Horse Racing; I've Been through Emotional Wringer; JIM GOLDIE ON THE UPS AND DOWNS OF TRAINING HORSES

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Horse Racing; I've Been through Emotional Wringer; JIM GOLDIE ON THE UPS AND DOWNS OF TRAINING HORSES


Byline: GAVIN BERRY

JIM GOLDIE can sum up the highs and lows of his job as a horse racing trainer in just two words. Red Tempest.

Two words, one horse. But for Goldie, behind the name lies a tale of great joy and bitter disappointment in equal measure.

First the elation. Red Tempest gave him his first winner as a professional trainer and Jim was there to see him romp home at Ayr.

Then the tragedy. Goldie was watching at Musselburgh the day his horse broke a leg and had to be put down in front of him.

The Uplawmoor-based trainer said: "Horses are very much part of your family. They're individuals.

"If a horse gets injured it's a real bad day, especially when you have to phone the owner and give them the bad news.

"Red Tempest sticks out as one of the worst. In some cases, a horse can recover after a leg break but this was so bad, the vet said nothing could be done. I was genuinely heart broken. I'd watched Red Tempest put us on the map as the first winner for our stables after turning professional.

"To be there when he was put down was awful. It just goes to show the highs and lows of the job.

"Although Red Tempest wasn't a fantastic racer, he did us a great favour.

"After his death I went home on a real downer because he was a big part of our life. I remember struggling to sleep when I went to bed.

"But in this job you must try to shut things like that out of your mind.

"Valiant Dash was another horse I had that died - right in front of me at Catterick. That was sad as well, although he was old and going to be retiring anyway. And he died doing what he loved best - racing.

"It was a heart attack after the race. He just lay down and died.

"It's so sad to see things like that but you know when you get into training that these things can happen.

"You have to avoid looking back and focus on the future."

Originally from Irvine, Goldie has made a name for himself as one of the big players in Scottish racing.

But success did not happen overnight for the 47-year-old. His dad Tommy was an amateur jockey and raced in point- to-point and under permit.

He bred his own stallions and Jim helped out from a young age.

When Goldie's own kids - Jim Junior and George - reached school-leaving age, he decided to have a real go at training himself.

The Jockey Club rejected his first application for a licence because his horses weren't good enough but after claiming a few winners they approved his second application

Jim said: "My name's on the license but my sons are a big part of the business. …

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