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Mr McGoldricks big send of

Mr McGoldricks big send of

It was a day of mixed emotions as Mister McGoldrick said farewell to his beloved Wetherby Racecourse and his legion of fans who turned up to wish him well. Mixed emotions yes…. Sadness at the thought of never being able to enjoy the spectacle of such a genuine horse…. racing and producing those prodigious leaps as he attacked his fences wherever and whenever he ran……always doing his best…. win or lose…. whatever the task. Relief because history will show his “innings” as being NINETY ONE races not out, and there won`t  be a 92nd race, or 93rd etc., where, especially in the last 2 seasons, the thought of a “one race too many scenario,” and having to live with the consequences afterwards, had increasingly played on my mind. He can now retire with honour, fit and well and unscathed after a long career in which he made so many admirers throughout the Country in general, but  the North of England  in particular. Finally happiness that Sue and I retired him at the right time AND place…..Wetherbys Boxing Day fixture….their biggest and best days racing of the season where McG won two Castleford Chases as well as SIX  other races, to return an impressive EIGHT wins out of his career total of FIFTEEN  at his favourite track. […]

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Mr McGoldrick Retirement

Mr McGoldrick Retirement

For those of you who don`t have the pleasure of having the Yorkshire Post delivered through your letterbox each morning, below is an excellent article from Tom Richmond, their Chief Sports Editor and  mega McGoldrick fan. Hope you enjoy reading it. Yorkshire Post Article Yorkshire’s most popular racehorse has been officially retired and will be paraded at Wetherby on Boxing Day. Owner Richard Longley spoke exclusively to Tom Richmond about the decision. It was a telephone call that Richard Longley, the man lucky enough to own the evergreen Mister McGoldrick, both expected and dreaded from the horse’s ever pragmatic trainer Sue Smith – the ‘pipe and slippers’ conversation. “She said ‘what do you think about retiring McGoldrick, and what about Wetherby on Boxing Day being the ideal stage to make it official’?” explained Longley as he weighed up the decision earlier this week. “We talked about the options, of which there were a few – options such as racing in an all age handicap off a mark of 133. I did a little bit of thinking; there would be horses, aged eight and nine, in their prime. By the time they were born, McGoldrick had already won two Castleford Chases. […]

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Mr McGoldrick to be retired

Mr McGoldrick to be retired

The decision has been made for Mister McGoldrick to be retired at Wetherbys Boxing Day meeting. Sue Smith phoned me about ten days ago to say it was time to seriously consider the right time to retire McG and she suggested Wetherbys Boxing Day meeting as an ideal time and place to officially end his career. My first reaction was that of shock and sadness, but it didn`t take long for  those feelings to turn to relief and contentment in the knowledge that this wonderful horse of mine had run his 91st and last race, and survived, unscathed to enjoy a long, active and happy retirement. I was very much aware that had we kept him going, his chances of winning a race aged 14/15 and off a handicap mark of 133 and taking on younger horses in their prime, was always going to be an extremely big ask, which prompted the unthinkable  thought in my mind of the one race too many scenario, and having to live with the consequences. Veterans races were therefore a preferred option in our plans to keep him racing, and a repeat of his 2010 success in the Huntingdon veterans race of 2011 was originally in our minds until we […]

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Mister McGoldrick Wetherby 28th October 2011

Mister McGoldrick Wetherby 28th October 2011

The form book will show that Mister McGoldrick, in his seasonal reappearance at Wetherby, was last of seven to finish in the Bet 365 2ml 4f Class 1 handicap for FOUR year olds and upwards…and upwards….and upwards in order  to accommodate my old fella who, now rising FIFTEEN, continues to belie his years with his genuine enthusiasm for jumping fences. From the horses perspective, he just loves to get out there and perform and at Wetherby he thoroughly enjoyed the experience of, yet again, jumping the SIXTEEN obstacles he faced with  undiminished  enthusiasm….breathtaking at times as he sees a stride,  stands off and provides superb action shot material for those photographers standing by the wings of the fences, and breathtaking also for young Shane Byrne who was in the saddle and who confessed on dismounting for it to be an absolute privilege to ride McGoldrick. But there are some who will have seen his race, some who will have just looked at the result in the newspaper and seen that Mister McGoldrick finished last of 7 finishers, beaten 30 lengths, and will say that his winning days are over, so why the hell don`t they retire him. TELL THAT TO MISTER MCGOLDRICK. He doesn`t get birthday cards telling him he`ll  be […]

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Fourteen Years Old and Keen as Ever!

Fourteen Years Old and Keen as Ever!

Throughout the summer I have received many emails from Mister McGoldricks  legions of followers asking if McG will race again. As many of you know, after his race at Cheltenham on New Years Day he came back with a slight leg injury. Nothing serious but Sue decided not to risk racing him again too soon, and as there weren`t that many opportunities once the desperate winter conditions had relented, Sue decided to give him plenty of time to fully recover and so he was despatched firstly to the paddocks and then the moors for his summer break. The decision as to whether or not  McG will race again has never been mine to make. Sue and Harvey adore my horse and quite simply they will be the ones McGoldrick will tell when he decides he`s ready for his pipe and slippers. The latest word from Craiglands Farm in a conversation on 10th August is that McG has been back in training for 6/7 weeks, he looks an absolute picture,  is just as strong, keen and enthusiastic as ever….the slight injury he carried has gone, and as long as he continues to take everyones breath away by the way he responds to his […]

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Mr McGoldrick – Out for the season

Mr McGoldrick - Out for the season

Due to a nagging foot injury it has been decided to abandon any hope or prospect of McG racing again this season. He is extremely well in himself but for a while has been slightly lame in a front foot.  Veterinary examinations have shown nothing seriously amiss with the old boy, but the fact is he`s not right….end of story. I had a long chat with Sue this morning and she is adamant it would be inappropriate at this stage to announce his retirement  because of his continuing, and seemingly endless enthusiasm for the job he does best. So he will, for the next few months, remain under the watchful eyes of Sue and Harvey, begin his summer holiday a bit earlier than usual, after which, if the foot problem has been resolved by time, rest and patience, he may well come under starters orders again in a veterans race towards the back end of this year. For those who may doubt the wisdom of postponing the decision of his retirement, needlessly prolonging the inevitable you might say,  let me say that Sue Smith thinks the world of McGoldrick , knows and understands him better than anyone, and I`m comfortable with leaving  McG`s racing future….if indeed […]

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Cheltenham 2011

Cheltenham 2011

Some of you have been emailing to ask if Mister McGoldrick will run in the Byrne Group Plate at the Festival meeting, the race which he won in 2008. The answer is no he won`t be there. An entry has been made but Sue and I discussed the situation and we agreed to abandon the idea. For my part it would have been great for him to run, but my reasons for him to go to the Festival would have been based on such things as sentiment and nostalgia whereas the real and proper reasoning for a decision to be made should be based on logic and common sense. At fourteen, and with nothing to prove to me, Sue or anyone else in the world of NH racing, it would be ill judged to expect him to compete at the highest level against younger horses, many of which were probably not even born when McG won his first hurdle race back in 1999/2000. No doubt he would go there and give his best, as he always has done, but even though my heart was uncertain, my head, in no uncertain terms was telling me to forget it, and whilst some may disagree, I […]

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Veterans Chase Doncaster Wed 23rd Feb 2010

Veterans Chase Doncaster Wed 23rd Feb 2010

Sue Smith has just phoned to say McG will NOT run in the veterans Chase at Doncaster next Wednesday 23rd Feb. A minor foot injury has not fully responded to treatment and he is still slightly lame so, disappointed as I am, deep down I was worried about the 3ml trip, a distance over which he has never won, and the likely prospect of one or two specialist 3 milers in the field. So its got to be que sera sera with McG and we`ll have to wait for another day for him. Disappointment is tempered by the fact that Sue has entered a McGoldrick substitute in the veterans race, a category of race into which Leac an Scail now falls, so lets hope he …..as a “young” veteran can bring a big smile to members of the Leac an Scail partnerships faces next Wednesday. Leac usually needs two or three races to get him fully wound up, so hopefully he`ll be there to run a big race for us next week

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