29 October 2020
SPRING ROMANCE, a five-times winner for Solario Racing (Berkhamsted) was sold at Tattersalls Horses in Training sale last night for 12,000 guineas, purchased by trainer, Michael Appleby.
The five-year-old son of Zebedee was weak as a two-year-old but blossomed at three, winning four races, three on the all-weather and one on the turf, our very own sponsored “Solario Racing Personal Racehorse Syndication Handicap” at Windsor under apprentice, Jack Duern.
Jack won on him twice more, when “Neville” (as he’s been affectionately known at the yard) broke his duck at Wolverhampton on his first run as a 3yo and then at Lingfield. The now retired Robert Winston was the successful jockey aboard his fourth win, also at Lingfield and arguably, the horse’s best performance came at Nottingham as a 4yo when Joey Haynes won what was a very competitive 6f handicap.
Unfortunately, the horse, who climbed up the handicap two stone as a 3yo from a mark of 45 to 77 lost his way somewhat this season and he may well benefit from a change of scene.
However, he owes his owners nothing. In 24 starts, he has won five, been second twice and fourth on two occasions which means he has a 21% win strike rate and he’s won prize money in nearly 38% of his runs. That’s not bad going for a horse who cost just 23,000 guineas as a yearling.
A big thank you to Alex Humphreys, who was his stable lass for most of the time at Harper Lodge Farm and struck up a real bond with the horse. She always knew when he was well and ready to strike as he’d try to buck her off! Of course, sincere thanks should also go to Dean Ivory who trained him to win five races and who encouraged me to purchase “Neville” as a yearling.
Solario Racing (Berkhamsted) owners have had plenty of highs with the horse and no doubt will follow him in future. We all wish Spring Romance and his new connections well.