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Weekly Update 19-07-19

By On 19th July 2019

A late issue of the update this week and it will probably be a double update as well, rather than issuing another update in three or four days.

It was a great weekend a few days ago, hosting the BG Racing shareholders summer social down in Bath visiting the stables.  It was a pretty decent Sunday of sport wasn’t it!  I ended up trying to keep on top of, the Cricket World Cup Final, the British Grand Prix, the Men’s Singles Final at Wimbledon, the Tour De France and the Scottish Open Golf.  I just about managed it and the finishes to the cricket (“super over” to separate the tied teams), the tennis (final set tie-break to separate the tied players) and the golf (playoff to separate the tied players) meant that just about everything held my attention until the very last!

Having spoken to Neil in Sunday, we have firmed up on running plans for Fr Humphrey and we have firmed up on plans in general for The Way You Dance and this information is all in the respective horse sections below.

Shareholders Summer Social

We travelled down on Saturday and spent the afternoon walking along the canal from Bradford-Upon-Avon to a pub at Avoncliff on Saturday before returning along the river.  After an excellent tapas dinner in Bradford on Saturday evening, we stayed at the Best Western Leigh Park, just north of the town which was great value for money.  Sunday morning saw us head to the yard, where we found Fr Humphrey in his stable to say hello.  After coffee and a chat with Neil, we headed out to the gallop where Harry Reed and Phil Donovan were cantering Fr Humphrey with another horse.  Phil rode Fr Humphrey and they just did a steady canter up the flat gallop as Sunday is not a normal workday for the horses.  Neil then took us over to see The Way You Dance who was in one of the paddocks for the day.  Neil then headed off to Stratford races and I took everyone around the yard and across to take a look at the hill gallop.  We rounded off the trip by popping along to Hartley’s Farm and Cafe for an excellent breakfast before setting off home with plenty of sport on the radio to occupy the journey!  Photos taken at the stables can be viewed on the link below.  Fr Humphrey is on the nearside on the gallops.  The last few photos are The Way You Dance in the paddock. https://photos.app.goo.gl/8pm9UtPwkaJjZVXT6

The Way You Dance

As mentioned last week, we have decided to move The Way You Dance to a new yard and run him a few times to see if this sparks any return to form.   If it does not then we will sell him in the Newmarket Horses in Training sales at the end of October.  I met with Michael Attwater on Monday morning who trains up on Epsom Downs at the Tattenham Corner stables and has loads of runners at local tracks.  He has had quite a bit of success with horses that have been purchased cheaply and is ideally located for me to get up to see The Way You Dance.  Michael seems a nice guy, the facilities are good and he seems to have a good team.  The Way You Dance arrived at the yard yesterday and Michael is starting to prepare him to run.

Fr Humphrey

We all saw Fr Humphrey at the weekend and Neil reported that he had done a good piece of work on Saturday which he was really pleased with.  The hope was that we would debut him at Southwell next Tuesday, but Neil does not think he will be ready for this race as he needs a couple more pieces of faster work and we have instead decided to target the race at Market Rasen on Sunday 4th August for his debut.  This will allow him to do a couple more bits of work before he runs.  I would still like to get some more shares sold though!

1% shares are £125 to 31st October, with 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.  These payments are all-inclusive for the period with nothing else to pay.  Shareholders will get badges when he runs and their share of any prize money won.

My Brother

My Brother has been turned out for the summer. The photos that I took at the stables two weeks ago can be viewed using the link below.  Bruv is the horse with two white socks on his hind legs and one on the front and the narrow white blaze on his face, that looks like a “Y” shape due to his overgrown fringe!  In most of the pictures, his head is close to the ground as he was more interested in the grass than the camera! https://photos.app.goo.gl/LJHguQ73kNLPgf7F9

From The Stables

I issue a daily email to BG Racing shareholders that want to receive it which covers the chances of other runners from our stables and my daily bets.  I also preview each week’s PGA and European Tour golf events and have managed to find two winners and another three place returns from the four golf events played over the last two weeks, so here’s hoping I can keep it going at the Open this weekend!

On Tuesday 2nd July, Neil Mulholland ran Masquerade Bling who ran well and was third.  The following day Vexillum delivered another place for Neil, finishing 3rd in a race where Johnny Farrelly’s Mr Lando was beaten.  Johnny’s other runner, Big Picture was also unplaced.  On Thursday 4th, Neil had Jallisant unplaced and whilst his other runner The Wicket Chicken was first off the bridle, she stuck on very gamely and was only beaten by the two horses at the head of the market who looked very smart.  On the 5th, Johnny’s Winter Spice faded late to be unplaced, but Neil’s Harbour Force ran way above expectations and came to win his race when he dived at the last.  Phil Donovan sat tight but the short run in did not give him time to rebuild momentum and he ended up 2nd.

Saturday 6th saw Neil run The Detainee at Nottingham who was unplaced.  Over in Ireland, Alan Fleming’s Maggie Thunder missed the break and got totally outpaced trying to get back in touch at Naas.  She did fly late to finish midfield, so whilst this was an unplaced effort, there was plenty to like for the future.  There were no runners from our yards on Sunday 7th, but on Monday 8th, Johnny had two unplaced runners, Major Caballo and Havana River.  On Monday 9th, Neil’s Vancouver finished second and Johnny’s runner Ali The Hunter was unplaced.

There were no runners on Tuesday 10th or Wednesday 11th July.  On the 12th, for Neil, Last Enchantment was beaten at Chepstow and Fingerontheswitch could only manage 3rd, whilst Johnny had two losers, Fool to Cry and Numberonebeaubow.  The 13th was a busy day, as No Hidden Charges won for Neil as the market suggested he would.  Doing Fine was beaten, but Magical Thomas ran better than expected and was 2nd and Moayadd looked like he might challenge at Salisbury before he faded late in the race.  Johnny’s Winter Spice fell at the last when looking set to finish 4th or 5th.

On Sunday, at Perth, Lake Baikal and Chirico Vallis were both unplaced for Neil, but somewhat surprisingly, Putting Green ran really well and secured a  good win.  Neil thought he might struggle for a winner, but ended up with two as whilst Cornish Warrior was unplaced at Stratford, Code of Law followed up some good work on the gallops with a nice win at Stratford.

We had no runners from our stables on Monday or Tuesday and yesterday, Carolines Charm was unplaced for Neil and Marvellous Monty was unplaced for Johnny.

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.

Phil


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