NEWCASTLE Bumper well worth the journey

NEWCASTLE Bumper well worth the journey

After all the disappointments of Romeos last five races   14th of 15…fell…fell…5th of 6….pulled up, it was extremely encouraging to see Romeo running a half decent race on Newcastles last minute arranged Bumper / Jumper card on Friday 21st Feb. I had seen the card, as had our member from Keighley, and both were of the same opinion that it was worth having a look. Great minds thought alike in this case as Phil Kirby had also pencilled in Romeo for one of these Bumper races as an excellent way of beginning the upward curve in Romeos performances members were desperate to see. And it worked out very well, as on a cold, wild and windy afternoon with hardly any racegoers present, and not even the big screen vehicle in attendance, Romeo raced enthusiastically to finish a highly respectable 2nd, beaten one length by an unfancied 16-1 Rebecca Menzies gelding, which, cometh the day, won`t be beating us again. The race I`m sure will have done Romeo a lot of good, and members too. Sean Quinlan was also delighted with the run, as was Phil Kirby who, after watching the race at Huntingdon where he also had runners, phoned to

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Disbelief as results go from bad to worse

Disbelief as results go from bad to worse

Back in October 2019, all members were eagerly looking forward to the season ahead with Romeo Brown and Becky the Thatcher having flown the flag big style for us in the previous season. Add to that the addition of Blaster Yeats, who looked a shrewd purchase,  giving us three horses to start  the current 2019 / 2020 NH season. Fast forward to today, the 4th Feb 2020, and yours truly plus members are completely shell shocked and left wondering just how much worse can things get. Why ?     read on…. Becky started the ball rolling with a nice 5th of 16 opening effort at Wetherby on 16th Oct `19 over a distance (3mls) which we suspected would test her stamina. Next day Romeo Brown ran a blinding first race of the season at Carlisle when a fast finishing second over 2ml 4f which augured well for the season ahead. Three days later, our new kid on the block Blaster Yeats ran his first race under rules at Sedgefield in a 2ml Maiden event at Sedgefield, finishing a very promising 4th of 12. Blaster then went on improving  by running an excellent 3rd on 8th Nov at Hexham and an

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ROMEO Passes the hurdling test

ROMEO Passes the hurdling test

CATTERICK THURSDAY  9th JAN 2020 With his latest 3 form figures reading OFF  its not surprising the majority of us were just hoping for a clear round from Romeo Brown on his first visit to Catterick. Sean Quinlan was booked to ride. Earlier on in the week, Phil Kirby had said ..(his yard is only 2mls from Catterick Racecourse) that the ground was drying up fast and he would consider not declaring Romeo unless there was rain, Good to Soft would be perfect he said. Well Phil got his rain, a real deluge overnight, which, as a result, caused the Stewards to change the going to Soft. However, jockeys in earlier races were describing the ground as “horrible” and consequently, when the final race on the card was about to be run….Romeos race, with the ground churned up and now worse than horrible, my thoughts went back to the mudbath at Wetherby on the 2nd Nov `19 when a miserable and dejected Romeo trailed in 14th of 15 on ground barely raceable. Not quite as bad at Catterick, but bad enough for members present to have serious doubts about the prospect of a big race from Romeo. True enough, the

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Romeo Brown not happy in Wetherby mudbath

Romeo Brown not happy in Wetherby mudbath

The less said about Romeos performance at Wetherby on Charlie Hall Chase day the better. Except to say that if we expect Romeo to do his best for us, then its incumbent on us to ensure we do our best for him. We thought we had, but unfortunately, the weather decided it was going to have the final say, and at approx 1.00pm it began to rain and rain and rain some more, and as a result, when the 4-10pm last race on the card off time came, and the starters flag came down, with the ground at its very worst, fifteen brave horses set out on their 2ml 4f journey. Horses who raced prominently didn`t get the kick back, (the winner Mister Scrumpy was always prominent) but others suffered and after 2mls  most became unrecognisable to those following the race on the big screen as racing silks all became the same muddy black colour. Consequently Romeo, and many others looked very sad sights as they struggled to get to the lollypop. Post race comments from Romeos regular jockey Sean Quinlan, the repeatable ones anyway, were, “that was nothing like the horse I rode last time at Carlisle”, and “I

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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

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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…

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Romeo…..A Members View

Romeo.....A  Members View

As mentioned in my earlier post, Russell, the honourable McGoldrick member from Mansfield, agreed to put his own thoughts into words regarding Romeo Brown, our latest, and most expensive purchase thus far, and his first race in our famous McGoldrick  colours. Hope you enjoy sharing Russells views / comments on our latest big day out. “I had been waiting with great excitement and anticipation for our new young horse Romeo Brown to make his debut for McGoldrick Racing.  After watching him work on Phil Kirby’s splendid gallops the previous week, it was a case of his debut could not come too soon. Finally the big day arrived, at Sedgefield, the course where I had my first ever winner, so that was a very positive sign, and the day did not disappoint.  First though,we had to endure the drama of the dreaded early morning inspection, first one at 8am, then put back to 9am and then 10.30 before we got the green light and racing was on. By that time myself and my fellow member John from Farnsfield had reached Wetherby on our journey along the A1 from deepest Nottinghamshire, so it was with great relief that we did not have

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Romeo whets our appetite on debut.

Romeo whets our appetite on debut.

With  members newly assembled and smiling to you all above, we travelled to Sedgefield hoping to see evidence that Romeos debut would show our money had been well spent. The usual dilemmas at this time of year had inevitably cropped up beforehand, mainly ground conditions and imminent forecasts of snow and ice, hence two other entries were also considered at Wetherby and Kelso. Phil decided to settle for the Kelso option, fully aware it would be unlikely we would beat the Ellison horse Windsor Avenue, a highly rated prospect within the Ellison yard. So it was reasonable to assume that the chosen race would be more of an assessment, and less of a winning opportunity. And what we saw was an excellent run from Romeo considering the following facts; We were carrying a weight penalty For a horse described as being “not the biggest but very athletic” it was very difficult for an athlete to be seen at his best under the prevailing gluey good to soft conditions, with wide finishing margins from first to last throughout the card. In with a decent chance of finishing close to the winner and second at the top of the hill, our fella,

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Romeo Brown has settled in well

Romeo Brown has settled in well

Just a brief update to keep my small, but growing band of followers informed,that Romeo Brown has now been at Phil Kirbys yard at East Appleton in North Yorkshire for almost two weeks and has settled in nicely to his new surroundings. I recently went up to meet Phil and see our latest acquisition for the first time, and I was not disappointed. Phil had earlier told me over the phone that Romeo was very fit when he arrived from Jane Williams yard in Devon, and judging from what I saw when watching him gallop, “very fit” was an understatement. From this admittedly untrained eye, Romeo seemed to glide up the gallops effortlessly, and hardly broke sweat. We need to find a race for him said Phil, and entries have been made for Romeo in Novice Hurdles at Sedgefield on Mon 21st Jan, Kelso on Tues 22nd Jan and Wetherby on Thurs 24th Jan. Right now as I publish this post, it would appear the weather may be instrumental in deciding which will be the best option. I just hope Racing is not affected too much. So with syndication fully complete,  including two new members joining existing members of McGoldrick

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