Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

It's the Horses In Training sale at Newmarket this week

Monday, 27 October 2014

"When it seems that something can’t be done, start it, and see if the rest of it can be done."

Robert Brault.

Blue Bounty (Ali)

It’s very mild again this morning, with bright blue sky and very little wind. My prediction that the last of the warm weather had finished was way out, and it looks like it is going to stay quite warm into the beginning of November. We have been cantering on Side Hill and Long Hill grass this morning, with the older horses still in good form. We will be having a couple of runners at least towards the end of the week. 

Singing Hinnie (Reece)

It was a great performance by Adelaide (very appropriately named) in the Cox Plate on Saturday, which is run at Moonee Valley in Australia. It was a fantastic ride from Ryan Moore and in a blanket finish, he prevailed by a head. It was the first European horse to win this race and was certainly worth winning, as first prize was just under £1million to the winner. We will have the Australians flooding over here to buy our good horses to compete in these races in the future. What this race really showcased was that Ryan Moore is the number one jockey in the world. He is a very quiet man, with a great determination, tactical brain second to none and very unaffected by his fame. It is a long way to go and it costs plenty of money to get there, but with the right type of horse and some luck, what a great experience it is.

Winding their way back home

It is the Horses In Training sale this week for four days here at Newmarket, starting today. We have already been invaded from all corners of the globe by people who are looking to buy horses for all sorts of reasons and they will be exporting them to every part of the world. It is a transport company’s dream this week and they will be asked so many questions as to how to move horses to their country. They will be going by road, rail and air. The biggest problem is the paperwork, especially to countries that don’t have any agreement with ours regarding the quarantine facilities. Each sale in Newmarket is completely diverse. The people are vastly different at the yearling sales, to the people in the Horses In Training sale, to the breeding stock sale later on in the year. It is fascinating to watch this turn over of personnel and so interesting to understand what they all require from our industry.