Starboard Watch sets sail for Yarmouth for her next run Mon 16th Oct

Starboard Watch sets sail for Yarmouth for her next run Mon 16th Oct

On the advice of jockey Tom Queally, who rode SW in her latest race at Kempton recently, and came back suggesting she should be tried over 1ml 2f, James and I have found an interesting opportunity for her to determine whether or not Mr Queally is indeed a good judge of a horse. Its a 1ml 2f 46-60 hcp. and there are over 30 entries, but we are 5th in the pecking order acc to hcp ratings, so, if James decides to declare her, we`ll definitely get a run. Its all a big learning curve with young horses such as ours, but I`m sure there`s a lot more to come from SW……maybe next season fair enough, but for now, lets just wait and see just how she performs over this first time try over a longer distance. Richard

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Starboard Watch Kempton 27th September 2017

Starboard Watch  Kempton 27th September 2017

It looks as though patience will be required with our 3yo filly Starboard Watch. It has been pointed out to me on more than one occasion by both James Given our Trainer, and James Sullivan who has ridden her twice now. Both believe she has plenty of talent….”a work in progress” is a frustrating term thats been used but, according to Sullivan she is a “great big horse” to which James added, and already she is seventeen hands tall and still a 3yo. In simple terms then, its a case of her body strength has not yet grown to match her frame, and time and nature are the only “medicines” that will work. Its been there for all to see, at Newcastle Redcar, and again last night at Kempton where she seemed to travel well and for a few moments  looked as if she might get her nose in front, but flattered only to deceive, for the reasons mentioned above. Tom Queally, after dismounting last night did say we should try her over 1ml 2f in her next race, and that will probably be the plan, after which a view will be taken about turning her out for a winter

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Starboard Watch Redcar Saturday 26th August 2017

Starboard Watch  Redcar Saturday 26th August 2017

Couldn`t resist the temptation to show the two photos below to illustrate our three lovely ladies representing McGoldrick Racing in the summer at Redcar last Saturday evening 26th Aug at Redcar, alongside four of my stalwart winter National Hunt members representing McGoldrick Racing in the winter at a freezing wet and windy afternoon at Edinburgh last season. Comments please !! Despite the smiles on the faces of Caroline, Steph and Karen, it was disappointing to see Starboard Watch finish well down the field at Redcar after such a promising run two weeks earlier at the same track. Perhaps it was a combination of the time of her latest race being four seconds faster than her previous race, together with the extra 18 lbs she carried  courtesy of the handicapper. I was also surprised Joe Doyle, our jockey, set out to make all,  just like at Nottingham earlier in the season when Jim Crowley was on board, didn`t do as he was instructed, and James was not a happy man as a result. Whereas when James Sullivan took the ride previously, he rode a patient waiting race, was plum last 2 furlongs out, yet stayed on to finish a decent 2nd to

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Starboard Watch back at Redcar hoping to go one better this time

Starboard Watch back at Redcar hoping to go one better this time

It was good to see Starboard Watch beginning to get the hang of what she needs to be doing, and an excellent second to a 79 rated southern raider, was hopefully a taster of whats to come. And so its back to Redcar, Saturday 26th August 6-55 pm race this time in a 46 – 65   7f hcp which despite nearly seventy entries, our filly is up there near the top of the ratings off 64, and is easily qualified to run. Jockey James Sullivan, who rode her last time out thinks she “will keep improving, as she is so big, and would love to ride her again”. Ruth Carr however has first claim on James, and had other ideas….namely her horse Faintly, running in the same race, on which James will be on board. Don`t know much about our jockey Joe Doyle, but I`m sure he is more than capable. James thinks that even off 64, Starboard Watch may still ahead of the handicapper, so lets hope he`s right. My £10 ew will no doubt have Betfair quaking in their boots again after their 150-1 on offer before her last run, so its doubtful they will be as

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Smiles at last for Starboard Watch members

Smiles at last for Starboard Watch members

   Well it took a long time coming, but finally Starboard Watch has begun to repay the faith that James Given always had in her, and also the patience of members, who, its true to say, were beginning to wobble a bit after some moderate performances. So we move from frustration to optimism as our filly was seen, at last, to be getting the hang of things, under an exemplary ride from James Sullivan, who certainly impressed me with the patient ride he gave her. I was unable to travel to Redcar, but watched the race on RUK, and within seconds of the result, James was on the phone both delighted with how well she had run, but also relieved, having just proven to us guys that we`ve got a racehorse at last. Early days yet, but there was a lot to like about her performance, and getting into handicaps right now will be a lot easier than it has been recently off her mark of 46. Lord knows how the handicapper will react, but whatever he decides, right now it will do us no harm at all. Thanks to Rob and Steph and Dean and Liz for adding a

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Starboard Watch to race at Wetherby

Starboard Watch to race at Wetherby

Starboard Watch will make her third racecourse appearance…this time at Wetherby on Tuesday June 6th in a 1ml maiden race off at 5-15pm. Assuming the jockey Andrew Mullen follows instructions, unlike the jockey in her previous Nottingham race, we might just begin to see signs of a racehorse in the making Forecast heavy rain, which should change the going to G/Soft, will certainly help our cause.

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Starboard Watch Nottingham May 22nd 2017

Starboard Watch  Nottingham May 22nd 2017

I was unable to travel to Nottingham to watch SW`s second race, but members present, alongside James Given, were disappointed with what they saw. I was able to watch the race live on RUK, and have to confess, I was somewhat puzzled as to why the jockey decided to adapt trail blazing tactics over the mile trip, when no one was sure she was going to stay the distance anyway. Those were not his instructions. I`m pretty certain SW`s next race though will be back over 7 furlongs, and, whilst the jury is still out, as I`ve stated in previous posts, I believe the potential she shows at home has to be transferred to the racecourse before long. Keep the faith guys…..for now anyway.

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Entries for two of our horses

Entries for two of our horses

BECKY THE THATCHER…… Micky Hammond, despite her two wins over hurdles, is keen for Becky to lose her maiden tag on the flat. We have been waiting for suitable ground conditions, but everywhere the ground has been either firm or good to firm. However, the rain has arrived and as a consequence we have entered Becky at Carlisle on Monday 22nd May in the  2ml 1f  Class 5  51-70 h/cap off at 5.25pm. Becky has a rating of 122 over hurdles, but only 58 on the flat, so she will be nicely weighted, and should run a big race. A win would do no harm whatsoever to her CV  as a valuable brood mare.   STARBOARD WATCH After her first outing at Catterick recently which proved to be disappointing, James Given has entered Starboard Watch in a 1 mile maiden race at Nottingham on Tuesday 23rd May… the day after Beckys run at Carlisle, and all we can hope for is the longer distance and more suitable track will eke out some improvement from her. Very early days yet, however James firmly believes she has the ability to win races, so members are happy to go along with his opinion,

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Our Maiden voyage with Starboard Watch begins at Catterick

Our Maiden voyage with Starboard Watch begins at Catterick

With a name like Starboard Watch, there`s always going to be plenty of nautical terms used in the months ahead when the creator of this website is updating events regarding the progress of our filly. Hence the headline relating to her first run on a bright and sunny Catterick afternoon, when, disappointingly, she finished 12th of 12 in a 7f Maiden race. The frustrating thing for me was how well she looked in the parade ring before the race, only to witness a performance which most certainly didn`t reflect her looks. The race itself, turned out to be a non event for us really, with James Given seen shaking his head in disbelief, and members looking somewhat perplexed at what they had just seen. But this potential tale of doom and gloom soon began to change for the better shortly afterwards. Firstly, jockey Tom Eaves told us not to be too critical, as his filly, on the undulating Catterick course, “just couldn`t get her legs right…especially on the bend into the straight”, and was “all over the place”…so much so he had “difficulty getting her to race straight”….”Catterick was the wrong track for her first race.”  ” Next time I

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First entries made for our 3yo filly Starboard Watch

First entries made for our 3yo filly Starboard Watch

It was great to receive a phone call from James Given telling me that Starboard Watch is about to embark on her maiden voyage, setting sail from either the port of Thirsk on 22nd April or Port Catterick on Wednesday 26th April. Admiral Given will be in charge of operations and will select the better option. All I can say is that our filly is indeed well, but, whilst she may run a big race on her debut, it will be a totally new experience for her, and, in my opinion,  she is best watched.

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