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HAYDOCK SATURDAY 7th MAY 2022

HAYDOCK SATURDAY 7th MAY 2022

The best day of my sporting life was, not surprisingly, when the first horse I ever owned, Mister McGoldrick, won the Byrne Group Plate at the Cheltenham Festival meeting way back in 2008. But the events at Haydock on Saturday 7th May 2022 have certainly got me scratching my head as to whether or not this amazing day  surpassed the enjoyment of my Cheltenham experience. The main difference this time was being able to share the success with others, namely McGoldrick Racing members. Four members plus myself travelled to Haydock,  all of the same mind that it was indeed a massive ask for Romeo to beat horses rated far higher than him. However,  the success we`ve had this season from using front running  tactics, gave us hope Romeo would run a big race. it was also at the back of our minds, (mainly my mind really) that Romeo had previously fallen twice at the same track, so the Haydock jinx factor was also in our minds. But…hells bells, we never expected it to turn out as it did. From start to finish, Romeo left the others behind as he led them all  a merry dance for every one of the

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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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SECONDITIS FOR ROMEO AND EDGAR

SECONDITIS FOR ROMEO AND EDGAR

Just to say  the featured video image on this latest post is simply for Ged, a long standing member of McGoldrick Racing, who is not too well at the moment, and we all send him our best wishes. For those who dont know Ged he`s the one who drew the short straw when it came to paying the bill It was good to see our two horses Romeo Brown and Edgar Allan Poe racing within 24 hours of each other. Romeo at Carlisle on 28th Feb and Edgar Allan Poe at Catterick on Tues 1st March. Romeo, under a more prominent tactical ride from Thomas Willmott, was in front for the first furlong, but Thomas realised, and the Racing TV time clock showed they were travelling at 35mph, so he  sensibly eased him and settled him in midfield My word how his hurdling has improved for being with the Smiths, and he looked all over the winner as they began the climb up the hill for the second time. Unfortunately for us, Nicky Richards horse, with a jockey allowance of 10 lbs was just too much for our jockeys 3lb, and we were overtaken on the run in to lose

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Romeo and Edgar Latest

Romeo and Edgar Latest

Lets start with Edgar Allan Poe, our now EIGHT year old gelding, and  SEVEN times winner on the flat, who ran his first ever hurdle race at Sedgefield yesterday 9th Feb `22. It was a real journey into the unknown for Edgar, and us guys, as well as Ian Barker, with whom McGoldrick Racing joined forces after Ian moved the 8yo gelding to Sue Smiths from the Bastiman yard. Its been said many times that if the Smiths can`t get a horse to jump, then nobody can, so the emotions with all of us involved at Sedgefield were high as we waited for our fate…and investment to unfold. Well the race did unfold, and what we saw was an excellent ride from jockey Ryan Mania, who`s priority was to help Edgar deal with jumping hurdles for the first time at racing speed, thus giving the horse the confidence he will need as his hurdling career develops…….and it has to be said, apart from one slight error, and another more novicey one at the last, Edgar ran a blinder. Perhaps, with a few more cracks of the whip, and more aggression from the jockey, we might have ended up with some

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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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MISTER McARTHUR

MISTER McARTHUR

The featured image above is a reminder of happier days at Micky Hammonds yard with Becky the Thatcher, now deceased, and Aiden Blakemore who, I`m delighted to report, is making good progress towards recovery after a serious illness and a lengthy stay in hospital. Reluctantly, McGoldrick Racing has been compelled to wave the white flag with Mister McArthur, our horse in Mickys yard, after yet another reported injury needing  many weeks recovery time. Micky has agreed to takeback ownership of Arthur, and will either give him a long break before trying again, or retire him, then find a home with someone within the Middleham racing community. Best not to dwell on the many months we waited, and failed, to get a proper race into Arthur, with Micky sharing our frustration, but the latest injury was the last straw. I thank members involved for sharing their patience and support over the last year, and I apologise to them that it had to end in this way. Richard

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The Future is Bright for Romeo

The Future is Bright for Romeo

Sue Smith did not waste any time in getting stuck into the enigma that is our Romeo Brown. EIGHTEEN races to date without a win !!  Near misses occasionally yes, and at times,  exaggerated waiting tactics in some races may have been an issue, but more often than not, we were left scratching our heads wondering what had happened to the form Romeo had shown with us in his early days. After less than five weeks at Craiglands Farm however, the news came that Romeo had been entered to run in a 3ml  hcp 0-110 at Southwell. Many pundits are still of the belief that one day, the REAL Romeo will show up again, hence, the money always comes for him, and not for the first time in his eighteen race losing run, yet again he went off a well backed 5/2 fav. in the chosen race at the said meeting. As the race progressed, myself and four members present could see…ears pricked, he was jumping well and travelling nicely for Ryan Mania over the extended 3mls. As they rounded the final bend into the straight, and approaching the second last hurdle, Mania had moved to the inside rail, and

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TIME TO END THE WEBSITE HIBERNATION

TIME TO END THE WEBSITE HIBERNATION

It`s been a long time since we spoke, a time which I would gladly prefer to forget. BLASTER YEATS…. Fighting fit and all  set for a trip to Haydock in early March, when he suffered a serious injury during his final preparation for the chosen race. Examination showed Blaster had suffered a broken pelvis, and whilst we were hoping he would recover, it soon became obvious he was in great pain, and after a further veterinary examination, we were told the only option was to put him to sleep. So very sad for everyone involved. NORTHERN PHOENIX….became the horse Micky Hammond was asked to to find by members and myself,  to replace our beautiful mare Becky the Thatcher, who we lost due to complications following a colic operation. Originally the plan was to start Northern Phoenix`s career in a bumper. But delays and setbacks, plus the decision, because we hated the name Northern Phoenix, he was re named MISTER McARTHUR meant he didn`t get to run his first race until February when he finished well beaten on bottomless ground at Catterick in February. Micky then took the decision that “Arthur” as he`s known in the yard, would run on the

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