Thank you Les Young

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By PAUL MICALLEF

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.

Les Young

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