Casey and Cathy: Maybe a double lot (or triple) of prayers will sort out that filthy weather. Those firefighters certainly need a lot of them - they do an amazing job. No news yet on retirement for Nelly, but she was named Horse of the Year in Victoria overnight.
I'm writing this in tears. Typhoon Tracy, a seven-time Group 1 winner and former Horse of the Year and trained by Peter Moody died early this morning after delivering (safely) her first foal - a colt to Street Cry. She was one of my favourite horses, and seemed so happy in retirement - her owners are a truly lovely couple who visited with her regularly (like the Moss'). Anyway, all seemed well with the foaling, Tracy was looking fine, then, according to the stud, gave a groan and died. They have since discovered that she had burst an artery in the foaling process. So the poor little fellow is on his own, without a Mum to guide him into the world. As I say, this is really so sad. I've got to go and have a good cry.
Have just posted this on the horse racing fatalities piece Andrew Bensley talked with Vinery General Manager, Peter Orton regarding Typhoon Tracey's orphan colt. Peter described Tracey's death as the lowest blow he has experienced in his years in the industry, but said the cause of her death is not uncommon for maiden mares. The colt is doing particularly well, and has been put to a half Clydesdale mare they have used before, and who has taken well to the little fellow. He said that he is a good size and has a good length of leg, and they are very happy with him . He said the entire team is still in shock and very disappointed that with around 40 foals on the ground, they had the tragedy of losing Tracey. Gives one a lot to be grateful for though, with Zenny foaling so well, and now the successful weaning of her little boy, so I guess it's just time to look on the positive and for his future carrying his Mum's genius.