CRASH HELMET 04 February 2015. Helmet-Hot Secret Owner-The Rat Pack Racing Club.
One of the best handicapped horses in the yard is Crash Helmet, but as we know they become well handicapped for a reason. After four runs full of promise, he has run a further five times, with his best effort coming when finishing seventh of nine.
Crash Helmet is the first produce of his dam Hot Secret, whose second offspring is the 92 BHA rated, Roger Varian trained gelding Maraawed, who has recently moved to the United Arab Emirates, where he is now in training with Doug Watson.
Crash Helmet started his career in the care of Newmarket trainer George Scott, where he raced exclusively on the All Weather. He made his debut in July 2018, over six furlongs at Wolverhampton, after being slow away, he stayed on, running in to interference, but still finishing a very promising second. At Kempton in September, he once again missed the break, and ran through the field again to finish runner up.He was off the mark just over three weeks later at Newcastle, having to only be pushed out to score, under 7lb claimer Jessica Cooley.His final run for the Scott yard was his handicap debut in October 2018 at Kempton, on what was his first attempt over seven furlongs, from a mark of 69, he was held up in midfield, and kept on to be beaten a length and three quarters in to fifth place, under Oisin Murphy.
He arrived at Oakwood Stables in the Spring of 2019, and made his yard debut over six furlongs at Pontefract, a full 10 months after his last race, it was his first race on turf, but he failed to beat a rival home.At Newcastle over seven next time he took a keen hold, but weakened very quickly, to finish last of the nine runners.Back at Newcastle in January 2020, he showed a little more promise, when keeping on over six furlongs, being beaten six lengths, and finishing 10th of the 12 runners.For his next attempt at Newcastle in February, and stepping up to a mile for the first time, he raced as if the trip was possibly too far.His latest start before the lock-down was once again at Newcastle over seven furlongs, he was awkward at the start, made headway at halfway, but weakened away to finish seventh of the eight runners under Paula Muir.
Crash Helmet has been a very good horse as a two year old, but has disappointed badly at three. When he does race next he will be on a very attractive mark of only 50. He is undoubtedly a very well handicapped horse, but whether he will ever be able to take advantage, only time will tell.