April is perhaps the most exciting time of the year for us all in the bloodstock and racing industry. Not only are we seeing the start of the turf season here in Europe and
therefore the appearance of the youngsters we have bred in previous years -including the 2 year olds, but we are also at the culmination of the breeding cycle with new foals being born, and the mares visiting their next stallion.
All the work of researching pedigrees, choosing the best match for the mares, seeing all the theory actually become flesh and blood reality – whether as healthy foals here at the stud, or the
equine athletes we hoped they would be as they step foot for the first time on a racecourse – is happening right now here at Lower Linbrook Farm and across the industry. So for that “aah how cute” moment here are our new arrivals.
And the job never stops as we are now finalising our plans for coverings this year, for the 2018 crop. Once again this has been based on scouring pedigrees and stallion books as well as looking at the commercial and racing value of prospective sires. So one set of sleepless nights ends and another one starts as we try to fit in the stallion visits before the middle of May to ensure reasonably early and therefore commercially attractive foals.
But as with everything we do, it is done with a sense of excitement and that we are writing another chapter in the history of the racing thoroughbred. Good luck to all the owners of our horses this season – we will be following with great interest.