Scott has the pleasure of training Socialites Red - who is half sister to Ebitda, and he has a lasting affection for the stallion HAAFHD who is the dam sire of Tipsy Girl dam of Socialites Red and Ebitda, this is mainly due to Scott's favourite ever horse being the beautiful and much lamented Thunderball who was also by Haafhd. Another of Scott's favorite stallions was Compton Place - who was sadly lost to the bloodstock world in 2015 - Scott was therefore pleased to have the opportunity to secure and train Ebitda for her owners and her breeders.
Ebitda or Lilly as she is known at home - was a small yearling and as a two year old lacked the strength required to be an early two year old type so she was given the Summer off to grow, deepen and develop. Lilly ran pleasingly on her debut in January of 2017 and won on her handicap debut at Redcar in May. Throughout the Summer she collected a few further wins to her tally - and finished September having four handicap wins to her credit.
Lilly really enjoys her racing and it was discussed that as she was showing signs of further improvement, Scott should press on to try and gain a hat trick of success with her throughout the Autumn. We are lucky at Scott Dixon Racing to have a great team behind us - and no stone was left un turned to help Lilly achieve this.
Additional expert help is at hand from Rase Equine Veterinary Center from our physio Nicola Baguley, excellent feed and support advice from Gain Feed, Ocean Feed and Fine Fettle all ensure that our horses are ready to give their best. Lilly certainly is testament to all of their fine products and skills.
Unfortunately George Buckell who had ridden her to success on her last two outings had moved across to Australia - but she had struck up a good partnership with a young jockey and as only a smallish filly - any help with a claim was certainly an assistance to her. Scott found a perfect replacement for George in Jamie Gormley - and she absolutely hacked up at Catterick winning by an impressive 6 lengths.
With the handicapper now on to her improvement - it was with trepidation that Scott made the entry at Nottingham but as she was due a huge weight rise, and the opportunity to net the hat trick with a clearly improving filly was the correct choice. The team pulled together and Lilly was beautifully prepared and ready to run again within the 8 days.
Local course Nottingham the going was very soft and with 10 ' 2"lb - it was not a surprising choice that Scott used the same apprentice who had won on her and could claim his weight allowance. Although she got off to a poor start after being hampered by a neighbouring horse, Lilly balanced as ever corrected herself and regained her composure. Fair play to Jamie her jockey as he did not panic and allowed her the time she needed before asking her to lengthen. To pick up the distance she did over the last two furlongs in heavy ground whilst carrying a huge amount of weight certainly was a most impressive performance.
Her owners Chesterfield Estates and her breeders have naturally been delighted to have won six handicaps with her this season and she finishes racing now for the Winter. Her rating has progressed from 46 on her handicap debut to 78 currently. What a thrilling journey this has been for everyone involved - we look forward very much to seeing what Lilly can achieve next year. Enjoy your holiday little lady - its been very well deserved.
As one of this family heads off for a holiday we are delighted to say that Scott has purchased another yearling filly from the Same Dam as Ebitda and Socialites Red. She is a smashing prospect by a stallion going places in Coach House, She still has shares available so please do not hesitate to call as we think she will be popular.