THREE hours at Ballyhane Stud is like a crash course in the thoroughbred industry. Joe Foley has an involvement in so many threads that his informed opinion is always worth documenting and taking on board.

Stallion man, breeder with 50 broodmares, pinhooker, racing manager for Clipper Logistics, purchaser of Clipper boss Steve Parkin’s yearlings and providing the pre-training for the next crop of juveniles that includes Parkin’s growing band of homebreds.