Group 1 Nerves & Excitement

Well I am not sure that I will sleep tonight as tomorrow is a big day for the John Sargent Racing stable (for those that don’t know that is where I work during the day).

In my short time with the stable- just over 5 or 6 weeks, it has been a thrill of a ride! Our stable star filly LUVALUVA has won two Group 3s and even in my first week one of the runners broke his maiden- so work life is pretty sweet!

Tomorrow is a big day for the stable and the biggest since I have joined, tomorrow at Royal Randwick located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and referred to as “Racing Headquarters” for NSW, we race into Day 2 of The Championships and will be blessed with potentially witnessing history as Winx looks to match Black Caviar’s record of 25 consecutive straight wins. However, as exciting as that is- for myself and my colleagues the day has a different meaning although- we could potentially be celebrating a Group 1 success. 

For those not too familiar with what a Group 1 is, this is the Biggest of Biggest races and usually has a prize pool of over $1,000,000. Usually such races attract the best of the best as well, horses such as Black Caviar, Winx, Sunline, Octagonal, Phar Lap, Carbine and other champions that have graced our turf. So for us tomorrow we will be lining up the star filly LUVALUVA as she looks to take out the G1 Australian Oaks and add to her already impressive short career.

It is hard to describe how I am feeling, but definitely nervous and excited but also somewhat contradictory. I am nervous and excited because I know how prestigious a Group 1 race is and although never won one personally I understand what it does for those lucky enough to own quality horses to make such grades. I know that there are those who work tirelessly to keep this horse happy (John who does all of her training, Jamie who adores her more than anything (other than his dog) and those around the stable who lend a hand when needed.

The reason I feel contradictory is that my role with the horse is not as hands on as those in the yard. I am responsible for submitting her race nominations and acceptances, sometimes making the calls to make sure that Kerrin McEvoy is still able to ride her. It could also be making sure that she is picked up and taken to the tracks she races at or to the spelling paddocks, so as much my role is more behind the scenes. 

Should she win tomorrow, I will be so pleased for those who do work really hard with her and of course being part of the team will celebrate. Just imagine tomorrow, since joining the John Sargent Racing team I could be part of my first Group 1 winner- that is bloody amazing and a dream that I dreamt of for so many years and to now finally be living it is unbelievable and that is something nobody will take from me.

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