As we all know, the World is facing an unprecedented challenge and like so many others, our small part of it, the racing industry, is being affected.
While we applaud moves made by racing authorities and individual tracks at putting public safety first, those measures are having a serious impact on our horseman. With that in mind, we’d like to take a moment to thank all our trainers, stud farms, pre-trainers, their staff, jockeys and all supporting industries for helping to keep our horses happy and safe during these extraordinary circumstances. It’s been amazing to witness how you have managed to keep things running, with minimal disruptions to the horses, while keeping everyone involved safe and healthy. In many cases, we have seen human ingenuity, at it’s very best, to make sure the show goes on and we will do everything we can to support your efforts.
While racing around the World faces an uncertain immediate future, there are reasons to remain hopeful and positive. We’ve seen how some countries have continued to innovate to keep on racing, perhaps, in turn, pointing the way as to how other jurisdictions can get ‘started-up again’ sooner than they had hoped. It also seems apt that we are currently in the breeding season when you can’t help but look to the future with an optimistic eye. Just this week we announced Dream Tree was in foal to Curlin while, like so many other breeders this month, we have welcomed numerous foals into the World. We can speculate and dream about the future champions these may become. That might just be one of racing’s greatest strengths during this time, a willingness to always look the future.
We’d also like to thank our followers and fans on social media for keeping our spirits up and to all those who have made us smile with humorous and enjoyable posts.
In the meantime, we urge you to follow the advice being offered to you to stay safe and healthy. Maybe follow Farnan’s example of social distancing in the Golden Slipper, or keep those spirits up by having a dance in the way Phoenix Ladies’ Little Red Socks did on the way to the start at Wolverhampton. But most of all, try to be like Frankie Dettori on Advertise and be positive because we’ve seen over the years how resilient this sport can be. Stay safe and we’ll see you on a racetrack before you know it.