Foal diary

Lady Welby

Bay filly by New Approach out of Bint Almatar

 

Hello! I was born on the first of March 2015 at Warren Stud. My Dad is New Approach, who lives just up the road at Dalham Hall Stud. He was a very good racehorse and won the Derby for HRH Princess Haya, who is married to Sheikh Mohammed. My Mum is named Bint Almatar, which means ‘daughter of the rain’. She won three races when she was two and three and my older brother Beaverbrook, who is two, has already won this year.

 

On 1 January 2016, I officially turned one and am now called a yearling. I recently moved all the way to America to Raceland Farm in Kentucky (known as the Bluegrass State), where I will spend the rest of the year with all of the other yearlings and spend lots of time running around in the paddock. Last week (in the middle of January), I saw my first snow!

This is a photo of me taken in June 2016 at Raceland Farm in Kentucky, where I live in a field with lots of other yearling fillies. We will stay here for the rest of the summer before our owners decide where we will go to start to learn to become racehorses.

 

After a lovely summer in Kentucky, enjoying the sunshine and lots of good grass, I moved back to Britain in September 2016 to join our pre-training yard in Newmarket. There, I was taught all about being a racehorse, including having a rider on my back. Because my pedigree means I am likely to prefer running over longer distances – a mile and further – I probably won’t race for a few months yet. On 1 January 2017, I officially turned two and am now called a two-year-old, and I can’t wait to move to my trainer so I can become a real racehorse! I have been named Lady Welby.

I was so looking forward to running in my first race this year but I had a few problems with my stifle (the bit at the top of my hind leg) and so I had to stop training. I was sent to the stud farm in Newmarket for a bit of a holiday so I have had a lovely break, enjoying the sunshine and grass with some friends!

In July the vet said I could start training again so I started off with some light exercise aiming to get me fit enough to go back into full training. I hope I will be able to go back into training very soon and then I will be able to race next year!

 

I'm getting closer to my first race as I have just joined my trainer Saeed bin Suroor at Godolphin stables in Newmarket. I moved to his yard at the start of May 2018 so I hope to show how good I am very soon!