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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Starboard Watch videocam

Starboard Watch videocam

Hope you enjoy watching the videocam opposite / home page of Starboard Watch flying up James Givens gallops, though James would prefer me to use the term”fast canter” Either way, our filly is working very well, and our patience, hopefully, will soon be rewarded . Shares still available.  

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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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Fill the Power and DelusionofGrandeur updates

Fill the Power and DelusionofGrandeur updates

With the time fast approaching for both both Fill the Power and Delusionofgrandeur  to come in off the moors, it was time for me to pay a visit to Craiglands Farm to see how things were. Fill the Power has been off the racecourse since his gutsy win at Carlisle way back on the 7th May 2015. He appeared to be sound, but two or three days after the race, it became evident that something was amiss, and a scan showed up a tendon injury to one of his legs. After a period of box rest, then further time spent in the paddock, he was sound enough to be turned out on to the moors where he remained until the end of August 2015. A further scan revealed the injury was healing nicely, but the advice from Matt, Sues vet, was to go steady, and work towards a return to racing in the early weeks of Jan / Feb 2016, more than half way through the season. Its a well known fact that with a tendon injury, the longer the rest time given, the more the probability of a full recovery,and so the decision was taken to give him a

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Becky the Thatcher runs Catterick Wed 29th June

Becky the Thatcher runs Catterick Wed 29th June

Just a quick update to advise Micky has decided to run BTT at Catterick on Wed 29th June in a 1ml 5f 176 yds Class 5 hcp. This is another step up in distance for her, but our trainer is convinced she will stay the trip. Two plus factors should work to our advantage; P J McDonald is back on board for the first time this season  Quite a lot of rain has been forecast which will suit our cause well.      

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Becky the Thatcher……we`re getting there !

Becky the Thatcher......we`re getting there !

As mentioned in the previous post, our intention with Becky was to race three days earlier at Thirsk on Monday 13th June, but the meeting was abandoned after three races. So we decided to take our chance at Ripon in a better Class 4 race, with our trainer saying it would be harder to win. Undeterred however, and with expectations rising with the forecast heavy rain showers, members gathered at the course, only to find that the forecast rain did not turn up, never looked like turning up, the men in the crowd watching the England v Wales match on the big screen were all in their shirtsleeves, and the ladies…on ladies day,  resplendent in  beautiful…..some not so beautiful outfits were revelling in the dry, warmish conditions. 1m 4f in front of us then, with jockey instructions to lie 3rd / 4th then go for it on the bend into the straight. Fair play to Duran Fentiman, he carried out his instructions to the letter. Third turning into the straight, he pressed the button, but well as she responded, Becky couldn`t quite get on terms with the front two. Nevertheless only one horse got passed her..the favourite, and she finished

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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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What a difference a shower makes

What a difference a shower makes

There I was….Becky the Thatchers race was next on the card, so it was time for me to watch her being saddled up, before entering the parade ring. Then came the  announcement that the stewards, plus a selection of trainers and jockeys were  being carted down to the bend into the straight area to deliberate over its safety after jockey Shane Grays mount in the previous race had slipped badly, giving the jockey a nasty fall. After lengthy discussions racing was abandoned, and an announcement to that effect was received by a silent crowd. Was this debacle avoidable ?    of course it was….and should have been. But I will leave it to the Racing press experts to pass comment and judgement on the events. Perhaps the finger of fate might well have  worked in our favour though, as Micky Hammond had the presence of mind ….in case the good to firm forecast ground at Thirsk prevailed, to make an entry for Becky 3 days later, on the 16th June at Ripon…which has now become a declaration, AND with the likelihood of softer ground almost certain, our chances will improve as each drop of rain falls on the Ripon course. Plus

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