Face to Face with Richard Lines
2013 Champion Malaysian Trainer ,2013 Best Horse Trainer of MRA
A former successful jockey Richard Lines has held a trainers licence in Malaysia since 2002. In his first season Richard trained 16 winners and has consistently figured in the top group of trainers in Malaysia ever since. Richard’s best season came in 2011 when he claimed the Malaysian Trainers Championship with 70 winners.
In 2011 Richard not only won the Trainers Championship but his horse Tears To Diamonds also won Horse Of The Year honours after winning five races in a row culminating with a win in the Group 1 Penang Gold Cup.
Held Trainers Licence since: 2002
Career Highlights: 2011 and 2013 Champion Malaysian Trainer, 2011 Penang Gold Cup – Tears To Diamonds,
Best Horse Trained: Tears To Diamonds
Current Best Horse: Taichi Master, Alacarte, Ryan James
A visit to Richard Lines’ stable at Selangor Turf Club Malaysia on 8 January 2014
Q1.James: As the best horse trainer in Malaysia, how do you define a ‘good racehorse’ in terms of Physical and mental conditions.
A 1. Richard: Individual horse has its own character. None horses are the same. I have to train each horse in its individual way.
Q2. James: Which horses are your current best horses?
A2. Richard: Taichi Master which is ranking at the highest rating is the current best horse in my stable. I pay a lot of expectations on Taichi Master’s coming races. And I hope that some of young horses here can follow its footsteps.
Q3. James: Can you describe what are features and characters of these horses that make them outstanding among others?
A3.Richard: The top horses are the horses that always do their best. They are consistently performing their 100 % in their races. In other words, they never give up in any competitions.
Q4. James: What are the main character expressed on a horse face and its body when the horse in the position of “All Out” (at full swing). Can you tell more about all these?
A4. Richard: Usually when the horse is ‘all out’: To the best of its ability, the neck will be straight; to the limit, the head will be down and the ears are facing back. The horse just concentrates running as fast as it can.
Q5. James: When painting a horse racing in racecourse, what aspects should the artist pay more attention in order to capture the spirit of the horse? Is it the nostril, eyes and limbs?
A5. Richard: When painting a racehorse, the artist needs to show the determination on the horse head as well as the fighting spirit. These two factors are the main concerns. I think artist should capture the horse well when it is in full gallop (its four legs will be off from ground at one time.)The body of the horse is propelled by hind quarters.
Q6. James: Do you believe judging a good horse accurately at trainer’s first sight? Why?
A6. Richard: It could be happened. Some horses really catch your eyes, especially some young horses you see them before tested. It doesn’t mean that these horses got the best but something in them that catching my eyes. Every trainer has different views and points to look for, I basically look for good size and intelligent head, good rhythm when they walk.
Q7.James: How did you find your best horse, Tears to Diamond?
A7. Richard: As soon as ‘Tears to Diamond’ came to the stable, you could tell that he had touched the ‘class’. He walked around like he was a king. That was how he turned out that way.
Q8. James: I know you used to be great jockey, how do you describe your feeling when riding on an all-out-racehorse?
A8. Richard: Not really. I am a better trainer than I was a jockey. It is quite hard to describe really. You just get the feeling when you are on the horse, especially the horse is progressing and you can get the momentum going. If you feel like the horse, it’s got a lot to give. It is a good feeling obviously when you win a ride.
Q9. James: If you are an art collector, what type of horse painting do you wish the artist to paint? You prefer more impressionist or more realistic rendering of picture?
A9. Richard: I think it is the feeling came out from the horse painting capturing my eyes and spirit.
Q10. James: How do you like to comment on my horse painting?
A10. Richard: I must say that your study on horse anatomy and galloping movement are fantastic. Your horse paintings have really captured my eyes, indeed. Your artworks have lots of good points in them. The horse paintings are very good. I really like your masterpieces. It goes very nice on my wall!
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