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Weekly Update 09-06-19

By On 9th June 2019

Greetings – I hope you are having a good weekend.

I am pleased to report that I have sold just under half of Fr Humphrey who is looking good.  I still have plenty of shares left though, so see below for details.

Fr Humphrey – An Affordable New Opportunity to Own a Share With BG Racing

Fr Humphrey is an 11-year-old chaser who likes good ground and who has joined us on a free lease for the Summer.  He ran in November and December, winning a handicap chase at Fairyhouse before finishing a close 5th in a similar race at Thurles and is an ideal sort to have as a summer jumper.  He should be well up to winning in the UK and hopefully will give us a summer of fun at the races.  The agreement is to bring him in on a lease until the end of October when he will be returned to his owner.  As there is no purchase, fees are for training, transport and race entries, with net prize money distributed to shareholders as I normally do.  I was at the stables a couple of weeks ago and took photos and video of our horses.  Fr Humphrey is being ridden by Tom Scudamore who is wearing a black body protector with red sleeves.
Link for photos: and link to video:

I was back at the stables on Thursday and took lots more photos of Fr Humphrey.  On the gallops, his rider is wearing a black back protector with grey sleeves and there are several photos taken when he got back to the yard (

Fr Humphrey has had a good couple of weeks since I last saw him and he was looking good when I saw him on Thursday.  He is a great big strapping sort as you would expect from a chaser and he looks like he will take plenty of work to get him race fit.  Thankfully he also looks the type that will be able to take his races well and hopefully be able to run regularly.  Neil estimated that he would need around 4 weeks to get him ready to run, so best guess is that we will have him on the racecourse in the first couple of weeks of July.

Shares are being sold at only £125 per 1% share for the summer (to 31st October).  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.

The Way You Dance

The Way You Dance ran at Bangor on Tuesday.  I will produce a race diary on the website but I have uploaded my photos from the day and these can be viewed at

It was another very disappointing run for The Way You Dance finishing 8th of the 9 runners that took part.  He was tailed off again, as despite settling and jumping well he needed to be chased along in the back straight and started to drop back.  Jockey Tom Scudamore eased off and popped the last three hurdles to finish a long last.  After the race, Tom reported that he had not pulled The Way You Dance up because, he did not seem tired, was breathing fine and his stride had never really shortened.  He just felt that TWYD had just not seemed to want to go with the others once it would have required a bit of effort as opposed to him not being able to go with them and that is very much in keeping with his other runs this season.

As a result, Neil and I have taken the decision to move TWYD to new ownership.  There may be an option to do this through a private sale, but if not, we will enter The Way You Dance for one or two selling races and in parallel, enter him in an upcoming auction so that if he is not claimed from the selling race, we can sell him at auction instead.  It is a real shame that we have ended up in this position as this season started full of optimism after he won twice last year, but I will look to replace The Way You Dance with the purchase of another horse once he is sold.

My Brother

My Brother has been turned out for the summer.  He was previously restricted to “box rest” but he will now spend the summer outside with other horses.  This keeps him on track with his recovery and he remains on target for us to have him back firing on all cylinders later this 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 Monday 27th May, Doing Fine was unplaced at Cartmel for Neil Mulholland.  Neil did have a winner over in Jersey where Man of the Sea won, but his other runner Molliana was unplaced.  There was just the one Tuesday runner from our stables, as the Johnny Farrelly trained Lady Makfi was unplaced at Southwell and on Wednesday, Putting Green weakened early and was a long last, whilst Full finished midfield and Runasimi River was also unplaced as it ended up being a disappointing day for Neil’s stable.

After no runners on Thursday or Friday, we were back in action on Saturday 1st June when Johnny’s Sporting Boy was unplaced in a race won by Neil’s Fingerontheswitch.  Neil’s other runners, Solighoster and Viking Ruby were unplaced but on Sunday, Lee Side Lady ran a game race for Neil at Fakenham finishing 2nd.  The same day, Alan Fleming’s Wonderoftheworld was 4th at Kilbeggan.  Last Monday, Masquerade Bling was third for Neil at Wolverhampton and on Tuesday, Neil’s yard got off to a great start when Dream Machine ran a great race at Bangor to win well.  Things went downhill from there though when Cornish Warrior and The Way You Dance faded out of contention.  Johnny’s Winter Spice suffered a saddle slip and Luca Morgan was forced to pull him up.

On Wednesday, for Neil, Vancouver and Deputy Jones were 3rd whilst Master Burbidge and Vexillum both failed to make the frame as did Bambys Boy at Kempton.  Alan had Great Cleni unplaced at Wexford and at Newton Abbot, Johnny’s Gamekeeper Bill was third and Ali The Hunter was unplaced.  At the sam track, Neil had Sleep Easy, Magical Thomas and Willygolassiego all unplaced.  On Thursday, Johnny had Marvellous Monty and Dpinesflyer unplaced, but Polished Rock hit the frame and Valse Au Taillons notched up a win.  For Neil, Cesar Et Rosalie was third and Last Enchantment and The Detainee were unplaced.  Harbour Force put in a good performance and was placed.  Johnny’s Kalakadesmilley and Havana River were both unplaced at Uttoxeter on Friday.  Neil’s Maliboo was unplaced, but Mind Your Back was third which was a decent run.  Johnny’s And The New finished his race well to run on into third at Chepstow on Saturday and over in Ireland, Alan’s Maggie Thunder ran a reasonable race but was unplaced.  The period ended with no runners today.

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.



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