FROM BUSH TRACKS TO FAST DUCKS

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - RACING -

Q

Where did your love of horses come from? Did you ever imag­ine you would be in the po­si­tion you are?

A

I grew up in cen­tral west NSW where my fam­ily were un­com­mer­cial breed­ers but en­joyed rac­ing horses. I traipsed around the re­gion’s race­courses and en­joyed it. I started in the in­dus­try back in 1988 in the pedi­gree de­part­ment with Magic Mil­lions’ op­po­si­tion, Inglis. It was a very ex­cit­ing busi­ness be­ing around thor­ough­bred auc­tions from a young age and I was part of a good team. It was a great thrill and a learn­ing curve.

Q

Ex­hil­a­rates will race in the Magic Mil­lions 2YO Clas­sic for Godolphin. What drew Godolphin to the horse at the 2018 year­ling sale and why do you guys be­lieve she can win?

A

She was by a cham­pion and the most com­mer­cial stal­lion in the coun­try in Snitzel. Her dam (Sa­maready) was a cham­pion two-year-old. It was a case of if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck ... for­tu­nately for us it’s a very fast duck.

Q

What would it mean to Godolphin to win the $2 mil­lion Magic Mil­lions 2YO Clas­sic?

A

It’s not some­thing I want to think about just yet. I would love for it to hap­pen and it would be just re­ward for the Sheik who has agreed to come back to the Aus­tralian year­ling mar­ket and sup­port our breed­ers.

Q

How much is Godolphin go­ing to spend at the year­ling sales on the Gold Coast?

A

We don’t start with a bud­get. We try to find horses we like and hope­fully we get them for what we think they are worth in a rea­son­able range. It would be nice to find an­other Ex­hil­a­rates for next year or a Winx or Redzel.

* Note: Godolphin paid $625,000, $500,000 and $450,000 for their first three lots at the sales

Vin Cox picks up gate 9 for Ex­hil­a­rates at the 2YO Clas­sic bar­rier draw.

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