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Weekly Update 20-11-19

By On 20th November 2019

It was a brilliant day last week with Fr Humphrey winning at Huntingdon.  Some decent prizemoney as well, with those who bought shares in Fr Humphrey and Mount Oliver already due about 20% of their outlay back at the end of the lease period!  More details below.

I am buried in paperwork right now with invoices and share certificates being issued to renewing shareholders, the more the merrier though and I would welcome new shareholders, with this being an ideal time to join.  The prospectus providing full details of the new share options and background on each horse is now on the website here and please do contact me, via the website contact page if you want any information on any of the options.

I have an exhibition stand at Ascot on Friday and Saturday this week, so if you are there, please pop in say hello!

Purchase Options

I am aware that all the horses shareholding options run at the same time and for many people, a full year’s outlay in one hit is a pretty significant commitment, so please also consider making payments to me via monthly standing order across the year, if this suits you better.

In the sections below, I quote share prices for 1% purchases and discounts for 5% and 10% purchases.  If you would like shareholding in multiple horses that adds up to more than 5% or more than 10%, then please contact me as I may be able to offer some discount even if your share of a specific horse is less than 5%.

My Brother

“Bruv” is back in at Neil’s and walking every day on the horse walker.  His current valuation will look a bargain by the end of the year if he returns to the racecourse at the expected level, but the valuation has to be the best estimate of the price we would obtain if selling now.

This means that new shareholding can be purchased at £65 per 1% share (£300 for 5% and £550 for 10%).  The training fees for November 2019 to October 2020 will be £250 per 1% share (£1150 for 5% and £2100 for 10%).

Fr Humphrey / Mount Oliver

It was a huge thrill to see Fr Humphrey win at Huntingdon last week.  As the veteran’s chase series is for conditional jockeys, Harry Reed rode him for the first time.  He ensured that Fr Humphrey had a good view of his fences and a result he jumped well throughout.  Coming off the home turn it was certainly looking a two-horse race, but our rival looked to be going the better.  Despite being a length down at the 2nd last, Humphrey was staying on well and they jumped the last upsides and settled down to a slow-motion battle up the run-in and it was a battle we won as Harry rode his 8th winner of the season.

Fr Humphrey’s handicap reassessment was published yesterday and he was increased 3lb to 107 which seems fair and will leave him on a nice mark for the final in March.  We will put Fr Humphrey away now to prepare for that now, as the ground will be too soft for him in the coming weeks anyway.  He will give us a winter of anticipation though as we have a big race to look forward to at the end of March and he will surely be quite a fancied runner in that race.  We will crack on with Mount Oliver who will hopefully give us some chances to go racing in the interim and I will upload the race diary for last week to the website asap.

Fr Humphrey and Mount Oliver are still available on a two horses for one share price option until 30th April 2020.  With Fr Humphrey now qualified for the big prize-money veterans chase final and with Mount Oliver hopefully running at least 5 times in the same period.

Both horses will be in training for the full six months (normally in a 12 month period, I allow for two or three months of non-training).  and this means that the six month period will be £270 for 1% (£1250 for 5% and £2,250 for 10%) but this will get you ownership of both horses and full share of any prize-money won (which will be significant if Fr Humphrey runs well in the veterans chase final).

Anjaal / Silver Miss Filly

Our Anjaal filly is a feisty sort, but she does seem to be settling down now and is coming along really well.  Michael hopes that she should be ready to run late January or early February and she will be parading at Ascot on Saturday, which hopefully will help to sell some more shares!

She is a proper flat racing filly and could be anything.  The fees for her will cover the period to 31st December 2020 and will be £240 per 1% share (£1,100 for 5% and £2000 for 10%).

Yeats / Alverstone Filly

The Yeats filly is working away at Neil’s.  Neil sent me some video from the gallops which I have uploaded to youtube at the following link:

She will run one or two bumpers at the back end of this season and then go novice hurdling at the start of next season and my aim is to ensure we have the option of two years with her.  Whilst she may only run three or four times between 1st November this year and 31st October next year, she really could be anything and whilst she might end up being quite ordinary, she could be a top-level performer able to contest big races.  She will be £250 per 1% share (£1150 for 5% and £2100 for 10%) covering the period to 31st October 2020.

Ascot Discover Racehorse Ownership Weekend 

As mentioned previously, I have an exhibition stand at Ascot racecourse for their two-day meeting this weekend and the Anjaal filly is booked to be involved in a syndicate horse parade on Saturday.  If you are at Ascot on either day, please come and say hello.  We are in the main concourse on the ground floor of the grandstand, opposite the Ascot shop.

Christmas Socials

I have arranged stable visits and lunch at Michael Attwater’s on 1st December and Neil Mulholland’s on 15th December.  Whilst these are shareholder events, I would be happy to try to accommodate anyone interested in getting involved with BG Racing, so feel free to contact me for details.

From The Stables

Back on Thursday 7th November, Gastara (at Newbury for Johnny Farrelly) and Urtzi (at Chelmsford for Michael Attwater) were both unplaced and the following day, Neil Mulholland’s Mr Tg and Miss Jeanne Moon were 4th and 6th respectively in bumpers.  Neil’s, La Cavsa Nostra unseated his rider and Carole’s Vigilante was unplaced.  Johnny’s Fontwell runner, Love The Leader was second in her race.

On Saturday 9th November, Neil had some poor luck.  Up at Kelso, Indian Brave ran OK to finish 3rd, but Dieg Man ended up on the floor after a bad mistake.  Over at Wincanton, Master Burbidge was unplaced, as was The Young Master in the big race of the day.  In that race, Soupy Soups just failed to get up for a massive win.  He finished best of all but did not quite get to the front in time.  About five minutes later, the luck did not get any better for Neil as Excelerator Express was squeezed and bumped a couple of times in the home straight at Kelso finishing 2nd, a placing that was not altered by the subsequent steward’s enquiry.

The Twisler was unplaced the following day and then Neil was unlucky not to have a winner again on Monday!  Hidden Depths and Molly Carew were unplaced, but Neil did have a placed runner when Dream Machine was third.  Unfortunately, he was probably only placed because Neil’s other runner First Quest fell at the last when leading and likely to win!  Johnny’s Kempton runner, Doubly Clever, failed to make the frame.

On the 12th Neil’s Moonlight Camp was unplaced at Hereford, but after a few close ones, Neil finally recorded a winner when BG Racing’s Fr Humphrey outbattled his rival up the Huntingdon run-in to land the win.  Johnny’s two at Huntingdon, Sandford Castle and Kalakadesmilley were both pulled up.  The only runner last Wednesday was Sandymount Rose for Neil, who ran way above market expectations to finish 2nd beaten only by the odds on favourite.  The good form went into Thursday as well, when La Cavsa Nostra made the long trip up to Sedgefield worthwhile when he recorded a nice win and at Taunton, Sleep Easy had already got the day off to a good start, winning the seller. Runasimi River ran well later on the card only failing by a neck when finishing 2nd and the day was rounded off in style when Walt won as well delivering a great treble for Neil’s yard.

On the 15th, Peltwell was unplaced for Neil and the next day Pania, Cremant and Milkwood were all also unplaced.  His 4th runner, Fingerontheswitch jumped the last in front and went a length clear on the run in before tying up close home to be beaten by a short head.  The same day, Michael’s, Music Major was a good third at Lingfield at a big price.  On Sunday, Neil’s Scardura was unplaced at Cheltenham and there were no runners from our yards on Monday.

Getting Involved

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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