Aug 19, 2020

There are other companies that offer opportunities to join thoroughbred horse racing syndicates.

What makes AllanBloodlines syndications a cut above the rest is amongst other things, the comprehensive communications that are supplied to syndicate members.

This is an example of the communications received by shareholders in Hintlesham Racing (UK) horses:

An e-Memo (one of many sent daily either side of racing and around weekly if things are quiet) following up a recent run at Newbury where something was clearly amiss:

We have a plan.

Today he was the object of the equivalent in 3-day eventing terms of a 5-point vetting. In addition, reviews of his last best races (Doncaster win, Newbury 2nd) were made by the vet and Trainer Name Omitted*.
There is no evidence of anything wrong with his health in the sense of a challenge (virus) or other illness. That is not to say that there is nothing at all, but there is no evidence.
He was not lame, but slightly “wrong” in front at the trot. Standing still, he tended to tuck his hind legs under himself which is a sign of trying to lift the pressure off the front.
The opinion – speculative but arrived at by a vet from one of the best practices in the world – is that he may be experiencing joint pain in front and perhaps elsewhere.

Tomorrow he will be X-rayed from stem to stern (joints). That is largely to eliminate any reason not to medicate. Then his joints will be medicated front and back.
“Medication” is shorthand for a cortisone injection into joints. Maybe some of you have had them. I have. Shoulders. Knees…..

Usually, one shot lasts around 6 months. I have done it with showjumpers with kissing spines with complete success. (We actually wondered if this fellow has kissing spines but the pain is acute and there has never been any sign of it; showjumpers and dressage horses arching and compressing their necks are more prone to it). We have also been involved in medicating racehorses – one of our multiple winners HORSE NAME OMITTED*, needed a shot and never looked back, winning 3 races at 3 and having an extended career including in Dubai and over hurdles. One very big filly of ours in Johannesburg at the age of 3 was consistently sore on a knee (experiencing changes but no fractures/chips etc) then won four times and has raced on to the age of 6.

Confidentially HORSE NAME OMITTED*, bought as a 2yo horse in training in October 2017 did not win at 3. At the end of that season and after 195 days off, he was not quite right. Medicated. 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st. Medicated again about a year after the first effort and running well. HORSE NAME OMITTED*, a Listed class winner had to be medicated before each season and was not raced longer than necessary to become a broodmare.

You have to be careful with this. If you overmedicate, the bone structure will be weakened. But I can tell you from direct experience that a massive horse can more or less visibly rejoice after medication, and not have to be attended to for a very long time.

The point of the X-ray is not only to see what is going on e.g. changes in structure that would be normal, or potentially abnormal changes of which to take note and care, or potentially (but highly unlikely) fractures, but also to ensure that cortisone would not mask a weakness. Bone density is in theory an issue but in practice unlikely to be one at this stage. He is 8 as a racehorse but “only 8” as a horse. No top class vet would medicate without X-raying first, but it is quite commonplace.

I mentioned cost (which is not your problem under our terms**) in the previous memo. This procedure should not cost thousands (plural), maybe just one depending what the x-rays show and how many areas are medicated preventatively.

After medication, 2-3 days quiet. A horse cannot race for 14 days after medication, that’s all. Little time will have been lost (although I of course acknowledge that we have “lost” the last two runs – all the more frustrating having waited for ground. Ironically, earlier rain would probably have advanced our investigations).

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I have dealt with the question that someone might ask:

Could this have been picked up or done earlier?…. with Trainer Name Omitted* and the vet who attends the yard regularly.

They reviewed his best race – the Doncaster win. The description went along the lines: HORSE NAME OMITTED* raced like a horse possessed. Jockey Name Omitted* had very little to do with the horse tracking runners, diving for a gap and racing like a raging bull through it and home. “The jockey could have sat there and done his knitting” was part of that analysis. Jockey Name Omitted* himself said after the race “I didn’t have a lot to do with it”.

Last season there was a back issue. A nasty one. We fixed the back issue after various treatments and he ran superbly at Newbury much like he ran at Doncaster to win. There was nothing to suggest that the back issue stemmed from any other difficulty (as back issues can).

Why? Because Trainer Name Omitted* asked the physio and of course she searched every corner of him for any pain or discomfort that could trigger the back. That was the element at the time that reassured me that there was “nothing else”.

Then HORSE NAME OMITTED* ran extremely well, in the same vein, first time this season. There have been no further signs – certainly not in home work when being ridden by experts who would know if something was amiss – admittedly not under racing pressure but fast work is fast work and at Newbury a few days ago there certainly wasn’t any racing pressure!

Until these last two races. You can see that we (and you) are surprised, but have reacted.

Some oldness may be catching up with him and he has cried for help. If all this is correct and the medication works, it will rejuvenate.

We instigated a major investigation and we are now where we are and we shall see if all this works. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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* horse, jockey and trainer names omitted as this information belongs to the owners/syndicate members
** shareholders in Hintlesham Racing pay a fixed amount, varied only for international travel or high cost entries. Any excessive vet, physio or other costs are absorbed by Hintlesham Racing/Allan Bloodlines.

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