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  • Writer's pictureCarl Woods

Summer Time Excitement!

Updated: Aug 2, 2022

What a start to the summer it has been for all of us at Golden Equinox Racing! Our superstar mare QUEENS HIGHWAY (pictured below) getting off the mark on her debut at Southwell. She settled well in the race and when they turned for home she got herself onto the heels of the leaders, got through the gap and quickened really well to put the race to bed in less than half a furlong. We then gave her a month to get over her first run before heading to Stratford. As they where settling into their early positions, she started pulling and Kielan Woods struggled to get her settled. She eventually dropped the bridle and found her rhythm but I'll be honest by this time, I thought her race had been run as she was so keen early on. Little did we all know that she was going to rout her opponents by 10 lengths, again quickening up off the bend to run away from the rest quite readily.

We attended our yearly stable day at Alex Hales racing on Saturday the 30th July, where Alex was talking about all of our horses that we have stabled at his yard. He couldn't of been more complimentary about her. I've known Alex for a long time and this was the most excited I'd heard him about one of our horses.


SOLO SAXOPHONE has been rejuvenated since he arrived at Alex's. What Alex has done with him has been unbelievable. He has always been a horse that his previous trainer (Ben Haslam) thought needed dropping out in his races and wanting cover throughout. Alex effectively ripped up the SOLO SAXOPHONE rulebook by sending him out from the front, the exact opposite to how he's been ridden for the last couple of years and SOLO SAXOPHONE has carted around in his last 2 races, winning comfortably on both occasions. SOLO SAXOPHONE is now a 7 time winner for our club, which makes him the 'winning most' horse we have ever owned. He is now also the joint 'winning most' horse sired by Frankel. We hope this summer will see him become the 'winning most' horse sired by the great Frankel in his own right.


July is one of my favourite racing months of the year. Mainly down to our annual stable day at ALEX HALES racing. He has a superb yard, set in the beautiful countryside of Edgcote, Banbury. This is a day we spend enjoying the stories Alex tells us about our club horses and the other horses he trains. We all then head into Banbury centre for the evening where we enjoy nice food, drinks and brilliant company. This year there was around 40-50 people in attendance and it was nice to see some new faces and people I'd not seen since before the pandemic.


We now have our visit to John Jenkins yard on Saturday 20th August to look forward to. This is when we will visit our young yearling filly and colt ahead of them going into training for next season.

If you would like to attend our new annual parade for our youngsters, with a view to meeting the team and investing in our Sioux Nation filly out Dandilion or our yearling colt by Yorgunnabelucky out of Caramelita (who bred our recent winner Carmela Soprano),

then email me for more details.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog! Carl Woods Racing Manager


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