Reflections.. is this becoming a blog?


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.


Comments (6)

  • ljg

    Lovely tribute to all the hard work by every single member of the team that goes on behind the scenes to get the horses to a racecourse.

    Sep 27, 2019 @ 10:06pm
  • Anne MacInnes

    Emotional reflections which sums up just how hard everone works together every day at Arlary and Kilduff to be the best. Happy caring staff turning out happy horses. Thanks for a super two days at Perth. Can't wait for the 2019/20 season.

    Sep 27, 2019 @ 10:13pm
  • Nic Crofts

    You should be very proud of all your team Lucinda and you have a group of very young talented jockeys who really care about the horses and doing the best for the owners. Keep up the good work guys and girls as we all really really appreciate it 🐎👍

    Sep 27, 2019 @ 10:54pm
  • Wendy Ross-smith

    Sometimes it is good to refelect and to say your thoughts out loud. Having now been to the yard, and watched team LRR at many meetings I can honestly say the team ethos shines through every performance. Good or bad days the team work as just that a well oiled machine which flows. Your reflections I hope included that every team needs outstanding leadership and that team LRR would not be what it is without both you and Scu. Looking forward to some great winter racing

    Sep 28, 2019 @ 8:59am
  • Kev read

    We all know lucinda that it's a great yard.and a great team and a great bunch of horses so it's nice of you as the team leader to praise everyone for there great hard work and dedication I'm sure if I worked for you I would love it there with everyone and the stars in the the stable boxes good luck for the coming winter months

    Sep 29, 2019 @ 10:52am
  • Hugh

    Great to read your positivity. When I said to you couple of years ago to keep Chanceiton going instead of PTP I should of tried to get a share but enjoying the his journey anyhow . Having that opening mark around 90 has allowed him to develop and improve with these positive experiences overtaking in the pecking order rating wise many who get burdened with marks around 115 when they go handicapping

    Oct 03, 2019 @ 2:35pm

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