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Weekly Update 08-04-19

By On 8th April 2019

It was a quieter week at BG Racing last week with The Way You Dance recovering from his race the previous week and My Brother continuing his rehab from injury.  I did have a really good visit to Neil Mulholland’s on Friday where we chatted at length about the existing horses and discussed some ideas for adding horses to the BG Racing “stable”.  Details are below and I would be delighted to talk to you if you are interested in any of the options mentioned.

The other big racing event last week was the Aintree festival.  What a superstar Tiger Roll is.  A great performance from a great horse who has won a two and half mile graded hurdle, a cross country championship race and the biggest handicap chase in the country in his three runs this season.  Incredible versatility!

Aintree 2019

I previewed Aintree here last week and thankfully I found a couple of winners amongst my selections and mentions.

On Thursday 4th April my main danger Kalashnikov beat my selection La Bague Au Roi in the grade 1 Manifesto chase and my next selection Fakir D’Oudaires was also 2nd.  I got the Betfair Bowl wrong but one of my mentions Supasundae got the better of Buveur D’Air in the Aintree Hurdle.  Road to Rome was unplaced in the Foxhunters and I had a non-runner and an unplaced selection in the next.  I also failed to nominate a placed horse in the mares bumper.  On Friday, I selected a non-runner and a loser in the first and then a loser and a placed horse in the second.  I did, however, give a strong word for Rouge Vif who was 16-1 at the time and he was third in that race.  My suggestion to back Lostintranslation without the favourite was a winner, but it would have also been a winner backing him with the favourite!  I got the Melling Chase wrong but nominated a placed horse in the Topham.  I nominated Dallas Des Pictons if he ran and Champ if he did not in the next and the latter won, but unfortunately the former ran and so was the selection!  I did round off the day with a “McFabulous” winning selection in the bumper.  On National day, I had losing selections in the first two races and a second from Us and Them in the next.  I did, however, select an 8-1 winner in the race before the  National with Kildisart, but I did not manage to nominate a placed horse in the National, although my main selection Mall Dini was a non-runner.

New Ownership Opportunities

I have two new opportunities and I am trying to gather interest before deciding whether to proceed.  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 from May to October.  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

I visited Neil Mulholland’s stables last week and The Way You Dance looked in very good order and he has started cantering again after his recent run.  I have uploaded some photos of him at the stables on Friday.  These can be accessed via this link.  I have spent some time this morning looking at future race options for The Way You Dance if his training goes well for the next couple of weeks.  Ideally, I would have liked to have raced him on grass, but there are not a huge number of options and the all-weather might end up being more convenient.

Shares in The Way You Dance remain at only £360 per 1%, with 5% will be discounted to £1750 and 10% to £3400.  I only charge 10% to cover my time running the syndicates and this is further reduced for the 5% and 10% rates which really are excellent value.  Quoted costs are “all in” costs 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

It is fair to say that My Brother was feeling very fresh and well when I saw him on Friday.  When we tried to take him out for some photos, he nearly took Neil off down the lane and when we tried to get him back into the stable, he sent us both diving for cover from a flying kick.  I have uploaded some photos of him and these can be accessed via this link.  These were only some of the photos I took, but in the rest of them, either Neil was airborne or My Brother had dragged himself or Neil halfway out of shot!

As he is still recovering from injury, 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

Last Wednesday (3rd April), Neil ran Glengar who was well beaten at Wincanton.  There were four unplaced runners for Johnny Farrelly on Thursday as Zero Grand, Sehayli, Outlaw Jack and Sporting Boy were all beaten at Taunton.  Friday saw Neil record a winner with Dead Right putting in a smart performance at Sedgefield.  Alan Fleming’s day was the complete opposite.  Kos was well beaten at Wexford, before Edelpour yet again found one too good and was 2nd and then the day got much worse when Speaker Connolly took a terrible fall.  Cerealice at Wexford and Lappet at Dundalk the later runners were, unfortunately, unable to brighten the mood.

On Saturday, Neil’s Chepstow runners, Great Fairy, Caviciana and With Pride were all unplaced.  Johnny had Havana River unplaced, but his Gastara ran really well and finished 2nd at a big price.  The week ended with several good runs, but no winners for Neil on Sunday.  At Ffos Las, Mind Your Back and River Bend struggled and Solighoster ran poorly, but Excelerator Express ran a nice race in the last and looked a possible winner at one stage before eventually finishing third.  Over at Plumpton, Mrs Burbidge was 2nd, The Wicket Chicken was 3rd and Molliana was 2nd all going well without getting their head in front.  Alan ran Espanito Bello at Fairyhouse but he was well beaten.

Getting Involved

Fees for both horses are all inclusive to 31st October 2019 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.



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