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Blaster Yeats going the right way

Blaster Yeats going the right way

New picture of Blaster. Hexham Friday 8th Nov. With a 2-7 fav in the field of ten runners, it was obvious our chances of Blaster winning were slim. So a decent run was what we wanted, and is what we got. He hurdled well enough and stayed on pleasingly, which was probably why the first thing Danny Cook said after dismounting was…”he`s a 3 miler …definitely a 3 miler for the future.” My post race thoughts reminded me of something the Trainer Jane Williams said to me at the time we purchased Romeo Brown from her, namely that Yeats progeny are either big strapping 3ml Chaser types, or smaller, more athletic hurdling sorts. Blaster definitely falls into the latter type, as was obvious when he was walking round the parade ring….for now anyway. He`s only 4yo ….still a baby really, and hes got some growing to do, but the risk anyone takes when buying a racehorse on breeding only, even at this embryonic stage of his career, appears to be  proving once again we have got a real bargain basement purchase with this horse, who, in time, will provide us guys with plenty of thrills and excitement in the months

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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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THE NEW SEASON IS UNDER WAY

THE NEW SEASON IS UNDER WAY

Nearly six months have passed by since our last runner, enabling members to hibernate for the summer, then crash, bang, wallop, and we have three runners in five days to herald the start of the 2019 / 2020 McGoldrick Racing season. It turned out to be a satisfactory start for our three horses, and bearing in mind each of our trainers cautious comments beforehand, there was nothing to be disappointed about. Our first horse to open the batting was, BECKY THE THATCHER        Wetherby 16th October 2019 Micky Hammond had hoped to run Becky in the 7th of the 8 stayers races at Pontefract on the flat, Monday 7th Oct., but the meeting was abandoned due to the course being waterlogged, and so we decided to go to Wetherby on the 16th in a 3ml Class 3 0-140 hcp. Her performance was well summed up by the RP. Prominent, led after 4 out, ridden and headed 3 out, remained close up until weakened run-in An excellent pipe opener from Becky then, after which we can now look for something far more suitable for her. She really is such a genuine horse. Her handicap rating was reduced from 134

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WE ARE A SMALL NH SYNDICATE BUT JUST TAKE A LOOK AT OUR STATS

WE ARE A SMALL NH  SYNDICATE BUT JUST TAKE A LOOK AT OUR STATS

Including myself, McGoldrick Racing currently has just TWELVE members spread across the North of England. *West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Durham, Cheshire and Nottinghamshire. *We are ALL  National Hunt fanatics and we will never have more than FOUR horses within the group *We believe less is more, and when you take a look at the stats below relating to our latest FIVE horses, perhaps you will understand why…….   FILL THE POWER    trained by Sue Smith, retired in 2016 as a 13yo Stats  won FIVE races……………total earnings  £57, 273   DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR trained by Sue Smith, an 8yo who sadly died at his peak after a crashing fall at Haydock Nov`18. Stats   won SEVEN races…………total earnings  £60,348   BECKY THE THATCHER  trained by Micky Hammond, a 6yo prolific winner Stats   won  SEVEN races……….total earnings to date   £55,950 and still only 6yo   ROMEO BROWN trained by Phil Kirby 5yo with 2 wins from 4 over hurdles Stats   Two wins from only 4 hurdle races   total earnings to date  £15,256  great start, only 5yo   BLASTER YEATS trained by Sue Smith   unraced 4yo gelding by Yeats ready to run in October. One share available   SEVEN ARCHES trained by Sue

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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,

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Watch full coverage of Beckys Pontefract victory

Watch full coverage of Beckys Pontefract victory

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m41ATlD8gyU[/embedyt] 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

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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    

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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 [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_WmkQLdbaU[/embedyt]    

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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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