END OF AN ERA AND NEW BEGINNINGS
Since I arrived back from America to take the job as assistant to Lady Cecil, the last two years have been a whirlwind, we have had some wonderful moments on the track together as a team. No more so than Nobel Missions epic season, winning three Group 1’s. There have also been many more satisfying moments, some of which will last long in the memory. What Jane achieved, after the death of Henry was remarkable and I feel very privileged to have been a part of it. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jane and her staff at Warren Place for having me on the team. It was not easy at times, but we pulled together and I am sure everyone would agree we can be proud of our achievements.
I have had a great foundation to go out and train on my own, it is with great pleasure that I would like to announce that our move into Saffron House Stables is complete and I have been licenced by the BHA. We are approaching the end of our first week, I have inherited some of the team from Warren Place and have also taken on new members of staff. I am fully aware that without the workforce behind me, nothing is possible. I am extremely happy with the way things are going and what we have assembled here. Fortunately, many people have been supportive. As we stand there are 14 horses in. It is expected by January 1st to have 25 horses in. Hamelin arrived this morning after his courageous run at Kempton on Wednesday night. We will monitor his progress over the next few weeks, keeping one eye on a Listed race at Kempton on the 25thNovember where he could be my first runner. Regardless of his participation in that race,we are hugely gratefull to Mr and Mrs Harris of Lordship Stud for intrusting him to us. He is a horse I know very well and is on a serious upward curve.
So it is full steam ahead, I would be lying if I said I was not feeling a little apprehensive! My excitement, enthusiasm and ambition however override those feelings. I am indebted to those that have supported us by sending us horses and to my staff who have worked so tirelessly over the last few weeks to make everything happen. I am looking forward to immersing myself fully in this new adventure.
The Niarchos family gave unwavering support to Jane and Warren Place over the past years, they have very kindly sent us a couple of two year old fillies and a yearling. One of the fillies I am particularly excited about.
Salah al Homaizi and Imad al Sagar managed by Tony Nerses are other owners who have supported Jane over the last couple of years and have joined me at Saffron Stables. Firth of Clyde winner Shaden will be joining us after her winter break. Tony tells me she has flourished and has thickened out, it is she that will keep all our dreams alive over the cold winter months. We will also be receiving two yearlings from Mr Homaizi and Mr Sagar, a Kodiac filly and the other being a colt by freshman sire Sayif who stands at Llefty Farms.
We have a lovely bunch of older horses including, Illusive, George Cinq and the recently gelded Fieldsman, for Chelsea Thoroughbreds.
We will have every horse in the yard on the website by Christmas.