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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    

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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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