Shares available in exciting racing prospect Shirocco Rose

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.

Material World in her hey day Picture by Gavin James

Material World in her hey day
Picture by Gavin James

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.

Shirocco Rose in the centre- potential star for the future

Shirocco Rose in the centre- potential star for the future

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.

Those who want to share in the potential increase in value of the horse as a broodmare, once her racing days are over, can opt to buy capital shares. Whichever type share is purchased, Moorcroft will receive £500 for each share bought at the end of 2014 – provided at least eight of the 12 shares in issue have been taken up. Two of the 12 shares are reserved for the founding partners – the remaining ten are on offer so Moorcroft could benefit from up to £5,000 at the end of this year.
“In addition, if the horse wins more than £10,000 in prize money in any year, then if the partners agree, a discretionary donation can be made to Moorcroft out of that. Sadly if there not sufficient share take up by the end of this year, we will probably abandon the SRP, refund all monies and transfer Shirocco Rose to Ireland in 2015 to be prepared for sale in their elite auctions as a three-year-old in 2016. There, the better three-year-old horses bred for jump racing have been fetching up to 200,000 euros.”
Storm Patrol will start racing career soon

Storm Patrol will start racing career soon

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.”

To find out more about Moorcroft, visit mrwc.org.uk and to express an interest in the Shirocco Rose partnership, email robin@materialworld.org.uk

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