THE SPORT OF KINGS:
The euphoria and the multi-million dollar payday from last weekend’s running of the Everest have dissipated quickly with the race winner making a very expensive list of demands of his owners.
The Bug understands the owners of Yes Yes Yes have been left stunned by the three-year-old colt’s demands seeking an iron-clad contract to ensure he can live out his entire life “in the lap of luxury and surrounded by lovely ladies”.
Yes Yes Yes secured more than $7 million in prizemoney for his owners when he took out the world’s richest turf race at Royal Randwick in Sydney last Saturday week, slashing the track’s 1200-metre record with a stunning 1min 7.32 sec win.
The Bug understands the colt contacted his lawyers after watching the disturbing footage from the recent ABC 7.30 report showing what can happen to ex-thoroughbred racehorses after their money-making days are over.
Asking not to be named, one of the colt’s 125 part-owners said of the horse’s demands, presented late last week by Yes Yes Yes’s lawyers: “This could break us”.
In fact the colt’s owners are now ruing the hype they carried on with after the colt’s win in the Everest.
Some of those owners are now regretting that they had scoffed at media suggestions that the future stallion could be worth $50 million worldwide in service fees alone.
“That’s just the starting point,” the owner of the horse’s left fetlock gloated at the time and who is now regretting his hubris.
The Bug understands the 125-page contract that Yes Yes Yes has drawn up with his lawyers includes:
“No extraction of semen by electrical or any other unnatural forms of stimulation that could prove humiliating to our client.”
“An annual holiday to the Maldives for our client and 20 of his friends, so they can canter in shallow water along pristine beaches while they still exist.”
“Once our client’s siring duties are complete, a property of at least 200 hectares of the finest irrigated lucerne and oats-growing lands near Scone in the Hunter Valley, preferably with at least several hundred metres’ frontage to nearby Lake Glenbawn, be bought for Yes Yes Yes and signed over to him, such property to be called Mine Mine Mine.
“The property to boast the finest of brick veneer stables with split-air conditioning, in-floor heating and a state of the art stereo TV/DVD system including copies of Fury, National Velvet , the Story of Sea Biscuit and its 2003 remake and of course Phar Lap.”
“Such spacious stables to be mucked out thrice daily and its feed bins constantly replenished with the finest fodder and grains money can buy.”
“The prettiest fillies in the land to share both his stables and the rolling pastures of Mine Mine Mine in his retirement years up to his death by natural causes well into his late 30s or 40s.”
“When that time regrettably comes, our client’s remains to be buried on his retirement farm, inside a suitably ornate, two-storey marble mausoleum, his handsome face in copper relief between its two striking main ionic columns and all of his racing triumphs, and those of his progeny, chiselled for posterity in fancy silky-oak panels either side of said columns.”
The Bug understands Yes Yes Yes has threatened “to not even look” at a mare’s backside until his demands are met.
Another owner of Yes Yes Yes told The Bug: “These demands have rocked us to our very core, especially as we had planned to angle-grind off his markings and brandings, paint him white and send him straight off to the knackery once his rooting days were over.”