It was a day of mixed emotions as Mister McGoldrick said farewell to his beloved Wetherby Racecourse and his legion of fans who turned up to wish him well.
Mixed emotions yes….
Sadness at the thought of never being able to enjoy the spectacle of such a genuine horse…. racing and producing those prodigious leaps as he attacked his fences wherever and whenever he ran……always doing his best…. win or lose…. whatever the task.
Relief because history will show his “innings” as being NINETY ONE races not out, and there won`t be a 92nd race, or 93rd etc., where, especially in the last 2 seasons, the thought of a “one race too many scenario,” and having to live with the consequences afterwards, had increasingly played on my mind.
He can now retire with honour, fit and well and unscathed after a long career in which he made so many admirers throughout the Country in general, but the North of England in particular.
Finally happiness that Sue and I retired him at the right time AND place…..Wetherbys Boxing Day fixture….their biggest and best days racing of the season where McG won two Castleford Chases as well as SIX other races, to return an impressive EIGHT wins out of his career total of FIFTEEN at his favourite track.
Mister McGoldrick loved Wetherby, and Wetherby racegoers loved Mister McGoldrick, and I`m grateful to Chief Executive Jonjo Sanderson for allowing us to bring McG to be paraded both in the Ring and in front of the stands to great applause from spectators before being driven back to Craiglands Farm to hang up his boots/shoes before tucking into the enormous box of carrots with which he was presented by staff at the Racecourse.
Thats all for now, but I am already in the process of gathering as much TV footage as possible, together with many photographs of the big day, and I will get as much material as possible on to the website over the next few days.