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Weekly Update 07-01-19

By On 7th January 2019

2019 certainly delivered a busy first week!  A trip down to the stables to see the horses and plenty of deliberating regarding where to give My Brother his next run.  In the end, we bypassed the possible race at Chepstow today in the hope that the ground is kind to us and we can race at Huntingdon on Friday.

Stables Visit

I had an excellent visit to Neil Mulholland’s stables on Friday.  After calling in on both our two horses in their stables, I met Neil who showed me around the building work which is coming on fast.  He hopes to be in his new house within the next three weeks and the building that will house the lad’s canteen, the owner’s room and more, is starting to take shape.

After a coffee and toast, we headed out to the gallops.  My Brother was being ridden by Phil Donovan and The Way You Dance was ridden by Daisy Watts Hewson.  We drove alongside the horses as each did two canters up the hill gallop and then two more on the flat gallop.  Neil took some video from the car and this can be viewed on youtube.

My Brother
The Way You Dance

We went back to the yard where I chatted to Phil and Daisy who both gave very positive reports on the wellbeing of their respective mounts.  After about 15 minutes, the lads were back in the saddle to ride out the last few horses and Neil and I headed over to the flat gallop to watch them before I said my goodbyes and headed for home.

The Way You Dance

The Way You Dance is going really well and in training is showing no ill effects at all from having has his knock.  Fingers crossed that remains the case as we prepare him for his return to the track.

I can confirm that we have now entered The Way You Dance in a race at Wolverhampton on Saturday 19th January and he will run there unless there is an issue in the interim.  Entries close next Monday and the race is scheduled 4th on the card at 6.15pm and is a handicap for horses rated 51-70.  It takes place over 2 miles with a £3750 first prize.  Whilst The Way You Dance is rated 71, horses rated 71 and 72 are permitted to run (although they have to carry additional weight) as long as the race is not oversubscribed.

Now is a great time to get involved as you could be racing in a couple of weeks.  Shares are 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 entered My Brother for a race at Chepstow today but after a lot of soul searching decided to wait for our original target race at Huntingdon this coming Friday.  As it turns out, the odds-on favourite won today’s race very easily and it may have been a race, best avoided!

All things being equal Huntingdon is a better option in that it is a lower grade race and worth more money, but the ground at Chepstow today probably would have been ideal and the ground at Huntingdon may get too firm.  We will monitor the ground during the week and we have entered My Brother for a more valuable handicap at Fontwell on Monday 14th that we can use as a backup if Huntingdon gets too firm.

My Brother shares are £450 per 1% and there is every chance that he will bounce back to his Cheltenham form on better ground.  I will reduce my admin fee for larger share purchases, so 5% is £2,200 and 10% is £4,250.  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 shareholding, please contact me for further information.

From The Stables

2018 finished quietly as Better News, for Neil Mulholland was pulled up at Warwick.  On New Year’s Day, Neil’s Dandolo Du Gite looked like he was coming to challenge but ended up unplaced at Exeter and unfortunately The Druids Nephew was pulled up down the back straight at Cheltenham.  Vancouver finished close up, but that was, unfortunately, last of three runners, whilst Call Me Westie and La Cavsa Nostra were well beaten.  With no runners from our stables on the 2nd or 3rd of January, we were back in action on the 4th when Very Extravagant was third for Neil and Harbour Force was unplaced.

On Saturday, Neil had three more runners and Last Enchantment was booked for a good 3rd in the 12.15 at Sandown when falling at the last flight.  Halo Moon ran OK but was unplaced in the Veterans race at 3.00 and Cesar Et Rosalie looked a likely winner at one point at Wincanton before finishing unplaced.  Neil sent three more to Plumpton on Sunday where Lee Side Lady was placed, whilst Test Ride and Glens County were beaten.  Johnny Farrelly and Alan Fleming had no runners this week.

Getting Involved

There has never been a better time to get involved as the fees for both horses are all inclusive to 31st October 2019.

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 here.

Have a great week.

Phil


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