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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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Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo >>>>>>>>>

Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo >>>>>>>>>

An interesting headline you might think ?  weird maybe !  but please read on. Romeo is not the name of my missing cat, …..I don`t have a cat, neither have I become obsessed with the works of the great Bard. The simple answer is that after the sad demise of our flagship horse Delusionofgrandeur, I was given an instruction by my members to circumnavigate the UK in search of a horse to follow in the hoof steps of the great Delboy. Not an easy task. My search eventually led me to George Nympton. Who the hell you might ask is George Nympton ? The answer is George Nympton is not a person at all, it is the name of a small farming village in Devon, and is the home of husband and wife racehorse trainers Nick and Jane Williams, who just happen to own and train (in Jane`s name) a 4yo…now 5yo by the name of ROMEO BROWN. Romeo Brown is a 5yo gelding by Yeats, out of a mare called Santia(UK) and he has an unnamed unraced FULL 4yo brother that Harvey Smith bought at the sales at Doncaster in May last year. I asked Harvey how much it […]

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Becky so near to victory at Haydock 24th Nov `18

Becky so near to victory at Haydock 24th Nov `18

After the tragedy that befell Delusionofgrandeur at this track just eleven days earlier on 24th Nov, Micky Hammonds preference to send our Becky to Haydock instead of Sandown three days later, left me feeling somewhat uncomfortable. Mickys reasons though were logical enough, whereas mine were based on anger with Haydocks management decision to mess about with their fences at the previous meeting,which ultimately contributed to the death of our brilliant 8yo gelding. Haydocks management decision to revert back to how the fences were built pre 24th November, came as no surprise, but was too late, and no consolation for myself and members involved in the Delusionofgrandeur syndicate. It won`t be easy to find another like Delboy. Back to Becky`s race, a very competitive looking handicap which looked a hard race to win. Micky was hoping the 10 lbs allowance received by young Billy Garrity would serve us well on ground that was very soft and tiring. He was oh so nearly right. The race itself began at a decent pace, and our jockey couldn`t get Becky into the forward position he wanted. Indeed going down the back straight and 1ml 2f from home, Billy was hard at work, rowing away […]

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DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR DIES AFTER HAYDOCK FALL

DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR  DIES AFTER HAYDOCK FALL

Monday 26th November 2018 After my latest up beat post,  I`m so sad to report that our high class 8yo  3ml chaser Delusionofgrandeur collapsed and died this morning at Sue Smiths Craiglands Farm yard. After his horrific fall at Haydock on Betfair Day, it was hoped no serious damage had been done, but obviously we were wrong, and we await a vets report. Myself and members were gutted after being given the news. For such a small operation as ours, it was amazing to be involved with a horse that could…and probably would have gone on to greater things………”it was brilliant to be lucky enough to own a Saturday horse” was my favourite comment from one of my members. Not the time now to get involved with the ongoing debate regarding those stiff Haydock fences because my head  and heart have opposing views. So for now, all I can say is that my members and I,  in our own small, dedicated group, will be hard pressed to find another one as good as Delboy…thats for sure.    

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REFLECTIONS ON DELUSIONOFGRANDEURS HAYDOCK FALL 24th NOV `18

REFLECTIONS ON DELUSIONOFGRANDEURS  HAYDOCK FALL 24th NOV `18

It`s not every day me and my guys go racing rubbing their hands at the thought of  winning a big slice of the £50, 000 on offer in the 3ml 1f Betfair Exchange Chase, the last race on Haydocks Betfair Chase Day. And why not ? Five opponents, as follows   Captain Redbeard a horse we`d beaten before by 40 plus lengths …Vintage Clouds …a horse we`d beaten before…Taking Risks…a worry but a big step up in class here….Braqueur D`or ….not the best jumper as his form showed   and Buywise ….a 33-1 shot and not for nothing. Is it any wonder the 20-1 on offer for Delusion 48 hours before the race had cascaded down to him being a 5-1 shot just before the off. Before continuing, a little pre race anecdote, the relevance of which soon became aware during the race. Myself and members present were enjoying the excellent hospitality owners and trainers receive at Haydock, when yours truly, en route to ponder over the desserts on offer, crossed paths with Sue Smith. Usual niceties over, Sue then said something to me which I didn`t want to hear. Now I have always had a tendency to be a bag of […]

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Delusionofgrandeur season off to a steady start

Delusionofgrandeur season off to a steady start

Most members agree that Sue Smith never rushes her horses, and most need one or maybe two races to achieve something like peak fitness. This was the case when our fella began his season at Wetherby on 2nd Nov `18 over an inadequate distance of 2ml 3.5f in a 0-155 hcp and not surprisingly was sent off at odds of 20-1 and duly finished down the field. Nearly two weeks later, I quite fancied his chances of running a big race when we sent him to Bangor to race over a more suitable trip (3ml)  this time in a 0 – 150 hcp. With Jamie Moore on board for the first time, he ran a really good race in finishing 5th in what turned out to be a very hot race. Apart from being a bit sluggish with his jumping over the first three fences, he knuckled down, jumped well, and was not beaten far, and did enough  to show us he is going the right way. Indeed jockey Moore told those present he was running just as fast at the end of the race as he was at the start…..we took that as a compliment !!  but was not […]

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Quiet start to Beckys hurdling season

Quiet start to Beckys hurdling season

After her successful exploits on the flat at Pontefract, it was mission accomplished for Micky Hammond, as Becky became the 4th horse I think that Micky has trained to win the annual Pontefract Stayers series, so once Becky had accumulated an unassailable points lead, we agreed she would have a short break before getting stuck into a winter hurdling campaign, as mentioned in previous post. This began at Wetherby  on 17th Oct in a 3ml …yes 3 mile  0-140 hcp, with Micky of the opinion she would get the trip. Well she didn`t…..on this occasion anyway. Sean Quinlan said he thought coming into the straight we would be in the money, but she just did not get the trip, and we should return to her optimum trip 2ml 4f. She was still blowing quite hard  when we were discussing the race in the unsadddling enclosure, so perhaps she needed the race anyway. Fast forward to Wetherby again, this time the 17th Nov where Becky was declared for a 2ml 3.5 f hcp 0-135, but Sean Quinlan was needed by Jennie Candlish at Uttoxeter, Finian O`Toole was injured, so Micky suggested we give the ride to his new arrival Billy Garrity, […]

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Thanks to you all

Thanks to you all

Just to say a big thank you for all the kind messages I received following the death of my wife Johann after her long struggle with secondary breast cancer. After 42 years of marriage, such a massive loss has really knocked the wind out of my sails, and I must apologise for the enforced neglect of this website. However, Johann would not have wanted me to abandon my website for too long, as she knew I enjoy keeping my members and small band of followers up to date with events concerning McGoldrick Racing, so, with her blessing, I will endeavour to return to business as usual very soon. Richard

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