Tragic news as Becky the Thatcher is put down

Tragic news as Becky the Thatcher is put down

So desperately sad to report that our beautiful 7yo mare Becky the Thatcher has been put down as a result of a recurring problem involving displacement of her colon. No need to go into great detail, except to say we all knew Becky had not been performing to her usual high standard this season, and was being treated for colic and colitis. Eventually, after being diagnosed with having a displaced colon, Becky was operated on, but shortly afterwards her colon flipped through 180 degrees again, and we knew we were in trouble. The situation was discussed with Phil Cramp,  Chief Vet at Hambleton Equine Clinic, and, because Becky was in constant pain, the advice was either further surgery with major risks, or to have her put to sleep. Becky proved to be the ideal horse for a small syndicate such as McGoldrick Racing. Always did her best as her stats will forever show. Total runs under rules 43  (22 flat..21 hurdles) wins SEVEN, 2nds ELEVEN, 3rds ONE       a 44%  win and place ratio to runs. Her earnings grossed at £57, 831, to which a further £5,000 can be added for her winning the Pontefract  Stayers Championship 0f 2018.

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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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