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 don
t 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 by 3l…. that`s racing !!
A totally different scenario 24 hours later at Catterick in the Maiden Hurdle when Edgar was hoping to improve on his promising introduction to hurdling at Sedgefield in early February.
Improve he did in a strange race in which, despite an appalling blunder at the final hurdle, the Blu Tac on Ryan Manias backside held firm, and long way behind though he was, Edgar came home a creditable 2nd to a horse who was in a different class on the day, with the rest either pulling up or strung out all over the home straight.
Nevertheless, there was lots to like from our 8yo ex flat horses new career, and there`s more improvement to come.