By Kylie Hammond:
My love affair with horse racing started in the early 80’s when I was a regular visitor to family friend and cousin Tony Elwood’s property located in Gidgegannup in Western Australia. As young children we would head up to the farm to see the many race horses training on-site using Tony’s private race track on the weekends. Even by today’s standards, the investment at the property was significant with two trainers living at the property full-time, substantial horse stables and facilities, a purpose-built race track that came to life in the early hours of the morning as the horses would be put through their paces and of course one of the most amazing homesteads on the property, that still to this day I can remember in exquisite detail. It was the 80’s and in the West, business was booming and horse racing was at the epicenter of social and business networks.
My father had a few horses in partnership with Tony and there were several Group 1 winners. We also had a fair share of horses that didn’t win, but that never detracted from the excitement and the amazing people that we met through the racing industry over the years. Many years later when the opportunity to own a racehorse presented itself, I couldn’t resist and we welcomed Speed Hero into the family with open arms. Speed Hero is having good success on the regional tracks around NSW and there are good prospects for some major wins in the next racing season. He is such an exciting horse to watch as he usually runs last for most of the race, surging to take the lead in the last 600 metres. There have been several heart-stopping moments and I suspect a few more to come!
My second racehorse Graceful Star is owned by an all-female racing syndicate and is training at Lindsay Park with the legendary trainer David Hayes.
Recently, I had the great privilege to speak with David to get some pre-race feedback and I wanted to share with you his insights on winning, building a world class horse racing facility and his views on horse ownership.
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