ROMEO Passes the hurdling test

ROMEO Passes the hurdling test

CATTERICK THURSDAY  9th JAN 2020 With his latest 3 form figures reading OFF  its not surprising the majority of us were just hoping for a clear round from Romeo Brown on his first visit to Catterick. Sean Quinlan was booked to ride. Earlier on in the week, Phil Kirby had said ..(his yard is only 2mls from Catterick Racecourse) that the ground was drying up fast and he would consider not declaring Romeo unless there was rain, Good to Soft would be perfect he said. Well Phil got his rain, a real deluge overnight, which, as a result, caused the Stewards to change the going to Soft. However, jockeys in earlier races were describing the ground as “horrible” and consequently, when the final race on the card was about to be run….Romeos race, with the ground churned up and now worse than horrible, my thoughts went back to the mudbath at Wetherby on the 2nd Nov `19 when a miserable and dejected Romeo trailed in 14th of 15 on ground barely raceable. Not quite as bad at Catterick, but bad enough for members present to have serious doubts about the prospect of a big race from Romeo. True enough, the

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The A1 Racing Road ,Blaster Yeats, Wetherby Nov 27th

The A1 Racing Road ,Blaster Yeats, Wetherby Nov 27th

A Report by  guest correspondent Russell….our Honourable syndicate member from Mansfield.   For the past 12 or 15 years  I have been involved in syndicate ownership, with horses trained by Ferdy Murphy, Sue Smith and more recently Phil Kirby. During this time, most of the days out to watch the horses race have involved a drive north up the A1. Whether it be Catterick, Carlisle, Sedgefield, Doncaster, Newcastle, Wetherby or further afield to the likes of Kelso, Hexham, Musselburgh and Ayr all involving a large part of the A1. Wednesday 27th November 2019 was no different. A terrible weather day, the sort of day when your windscreen wipers cannot work fast enough. At least though it was a relatively short journey from my home in Notts to Wetherby races and the prospect of seeing the exciting, most recent addition to the famous colours of McGoldrick Racing, our 4yo Blaster Yeats trained by Sue Smith whose horsebox does not register south of Doncaster on it’s compass !! At least that`s  the joke myself and my frequent racing companion, and fellow syndicate member John often crack on our many sojourns up the A1. Previously Blaster had shown some promise. On his first

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THE NEW SEASON IS UNDER WAY

THE NEW SEASON IS UNDER WAY

Nearly six months have passed by since our last runner, enabling members to hibernate for the summer, then crash, bang, wallop, and we have three runners in five days to herald the start of the 2019 / 2020 McGoldrick Racing season. It turned out to be a satisfactory start for our three horses, and bearing in mind each of our trainers cautious comments beforehand, there was nothing to be disappointed about. Our first horse to open the batting was, BECKY THE THATCHER        Wetherby 16th October 2019 Micky Hammond had hoped to run Becky in the 7th of the 8 stayers races at Pontefract on the flat, Monday 7th Oct., but the meeting was abandoned due to the course being waterlogged, and so we decided to go to Wetherby on the 16th in a 3ml Class 3 0-140 hcp. Her performance was well summed up by the RP. Prominent, led after 4 out, ridden and headed 3 out, remained close up until weakened run-in An excellent pipe opener from Becky then, after which we can now look for something far more suitable for her. She really is such a genuine horse. Her handicap rating was reduced from 134

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Famous Horse….NOT so famous “Jockey”

Famous Horse....NOT so famous "Jockey"

Mister McGoldrick, now aged TWENTY TWO …and fit and well in his ambassador role at Pam and Kevins New Beginnings at Bishop Wilton, York …   www.nbhorses.org.uk    had a visitor recently, who was allowed the privilege of riding this famous horse for the very first time. Even though it was just a case of sitting on his back and my old fella ambling round the paddock, it was a great thrill for me. Thanks to Pam and Kevin. Richard [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_WmkQLdbaU[/embedyt]    

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Romeo whets our appetite on debut.

Romeo whets our appetite on debut.

With  members newly assembled and smiling to you all above, we travelled to Sedgefield hoping to see evidence that Romeos debut would show our money had been well spent. The usual dilemmas at this time of year had inevitably cropped up beforehand, mainly ground conditions and imminent forecasts of snow and ice, hence two other entries were also considered at Wetherby and Kelso. Phil decided to settle for the Kelso option, fully aware it would be unlikely we would beat the Ellison horse Windsor Avenue, a highly rated prospect within the Ellison yard. So it was reasonable to assume that the chosen race would be more of an assessment, and less of a winning opportunity. And what we saw was an excellent run from Romeo considering the following facts; We were carrying a weight penalty For a horse described as being “not the biggest but very athletic” it was very difficult for an athlete to be seen at his best under the prevailing gluey good to soft conditions, with wide finishing margins from first to last throughout the card. In with a decent chance of finishing close to the winner and second at the top of the hill, our fella,

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Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo >>>>>>>>>

Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo >>>>>>>>>

An interesting headline you might think ?  weird maybe !  but please read on. Romeo is not the name of my missing cat, …..I don`t have a cat, neither have I become obsessed with the works of the great Bard. The simple answer is that after the sad demise of our flagship horse Delusionofgrandeur, I was given an instruction by my members to circumnavigate the UK in search of a horse to follow in the hoof steps of the great Delboy. Not an easy task. My search eventually led me to George Nympton. Who the hell you might ask is George Nympton ? The answer is George Nympton is not a person at all, it is the name of a small farming village in Devon, and is the home of husband and wife racehorse trainers Nick and Jane Williams, who just happen to own and train (in Jane`s name) a 4yo…now 5yo by the name of ROMEO BROWN. Romeo Brown is a 5yo gelding by Yeats, out of a mare called Santia(UK) and he has an unnamed unraced FULL 4yo brother that Harvey Smith bought at the sales at Doncaster in May last year. I asked Harvey how much it

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Mission Accomplished for Becky at Ponty…but not quite how we planned it.

Mission Accomplished for Becky at Ponty...but not quite how we planned it.

Pontefract Thursday 20th September 2018. Quite a day really. Started off with high hopes of another big run from Becky, especially as the weather forecast was for heavy rain…which would suit us, but not many of the others, and would mean game, set and match for us regarding the Stayers competition Heavy rain duly arrived, which soon became torrential rain, the like of which I`ve never seen before on my many trips up and down the A1M, with the spray from HGV`s making it almost impossible to see the road ahead On arrival I was half expecting the meeting to be abandoned, but not so, and racing went ahead. Conditions though were so bad for the first two races that some horses were so unhappy racing in the horrendous prevailing conditions, they were virtually pulling themselves up, with jockeys powerless to control their mounts, some of which had decided this was over and above their call of duty, and thus voted with their feet. Mainly the Southern based horses of course….not the tougher, hardy types from up north. From Good to Firm to Heavy in 90 minutes …almost unheard of. Anyway by the time Beckys race was due to be

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Starboard Watch will NOT now race as a 2yo

Starboard Watch will NOT now race as a 2yo

It has been decided that Starboard Watch will not now race this season. Our filly was really pleasing James Given, and one or two race options had been pencilled in for her, including a tentative entry for a £20k Plus 10 race at Newmarket ovr 7furlongs. But, sods law, during a final fast gallop in preparation for her first race, she pulled up quite lame, and the writing was on the wall. Her injury, at first thought to be a stress fracture, turned out to be not so serious, nevertheless, even though she was well enough in herself a few days after the scare, James, after discussions with his vet, recommended that in view of the potential of this filly that he had clearly seen from her work, it was too much of a rush, and, more importantly, too much of a risk to race her so near to the end of the flat season. Members were contacted, and there was unanimous agreement that our filly should be given all the time she needs, and thus she should be put away  and will be heading back shortly to her Breeders stud farm for a winter life of luxury. Disappointing yes,

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