It’s nice to have clicked over the calendar and gotten 2011 out of the way – all in all it wasn’t the best year ever, so we’re looking forward to 2012 with great anticipation. Great things are happening at Turf Legends Towers, but as with all good things, they are taking time to come to fruition. Keep watching us on Facebook and the website for the latest developments.
Let’s get the low-lights of 2011 out of the way before we look at the highlights – for us on a personal level we are sad that Turf Legends (the horse) never got the opportunity to show his full potential, this was definitely the low point of 2011 for us. On a wider level it was a bitter/ sweet moment when Denman ‘hung up his hooves’ – he is a great “Legend” who owes nothing to anyone, and is probably my 3rd favourite of all time – Golden Miller & Edredon Blue taking the top spots. We also couldn’t end the year without a mention to the genius that was Ginger McCain, one of racing’s great characters.
On a positive side from 2011, we saw Frankel demolish all-comers to establish himself as one of the greats – and if rumours are to be believed there is more of the same in store for 2012. We couldn’t do a racing round-up without a mention of Kauto Star – and what a star! As if the festival wasn’t already building up to be a cracker.
On the subject of Cheltenham, we are pleased to be the ‘clothing supplier’ for the Cheltenham Racecourse Centenary Choir – we supplied shirts from the Classic colours collection for the male members of the choir, it was great to see Edward Gillespie in Arkle colours singing at Gloucester cathedral, alongside Red Rum, Desert Orchid, Golden Miller, Rooster Booster, Dawn Run & Cottage Rake!
Record crowds at the New Years Day meeting at Cheltenham would suggest that racing is in rude health, so if you can, get out to your local course and pick up the atmosphere. This really could be a vintage year. If you can’t get to a ‘proper’ racecourse, don’t forget the Point-to-point season is now on us, for a bit of proper racing. When we’re not feverishly designing new clothes, or working at Cheltenham racecourse, we can often be found ‘attending fences’ at P2P’s – our regular spot is the last fence at Whitfield so if you get to this one, come and say hello.