Bloodstock Notebook

Milo Corbett

When we published the very first edition of Bloodstock Notebook in November 2017, people did three things, as follows:

(1) They told us (embarrassingly enough) that it was the best bloodstock publication in the world;
(2) They asked if they could be in the next one; and
(3) They demanded to know why it wasn’t available online.

We hope that (1) above still applies, even if being the best bloodstock publication is probably the same as being the best VHS video repair man in the world, ie all very noble but in no way guaranteed to make you a millionaire.

The answer to (2) is still ‘No’. (Unless you are John Magnier. And you aren’t.)

And in reply to (3) – well, kicking and screaming, here it is. But only up to a point. And if you haven’t been here before, maybe it’d help if I explained what Bloodstock Notebook is and what this website is all about.

Bloodstock Notebook is what the bloodstock business reads in bed. It’s an annual print publication, distributed at the December Sales at Tattersalls in Newmarket every winter. We’ve produced four issues and people keep on saying that they find it engaging, entertaining and enlightening, which is very kind of them. Bloodstock Notebook isn’t about betting, or racing politics, or a load of tedious guff about stallions who stand for £500 a pop, or concerned with what may or may not win the 3.30 at Chepstow tomorrow.

Instead, we like to think that it celebrates the bloodstock business and those (human and equine) in it. If you like a good story, told well, by all sorts of people, rather than the absolute bilge that seems to masquerade as ‘bloodstock editorial’ elsewhere, or if you’re simply bored rigid and holed up in Tier 34 lockdown, then maybe you’ll enjoy Bloodstock Notebook, too.

Importantly, the printed magazine is what we do best. Not the website. This is just the website of the magazine, if that makes sense, rather than vice-versa. What you’ll find here is the abridged highlights of the first four years of Bloodstock Notebook. Not all the bits, but the best bits, the Greatest Hits, the bits we’d paid for and didn’t want to lock away in a cupboard away from the light of day. We’ve tried quite hard to make it easy for you to find your way around, not least because there are a lot of people in this industry who could be described as ‘Can’t Understand New Technology’.

You’re very welcome here, even if reading articles on screen is very different from reading them in print. You’re missing out on the look and feel of the printed magazine, the quality of its design and photography, and the ‘warm bath’ of the advertising from the more savvy and switched-on of European and American stallion managers, not to mention the luxury paper stock that’s absurdly expensive and costs us an arm and a leg every winter. In short, the website lacks most of the things that make Bloodstock Notebook what the bloodstock business reads in bed.

All that said, though, the website may be the poor relation but it is the next best thing. And it’s free. And you know what they say about looking a gift horse in the mouth, don’t you…?

Welcome to Bloodstock Notebook.

Comments? Fancy a moan? Want to get something off your chest? Are you actually John Magnier? Email me at milo@bloodstocknotebook.com

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