ELAINE MCMASTER: We are in racing for the enjoyment and entertainment that it brings us.

Friday, March 22, 2019

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RAS Emanuel , a quick-footed seven-year-old bay horse trained by Peter McMaster was able to just get home in an Overnight Allowance call at Caymanas Park on Saturday and as usual Elaine McMaster was on hand to lead in with her husband trainer.

As the breeder of Ras Emanuel, Elaine McMaster was a happy camper as she met her winning charge appropriately in front of the winning post.

“Although I have seen him [ Ras Emanuel] win several of his races, it was pleasing and quite satisfying to see him staying with the pace after sweeping around from the number #9 barrier to stay in touch close on the heels of the 4-1 shot and hard running My Sister before taking a slim lead straightening for the final 200 metres dash to win by a close margin.

My Sister was game, but it was really pleasing to see how well Ras Emanuel stuck to his guns to win narrowly by probably 1/2 a length. This was quite thrilling for me,” said a pleased breeder.

Miss Mac as she is popularly known by many at the Park has been in racing for quite a while now and she shared with this publication her entrance and love for the sport.

“It is so long now that I can remember for certain but it could be as far back as the 1970s or thereabouts.

“The first horse I bred was Explosive Peak. I love the sport for the pleasure I derive from it from also for going to the farm and watch the horses grow.

Explosive Peak was quite a nice-looking horse while growing up and proved even better than expected with the capacity to win and gained success with some exceptional performances.

“She ( Explosive Peak) performed so well in racing that at the end of her career in racing, I decided not to do away with her but to extend her career in the sport by becoming a brood mare,” Miss Mac said.

Commenting on the stock of horses she has owned and bred in her time in horse racing, Miss Mac was very clear.

“Every year, we try to get the best horses we can but sometimes the ones we would have loved to buy are beyond our reach as there are people, who enter more races more often than we do and they seem to get first choice. We are in racing for the enjoyment and entertainment that it brings us.

“We therefore need to race horses that can fulfil our passion satisfactorily, so owning a certain calibre of thoroughbred racer is required.

“It is just that we could not get any of the better-bred young horses into our possession as they were either kept by their owners for their own use or taken by keener racing advocates,” Miss Mac told The Supreme Racing Guide.

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