THATCHER RULES AT CATTERICK

THATCHER  RULES  AT  CATTERICK

Catterick 8th March 2017 What a transformation we have seen in our 4yo Becky the Thatcher since she went hurdling, and more proof was again in evidence at Catterick on Wednesday`s card (8th March `17) This Mares Novice Hurdle turned out to be a repeat of the Mares race at Wetherby on 4th February when the same three horses were the only serious competitors in the race. An even longer round trip this time then for the pillaging yards of  Mrs Sly (Cambridgeshire) with her All My Love,and Mr Skelton (Warwickshire), who`s brother Harry did a U turn on the motorway and headed back North to take the ride on Golden Vision when the Fontwell card was abandoned. Mark Howard on duty for RUK went for All My Love, the Racing Post concensus was for Golden Vision, with the Bookmakers not able to make up their minds, so both went off as joint 5-4 favs, whilst a certain mare in the Hammond yard slowly drifted from 4-1  to 9-2 to 5-1, with the eventual SP of 6-1 . A two horse race then ?   surely it was just another case of which marauding Southern Trainer would take home the pot.

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OVER THE MOON WITH BECKY

OVER THE MOON WITH BECKY

Wetherby 4th Feb 2017 After Becky the Thatchers excellent run to finish 2nd to an Alan King hot pot at Catterick on 12th January, jockey Finian O`Toole told us ” there`s definitely more to come”   …and he was certainly proved right at Wetherby last Saturday 4th Feb. Yet again it was an expensively bought mare, this time trained by Dan Skelton that beat us, though we were able to see off two Southern raiders from the yards of P J Hobbs and M Channon. It irritates me enormously, see previous post on Beckys website page, but these guys are not breaking any rules,  just exploiting the poor state of NH Racing in the North Becky ran an excellent race prompting Micky Hammond to state he was “over the moon” with her performance. Timeform comment “she is improving with experience” It`s true to say she is a genuine sort who has taken well to hurdling, but just how to interpret the form so far is difficult. So well done Becky for giving us a good start to our double header at Wetherby, and we`ll take the £954 prize money….less deductions of course, followed by travel costs and jockeys riding fee, and

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Onwards and Upwards with Becky, but Oh Dear Fill the Power

Onwards and Upwards with Becky, but Oh Dear Fill the Power

Lets start with the good news. As most of us know, our 4yo filly Becky the Thatcher, since going hurdling, won her first race, arguably the worst ever hurdle race ever run at Musselburgh…or indeed anywhere, then backed it up by dumping Finn O` Toole at the first hurdle next time out. Mixed fortunes then for us guys, and up against 7-1 ON shot Giveaway Glance of Alan Kings, most agreed the best we could hope for was a clear round and a bit of place money….about 250 quid for 4th place. So it was an absolute delight to see Becky making up ground in the straight and upsides the favourite at the last hurdle,  ten lengths clear of the rest. Ok, in the end, she got run out of it, but it was good to see our Northern trained horse doing her best to almost thwart the marauding Southern based King yard with its  7-1 ON shot, sent up to Catterick no doubt in search of easy pickings that his, and other yards, expect when they frequently head North in search of facile successes in Novice hurdles and Chases. But enough of the soap box stuff for now. In

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Becky can`t win without a jockey on her back

Becky can`t win without a jockey on her back

  Well, well, well,  talk about the ups and downs of NH racing. One day the euphoria of being in the winners enclosure, the next day an unseated rider at the first !!!! Musselburgh Wednesday 14th Dec 2016. All was going well….for the first ten seconds of the race anyway, after which an over enthusiastic Becky the Thatcher arrived at the first hurdle, stepped at it, stumbled on landing,  and bingo…..jockey Finn O`Toole was  unceremoniously dumped, and her unbeaten record went straight out of the window! Not a lot to say really, except perhaps her commendable enthusiasm needs to be kept under restraint in the early stages of her race, until she has jumped a couple of hurdles to get her eye in so to speak. Didn`t matter in her first race, because they crawled round for the first mile, and jumping was made easy, but this time it was reminiscent of the Grand National in the old days when the horses and riders went off so fast from the start, half of the field would fall at the first fence. Shame really, because Micky had her in good shape. Lets hope next time, lessons have been learned. In conclusion,

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Becky the Thatcher…..Now UNBEATEN over hurdles !!

Becky the Thatcher.....Now UNBEATEN over hurdles !!

A fantastic headline its true, and I am so pleased that, at long last, Becky has got the number 1 showing against her form figures, but the circumstances still puzzle me. In the race at Leicester for which she was originally entered, there were only FOUR entries, thus the race was re opened for 24 hours…..No further entries made. Then Leicester announced it had abandoned the fixture due to ground conditions. Shortly afterwards it was announced that the meeting had been hurriedly re arranged to take place on the same scheduled day at Musselburgh…so yet again the race was re opened for a further 24 hours which, amazingly, did not result in any further additions to the entries. With a £4,500 + pot for the winner, I was gobsmacked !  ….but not complaining. When the entries were eventually published I was even more gobsmacked. WHY ? Well, unlike some of my members within McGoldrick Racing, I do not class myself as a great student of form, but, without wishing in any way to be disrespectful to the three other horses in the race, these were their form figures Horse 1…unplaced in six races on the flat ….  first hdle race

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Perfect Jumps start for BTT

Perfect Jumps start for BTT

McGoldrick Racing’s three year old Mastercraftsman filly Becky The Thatcher (4/6f) is a 13 race maiden on the Flat but she wasted no time in getting off the mark over timber this afternoon, sprinting clear after the last to win the juvenile hurdle at Musselburgh on her jumping debut in the hands of Fin O’Toole.

None of her three rivals had previously shown much over hurdles so it’s hard to say what the form is worth, but Becky The Thatcher relished her new challenge, jumping really tidily if a little deliberately on a couple of occasions, she showed that she sees the trip out well and she really couldn’t have pleased us any more.

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Is it time for Becky the Thatcher to go hurdling?

Is it time for Becky the Thatcher to go hurdling?

Yet again, more frustration with Becky, who still hasn`t lost her maiden status, but at least she does her best in her chosen races. I hoped the downpour would aid her cause, and it probably did, but this was the furthest distance over which she has raced, and, on the night, she didn`t / couldn`t quite get home. I think its fair to say that 2 furlongs out, and travelling best of all, she looked all over the winner, but, despite an excellent ride from Tom Eaves, once again, our filly failed to get her nose in front where it mattered, leaving members frustrated yet again. Mickys post race comment was…”one more race, then she goes hurdling” That option will first be discussed by members, but for now, we`ll just take our £336.70 prize money, less of course travelling costs and jockeys fee etc., which means we might just end up in the black by about £50 on the night. Cynical ?  yes probably, but when you consider the multi million pound world wide betting turnover provided by the eight horses in that one race alone, I`m sure most owners involved with saddling runners in middle / lower class racing

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More frustration with another 2nd for Becky the Thatcher

More frustration with another 2nd for Becky the Thatcher

Thirsk Friday 29th July 2016. And so it turned out that the chosen race for our Becky to break her maiden tag, whilst it ticked all the right boxes for our filly, resulted in another frustrating runner up position for the third time in her career. A Class 6 race….a Seller in anything other than name, so we had to be confident of success, but the lowly rated High on Light from the streetwise Tim Easterby yard had other ideas. 1 High On Light 9/4F 3 8-11 Tim Easterby 54 * * Rachel Richardson3 Held up, headway to track leaders over 4f out, shaken up to lead over 1f out, soon clear, eased near finished (op 5/2 tchd 11/4 in a place) « 2 5 Becky The Thatcher 5/2 3 9-7 Micky Hammond 61 * * P J McDonald Mid-division, headway and handy 3rd over 3f out, 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner (op 11/4 tchd 3/1) Racing off a mark of 54, the winner made it clear to the racing world, although I suspect the Easterby yard already knew, that this filly would improve for the step up in distance, which she most certainly did, as she

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Step in the right direction for Becky

Step in the right direction for Becky

Catterick Wednesday 13th July 2016. After a lack lustre start to the season for Becky the Thatcher, and indeed most of Micky Hammonds horses, it was good to watch Becky restore our faith in her ability when she ran a very pleasing race to finish 2nd to a much improved horse in John Quinns Wotabreeze. Jockey PJ McDonald was more than happy with her, saying he was a bit miffed because he was just chopped for room approaching the turn into the straight, and had to drop back and then pull out wide in order to start her dash up the straight. Becky then picked  up nicely and passed four horses in the last furlong or so, but the winner had flown. Nevertheless, it was a much improved performance. I just hope Mickys horses, with the sun on their backs, now start to follow Becky the Thatchers example, and the yard begins to fire in a few winners. In which case, this will augur well for Beckys next race ….already decided… when we will be trying hard for her to lose her maided tag. Finally, if anyone knows where the money came from which saw Beckys odds fall from early

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Back to the drawing board with Becky

Back to the drawing board with Becky

CATTERICK  WEDNESDAY  29th JUNE 2016 The frustration continues as our efforts to find the right formula for Becky the Thatcher to win her first race, went sadly amiss. An analysis of her latest race proves that contradictory to comments made by the jockey of her previous race, now was not the time to step her up in distance from 1ml 4f to 1ml 6f as, in a race run on soft ground, she clearly does not yet…or maybe never will get the trip……on the flat anyway. Race time was over 14 seconds slower than average, so Becky wasn`t exactly run off her feet. Winner of this 0-75 hcp was rated 71  …2nd 70….3rd 69  with Becky rated 63 4th  of the 5 runners having started the season on a mark of 68. Therefore its reasonable to assume that because in her work on the gallops, she hadn`t given Micky Hammond any great inkling of hitting peak form, maybe it was too much of an ask for her to compete when…. to quote Timeform, “being given too hard a hard task” against horses rated much superior on all known form. So, for her next race, we`ve just got to be looking

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