“There are more questions than answers,” sang Johnny Nash back in 1972. The song went on, “And the more I find out the less I know.” Words that resound in many different fields, not least that of training racehorses. Well, we’re nothing if not ambitious at Geegeez, and over the next year, we’ll be setting out to answer your questions about the work of a racing stable.
In a week or so I’ll be heading to the Worcestershire stable of David Dennis for what should be the first of a series of visits in which I’ll spend time with the key members of his stable team: racing secretary, head lad, vet, and so on. Over the next few months I’ll be writing about the work they each do, and how they fit into the team. David’s already answered a few questions for us David Dennis - racecourse trainer and he’s on primed to answer more. If there are things you would like to know about preparing a horse to race, what’s expected of a conditional jockey, or anything else to do with the work of a racing stable, do leave a comment below.
As well as finding out more about the roles of specific people in the yard, I’m hoping to be able to complete “a year in the life of Tyre Hill Stables” with David sharing his priorities month by month. We’ll look at how he goes about looking for new horses, what the stable offers to owners, and how he assesses whether a horse had progressed from one season to the next. Again, if there’s anything you would like to know, please leave me a comment.
Sadly, we won’t be hearing any more about Golan To War, the horse David nominated in his question and answer session as one to watch, as the horse suffered a horrible and ultimately fatal fall at earlier Lingfield yesterday. Whilst everyone in racing knows the risks, I doubt you can ever be prepared for the loss of a horse. It’s a subdued morning at Tyre Hill Stables, not least because, as the trainer said, “We were sure he was a horse with talent and potential.”