The Heart of the South Racing Club entertained more than 60 of their syndicate members in Jersey last weekend at the Les Landes racecourse. And although they didn’t see one of their three runners find the winner’s enclosure on Sunday, the experience of visiting the highly popular Channel Island track will surely have provided some great racing memories.
The club is based in Framfield where Heart of the South have their paddocks and from which they have produced a number of their racecourse successes courtesy of their established breeding operation.
This weekend they will be focusing their attention not on one of their home bred racehorses but one which they acquired from their regular ventures to the sales ring.
Shamahan is the gelding in question and he bids to get his career back on track with a first racecourse appearance for nearly a year when he travels to Leicester on Saturday for a sprint handicap.
This nicely bred son of Sharmadal suffered a chipped bone when last seen but, according to Eloise Penny of Heart of the South, the patience shown by connections during his subsequent absence could be well rewarded this season: “He’s been working and moving really well at home and although you’re always a little anxious until they’ve had their first run back from injury, we’re very hopeful he can fulfil the potential he showed as a two-year-old.
“The race at Leicester is a good place to start and if he runs with credit and comes home sound, it should put him in good shape for a race at Ascot in early May we have in mind.
“We think he’ll ultimately prove best at seven furlongs.”
Shamahan looks to be on a workable mark and on decent ground should be able to find a race or two. On pedigree, it would not surprise me if he stays at least a mile.
Plumpton stage their only evening meeting of the year tonight and there is plenty of additional entertainment planned to supplement what is shaping up to be a competitive seven race card which will get underway at 4.40pm.