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Weekly Update 07-05-18

By On 7th May 2018

I am not certainly not complaining about warm weather, but it is fair to say that the sunny and hot weekend has definitely hit our plans for My Brother’s debut!  The ground at Windsor is good to firm and good to firm flat racing ground would be very quick jumping ground and My Brother is a big strong jumps type who is very unlikely to want to be jarring himself on quick ground so we took a decision on Saturday morning not to declare for the race today.  We are looking at some other options for him and more details are below.

The good news is that this leaves me a free day to sit at the computer and sort out all the weekly communications!  I am off to France next weekend for a golfbreak, so the weekly blog may not be online until after the weekend.

The Way You Dance

The Way You Dance is still on course to run in the two mile handicap on the flat at Chepstow next Tuesday (15th May).  This is an evening meeting and the race is at 8.20pm.  It is limited to horses rated up to 60 and TWYD is currently rated 59 so will be one of the top weights.

Assuming there are no hiccups between now and then, the entry will be made later this week.  We know The Way You Dance prefers decent ground and so at the moment, the warm weather does not cause too much concern for this plan.  If for some reason,we do need a backup, then the most likely option is at Yarmouth on May 23rd.

The Way You Dance should now be running regularly as long as he stays injury free.  I am excited to see if he can build on his excellent win the first time we tried him over three miles in a hurdle and I think there is a good chance that he can improve on his current handicap mark and maybe win a couple of races for us over the summer.  If he does, then he should pay back a big chunk of his share purchase fee in prize money.  The shares are very good value at £280.50 per 1% share with (£275 per 1% share for purchases of 5% or more and £270 per 1% for purchases of 10% or more).  There is nothing else to pay until November, and only then if you decide to renew.  Hopefully there will be plenty of chances to see him in action, so please contact me if you would like to get involved.

Justice Super

Johnny’s vet scanned Justice Super‘s leg last Wednesday and I received the scans and report on Friday afternoon.  The summary is that Justice has a tendon tear in the same leg and same tendon as his previous injury.  Whilst the damage does not look to be anything like as bad as last time, there would be no chance of Justice running again for about 12 months and having had two injuries, the risk of him suffering a third are greatly increased.  The most likely outcome is unfortunately that we retire him from racing and find him a good home.

My Brother

As mentioned above, there seemed little point with the long term in mind, in sending My Brother out to debut on really fast ground.  The challenge now is to find an alternative target for him.  The next two options that work are Newmarket on the 17th, Newbury on the 18th and after that Lingfield on the 24th.

The delay of his first run does give me some leeway in getting the shares sold.  Shares are £450 for 1%, but I will discount these to £430 per 1% for 5% purchase and £410 per 1% for 10% purchases.  I am also happy to take instalment payments.  As with The Way You Dance, 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.  I am really looking forward to seeing what My Brother can achieve on the racecourse this summer, so if you or anyone you know might be interested in taking a shareholding, please contact me for more information.

From The Stables

Last Tuesday saw Masquerade Bling run another solid race for Neil, but this was only enough for 3rd.  False Id bolted on his way to the start to leave Johnny disappointed, but his Stringybark Creek, plugged on well to finish 3rd.

On Wednesday, Neil’s Penny Poet was third as was Johnny’s Retrieve and there were no runners from our stables on Thursday.  Friday was disappointing with Neil’s Cape Banjo well beaten and Alan Fleming’s Wood Emery pulled up.  On Saturday, Neil’s failure to get in the winners circle continued with Lough Ryn, The Wicket Chicken and Parwich Lees all beaten.  Johnny suffered a similar fate with Gingili and Finish the Story both unplaced and it was left to Alan to provide the best runner of the day, but even that one, Deputy’s Pass, was only 5th.

A winless week was rounded out on Sunday when Neil had Dandolo Du Gite finish 2nd as did Johnny with Crown Hill.  Neil’s other runner Soupy Soups was well beaten.

Thinking of Joining Us?

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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