PERCY B SHELLEY. 25 January 2014. Archipenko-Oshponga. Owner M H O G.
Percy B Shelley has joined us as a dual purpose horse, he has raced on 28 occasions to date, 13 times over hurdles, and 15 times on the flat. He has raced out of five different yards, in England, and Ireland, and has been claimed on two occasions., he has won one race to date.His Dam was a prolific broodmare, producing 12 racecourse representatives, including the 112 rated Group 3 winner Hatta Fort, and the 109 rated Spirit Of Appin. Percy B Shelley raced just the once as a two year old for John Gosden, making his racecourse debut at Wolverhampton in December 2016, finishing fifth of the 11 runners, staying on over the extended nine furlongs to be beaten by two and a half lengths. He would race twice more for the Gosden yard, as a three year old in June, and July 2017, finishing forth on both occasions, and earning a best Racing Post rating of 74.
Percy B Shelley joined the yard of J F Levins, on The Curragh, County Kildare, where after a four months break, raced unsuccessfully in two maiden races, and his first handicap from a mark of 69, all on the All Weather at Dundalk. In June 2018, back on the turf at Sligo, he was dropped in to a claimer, and only failed by a neck to break his duck.Two more unsuccessful attempts in handicap company, were followed by another claimer, over one mile at Naas, where, although he only finished forth, he only went down by a neck, in a bunch finish, and was claimed, with his new owners taking him to Noel Meade in Castletown, County Meath, for a jumping career.
He raced in three maiden hurdles in 24 days, in November, and December 2018, earning a handicap mark of 92.Once in handicaps, he cut no ice on his first two attempts, but did finish third at Wexford in April 2019, and then a respectable fifth at Ballinrobe later in the month, going down by five and a quarter lengths. His final race for the Noel Meade yard was back on the flat, in a claimer at Gowan Park in May, when staying on strongly over their extended nine furlongs on good to firm ground, and being claimed for a second time, this time joining the yard of Emmet Mullins in Bagenalstown, County Carlow.
He raced for his new yard at Leopardstown in June, stepping up to one mile and five furlongs, appearing to stay the trip, being beaten one and three quarter lengths in to forth place, from a mark of 58.Two more flat runs were not as good, and he returned to hurdles for what would be his last two runs for the Mullins yard, where he finished third, and forth, both over two miles, from marks of 90, and 91.
Percy B Shelley joined us in December of last year,and ran twice in January 2020 over hurdles, without getting competitive.He returned at Cartmel to start his new season in August, and finished 10th of the 11 runners.He is now well handicapped under both codes, appearing to act well on any surface, and has a entry at Hexham next Tuesday.