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Straight from the horse’s mouth - A trip down memory lane

26 Mar 2015

Excuse me for being just a little nostalgic, but I’ve been trotting around in a world of recollection all this week.

As many of you would know it was 12 months ago that I broke through for my maiden Group 1 victory in the William Reid Stakes. The next rendition of the race takes place Friday night and the field is definitely one to savour. You have the new kid on the block in terms of racing in elite company, Trust in a Gust who has one formidable record which includes 10 victories of which he boasts an unblemished 2 from 2 in Group 1 events. He’ll be hard to beat, though 1200m in this company might be too short.

Then you have a couple of my former combatants in Fontelina and Famous Seamus who are right up there as the toughest I’ve raced against. Fontelina first up is either a pigs ear or silk purse. When he arrives ready to race, he’s up there with the best sprinters in the land. Joining this talented duo are a couple of other foes in Rebel Dane and Bel Sprinter, who is currently out of sorts, but can on his day, beat the best.

The 2015 instalment of the William Reed has plenty of depth and I’ll be cheering loudest for my girl Angelic Light. After her last start disappointment in the Winterbottom Stakes last November, she’ll be out to put her best hooves forward. And on that note may I say, the legs above those hooves are, well just plain sexy! Her record at the track is first class and while others in the race are more proven at this stage, she’s still yet to hit her best. All being said though, given the injuries she’s sustained there has been talk she may never hit that peak? Over the years I’ve heard some jibber about us equine folk doing a tendon is similar to a human athlete doing an ACL. The recovery period to get back is long, but hitting the paddock upon return is just the middle point to recovery, as more often than not that previous form is not captured for atleast 12months. As with anything there are exceptions to the rule; look at your’s truly I was still going around as a 6-year-old and was just hitting my straps when I was whisked off to share this bod with the ladies. NOL

I see the Qld breeding scene is on fire. Last week’s results at the sale which I was invited to as a VIP (QTIS March yearling sale) has kept the momentum going out of the Magic Millions sale proper in January. Again the first season sires made most of the headlines. The sale topper though was by Northern Meteor who left us all way too early. It was interesting to see the old boy's progeny sell very well. In particular the colt by linyanti who has now had a bit of the Spirit magic. There were also other dams of foals at the sale which have popped their heads into Eureka to visit in my first season. With the increased prize money across all levels it surely must be enticing for you human folk to become involved in the industry, if you’re not already? If it was me though I’d be saving all the pennies for a couple of years time when the Boomsters foals will be paraded around the ring.

Like any athlete I know I’ve had my admirers and die-hard fans throughout my racing career, but seriously I never thought my number one fan would be an annoying canine! It seems that’s certainly the case if the photograph above is anything to go by. First of all, caps on canines just isn't right .. but if he is to be sporting one, well I can think of no better than the one he is wearing. Secondly, how did he get the cap on his head? It's like some of you think I actually type this myself??? I don’t, I just neigh it out loud of course and luckily I have a bilingual scribe at the ready .. NOL

Lastly .. oops sorry .. the gaffer’s just arrived to give me my daily massage and fanning off, oh life you are too kind to me!!

Until next time 

Go Angelic go!! Boom Boom 

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