Thursday 12 April 2012

This Modern Society Is Skewbald

Racing fans took a double-take at a very peculiar horse at a recent stalls test at Kempton Park. Modern Society certainly catches the eye.  Born on April Fool's Day, you could be forgiven thinking he was someone's idea of a prank. However, although a novelty, this thoroughbred racehorse is living proof that you never know what you will see at the races. Andrew Reid, his trainer, described this son of I Was Framed (USA) as unique. He is defined as a skewbald meaning his body is spattered with patches of white and other non-black colour. Reid continued: ''He got quite a reaction at Kempton and we're sure he'll catch even more attention when he starts racing. He's almost a freak of nature - thoroughbreds don't usually come in that colour, let alone go racing. He's running exceptionally well and we can't wait to get him started. 

Photographer, John Hoy, who was at Kempton for the stalls test said: ''I've never seen so many people at a racecourse turn on their camera-phones towards a horse. Many assumed he was a pony.''

The 11,000gns yearling has since made his debut at Kempton but trailed home last at odds of 80/1.