So desperately sad to report that our beautiful 7yo mare Becky the Thatcher has been put down as a result of a recurring problem involving displacement of her colon.
No need to go into great detail, except to say we all knew Becky had not been performing to her usual high standard this season, and was being treated for colic and colitis.
Eventually, after being diagnosed with having a displaced colon, Becky was operated on, but shortly afterwards her colon flipped through 180 degrees again, and we knew we were in trouble.
The situation was discussed with Phil Cramp, Chief Vet at Hambleton Equine Clinic, and, because Becky was in constant pain, the advice was either further surgery with major risks, or to have her put to sleep.
Becky proved to be the ideal horse for a small syndicate such as McGoldrick Racing.
Always did her best as her stats will forever show.
Total runs under rules 43 (22 flat..21 hurdles)
wins SEVEN, 2nds ELEVEN, 3rds ONE a 44% win and place ratio to runs.
Her earnings grossed at £57, 831, to which a further £5,000 can be added for her winning the Pontefract Stayers Championship 0f 2018.
Her handicap official ratings peaked at 68 flat and 134 hurdles
Becky excelled over hurdles though.
Over her 21 runs, she never fell, or remotely looked like falling (one u/r not her fault), and her jumping was a joy to watch as she attacked her hurdles with commendable enthusiasm.
So much so, that Micky Hammond was keen for her to jump a fence. Sadly that`s not now going to happen.
So not the best of seasons for me, McGoldrick Racing and my members.
Blaster Yeats sidelined early in the season with a tendon problem…..Romeo Brown, disappointing this season after a cracking first year in our partnership with Birrafun….and now, the biggest blow of all, having to say goodbye to Becky.