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Su-Ann and “Babygirl” – a special connection

November 23, 2010

Just a quick post today as opposed to yesterday’s monster! 

I’m hoping that through my blog, I’ll be able to meet some great people in racing. I’m wanting to focus on some of the stories that aren’t always covered, stories that are sometimes overlooked.

I’ve been lucky enough already to make some amazing friends and acquaintances through racing, and these are people who I know will be friends for life.

One such person is prominent owner Su-Ann Khaw, manager of Suez Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd.

Su-Ann is one of the most influential young people in Australian racing, and she promises to be a major player in the racing and breeding industries for a long time to come.

I am lucky to call Su-Ann a friend. I have only met her once – and I chose a very bad time to introduce myself, as Allez Wonder had just contested the Queen of the Turf on Golden Slipper day and she was focused on her mare. But through the amazing world of social media, I talk to her almost daily, and she has become one of the people that I admire most within the racing industry.

Her knowledge about the racing industry is incredible, and her work on social media sites like Twitter in taking Australian racing global is amazing. I’m sure she’d admit that she is addicted to Twitter, but any follower of racing on Twitter would be familiar with her “tweets” (for those who have not connected with her, her username is @inkmarksofsu). As prominent journalist Danny Power wrote in a blog for The Thoroughbred (@thethoroughbred), Su-Ann is “the queen of racing’s Twitter world.”

While most people in the week after the Melbourne Cup Carnival focused on the sudden sale of So You Think to international interests, Su-Ann’s “babygirl” (also a stablemate of So You Think) was retired.

Known to most of us as Allez Wonder, she was a great mare who took her owners on one amazing rollercoaster ride. From an Oaks placing in the spring of 2008, through to her listed win at big odds in the Keith Nolan Classic at Kembla Grange; from her mystifying hate for wet tracks, through to her 2009 spring campaign which saw her win the Toorak Handicap and start in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups; from a frustrating autumn preparation in 2010 through to her eventual retirement, she was an intriguing mare.

She may not have been a likeable horse for punters but for Su-Ann, she was, and still is, a very special mare.

Upon her retirement, Su-Ann wrote one of the best blog entries I’ve seen – written entirely from the heart, the reader gets a sense of how special “Babygirl” is to Su-Ann, and how much she cherishes the memories she has.

I recommend everyone read her post. It really puts a human side to what is sometimes a faceless, unrecognised part of the racing industry – that being the connection between a human and a horse. It is special.

Click here to read Su-Ann Khaw’s Allez Wonder and I, a true masterpiece.

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