ROMEO BROWN CHELTENHAM 13th APRIL 2022

ROMEO BROWN  CHELTENHAM 13th APRIL 2022

So here we were again, fourteen years on, back at the scene of the greatest sporting thrill of my life, (see above) the magnificent Cheltenham racecourse, where Mister McGoldrick wrote his name in the history books at the Festival meeting of 2008. This time however, after our much improved Romeo Brown, led from start to finish for a superb win at Kelso 26th March,in the £25k Cab on Target final, it was decided the Sue Smith horsebox, with Romeo on board, should turn right at the end of the driveway and head south to Cheltenham, for Romeo`s next race,  to lock horns with the big guns. On a mild afternoon, when Cleeve Hill was looking more beautiful than ever, our fella arguably ran the best race of his career when making all the running and coming down the hill looking all over the winner until  the final hurdle, where he was headed, but, nevertheless, bravely stuck to his task to finish an honourable 3rd, beaten 2 lengths and a head by the winner ,  the well treated Bold Plan, who had won his two previous races, yet the handicapper in his infinite lack of wisdom, chose to raise him only

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ROMEO BROWN BECOMES ROMEO GOLD

ROMEO BROWN BECOMES ROMEO GOLD

KELSO 26th MARCH 2022          GO NORTH CAB ON TARGET SERIES FINAL It was indeed a day never to be forgotten when loyal members of McGoldrick Racing deservedly won their largest individual pot of prize money thus far, when Romeo Brown finally showed us just what he is capable of when  convincingly winning the £30k Go North Cab on Target Final at Kelso on Saturday 26th March 2022. It had been the plan for quite a while to qualify for the final, and some of us were hopeful of a good run, but that was all. What was for sure, we knew Romeo was capable of winning, but hells bells, non of us expected he would prove us right in such a spectacular way. Whether it was the glorious weather, we don`t know, more than likely it was the lifestyle he enjoys at home within the Sue Smith yard. Since arriving at his new home, it seems that any creases have all been slowly ironed out, and its true to say in his latest run, he looked amazing walking round the parade ring, then come flag fall, all members agreed, he went on to put in the

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ROMEO GONE WITH THE WIND

ROMEO GONE WITH THE WIND

After his easy win at Hexham, followed by a creditable effort at Wetherby, rightly or wrongly, we decided to get qualified for one of these “Go North” Challenges, and so it was off to a very windy Doncaster  Saturday 29th Jan with high hopes that Romeo would run well. and regardless of the result, we would be half way towards qualification for the CHALLENGE FINAL in March with its £30k pot. There are times though, especially after this race, when I wish we had Doctor Dolittle as a member of our small but loyal syndicate, in order for him to talk to Romeo and determine the reason for his disappointing run when finishing 9th of 15. The vibes from Craiglands Farm were good, so perhaps the good Doctor could have told us what went wrong, but, alas, without him, the only excuse / reason I can offer would be the extremely strong winds which, at times,  blew my breath away…as well as my cap !! Romeo was all over the place, even blown onto the rails at one point,  acc to Thomas Willmott our jockey. The headwind in the home straight WAS extreme….yes it was the same for the rest

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JANUARY 2022 UPDATE

JANUARY  2022  UPDATE

My last update was way back in September 2021.   I accept my followers are relatively few compared to the likes of Middleham Park, but nevertheless, I owe an apology to those who, over the years, have been regularly following the progress of our small enterprise. So let`s open the doors and start working again.  Where do we start ?  Romeo Brown of course. When last we spoke, Romeo, with his first run for the Sue Smith yard, had looked all over the winner at Southwell on the 8th June `21, but whether it was a loose shoe, or he jarred himself at the 2nd last, no one was sure, but he went from near first to near last in the space of 200 yards. Vet could see he was lame, but he was fine the following morning. As it was the middle of summer, and Sues horses were all despatched to the moors for their summer break, she decided to follow suit with Romeo, and it was 162 days before we saw Romeo again at the races. This time it was Hexham 17th Nov 21 and lo and behold our faith in Romeo was restored big style, as he  won

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NEWCASTLE Bumper well worth the journey

NEWCASTLE Bumper well worth the journey

After all the disappointments of Romeos last five races   14th of 15…fell…fell…5th of 6….pulled up, it was extremely encouraging to see Romeo running a half decent race on Newcastles last minute arranged Bumper / Jumper card on Friday 21st Feb. I had seen the card, as had our member from Keighley, and both were of the same opinion that it was worth having a look. Great minds thought alike in this case as Phil Kirby had also pencilled in Romeo for one of these Bumper races as an excellent way of beginning the upward curve in Romeos performances members were desperate to see. And it worked out very well, as on a cold, wild and windy afternoon with hardly any racegoers present, and not even the big screen vehicle in attendance, Romeo raced enthusiastically to finish a highly respectable 2nd, beaten one length by an unfancied 16-1 Rebecca Menzies gelding, which, cometh the day, won`t be beating us again. The race I`m sure will have done Romeo a lot of good, and members too. Sean Quinlan was also delighted with the run, as was Phil Kirby who, after watching the race at Huntingdon where he also had runners, phoned to

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Disbelief as results go from bad to worse

Disbelief as results go from bad to worse

Back in October 2019, all members were eagerly looking forward to the season ahead with Romeo Brown and Becky the Thatcher having flown the flag big style for us in the previous season. Add to that the addition of Blaster Yeats, who looked a shrewd purchase,  giving us three horses to start  the current 2019 / 2020 NH season. Fast forward to today, the 4th Feb 2020, and yours truly plus members are completely shell shocked and left wondering just how much worse can things get. Why ?     read on…. Becky started the ball rolling with a nice 5th of 16 opening effort at Wetherby on 16th Oct `19 over a distance (3mls) which we suspected would test her stamina. Next day Romeo Brown ran a blinding first race of the season at Carlisle when a fast finishing second over 2ml 4f which augured well for the season ahead. Three days later, our new kid on the block Blaster Yeats ran his first race under rules at Sedgefield in a 2ml Maiden event at Sedgefield, finishing a very promising 4th of 12. Blaster then went on improving  by running an excellent 3rd on 8th Nov at Hexham and an

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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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Romeo Brown not happy in Wetherby mudbath

Romeo Brown not happy in Wetherby mudbath

The less said about Romeos performance at Wetherby on Charlie Hall Chase day the better. Except to say that if we expect Romeo to do his best for us, then its incumbent on us to ensure we do our best for him. We thought we had, but unfortunately, the weather decided it was going to have the final say, and at approx 1.00pm it began to rain and rain and rain some more, and as a result, when the 4-10pm last race on the card off time came, and the starters flag came down, with the ground at its very worst, fifteen brave horses set out on their 2ml 4f journey. Horses who raced prominently didn`t get the kick back, (the winner Mister Scrumpy was always prominent) but others suffered and after 2mls  most became unrecognisable to those following the race on the big screen as racing silks all became the same muddy black colour. Consequently Romeo, and many others looked very sad sights as they struggled to get to the lollypop. Post race comments from Romeos regular jockey Sean Quinlan, the repeatable ones anyway, were, “that was nothing like the horse I rode last time at Carlisle”, and “I

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OUR ROMEO’S A FIGHTER……NOT A LOVER !!!!!

OUR ROMEO'S A FIGHTER......NOT A LOVER !!!!!

Carlisle Sunday 17th March 2019. Well, whatever was amiss at Doncaster in Romeos previous race, when, as reported, he came back looking tired, exhausted looking as though he`d raced more like 4mls than 2ml, I`m now  happy for it to be filed away in the unsolved mysteries drawer and forgotten about. Because at Carlisle on 17th March, in the Watch Racing on Racing TV Novices Hcp hurdle over 2ml 1f, on heavy going, any niggling doubts myself and members may have had after the Doncaster non event, went straight down the plug hole, as OUR Romeo gave us the performance of a gutsy fighter, as you can see for yourselves in the image below, as he  attacks, and dives at the final hurdle, makes a bit of a Carlisle cock of it, and lost ground to the Dorking Cock, who didn’t. But its well known that Yeats progeny have toughness on their side, and boy did Romeo prove it, as, under a brilliant, patient ride from Sean Quinlan, Romeo responded to Seans urgings, and, from the last hurdle, battled his way up the hill, made up the ground lost at the final hurdle, and got his head in front  just in

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HE CAME BACK LOOKING AS THOUGH HE HAD RUN FOUR MILES

HE CAME BACK LOOKING AS THOUGH HE HAD RUN FOUR MILES

Early days yet for our latest syndicate horse Romeo Brown and members, but whilst I cant speak for the horse, myself and members present at Doncaster on Feb 20th were cautiously optimistic of a good run from our 5yo gelding following an encouraging start for us at Sedgefield the previous month. Our optimism and expectations however were short lived, as Romeo ran no sort of race, prompting comments such as, “he wasn`t the same horse I rode at Sedgefield” from jockey Sean Quinlan “I never expected that” from yours truly and others. But the most telling comment came from our honourable lady member from Sheffield. “Hes come back into the unsaddling enclosure awash with sweat, and looking as if he`s just run FOUR MILES”……….which indeed was very true, and proof enough for me that the race had been an over exertion for him and that something was amiss on the day. A phone call from the yard the following morning did not offer any clue or inkling as to something having been amiss, because Romeo had eaten up and was “absolutely fine.” Phil Kirby was also as perplexed as we were, so between us, he and I agreed…with apologies to William Shakespeare…

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