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Fill the Power Market Rasen Boxing Day `16

Fill the Power   Market Rasen   Boxing Day  `16

Whilst its true to say our young 10lbs claiming Robert Hogg worked his socks off, the indolent Fill the Power, as usual, did things his own way once again. If I went to the trouble of creating a list of Racecourses, factors and conditions required to ensure we got the best out of the old monkey, then Market Rasen wouldn`t have been on my “tick” list. A fast flattish track, which on Boxing Day seemed to be riding on the good side, saw the final stages of our chosen 3ml 3f hcp Chase being fought out at speed…yes even after 3ml 3f, with the winner Gonalston Cloud staying on best of all to win in an unusually tight finish for a race of such extreme distance, with less than 7 lengths covering the first 5 home. Except Gonalston Cloud wasn`t staying on best of all…no way. Even though we were out of the prize money, the horse that undoubtedly was staying on best of all was, guess who ?  that`s right, Fill the Power, who when I lost interest about half a mile from the finish to seek solace from the drinks cabinet, was tailed off, plum last, and miles […]

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A Very Happy Christmas To My Small Band of Followers

A Very Happy Christmas To My Small Band of Followers

A Merry Christmas to you all, and thanks for your continuing support, and I just hope our 2017 NH campaign will be a successful one. Best of luck to young Robert Hogg, who drew the short straw, and has to travel to Market Rasen on Boxing Day to partner Fill the Power in the 3ml 3f Lincoln National. Sue assures me Robert is one fit lad, as he`ll need to be if FTP is in anything like the sort of mood he was at Carlisle last time. But I am also assured that Robert, who is a regular partner for FTP on the home gallops, will be doing his damndest to get him fired up, and, with the aid of first time cheek pieces, who knows….maybe the partnership will work. Good luck to both.

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Becky can`t win without a jockey on her back

Becky can`t win without a jockey on her back

  Well, well, well,  talk about the ups and downs of NH racing. One day the euphoria of being in the winners enclosure, the next day an unseated rider at the first !!!! Musselburgh Wednesday 14th Dec 2016. All was going well….for the first ten seconds of the race anyway, after which an over enthusiastic Becky the Thatcher arrived at the first hurdle, stepped at it, stumbled on landing,  and bingo…..jockey Finn O`Toole was  unceremoniously dumped, and her unbeaten record went straight out of the window! Not a lot to say really, except perhaps her commendable enthusiasm needs to be kept under restraint in the early stages of her race, until she has jumped a couple of hurdles to get her eye in so to speak. Didn`t matter in her first race, because they crawled round for the first mile, and jumping was made easy, but this time it was reminiscent of the Grand National in the old days when the horses and riders went off so fast from the start, half of the field would fall at the first fence. Shame really, because Micky had her in good shape. Lets hope next time, lessons have been learned. In conclusion, […]

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Delusionofgrandeurs seriously impressive Catterick win

Delusionofgrandeurs seriously impressive Catterick win

Alright, its a far cry from Cheltenham, nevertheless the marauding southern yards of Warren Greatrex and Dan Skelton each  thought it well worthwhile to send up North their highly touted Novice Chasers One Track Mind and Work in Progress with a view to plundering decent prize money for a Tuesday afternoon at Catterick If they thought they were in for easy pickings, Sue Smith and stablemates Delusionofgrandeur and Vintage Clouds had other ideas. Obviously Mr Hemmings horse, on paper, had the better form figures this season, but our horse had been given two very stiff tasks for his first Chasing starts and ran creditably in both without troubling the judge. So we were hoping for improvement, but with Vintage Clouds again in opposition, as well as the contents of the two horse boxes from Lambourn and Warwickshire, myself and members present at Catterick were not exactly bursting with confidence. So the overall concensus was place money at best…..except PS that is !! The betting market suggested it was a two horse race, but from discussions in the parade ring, Sean Quinlan made it clear that he wouldn`t be hanging about. The flag came down and what followed was brilliant to […]

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Fill the Power Carlisle ….Sunday 11th Dec 2016

Fill the Power Carlisle ....Sunday 11th Dec 2016

This was a quick return to the Racecourse for FTP  after a lack lustre performance at Kelso seven days earlier, finishing 6th of 8 in a Veterans Chase. This time it was back to the scene of FTP`s last success over C and D at Carlisle in May 2015, and as it was a 0 – 125 hcp, off his then current mark of 122, we were hoping this was an easier test for him. So it was somewhat disappointing and frustrating, to say the least, to watch Danny Cook hard at work on Fill as soon as the starters flag came down !! Yet try as hard as he could, DC was always fighting a losing battle, as the horse was having none of it. Some sort of credit to FTP though as he did stay on through beaten horses to finish in 4th place, which paid expenses, but Danny Cook was not a happy bunny afterwards when he told us in the unsaddling enclosure,  “he will win when he wants to win, but he was just having none of it today.” The honorable syndicate member from Easingwold…wise old sod that he is, commented to Sues assistant Trainer (Harvey) […]

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Fill the Power finds it hard work at Haydock

Fill the Power finds it hard work at Haydock

This was, and always is for its grade, an extremely competitive race, and FTP found it tough going on his second race back from a 542 day absence. Most certainly the 3ml 4f trip on heavy ground would put his fitness to the test, but, sadly, the writing was clearly on the wall after just 2mls, when he began to slowly drop out of contention. Fast forward to the unsaddling enclosure after the race, where Danny Cook got off him and said….with beads of sweat dripping down his face….” he was having none of it, so I had to let him know that I was having none of it either”, thus, despite his hopeless position, DC did not give up. I`m not surprised he was dripping with sweat the way he kept urging on our 10yo, who, eventually began to stay on through beaten horse to finish 6th of 11, and it should be said that the jockey was blowing more than the horse after the race…and DC is one fit jockey, and  I`m glad to report they were both sound and ate up when they got back home. If, as is possible, FTP had become a little bit lazy […]

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Delusionofgrandeur begins his Chasing career

Delusionofgrandeur begins his Chasing career

For a start I was not in favour of the circumstances relating to DoG`s first race over fences, when, if he was going to win the race, he had to beat not only horses from other yards, but also his stablemate, Vintage Clouds..   It`s a sort of conflict of interests. But it happens, and Sues explanation was perfectly plausible, “very few ideal options for him, he was very much ready to race. and Haydock would serve as an ideal track for his first attempt at tackling fences in public.” The betting market was in no doubt as to which of the Smiths horses was the one to be on, and their judgement was spot on, though neither would have beaten the Nicholls horse on the day. However, despite finishing a distant 4th of 5, and being asked on numerous occasions since…”was I happy  with the performance” ….Harvey would say …”you`re never bloody happy” !!…. I have chosen to print below the comments of Timeform,  which, after reading them myself, brought a wry smile to my face. “Useful over hurdles, shaped as if needing the run after 9 months off and showed aptitude for chasing; close up, jumped fine, led third, […]

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Becky the Thatcher…..Now UNBEATEN over hurdles !!

Becky the Thatcher.....Now UNBEATEN over hurdles !!

A fantastic headline its true, and I am so pleased that, at long last, Becky has got the number 1 showing against her form figures, but the circumstances still puzzle me. In the race at Leicester for which she was originally entered, there were only FOUR entries, thus the race was re opened for 24 hours…..No further entries made. Then Leicester announced it had abandoned the fixture due to ground conditions. Shortly afterwards it was announced that the meeting had been hurriedly re arranged to take place on the same scheduled day at Musselburgh…so yet again the race was re opened for a further 24 hours which, amazingly, did not result in any further additions to the entries. With a £4,500 + pot for the winner, I was gobsmacked !  ….but not complaining. When the entries were eventually published I was even more gobsmacked. WHY ? Well, unlike some of my members within McGoldrick Racing, I do not class myself as a great student of form, but, without wishing in any way to be disrespectful to the three other horses in the race, these were their form figures Horse 1…unplaced in six races on the flat ….  first hdle race […]

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Perfect Jumps start for BTT

Perfect Jumps start for BTT

McGoldrick Racing’s three year old Mastercraftsman filly Becky The Thatcher (4/6f) is a 13 race maiden on the Flat but she wasted no time in getting off the mark over timber this afternoon, sprinting clear after the last to win the juvenile hurdle at Musselburgh on her jumping debut in the hands of Fin O’Toole.

None of her three rivals had previously shown much over hurdles so it’s hard to say what the form is worth, but Becky The Thatcher relished her new challenge, jumping really tidily if a little deliberately on a couple of occasions, she showed that she sees the trip out well and she really couldn’t have pleased us any more.

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Fill the Powers back in business……. well sort of !!

Fill the Powers back in business....... well sort of !!

It was a great pleasure to be able to travel, along with six members and guests, to watch and celebrate FTP`s return to racing after such a long, protracted absence of 542 days. We knew we faced a stiff task, and had the meeting been held at a racecourse in Cuckoo land, we might have been optimistic of a big result, but on a spring like afternoon at the end of October, we found ourselves in Carlisle for a 3ml 2f hcp chase which had attracted some pretty formidable opposition. This opposition had been known to us for almost 48 hours after declarations, and having realised the quality of the runners in the race, we were quite happy to resign ourselves to the fact that our beloved FTP had no b******g chance of winning, and the best we could hope for was to see if the enthusiasm to race was still there, and also whether or not he could remember how to jump a fence. He most definitely did NOT let us down. Timeforms assessment of FTP`s performance reads far more eloquently than anything your `umble servant could have come up with.  It was short and to the point. “After […]

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