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The current breeding season is well underway.

New foals are being born while maiden and proven mares are being covered in a bid to produce the next champion of the race track for the respective owners.

The breeding season ushers in a hectic time for those based on the studs in the Sunshine State, phones are running hot while stud masters are hardly sleeping a wink in preparation for the next foal arrival.

And Burwood principal Noel Denning is no exception.

But he copped a harsh reminder of the season when caught between a mare and her new foal last week at his Pittsworth property.

Former star race mare Courageous Annie delivered a healthy and inquisitive Bettors Delight foal and when Denning went to check on the mare and foal, he got caught in a dangerous position in the stable box.

“It was a frightening experience; I suppose I became a little complacent when the foal became intrigued by me and I gave it a pat while Annie obviously lost sight of her foal and then panicked before letting me have it with both barrels.” Denning said.

Even more frightening was the fact that Denning was alone in the stable complex.

The trusting staff of wife Christine and sons Jonathon and Daniel were away on other duties throughout the farm.

“I’m very lucky in so many ways; I was actually standing side-on while I was quite close to the mare, if I was standing a few steps away I don’t think I’d be telling the story.

“My injuries were sustained to the lower half of my body with my legs wearing the brunt of the damage, my calves and knee really took a beating. I actually have ligament damage to my knee which is quite painful.

“Luckily, I have no breaks and I’m still able to get around the place albeit a little slowly. I’m sure Christine will look after me but given how busy it is right now, the show must go on.”

Burwood Stud has seen 14 foal arrivals over the past week with plenty more still to come.

Interest in resident stallions Cammibest and Lanercost is positive while new addition Changeover is certainly generating keen interest amongst breeders.

The In The Pocket proven performer has enjoyed great success in recent weeks at Albion Park with the likes of Franco Totem, My Ultimate Fella and The Charging Moa among others performing at a consistent level.

Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | October 2

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