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Weekly Update 07-05-19

By On 7th May 2019

Firstly, my apologies for a lack of web update last week.  It has been a busy couple of weeks with The Way You Dance running and several other things going on.  I did get down to the stables on 25th April to see the horses and spent a long time with Neil discussing the possible lease horses and plans for The Way You Dance.  I spent Friday afternoon at Lingfield Park helping the Canter Club host two of their clients who had hospitality suites, which was a fun afternoon showing people around the course and providing them with some very bad tips!

While I was down at the stables, I took some photos of The Way You Dance which are available here: Google Photos – BG Racing and a video of him on the gallops which can be viewed here: Youtube – BG Racing

New Ownership Opportunities

I am still considering two new opportunities and I still need a few more people before I can go ahead with either.  Please take a look and get in touch if you think you might be interested in either as this will allow me to keep you updated regarding whether they are going ahead.

Summer Jumper on Free Lease – I have the option of bringing in a new horse for the summer.  The horse in question is an 11-year-old chaser and I have the option of bringing him in on a free lease which means that I can send him back to his current owner at the end of the period unless I want to negotiate an extended lease.  He ran in November and December, winning and then finishing quite close in his next start and he is a 3-mile handicap chaser who likes good ground.  Basically, an ideal sort to have as a summer jumper and very capable of winning, he could be a lot of fun.  The existing owner cannot afford to keep in training at the moment, so my plan would be to bring him in on a six-month lease.  I would need to pay transport one way and all training fees and entries and I would probably offer the current owner 10% of net prizemoney as well as a gesture of thanks for letting us have the horse, but the remaining prize money would be distributed to shareholders as I normally do.  The upshot of this, however, is that I could offer 1% shares at only £125 per 1% share for the summer (to 31st October).  I could do 5% for £600 and 9% for £1000.  Please contact me if you might be interested and I will provide you with further information and keep you posted.

New SprinterSome BG Racing shareholders want to go racing more regularly and the best way to do this is to get ourselves a hardy sprinter who can run around 20 times per season if injury free.  I would like to have such a horse in the BG Racing “team” to cater for such people.  Whilst it is unlikely that such a horse will be a prolific winner, the main aim will be to run and go racing regularly with hopefully occasional wins and some regular minor prize money.  This would be a full purchase though (so of the order of £350-£500 per 1% share) and again, I cannot afford to start looking to make such a purchase without some good indication that I would be likely to get the shares sold.  If this would be of interest to you please contact me and I will provide you with further information and keep you posted.

The Way You Dance

The race diary for The Way You Dance’s Lingfield run is now on the website and can be viewed here.  A race diary for Saturday’s Goodwood run will be added in due course.

The Way You Dance was working well at home, so we decided to give him a race.  After going through the options, we made an entry for him at Goodwood last Saturday, 4th May.  The race was a 1m6f handicap for horses rated 56-75.  There were 14 runners declared and The Way You Dance was ridden by Shane Kelly.  It has to be said that it was a disappointing run for The Way You Dance who ended up eased off and finished last.  He was travelling well during the early part of the race and was still going strongly with over half a mile to go when they started downhill, but there his progress stalled.  It is possible that he did not handle the undulations of the track.  There was a concern that he may have been sore as the lack of momentum down the hill would be consistent with this, but Neil reported that he was perfectly sound the following morning and there is no identifiable issue.

We will sort out another run for him while we try to work out why he is not showing his true form at the moment.  The handicapper dropped him 5lb to 64 for turf handicaps this morning, which does give him a couple more options.  There is nothing suitable at all on the all-weather until 20th June, so we will have to go for a flat turf race or a hurdle.  On turf, there is a race at Nottingham on the 21st and one at Yarmouth on the 22nd.  We may also get more suitable ground over hurdles as the courses water for good jumps ground which is generally softer than good flat ground.  The best hurdle options are on the 27th and 29th May.

Shares in The Way You Dance are £360 per 1%.  This is an “all in” cost to 31st October 2019 and you will receive your share of prize money, plus 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

My Brother is doing well and should be back in training later in the year.  Now is the time to let me “do you a deal” on a shareholding.  If you are interested, please contact me and I will provide some details for you.

From The Stables

On 23rd April, Big King, Kos and Gwencily Berbas all failed to place for Alan Fleming, whilst Master Burbidge was also unplaced for Neil Mulholland.  Neil recorded a winner on the 24th though when Milkwood won the bumper at Fontwell.  He also had a place from Queens Magic, but Peltwell, Soupy Soups, Walt and Moayadd all failed to make the frame.  Neil’s Putting Green was 5th at Perth the following day and Johnny Farrelly’s Valse Au Taillons and Ahead of the Game were both unplaced.  On the 26th, Dalaman was pulled up for Neil at Chepstow, Johnny got a placed runner though through Kalaskadesmilley at Bangor.  Saturday 27th was the last day of the jumps season and The Young Master was one place away from winning the Bet365 Gold Cup for Neil with what was a cracking run and a good result for the yard.

Masquerade Bling was beaten at Salisbury for Neil on Sunday 28th and Just The Craic was also unplaced for Neil at Windsor the following day.  That day, Johnny had And The New and Lady Makfi both unplaced at Southwell as well.  There were no runners from our stables on Tuesday 30th April but May started with a decent run from Neil’s Man of the Sea at Bath, who finished 3rd.  There were no runners on Thursday 2nd and just the one on Friday 3rd, when Neil’s Banbys Boy was well beaten.

Saturday 4th May was busier.  Alan had Hurricane Darwin in the Punchestown Cross Country race, but he fell.  Johnny had two unplaced runners in Dpinesflyer and Havana River and Neil had The Way You Dance, Mind Your Back and Fingerontheswitch beaten.  Cesar Et Rosalie was a winner for Neil though at Uttoxeter running a nice race and creeping into contention late on.  Sunday 5th was a blank day, but there was a third winner for Neil when No Hidden Charges won the 2.55 at Kempton on Monday 6th, when his other runner, Full was unplaced.

Getting Involved

Fees for horses are all inclusive to renewal (31st October 2019 for both current horses) and 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 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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