Weekly Update 16-04-19
By BG Racing Syndicates On 16th April 2019
Thanks to everyone who contacted me about the new horse options. I have not got quite enough interest to progress with either at the moment, but I have a couple of new contacts that I am waiting to hear from and I am hopeful that I will get enough interest to bring the summer jumper over. If anyone else is interested in one or both of the options then please let me know, I have repeated the details below that were included last week.
Its The Final Cheltenham
Technically tomorrow and Thursday is not the final Cheltenham meeting of the season as they have an evening meeting on 3rd May which is typically a card of Hunter Chases. The April meeting is, however, the curtain closer in terms of the better quality racing at the venue and it is the last fixture that I will be attending this season. I will be in my usual spot on the viewing steps behind the disabled racegoers viewing platform in the club grandstand. If you are passing by, feel free to stop off and say hello!
Wednesday opens up with a class 2 novice hurdle with several previous winners in the field. Confusion will be possible with Cotswold Way and Cotswold Prince running in the same race. Dashel Drasher from the Jeremy Scott yard has been impressive in recent starts and maybe can complete a four-timer here. For many of these, this will be their last race in “novice” company as they will be fully fledged hurdlers when the new season begins in May and they will have to take their chances against more experienced rivals, so no doubt several will be wanting to sign off with a win before things get harder. The 2.40 is a cracking Grade 2 handicap and both Highway One O One and Mister Whitaker who were well fancied at the Festival bid for a better run here. It looks a competitive race though and should be a good one to watch. At 3.15 we have a handicap hurdle and Rather Be who I have been backing (and losing on) all season has switched back to hurdles from fences. As we know from personal experience with Oscara Dara a few years ago, Nicky Henderson is capable of switching them back and winning so it will be interesting to see how he runs! The 3.50 is a competitive novices handicap chase, where I think Tick Tock Boom could be worth a look each way and then there is a staying handicap hurdle at 4.25 which I am looking forward to and I will have a close look at Copper Gone West who could be a decent price. Dingo Dollar who was a late non-runner from the Scottish National last weekend is an interesting one in the 5.00 and the card finishes with a handicap hurdle in which I think Black Key might be worth a look each-way at a decent price.
Thursday is ladies day with a full card of fillies and mares races. There is a grade 3 and three listed contests, so the action should be competitive and it should be a cracking card. Declarations are at 10am tomorrow, so the fields will be known by lunchtime.
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 Sprinter – Some 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 Way You Dance was a bit sore when he cantered at the start last week, but it was only a temporary issue and he is stepping up his work this week. We are probably a couple of weeks away from him running and there is a short video of him preparing to go and canter this morning which I have uploaded here if you would like to see him.
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 has had another good week and 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
No runners from our stables last Monday, but Neil Mulholland had three runners on Tuesday. At Exeter, The Detainee was unplaced and over at Southwell, Cornish Warrior was third and Passing Oceans was unplaced. On Wednesday, Carolines Charm at Warwick and Harbour Force at Kempton were both unplaced for Neil as were Robinroyale and Ali The Hunter at Warwick for Johnny Farrelly, but we had a winner on Thursday when Carrigmoorna Matt won again for Neil. Later on the card, Fingerontheswitch was 3rd for Neil and Johnny’s Sparkling Dawn was unplaced at Huntingdon.
On Friday, Alan Fleming’s Bolbec was well beaten at Ballinrobe and Johnny’s Western Sunrise was beaten at Fontwell but his other runner, Kalakadesmilley stayed on late to snatch a place. Neil had a second winner in as many days when Magical Thomas won at Fontwell. His Deputy Jones was third on the same card, whilst Sleep Easy was beaten and Willygolassiego was also unplaced. Saturday was a disappointing day with Caroles Destrier and Impulsive Star pulled up and Doing Fine well beaten in the Scottish Grand National for Neil. His other runners, Inaminna at Bangor and Dream Machine at Newbury were also beaten as was Johnny’s And The New who ran at Wolverhampton. Sunday saw Johnny’s, Havana River finish 3rd at Stratford. His other runner, Big Picture, was a faller and No Hidden Charges was unplaced for Neil. There were no runners from our stables on Monday.
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 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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