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Weekly Update 20-08-19

By On 20th August 2019

Apologies, a little late this week.  I normally start the weekly updates on Sunday, but we were out and about this Sunday attending a charity picnic with a live jazz band which would have been great if it had been a bit warmer, less windy and sunnier!

I popped down to Neil’s for a couple of hours on Friday morning and watched Father Humphrey on the gallops.  He looks well and ready for a race and we have been trying to pick the right one for him.  Hopefully, that will be on Thursday at Stratford and with The Way You Dance also closing in on a run, there is plenty going on right now.

The Way You Dance

The Way You Dance did some faster work last week.  There is a good race at Lingfield on 28th August as it is on turf where The Way You Dance has a lower rating and I discussed this with Michael.  He is not sure that TWYD will be ready to run there but we agreed to review this position later this week when he has done another piece of faster work.

Fr Humphrey

Fr Humphrey was dropped 2lbs when handicap marks were published last week and he is able to race in 0-100 races (carrying and extra 1lb of weight) as long as they are not oversubscribed.  We entered a race at Newton Abbott to be run this evening and another at Stratford on Thursday as well as a race at Cartmel on Saturday afternoon.

The race at Newton Abbot was discounted as the ground there is too soft, but we intend to declare to run at Stratford on Thursday where he should run unless the race is oversubscribed (maximum of 11 runners) when Fr Humphrey would be eliminated.  If this is the case, then we will move onto Cartmel where we would definitely get into the field if we choose to declare.  There is a doubt regarding the ground at Cartmel, so a final decision would be taken later in the week.

I still have the race diary from Bangor to post on the website which I will do as soon as I can.

My Brother

Neil will be bringing horses in from the paddocks in the next few weeks and My Brother will be amongst them.  The time off is doing My Brother good.

Epsom Open Morning

Next Monday (Bank Holiday) 26th August, there is an Open Morning on Epsom Downs offering the chance to visit 7 yards on the Downs including Michael Attwater’s yard where The Way You Dance will be on show.  They are running a shuttle bus between yards so people can visit multiple yards.  The morning costs £10 or £20 if you stay on for racing at Epsom in the afternoon.  Details are on the open day website https://www.epsomopenday.co.uk/

We will be up at Michael’s yard all morning promoting BG Racing to attendees and if you would like to visit TWYD as well as seeing some other yards and possibly going racing as well, then please book your tickets via the website.

From The Stables

On Sunday 11th August, there was no joy for Michael Attwater at Windsor where Enyama and Solar Park were unplaced.  His runners at Windsor on Monday, Hornby and Lawn Ranger, were also beaten.

On Tuesday, Neil Mulholland’s Delannoy was well beaten at Nottingham, but Michael’s Lady Phyllis made a great racecourse debut at Lingfield.  She was fractious before the race and missed the break when the stalls opened and with that in mind, she did really well to finish third.  Wednesday was a busy day for our stables.  At Newton Abbot, Johnny Farrelly’s runner Gamekeeper Bill was beaten and his Ormskirk, Western Sunrise and Mountain Rock were all beaten at Worcester, but Johnny did have a winner there when Doubly Clever battled on well to win the 7.30pm race.  Neil’s two at Worcester, Carolines Charm and Chirico Vallis were both unplaced.

Thursday saw Miss Ditsy unplaced for Michael and there were no runners from our yards on Friday.  The weekend was less busy than usual as on Saturday The Detainee was third at Bath for Neil and his Vancouver was unplaced at Market Rasen.  Back at Bath, Michael was unlucky as Delagate This Lord found one too good to finish 2nd.

Sunday was another “no runners” day but this week kicked off with plenty of runners, although not much success.  Neil’s three runners, Viking Ruby, Just For The Craic and Erika were all unplaced.  Polished Rock was third for Johnny and Marvellous Monty, his other runner was unplaced.  Michael’s Ask The Guru ran well but was just outside the places and his other two, Savoy Brown and Solar Park also did not make the frame.

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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