Goodbye Charlie Wingnut

Goodbye Charlie Wingnut

Because of the prolonged absence through injury of our stalwart FILL THE POWER, Sue and Harvey agreed to lease one of their own horses Charlie Wingnut to McGoldrick Racings FTP members as a stop gap measure, in order to bridge the gap caused by his enforced absence. Charlie raced three times in our colours before his season ended somewhat prematurely by a slight injury caused by a stone trap to his foot. As a result, the agreement has now been terminated, and the horse will resume racing next season back in Sue`s colours. Without exception, all members are now looking forward to the return to training of Fill the Power….assuming he is given the all clear to do so by the vet. There will be mouthwatering options for him throughout the coming season, especially in Veteran Chases, and there is every chance this lightly raced 10 year old special racehorse of ours will return once again to do us all proud in  seasons ahead.

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Charlies loose Wingnuts at Carlisle ??

Charlies loose Wingnuts at Carlisle ??

Saturday 19th March 2016 Whether it was loose wingnuts that caused him to lose direction at Carlisle on Sat 19th March, I`m not sure ….I`d rather put it down to a 0-125 handicap hurdle proving to be too big an ask for our Charlie. Can`t fault the way he ping`d every hurdle until he tired 2 out though…very impressive But, receiving so much weight from his rivals, perhaps the logic should have been for Charlie to make the race more of a test of stamina for those carrying lots more weight than he was, but in this amateurs view, the race for 2ml 4f was run at a pretty sedate pace, with Charlies jockey seemingly content to sit just behind what pace there was…thus leaving plenty in the tank for the higher rated horses to battle up the hill, leaving Charlie to finish a well beaten 4th and a handicap hurdle mark which will presumably drop 2/3 lbs as a result. He did look every bit like a decent chaser in the making though, and, for me, the sooner the time comes for him to go Novice Chasing the better. Whether or not Sue decides to have another crack at

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Charlies turn will not be long in coming

Charlies turn will not be long in coming

Sedgefield Thursday 25th Feb 2016 saw a return visit from Charlie Wingnut who was out to go one better than his commendable run in a 0-100 handicap here earlier in the month. This time Sue chose a 0-120 hcp over the same 2ml 3f  distance, and this time Danny Cook was on board. As instructed DC shot off in front, and even in this higher grade than his first race, he looked to have everything off the bridle with three furlongs to go. But the 110 rated Almost Gemini eventually responded to jockey Henry Brooks urgings, and this proven stayer over further, got his second wind and it was clear coming down the hill into the straight we were resigned to being runner up once again. A comparison between the times of Charlies two runs for us over this same Sedgefield 2ml 3f distance showed he was fifteen seconds faster the second time around….albeit on slightly better going. Nevertheless we were pleased with DC`s comments that he`s not going to be a world beater over hurdles, but he should definitely pick up a race or two before the decision is made to send him Novice Chasing. So, expect to see

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Charlie IS our darling

Charlie IS our darling

In a previous post I said we didn`t know what to expect from our latest syndicate jumper Charlie Wingnut at Sedgefield for his first run under NH rules since 2012. He didn`t cost a lot at the sales, and in the parade ring, someone, who shall remain anonymous, commented….he`s never going to win a beauty contest, in fact he`s a great ugly looking beast of a horse! So members present were quite happy just to hope for a decent round of jumping, and perhaps to witness a glimmer of potential for the future. And indeed we certainly got more than a hint with an excellent performance after such a long absence. Timeforms assessment of Charlies performance was as follows; dual winner in points since last seen under Rules for Nicky Henderson, shaped well on belated return to this sphere, going through the race as if ahead of his mark and giving best only to an unexposed sort showing improved form; chased leaders, travelled best, went prominent fourth, led before 3 out, not fluent next, headed last, stuck to task, pulled clear of remainder; sure to be of interest again in a similar event. The plan will be to prove Timeform

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Update on 3 Sue Smith trained horses

Update on 3 Sue Smith trained horses

Stable update on our three Sue Smith trained horses after a meeting with Assistant Trainer Ryan Clavin. Despite having suffered a pain in his back as a result of damage to his T12 vertebrae in a recent gallops fall, Ryan was willing enough to suffer a further pain in the backside in the form of yours truly, who travelled to Craiglands Farm in search of an update on the well being of our three jumpers, Fill the Power, Delusionofgrandeur and Charlie Wingnut. FILL THE POWER Ever since his tendon injury last May 2015, FTP has been turned out on moorland owned by Harvey, simply back to nature, outdoors 24 / 7 …chilled out, eating grass with the likes of his mate Mr Moonshine, and enjoying every minute. To maximise the chances of a full recovery, we have already announced he won`t be racing this season, so FTP is set fair for another 5/6 months of outdoor life. It was however, good to hear from Ryan, that he had just got back from moving our fella, plus two showjumpers, as well as the legendary Auroras Encore, from their moorland home of the last six months, on to land with fresh grass,

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