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Weekly Update 02-09-19

By On 2nd September 2019

It is all action for BG Racing right now.  Before I have even managed to get the race diary pages online for Fr Humphrey’s first two runs, he has run again and this time, somewhat unexpectedly, he won!  More on that below.

There is no rest though as it looks like we will be racing again this week, as The Way You Dance is due to make his re-appearance at Lingfield Park on Thursday.  Details of that are also below.

The Way You Dance

The Way You Dance worked well up last week and having discussed the available options with Michael Attwater, he fed back to say that he felt that the race at Lingfield this week would make a very good starting point and we made an entry.  Our race is due to go off at 6.20pm on Thursday and declarations will be made tomorrow.

The race is a 2-mile handicap on the turf course for horses rated up to 75.  There are 13 entries and I would expect 8 or more runners.

Obviously The Way You Dance has been poor this year and it is still likely that he will be sold at the end of October, but if he can show us some improved form in the next few weeks, then we would love to keep him going.

Fr Humphrey

Having decided that the race at Fontwell last week was a good opportunity to try Fr Humphrey with a tongue tie, he seemed fine ahead of declarations and it was decided that we should run.  He had been dropped by 3lb by the handicapper for his previous race, but as the Fontwell race was a novice hurdle, the handicap mark was not relevant.

Having declared, we found that we were one of only three runners in our race and with £500 of prize money for finishing third we were set for our biggest payday so far, but how little we knew!

We booked James Best to ride as Tom Scudamore had to go to Sedgefield and we felt that James would get on well with Fr Humphrey.  Having not raced over hurdles since 2014, Fr Humphrey’s chances were dismissed by most experts (and me!), but with 15 shareholders and guests on hand at Fontwell, everything fell right for us on the night!

It appeared that neither of the other two would want to lead, so we instructed James that leading was fine as Fr Humphrey had led races in the past.  Whilst we were happy to lead, we did not want to go too quickly, so James set a very steady pace and this probably did no favours to his rivals as one was pulling to go faster and the other had to be reined back every time Fr Humphrey jumped slowly (which happened several times as he had not had much recent hurdles practice!).

Nothing really changed for over two miles and all three entered the home straight still doing barely more than a canter when James decided to kick for home and stole a few lengths.  Approaching the last, Fr Humphrey still held the lead but the favourite was still on the bridle and the other runner still looked like he could relegate us to 3rd.  As they hit the hill up to the line however it became clear that they were struggling to get by and Fr Humphrey really stuck his head down and battled all the way to the line for a gutsy win, much to our surprise and elation.

It all added up to a brilliant evening for those in attendance, especially as several had disregarded the betting advice and backed him to win!

Fr Humphrey is in good order and will be back cantering this week and we will discuss future plans later in the week.  The prize money for winning means that all shareholders will receive at least 20% of their outlay back as a dividend at the end of the lease, so as well as enjoying ownership, it is costing less than expected!  We picked up a bottle of fizz, a photo, a Fontwell bag and a memory stick with a recording of the race as prizes these have been allocated to shareholders as well.

If anyone would like to check out the official photos from Fontwell, then they are on: https://www.fontwellracingphotos.co.uk/p977722285

My Brother

I spoke to Neil over the weekend about My Brother and he reported that My Brother had been checked two weeks ago and it was felt that the would benefit from another month out of training.

The plan is, therefore, to bring him back into training in a couple of weeks from now.  Everyone is happy with his progress, but there was nothing to be gained by rushing him back and that there was more long term benefit from giving him the extra downtime.  I will update further later this month.

From The Stables

Last Tuesday, Juanito Chico made a nice debut for Michael Attwater at Epsom finishing 2nd.  On Wednesday, Jallisant was unplaced for Neil Mulholland as was Ormskirk for Johnny Farrelly.  I visited with trainer Simon Earle a couple of weeks ago and have been looking out for his runners, he was hoping that his Wednesday runner Kilkeaskin Molly would go better than last time and she did finishing 2nd at 33-1.

Thursday was a great day for Neil with a winning double but both were surprise results.  Half an hour after Fr Humphrey won at 16-1, Caroline’s Charm repeated the feat at odds of 20-1!

On Friday, Michael’s Delagate This Lord blew the start at Sandown and got caught too far back.  He stayed on well to be third, but his chance was gone early in the race.  For Neil, Prettylittlething ran well but was just out of the places and Dream Machine ran well but could only manage 3rd place.

At the weekend, Neil’s Pania was unable to factor at Newton Abbot and Harbour Force was also well beaten.  Seven Clans had a better result at Wolverhampton but he was still only 4th.  Johnny had Black Noah unplaced and Chance It 4th at Newton Abbot and there was no luck for Michael’s Mountain Rescue who led all the way at Sandown, but was swamped by fast finishers in the last furlong.

The week ended on Sunday when Neil’s Boy In A Bentley was unplaced at Worcester.  Doubly Clever ensured Johnny has a winner to report though and he is now two from two since joining the yard.

Getting Involved

Fees for horses are all-inclusive and buying a share in a BG Racing horse is a decision that you will not regret.  Quoted prices (except for Fr Humphrey) include the purchase price of the horse and should you decide to renew for a second year, you will only need to pay training fees which are under £200 per 1% share.  If you are interested in finding out more about what is involved, then please do get in touch as I would be delighted to discuss things with you.

I issue weekly shareholder updates (which go into more detail than the blog) and frequent updates on social media.  Feel free to like the FaceBook page and follow the Twitter updates.

I also have an e-book entitled “Racehorse Ownership – Everything You Might Have Wanted To Know But Would Not Have Known Who To Ask“.  This is free and the download page can be accessed here.

Have a great week.

Phil


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