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Mister McGoldrick – The nations favourite

Mister McGoldrick - The nations favourite

The above headline quotes Nick Luck, Racing UK`s main presenter after McG`s win at Huntingdon on Sat 20th Nov. 2010. The dust has now settled and I can sit back and reflect on McG`s well deserved victory in the veterans chase at Huntingdon last saturday. If anything I seem to be getting worse whenever McG races. Why do I insist on beating myself up contemplating hyperthetical situations that my fella may have to deal with in the race, when there is absolutely sod all I can do about it…….Twiston Davies fancies his and its got no weight to carry !!   young Twiston Davies is riding out of his skin….will the ground  be OK…..he`s never won going right handed…what if its abandoned because of fog!….and probably the most ridiculous pre race comment Dominic has ever heard from an owner in the parade ring, namely an instruction of mine, if he was leading at the last, to make sure he steered McGoldrick past the right side of the winning post !! Accepting that those who know the “dog leg” run in on the Chase course at Huntingdon will understand what I am talking about, it was still a bit of an insult to the jockeys intelligence for me to suggest […]

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Friends Reunited after McGoldricks Emotional Victory

Friends Reunited after McGoldricks Emotional Victory

By Tom Richmond IT had to happen. Reunited with Dominic Elsworth, the ageless Mister McGoldrick rolled back the years to record his 15th victory with a simply faultless display of athletic steeplechasing. What made this mercurial success even more remarkable is that the Sue Smith-trained horse is approaching his 14th birthday, and his Guiseley-born jockey has just spent a year on the sidelines with a career-threatening head injury. This victory in a veterans’ contest at Huntingdon, was one of horse racing’s most uplifting stories of the year as the old warrior successfully conceded weight and age to his rivals. Ears pricked, and with that distinctive white marking on his head, Mister McGoldrick’s jumping was so commanding that his jockey had time to have several cheeky looks over his shoulder on the run-in. “I wouldn’t mind coning him!” Elsworth told the Yorkshire Post. “He’s a horse I’ve grown up with – my first winner was on him eight years ago. He’s a grand old servant. He was very good, albeit it was a slightly lesser race because it was for veterans, but still a great victory.” The horse means so much to Smith, and owner Richard Longley, that they could barely […]

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Wetherby Friday 29th October 2010

Wetherby Friday 29th October 2010

Mister McGoldricks seasonal debut was pleasing in so far as his enthusiasm is still there for all to see….his jumping over the stiff Wetherby fences was practically faultless, and, assuming Mr Handicapper decides to drop him 4/5 lbs for the run, McG will be nicely placed off a mark of 134/135 to end a losing sequence stretching back to Cheltenham 2008. Like the true professional he is, he took his first run extremely well and came back demanding to be fed before all the rest.

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An Interview with Richard

An Interview with Richard

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What an endorsement of just how popular the old boy is

What an endorsement of just how popular the old boy is

For all those who aren`t able to obtain the Yorkshire Post  morning newspaper, I hope you will agree that the article below which appeared in Saturdays edition 16th Oct. 2010, and which I just had to put on the website, is a fantastic testimony to Mister McGoldrick and his popularity which seems to be increasing year by year. McG`s campaign for this season, 2010/2011 is due to start on Friday 29th Oct  at Wetherby at the Charlie Hall meeting. Hope you enjoy the article, and feel free to email me with any comments.   Yorkshire Post 16 Oct 2010 Star jumper fires up engine again. Yorkshire Post By Tom Richmond EARS pricked, Mister McGoldrick strides clear of his stablemates as he gallops up the drizzle-moistened moor. He stretches a length clear. Then two. Then another. The other horses are breathing heavily as the drizzle-laden autumn skies lift.Not Mister McGoldrick as he flashes past. He reaches the summit with ease before slowing to a trot. The leader of the pack, he’s very much ‘head horse’ at Sue and Harvey Smith’s stables high up on moorland above Bingley, a spectacular landscape where town meets country.As a car racing past interrupts the near-silence, and the clouds lift to […]

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What an Amazing Race Horse

What an Amazing Race Horse

I don`t have to say it, the racing media do it for me. John Francome, Alistair Down, Tanya Stevenson, Simon Holt, Peter Naughton, Sean Magee, Tom Richmond, Graham Cunningham, even John McCririck and no doubt many others are all as one in their praise of  a fantastic servant to National Hunt Racing, Mister McGoldrick. Sue Smith, at the start of the current season, knew  she only had to tell me if she thought it was time for him to hang up his boots, but no, in her own words ,   “In his head he`s still a 4yo, his body is like that of a 4yo, his legs are like those of a 4yo, and his enthusiasm to go out on Baildon Moor most mornings has not diminished.So much so that he still wants to “play out” when most of the others have cried enough”. And so the legend he has become ( not my words, the Racing Posts ) is still enjoying himself and thrilling racegoers with his ability to perform honourably, even in defeat, the latest being at Cheltenham (again) on Saturday 30th Jan in the Betfair Trophy Chase. His gutsy third prompted the comment from Alistair Down on Channel 4 TV  that it won`t be long before families are naming their kids after him!!   I think it was meant as a compliment […]

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Mr McGoldrick – A Long Overdue Update

Mr McGoldrick - A Long Overdue Update

Well it’s time for a long overdue update on McG. I know we can safely forget his running in the Paddy Power because something was amiss, but whatever it was he was OK the next day. We`ve decided to swerve running him in handicaps because with McG entered to run,he`s always going to be setting races up for younger horses carrying less weight as a result of him being there. So its off to Huntingdon, all being well for the Peterborough Chase next Thursday the11th Dec. where he will not be off level weights but should carry 11st 4lbs which is OK by me. Remember if he does win next Thursday there will be £3k going into The McGoldrick Partnership account from his winnings, so if anyone browsing this website likes what they see, please get in touch. There are still shares available in Final Veto (see “The Horses” page), and also two more horses on the way which are exactly what we`re looking for. Again, all being well, I`ll be at Huntingdon next Thursday, so please contact me if you too will be there and would like an informal chat.

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Mister McGoldrick…… straight from the horses mouth

Mister McGoldrick...... straight from the horses mouth

The bloke that owns me Richard Longley is a real nice guy and I`m pleased  that this new McGoldrick Partnership thing is going really well for him, especially as its named after me. So I was really pleased the other day when he came up here and he took time out to watch me doing a piece of fast  work with a Trevor Hemmings horse called Turpin Green that arrived at Sues in the summer and was third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup a year or two ago. If, before watching me work, he was even half  thinking of putting me out to grass, then I`m bloody certain after watching me work that morning he got the message that I`m fitter and better than ever and there is no way I intend to hang up my boots just yet.  12 years old I may be, but 12 is just a number to me.  I love it up here, especially when Sue takes me over the moors, and there is no way yet that I intend to takes things easy just yet. So long as Richard makes sure that wherever he decides to race me this season, he looks for  fresh soft ground for me to race on, I know      I can still hold my own against […]

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An Amazing Horse

An Amazing Horse

At the time of writing this its only 48 hours since my old fella McGoldrick, now aged thirteen,  again ran his heart out when putting in an amazing performance to finish third in the Victor Chandler Chase on New Years Day. I would just like to comment as follows: The likes of  Kauto Star, Denman, Big Bucks etc. etc will all go on and win the best races and the big prizes, ie Order of Merit,  best racehorses of the year at the BHA Anglo IrishNational Hunt Annual Awards in May  etc., etc. They are true champions and thoroughly deserve their success. But wouldn`t it be great for the Sport of Jumps Racing if, at the Annual Awards Dinner, there was,  every now and again, as in the Oscars, Baftas etc., a special “Lifetime Achievement” award given to a horse such as Mister McGoldrick, who we know in his long career has fallen just that bit short of top class, but nevertheless has performed with great distinction, at the highest level for many years and given many, many thousands of people an enormous amount of pleasure watching him race in the sport we all love. Such a major  contribution to National Hunt racing deserves recognition by the BHA. What do you think?

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