Well what a start to the new year for McGoldrick Racing !
It was decided beforehand, we would push the boat out and reserve a restaurant table for the afternoon, and enjoy the luxury of being fed and watered by the excellent catering staff at Catterick.
After seasonal greetings were exchanged, the conversation turned to our main event of the day, and opinion was we perhaps should have declared DoG for the opening Novice Hdl which, when the decs were published, looked an altogether easier option than the one we had plumped for.
It wasn`t re assuring either when the betting opened earlier in the morning, and odds of 9-1 were available on DoG….even 12.5 to a few quid for those who were using the Exchanges.
But for those doubting Thomas`s assembled.. or perhaps I should say Richard, confidence was soon boosted after Danny Cook joined us in the parade ring, and gave us his very upbeat plan of action.
Quite simple really, testing conditions, so lets make it a test of stamina, and find out what the others have got.
And find out we did as the race entered its final mile and we could see jockeys on the three other main protagonists…one by one begin to row away, with little response from their charges.
And, with the exception of the last hurdle, at which DoG decided he couldn`t be bothered to jump, instead just kick the bloody thing out of the way, which he did in fine style without losing momentum either, he raced clear on the run in, easing down, winning by 6 lengths with a further 12 lengths to the third horse.
It wasn`t Cheltenham in March, nor was it Aintrees Grand National meeting, but McGoldrick Racing members were happy to celebrate in style, a victory at Catterick on New Years Day, which, without getting carried away, was very impressive, and enough for us to be able to continue to live the dream, in the belief that with DoG, there is further improvement to come, especially as he is only a 6yo…AND Danny Cook is on record as saying he can`t wait to ride him when Sue decides its time to go Novice Chasing with him.
Exciting times ahead then, with much to look forward to.
But horseracing is a great leveller as we found out recently, when Andrew Phillips, my friend, and also my longest serving syndicate member, tragically lost his young, promising Chaser Clan William at Haydock on the 19th December.
A sickening blow for Andrew, and a stern reminder to us all who live the dream, to always keep our feet firmly on the ground.
In conclusion, Sue phoned me the following day to say DoG had eaten up well, and was bucking and kicking to be let out into the paddock.
No immediate plans, but Novice Chasing won`t be an option just yet.