Many years ago when even Mick Goss was a very young man, he and his brother used to attend the annual breeding stock sales at Tattersalls in England. Their agent, the British Bloodstock Association were marvellously hospitable, and deeply experienced in the business at hand. As an adjunct to their expert services, they used to keep a small legion of apprentice bloodstock agents who were used as “runners and drivers” at the sale, for those in attendance.
One such “driver” was an even younger man by the name of Angus Gold, who used to be regularly assigned to the Goss boys, and ferried them around. Of their own admission, Pat and Mick rated Angus one of the top young men in the profession, being as keen a fellow as you could wish to meet. Many years later when the relationship between the Maktoum family and Summerhill was structured, this same young man was largely responsible for Sheikh Hamdan’s introduction to South African breeding. Angus Gold by then had aspired to the exalted post of Racing Manager to one of the world’s most powerful men, and while he has long passed the beacon of two decades of service to Dubai’s ruler, Angus Gold remains the man he always was, energetic, industrious, affable, ubiquitous. Call him what you like, but at all times one of the world’s greatest professionals, he’s arguably the world’s number-one Racing Manager today, and his results speak for themselves.
This was no more evident than in the outcome of last weekend’s Blue Diamond Stakes Group One, one of Australia’s two premier juvenile events. Angus is widely regarded as one of the few northern hemisphere-based judges of yearlings, and he’s made a successful transition in choosing what works in the southern hemisphere as well, and there are those among the astute who count him the best his class. If there was ever any doubt about his status, it must surely have been removed when REAAN scooted home for Sheikh Hamdan and David Hayes, in Saturday’s renewal. This was the second time in three years that an Angus “pick” had arrived in this famous event, following NADEEM’s excellent effort in 2006.
For the moment at least its “Hail” Angus, from those of us that know him.