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A trip too far for Becky

A trip too far for Becky

Haydock Saturday  23rd December 2017 It was alarm clocks set at crack o dawn for members as the off time for Beckys latest chosen race at Haydock was  11-55am…the first race on the card. We were all cautiously optimistic of another big run, but there were obvious doubts over the extra distance on such heavy ground. Both  turned out to be the determining factors in her finishing 4th, nevertheless, she ran an honest race which will help our future efforts to enable us to tick all the right boxes in order for her to win more races, which Becky is more than capable of doing. This latest was more of a tactical race with the heavy ground causing six jockeys to play a cat and mouse game, waiting for someone to make a move. The move came as the horses were about to turn into the straight, where our jockey ended up losing his place, and although Becky stayed on ok, the extra distance went against her, as did the sticky ground. Becky was fine after the race, and our good friend the handicapper has dropped  her 1lb down to 130 for that performance, so there will be plenty of […]

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Delusionofgrandeur and Sean Quinlan magnificent in defeat in Rowland Meyrick Chase

Delusionofgrandeur and Sean Quinlan magnificent in defeat in Rowland Meyrick Chase

I have to start by saying that after yesterdays Rowland Meyrick Chase, my emotions were so extremely raw, that part of me didn`t want to be the gentleman and sportsman in congratulating winning connections of the race. Indeed it was like having an evil twin brother…in other words, the dark side of me, which comes to the surface at times like this,  and in suffering defeat, cannot appreciate that yesterday NH Racing was seen at its very best in the running of the 2017 Rowland Meyrick Chase in front of an enormous crowd at Wetherby. Instead he wants to be the bad tempered, grumpy old sod who dwells on the “if only” or “what might have been” scenarios……..the bad loser that nobody has time for. However, after a strict telling off from the wife, plus a good nights sleep induced by a couple of large whiskeys, the evil twin brother syndrome has now gone, and for me its back to the season of good will to all men, including Dan Skelton !!! The Rowland Meyrick was a superb example of NH Racing at its very best, and Delusionofgrandeur was very much a major player in a race in which the […]

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Delusionofgrandeur makes it 4 from 4 at Catterick

Delusionofgrandeur makes it 4 from 4 at Catterick

This, in the end, was another excellent performance from our 7yo gelding, as he proved there were no ill effects from his efforts in the marathon Durham National at Sedgefield recently. It wasn`t all plain sailing though, because for the first mile DoG just could not get his jumping together, and made at least three howlers, and a couple more lesser mistakes, which prompted this observer to turn to members present and say…”its not going to be our day today lads” Whether or not this flawed jumping was because he was being distracted by being upsides Jovial Joey for the first half of the race I`m not sure, but once DC set out on the final circuit and kicked on to go three lengths clear, he was out on his own, his jumping became faultless, and, from then on, never really looked like being caught, and DoG won easing down to give us our fourth successive win at Catterick, which, by anyones standards is no mean achievement. DoG  was none the worse for his efforts and he was bucking and kicking in Sues paddock the following morning. I honestly believe there`s a decent race(s) to be had with this fella, […]

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Brilliant Becky just loves hurdling

Brilliant Becky just loves hurdling

The word from Micky Hammond was he thought Becky would find it difficult to win carrying a weight of 12 st (less jockey allowance) against older, more experienced horses and on ground that was very testing. I think that was also the Bookmakers assessment of her chances as she opened at 16`s and rapidly drifted to 20`s ….25`s….28`s….and finally 33`s…. totally friendless in the market. I was also mindful of the task in front of Becky, and after relating trainers comments to my members, became progressively less confident, as, one by one, they were made aware of the perceived difficult task Becky was about to face, resulting in just my “loyalty” bet of £5 ew on her at 28-1. Others were not so lily livered, and took advantage of best odds guaranteed online, and profited nicely as a result. But what was about to unfold had nothing to do with SP`s. Finian O` Toole was given instructions to race midfield and…all being well, slowly make his move down the back straight. These instructions were carried out to perfection, and as the front horses turned for home, it was clear Becky was going as well as anything as Finn sat motionless, […]

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ITS RAINING WINNERS As Delusion and Becky both win their latest races

ITS RAINING WINNERS As Delusion and Becky both win their latest races

Due to frustrating WiFi problems involved with the installation of a new faster speed BT hub into my office, I have been unable, until now, to communicate updates on t`internet. Both BT and Sky struggled to resolve the problem, both blaming each other, but thanks to an intervention from a 3rd party, all is now well. My wife insists the world should be told who this third party person was, the one who suggested we try the old SKY cure for everything when a problem occurs, namely switch off  power at mains for 30 seconds…switch back on and usually all`s back to normal…..as indeed it was in this case. The third party was, as I`m sure you`ve guessed ,  Mrs Longley, my beautiful, modest wife !! Back to business then, and what a week its been for members of McGoldrick Racing. It began with an excellent victory for Delusionofgrandeur at Catterick Friday 24th Nov in the Class 3 3ml 1f , Go Racing in Yorkshire Hcp Qualifier at odds of 6-4. Then yesterday Wed 29th Nov at Wetherby, in the class 4 2ml 3f + hcp hurdle, members were ecstatic as Becky the Thatcher, carrying a welter burden of 12 […]

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Becky the Thatcher news

Becky the Thatcher news

Spoke to Becky the other day, and she, like me is proper p****d off with flat racing, so we`ve agreed to concentrate on her burgeoning hurdling career. Not surprising really, as she is rated a lowly 51 on the flat and 122 over hurdles, though I can understand Micky Hammonds logic in trying for a flat win off such a lowly mark, and even now, he still has one of those 2ml 2f flat races at Pontefract in mind for her at some point in the future. But for now, I`m delighted to say we have TWO options in mind for Becky. Plan A is at Market Rasen on Thursday 23rd Nov in a Mares only 2ml 5f hcp hurdle  0 – 120 for which we`ll get in off top weight of 12 st 3lbs which may just be enough to put us off, but it isn`t the strongest looking race, so will leave to Micky to decide whether its Market Rasen or Plan B which is a 2ml 4f hcp hurdle 0 – 120 at Wetherby the week after on Wednesday 29th Nov, which again, if we get a run, Becky would be off top weight. Watch this space.

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Delusionofgrandeur back to his favourite track Catterick

Delusionofgrandeur back to his favourite track Catterick

After a gutsy performance in the Sedgefield Durham National, Delusionofgrandeur is heading back to Catterick for his next race over a course and distance which he is still unbeaten  both over fences and hurdles…3 from 3 to be precise. He stayed the trip nicely at Sedgefield which gives us all sorts of options in races over extreme distances, but he does seem to love it round Catterick, and Sue has found a nice option for him in this 0 – 135 hcp with decent prize money on offer on Friday 24th November. DoG has had a nice three week break since his Sedgefield run, and is in good shape I`m told, so with rain forecast early in the week, the going could well be good to soft on race day which will do nicely thank you very much. Fifteen entered  which on inspection will mean we will be off 11st 12lbs, the same weight with which he dealt well enough at Sedgefield, so a big run is expected.  

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Becky the Thatcher ….Redcar Tuesday 7th Nov `17

Becky the Thatcher ....Redcar Tuesday 7th Nov `17

Apologies to my member for the late arrival of this post relating to Beckys latest run at Redcar. I suppose the most important factor was that she ran well and showed no ill effects from the soft palate operation she underwent after her last race. She will now go hurdling. As far as this latest race at Redcar though, having watched the replay numerous times, I don`t think Andrew Mullen will end up being  in line for the ride of the season award. The race was run  at a dawdle for well over a mile until it turned into a 3 furlong “sprint” in the home straight. Therefore, for a hurdling prospect like Becky, who we believe will stay 2ml 4f, why on earth did the jockey hold her up in the rear until the sprint began.      Sprinting is not her game !! She made up some ground and was not stopping at the end, and she ended up being beaten some 7/8 lengths. But surely, with the engine we know she possesses, why on earth did the jockey not to try and make more use of her by making the race a stamina test. It was a […]

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Starboard Watch lease terminated

Starboard Watch lease terminated

Sadly, our filly Starboard Watch has turned out to be a disappointment for members, producing only moderate performances at best, therefore, inevitably, the decision has been made to terminate our lease, and arrangements will be made for her to return to her owner. We wish her well.

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Pleasing run for Delusionofgrandeur on seasonal return

Pleasing run for Delusionofgrandeur on seasonal return

This was a nice opportunity for Delusionofgrandeurs come back race. The ground had been watered, and after Sue and Harvey had done their own `pitch inspection`they were happy for our fella to race, but it was not soft enough really for him. Add to that the trip was obviously too short for him to be seen at his best, nevertheless, he had a real good pipe opener, though his fencing was a bit rusty at times, and, to use the time honoured phrase which covers a multitude of excuses for not winning…he`ll come on for the race!! which indeed he will. I`ve asked Sue to have a look at a possible entry in the Durham National at Sedgefield on Thurs Nov 2nd., but whether 3ml 5f might be a bit too far too soon for DoG will be for Sue to decide. Nice to see our horse get a positive mention in Paul Fergusons NH “Horses to Follow book, and he`s not the only “expert” saying nice things about DoG`s prospects this season…which all makes pleasant reading for syndicate members  and myself. Feet firmly on the ground guys please.    

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