Monday 13 June 2011

Guess Who Phoned Me Today? Peter Doyle

As I have said many times, writing a blog can lead to all manner of opportunities, insight and bumping into people who you would never really imagine. Well, today was just one of those days. The surprise telephone call.

I am working on an article about an ex-racehorse many of you may remember called Western Art. He was originally trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam and was a superb two-year-old, winning a listed race on his second start at Sandown. To all purposes, I am writing Western Art's life story.  How this came about it a story in itself - but it is very much about fate, fortune and mysterious turns of events. Well, one of the people who purchased Western Art - along the many and varied owners in his time - was the renowned bloodstock agent Peter Doyle. He is the man behind the likes of Canford Cliffs, and this year's Royal Ascot two-year-old crop, including Trumpet Major who goes for the Coventry tomorrow. He is often seen with Richard Hannon at the races.

I sent Peter a little email asking for any information about Western Art and he was kind enough to phone me this morning. To be honest, I didn't imagine I would hear from him simply because he is a very busy man and even as we spoke he said he was getting ready to leave for Royal Ascot. His information helped me fill a few gaps and he was a gentleman to chat with. He asked me about my interest in racing and if I went to the races. I said I often go to Newmarket and Yarmouth, being my local tracks. And he said he would be at Newmarket's July meeting (probably to see Harbour Watch amongst others) and mentioned if I was there to come and have a chat.

I was touched by such a gesture and just wanted to say a big thank you for his response in my gathering of information - just one of many horses who have passed through his hand - but far from forgotten.

The mark of a successful man.