Basil is an ex-racehorse and I bought him when he was 6 years old and had already been re-schooled to some extent. Not long after I had him I began to wonder about his racing career. To be honest I can't remember how I found his race record and now it doesn't seem to be available on line through Weatherby's. However, I did manage to find it here http://www.attheraces.info/form.aspx?id=2119275&ref=formcardmain&dte=2014-08-12&refsite=atr&npl=yes
In 2003 he won a race at Catterick. I am not sure that I agree with racing horses young as I don't believe that they have grown and matured enough, Basil was only 2 years old when he won this race. He was born in 2001 and ran a total of 16 races between April 2003 and July 2004. He did only win one and I am not sure why he stopped racing - perhaps he just wasn't good enough, or perhaps he injured himself.
Luckily for him he found a new owner prepared to have him re-school and although he proved a little too much for her he is now settled with me in his 'Forever' home. I wish all ex-racehorses were so lucky!
After I found his race record I thought it would be interesting to find out about his ancestors and see how far back I could go! His official name is Barras, he is Irish and his passport lists his Sire and Dam so he was easy to find on the All Breed Database http://www.allbreedpedigree.com
Fast Nellie (1987)
Double Scwartz (1981)
Lady Fleetsin (1989)
By following this back on the Thoroughbred Database I found ancestors of Basil's born in:-
1944 Tudor Minstrel
1893 Bay Ronald
1881 St Simon
1880 The Sailor Prince
1811 Dr Syntax
1675 Spanker Mare
1612 Family Number 6 (obviously they didn't have proper names then!)
Once you get back a few decades you find that the same names tend to come up in different lines!
The internet has made this great fun and I am going to see what I can find out about Chesney too as he has his Sire and Dam on his passport!
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Until next time!