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Becky so near to victory at Haydock 24th Nov `18

Becky so near to victory at Haydock 24th Nov `18

After the tragedy that befell Delusionofgrandeur at this track just eleven days earlier on 24th Nov, Micky Hammonds preference to send our Becky to Haydock instead of Sandown three days later, left me feeling somewhat uncomfortable. Mickys reasons though were logical enough, whereas mine were based on anger with Haydocks management decision to mess about with their fences at the previous meeting,which ultimately contributed to the death of our brilliant 8yo gelding. Haydocks management decision to revert back to how the fences were built pre 24th November, came as no surprise, but was too late, and no consolation for myself and members involved in the Delusionofgrandeur syndicate. It won`t be easy to find another like Delboy. Back to Becky`s race, a very competitive looking handicap which looked a hard race to win. Micky was hoping the 10 lbs allowance received by young Billy Garrity would serve us well on ground that was very soft and tiring. He was oh so nearly right. The race itself began at a decent pace, and our jockey couldn`t get Becky into the forward position he wanted. Indeed going down the back straight and 1ml 2f from home, Billy was hard at work, rowing away […]

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DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR DIES AFTER HAYDOCK FALL

DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR  DIES AFTER HAYDOCK FALL

Monday 26th November 2018 After my latest up beat post,  I`m so sad to report that our high class 8yo  3ml chaser Delusionofgrandeur collapsed and died this morning at Sue Smiths Craiglands Farm yard. After his horrific fall at Haydock on Betfair Day, it was hoped no serious damage had been done, but obviously we were wrong, and we await a vets report. Myself and members were gutted after being given the news. For such a small operation as ours, it was amazing to be involved with a horse that could…and probably would have gone on to greater things………”it was brilliant to be lucky enough to own a Saturday horse” was my favourite comment from one of my members. Not the time now to get involved with the ongoing debate regarding those stiff Haydock fences because my head  and heart have opposing views. So for now, all I can say is that my members and I,  in our own small, dedicated group, will be hard pressed to find another one as good as Delboy…thats for sure.    

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REFLECTIONS ON DELUSIONOFGRANDEURS HAYDOCK FALL 24th NOV `18

REFLECTIONS ON DELUSIONOFGRANDEURS  HAYDOCK FALL 24th NOV `18

It`s not every day me and my guys go racing rubbing their hands at the thought of  winning a big slice of the £50, 000 on offer in the 3ml 1f Betfair Exchange Chase, the last race on Haydocks Betfair Chase Day. And why not ? Five opponents, as follows   Captain Redbeard a horse we`d beaten before by 40 plus lengths …Vintage Clouds …a horse we`d beaten before…Taking Risks…a worry but a big step up in class here….Braqueur D`or ….not the best jumper as his form showed   and Buywise ….a 33-1 shot and not for nothing. Is it any wonder the 20-1 on offer for Delusion 48 hours before the race had cascaded down to him being a 5-1 shot just before the off. Before continuing, a little pre race anecdote, the relevance of which soon became aware during the race. Myself and members present were enjoying the excellent hospitality owners and trainers receive at Haydock, when yours truly, en route to ponder over the desserts on offer, crossed paths with Sue Smith. Usual niceties over, Sue then said something to me which I didn`t want to hear. Now I have always had a tendency to be a bag of […]

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Delusionofgrandeur season off to a steady start

Delusionofgrandeur season off to a steady start

Most members agree that Sue Smith never rushes her horses, and most need one or maybe two races to achieve something like peak fitness. This was the case when our fella began his season at Wetherby on 2nd Nov `18 over an inadequate distance of 2ml 3.5f in a 0-155 hcp and not surprisingly was sent off at odds of 20-1 and duly finished down the field. Nearly two weeks later, I quite fancied his chances of running a big race when we sent him to Bangor to race over a more suitable trip (3ml)  this time in a 0 – 150 hcp. With Jamie Moore on board for the first time, he ran a really good race in finishing 5th in what turned out to be a very hot race. Apart from being a bit sluggish with his jumping over the first three fences, he knuckled down, jumped well, and was not beaten far, and did enough  to show us he is going the right way. Indeed jockey Moore told those present he was running just as fast at the end of the race as he was at the start…..we took that as a compliment !!  but was not […]

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Quiet start to Beckys hurdling season

Quiet start to Beckys hurdling season

After her successful exploits on the flat at Pontefract, it was mission accomplished for Micky Hammond, as Becky became the 4th horse I think that Micky has trained to win the annual Pontefract Stayers series, so once Becky had accumulated an unassailable points lead, we agreed she would have a short break before getting stuck into a winter hurdling campaign, as mentioned in previous post. This began at Wetherby  on 17th Oct in a 3ml …yes 3 mile  0-140 hcp, with Micky of the opinion she would get the trip. Well she didn`t…..on this occasion anyway. Sean Quinlan said he thought coming into the straight we would be in the money, but she just did not get the trip, and we should return to her optimum trip 2ml 4f. She was still blowing quite hard  when we were discussing the race in the unsadddling enclosure, so perhaps she needed the race anyway. Fast forward to Wetherby again, this time the 17th Nov where Becky was declared for a 2ml 3.5 f hcp 0-135, but Sean Quinlan was needed by Jennie Candlish at Uttoxeter, Finian O`Toole was injured, so Micky suggested we give the ride to his new arrival Billy Garrity, […]

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Thanks to you all

Thanks to you all

Just to say a big thank you for all the kind messages I received following the death of my wife Johann after her long struggle with secondary breast cancer. After 42 years of marriage, such a massive loss has really knocked the wind out of my sails, and I must apologise for the enforced neglect of this website. However, Johann would not have wanted me to abandon my website for too long, as she knew I enjoy keeping my members and small band of followers up to date with events concerning McGoldrick Racing, so, with her blessing, I will endeavour to return to business as usual very soon. Richard

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Mission Accomplished for Becky at Ponty…but not quite how we planned it.

Mission Accomplished for Becky at Ponty...but not quite how we planned it.

Pontefract Thursday 20th September 2018. Quite a day really. Started off with high hopes of another big run from Becky, especially as the weather forecast was for heavy rain…which would suit us, but not many of the others, and would mean game, set and match for us regarding the Stayers competition Heavy rain duly arrived, which soon became torrential rain, the like of which I`ve never seen before on my many trips up and down the A1M, with the spray from HGV`s making it almost impossible to see the road ahead On arrival I was half expecting the meeting to be abandoned, but not so, and racing went ahead. Conditions though were so bad for the first two races that some horses were so unhappy racing in the horrendous prevailing conditions, they were virtually pulling themselves up, with jockeys powerless to control their mounts, some of which had decided this was over and above their call of duty, and thus voted with their feet. Mainly the Southern based horses of course….not the tougher, hardy types from up north. From Good to Firm to Heavy in 90 minutes …almost unheard of. Anyway by the time Beckys race was due to be […]

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BECKY THE THATCHER UPDATE

BECKY THE THATCHER UPDATE

If you refer to my previous post dated 27th June `18, you will read about Micky Hammond and his liking, or maybe obsession with winning  the annual Pontefract Stayers Championship. Not the greatest, or most prestigious event of the flat racing season, nevertheless, Micky has to be admired for his efforts to win this event each year (4 times now I think) especially as there is a nice pot paid to his loyal stable staff, as well as the winning owner(s) Anyway, for those of us who hate the flat racing season, Mickys determination to succeed with Becky, has caused most of us….me in particular, to be grateful to him for, despite Beckys track record after sixteen unsuccessful runs on the flat,  having the belief she would be good enough to tackle, and win the PSC  (Pontefract Stayers Championship) for which she is now long odds on to succeed. So with his philosophy being  as soon as we achieve that unassailable lead in this said contest, then we can return to what we all believe will be her making, namely as a  currently rated 125 hurdler,  with our sights set on success in some decent 3ml hurdle races in the […]

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Becky so close to 3 out of 3

Becky so close to 3 out of 3

Four months ago, most would have thought when comparing Becky the Thatchers FLAT form stats of sixteen runs without a win, to her three  wins from nine races over hurdles , there would be only one route to follow. But the Pontefract Stayers Championship Series on the flat was very much in Micky Hammonds mind. Eight flat races run between April and October each year, ALL over distances in excess of 2mls. Micky won this quite prestigious competition in 2017 with his Tuscan Dawn, the prize money on offer being  £1,500 EACH to the owner(s) trainer, and, most importantly as far as Micky is concerned, to his STABLE STAFF which he sees as a much deserved bonus for their hard work and loyalty.. So despite Beckys much superior form over hurdles, he believed she could well be his best chance of repeating his 2017 Pontefract success. So, after assurances to myself and members that hurdling will definitely be the future for our 5yo. we  agreed to let him have a go with Becky. Now, amazingly, after leg 4 of the Pontefract series (2nd leg abandoned through flooding) Beckys stats show results of 2nd…1st…2nd which puts us nicely at the top […]

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Becky delights members…and punters…with another impressive performance

Becky delights members...and punters...with another impressive performance

After sixteen unsuccessful attempts, it was a delight to see Becky seriously impress the public and Racing press with her win at Carlisle on the 21st May. PJ McDonald rode a great race with his waiting tactics, and more of the same was eagerly awaited for her return to Pontefract  three weeks later. But our `more of the same` plans were disrupted when we found out PJ was injured and would not be fit to ride our Becky. So much for continuity !! Franny Norton was subsequently booked….if he`s good enough for Mark Johnston, he`ll do for me was my eventual reaction after recovering from the disappointment of losing PJ. In the parade ring, Becky looked stunning as her number one fan Aiden walked her round in the evening sunset. Her odds were shortening all the time due to Tom Tates Waiting for Richie being withdrawn earlier in the day. The way Toms 5yo bay gelding won a decent race at York recently , it was pretty obvious to me, that would have been the one to beat. THE RACE Credit to our jockey Franny Norton for giving her a peach of a waiting ride, but had to hold his […]

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