Last time I wrote we were reaching for the snorkels and wishing for the good weather – and the wish has come very true! The flat season has also got off to a sizzling start with no clear leader in the classic generation, but instead a wide open, and therefore very interesting outlook at the higher levels of racing. It is always good to see healthy competition amongst the training elite, and some great results for the “smaller” names too. Does this mean it’s not a great generation of horses, or are they all so good that there is no clear leader?
Royal Ascot was superb as usual (with Frankel really showing his prowess as a sire), the Derby threw up a potentially great horse for Godolphin in Masar – their first winner in the famous blue silks.
Abacus Horses & news
Meanwhile back at Lower Linbrook Farm all the horses are going well. The three foals are growing really fast and showing early signs of some athleticism. The yearlings meanwhile are blossoming and working well in preparation for the sales and racing.
Of note is the superb record of stallion Cityscape. The Dubai record holder is proving real value and as a result we are hopeful that our colt yearling by him will do well for prospective owners. He, like all our yearlings, offer great value for the prices we are asking and can be seen at our website.
Our Abacus Bloodstock bred runners continue to impress on the track, with the youngsters performing well for their connections, and the ever reliable Roll on Rory continuing his winning ways with a runaway success at Newmarket last month. He is entered in the Bunbury Cup at the July Festival so we hope he makes the cut.
We have acquired yet more land in the last month so our expansion continues. Work on fencing and securing the new paddocks is a little held up with the dry ground, but at least hay making is going well!
Retirement from Racing
As many of you will know, the highly successful Pancake Day returned to us following a superb career – with 8 wins in the UK and Europe for his
connections. He joins a number of retirees we have, including his mother, Fangfoss Girls, and Imperial Bond who was injured as a 3 year old and therefore never got to fulfil his potential. As a stud, we can offer our mares a retirement in the breeding program where possible, and if not we have space to accommodate the horses on our farm. We have also sent Elegant Joan (“Treacle”) to the Northern Racing College, where she is a great favourite and is training the jockeys of the future – as she is still only very young she will have a hopefully long and successful career.
Sadly many horses do not make the grade as racers, and even if they do, they all eventually need to retire. Whilst we, and therefore our horses, are fortunate, many are not. The growth in syndication means that there is now a widening number of owners, most of whom have neither the facilities, or the ultimate ownership, to enable them to look after retired horses. There is a market for thoroughbreds elsewhere in equestrian sport, but supply outnumbers demand.
There are some excellent initiatives in UK racing to find new homes for retirees. Indeed owners now pay an increased levy for all race entries, which is dedicated to the retraining of racehorses. The Retraining of Racehorses and other charities work hard to support owners and trainers in finding new careers for what are very often still comparatively young horses at the end of their racing careers. Therefore I would urge everyone to support these initiatives and make sure we give these horses the very best reward – a safe and enjoyable retirement.
Finally, a word for the staff we have here at Abacus Bloodstock. We are a family run business and therefore our staff are mainly family members. Sadly, due to this we cannot nominate them for the excellent Stud & Stable Staff Awards due to the rules. Therefore I wanted to write, as we near the end of the stable staff awareness week, to thank everyone who works for and with us here. We know we could not do it without your efforts – much of which is done in your own time and through a real professionalism and love of the horses. Thank You!