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Weekly Update 04-11-18

By On 4th November 2018

After an on / off, will we / wont we, first half to the week we finally decided to run My Brother at Fakenham on Wednesday.  It proved the right decision as the ground was certainly soft enough for him and we could have been forgiven for wishing it had been a bit firmer on the bends and My Brother slipped and stumbled twice, without which he surely would have gone close to winning.  It seems that he is none the worse for his gymnastics though and that was a great indication that we should have an exciting year with him.

I am off to Ireland for a couple of days tomorrow, to stay with Alan Fleming and to spend some time at the Goffs sales on Tuesday and Wednesday.  No immediate plans to buy anything, but I felt that it would be useful experience.

The Way You Dance

I saw Neil at Ascot yesterday and he reported that The Way You Dance had done two canters up the hill yesterday morning and that all was going as well as could be hoped.  The Way You Dance is still very big from his layoff and will take some getting fit, but everything is going as well as we could want at the moment.

My plans to issue renewal emails to shareholders this week, were rather scuppered by a day at the races with My Brother.

There are however some shares available at £360 per 1%.  5% will be discounted to £1750 and 10% to £3400.  These are “all in” costs to 31st October 2019 with your share of prize money, full owners benefits and the sale proceeds from your share should you decide not to renew or if we sell the horse.  If you are interested in taking a share, please contact me and I will provide you with further information and the relevant paperwork.

My Brother

We decided to declare My Brother for Fakenham last Wednesday.  The race closed at 10am on Tuesday with only 7 declared and we therefore had until 10.30 to decide whether to add My Brother.  The ground at Fakenham was good but they were forecasting 8-10 mm of rain on Tuesday and we felt that if that arrived, then this would be the best chance to race My Brother in the next couple of weeks.

We knew that My Brother would improve for the run and we thought that he might be fresh and headstrong, so we declared him to wear a hood to help him to settle.

In the race, turning into the first bend, My Brother slipped and stumbled badly forcing jockey Noel Fehily to pull him back sharply to help pick him up off the floor.  In one movement he went from 3rd to last.  Noel gave him time to compose himself and steadied him at the back.  We were not helped however that when turning into the home straight at the end of the first circuit, My Brother slipped again.  This one was not so bad, but probably still dented his confidence.

On the last circuit, he jumped the third last flight still two lengths last of eight, but moved up round the last bend and up the home straight to stay on strongly to finish 3rd.  Thankfully when he trotted up the following morning he was a bit stiff, but does not appear to be injured.

This was a very positive run and we were delighted with it.  My Brother did everything we would have wanted him to, he settled better, he jumped better, and he showed a good attitude despite a situation that must have shaken his confidence.

Neil has entered My Brother for a race at Warwick on Friday that we previously had in mind for him, this is just to give us an option after handicap reassessment on Tuesday.  We feel that an increased handicap mark for this run would be harsh, but just in case he was increased on Tuesday, then we would have the option of running on Friday off our current mark.

As soon as I can get to it, I will post a race diary for the Fakenham run, including photos, video and race report.

There are plenty of shares available in My Brother and they look really good value with this run in the books!  Shares are £415 per 1% including training fees for the year.  5% will be discounted to £2000 and 10% shares to £3900.  These are all in costs to 31st October 2019 with your share of prize money, full owners benefits and the sale proceeds from your share should you decide not to renew or if we sell the horse.  If you are interested in taking a share, please contact me for further information.

Justice Super

Fingers crossed, I have found a home for Justice Super.  I have been exchanging emails with a lady who would like to take him as a hack / dressage horse.  I am going to visit her next Saturday and I am sorting out the required paperwork.  There are still a couple of bridges to cross, but things are looking hopeful!

From The Stables

Last Tuesday was disappointing as for Neil Mulholland, Boy In A Bentley was placed without threatening to win and Ballyantics failed to make the places and for Johnny Farrelly, Dalasiri was also well beaten.  On Wednesday, Neil might have had a winner had My Brother not slipped up!  His Physical Power was very disappointing at Fakenham though and Johnny was surprised by the run of Polished Rock at the same track which was too bad to be true and the horse was under pressure with a circuit to go.

November started with Vancouver finishing 2nd at Stratford for Neil, whose Soupy Soups ran well and looked like winning before getting worn down and finishing 2nd.  Neil’s other runner Harbour Force was beaten, and Johnny’s Western Sunrise could not go the pace and plugged on to be 3rd at Sedgefield.

On Friday, Lappet did not get to race at Dundalk for Alan Fleming when she was eliminated as a reserve.  Neil ran Queens Magic at Uttoxeter and whilst she ran a solid race, she looked to have bumped into a good one and she was 2nd.  The Saturday card started with our only winner of the week when Neil sent Fingerontheswitch up to Wetherby and he won.  The good start to the day but was not continued at Ascot where The Twisler was in contention, but failed to make the frame, Inaminna looked to not enjoy the experience and was pulled up and Solighoster failed to go with the leaders in the straight and did not feature.

Today Alan ran a two year old filly, Maggie Thunder, at Naas and she made a promising debut to finish 6th.

New Shareholders & How to Get Involved

I have been delighted to welcome several new shareholders to BG Racing in recent weeks and there has never been a better time to get involved as the fees for 12 months to 31st October 2019 have recently been set.

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.

Buying a share in a BG Racing horse is a decision that you will not regret.  All quoted prices 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 discussing what is involved, then please do get in touch as I would be delighted to discuss things with you.

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 by following this link:

Have a great week.



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