Trainer and Syndicate comments for Amity Island
Amity Island had grown significantly since joining Ollie Pears yard, and we had no hesitation in taking him for our syndicates after watching him lengthen out on the gallops at Malton. He is set to make his debut in late 2017 and then race on through the winter and into the turf season in 2018 as a 3YO.
He is likely to be a seven/eight furlong horse, so unless he shows a lot of tactical speed at home when his fast work starts prior to his opening run. His mother got a mile and his father was unbeaten at six furlongs as a 2YO (including in the Richmond stakes), and he looks so like his father, so we believe he will be a seven furlong horse as a juvenile.
Ollie says of the colt "He is a good ride, and has plenty of spirit, but is sensible with it. We have given him the chance to do more than just a swinging canter at home and he lengthened really well, and it will be interesting to see how he develops over the coming months."
He added "I do see him as more than just a 2YO, and as long as he has the aptitude for racing as well as some ability, he is the sort who will be right for retaining in training as a three-year-old."
This son of Harbour Watch already has plenty of substance to him and it will be fascinating to see how he develops over the next few months prior to his racing debut.
If you are wondering about his name, Amity Island, it was chosen by trainer Ollie Pears who is a big fan of the film Jaws. Given the colts sire is called Harbour Watch, Ollie chose to name him after the fictional island on which the film was set.
This colt will be contesting Maidens and then possibly handicap races throughout the North in autumn 2017 and should run through into the All-Weather season. He took some time to come to hand, but Ollie now expects to see him have his opening run in October 2017. He has a long, loping stride, and has made very good progress through late summer according to Ollie.
Trained in Malton, East Yorkshire, a well known training centre for racehorses, we expect this colt to be racing at tracks such as Newcastle, Wolverhampton and Southwell in winter, Catterick, Ripon, Pontefract, Beverley, Nottingham and possibly York, Haydock and Chester in summer.
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Amity Island is expected to race for the first time in late October 2017.