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Weekly Update 05-08-18

By On 5th August 2018

Only a short “week” for the blog given that the last update was Tuesday, but we have had a runner since then and it seems a long time ago to me!  I made it all the way up to Bangor on Friday, so that is another course I can tick off my list of those visited.  The last two “new” courses for me have actually done the owners experience properly.

Perth served a three course lunch in their members restaurant from a set menu on shared tables of ten and Bangor has a new members facility where again you sit on tables of 10 with other owners and they serve a full carvery and dessert and provide half a bottle of wine per person.  It makes the sandwiches that some courses offer look pretty ordinary!

I was sat at Bangor with the owners of Volvalien who is trained by Brian Ellison, but a couple of years ago was trained by Alan Fleming!  I knew the horse well obviously and we had a nice chat over lunch.  I was delighted to hear (whilst I was standing in the car park preparing to leave), the commentary of the race where Volvalien stuck on well to win his race.  They seemed a nice group and I was really pleased for them.

The Way You Dance

The Way You Dance had his leg scanned by the vet this week.  The good news is that there is no long term injury, but he obviously did take a knock and still needs another week or two of easy work before he gets back to cantering.

In the short term, I am holding the share price at £280.50 per 1%, reducing to £275 per 1% if you buy 5% and £270 per 1% if you buy 10%.  As a special offer, if you buy 5% or more, I will credit you with all prize money won so far this season – which is payable at the year end – this will mean that you already have about £250 of prize money in the bank, with nothing else to pay before renewal in October.  Contact me for details.

Justice Super

No update on Justice Super this week, but if you can provide a good home for a very well mannered hack, please get in touch!

My Brother

My Brother ran at Bangor on Friday. We were concerned about the ground, but ahead of the race, Tom Scudamore confirmed that it was the best ground he had ridden on all summer, so there were no excuses there!  There were nine runners in the race including three previous winners (two in novice hurdles and one in a point to point). The top rated was rated 119 which is a higher mark than My Brother ran to at Perth. With a better round of jumping than Perth and some improvement, we felt that he had a good chance and we were expecting that he would finish in the first three.

He was much more settled pre-race this time and he did not pull so hard in the race. This was probably a big contributor to the fact that he also jumped much better, although there will still be improvement to come there as he went right at a couple of hurdles and he put in a couple of “bunny hop” jumps on the way round. He did still sweat up a lot at the start and during the race and at the business end, he couldn’t quicken when he needed to, but he did gallop all the way to the line. He ran like 2m 4f at least was his trip, but he would need to settle as he pulled too hard last time and was tired before the end of the race.

Whilst on paper his run would not be as good as the one at Perth, Tom Scudamore was much more happy with him this time and felt that he had progressed in many ways and he trotted up fine (My Brother not Tommy Scu!) the following morning and aside from a tiny nick on a foreleg, he seems all fine.

We will give it a few days and then think about next races.  Neil is adamant that he is well up to winning races for us and whilst he may not be a champion, he will be very competitive as his level.

Shares in My Brother remain £450 for 1%, but I will discount these to £430 per 1% for 5% purchase and £410 per 1% for 10% purchases.  This is an all in cost to 31st October 2018 and at renewal shares will be less than £200 per 1% share to cover training fees should you decide to stay involved for another year.  Please contact me for more information.

From The Stables

No success this week.  On Tuesday, Neil had three at Worcester where Fingerontheswitch was unplaced, Green or Black was 2nd and Cape Banjo was unplaced.  We only had one on Wednesday, Alan Fleming’s Tully East in the Galway Plate.  He was settled off the pace and never managed to get into the race as the front runners never came back to the field.

There was nothing Thursday, but three on Friday, with Walt and My Brother unplaced at Bangor for Neil and Sporting Boy unplaced at the same track for Johnny.  Penny Poet was a non runner for Neil on Friday evening.  Only the one Saturday runner and  Johnny’s False Id was unplaced after winning last time out.

Get Involved

Buying a share in one or both of the horses 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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