It is now 12 years since my daughter Rorie persuaded me that I should have a website. I had been an ostrich while the IT revolution rolled over me like a tsunami. I am still very unsure of myself in the world of cyberspace (whatever that is), but I am now convinced that Rorie was right and the website she designed has stood the test of time.
Indeed, many of my competitors’ websites bear striking resemblance in layout to Rorie’s original design. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
I used to write what I believe is called a blog (why?) but it caused so much controversy that I gave it up. I am however bringing my website up to date to reflect where my business is and where it is going. Retirement is not on the agenda.
I have been fortunate to enjoy the patronage of some wonderful clients in USA and Canada for many years. For which reason I continue to visit regularly, and unlike some Europeans, I have no reservations about North American bloodstock.
I am saddened by the intransigence of some elements of US racing regarding medication, and the failure to adopt synthetic surfaces, but those horse welfare issues do not detract from my admiration of the tough, sound, durable and fast thoroughbreds which I find in America.
Jim and Alice Sapara of Winsong Farms have been my longest standing clients and friends, and we have enjoyed success at the top level with their Josie Carroll-trained runners.Edmonton residents Jim and Alice purchased a much admired Mizzen Mast filly at Keeneland September 2013, now named Kinley and in pre-training in Florida. The sire is a son of Kinema, one of the few yearling fillies I purchased for Juddmonte (Razyana, dam of Danehill, was another) and he is earning deserved respect on both sides of the Atlantic.
A more recent association, through the good offices of my friend Barry Weisbord, has been with Bobby Flay. The celebrated chef and restauranteur is accumulating an enviable band of quality pedigrees. The mares are based at Arthur Hancock’s Stone Farm, and their owner represents a welcome addition to the depleted ranks of owner breeders, looking to racetrack success rather than the sales ring to establish his credentials as a serious player.