Email: info@mcgoldrickracing.co.uk | Mob: +44 (0)7958 551 089
Racing Syndicate

Archive for 2019

A Big Welcome to our latest 4yo purchase

A Big Welcome to our latest 4yo purchase

The first few paragraphs you read below may make you think that Richard is losing the plot. Read on my trusty follower, and all will be revealed. Derek Macintosh Bates was an English explosives and demolition expert, and raconteur. He became well known as BLASTER BATES for the following reasons. During the 60s 70s and 80`s he made a series of recordings, recounting his bizarre and funny experiences from his long demolition career, and also tales of his hobbies which were motorcycling, hunting and shooting. He was also much in demand as an after dinner speaker because of his colourful language…for example the tale of the farmers septic tank he was hired to clear out using explosives. An episode Bates described as “The big shower of s*** over Cheshire” He was also known for carrying sticks of explosive in his pockets, even producing them whilst giving testimony in trials, to the horror of the Court. So you may ask what the hell has all this got to do with our newly acquired 4yo gelding by YEATS, the latest horse to be purchased by Harvey Smith for McGoldrick Racing. The answer is that by using a very clever play on words, […]

Read more

Watch full coverage of Beckys Pontefract victory

Watch full coverage of Beckys Pontefract victory

Thanks to Racing TV I received an excellent video from them as a memento of Beckys recent Pontefract success, which includes pre race comments from Peter Naughton, followed by the race itself, and finally the post race plaudits for Beckys efforts. There is also the dreaded interview, during which I should have given the syndicate and its members a nice plug, but it didn`t happen. Instead you got the old 2008 Mister McGoldrick story about me deciding not to go, then changing my mind at the last minute. Peter Naughton has always been a big fan of the old horse, and I appreciate the fact he always says nice things about us whenever we have a runner and he`s on duty. Richard

Read more

What a STAR our 6yo Becky has become

What a STAR our 6yo Becky has become

Well its taken a while for our Becky to blossom, but boy what a star she has become for members of McGoldrick Racing Great credit goes to Micky Hammond for Beckys latest success, as, after her previous win over hurdles at Cartmel,  he then chose to exploit her low FLAT handicap rating 0f 66 by declaring her to run in one of the Stayers Series of races at Pontefract, a competition which Becky won last year. Peter Naughton, who was on duty for RTV was delighted with the result, saying whilst the other joint favourite Suegioo was quirky and temperamental, Becky the Thatcher was just the opposite… “Shes won 4 times over hurdles, and now 3 times on the flat, what a wonderful servant she hasbeen for McGoldrick Racing” And will continue to be so for many more seasons hopefully Peter. She`s only six, and, hopefully there will be lots more success to come, especially if she jumps fences as well as she jumps hurdles. But for now, Becky has been turned out in a large field for a well deserved back to nature break, leaving us members to reflect on how much improvement  there is to come    

Read more

Famous Horse….NOT so famous “Jockey”

Famous Horse....NOT so famous "Jockey"

Mister McGoldrick, now aged TWENTY TWO …and fit and well in his ambassador role at Pam and Kevins New Beginnings at Bishop Wilton, York …   www.nbhorses.org.uk    had a visitor recently, who was allowed the privilege of riding this famous horse for the very first time. Even though it was just a case of sitting on his back and my old fella ambling round the paddock, it was a great thrill for me. Thanks to Pam and Kevin. Richard    

Read more

Brilliant ride from Billy Garrity seals victory for Becky at Cartmel

Brilliant ride from Billy Garrity seals victory for Becky at Cartmel

Well it has to be said….that whilst Cartmel  is not exactly Cheltenham, its recipe for success has succeeded to such an extent that it is in the top five best supported racecourses in the UK, attracting many thousands at their three day meeting spread over the Whit Bank holiday. Its a holiday camp, its a fairground, its a tented village, lacking only in the voice of Gladys Pugh over the loudspeaker announcing, “good morning campers… Hi de Hi. Oh yes and its a racecourse too, but no sign either of Fred Quilley, the childrens riding instructor cum former jockey who hates kids !! But enough of Hi de Hi, best concentrate on the sport at Cartmel, which is always excellent and well supported by Owners and Trainers. Becky was in “good order” our trainer commented, but we both agreed it was time to change our tactics in order to address the frustrations after finishing a staying on second in her two recent races. A more prominent run was necessary and my goodness young Billy Garrity carried out his instructions to the last letter. Travelling well throughout in 2nd place, close behind the leader as per instructions, Billy pulled the trigger […]

Read more

Excellent Market Rasen run from Becky, but yet another frustrating 2nd

Excellent Market Rasen run from Becky, but yet another frustrating 2nd

Market Rasen 10th May 2019 Another fine performance from Becky in her latest run, and it was no disgrace in finishing second to a well handicapped horse in Gowiththeflow which had Cheltenham form. Beckys form figures  now read  2 flat race wins….3 hurdle race wins and ELEVEN  2nds overall. Yet again, this time at Market Rasen, Becky was seen to hit her usual flat spot approx 3 furlongs  out when the others kicked for home, and yet again she picked up well to pass horses readily, to have every chance at the last, and was cutting into Gowiththeflow and Mr De Boinvilles lead, but having had an easy uncontested lead throughout, the front running leader held on comfortably to win by half a length. Make no mistake though, Becky is one very decent horse, highly thought of in the Hammond yard, who has clocked up over £42 k in win and place money thus far…AND  has strengthened and grown so much that Novice Chasing will be very much on the agenda next season. In the meantime, we are looking at options at Cartmel, Hexham and perhaps Wetherby, before Becky is turned out, back to nature for a two months summer […]

Read more

Another good run from Becky at Hexham

Another good run from Becky at Hexham

Hexham Wed 15th April 2019 Whilst finishing second again, this time to the Skelton yards hotpot, theres no doubting that Becky always does her best, and in doing so, yet again, prompted the “another furlong and we`d have won ” comment from those present Frustrating to some extent yes, but many would wish they had a horse like her. Even Micky tells me I don`t appreciate how good a horse Becky is. He`s probably right…I just hate finishing 2nd…simple as that. What I am sure of though, is that, all being well, there`s plenty more to come from our Becky. One more race hopefully, before she will be turned out for the summer, with all sorts of options for her next season, even Novice Chasing.

Read more

Rusty return for Becky after 93 day break

Rusty return for Becky after 93 day break

Wetherby Wednesday 29th March 2019 Niggled at after the 4th………last and rousted along 5 out ………toiling….racing lazily…..jockey never gave up…….. eventually responded to pressure staying on nicely making up ground after the last to finish 5th…….came back hardly blowing. Come on Becky, pull your socks up. Will accept it was your first day back at school after a long break, but you can do much better I know, and that Mr Hammond will make sure you do. He`s already got a Plan A and a Plan B….both on the same day. Watch this space.

Read more

OUR ROMEO’S A FIGHTER……NOT A LOVER !!!!!

OUR ROMEO'S A FIGHTER......NOT A LOVER !!!!!

Carlisle Sunday 17th March 2019. Well, whatever was amiss at Doncaster in Romeos previous race, when, as reported, he came back looking tired, exhausted looking as though he`d raced more like 4mls than 2ml, I`m now  happy for it to be filed away in the unsolved mysteries drawer and forgotten about. Because at Carlisle on 17th March, in the Watch Racing on Racing TV Novices Hcp hurdle over 2ml 1f, on heavy going, any niggling doubts myself and members may have had after the Doncaster non event, went straight down the plug hole, as OUR Romeo gave us the performance of a gutsy fighter, as you can see for yourselves in the image below, as he  attacks, and dives at the final hurdle, makes a bit of a Carlisle cock of it, and lost ground to the Dorking Cock, who didn’t. But its well known that Yeats progeny have toughness on their side, and boy did Romeo prove it, as, under a brilliant, patient ride from Sean Quinlan, Romeo responded to Seans urgings, and, from the last hurdle, battled his way up the hill, made up the ground lost at the final hurdle, and got his head in front  just in […]

Read more

HE CAME BACK LOOKING AS THOUGH HE HAD RUN FOUR MILES

HE CAME BACK LOOKING AS THOUGH HE HAD RUN FOUR MILES

Early days yet for our latest syndicate horse Romeo Brown and members, but whilst I cant speak for the horse, myself and members present at Doncaster on Feb 20th were cautiously optimistic of a good run from our 5yo gelding following an encouraging start for us at Sedgefield the previous month. Our optimism and expectations however were short lived, as Romeo ran no sort of race, prompting comments such as, “he wasn`t the same horse I rode at Sedgefield” from jockey Sean Quinlan “I never expected that” from yours truly and others. But the most telling comment came from our honourable lady member from Sheffield. “Hes come back into the unsaddling enclosure awash with sweat, and looking as if he`s just run FOUR MILES”……….which indeed was very true, and proof enough for me that the race had been an over exertion for him and that something was amiss on the day. A phone call from the yard the following morning did not offer any clue or inkling as to something having been amiss, because Romeo had eaten up and was “absolutely fine.” Phil Kirby was also as perplexed as we were, so between us, he and I agreed…with apologies to William Shakespeare… […]

Read more