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'A good way of entertaining clients'

SOMETHING Exciting, Mike Watson's first flat racing horse, has certainly lived up to her name.

With two furlongs to go at this year's Oaks, the filly was on the verge of winning an English Classic race.

But in the final stages she was pipped at the post by Eswarah, which eventually won by a length and a half.

Something Excit ing is owned by Mr Watson and his brother, who both run employment agency Set Square Recruitment.

'We thought having horses at Set Square might be a good way of entertaining clients, ' explains Mr Watson.

'We put all our budget together and said we'd do it for two years. I asked the trainer Philip Hobbs for some advice and he recommended David Elsworth from Salisbury to be our trainer.

'I told him my budget was £10,000, but when he saw Something Exciting at the Newmarket sales, he said I can get her for a third of the price because of her scar.' Marked from unknown accident, Taunton-based Set Square Recruitment still had to pay double their budget for the horse, but the firm has certainly reaped the rewards.

Last year, Jimmy Fortune won on Something Exciting at Salisbury and there were another three victories ? two at Goodwood, one at Newmarket ? this season.

The final victory at Goodwood was in the Lupe Stakes, which is the trial for the Oaks.

Af ter Something Excit ing won, Mr Watson placed a bet on her to win the Oaks at 40/1.

The bet was each way, so despite Eswarah's win in the race he was still smiling.

Something Exciting also entered Royal Ascot, but struggled with a heavily sanded track and the filly's usual late run with Richard Quinn in the saddle only yielded fourth place.

'The sand was kicked up in her face and she objected strongly, ' says Mr Watson, who has rejected a number of offers for the company's horse.

'I've had offers of 20 or 30 t imes what we paid for her, but I've said they can offer what they want as I'm going to keep her to breed from.' A former civil engineer with seven years at consulting giant Mott MacDonald, Mr Watson's other reason for buying a horse was to get into breeding.

He adds: 'If she's still fit at the end of this season, we'll probably run her next year as a four-year old.

'If not, we'll start breeding her next year, but fillies can be unpredictable so it will probably be two years t ime before we star t.'

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