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Weekly Update 22-04-18

By On 22nd April 2018

Apologies for not producing a weekly update last weekend, things all got a bit hectic!  This week, I have a really positive update on My Brother and The Way You Dance continues to go really well at Neil’s, but the big news this week was less positive as Justice Super appears to have suffered a bad injury.  Full reports on each of the horses are below.

It was a good two day meeting at Cheltenham this week with some lovely Spring sunshine.  Unfortunately the quick change in weather from cold and miserable to hot and sunny was hard for some of the horses to handle and overheating was a real problem for them.  Sadly one of the runners collapsed after the first race on Thursday which may or may not have been down to the heat, but it was great to see how quickly the Cheltenham team made changes to address the welfare of the horses.

Rather than walking back to the unsaddling area, water was taken up to the pulling up area past the winning post and as soon as they finished, the horses were dismounted and cooled down quickly with the jockeys buggied back to the winners enclosure.  One race over more than 3 miles was abandoned by the stewards to ensure that the runners were not put through too much stress and the whole situation was carefully managed to do everything they could to look after the horses.

I was sad to learn that Our Duke who won this season’s Irish National and who went off as one of the favourites for the gold cup suffered a heart attack this week on the gallops.  I was introduced to his owner, Sloan Cooper at Cheltenham this year.  Sloan is not a young man and Our Duke was clearly his pride and joy.  He was obviously very excited to have a great chance of winning a gold cup.  The gold cup run must have been really disappointing but must be nothing compared to getting the news that Our Duke had passed away.  Racing can be a tough game sometimes and at least in our case whilst Justice Super is injured, he is still with us.

The Way You Dance

I spoke to Neil on Thursday at Cheltenham.  He reported that The Way You Dance has been really fat and is taking time to get fit.  That being said, he is doing loads of work and doing it really well and Neil is very happy with him.  Neil said that he thinks that TWYD is unlikely to be ready to run until the middle of May but there is plenty of time across the summer to be running him and Neil was very positive about his prospects.

Once The Way You Dance starts, he should be running regularly as long as he stays injury free.  We have had several runs each summer for the last two years and he should be very competitive in 3 mile handicap hurdles.  If he does, then I feel that shares are very good value at £280.50 per 1% share with (£275 per 1% share for purchases of 5% or more) and nothing else to pay until November (should you decide to renew at that time).

Justice Super

After doing a couple of canters earlier this week that were no different to what he has been doing every day for the last six months, it would appear that Justice Super has suffered an injury and worse still, it looks likely to be similar to the one he suffered last year.

I spoke to Johnny on Saturday and he reported that the vet had been held up elsewhere yesterday and would is due in the yard on Monday morning when he will scan Justice Super’s leg.

I am absolutely gutted about this turn of events particularly as it seemed that we had passed the point where the injury might have flared up again and mentally I had moved on to seeing what he could do on the course.  He should have been running at Wincanton this afternoon and instead we are left wondering what the future holds.

My Brother

For all the positive vibes that Neil is giving off about The Way You Dance, you can double them for My Brother!  Neil was positively effusive in his praise of My Brother and how much he is improving.

In Neil’s words “the more we ask him to do the better he gets and he just keeps improving”.  Neil said that he would be fine to run in a couple of weeks, but he said that all the time that My Brother keeps improving it is tempting to wait keep on building him up.  Neil seems genuinely excited by the horse and he seems to be favouring running on the flat as well as over hurdles.  Plenty to look forward to – fingers crossed!

I am now working hard to sell some significant shareholding in My Brother before he runs.  He is valued at just under £26,000, but this is very reasonable when compared to the sale prices that other similarly rated flat horses have sold for recently.  I have also obviously incurred all the training costs since 1st November which is why the shares in him run to 31st October to allow for recovery of the full year’s training fees.  Shares are £450 per 1% or £430 per 1% share for purchases of 5% or more.  Renewing for a second year if we decide to keep him going will be under £200 per 1% share from 1st November as only training fees would be needed at renewal.

If My Brother continues to improve as fulfils the promise he is showing at Neil’s then he could be a great horse to be involved with.  Please contact me if you want more information.

From The Stables

Monday 9th saw a winner from 4 runners for Johnny when in the 4.10 at Kempton, Conna Cross was a 12-1 winner.  After a few beaten horses from our yard that week, on the first day of Aintree, Johnny ran Sparkling Dawn in the mares bumper at Aintree and she performed creditably finishing just behind the leaders.

Last Sunday was a good day for Neil, who had five runners and two winners.  Solemn Grundy won well at 6-1 whilst Moving in Style also won at 9-2.  Neil had another winner from his four runners on Tuesday when Rainy Day Dylan won.

Wednesday was Cheltenham and three runners for Neil.  Kalondra ran well to be third and Shantou Village ran a nice race in behind him.  Thursday was a disappointing day when Indian Stream fell victim to the heat and although she was fine after a few buckets of water, she did not run her race.  Queens Magic was in my opinion the best horse in her race, but was carried right across the track by the runner up and then stumbled twice as she tried to mount a challenge, eventually finishing third.

Yesterday, The Young Master fell at the first in the Scottish Grand National where Doing Fine stayed on well late to grab 4th place for Neil.

Thinking of Joining Us?

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 by following this link:

Have a great week.



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