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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The A1 Racing Road ,Blaster Yeats, Wetherby Nov 27th

The A1 Racing Road ,Blaster Yeats, Wetherby Nov 27th

A Report by  guest correspondent Russell….our Honourable syndicate member from Mansfield.   For the past 12 or 15 years  I have been involved in syndicate ownership, with horses trained by Ferdy Murphy, Sue Smith and more recently Phil Kirby. During this time, most of the days out to watch the horses race have involved a drive north up the A1. Whether it be Catterick, Carlisle, Sedgefield, Doncaster, Newcastle, Wetherby or further afield to the likes of Kelso, Hexham, Musselburgh and Ayr all involving a large part of the A1. Wednesday 27th November 2019 was no different. A terrible weather day, the sort of day when your windscreen wipers cannot work fast enough. At least though it was a relatively short journey from my home in Notts to Wetherby races and the prospect of seeing the exciting, most recent addition to the famous colours of McGoldrick Racing, our 4yo Blaster Yeats trained by Sue Smith whose horsebox does not register south of Doncaster on it’s compass !! At least that`s  the joke myself and my frequent racing companion, and fellow syndicate member John often crack on our many sojourns up the A1. Previously Blaster had shown some promise. On his first

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Blaster Yeats going the right way

Blaster Yeats going the right way

New picture of Blaster. Hexham Friday 8th Nov. With a 2-7 fav in the field of ten runners, it was obvious our chances of Blaster winning were slim. So a decent run was what we wanted, and is what we got. He hurdled well enough and stayed on pleasingly, which was probably why the first thing Danny Cook said after dismounting was…”he`s a 3 miler …definitely a 3 miler for the future.” My post race thoughts reminded me of something the Trainer Jane Williams said to me at the time we purchased Romeo Brown from her, namely that Yeats progeny are either big strapping 3ml Chaser types, or smaller, more athletic hurdling sorts. Blaster definitely falls into the latter type, as was obvious when he was walking round the parade ring….for now anyway. He`s only 4yo ….still a baby really, and hes got some growing to do, but the risk anyone takes when buying a racehorse on breeding only, even at this embryonic stage of his career, appears to be  proving once again we have got a real bargain basement purchase with this horse, who, in time, will provide us guys with plenty of thrills and excitement in the months

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A Big Welcome to our latest 4yo purchase

A Big Welcome to our latest 4yo purchase

The first few paragraphs you read below may make you think that Richard is losing the plot. Read on my trusty follower, and all will be revealed. Derek Macintosh Bates was an English explosives and demolition expert, and raconteur. He became well known as BLASTER BATES for the following reasons. During the 60s 70s and 80`s he made a series of recordings, recounting his bizarre and funny experiences from his long demolition career, and also tales of his hobbies which were motorcycling, hunting and shooting. He was also much in demand as an after dinner speaker because of his colourful language…for example the tale of the farmers septic tank he was hired to clear out using explosives. An episode Bates described as “The big shower of s*** over Cheshire” He was also known for carrying sticks of explosive in his pockets, even producing them whilst giving testimony in trials, to the horror of the Court. So you may ask what the hell has all this got to do with our newly acquired 4yo gelding by YEATS, the latest horse to be purchased by Harvey Smith for McGoldrick Racing. The answer is that by using a very clever play on words,

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