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Weekly Update 07-08-19

By On 7th August 2019

As expected, I am a little late again this week following our trip to Market Rasen on Sunday with Fr Humphrey.  The race went less well than we hoped it might but miles better than it could have and realistically probably much as we expected it would with Fr Humphrey tiring in the home straight.  It was great to see a new track though and Market Rasen is well recommended with good viewing, a nice atmosphere and a very fair course where they produced excellent ground.

I also had a trip down to catch up with Johnny Farrelly last week.  Johnny has done quite a lot of work at his yard and things are looking very good there.  On the way home, I stopped off to meet Simon Earle who had invited me to come and visit his yard.  Simon has some great facilities and I am sure that once he gets some decent horses to work with, he should have plenty of success.

The Way You Dance

The Way You Dance arrived at Michael Attwater’s stable at Epsom a couple of weeks ago and has now started cantering on Epsom Downs.  I am going to see him again on Friday and will discuss a timetable for getting him racing with Michael.

Fr Humphrey

Fr Humphrey was allocated a handicap mark of 103 last week which was a couple of pounds higher than his Irish mark.  He was entered as planned at Market Rasen and declared to run late last week.  We booked Tom Scudamore to ride for us.  There were 9 runners due to race and Fr Humphrey carried 11 stone 1 lb.  We were surprised to see Fr Humphrey listed as 2nd favourite at the opening show but he drifted throughout the day and started at a much more sensible price.  If you did not see my FaceBook live video posts from the course, then you can view these by going to the BG Racing Syndicates page of FaceBook.

Tom Scudamore seemed quite confident in the paddock and planned to jump away towards the front and see whether others wanted to make the pace.  He wanted to let Fr Humphrey go at his own pace whether that meant he was following a lead or out in front.  He jumped well in the main, only making a couple of mistakes and Tom later said that Fr Humphrey has been around long enough to be clever in such circumstances and knew what to do to get to the other side safely even if it looked a bit messy!  He faded three out and dropped out of contention and we are confident that this was down to him needing the run after an absence from the track.  If he comes on for the run as we expect him to, then he looks well capable of winning for us in the next couple of months.  He was fine on Monday morning and was due to be back trotting yesterday.  A race diary will be published on the website soon.

Whilst you will have missed one run, it is not too late to get involved with Fr Humphrey.  We have had him since May and been incurring training fees since then, hence 1% shares are £125 to 31st October, with 5% will be discounted to £600 and 9% to £1000.  Please contact me if you might be interested and I will provide you with further information.  These payments are all-inclusive for the period with nothing else to pay.  There should be several more runs in the next three months so late joiners have not missed much!

My Brother

Nothing new to update on My Brother who has been turned out for the summer.  We are looking to bring him back in sometime in the next few weeks and check whether he is ready to get back into training.

From The Stables

Non-runners were the order of the day last Sunday and Monday and on Tuesday Johnny Farrelly’s two Worcester runners were unplaced as Breffniboy and Mountain Rock failed to make the frame.  Neil Mulholland did somewhat better though!  At Perth, Lake Baikal finished 2nd to the odds-on favourite and that was the worst of his three runners as first Heavey and then Putting Green gave him a winning double on the day.  At Worcester, he also had two third-place finishes from Vexillum and Magical Thomas.  On Wednesday, Neil’s Prettylittlething rallied well late to snatch second place at Perth, but White Lilac was unplaced.  On Thursday,  Havana River was unplaced for Johnny and Viking Ruby, Code of Law and Harbour Force were unplaced for Neil.  Neil’s Green or Black did plug on well to finish placed.  Friday saw four more unplaced, Johnny’s Fool To Cry and Love The Leader and Neil’s Justthecraic and Williegolassiego.  On Saturday, Mr Fox ran well for Michael Attwater at Lingfield but finished just out of the places and on Sunday, as well as Fr Humphrey being unplaced at Market Rasen, Michael’s Enyama and Johnny’s Black Noah and Sehayli all failed to make the frame.  On Monday, Michael’s Passing Clouds ran well at Windsor to finish 5th.

Getting Involved

Fees for horses are all-inclusive and buying a share in a BG Racing horse is a decision that you will not regret.  Quoted prices (except for Fr Humphrey) 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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