Mister Mcgoldricks plans for 2009/10 season

Mister Mcgoldricks plans for 2009/10 season

I must own up and admit that over the last few months I`ve been somewhat preoccupied with building up “The McGoldrick Partnership” and telling existing, new and potential members about our three horses bought to “follow in my old boys famous footsteps” The inference there is that “my old boy” as I refer to him, is now a bit of a back number. Well having just seen him in light work  for the season ahead,  a bit of a back number he most certainly is NOT!!   He looks superb after his summer break, and Sue, who rides him in some of his work reports that he is “pulling her arms out” and, quote, “honestly Richard you`d think he was a 4yo. He just loves being up here” If all goes well with his preparation for his 12th season of racing, and we are sensible in the choosing of his races, then his current win tally of 14 races might well increase. Whatever happens Mister McGoldrick is a fantasic ambassador for National Hunt racing, and from what Sue says, there`s no way he`s ready to hang his boots up just yet.

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Cheltenham 2009 A victim of his own success

Cheltenham 2009 A victim of his own success

Where to run him next? I suppose I should, and I am, so very thankful that McGoldrick has been such a wonderful servant to me that it  if he never races again I have had more pleasure from owning him than most owners could ever wish. But, even at the age of twelve, I`ve watched him in his work, and he just loves his job. He wants to race and therefore so long as we don`t push him too far, he will continue to race until he tells us otherwise. The problem is finding him a race these days where he can be competitive, and so it was not a difficult decision to disregard the Freddie Williams Handicap Chase because of the ridiculous11st 12lb he would be carrying at 12 years of age. So, much as I would have enjoyed  having a crack at a repeat performance on Thursday, by refusing to declare him, some other horse will have to do the donkey work and set the race up for a younger better “handicapped” horse on the day. Good luck to them. Instead we`re going to have a real sporting crack at the Ryanair Chase with all runners off level weight.

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Mister McGoldrick mark is so hard to justify

Mister McGoldrick mark is so hard to justify

Below is a letter I sent to the Racing Post which was published in the “letters to the Editor” section on Friday 27th Feb 09. It was in response to an article by journalist Colin Russell published in the RP Fri 20th Feb on the subject of the rights and wrongs of racehorse handicapping in the UK. “Some might say that as the owner of 2008 Cheltenham Festival winner Mister Mcgoldrick, I`m hardly in a position to agree with Colin Russell`s critical but constructive analysis of the handicapping system.(February 20th). How on earth, after McGoldricks runaway victory in the Racing Post Plate, could I quibble about his being raised 16lb for his Master Minded-style win – 13 lengths clear of the second and a further 11 lengths back to the third? The answer, my friends, was blowing in the wind. In stark contrast to the gales that played havoc and caused the Wednesday card to be abandoned, a light breeze drifted into Town about lunchtime. But, significantly, with it came light rain that persisted and, by late afternoon, had become quite heavy. The ground got wetter and softer, and by 4.05pm, the off time for the Racing Post Plate, everyone could see it was definitely soft,

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A long overdue update about MrG

A long overdue update about MrG

Well its time for a long overdue update on McG. I know we can safely forget his running in the Paddy Power because something was amiss, but whatever it was he was OK the next day. We`ve decided to swerve running him in handicaps because with McG entered to run,he`s always going to be setting races up for younger horses carrying less weight as a result of him being there. So its off to Huntingdon, all being well for the Peterborough Chase next Thursday the11th Dec. where he will not be off level weights but should carry 11st 4lbs which is OK by me. Remember if he does win next Thursday there will be £3k going into The McGoldrick Partnership account from his winnings, so if anyone browsing this website likes what they see, please get in touch. There are still shares available in Final Veto (see “The Horses” page), and also two more horses on the way which are exactly what we`re looking for. Again, all being well, I`ll be at Huntingdon next Thursday, so please contact me if you too will be there and would like an informal chat.

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The Highs and Lows…

The Highs and Lows...

I`ve had many, many “highs” with my  old boy Mister McGoldrick over the last ten years, and plenty of “lows” as well, but his performance yesterday, in the Paddy Power Gold Cup was a real shock to me. I could blame it on superstition, in so much as on my way down to Cheltenham on the M1 yesterday, travelling towards Nottingham doing about 80mph, there was this bloody great sickening thud on my windscreen.  All in a split second I thought……hooligans on an overhead bridge……at least my windscreens not smashed……and then looking through my rear view mirror saw what I assumed to be floating feathers. No doubt a forensic expert would have also told me that the large  white dust like imprint on my windscreen was that of something like a wood pigeon or similar. When I had recovered from the shock of it all, the thought occurred to me……….bird hitting, or flying into a window, if you`re superstitious, means bad luck!!!  McGoldricks got no chance this afternoon now!! After the race Dominic was at a loss to give a valid reason or excuse for McG`s poor performance, saying only that the horse usually takes him round, hard on the bridle,

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Where to race MrG?

Where to race MrG?

Decision Day today….Paddy Power at Cheltenham,  or wait for the week after and go for the Betfair Chase at Haydock. At nearly 12 years of age, and as Pricewise eloquently suggested, almost ready to collect his bus pass, you`d think life would be getting easier for my “veteran” superstar. Instead we`ve decided to hump 11st  12lbs round Cheltenham on Saturday as the better  chosen option. If he turns up in the same form as he did in March he`ll be thereabouts at the finish, but the oldest horse in the race giving varying lumps of weight away to younger horses doesn`t exactly fill me brim full of confidence. Nevertheless, as you all know, he always does his best, and with Dominic available to ride him, and the ground hopefully in his favour, plus Sue Saying he`s more like a 5yo this season the way he`s galloping, lets hope its March all over again!!

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Decicions, decisions…

Decicions, decisions...

Sue Smith phoned Friday 7th to discuss Mcg`s next race. He`s entered  at Cheltenham in the Paddy Power over 2:5 miles on 15thNovember, and also at Haydock in the Betfair Chase the week after 22nd. We both agreed that the going is the biggest factor in deciding which to go for. Personally I favour the Cheltenham option if the ground is G/Soft or softer, but statistically Cheltenham tends to get good ground , whereas Haydock is heavy, even in high summer for the flat!! I would be delighted to receive your opinions. My address is on the “contact us” page, especially if you`ve got access to a really long range weather forecast for the next  two weeks!

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Mister McGoldrick Aintree 26th October The Old Roan Chase Didn`t the old boy run an absolute blinder in defeat? Apart from the 2nd fence he was a joy to watch. Jumping like a stag and turning into the straight he`s hard on the bridle and Dominic’s thinking ‘we`re going tio win this’. Alas, it turned out to be exactly the hot race the experts predicted and consequently the cavalry came coming into the last and we ended up being beaten 5 lengths into 5th place. Almost a blanket finish in National Hunt racing! He came out fine after the race and is now being aimed at Cheltenham or Aintree in November in the Paddy Power Chase and Betfair Chase respectively. Having looked at the early closing entries for Cheltenham, I just hope the ground is something like it was for the Racing Post Plate earlier this year -i.e. nice and soft – and if so, I might just take a bit EW of the 25-1 on offer at the moment. Richard    

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