‘It’s in my Blood’

Brought up in racing. My Mum took me for walks in my stroller across the heath in Newmarket behind the racetrack where champions had become legends and Kings had raced their horses for bragging rights. I guess it has always been in my blood.

When I was a little older, we looked forward to Saturdays when we could watch the races on television. My brother and I would mimic the horses and jockeys. I might be Lester Piggot and he would be Willie Carson. But ultimately, it would be the horses that would capture the attention of both of us. The beauty and the grace, the kindness and the soft touch. As I became more involved and intrigued with them, I realized how trusting they could be. Like raising kids, we would have to help them make good decisions, and they would need to have confidence in us that we were guiding them the right way.

Graham's mother, Jo Motion, third from left.

 

“The idea that a horse would try so hard for us fascinates me, and for that reason, I feel we have a tremendous responsibility to take care of them in the best possible manner…”

I always knew that I wanted to get involved in the business, but it was the racing that really intrigued me. There was nothing more exciting than the thrill of watching horses barreling down the stretch, nostrils flared, giving every inch to their jockeys who sat precariously on their backs trying to catch every last piece of energy that they could from their mount.

The idea that a horse would try so hard for us fascinates me, and for that reason, I feel we have a tremendous responsibility to take care of them in the best possible manner, which is why I want to be a part of this project. Thoroughbred Week will show people how fortunate we are to be part of this game, the beauty of the animals and their generosity, as well as the responsibility we all have to take care of them in the best possible way. I want future generations to get the same pleasure that I have from watching these horses race and give them the attention that they deserve. After all, they have given me everything I have and take us to places that I would never have imagined. So, come along with us and enjoy the ride.