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Mister Mcgoldricks plans for 2009/10 season

Mister Mcgoldricks plans for 2009/10 season

I must own up and admit that over the last few months I`ve been somewhat preoccupied with building up “The McGoldrick Partnership” and telling existing, new and potential members about our three horses bought to “follow in my old boys famous footsteps” The inference there is that “my old boy” as I refer to him, is now a bit of a back number. Well having just seen him in light work  for the season ahead,  a bit of a back number he most certainly is NOT!!   He looks superb after his summer break, and Sue, who rides him in some of his work reports that he is “pulling her arms out” and, quote, “honestly Richard you`d think he was a 4yo. He just loves being up here” If all goes well with his preparation for his 12th season of racing, and we are sensible in the choosing of his races, then his current win tally of 14 races might well increase. Whatever happens Mister McGoldrick is a fantasic ambassador for National Hunt racing, and from what Sue says, there`s no way he`s ready to hang his boots up just yet.

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Cheltenham 2009 A victim of his own success

Cheltenham 2009 A victim of his own success

Where to run him next? I suppose I should, and I am, so very thankful that McGoldrick has been such a wonderful servant to me that it  if he never races again I have had more pleasure from owning him than most owners could ever wish. But, even at the age of twelve, I`ve watched him in his work, and he just loves his job. He wants to race and therefore so long as we don`t push him too far, he will continue to race until he tells us otherwise. The problem is finding him a race these days where he can be competitive, and so it was not a difficult decision to disregard the Freddie Williams Handicap Chase because of the ridiculous11st 12lb he would be carrying at 12 years of age. So, much as I would have enjoyed  having a crack at a repeat performance on Thursday, by refusing to declare him, some other horse will have to do the donkey work and set the race up for a younger better “handicapped” horse on the day. Good luck to them. Instead we`re going to have a real sporting crack at the Ryanair Chase with all runners off level weight. […]

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Mister McGoldrick mark is so hard to justify

Mister McGoldrick mark is so hard to justify

Below is a letter I sent to the Racing Post which was published in the “letters to the Editor” section on Friday 27th Feb 09. It was in response to an article by journalist Colin Russell published in the RP Fri 20th Feb on the subject of the rights and wrongs of racehorse handicapping in the UK. “Some might say that as the owner of 2008 Cheltenham Festival winner Mister Mcgoldrick, I`m hardly in a position to agree with Colin Russell`s critical but constructive analysis of the handicapping system.(February 20th). How on earth, after McGoldricks runaway victory in the Racing Post Plate, could I quibble about his being raised 16lb for his Master Minded-style win – 13 lengths clear of the second and a further 11 lengths back to the third? The answer, my friends, was blowing in the wind. In stark contrast to the gales that played havoc and caused the Wednesday card to be abandoned, a light breeze drifted into Town about lunchtime. But, significantly, with it came light rain that persisted and, by late afternoon, had become quite heavy. The ground got wetter and softer, and by 4.05pm, the off time for the Racing Post Plate, everyone could see it was definitely soft, […]

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