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Weekly Update 03-01-20

By On 3rd January 2020

Not as much “office time” as I would have liked over Christmas, thanks in the main to a Christmas Cold!  What with a Taunton trip for Mount Oliver earlier in the week, I have plenty of overdue tasks that I am trying to get stuck into.

If you got some money for Christmas and are thinking about what to spend it on, why not buy yourself a share of a horse?  The prospectus providing full details of the current share options and background on each horse is on the website here and please contact me, via the website contact page if you want any information on any of the options.

Post-Christmas Gallops Trip to Michael’s / Anjaal Filly

Four BG Racing shareholders were up to Tattenham Corner Stables on Saturday 28th December to watch our Anjaal filly do a canter.

The photos are here: Google Photos

The video from the gallops is here (our filly is on the nearside rider with yellow jacket): YouTube Video

She continues to work well and Michael is very happy with her.  She is still on target to run at the end of January.

The fees for her cover the period to 31st December 2020 and are £240 per 1% share (£1,100 for 5% and £2000 for 10%).

My Brother

My Brother is back in the main yard, but is still only walking ahead of another check on his progress this time next month and hopefully the all-clear to get back into training.

His current valuation will look a bargain by the end of the year if he returns to the racecourse at the expected level, as the valuation has to be the best estimate of the price we would obtain if selling now.  This means that new shareholding can be purchased at £65 per 1% share (£300 for 5% and £550 for 10%).  The training fee to October 2020 is £250 per 1% share (£1150 for 5% and £2100 for 10%).

Fr Humphrey / Mount Oliver

Fr Humphrey will be back into work next week and getting ready for the Veteran’s Chase final.

Mount Oliver made the racecourse though with a better than expected debut at Taunton on Monday.  Taunton is only a small course and there was a huge crowd for this holiday fixture and the low sun was also a factor and resulted in fences being omitted on the far side of the course.  Mount Oliver was on edge but looked reasonably fit and ready to run. He did get a little hot in the preliminaries, but this was understandable after having such a long time away from the course.

Tom Scudamore was riding and settled Mount Oliver at the back of the field in about second or third last. With a circuit to go, he moved forward slightly so that Mount Oliver could get closer to the leaders.  Several jockeys got to work far earlier than Tom needed to and it was not until the turn for home that Mount Oliver finally started to tire.  Despite this, he still plugged on gamely and finished in seventh position only beaten in a photo for sixth.

Tom was absolutely delighted with the run and reported that Mount Oliver had carried him through the race really well.  He remembered riding him a couple of years ago and said that this was one of the best feels that the horse had given him. He thought we would be able to have loads of fun with him in the coming months.  This was a brilliant start and Mount Oliver was fine after the race.  Neil feels that he may need one more run to get him absolutely match fit, but we can certainly expect better next time.

The two of them are still available on a “two horses for one share price” option until 30th April 2020, with Fr Humphrey now qualified for the big prize-money veterans chase final and with Mount Oliver hopefully running at least 5 times in the same period.

Fees to end of April 2020 are £270 for 1% (£1250 for 5% and £2,250 for 10%) and this gets you ownership of both horses and full share of any prize-money won (which will be significant if Fr Humphrey runs well in the veterans chase final).

Dynamic Kate

Our Yeats filly, Dynamic Kate, has been working well at Neil’s.  She is having a Christmas break and Neil will start her up again in the next couple of weeks to get her ready for a bumper or two at the back end of the season.

Whilst she may only run three or four times between 1st November this year and 31st October next year, she really could be anything and whilst she might end up being quite ordinary, she could be a top-level performer able to contest big races.  She is £250 per 1% share (£1150 for 5% and £2100 for 10%) covering the period to 31st October 2020.

From The Stables

Neil Mulholland’s two runners at Sedgefield on Boxing Day, Irish Odyssey and Indian Brave were both 2nd, but Runasimi River got the day off to a flying start winning at Fontwell.  Sambella and Glengar were 5th, Neachells Bridge 3rd and Cesar Et Rosalie unseated. Hygrove Percy was 7th at Chepstow for Neil the following day.

The 28th was a good day for our trainers. Neil’s only runner, Full of Surprises won impressively looking like a smart one for the future. At Lingfield, Michael Attwater’s Chromium just missed the places and Urtzi was 2nd and possibly would have won with a better draw. Michael had a winner anyway as Real Estate won in the 1.35 pm race.

Neil had four runners at Doncaster on the 29th. Sainte Doctor finished unplaced and Queens Magic ran well but was probably held when tripping at the third last and unshipping jockey James Best who had little chance to stay onboard. Cremant was 8th, but The Twisler ran well to finish a game 2nd.

On Monday, Lep ran well again for Michael and made the places at Lingfield, but Passing Clouds was unplaced again. Neil had three at Taunton. Just Henry was well-beaten before Mount Oliver was 7th. Kansas City Chief provided a surprise win when racing wide of the field on his own, he ended up picking up some better ground and the solo run resulted in him capturing some enthusiasm that he had been missing of late and running on well to win.

On the last day of 2019, Man of The Sea was third at Lingfield for Neil in a race where Michael’s Ask The Guru was unplaced. The Wicket Chicken ran well for Neil at Warwick finishing 2nd.

2020 started with Neil’s Tango Boy 2nd at Catterick, while over at Fakenham, his Chirico Vallis was well beaten and Milreu Has was also unplaced. At Cheltenham, Shantou Village was pulled up, but Doing Fine meant that the day was a good one with a win in the second race.

Getting Involved

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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