David Youngman sees the season change at Headquarters
DaveYoungman with the latest news from HQ
WITH the leaves falling and the days getting shorter we are now in the last throes of the Flat racing season and we recently had our last work morning on the Limekilns.
How I have loved and enjoyed my time out there early mornings this year, what wonderful horses and jockeys I have had the pleasure of witnessing performing, it is the work and detail that go into it that make so much difference when a horse go off to race, I can’t wait for the Spring when it starts all over again for the 2018 season. It is an exciting time towards the end of March when the horses pull out to go over the racecourse side to do the first serious work of the year, we always see then if our horses have progressed during the winter.
ON a personal note it has been a wonderful season for both myself and my many racing club members .I am lucky to have members around the world including many followers in Australia – how they love a bet, my football players and
Chinese punters love big bets so the information have to be first class ,they are all going to count the months away during the winter until March and the start of the new season – and what a season that promises to be with Godolphin training out of Warren Place for the first time.
HOPEFULLY, the Sir Michael Stoute trained colt ULYSSES will run a nice race at Del Mar at the upcoming Breeder’s Cup.It has been a long season and he has been on the go a long time now and it does take its toll at this time of year. He landed big bets in the Coral Eclipse and Juddmonte for me and my racing club members so he is our favourite horse .ULYSSES will be off to stud at the Cheverley Park Stud after this race and should make a lovely stallion there ,I will be going to the Stud on a regular basis to see him as I do with FRANKEL. I hope you all like this photo of ULYSSES that I took of him eating his hay in his stable at the Stoute yard.
IT was with sadness that we got the news here at Newmarket of the death of former trainer Pat Haslam. Pat trained at HQ for several years back in the 1980s at Pegasus Stables on the Snailwell Road, the stables now occupied by trainer James Fanshawe.He certainly knew how to get a horse ready to land a gamble and when the money was down on one of his it seldom did anything but win, he was a firm but a very fair man, he liked things done properly and I have pleasant memories of knowing him.
A lot of backward 2-year-olds will be having their first races this month on the various all weather courses for experience for next year but we still have a few juveniles to get into the winners enclosure before the season end. GHANIMAH is a lovely as yet UNRACED daughter of Invincible Spirit owned by Sheikh Hamdan that has impressed me lately in her work and I fully expect her to have a bright future.