Foal diary

Durif

Bay colt by Commands out of Star Shiraz

 

I was born on the 27 November 2014, so I am slightly younger than all my other friends who were generally born between late August and early November. 

 

My dad, Commands, was a good racehorse and his dad was the famous DANEHILL. He was a stallion at Woodlands and Kelvinside and also used to travel to Japan for the northern hemisphere breeding season.  Unfortunately my dad died last year in his sleep, he was 18 and everyone at the farm really misses him. But we have a beautiful named headstone for him for generations to remember him.

 

I am now weaned from my mum, and kicking my heels up at Oak Range with the rest of my friends.

 

 

Here I am, posing in the field with my yearling buddies in June 2016. As you can see, we have just been having fun playing in the mud! It is winter time at the moment and so we have had a lot of rain. I am pictured in the middle.

 

It’s not all about playing though. I have now been given a name which is an important step on my way to being a racehorse when I am older. I have been named Durif, which is a rare red grape that wine is made from. As my Mum’s name is Star Shiraz, it works well – Shiraz is another type of wine.

 

I have been to one of our pre-training centres at Crown Lodge in Sydney to start learning how to be a racehorse, and I am now enjoying a little holiday with my friends before I start training properly.

 

 

 

Hi Everyone! I have entered my training program after being broken in and I had my first jump out at the big track. I had my first barrier trial at Rosehill on 17 January 2017 and I finished third. After my trial, my trainer decided that I needed a rest so I can get stronger for my first race. After a three-week rest I’m back in action and ready to take the track by storm.