Hey everyone! Welcome to my page - it's all about me, Gud Day - the new People's Horse!
I'm a dual nationality 4-year-old grey gelding. My mum’s from Ireland, dad’s from America, but they gave me an Australian name! I’m a bit of a black sheep in my family as my dad and younger half brother, Citizen Smith, have only run on the flat, but I prefer the jumps! I made my debut back in November 2010 and raced eight times on the flat, winning twice. I then moved to Fergal’s in Gloucestershire and he has taken me jumping which is a great craic! I have had twelve outings over hurdles now and have been placed seven times, but I am going for a big win this season - provided you guys keep me topped up with polos!
You can follow my progress on Twitter and through this site and learn all about my life at the O’Briens' yard down in beautiful Gloucestershire.
My Vital statistics
|Height:||16.1 hands (165cm)|
|Lives:||Cilldara Stud, Fossebridge in Gloucestershire|
|Dam (Mum):||Queen Al Andalous, Unraced (she preferred visiting stallions instead of the racecourse!) I am her first foal.|
|Sire (Dad):||Aussie Rules, 12 starts, 4 wins, 1 2nd, including French 2000 Guineas, Longchamp and the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keenland in America. Now 9, he is the sire of the winners of 162 races and £2,332,450 in prize money.|
My Training Regime
After a successful stint on the flat where I won two races, my boss Fergal thought I’d be better over jumps. I ran in some races in the spring and summer of this year and am now having a rest in the field with the lads bulking up and getting stronger for when the proper jump season starts.
So far I have had a successful season as The People's Horse with a win at Uttoxeter and a few placings, I have even been to Cheltenham and didn't disgrace myself in 10th place out of 22 competitors. I am still racing over small obstacles (hurdles) but maybe in future I will venture out over the bigger fences! My season will end in April when I will go for a holiday in the field for a couple of months - everyone needs a break once in a while! I hope to return to the yard and start training again in July.