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Weekly Update 19-02-19

By On 19th February 2019

One of those week’s where you look back and think “that could have gone better”, but racing is an up and down game, so hopefully this week will redress the balance!

Whilst the week started well with the announcement that racing would return from the equine flu shutdown, unfortunately, last Wednesday, I learned from Neil Mulholland that My Brother had given himself a knock which ended hopes of him running last Friday and we are now waiting to find out how long he will need off before he can run again.  On Friday, we got a pleasant surprise when The Way You Dance made it into the field for his race at Ascot which meant that on Saturday a good group of us had a great afternoon at Ascot.  Unfortunately, TWYD did not read the “great afternoon” script and was well-beaten.  Thankfully he seems OK post race and should be able to dust off and go again soon!

I have been doing some race planning for The Way You Dance and the recent changes in prize money imposed by the Arena Racing Company courses makes their races stand out like a sore thumb.  You can have two similar races where the ARC race is worth under £6k and an almost identical alternative is worth over £8k.  This is surely going to affect the field sizes at their courses, as surely most owners and trainers are going to head for the race with 30% more prize money?  I know we will!

The Way You Dance

With 53 horses entered for The Way You Dance’s Ascot race on Monday, our chances of getting a run seemed slim.  The dry weather during the week firmed the ground up though and on Friday, I was pleasantly surprised that only 16 declared for the race and we were able to run.

There were 12 shareholders at Ascot who laid on a three-course lunch for six of the group on what was an excellent day’s racing and we had a really enjoyable afternoon at a premier racecourse where we saw some great performances from Clan Des Obeaux, Al Dancer and Cyrname.  Unfortunately, The Way You Dance did not round off the day as we hoped.

He jumped well in the main though abut everything was happening a little bit faster than he would have liked and he was close to flat out all the way.  He seemed a very tired horse and was breathing hard on the way back to and in the unsaddling area, so it is possible that either he was still not 100% fit or perhaps that he was a bit under the weather.  We think that a tighter track and a lower class of race would see The Way You Dance run to better effect and Neil noted the following morning that TWYD had lost a front shoe which probably happened in the race.

Neil had him reshod and trotted him up on Sunday morning and he seemed to move as well as Neil would hope he would after a 3-mile race, so hopefully we can get him out again soon.  The Way You Dance was dropped 3lbs to 107 following his Ascot run and this does mean that he can now qualify to run in 0-105 handicaps.  I know it sounds wrong but horses rated one or two pounds over the weight range are allowed to run as long as the race is not oversubscribed.

There are however not many suitable upcoming hurdle opportunities so we may need to go back to the flat for his next run.  We want to keep him racing regularly if he stays sound and shares are 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.

This really is great value – entry to Ascot last Saturday was £35 on the gate.  BG Racing shareholders had Owner & Trainer badges which gave a more VIP experience than that.  A complimentary three-course lunch, free tea & coffee, sandwiches, biscuits and cakes in the Owner and Trainer’s Bar, a trip to the saddling area and the paddock and a chance to walk the course before racing, some of the 1% shareholders almost got the value of their shareholding in benefits in one afternoon!

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

Unfortunately, Neil called last Wednesday morning to say that he was concerned about My Brother who had obviously had a knock and this ended plans to run him last week.  My Brother still has some swelling and bruising that we need to subside before the vets can carry out a full evaluation of the issue, so we can establish what (if any) treatment is required and how long My Brother will need before he can get back racing.

Despite him not being able to race this week, he is still a horse full of promise for the future and his value was enhanced with a great second place in a good race at Cheltenham before Christmas.  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.

From The Stables

There was no racing in the UK last Sunday, Monday or Tuesday and on Wednesday we had a low key restart with Global Rhapsody for Neil Mulholland being the only runner and he was well beaten as was Harbour Watch, Neil’s only runner on Thursday.  On Friday, Lappet was disappointing for Alan Fleming at Dundalk and Neil’s three runners Kansas City Chief, Putting Green and Halo Moon also did not make the frame.  Saturday was another disappointing day for Neil.  As well as The Way You Dance, Sandymount Rose was also unplaced at Ascot and at Haydock, Solighoster was not a factor, Impulsive Star was a late non-runner and Caroles Destrier was almost brought down by a faller and was pulled up.  Neil’s other runner, Sleep Easy was also unplaced at Wincanton.  Things got no better for Neil on Sunday either.  Looks Frozen failed to make the places at Huntingdon, whilst at Market Rasen, Queens Magic was only able to place despite being a long odds on favourite and The Twisler ran OK without ever really looking like he would make the frame.  Only Rainy Day Dylan exceeded expectations when he came 2nd.  The “no winners” continued yesterday when Vis A Vis was 2nd at Carlisle for Neil, whilst his two Lingfield runners, Glengar and Test Ride, were both unplaced.

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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