Foal diary


Bay colt by Shamardal out of Gaterie



Hello, I was born on 20 February 2015 at Aston Upthorpe Stud which is in Oxfordshire. My Mum had to have an operation when she had me, so the foster mare in the photo is looking after me and her name is Jess. My Mum, who is called Gaterie, is fine now. She was a very good racehorse and won a Listed race when she was running in France.


My Dad is Shamardal, who lives at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland. He was an amazing racehorse and was a Champion when he was two AND three! He is now one of the leading stallions in the world so I hope he has passed on some of his ability to me.


On 1st January 2016 I had my first birthday so I am now classed as a yearling. I have moved all the way to America to Dubai Millennium Barn in Kentucky. The barn is named after Sheikh Mohammed’s favourite and very famous racehorse, Dubai Millennium.


The photo below was taken in June 2016. My days will be spent playing with the other yearling colts in the paddock where we will grow big and strong.



It was very exciting to move to Newmarket in September so I could start learning to be a racehorse just like my mum and dad! My Mum’s half-brother Dartmouth, whose dad is a very important Darley stallion called Dubawi, won an important race at a big meeting called Royal Ascot last summer and was also placed in two G1 races which is the best kind of race there is. He is owned by The Queen so gets lots of attention when he wins big races. I hope I grow up to be just like him!


In January 2017, I officially became a two-year-old and when I have done enough training I will run in my first race, which will be very exciting. I have been named Gateway.


Hello again!

As you can see from my most recent photo I have grown into a big, strong chap. Both my mum and my foster mum Jess would be very proud if they could see me now! Because I have grown a lot very quickly I am not quite ready to start proper training yet so although I have learned all the basics I have not yet gone to live at a trainer’s yard. I am hoping I can move there soon though and then you can watch me racing next year!


I have just joined my trainer Mark Johnston who is based in Middleham, North Yorkshire. I moved to his yard in April 2018 and I am looking forward to my first trip to the races very soon!


After three months of training I made it to the racetrack, running twice in July. Although I haven't won yet I have run very well finishing second at Bath and third on the all-weather at Lingfield. My trainer is confident that I will be in the winners enclosure very soon!


And true to his word I managed to get my head in front on my next start on the 7th August winning in Scotland at a racetrack called Ayr over 7f. Hopefully I can continue my winning streak!