• Ian Ender


THE RETRIEVER. 22 March 2015. Shamardal-Silent Secret. Owner-RM&T Holdings Limited & Partners.

The Retriever is by the dual 2005 French Derby, and Guineas winner Shamardal, out of a Dubai Destination mare, who can boast the 100 Racing Post Rated listed winning filly, Sparkle'n'joy among her offspring.

The Retriever was a late starter, not making his debut until April of his four year old career, in a bumper at Hexham, something his breeder probably didn't have in mind some five years earlier.The Retriever was struggling from some way out, but did gain racecourse experience, all of his races since have been on the flat.

He made his flat debut at Wetherby in May under Paul Mulrennan, over 10 furlongs, which proved two far, so he was dropped down to seven furlongs 13 days later at Carlisle, in a Maiden, showing his first semblance of form, coming in fifth of the seven runners beaten 14 lengths. He next raced over a mile at Ripon in June, finishing well down the field, but getting his handicap mark.

The Retriever made his handicap debut from a mark of 52 at Catterick, staying on promisingly, to be beaten only three and three quarter lengths into seventh place.He was back at Catterick in August, but lost the race at the start, by being very slowly away.His last race to date on turf, was a four length seventh of 11 at Musselburgh, over seven furlongs, in September.

The Retriever has come into his own since being transferred to the All Weather, where he appears to act just as well on any artificial surface, having finished second at both Southwell, and Newcastle. He has actually been second on three occasions at Southwell, and it appears that seven furlongs is his optimum trip. He probably has very little in hand with the handicapper, but he remains lightly raced, so could still improve further.If he continues to run well consistently, then the law of averages say he will be in the winners enclosure shortly.

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