Friday, January 28, 2011

GREATNESS in great style !

Being led in by Gautam Lala(left)

Gainsville Stud's 3yo filly GREATNESS by Emerald Cat[USA] - Jungle Girl by Tecorno[USA] won as an 30/100 odds on favorite after some anxious moments at the start. She was to hit the front or sit second, but missed the kick and trailed the field till the bend. Thereafter suberbly partnered by S. A. Desousa, who brought her from the shortest run from the inside, then switched to the outside and went on for an easy victory. This was her 3rd career start. She had finished 2nd in both her earlier starts last December to Snow Blaze and Martinique.
GREATNESS was ridden by S.A.Desousa and is trained by Narendra Lagad. She is bred at the Pratap Stud Farm.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Privilege Of Seeing Superstars

We the racing fraternity have been extremely lucky and privileged to witness some racing superstars in the last 2 years. Others have had to wait decades after the likes of Secretariat and Nijinsky II.

It started in the US last year with Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra. Then in Europe we saw what is probably the best turf horse of all times, namely Sea The Stars. Harbinger is another who merits mention after his King George victory.

Around the same time in India we saw the fabulous all conquering Jacqueline do what no one had done before.

And finally towards the end of 2010 we've seen another superstar who promises to be better than the best. He's called Frankel.

Let's wait and see what 2011 has in store for us.

Gautam Lala.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Fantastic - FRANKEL Winning The Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes 2010

Stallion Register 2010

The new Stallion Register 2010 has been launched recently. I have personally put in a lot of thought, time and effort into turning an otherwise boring statutory publication into a world class coffee table book. It now comes in glossy A4 size and features all Stallions at stud in India with their extended pedigree, performance, sire reference, dam reference, progeny details, etc. The book also carries an Index to Sires and Maternal Grandsires, various statistics, lists of all breeding establishments in India with their contact details and much more. The book for the first time features photographs of most of the stallions in India. This is truly a collector's piece.

Well done to Satish Iyer (Registrar) and the Stud Book Department for executing this task brilliantly. A copy can be bought from them. 

Special thanks to all the advertisers - British Bloodstock Marketing, Dashmesh Group of Farms, Equus Group of Farms, Helpro Health Products & Services, Hugo Merry Bloodstock,, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, Nanoli Stud, Racing World, Radiant Bloodstock, Ruia Stud, Tattersalls, Lucky Spinner and Turf Printing Works (Cole).

Sunday, January 2, 2011