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Weekly Update 17-01-19

By On 17th January 2019

Apologies for the late update this week, Sunday was spent sorting badges etc for My Brother’s run at Fontwell on Monday and Monday was pretty busy with the race.  On Tuesday, I attended the funeral of BG Racing shareholder, Peter Leonard, who passed away before Christmas and for obvious reasons, I did not feel like doing much more that day.  Wednesday was spent catching up, hence the update being delayed until today.

The Way You Dance

The Way You Dance is doing well and has been declared to run at Wolverhampton on Saturday at 6.15pm.  There are nine runners and we have booked Shane Kelly to ride The Way You Dance.

You do not have long, therefore, to sign up for a shareholding before he runs!  Fingers crossed this will be the start of a period of consistent runs for The Way You Dance.  Running over long distances means he needs more recovery between starts than a sprinter would, but there is no reason why he should not now be out 10-15 times in the next 6-8 months if he stays sound and this is the time to get onboard.  Shares are 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.  Anyone who commits to taking a shareholding before 6.15pm on Saturday we will be entitled to their share of any prize money won that day.

The Way You Dance will definitely improve for the run on Saturday and the race does look very competitive, with a couple of last time out winners in opposition and several who have been recently placed who are likely to have a fitness advantage over The Way You Dance who has been off the track for a few months.  He will be supported by a good group of shareholders though and I am sure that we will have an enjoyable night out whatever the result.

My Brother

After some deliberation and monitoring of ground, we finally decided to run My Brother at Fontwell last Monday.  We pulled him out of Huntingdon the previous Friday after the ground firmed up and the ground at Ffos Las where he was also entered was soft, which left Fontwell as the preferred option.  The race was contested by 12 runners and in keeping with BG Racing engaging a who’s who of jockeys, we booked Richard Johnson to ride!

My Brother finished 4th.  The ground was fine and Richard tried to settle him in the rear early but got a bit outpaced on the sand turn at the top of the course, which he did not seem to like.  He plugged on well and finishing a lot further forward than looked likely once he got back onto the grass.  My Brother jumped well in the main, but he made one bad error, one where he got a bit close and one where he clipped the top and it was unfortunate that two of those three mistakes came in the last four flights and cost him some momentum.

We are making an entry in a class 2 handicap hurdle at Cheltenham next Saturday which carries a first prize that would almost cover a year of training!  This is all a bit whimsical at the moment as we may need to change the plan if something in the 140s is entered and likely to run as we would be out of the handicap.  Also, we could get dropped a few pounds when handicaps are reassessed next week which would also make our handicap mark for this race look less attractive and if My Brother isn’t ready to go again so soon after his last run, then that would also kick this into touch.  He was clearly suited by Cheltenham though and there will not be any other suitable races for him there before April, so we want to at least have a look.

If you have been thinking about taking a shareholding of My Brother, then you really should do so ahead of the race if he goes to Cheltenham as that would be an amount of prize money that you would not want to miss!  Shares are £450 per 1% and I reduce my admin fee for larger share purchases, so 5% is £2,200 and 10% is £4,250.  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 shareholding, please contact me for further information.

Justice Super

I have another update and photos and videos from Tammy and Matt who have Justice Super.  I will post these on Facebook in the coming days and include links and a write up in the next update.

From The Stables

On Monday 7th January, Neil Mulholland ran several horses at Chepstow, but Queens Magic, Looks Frozen,  Boy In A Bentley and Rainy Day Dylan were all beaten.  Carrigmoorna Matt put in the best performance of the day finishing 2nd.  After no runners on Tuesday, Neil was back in action on Wednesday when Long River Dancer was beaten at Taunton before we had another blank day on Thursday with no runners from our stables.

On Friday, Neil’s Cintex and Miss Molly Mae were beaten, but Johnny Farrelly had a winner when Lady Makfi bounced right back to form winning her first race for two seasons.  Johnny did not fare so well on Saturday though when And The New led for a long way in the Lanzarote at Kempton but ended up unplaced.  At the same course, Neil ran Sleep Easy who did not manage to make the frame, but he had more success at Warwick where Impulsive Star battled on to win well in a race that Caroles Destrier looked like providing Neil with a 1-2, before eventually finishing 4th.  Later on the card, Frau Georgia also ran well for the yard, finishing 2nd.

On Sunday, Maddenstown ran well for Alan Fleming finishing 4th at big odds at Punchestown, before  Monday became the busiest day of the period!  As well as My Brother, Neil had Morning Sequel at Fontwell who ran well but finished out of the places.  Johnny also ran two at Fontwell, where Robinroyale was placed and Mr Lando faded out of contention in the home straight.  The same day, there was a meeting at Ffos Las where the ground was very soft and some horses handled it better than others.  For Neil, Global Rhapsody was unplaced, but Dalaman plugged away to finish a reasonably close 3rd.  Mrs Burbidge traveled well and looked a likely winner before tiring and losing third right on the line and the two runners in the 4.15, Glengar and Moonlight Camp, both struggled and were well beaten.  Johnny also ran Sandford Castle at Ffos Las and he finished 3rd.

On Tuesday, Johnny had Kalakadesmilley and Ormskirk at Lingfield, but both were unplaced and it was the same result for Neil’s two Wednesday runners, Moayadd and Test Ride at Plumpton.

Getting Involved

There has never been a better time to get involved as the fees for both horses are all inclusive to 31st October 2019.

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 here.

Have a great week.

Phil


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