So sad to have to report that our old warrior Fill the Power was fatally injured at the Fernie Point to Point yesterday Sunday the 7th May.
During his six seasons in the ownership of McGoldrick Racing members, FTP raced 53 times….won 5 races….was placed 2nd 9 times and 3rd twice, amassing earnings of £57,273.
He fell only once, and there were reasons, not excuses as to how and why he came down….but thats history now.
Always did his best, always an immaculate jumper, yet, bless him, always lacked that extra gear change when it mattered. Because of that, his style of racing had to be from the front, and his catch me if you can efforts paid off over the years to the tune of £57k, so no complaints whatsoever from us guys, he did us proud, and we all loved him.
But at 11 years old, we really needed to be thinking about investing in a younger horse, and, thanks to Sue and Harvey, we were lucky to find the right new owner and the right new home for FTP…..life on the farm with Point to Point racing as his new career.
His first race was at the Quorn PtP at Garthorpe on Saturday 26th April, when, ridden by Mr Bennett, his new owner, ran on strongly at the end of the race to finish a very honourable 3rd, which so pleased his owner / jockey he was seen punching the air with delight, well pleased with his own effort and of course, that of his horse.
His next, and what turned out to be his final race was at the Fernie PtP on Sunday 7th May, where, after jumping well, sadly, after another excellent jump, slipped on landing, and came down, breaking his shoulder, and that was the end.
On behalf of all members involved with Fill the Power during his tenure with McGoldrick Racing, may I offer our sincere condolences to Mr Bennett and his family who I know are devastated at their loss.