Wednesday 27th May, 2020
Team Adlestrop are absolutely delighted to once again be shortlisted in the Lycetts Team Champion Awards. It is a great achievement by the team and I am very proud of everyone’s effort against very stiff opposition.
This is the second year we have been shortlisted in the ‘under 40 horses’ division and win lose or draw, we are determined to continue to make Adlestrop Stables a professional, safe and fun place to work and develop skills.
To continue ‘My Racing Life’ – the second horse on my list is the great race mare, Dahlia.
She first came to my attention when winning the 1973 Irish Oaks impressively with Bill Byers onboard. A week later, she won the King George at Ascot, winning the Prix Niel and the Washington DC International. That year she was voted ‘British Horse of the Year’ and was the top rated three-year-old filly in Europe.
In 1974 she won a second King George, this time under Lester Piggott who gave her one of his most confident and artistic rides. A Grand Prix de Saint Cloud, Benson and Hedges Gold Cup, Man O War Stakes and the Canadian International – the daughter of Vaguely Noble was voted British Horse of the Year for a second time and took the Eclipse Award for Champion Turf Horse. As a five-year-old, she still finished third to Grundy and Bustino before defeating the Walwyn charge to take a second Benson and Hedges Gold Cup.
She went on to breed many winners including Dhar and Rivlia. She died at the age of 31 having had thirteen foals. The first thoroughbred mare to win more than one million dollars, she was inducted in the USA Hall of Fame and the Canadian Hall of Fame.
She was some mare and epitomised all that is good about flat racing having speed, stamina, class and inherant toughness – a legendary lady of the turf.