Running The Game is a striking 3-year-old grey gelding, now in training with Gary Moore.
He was bought for Old Gold Racing at the Arqana Deauville Summer this year and was well liked at the sale and caught the eye of some notable names, who ended up underbidders.
Running The Game has run three times on the Flat over in France. The second of these came at Dieppe, where he ran very impressively to finish a close 3rd. The horse that finished 2nd, beating him by just a head that day, is expected to fetch a lot of money.
Click HERE to watch that race.
His next run was at Clairefontaine only two weeks later and his previous trainer, Francis Henri Graffard, felt that he ‘ran him back too soon’ but that he ‘really likes him’.
His knee action suggests he will appreciate a bit of give in the ground and means he should cope well with the softer going in the latter part of the season.
Running The Game is sired by Almanzor and out of Cool Esprit. His dam, Cool Esprit, ran three times in Flat races and her form figures read 321. She achieved a French rating equivalent to 88 in England. Running The Game is a full brother to Jungle Pulse, who has run three times on the Flat, finishing 2nd, 1st and 4th.
His sire, Almanzor, was a champion 3yo colt in Europe. He won the French Derby and Champion Stakes in both GB and IRE. His first foals were on the ground in 2019 and notable progeny to date include Castle Way and Circle Of Fire. Both horses have ratings of over 100 on the Flat - 106 and 102 respectively - and have won races over further than a mile indicating that the progeny of this sire stay.
Gary Moore is delighted to have Running The Game in the yard, informing us that ‘we’re very, very happy with him… he’s got the right mind to stay well enough because he’s very relaxed in his galloping’ and that ‘he has bags of size and scope about him… hopefully he’s a horse that hasn’t reached his potential yet. He’s a very sound horse. You’re not just getting one or two days out. You should get a decent season out of him’.
Gary will continue to do plenty of schooling with him to make sure he strengthens up before he has his first trip to the racecourse in Old Gold in the coming months.
Running The Game is showing all of the characteristics of an exciting National Hunt prospect…
There are no other partners in this horse, so once 3,000 shares are sold, 100% of the horse will be owned by Old Gold Racing owners.
Unlike other syndicates, Old Gold Racing does not charge owners VAT. This means that there is no need to reclaim VAT and that a share represents a greater proportion of the racehorse.
At the end of the syndicate term any unspent funds are returned to owners pro-rata. These funds can be withdrawn or used against the cost of renewing or purchasing a share.
THE SHARE PRICE BREAKS DOWN AS FOLLOWS:
Training & Vet Bills
Insurance & Racing Fees