Baby Ticker
Chuck Whillans col
Baby Ticker : 2009 chestnut mare
Owner :  Chas. N. Whillans
Stud photo

Pedigree

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                                        Endoli
                                                                      Grabelst
  Baby Ticker
  2009 chestnut mare
                                                                      King Among Kings
                                        Baby Gee
                                                                      Market Blues

The family

With her dam passing away a couple of years after her birth, Baby Ticker is the only progeny of the prolific winning hurdler Baby Gee, who was also trained by Donald here at Dodlands Steading.
Baby Gee was one of 4 individual winners out of Market Blues, with most having Whillans' connections, best of which was Palacegate King trained by Brother Ali to win 10 hurdle races (he also won 3 on the level for Jack Berry).
And all 4 of these winners were sired by King Among Kings.

Back to Baby Gee, who won 6 hurdle races, and was well suited by 2m and soft ground.
The most recent member of the family to be trained in Hawick was Baby Sister (a full sister to Baby Gee) who didn't quite win but was runner up in a bumper and subsequently placed 5 times over hurdles.

About the sire

Having raced once (unplaced) as a 2yr old for Dick Hern, Endoli (bay horse, born 1987) was next seen as a progressive 4yr old for Clive Brittain winning a couple of minor grade events. His best (and last) season was as a 5yr old winning a listed staying race before signing off with a very creditable 4th place in the 1992 renewal of the Ascot Gold Cup.
With a stayer's pedigree, Endoli was always going to appeal most to NH Breeders, and he did stood for several seasons at Girsonfield Stud at Otterburn, just across the border in Northumberland

Endoli was frequented mainly by local breeders and Harriet Graham trained two of his best stock in Scotswell and Indy Mood. Always gave the feeling that, as a sire, he could have done a lot better given more opportunities.

Baby on the gallops
Form Summary

Baby Ticker is a neat, athletic mare, who can be a bit moody at times but she has always showed up well in the morning gallops in all her time at the stable.
Chuck (Whillans) has owned and enjoyed much success with many members of this family. Brother Ali trained full siblings of the dam (Baby Gee) in Palacegate King and Gospel Song, while we trained Baby Gee herself and full sister Baby Sister - all running in Chuck's yellow, red sash and blue sleeved colours.
It was certainly a long time coming but our home bred mare made her belated racecourse debut in a bumper (as a 6 year old) at Carlisle in December 2015. Hampered by administrative issues over her passport (it's a long story), the mare had actually been at Dodlands in training for a couple of seasons prior to that debut run. She ran with a lot more promise than the bare form might reflect in finishing 4th of 5 to Irish raider Billy Billy. Each of the first two have gone on subsequently to win over hurdles.
She then had three fairly quick runs in novice hurdles at the back end of winter 2016, again showing enough promise in the second of these when 4th of 7 at Sedgefield in March. These initial two runs were on testing conditions, and not being the biggest in stature, we were quite forgiving with her less than fluent jumping feeling that better ground would bring about some improvement.
And that was the case in the middle of March at Kelso over 2m 2f when Baby Ticker ran a fine race, with improved jumping, to finish third in a maiden hurdle beaten 15l.

'Baby' began season 2016-17 still without a handicap mark, but was allocated a rating of OR92 after finishing unplaced at Carlisle in October. Of course, this was way too high (eh?), and next time out in a handicap hurdle at Sedgefield in January she jumped the last in a clear lead only to swerve violently right 100 yards from the line as she spotted the paddock, unshipping Callum in the process. Up 8lbs for that effort, she finished 2nd next time beaten just under 2 lengths before signing off for the season with a below par effort in a Musselburgh handicap in March.
Baby Ticker is seen to best effect over 2 miles in handicap hurdles, with give in the ground and we'd love to win a small race with her!

Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2015-16 NH Flat       1  
2015-16 Hurdles     1 1 1
2016-17 Hurdles   1     3
2017-18 Hurdles 1 2     2
Current Season Form
20 April 18 Ayr : 3m ½f mares' handicap hurdle (Class 2) OR 112 good 16 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 8th (beaten 13¾l)              video20
Held up, headway on outside before 3 out, weakened before next
Another good run from Baby Ticker but she wasn't enjoying the sounder surface and although came to challenge after 3 out, she wouldn't really let herself down on the surface. She's had a good season and will now head off to summer grass.

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31 March 18 Haydock : 2m 3f mares' handicap hurdle (Class 2 0-135) OR 112 soft 13 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 5th (beaten 6l)              video20
Mid division on inner, chasing leaders when bad mistake 3 out, ridden and stayed on approaching last but not reach leading group 
Baby Ticker has held her form well throughout this season and this was another good performance, although just out of the placings. She met 3 out wrong as the pace quickened for home and lost vital momentum. She'll go for a race at Ayr's National meeting next..

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11 February 18 Ayr : 2m 3½f mares' handicap hurdle (Class 4 0-120) OR 112 heavy 3 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 2nd (beaten 1¾l)              video20
Tracked leaders, good headway to dispute lead 3 out, not fluent and 1l down last, rallied to challenge 200yds to go, just held by winner 
Another brave performance by our mare in atrocious weather conditions of driving wind and snow. Disputing lead, didn't jump the last as well as the winner but battled gamely, although in vain, all the way to the line once again.

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15 January 18 Ayr : 2m mares' handicap hurdle (Class 4 0-120) OR 108 heavy 8 ran (C Whillans (3)) - won (by ¾l)              video20
Slowly into stride and in rear early, on and off bit throughout, ridden and took closer order 4 out, driven after 3 out, chal last, soon led and stayed on 
Well, 'Baby' won alright but it took an energetic ride from Callum to keep the mare in touch during the first circuit as she was not helping The Jockey one bit. But, she is a very brave horse for once Callum challenged the leader at the last, she battled all the way to the line.

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23 December 17 Newcastle : 2m ½f handicap hurdle (Class 5 0-100) OR 99 soft 15 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 2nd (beaten neck)              race video
Waited with in rear, ridden and headway 5 out, tracking leaders 4 out, chased leader 3 out to 2 out, drew clear with winner but always held run-in
Baby Ticker ran a fine race, only going down by a neck to a well handicapped rival. She battled on to the line and the first two were 12 lengths clear of a well strung out 15 runner field.

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