I can’t quite shake the niggling sensation that the vast majority of football being played right now is merely an inconsequential backdrop to the question of who currently has the upper-hand in the infinity war between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
It was a little overwhelming the first time I ran a horse at Royal Ascot. That was quite some time ago – 11 years ago! Then to come back and win the Queen Mary the next day… it didn’t really sink in how big a meeting that was until later on. It was a great accomplishment and opened up the doors for a lot of American horsemen, owners and trainers who didn’t think something like that could be done.
For years and years, the Europeans had been coming over and dominating the bigger turf races, like the Arlington Million and the Breeders’ Cup. All the significant turf races in the States. Nobody thought you could go into the lions’ den and actually win. Everybody in my team works so hard, from a low-level claiming race at a small track to Royal Ascot and the Breeders’ Cup. Now plenty more American owners and trainers are striving to come over year after year. It’s on a lot of the owners’ bucket lists.