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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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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FRUSTRATION… FRUSTRATION….AND YET MORE FRUSTRATION !!

FRUSTRATION... FRUSTRATION....AND YET MORE  FRUSTRATION  !!

December 2019 is proving to be an extremely frustrating month for myself and members of McGoldrick Racing. During October and November, things had got off to a steady, but promising enough start. Romeo Brown began his season with a very promising 2nd of 8 at Carlisle on the 17th Oct, finishing like a train to get within a length of the winner, only to get bogged down in a mud bath next time out, on the 2nd Nov at Wetherby  finishing a very tired 14th of 15. Lesson learnt…we won`t be subjecting Romeo to such testing conditions again…ever  !! After a short rest for Romeo to recover, we found a nice opportunity at Haydock on the 4th December. Quite well fancied, and with Thomas Dowson on board for the first time, we were optimistic of success. Our optimism was soon shattered however when Romeo tried to paddle through the 3rd hurdle and fell. It was a soft fall, but nevertheless, the word frustration came into use, and not for the only time either, as  events over the days ahead would prove.   Becky the Thatchers first two starts of the season were respectable enough, so we went to Carlisle on

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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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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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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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