Thank you Les Young
IT is with sadness and regret that this weekend’s Sports
man features the last Breeder’s Guide and thus the final column by Les Young.
It was back in 1973 that Les lobbied hard for the introduction of coverage of all things breeding which would become
Sportsman’s Breeder’s Guide. Les’ column has appeared ever since.
No matter what the reader’s level of expertise or involvement in thoroughbred breeding, Les’ column were always interesting, newsworthy , entertaining and educational.
Les is held in extremely high regard not just here at News Corp, but the wider industry.
You would go a long way to meet a more knowledgeable, generous and likeable person than Les.
Les is a bloodstock agent by trade – forever remember as the man who discovered Neville Begg’s champion filly Emancipation in a paddock – but it is his selfless contribution to administration of breeding in particular that speaks volumes about his dedication to the industry and it’s participants large
small. The story of how Young selected champion mare Emancipation out a paddock has entered into racing folklore.
“There was drought and thousands of flies when I inspected her,” he recalled of the trip out west to Narromine. “She was very immature and gangly with a pretty horrible head but she was very correct with a fluent galloping action.
“When arrived in Sydney, one wise guy told me he would walk to Bourke if she ever won a race.”
Many breeders and racehorse owners/trainers have benefited from Les’ peerless judgement and unshakeable integrity we wish him continued success in that regard.
But I, like so many others, will miss Les’ weekly wrap in
Sportsman just one year short of what would have been his 45th anniversary.
May I as editor wish Les the very best for the future and thank him on behalf of all readers his sterling service to the industry.