Letter to the Editor: Kirsten Rausing

Kirsten Rausing, Alpinista, and Annabel Willis | Scoop Dyga

Winning the best race in the world, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, represents the pinnacle of most Thoroughbred breeders' ambitions. Achieving that unrealistic objective was beyond my wildest dreams when I set out on the path of breeding racehorses, now more than 50 years ago.

Now that my wonderful Alpinista (homebred at Lanwades for four generations) has triumphed on the world stage, scoring her tenth win, ninth stakes win and sixth Group 1 win on Sunday, I find myself overwhelmed by innumerable kind messages of congratulations from friends and colleagues all over the world.

Whilst I will of course endeavour to reply to all these in turn, this may well take some considerable time yet. Please may I therefore, through the TDN, express my heartfelt thanks to all who have sent such wonderful messages?

Obviously, my immense gratitude to all who made this wonderful achievement possible; our home team at Lanwades, St Simon and Staffordstown Studs; to Sir Mark Prescott, William Butler, Annabel Willis and the team at Heath House; to Luke Morris for his flawlessly executed ride at Longchamp – and, most of all, to that wonderful equine athlete herself: ALPINISTA. Thank you, all.

Kirsten Rausing

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