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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Mission Accomplished for Becky at Ponty…but not quite how we planned it.

Mission Accomplished for Becky at Ponty...but not quite how we planned it.

Pontefract Thursday 20th September 2018. Quite a day really. Started off with high hopes of another big run from Becky, especially as the weather forecast was for heavy rain…which would suit us, but not many of the others, and would mean game, set and match for us regarding the Stayers competition Heavy rain duly arrived, which soon became torrential rain, the like of which I`ve never seen before on my many trips up and down the A1M, with the spray from HGV`s making it almost impossible to see the road ahead On arrival I was half expecting the meeting to be abandoned, but not so, and racing went ahead. Conditions though were so bad for the first two races that some horses were so unhappy racing in the horrendous prevailing conditions, they were virtually pulling themselves up, with jockeys powerless to control their mounts, some of which had decided this was over and above their call of duty, and thus voted with their feet. Mainly the Southern based horses of course….not the tougher, hardy types from up north. From Good to Firm to Heavy in 90 minutes …almost unheard of. Anyway by the time Beckys race was due to be

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BECKY THE THATCHER UPDATE

BECKY THE THATCHER UPDATE

If you refer to my previous post dated 27th June `18, you will read about Micky Hammond and his liking, or maybe obsession with winning  the annual Pontefract Stayers Championship. Not the greatest, or most prestigious event of the flat racing season, nevertheless, Micky has to be admired for his efforts to win this event each year (4 times now I think) especially as there is a nice pot paid to his loyal stable staff, as well as the winning owner(s) Anyway, for those of us who hate the flat racing season, Mickys determination to succeed with Becky, has caused most of us….me in particular, to be grateful to him for, despite Beckys track record after sixteen unsuccessful runs on the flat,  having the belief she would be good enough to tackle, and win the PSC  (Pontefract Stayers Championship) for which she is now long odds on to succeed. So with his philosophy being  as soon as we achieve that unassailable lead in this said contest, then we can return to what we all believe will be her making, namely as a  currently rated 125 hurdler,  with our sights set on success in some decent 3ml hurdle races in the

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Becky so close to 3 out of 3

Becky so close to 3 out of 3

Four months ago, most would have thought when comparing Becky the Thatchers FLAT form stats of sixteen runs without a win, to her three  wins from nine races over hurdles , there would be only one route to follow. But the Pontefract Stayers Championship Series on the flat was very much in Micky Hammonds mind. Eight flat races run between April and October each year, ALL over distances in excess of 2mls. Micky won this quite prestigious competition in 2017 with his Tuscan Dawn, the prize money on offer being  £1,500 EACH to the owner(s) trainer, and, most importantly as far as Micky is concerned, to his STABLE STAFF which he sees as a much deserved bonus for their hard work and loyalty.. So despite Beckys much superior form over hurdles, he believed she could well be his best chance of repeating his 2017 Pontefract success. So, after assurances to myself and members that hurdling will definitely be the future for our 5yo. we  agreed to let him have a go with Becky. Now, amazingly, after leg 4 of the Pontefract series (2nd leg abandoned through flooding) Beckys stats show results of 2nd…1st…2nd which puts us nicely at the top

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Becky delights members…and punters…with another impressive performance

Becky delights members...and punters...with another impressive performance

After sixteen unsuccessful attempts, it was a delight to see Becky seriously impress the public and Racing press with her win at Carlisle on the 21st May. PJ McDonald rode a great race with his waiting tactics, and more of the same was eagerly awaited for her return to Pontefract  three weeks later. But our `more of the same` plans were disrupted when we found out PJ was injured and would not be fit to ride our Becky. So much for continuity !! Franny Norton was subsequently booked….if he`s good enough for Mark Johnston, he`ll do for me was my eventual reaction after recovering from the disappointment of losing PJ. In the parade ring, Becky looked stunning as her number one fan Aiden walked her round in the evening sunset. Her odds were shortening all the time due to Tom Tates Waiting for Richie being withdrawn earlier in the day. The way Toms 5yo bay gelding won a decent race at York recently , it was pretty obvious to me, that would have been the one to beat. THE RACE Credit to our jockey Franny Norton for giving her a peach of a waiting ride, but had to hold his

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SEVENTEENTH time lucky for Becky….and didn`t she do it well

SEVENTEENTH time lucky for Becky....and didn`t she do it well

Carlisle, Monday, May 21st 2018,  a day to remember for members of McGoldrick Racing as our 5yo Becky the Thatcher, AT THE SEVENTEENTH time of asking, proved she was more than capable of winning a race on the flat. Prior to this long overdue success on the flat,  loyal members had to endure  FOUR frustrating 2nds,  ONE 3rd, THREE 4ths and eight other attempts which are best not talked about. But the penny eventually dropped for Micky Hammond, who despite his belief in Becky being a decent hurdling prospect, was still beating himself up because of his  inability to find a flat race in which she would get her head in front. After three successes over hurdles, us members were quite prepared to abandon the flat in favour of her burgeoning career  down the NH route, but Micky was having none of it. After a 56 day break due to a minor injury, Beckys return to racing was a 2ml 4f hurdle at Ayr on the 10th March 2018, and in the heavy going up there, she ran no sort of race, and was pulled up. Heavy going was the prevailing weather forecast for quite some time afterwards, and by

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Becky runs a blinder at Ponty but still ends up a maiden on the flat

Becky runs a blinder at Ponty but still ends up a maiden on the flat

After FIFTEEN attempts by our Trainer to get Becky to lose her maiden tag,  Micky Hammond thought he had found the ideal opportunity for her to improve her CV by managing to get her head in front, for once, where it matters. This time it was the marathon 2ml 5f  Class 5 handicap at Ponty, Monday 23rd April `18. Sixteen races on the flat over EIGHT different distances the stats show. Available at 12-1 the night before, it seemed many punters had latched on to the fact Becky was a seriously well handicapped horse for this race, and the money came for her in lumps as she was backed down from 12`s to 5-1 2nd fav just before the off. The money didn`t come from McGoldrick Racing members that`s for sure……………..well maybe with one exception !!   nevertheless we were hopeful the money was well placed. Fast forward to the final furlong of the race, and, what we were thinking was a beautifully timed run from Paul Hanagan turned out to be another frustrating near miss Second again !!! I bloody well hate finishing second, especially being beaten by such a small margin. But thats what the stats will forever show.

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Becky the Thatcher

Becky the Thatcher

Well, well, well,   I have finally come to terms with the fact that it really happened….it wasn`t a bad dream after all, and it actually was our Becky we were watching in the 4.30 race at Musselburghs last meeting, as she went into the McGoldrick Racing Book of Records for producing the worst ever performance by far, of any of the 18 or so horses that have raced in our colours over the last twelve years. I find it quite amusing now, but at the time, to have to listen to the Course commentators words…. ” and finally, in last place, but still continuing… somewhere out there is Becky the Thatcher” !!!  was hard to take. But he was right !!!  After the first half furlong of the race, Becky was at least 10 lengths behind the rest, and it was all downhill from then on as she disappeared from the cameras view, until we were told afterwards she had been pulled up. I think Micky Hammond to be fair, was just as flabbergasted as all of us were, as he struggled to find any sort of excuse, …other than offering the almost unraceable ground conditions as a possible explanation.

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Becky the Thatcher update

Becky the Thatcher update

“Good morning Richard, Becky seems fine this morning, and ate up last night. On reflection of the race, it could only have been the holding ground that was to our disadvantage….She didn`t travel or jump as well as she has in the past. Lets get her freshened up and find a suitable race for her in February.” The above message came to me from Micky Hammond the day after Beckys somewhat disappointing effort at Wetherby last Saturday 13th Jan.  I totally agree with his comments. Becky is much better than that, and Micky Hammond would go along with that. The “going” in the middle of the Owners and Trainers parade ring was also “heavy”…and would have been a true reflection of what it was like for the horses on the course. In the O & T car park, similar conditions were experienced by all, but especially by my Honourable member Andrew from Wilsden who needed a tractor to get him out of the place upon his departure. Not a lot to say then, other than we will go along with Mickys comments and suggestions above, with a view to finding a race which ticks all the right boxes, both for

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