OTHER EPISODES in A Horse Walks Into A Bar
In a special episode, Fionnuala Timoney gives Gus the lowdown on her process for analysing a catalogue pedigree. Be it physical or digital, the catalogue is still the first port of call for many in the bloodstock industry when approaching the sale, but there is much, much more to a pedigree than simply what is on the ‘page’.
Byron Rogers and Gus run the rule over the recent Australian juveniles, and find that several measure up. They dig into an historic weekend in the Fragrant Harbour (AKA Hong Kong), assess Eclipse Award voters’ ability to have the honour, and look for bold new frontiers in money laundering.
Fionnuala Timoney joins Gus, to decide whether the sales company on the Gold Coast brought the magic to match the millions. They review the top lots, a few stars on the rise on the vendor front, pay tribute to a legend and Fionnuala even shares a link between a project she did on the Irish National Stud course and the a yearling Auction in 2023.
Plus, sale day attire, trends to ignore, and sale ground nosh.
Plus, jai alai punting, the America’s Cup and the Mount Rushmore of racing movies.
Byron has unlocked level 2 with Gus, and wants jumpers out of his feed. They talk all the action from the fragrant harbour (that’s Hong King), rate the most versatile training nations, and re-tackle the three-year-old classics’ place in the season conundrum. Plus, Jason Servis cops it, a multi million dollar payday doesn’t go to Byron, and a campaign to get a great horse the name recognition he deserves takes a root.
Suman is back at the bar with Gus, well actually he is living off the grid….not by choice. They discuss the growing circus that is pre-sale, on-farm inspections of yearlings. Is it really necessary, and what are the ramifications for the farms that are selling the yearlings?
Gus goes on a crawl and catches up with Kristen Buchanan as she and apprentice Madi Derrick discuss: what it’s like growing up in the west, trying to strike big in the east, and the benefits of being female in what has traditionally been a man’s world, and what the future might hold for Western Australian racing.