DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR DIES AFTER HAYDOCK FALL

DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR  DIES AFTER HAYDOCK FALL

Monday 26th November 2018 After my latest up beat post,  I`m so sad to report that our high class 8yo  3ml chaser Delusionofgrandeur collapsed and died this morning at Sue Smiths Craiglands Farm yard. After his horrific fall at Haydock on Betfair Day, it was hoped no serious damage had been done, but obviously we were wrong, and we await a vets report. Myself and members were gutted after being given the news. For such a small operation as ours, it was amazing to be involved with a horse that could…and probably would have gone on to greater things………”it was brilliant to be lucky enough to own a Saturday horse” was my favourite comment from one of my members. Not the time now to get involved with the ongoing debate regarding those stiff Haydock fences because my head  and heart have opposing views. So for now, all I can say is that my members and I,  in our own small, dedicated group, will be hard pressed to find another one as good as Delboy…thats for sure.    

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REFLECTIONS ON DELUSIONOFGRANDEURS HAYDOCK FALL 24th NOV `18

REFLECTIONS ON DELUSIONOFGRANDEURS  HAYDOCK FALL 24th NOV `18

It`s not every day me and my guys go racing rubbing their hands at the thought of  winning a big slice of the £50, 000 on offer in the 3ml 1f Betfair Exchange Chase, the last race on Haydocks Betfair Chase Day. And why not ? Five opponents, as follows   Captain Redbeard a horse we`d beaten before by 40 plus lengths …Vintage Clouds …a horse we`d beaten before…Taking Risks…a worry but a big step up in class here….Braqueur D`or ….not the best jumper as his form showed   and Buywise ….a 33-1 shot and not for nothing. Is it any wonder the 20-1 on offer for Delusion 48 hours before the race had cascaded down to him being a 5-1 shot just before the off. Before continuing, a little pre race anecdote, the relevance of which soon became aware during the race. Myself and members present were enjoying the excellent hospitality owners and trainers receive at Haydock, when yours truly, en route to ponder over the desserts on offer, crossed paths with Sue Smith. Usual niceties over, Sue then said something to me which I didn`t want to hear. Now I have always had a tendency to be a bag of

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Delusionofgrandeur season off to a steady start

Delusionofgrandeur season off to a steady start

Most members agree that Sue Smith never rushes her horses, and most need one or maybe two races to achieve something like peak fitness. This was the case when our fella began his season at Wetherby on 2nd Nov `18 over an inadequate distance of 2ml 3.5f in a 0-155 hcp and not surprisingly was sent off at odds of 20-1 and duly finished down the field. Nearly two weeks later, I quite fancied his chances of running a big race when we sent him to Bangor to race over a more suitable trip (3ml)  this time in a 0 – 150 hcp. With Jamie Moore on board for the first time, he ran a really good race in finishing 5th in what turned out to be a very hot race. Apart from being a bit sluggish with his jumping over the first three fences, he knuckled down, jumped well, and was not beaten far, and did enough  to show us he is going the right way. Indeed jockey Moore told those present he was running just as fast at the end of the race as he was at the start…..we took that as a compliment !!  but was not

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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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A Tough Season for Delusionofgrandeur as we look back and reflect

A Tough Season for Delusionofgrandeur as we look back and reflect

Delusionofgrandeur began his 2017 / 2018 NH season off a mark of 136, and, after his final race of the season at Cheltenham on Wednesday April 18th ended on 141. Sandwiched in between were performances which reflected the step up into much better company, including….let me pinch myself first before I say it….a run in the greatest horse race in the world…the Aintree Grand National. There was also Wetherbys biggest race of the season on Boxing Day, namely the Rowland Meyrick Chase, which proved to be a damned sight tougher task than ALL of his three wins in the previous season at Catterick (twice) and Wetherby, and indeed his first, and only win of the current season, again at Catterick in Nov`17. In the Rowland Meyrick carrying 11st 2lbs he looked all over the winner when taking the lead over the last fence, but was just touched off a head and a neck by Get on the Yager and Sues other horse in the race Wakanda. So near yet so far from a big race win, the result of which was deemed good enough to crank his mark up to a personal best of 144. Opinions varied afterwards as to just

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We could dream the dream………….with just 24 hours notice

We could dream the dream.............with just 24 hours notice

DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR  AINTREE GRAND NATIONAL MARCH 14th 2018 Despite the odds being stacked up against us even getting a run in the Randox Health Grand National of 2018, the last minute defections of  5/6 horses got us into the race we believed we were destined to be balloted out of. Consequently, its true to say that myself and other  McGoldrick Racing members shown in the featured image taken at a freezing cold Musselburgh in 2017, ended up with less than 24 hours notice to get our heads round the fact we would actually be taking part in the worlds greatest horseracing event, the Aintree Grand National. One minute we were watching the race at home…next minute we were in the parade ring at Aintree These last minute equine defectors caused mayhem amongst the connections of the horses deemed as “reserves” and in the end, there were only 38 runners from a permitted field size limit of 40. The system is already under review and will be changed, but that will be no consolation to Trevor Hemmings, whose Vintage Clouds ended up being ready, willing and in the end able to run, but because of the imposed deadline systems, was not permitted.

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Delusionofgrandeur Haydock Sat 31st March `18 plus Grand National news

Delusionofgrandeur Haydock Sat 31st March `18 plus Grand National news

All things considered, we have to be happy with Delusions performance in the £50k Challenge Final at Haydock, Sat 31st March. The horrible ground, the last thing we wanted, made the 3ml if + trip a real serious test of stamina, and bearing in mind the winner was receiving 12 lbs from us, and the 2nd 21 lbs, our fella ran a blinder to finish a tired, but honourable 3rd. Given better underfoot conditions, even with his big weight, I`m certain the result would have been different. He finished tired, and the worry was he may have taken too much out of himself in advance of the Grand National, but any doubts were soon put to bed when Sue phoned the following morning to say he was bucking and kicking and rolling about in the muddy paddock, “happy as Larry”she said…so all was well. So now, after initially being resigned to what seemed a very slim chance of getting in at Aintree, the steady stream of horses being scratched over the last 2/3 weeks has put us in with a very realistic chance of lining up in the race after all, and the butterflies have now begun to flutter by.

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Update on Delusionofgrandeur

Update on Delusionofgrandeur

Delusionofgrandeur was entered to run at Catterick in the North Yorkshire Grand National on Thursday 11th of Jan. It was touch and go as to whether or not we declared him, and so the final decision was left to Sue and her head lad Ryan, who opted for him NOT to run. Fast forward now to after the race, and the dust had settled, when, in my opinion, it became clear the right decision was made. Why?   because had Delusionofgrandeur lined up, Sues other horse in the race, I Just Know, would have been carrying only 11st 3lbs compared to our 12st. I Just Know won the race carrying 11st 10lbs, and was mightily impressive the way he did it. The horse jumped brilliantly throughout in the hands of the excellent Sean Quinlan, and never looked like getting beaten. Its now hypothetical as to what the result would have been with DoG participating, but whatever the answer may be, it would, in my opinion, have been a very hard task for our fella, and far too tough an assignment for him so soon after his extremely hard race in the Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day. My conclusion

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Delusionofgrandeur and Sean Quinlan magnificent in defeat in Rowland Meyrick Chase

Delusionofgrandeur and Sean Quinlan magnificent in defeat in Rowland Meyrick Chase

I have to start by saying that after yesterdays Rowland Meyrick Chase, my emotions were so extremely raw, that part of me didn`t want to be the gentleman and sportsman in congratulating winning connections of the race. Indeed it was like having an evil twin brother…in other words, the dark side of me, which comes to the surface at times like this,  and in suffering defeat, cannot appreciate that yesterday NH Racing was seen at its very best in the running of the 2017 Rowland Meyrick Chase in front of an enormous crowd at Wetherby. Instead he wants to be the bad tempered, grumpy old sod who dwells on the “if only” or “what might have been” scenarios……..the bad loser that nobody has time for. However, after a strict telling off from the wife, plus a good nights sleep induced by a couple of large whiskeys, the evil twin brother syndrome has now gone, and for me its back to the season of good will to all men, including Dan Skelton !!! The Rowland Meyrick was a superb example of NH Racing at its very best, and Delusionofgrandeur was very much a major player in a race in which the

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