European Tour 2021 bursts into action with a smash-bang-wallop Abu Dhabi Championship featuring superstars Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy and a dazzling supporting cast headed by last year’s winner, the ageless Lee Westwood.
When a struggling Arsenal beat Man United at the start of November, no one would have expected Ole Gunnar Solskjær to still have a job by the start of 2021. However, fast-forward 2 and a half months and United travel to Anfield sitting top of the pile, unbeaten in 11 league games, and represent serious title contenders.
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.
One man could never have guessed how inspired a decision it would be to join forces with trainer Palm Sly and buy a little-known filly. A year later they were toasting 1,000 Guineas Glory.