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Straight from the horse’s mouth - Look who’s been up my way

13 Mar 2015

I must admit it’s been a while since I last saw the old gaffer .. I actually thought he might have forgotten about me. NOL 

Low and behold though, he turned up during the week and it was like we’d never been apart. I was so excited, foolishly thinking he had come to whizz me back to my Eagle Farm stables to get back into racing mode. Well after a few pats and a couple of looks into the eyes, I was ready to jump into the float with the view of competing in the upcoming big races. I guess deep down I’m still yet to come to terms that I’ll never race competitively again, but being here at Eureka is definitely the next best thing. It was great to see Tony and of course his lovely bride Jane again, but also very hard to see him take off without me. Though that soon changed when the talk again reverted to some of the impressive ladies who’ve already booked into see me come August. 

Speaking of the big races, they don't come much bigger than this weekend’s Newmarket Handicap where I finished 2nd last year to Australian Horse of the Year, Lankan Rupee. He definitely was my nemesis this time 12 months ago and it seems, judging by his last start, that he is back to that form. I can tell you he was absolutely flying when he pipped me in this race and backed it up in the Oakleigh Plate. Truth be told, I myself was in career-best form at the same time. 

This race though is definitely not a one-act affair with the new kids on the block strong chances to lower the champ’s colours. I tell you, that Terravista is one impressive specimen. He’s an imposing type with a great back-end and good height, while Chautauqua absolutely flies up the straight. They both are serious chances and when you throw in stud-bound, Brazen Beau it definitely gets the chompers chattering.  For what it’s worth I’m sticking with Lankan Rupee who, if he gets a smother in the run, will blow them away. 

Another fortnight has passed and in the professional equine world that’s certainly an age, where many things can happen. Some of us tighten right up from a first up run, others can come to the end of their campaign and be now taking in the autumn sunshine, whilst some are ploughing through the long process of getting set for a return to the track. 

That’s the case with both Temple and Angelic Light. The big bro is going to have to wait even longer than normal with no real suitable races until the Victory Stakes at the end of April. This is the race he won last year beating your’s truly, the little fellow was definitely on his game that day. In the meantime he’ll have 3 jump-outs in preparation before targeting the big sprints, after which he’ll spell and all being well get set for the riches of Magic Millions day in the New Year. 

On the other hand my girl, Angelic Light, (well we are actually an item aren’t we, or is that totally in my mind? .. NOL), will start off her campaign in the race I won last year, the Group 1 William Reid Stakes ( I never get tired of neighing those words) at the Valley. Her preparation has been far from incident free, in her jump-out last week she even tossed the rider. As all us thoroughbreds will tell you, those humans who sit on us just add extra weight! Of course she successfully navigated herself around the course and came through it fine. It sounds like the little fellow on board might have come off a little worse, with his manhood somewhat feeling less manly than normal. 

My Angel will be looking to break her Group 1 duck this campaign, making her an even more valuable commodity than she already is. With both previous dams black type winners and her own impressive bloodlines she’s certainly world class. Her sire, Holy Roman Emperor is getting high class horses winning Group 1's and her dam sire Fuji Kiseki continues to take all before him across the world and is also starting to become a leading sire of dams in his own right. It might mean that I won't be able to lure her to my digs initially, but once I start throwing precocious types who knows? Gee the boss even said he would personally drive the float down to get her, so clearly I’m not the only one infatuated by her beauty. 

Until next time

Boom Boom

Spirit