotten. Moorcoft, based in Slindon, is a top class centre which retrains former racehorses with a view to rehoming them with a real chance of a life or second career outside racing.
Robin Smith explained: ” The Shirocco Rose Partnership offers a choice of shares, so those who are only interested in the racing career can pay a smaller joining fee, but still enjoy all the development and action on the track.
Robin added: “We went to Suzy’s yard at the weekend and they are so excited about Storm Patrol. They say they have not even ‘pressed the button’ with her yet. She is competitive like her dam Material World and won’t let anything past her on the gallops! Let’s hope the battling spirit has also passed through to Storm Patrol’s two younger sisters.”