WAR ARTIST has given us all at Park Lodge some immense moments over the last two and a half years and I think it is worth recording his racing performances from Park Lodge.
Ran 4 times: placed 2nd in The Golden Jubilee, Royal Ascot 2008, 3rd in The July Cup, Newmarket 2008 and 3rd in The Prix de L’Abbaye, Longchamp 2009. Unplaced in the Hong Kong Sprint 2009.
Ran twice: won The Goldene Peitsche, Baden Baden 2009, 2nd in The Duke of York Stakes, York 2008.
Ran 5 times: won The Petit Couvert, Longchamp 2009, won The Al Shindagha Sprint, Meydan 2010, 4th in The Al Quoz Sprint, Meydan 2010 and 4th in The Shadwell Stakes, Newbury 2009. Unplaced in The Mahab Al Shimaal, Meydan 2010.
Ran twice: 2nd in The Lady Wulfruna Stakes, Wolverhampton 2008, unplaced in The Abernant Stakes, Newmarket 2008.
Ran once: 4th in The Susan Hulme Birthday Conditions Stakes, Doncaster 2009.
I am immensely proud of WAR ARTIST’s achievements whilst he has been here at Park Lodge. He has only run two below par races in all that time; the Hong Kong Sprint which was arguably the hottest Group 1 sprint run last year and his second start in Dubai this year. These two races apart, he has been amazingly consistent for a sprinter and he has been a pleasure to train. I am also immensely proud of my team here at Park Lodge who have produced him to do so. Chloe Madgin has looked after him wonderfully and ridden him in all his work in the last two and a half years. He has been a huge part of her life and she will miss him greatly. Kathryn Scally, my Head Girl, and the rest of the team here in the yard have also contributed massively to his successes especially this winter which has been the worst for some years. They have worked harder than ever as we were effectively one person short all winter with Chloe away on her travels with WAR ARTIST. I thank them all.
I also especially thank Tim Jones without whom we would never have had WAR ARTIST to train in the first place. He did not arrive with us by any normal route, he really was a “bolt from the blue” and we all have Tim to thank for that. Tim was also a pleasure to deal with in 2008 when he was WAR ARTIST’s Racing Manager. I know he will consider it a compliment when I say that he comes second only to the late, great Ron Sheather in my list of Racing Managers of Renown. It is a very short list. Tim has kept in touch and supported us and WAR ARTIST ever since.
We have had a marvellous journey with WAR ARTIST and have been to places we would never have been without him. Thanks to him we have now trained Group winners in 4 different countries, in Europe and beyond. My only regret is that he failed to win a Group 1 in Europe but I think he showed that he is quite capable of doing so. It is sad that the adventure is over for the moment but we will now look to find the next “War Artist”. May be he or she is already standing in a box at Park Lodge.