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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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SEVENTEENTH time lucky for Becky….and didn`t she do it well

SEVENTEENTH time lucky for Becky....and didn`t she do it well

Carlisle, Monday, May 21st 2018,  a day to remember for members of McGoldrick Racing as our 5yo Becky the Thatcher, AT THE SEVENTEENTH time of asking, proved she was more than capable of winning a race on the flat. Prior to this long overdue success on the flat,  loyal members had to endure  FOUR frustrating 2nds,  ONE 3rd, THREE 4ths and eight other attempts which are best not talked about. But the penny eventually dropped for Micky Hammond, who despite his belief in Becky being a decent hurdling prospect, was still beating himself up because of his  inability to find a flat race in which she would get her head in front. After three successes over hurdles, us members were quite prepared to abandon the flat in favour of her burgeoning career  down the NH route, but Micky was having none of it. After a 56 day break due to a minor injury, Beckys return to racing was a 2ml 4f hurdle at Ayr on the 10th March 2018, and in the heavy going up there, she ran no sort of race, and was pulled up. Heavy going was the prevailing weather forecast for quite some time afterwards, and by […]

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A Tough Season for Delusionofgrandeur as we look back and reflect

A Tough Season for Delusionofgrandeur as we look back and reflect

Delusionofgrandeur began his 2017 / 2018 NH season off a mark of 136, and, after his final race of the season at Cheltenham on Wednesday April 18th ended on 141. Sandwiched in between were performances which reflected the step up into much better company, including….let me pinch myself first before I say it….a run in the greatest horse race in the world…the Aintree Grand National. There was also Wetherbys biggest race of the season on Boxing Day, namely the Rowland Meyrick Chase, which proved to be a damned sight tougher task than ALL of his three wins in the previous season at Catterick (twice) and Wetherby, and indeed his first, and only win of the current season, again at Catterick in Nov`17. In the Rowland Meyrick carrying 11st 2lbs he looked all over the winner when taking the lead over the last fence, but was just touched off a head and a neck by Get on the Yager and Sues other horse in the race Wakanda. So near yet so far from a big race win, the result of which was deemed good enough to crank his mark up to a personal best of 144. Opinions varied afterwards as to just […]

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Becky runs a blinder at Ponty but still ends up a maiden on the flat

Becky runs a blinder at Ponty but still ends up a maiden on the flat

After FIFTEEN attempts by our Trainer to get Becky to lose her maiden tag,  Micky Hammond thought he had found the ideal opportunity for her to improve her CV by managing to get her head in front, for once, where it matters. This time it was the marathon 2ml 5f  Class 5 handicap at Ponty, Monday 23rd April `18. Sixteen races on the flat over EIGHT different distances the stats show. Available at 12-1 the night before, it seemed many punters had latched on to the fact Becky was a seriously well handicapped horse for this race, and the money came for her in lumps as she was backed down from 12`s to 5-1 2nd fav just before the off. The money didn`t come from McGoldrick Racing members that`s for sure……………..well maybe with one exception !!   nevertheless we were hopeful the money was well placed. Fast forward to the final furlong of the race, and, what we were thinking was a beautifully timed run from Paul Hanagan turned out to be another frustrating near miss Second again !!! I bloody well hate finishing second, especially being beaten by such a small margin. But thats what the stats will forever show. […]

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We could dream the dream………….with just 24 hours notice

We could dream the dream.............with just 24 hours notice

DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR  AINTREE GRAND NATIONAL MARCH 14th 2018 Despite the odds being stacked up against us even getting a run in the Randox Health Grand National of 2018, the last minute defections of  5/6 horses got us into the race we believed we were destined to be balloted out of. Consequently, its true to say that myself and other  McGoldrick Racing members shown in the featured image taken at a freezing cold Musselburgh in 2017, ended up with less than 24 hours notice to get our heads round the fact we would actually be taking part in the worlds greatest horseracing event, the Aintree Grand National. One minute we were watching the race at home…next minute we were in the parade ring at Aintree These last minute equine defectors caused mayhem amongst the connections of the horses deemed as “reserves” and in the end, there were only 38 runners from a permitted field size limit of 40. The system is already under review and will be changed, but that will be no consolation to Trevor Hemmings, whose Vintage Clouds ended up being ready, willing and in the end able to run, but because of the imposed deadline systems, was not permitted. […]

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Delusionofgrandeur Haydock Sat 31st March `18 plus Grand National news

Delusionofgrandeur Haydock Sat 31st March `18 plus Grand National news

All things considered, we have to be happy with Delusions performance in the £50k Challenge Final at Haydock, Sat 31st March. The horrible ground, the last thing we wanted, made the 3ml if + trip a real serious test of stamina, and bearing in mind the winner was receiving 12 lbs from us, and the 2nd 21 lbs, our fella ran a blinder to finish a tired, but honourable 3rd. Given better underfoot conditions, even with his big weight, I`m certain the result would have been different. He finished tired, and the worry was he may have taken too much out of himself in advance of the Grand National, but any doubts were soon put to bed when Sue phoned the following morning to say he was bucking and kicking and rolling about in the muddy paddock, “happy as Larry”she said…so all was well. So now, after initially being resigned to what seemed a very slim chance of getting in at Aintree, the steady stream of horses being scratched over the last 2/3 weeks has put us in with a very realistic chance of lining up in the race after all, and the butterflies have now begun to flutter by. […]

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Becky the Thatcher

Becky the Thatcher

Well, well, well,   I have finally come to terms with the fact that it really happened….it wasn`t a bad dream after all, and it actually was our Becky we were watching in the 4.30 race at Musselburghs last meeting, as she went into the McGoldrick Racing Book of Records for producing the worst ever performance by far, of any of the 18 or so horses that have raced in our colours over the last twelve years. I find it quite amusing now, but at the time, to have to listen to the Course commentators words…. ” and finally, in last place, but still continuing… somewhere out there is Becky the Thatcher” !!!  was hard to take. But he was right !!!  After the first half furlong of the race, Becky was at least 10 lengths behind the rest, and it was all downhill from then on as she disappeared from the cameras view, until we were told afterwards she had been pulled up. I think Micky Hammond to be fair, was just as flabbergasted as all of us were, as he struggled to find any sort of excuse, …other than offering the almost unraceable ground conditions as a possible explanation. […]

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