In June 1998 I bought a thoroughbred mare at Ascot Sales; she was almost 4 years old and only just ridden away. (Click here to see a transcript copy of the Ascot Sales catalogue she was listed in.)
Girlie Touch is known as GT. She is out of Good Looking Bird; a point-to-point mare, by a flat stallion called Touch of Grey. Her paternal grandfather is Blakeney, the Derby winner.
We had a lot of fun together; she was very green but loved a good gallop, and after several months she went to Lambourn for race training. She was almost ready to race over hurdles when she developed a respiratory infection; although she was very ill she made a good recovery but the season was almost over so I brought her home to convalesce. With the best will in the world she was never going to take the racing world by storm but would perhaps have won a little race somewhere, so I started to groom her for show jumping and cross country.
In the Spring of 2000 she lacerated her hind leg whilst out hunting, which ended any chance of a career under saddle. As part of her recovery programme she was put in foal to Maximillian Voltucky
"Maximum Voltage" (Max) was born on 8th June 2001; and it wasn't long before he was exploring the paddock. Max was kept in order by his mum, she would always make him stand nicely before she would allow him to feed. His full pedigree can be seen here,
G.T. has now been sold and is happily settled in her new home