10 January 2011
Lloyd Buys UK Farm To "Prepare Horses For US Export"
Bloodstock agent Jamie Lloyd "has bought the former Warwickshire base (Far Westfields Farm) of trainer George Baker to help prepare horses for export to America," reported racingpost.com. Lloyd (whose purchases include Gr1-winners Ticker Tape, Monzante, Magical Fantasy & Singhalese) confirmed: "There is a growing demand for horses to be kept in training so they are ready to compete upon their arrival in the US. But this leaves buyers with a few choices: you can either leave the horse with their previous trainer; use a new trainer who perhaps you have a relationship with; or send them to a livery based yard. To me, both as an agent & trainer, this has never really been an ideal situation. Our idea is to open a family-run operation specialising in the transition of horses for export. What would be better for a US trainer than to receive a horse that's already half-acclimatised on arrival? The property has an excellent all-weather oval track that would lend itself ideally to this purpose."