American hay shipped to the UK? And I thought our hay was expensive now - think of the shipping and VAT on that
Indeed. Including from way out here in Utah. I know of one big hay operation in Vernal whose production goes for the most part to UK and Japan.
The baler stacks 'em all (after wrapping in plastic) on pallets before placing them on the ground, then forklift puts pallets on trucks. The baler also has little sensors on it to add moisture if need be or add a preservative to prevent mold if suggested by moisture content. All very fancy.
BTW You Tube link didn't work, copyright thing, but hopefully someone will post another option? (I could've gotten my act together but lost track of the time!).
Shoe size: 7.5 in front, 7 behind (measured in inches). Frankel has big feet, compared to the average of about five for racehorses his age, and is the rough equivalent of a 12-year-old boy wearing size 11 shoes.
Shortly after the race Frankel’s breeder and owner, Khalid Abdullah, announced that Frankel had raced for the last time and would go to stud for the 2013 breeding season. Anyone want to speculate as to the price (after conversion) into USD$?
History: Prince Khalid Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, a top European breeder and racehorse owner, bought the 592-acre Belair Farm in Fayette County in 1982. Now it totals 2,508 acres and has been renamed Juddmonte Farms, just like his Eureopean operation, a name apparently plucked from thin air. The iconic Juddmonte colors of pink and green, as seen on Queen Elizabeth's Household Cavalry last week in Hyde Park in tribute to unbeaten wonder horse Frankel and Juddmonte, allegedly were based on curtains the prince admired.
Instead of recognizing that the British fans/press/trainers never said he was he greatest horse that stepped on the track. Yet any chance to mention Secretariat comes up ... ugh. Two different horses entirely. Moot discussion.
Not surprisingly, grateful bookies said their customers were making a shrewd investment by allowing them to keep the cash in the tills.
Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Donohue said: “The Frankel phenomenon is just exactly that – something unprecedented in racing history.
“For instance, a mint-condition race card from his first appearance on a track at Newmarket two years ago recently fetched more than £600 on eBay.
“And a copy of the Racing Post for the same day went for £50.
“Industry-wide, there are stakes of £20,000 placed on Frankel which have not been claimed. If someone has had a bet of £100 and is due to collect £120, they are thinking the ticket will be worth an awful lot more than that and it would be a better investment to hold on to it.
"Already Danedream, winner of last year’s Arc, has been lined up, as well as multiple Group One winners Stacelita and Alexander Goldrun. Beyond Europe, Japanese champion Vodka and US mare Oatsee are also blazing the trail to the breeding shed 'chez’ Frankel."
I have Oatsee's dam, With Every Wish. It is very exciting!