FILL THE POWER SUFFERS FATAL INJURY IN POINT to POINT RACE

FILL THE POWER SUFFERS FATAL INJURY IN POINT to POINT RACE

So sad to have to report that our old warrior Fill the Power was fatally injured  at the Fernie Point to Point yesterday Sunday the 7th May. During his six seasons in the ownership of McGoldrick Racing members, FTP raced 53 times….won 5 races….was placed 2nd 9 times and 3rd twice, amassing earnings of £57,273. He fell only once, and there were reasons, not excuses  as to how and why he came down….but thats history now. Always did his best, always an immaculate jumper, yet, bless him, always lacked that extra gear change when it mattered. Because of that, his style of racing had to be from the front, and his catch me if you can efforts paid off  over the years to the tune of £57k,  so no complaints whatsoever from us guys, he did us proud, and we all loved him. But at 11 years old, we really needed to be thinking about investing in a younger horse, and, thanks to Sue and Harvey, we were lucky to find the right new owner and the right new home for FTP…..life on the farm with Point to Point racing as his new career. His first race was at the

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Con te Partiro for Fill the Power…(my thanks to Andrea Bocelli)

Con te Partiro for Fill the Power...(my thanks to Andrea Bocelli)

No apology from me for the Andrea Bocelli video of his most famous song, Con te Partiro, which all you Italian speaking afficionados will know translates into English as “Time to say Goodbye” And so indeed it is time to say goodbye to our longest serving horse Fill the Power, who over the years, has given us guys a lot of pleasure, but, at eleven years of age, and for a while now, he`s been trying to tell us he`s had enough of these long distance Chases. In his work, he`s been keen and enthusiastic, but come race day, it became increasingly obvious, he did not want to be at the races. So we have accepted the situation, and a new home and environment will be found for our Fill. Sue is hopeful she will be able to find the best new home and environment for him, and, as we speak, has an interested party who would provide the ideal solution for a new life for him. More of an appreciation of his efforts will be compiled and put online shortly. In the meantime, handkerchiefs at the ready, feel free to shed a tear or two,  and enjoy Andrea Bocelli`s

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Fill the Power aiming for another C and D win at Wetherby

Fill the Power aiming for another C and D win at Wetherby

Members have decided this will be Fill the Powers last season with us, so before he hands in his notice to Sue Smith, and moves on to new surroundings…..by the way, he would make a superb Hunter Chaser or Point to Point horse for someone out there…..lets hope we can find a couple of races for him to go out on a high. You don`t see many long distance Chasers like FTP, who has his own, laid back way of racing. He has surely become one of the hardest rides for a jockey in NH racing today…..Its not been uncommon to see his jockey hard at work, whip and all, and that`s  as soon as the the starters flag comes down,!!! As Danny Cook once said after he dismounted from a valiant, but vain attempt at Carlisle to get FTP`s nose in front, ” look at me, I`m sweating like a pig, and he`s not even blowing.” “He`ll only win when he wants to, but he certainly  wasn`t wanting it today.” So, dependent on which FTP turns up at Wetherby on Tuesday 21st Feb 2017, now down to a mark of 114, this horse who once ran 5th in a

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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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Fill the Power Market Rasen Boxing Day `16

Fill the Power   Market Rasen   Boxing Day  `16

Whilst its true to say our young 10lbs claiming Robert Hogg worked his socks off, the indolent Fill the Power, as usual, did things his own way once again. If I went to the trouble of creating a list of Racecourses, factors and conditions required to ensure we got the best out of the old monkey, then Market Rasen wouldn`t have been on my “tick” list. A fast flattish track, which on Boxing Day seemed to be riding on the good side, saw the final stages of our chosen 3ml 3f hcp Chase being fought out at speed…yes even after 3ml 3f, with the winner Gonalston Cloud staying on best of all to win in an unusually tight finish for a race of such extreme distance, with less than 7 lengths covering the first 5 home. Except Gonalston Cloud wasn`t staying on best of all…no way. Even though we were out of the prize money, the horse that undoubtedly was staying on best of all was, guess who ?  that`s right, Fill the Power, who when I lost interest about half a mile from the finish to seek solace from the drinks cabinet, was tailed off, plum last, and miles

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A Very Happy Christmas To My Small Band of Followers

A Very Happy Christmas To My Small Band of Followers

A Merry Christmas to you all, and thanks for your continuing support, and I just hope our 2017 NH campaign will be a successful one. Best of luck to young Robert Hogg, who drew the short straw, and has to travel to Market Rasen on Boxing Day to partner Fill the Power in the 3ml 3f Lincoln National. Sue assures me Robert is one fit lad, as he`ll need to be if FTP is in anything like the sort of mood he was at Carlisle last time. But I am also assured that Robert, who is a regular partner for FTP on the home gallops, will be doing his damndest to get him fired up, and, with the aid of first time cheek pieces, who knows….maybe the partnership will work. Good luck to both.

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Fill the Power Carlisle ….Sunday 11th Dec 2016

Fill the Power Carlisle ....Sunday 11th Dec 2016

This was a quick return to the Racecourse for FTP  after a lack lustre performance at Kelso seven days earlier, finishing 6th of 8 in a Veterans Chase. This time it was back to the scene of FTP`s last success over C and D at Carlisle in May 2015, and as it was a 0 – 125 hcp, off his then current mark of 122, we were hoping this was an easier test for him. So it was somewhat disappointing and frustrating, to say the least, to watch Danny Cook hard at work on Fill as soon as the starters flag came down !! Yet try as hard as he could, DC was always fighting a losing battle, as the horse was having none of it. Some sort of credit to FTP though as he did stay on through beaten horses to finish in 4th place, which paid expenses, but Danny Cook was not a happy bunny afterwards when he told us in the unsaddling enclosure,  “he will win when he wants to win, but he was just having none of it today.” The honorable syndicate member from Easingwold…wise old sod that he is, commented to Sues assistant Trainer (Harvey)

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Fill the Power finds it hard work at Haydock

Fill the Power finds it hard work at Haydock

This was, and always is for its grade, an extremely competitive race, and FTP found it tough going on his second race back from a 542 day absence. Most certainly the 3ml 4f trip on heavy ground would put his fitness to the test, but, sadly, the writing was clearly on the wall after just 2mls, when he began to slowly drop out of contention. Fast forward to the unsaddling enclosure after the race, where Danny Cook got off him and said….with beads of sweat dripping down his face….” he was having none of it, so I had to let him know that I was having none of it either”, thus, despite his hopeless position, DC did not give up. I`m not surprised he was dripping with sweat the way he kept urging on our 10yo, who, eventually began to stay on through beaten horse to finish 6th of 11, and it should be said that the jockey was blowing more than the horse after the race…and DC is one fit jockey, and  I`m glad to report they were both sound and ate up when they got back home. If, as is possible, FTP had become a little bit lazy

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Fill the Powers back in business……. well sort of !!

Fill the Powers back in business....... well sort of !!

It was a great pleasure to be able to travel, along with six members and guests, to watch and celebrate FTP`s return to racing after such a long, protracted absence of 542 days. We knew we faced a stiff task, and had the meeting been held at a racecourse in Cuckoo land, we might have been optimistic of a big result, but on a spring like afternoon at the end of October, we found ourselves in Carlisle for a 3ml 2f hcp chase which had attracted some pretty formidable opposition. This opposition had been known to us for almost 48 hours after declarations, and having realised the quality of the runners in the race, we were quite happy to resign ourselves to the fact that our beloved FTP had no b******g chance of winning, and the best we could hope for was to see if the enthusiasm to race was still there, and also whether or not he could remember how to jump a fence. He most definitely did NOT let us down. Timeforms assessment of FTP`s performance reads far more eloquently than anything your `umble servant could have come up with.  It was short and to the point. “After

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FILL THE POWER RETURNS AFTER 542 DAYS ABSENCE

FILL THE POWER RETURNS AFTER 542 DAYS ABSENCE

At long, long last, our not so old fella Fill the Power has been entered to race at Carlisle on Sunday 30th October, his first race since winning at Carlisle on May 15th 2015…FIVE HUNDRED AND FORTY TWO days ago.

Many of you will know he suffered a tendon injury after that success, and a long long rest was prescribed to give him the best chance of ever racing again.

Hopefully my loyal band of FTP syndicate members will be rewarded this season for the patience and belief they have shown in our 10yo gelding who has done us proud over the years.

After such a long absence, it may not be at Carlisle on Sunday where he gets his nose in front again though, but if he shows us, as I`m sure he will, all the grit, ability and jumping enthusiasm we`re used to, there will be plenty of mouthwatering veterans races for him to compete in, as well as consideration being given to the Rehearsal Chase or the Eider Chase to which Sue  refers in the Racing Post Stable Visit featured in todays edition…Wed 26th October.

We all wish him well.

 

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