I like to keep the news section as that; keeping to the facts with no fluffy stuff, but maybe I will indulge myself for a reflection of the last few days.
As stated previously the Perth September meeting has always been a landmark for me as I had my first runner there in 1995 and I see it as the end of the summer jumping and the start of the winter jump season. I think that like autumn, it is a time for reflection and to gauge where we are. I could not be happier now in 2019.
We did not have the bonus of Stephen Mulqueen riding for us over the past two days, and I know that it was hard for him to miss rides on horses who he has worked hard on at home and at the track, but those at Perth will have seen that he was with us, helping Jaimie and the jockeys and speaking to the owners. He is a big part of LRR and he will be back riding at the races once his suspension ends next week.
I am immensely proud of our jockeys; we do things a little different here and in the old fashioned way we have a team of jockeys who work hard on the yard and their talent is honed on the gallops and schooling grounds under Scu's guidance. It is hard graft, never forget that they, along with all the staff here, ride out and work in all weathers and whether they are feeling happy or sad; when the horses need cared for and exercised they take up their responsibilities.
Now more than ever, we have a tight team who are pulling in the same direction and who are working to produce the horses with care and consideration. Come onto the yard at any time and you will hear the chat, the discussion of the horses, how each one is, how we can improve them and make them the best that they can be.
It was just rewards for the three jockeys that they all rode winners, Blair on Mighty Thunder, Thomas on Katalystic and Cameron on Chanceiton. Of course they are taking glory for the whole team here; from the owners, the lads who muck out, the yard, farm and barn managers, the secretarys, race planner, vets and all of those who dedicate their days to looking after every need of the horses, it is for them that they are riding winners.
And the horses; we could not be without them; we produce them as best we can but ultimately it is their bravery and talent that carries them over the line. My admiration and love for them will never dim.
It is a great team here at Lucinda Russel Racing. We are all looking forward to the autumn and the rest of the 2019/20 season.