So it has now been officially 3 months since hanging up the corporate attire to start wearing smart casual clothes, along with giving up the sleep ins to start work at 7am every morning. I am still asked if I am over it yet and my answer is always the same NO! I have quickly adapted to the 7am starts which means getting up while still dark and finishing before the typical Sydney peak hour traffic starts. There are days where things are challenging and it is not always peachy but then there are days where things are good, but being around the smell of horses is a relaxant like no other and one that I can’t describe to others.
What a thrill the ride has been though- in such a short time I have been part of horses who have run in Group 1 races and been able to experience the thrill as part of the team that is behind the scenes in getting the horses to the races. I can only one day hope and pray that one of my own horses will be fortunate enough to make the elite level but just being able to experience it with owners is just as amazing.
Next weekend the 9th June will be a big weekend for the stable, as anyone in racing knows to be able to get one horse to a Group 1 race takes a lot of hard work but to get two horses into a Group 1 race is a real testament to a person’s character and passion toward their job. John Sargent (my boss) will be fortunate enough again to have two of the stable youngsters lining up in the Group 1 JJ Atkins over 1600m for the 2yr olds. It could be a case of history repeating as in 2015 John lined up two horses in the ATC Oaks and were taking on the now Queen of the Turf in Winx, one of those a $17 outsider chance causing an upset and by being victorious earned the title of the “last horse to beat Winx”. Sarge will be looking to hopefully quinella the race with Home Made and Home Ground, in such short careers the horses have both shown good potential of being something special and as they mature will be horses to follow.
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