Paper Promise
Eileen Smith col
Paper Promise : 2012 chestnut mare
Owner :  Mrs Eileen Smith
race photo


  Paper Promise (IRE)
  2012 chestnut mare
                                                                      Old Vic
                                        Rose Vic
                                                                      Greek Melody

The family

Paper Promise is the second produce out of the unraced mare Rose Vic, a daughter of the excellent NH sire Old Vic, and a full sister to Paper Roses also in training at Dodlands Steading who has been bumper and hurdle placed several times from 2015 to date.
Rose Vic also has bumper winner Way Out West, a gelding (b 2013) by Westerner, a filly (b 2014) also by Westerner, a 2016 filly by Califet, and a colt (b 2017) by Jet Away.
The grand dam, Greek Melody, was placed in 4 bumpers before prevailing in a similar event over 2½ miles at Dundalk in the mid 90s. She followed that up with a 3rd place again over 2½ miles in her sole hurdle race. As a broodmare, she has bred 3 winners, all achieving black type, in the mare Best Wait (placed in a Royal Bond), Grade 3 placed Spartan Angel and Grade 1 placed Arrive Sir Clive.
The 3rd dam Kazama, placed in France, has proved an excellent broodmare, with 7 individual winners from 8 foals. The best of these was race mare Kiora, Group 3 placed on the level, Listed placed over hurdles, the winner of 6 races in all.

About the sire

Gamut (bay horse, born 1999) raced in each of 5 seasons from 2 to 6 when trained by Sir Michael Stoute in the early 2000s. He won 6 races, and was ridden by Keiron Fallon in each of those victories.
And he showed himself as a top class racehorse, with all those wins coming at around 12f, including the Group 1 Grand prix de Saint-Cloud as a 5yr old. 

At stud, Gamut was initially marketed as a dual purpose sire while standing at Sunnyhill Stud in Ireland before moving on to Rosshill Farm stud (Co. Galway) in 2014, where his progeny have been almost totally NH focused (Stud fee €3k).
Road to Riches is from Gamut's first crop and is a top class chaser (a dual Grade 1 winner), as Gamut has built a reputation as a sire of strong gallopers. From his 3rd crop, Joshua Lane finished 3rd in the 2014 Festival Bumper, and more recently his sons Road to Respect (also a Grade 1 winning chaser) and Any Drama have kept the flag flying.    

 at the gallop
Form Summary

Such was the regard in which we held our filly Paper Roses (b 2011), one of our acquisitions at Tatts Ire NH Store Sales in 2014, that we kept in touch with breeder Niall Delany as Paper Roses was the first produce of the dam Rose Vic. Sure enough, there were more siblings on the way to the sales in 2016, and first entries on our inspection list in August were two more of the family. There was a Westerner 3yr old gelding (later named Way Out West), a tough but likeable sort, and he made €9,000 - bought by Stuart Crawford who trains in County Antrim across the water, although he is no stranger to the Northern Britain circuit with over 50 winners in the last 5 NH seasons.
We liked the look of this filly - who, unusually for NH Store sales these days, is a 4yr old - although she bears no resemblance at all to Paper Roses even though she is her full sister. A bit bigger in conformation, athletic but unfurnished, which probably explains why we were able to bring her home for €1.6k. But we did have inside knowledge in that her sister had displayed that she possessed quite an engine, and we were delighted to bring her home to Dodlands Steading.
Of course, the term 'home' was a bit early in her education as, along with her fellow purchases from the Tatts Ire August NH Sale, she was re-routed down to Tim Reed's yard at Hexham to complete her pre-training work, without any stopover at Dodlands.
Paper Promise started off in late Autumn '16 with gentle canters, steadily increasing in workload to give her a feel to the type of gallop to expect on the racecourse. She was given a break after a couple of months to mature and strengthen - which kindly coincided with the worst of the winter weather. But being that little bit older than her fellow sales purchases of 2016, 'Brooke' did come back into training early in 2017, when over the course of the next several weeks she showed us just how much talent she possessed.
Paper Promise made her bumper debut down the road at Kelso in late May, and ran a race of immense potential. Settling well for Callum by halfway, she travelled on the bit to the home straight where she set off in pursuit of the clear leader (and eventual winner), the flat-bred Heartasia. A fine 2nd place, clear of the 3rd horse, the mare was soon sent out to green pastures. And she has summered well!.
Back into the yard in mid August, we don't think it'll be too long till she is seen again in a bumper with every prospect of success this season.


Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2017-18 NH Flat 2 1     1
Current Season Form
13 April Aintree : 2m 1f Mares Only NH Flat (Grade 2, Class 1) soft 20 ran (C Whillans) - 7th (beaten 6l)                                                      video
Travelled well in mid division, not clear run 3f out, staying on when checked 2f out, ran on well near finish
She may have only been 7th, but this was a cracking run by Paper Promise. The pace was not as strong as we'd liked and when the leader finally quickened, Paper Promise found herself short of room. Still, once in the clear she stayed on really well into 7th.


20 February 18 Wetherby 2m NH Flat Class 5 Heavy 7 ran (C Whillans (3)) - won by ½l                                                             video
Tracked leaders going well, smooth headway to lead 4f out, ridden 3f out, joined 2f out, driven to lead again 1f out, stayed on well
Paper Promise came clear in the final 2f with the odds on favourite (Olly Murphy's It's O Kay) and kept on bravely inside the final furlong, under a largely hands and heels ride from Callum. That puts us on a record of 4-10 from 5 horses in bumpers this season!


3 January 18 Musselburgh 1m 7½f NH Flat Class 5 Good to soft 9 ran (C Whillans (3)) - won by 7l                                                             video
Tracked leaders going well, led on bit 3f out, shaken up and clear 2f out, comfortably
Paper Promise confirmed the form of her debut run in May and her recent work on the gallops with a convincing victory at Musselburgh. Always travelling well, she only had to be shaken up in the home straight by Callum to assert and put the race to bed 2f out. Probably hurdling next.


28 May 17 Kelso 2m NH Flat Class 4 Good 13 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 2nd beaten 8l                                                                         video20
Held up in rear, good headway to join leaders 3f out, chased winner and every chance 2f, stayed on but not pace of winner final furlong.
Paper Promise has run an excellent race on debut, a bit green initially but soon warming to the race and travelling well at halfway. She made progress on the bit turning out of the back straight but couldn't match the pace of previous winner Heartasia. She finished 5 lengths clear of the 3rd.


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