Just a Sec


If ever a horse was a brand ambassador for the older thoroughbred then surely, Highland Reel is it. This magnificent racehorse has traversed both hemispheres & several continents with great aplomb; accruing prize-money wherever he's raced.

Well, he's danced his last dance on the racecourse, winning the prestigious G1 Hong Kong Vase at a packed Sha Tin - and for the second time too. Indeed, of his 7 G1 wins, only three have been on home soil; the Coronation Cup; Prince of Wales & the King George Vl & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Just those three tell us what a class act he is, and how well-balanced a mover.

When we add the Secretariat Stakes, Breeders Cup Turf & his 2 HK Vases, all G1s, we add toughie to the list of attributes this future stallion will bring to his mares. Never mind the races - the stress of travelling that undoes many a 'great' horse - appears to have little, if any, effect on this genuine entire. Also let's not forget the placed efforts too, at the highest level; the Arc & Cox Plates being cases in point.

Bred by Camas Park Stud, bought by John Warren for £460,000 guineas from the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales, Highland Reel bows out as Europe's highest earner, amassing £7,513,355 in prize money. Trained, & nurtured, to perfection by that O'Brien chap at Ballydoyle, Highland Reel has become, through his own game spirit, one of racing's most popular horses. How fitting too, that he saved his final win for his last performance on foreign soil.

Safe journey home Highland Reel.

Here's to a long & successful career at stud.

I dunno about you guys, but frankly, I've had enough of Christmas shopping by mid-December. Racing becomes my therapy, swapping reindeer for thoroughbreds & frost for a bit of mud. Our December LRC event is a COMPLIMENTARY day's racing at ASCOT on FRIDAY DEC 22nd. It'll be cold, probably damp, but cheering on our paddock picks will soon warm us up. So, please, reserve your place by emailing, texting or messaging me by Wed 13th December. It will be a cracking afternoon.

A HUGE welcome to GEE-GEEZ.co.uk, our sponsor-partners for the next 3 months to Feb 28th 2018. The brainchild of LRC member Matt Bisogno, this site provides data & analysis of performance to help racing punters make informed decisions. Welcome on board Matt. 

FINALLY, may I wish you all a Happy Christmas, Yule or Chanukkah. If you have a moment, do please, spare a thought ( & a couple of bob!) for the stable & travelling grooms who will be mucking out & driving over Christmas. And of course, those lovely horses who enrich our lives through their racing endeavour. It's no accident that Jesus chose a stable!


 Highland Reel  ©Michael Harris