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"I've seen too much to know anything," says Dr. John Chandler. “I really have. I have seen horses bred on the tennis courts, which turned out to be several winners in Group 1. They never saw grass, they were practically cuts in oats and lawn. I have seen horses that have spent half of his life in the legs with screws, come out and won a number of group competitions. You know, they always say the longer you do, the less you know. ”

It is various Wisdom of Socrates. The extra you recognize, the more you perceive how little you understand. But after more than half a century of working with thoroughbreds – a veterinary surgeon; as a person of one other venerable achever; Chandler has left very few acres of peat uncharted in history's biggest breeding operations. His dialog, though reliably screened by way of humor and self-destruction, is filled with insights arising from his closeness to a number of the nice names of the fashionable era, in two and four.

When he joined his Juddmonte colleagues within the winner's circle at the Breeder's Cup last fall, first Skilled Eye (GB) (Acclamation GB) and then Enable (GB) (Nathaniel Ire ), he represented a valuable incarnation that has been a household developed through the years by endurance and talent by Prince Khalid Abdullah. Some other key figures had long moved from Juddmons like James Delahooke, Guy Harwood and Tony Chapman; others have been unfortunately untimely, like Bobby Frankel and Sir Henry Cecil. But there was a permanent hyperlink here: a steady sounding platform that was nearly unknown, a softly speaking Saudi prince, began shopping for via Humphrey Cottrill for many years in the late 1970s.

Cottrill solely took a reward because one other old-fashioned consultant had shut it down. Wally Swinburn was driving an Indian proprietor who advised him that he had an Arab pal who needed to purchase some horses. Swinburn went to George Blackwell and stated, "George, I have this little Arab who wants to buy a few horses." And Blackwell replied, "I don't know. He buys cheap horses, doesn't pay his bills. I swear."

Even late in the mid-1970s, this had already been set by its clients earlier than the game. Stand him there. Walk round him. Take a look at him up and down and put him back. However then Ray Barnes went out and started walking, and then Tom Cooper and Vincent [O’Brien]. ”

Chandler had develop into good associates With Barnes in Newmarket, it was pure that they did You're back in touch when Chandler moved to Kentucky, and Barnes began to return to Keeneland, and Barnes naturally advisable an area man when Delahooke and Harwood began out there. Their patron took him to Chandler, and in 1982 he was arrested. So began the affiliation, which has up to now seen Chandler serving 33 years as president of Juddmonte & # 39; s US division.

There was already a connection that was truthful as a result of the American prams of the Prince had been flying – earlier than getting the native farm in the same yr – Mill Ridge, who was constructed at Chandler's father-in-law Hal Worth Headley's historic Beaumont Home , which his wife Alice inherited.

Chandler had met Alice in becoming a member of Ed Fallon's veterinary at Lexington. Fallon's father had been the top of the Beaumont farm and Mill Ridge turned his important customer.

"I came out with Ed to investigate some Mars," Chandler recalled. “And he received the automotive to the entrance seat, a very good wanting lady and a horsey. My type lady. Very sensible. He knew what he needed, and how you can management the farm. He has in fact discovered from his father, one of many smartest associates. We built it together – but what I feel made our life so good was that he had a Mill Ridge and ran it on the street, and I had Juddmon, I ran its approach. "

largely educated and educated in the cities of Pretoria, Chandler had never had the slightest doubt about his calling.

"I remember when I was about five or six, I said I was going to be a veterinarian," he stated. “I was simply very far from horses. Once I was at university, I started to compete rather a lot. Then this man, who I might have completed, he had this deception that was not good, so he gave him to me. My good friend from the Veterinary Faculty would go together with me and take a look at his work. They might say, "It's best to bring the clock in the kitchen at the time." However I created a picture of myself as a horse scholar. If the clinic had an fascinating medical case, they might say, "Go and find Chandler, he may be interested in this." "

He discovered lots concerning the holidays that labored on the birch brother's farm within the east, especially Cape, Sydney Birch turned out to be a invaluable mentor

" They had very strict rules on bleeding in South Africa, "he reminded. And there have been no bleeding medicine or anything like that. So one or two of them were given to me [by the Birch family]. practice with a horse, 4 or five hours drive, and my good friend was a pickup truck, and we put the horse back and take him to the races. They only removed the monitor in the bush, and once I say the bush, it was an actual jungle I imply, there have been lions and issues there. It's a wild country there. ”

After finishing his commencement, Chandler traveled a € 50 southern border from Cape Town to Southampton. It was 1964, a golden time to explore Europe with pals. When the money ran out, he found Fred Day in junior veterinary drugs at Junior Newmarket. The three years he spent there was a base station in his house nation and in schooling, and a new life he would create for himself in Bluegrass. For instance, he shortly turned buddies with Cecil Boyd-Rochfort's spouses and assisted by: a young man named Henry Cecil.

"Henry was one of my drinking networks," Chandler stated. “I used to go to Masonic Lodge in the evening, and we met to sit down and complain about how our assistants were. With Henry and his brother David, who was at Plantation Stud, we had good party circles. “He interrupted and smiled at the“ Very Good Party Circle ”.

Neither Cecil nor Chandler have been capable of know the skilled dividends that finally accumulates on their vanity. Within the meantime, Chandler was going to broaden his horizons again. After the sale in December, he drove to the USA with 30 air cargo plane and then jumped into a van with one among them in Kentucky. Here he introduced Professor Jack Bryans, a University of Kentucky equine researcher who introduced him to his brother, Ed Fallon. Each have been hit on the similar time and – once they had crossed the individuals for 99 days, with a $ 99 Greyhound passport – Chandler was provided a job at Fallon apply, Hagyard, Davidson and McGee.

when he stepped in with Delahooke and Harwood and their well mannered, trendy Saudi patron, Chandler had created an uncommon cosmopolitan qualification. Juddmonte also benefited from the day by day providers of Walter Zent, ​​one of many world's main reproductive docs. whereas Michael Youngs provided prestigious advice. Previously, Tony Chapman would play an essential position, especially in shopping for a Newmarket farm, Banstead Manor. But to begin with, Chandler emphasizes the great early levels of Delahooke's brief lists

"Jacob had the ultimate confidence in himself, but he was entitled to it," he stated. “He had a big eye. He looks at two years of age that were very similar to me. And he said, "It is a race horse, and it is not." And he was right so many times. Of course we also bought duds. But he was the judge's hell. ”

The thought was to set up a family.

"It was a very small operation these days," Chandler stated. “In 1980, there were a handful of mares. I think it was that known science had gone to the pin. Then, when he bought the plot here with Dr. Schnapkal and there were 18 broodmares, including Fleet Girl [fourth dam of Enable]. And then we bought some young moose like Bahamian [third dam of Kingman]. ”

Rockfest Third Dam Frankel got here with a Jock Whitney personal package deal. who had horses with Prince's First Trainer Jeremy Tree; while Sookera Juddmonte legend Hasili was bought from Robert Sangster.

”But we knew only a few Mars, Chandler reflected. ” Picture of a real image he threw Toussaud . He was a silly mare, Picture To Reality. But Toussaud was silly occasions loopy. He was one thing else, Toussaud. ”

One thing else is true. Literally, it’s another story, together with his late trainer Bobby Frankel, and later with the master he named for his honor. The next weeks' interview will proceed within the second part of this interview.

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