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Weekly Update 14-11-18

By On 14th November 2018

Last week was a busy week for me with two days over in Ireland attending the Goffs Sales, annual renewals needing to be issued to The Way You Dance and My Brother shareholders, another entry for My Brother and a trip to Somerset to meet with a lady who is interested in providing Justice Super with a new home.  All the details are in the relevant sections below!

The Way You Dance

I spoke to Neil at the weekend and he reported that The Way You Dance has had another good week and is doing everything he would want him to.  All is going to plan so far and his is progressively getting fitter.

There are shares available at £360 per 1%.  5% will be discounted to £1750 and 10% to £3400.  These are “all in” costs to 31st October 2019 with your share of prize money, 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 fine and seems well recovered from his run at Fakenham now.  He was given a 3lb weight rise by the handicapper last week following race, but we decided that on good to firm ground there was little point in running him last Friday at Warwick to take advantage of racing using his old rating.

He has however been entered to run at Cheltenham this coming Friday (16th November) in a novice handicap worth just under £10,000 to the winner.  The race does look very competitive, but you would expect that and My Brother could be a well handicapped horse.  The problem that we have is that the ground is drying out fast and consequently there is now a big doubt regarding participation as we do not want him coming down the hill on fast ground.  A final decision will be made at declarations tomorrow morning and Neil has also mentioned an amateur riders race at Fakenham next week.  The ground there would also be a concern though.  We will take a look as he did settle better last time and having an amateur on board may not be a problem.

The race diary from his last Fakenham run has been updated on the website.

There are plenty of shares available in My Brother and for a horse that is good enough to be entered in races at Cheltenham, they are amazing value.  Shares are £415 per 1% including training fees for the year.  5% will be discounted to £2000 and 10% shares to £3900.  These are all in costs to 31st October 2019 with your share of prize money, 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 for further information and please do it soon as if he goes and wins a big race, I may be forced to increase his value!

Justice Super

I travelled down to Somerset to meet with the lady who is taking Justice Super as a hack and dressage horse and I am delighted to report that it seems a good place for him to be and I am sure he will be well looked after.  We should be getting regular updates of how he is getting on, which I will share via the website.

Goffs Sales

I spent last week at the Goffs Sales.  I went on Tuesday for the yearlings sale and again on Wednesday for the horses in training sale.  It was a good experience and I spent a lot of time with a friend of Alan’s who gave me some great advice on what to look for and it was interesting to get his insight into the horses we saw.  There were plenty of good value yearlings that could have been bought, but a 1000 euro yearling would probably cost about 15,000 euros to buy and look after for a year and I could not justify a purchase!

I did come close on day 2 when I saw a lovely big chasing type called Uncle Henry.  The downside was that he was in training with Joseph O’Brien so it was unlikely that we would be able to improve him much, but he was well rated on the flat and looked like he could be a nice jumper.  I think I might have been bidding if it had looked like he would go for under 20,000 euros, but he went for 23,000 and felt able to pass at that price!  It was all good experience for the future and an enjoyable couple of days.

From The Stables

Last Monday, there was no success to report as Neil had Looks Frozen, Cintex and Willygolassiego all unplaced at Plumpton and Johnny’s Spring Storm suffered the same fate.  Tuesday was another poor day as whilst Winter Spice was 2nd for Johnny, All Hands on Deck for Neil and Big Picture for Johnny were both unplaced.

On Wednesday, Neil’s Chepstow runners all struggled with Better News, Cesar Et Rosalie, Dalaman and Rainy Day Dylan all missing out on the places and Alan’s Lappet was 3rd at Dundalk.  There were no runners on Thursday, so it was Friday when the week took a more positive turn.  Whilst Neil’s Milkwood was beaten at Fontwell, Johnny had a double of winners at the same track.  Love The Leader and Bermeo both getting their heads in front.

The success continued on Saturday.  Full struggled at Wincanton for Neil, but Fingerontheswitch ran really well to stay on for 3rd in the Badger Chase, the big race of the day.  Over in Ireland, Alan’s outsiders, French Furze, Tournois and Speaker Connolly were all beaten, but Borderline Chatho ran the race that Alan was hoping for and was a nice winner.

After no runners on Sunday, Neil made sure all our trainers had a winner to report when Neachells Bridge landed the opener at Hereford.  Johnny’s runner later on the card, Conna Cross,  ran very well and was 2nd.

How to Get Involved

There has never been a better time to get involved as the fees for 12 months to 31st October 2019 have recently been set.

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.

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 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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