29 March 2017
Program Manager Sidney Tam also came all the way from UK to pay us a visit. He didn’t just show us around during the Inglis Classic Sales, but also took us to an Arab horse farm for a very special visit after we returned to the Hunter Valley. We also saw a pair of twin sisters for the first time, which was truly amazing.
After learning how yearlings are broken in, Team Australia went to Godolphin’s racing stable at Richmond, Osborne Park. The horses there carry out their training before the sunrise, which means the staff are on duty at around 5 o’clock in the morning to take care of them.
The horses here have both a normal horse walker and a water walker. The water walker is a better way to build up muscles and eases the pressure on the joints. Some horses even have a masseuse.
We feel very lucky to have worked at Osborne Park. It’s been a pleasure to take care of one of Godolphin’s star runners, Hartnell and one of their Golden Slipper runners, Trekking.
The Golden Slipper day is one of the most exciting race days of Australia’s autumn racing festival. Team Australia were very lucky to have seen all the races that day, having travelled on the horse truck together with Hartnell and Hauraki from Osborne Park to Rosehill on the morning of the race meeting.
This year’s Slipper winner was a filly called She Will Reign. Many people in her ownership syndicate are ordinary people investing in racehorses for the first time, including a carpenter, a salesman and a housewife. For a filly that was bought for $20,000, winning a $3.5 million race was like a fairy tale.