Paul Jordan knows as well as anyone the vagaries of training thoroughbreds.
As one of Western Australia’s most skillful horseman, he’s experienced the highs and lows of racing.
Two Group 1 victories in the WA Derby and a string of other major Perth races are certainly the highs.
The lows are when a yearling suffers a serious injury before they even set foot on the race track.
That juvenile happens to be Lord Ludlow, who has now blossomed into one of Jordan’s favourite horses.
As a five-year-old he is unlikely to reach stellar heights, but Lord Ludlow still holds a special place in Jordan’s heart and that of his partner and part-owner, Laura.
Their affection for him rose again yesterday (Wednesday) when the son of Danehill Express notched his eighth win from 42 starts in the Amelia Park Handicap (1200m).
Racing second-up this preparation after a top run behind boom horse Battle Storm, Lord Ludlow boosted his stake earnings to $170,275.
After a shaky beginning, Lord Ludlow has flourished into a profitable and loving horse for the the Jordan’s.
“He was getting ready to be syndicated when he had an accident and a twig speared into his eye,” Jordan told The Races WA.
“We weren’t sure if he would go blind or ever race, there were real serious doubts about his future going forward.
“He was one of six horses we were getting ready to syndicate and to be honest I was pretty annoyed and disappointed.
“I paid $20,000 for him and thought that I would be left with a horse that I wouldn’t be able to sell.
“I was complaining pretty heavily to Laura, but she deserves a lot of credit in nursing and looking after him every day.
“Because of his condition I wasn’t prepared or could even consider syndicating him to anyone else, so he remained with us.”
Remarkably, Lord Ludlow has outperformed the remaining five horses who were syndicated before his eye injury.
The gelding launched a top day out for Jordan’s stable after Citichant proved too good in the last race on the card.