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Weekly Update 22-12-19

By On 22nd December 2019

First up, my apologies for the lack of a weekly update last week.  I was at Cheltenham last weekend and then we had our Christmas visit to Neil Mulholland’s last Sunday.  I ended up behind and with plenty going on this week, I failed to get another update out as I had planned to.

I attended a business networking group at Lingfield races on Wednesday where I was invited to speak about racing and ownership and on Thursday I spent a couple of hours up at Tattenham Corner Stables with Michael.  Sadly we could not see the Anjaal filly on the gallops as it was too wet, but I have planned a trip to see her on the gallops next Saturday (more on that below).

Just as a postscript to my last email, last Tuesday, there was an appeal hearing for the jockeys who were banned at Sandown and their bans were revoked.  This means that Phil Donovan will be able to ride over the busy Christmas period after all.

If you want something to spend Christmas money on, why not buy yourself a share of a horse.  The prospectus providing full details of the current share options and background on each horse is on the website here and please contact me, via the website contact page if you want any information on any of the options.

Christmas Stable Visit To Neil Mulholland Racing

Neil was unable to join us at the stables last week as he was on his way to Southwell races with a runner, but we were well looked after by the stable team who brought all of our horses out for us to see.  Fr Humphrey was in the sand school where he was joined by My Brother who had recently arrived back in the main yard.  He was certainly in exuberant form and was very keen to play with his older colleague who really would have preferred to just stand around minding his own business!  The stable team brought Mount Oliver and Dynamic Kate down for photos as well.  After seeing our horses, I provided a quick tour of the yard between showers and took a couple of people over to see the gallops that the horses use for their training before we all headed our separate ways.

Photos and Video

Whilst I did not take any photos and video at the stable visit last week (too busy playing host!), I did take lots of photos and video at my last visit to Neil’s which I have now posted.

The photos are here: Google Photos

The video from the gallops is here: YouTube Video

The photos of the horse in the yard are Fr Humphrey.  In the photos and video, the rider in the red jacket is on Dynamic Kate and the rider in the yellow tabard with the ponytail is on Mount Oliver.

My Brother

As mentioned above, My Brother is back in the main yard.  He is very lively and looks well.  A lot of the weight he gained when he was out at grass for the summer has gone and he is looking pretty fit.  There will not be much news on him for 4-6 weeks but all looks good at the moment and we are hoping for the go-ahead to put My Brother back into full training to prepare him for a return to racing in February.  It normally takes two to three months to get a horse ready to run after a break, but My Brother should be back ready to run earlier than that as he has done plenty of walking and we are still well on course to see him back racing towards the end of the season.

His current valuation will look a bargain by the end of the year if he returns to the racecourse at the expected level, as 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 fee to October 2020 is £250 per 1% share (£1150 for 5% and £2100 for 10%).

Fr Humphrey / Mount Oliver

Fr Humphrey is enjoying his break, so nothing much to report in respect of him.

Mount Oliver continues to progress and Neil is happy that he is close to being ready for a run.  That run will be his first for a while and will be more about getting him closer to full fitness than it will be about winning, but it will those that want to go racing, a day out.  At the moment we are looking at a race at Taunton on the 30th December and another at Hereford on 3rd January as two possible options.

The two of them 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.

Fees to end of April 2020 are £270 for 1% (£1250 for 5% and £2,250 for 10%) and this gets 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

I saw our Anjaal filly at Michael Attwater’s on Thursday and all is good with her.  She is working well, has calmed down a lot and Michael is very happy with her.  She will be kept going over Christmas and she is still on target to run at the end of January when we will find out if she has an engine to go with the promise she shows at home.

The fees for her cover the period to 31st December 2020 and are £240 per 1% share (£1,100 for 5% and £2000 for 10%).

Dynamic Kate

Our Yeats filly, Dynamic Kate, has been working well at Neil’s.  She is now having a Christmas break and Neil will start her up again in late January to get her ready for a bumper or two at the back end of the season.

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 is £250 per 1% share (£1150 for 5% and £2100 for 10%) covering the period to 31st October 2020.

From The Stables

There were two runners for Michael at Lingfield on Monday 9th December.  Just That Lord finished unplaced, but Something Lucky was 2nd and only failed to win by a head.  On the 10th, Johnny Farrelly’s runner Gold Man and Neil’s Passing Oceans were both pulled up. Neil was very unlucky when Presenting Lucina fell 2 out when holding every chance.

The following day at Chelmsford, Michael’s Lady Phyllis and Urtzi were both unplaced.  At Lingfield, his Lep finished 4th and Music Major was 2nd.  Neil’s Kempton runner Lyrical Ballad was unplaced.  On the 12th, Neil had five runners.  Hygrove Percy, Viking Ruby and Kansas City Chief were all unplaced at Taunton and Sainte Doctor unplaced at Warwick.  Master Burbidge delivered the best result when he was 2nd at Wolverhampton.  Johnny had Scaramucci unplaced at Taunton and Michael’s Sheila’s Fancy was also unplaced at Warwick.

Last Friday, Molly Carew was third in the Mares Chase at Cheltenham for Neil but only three of the five runners completed the race.  Impulsive Star was pulled up in the next race and for Michael, Just That Lord was unplaced at Chelmsford.  Neil had three Saturday runners, Hereia was unplaced in the first at Cheltenham, but Miss Jeanne Moon finished 2nd at Hereford.  Unfortunately, Deputy Jones fell in the last at Cheltenham.  There was just the one runner on Sunday as Sandymount Rose was 2nd for Neil and on Monday he had Dubai Key who pulled up at Plumpton.  Hidden Depths was 2nd on the all-weather at Wolverhampton and Conkwell Legend and The Weasel were 3rd and 4th respectively at Ffos Las.

Our first winner of the period came that day though when Michael’s Real Estate won at Wolverhampton.  It had been a while since the last winner for the yard, so this was a welcome boost ahead of the Christmas break.

There were no runners from our yards on Tuesday or Wednesday, but we were back in action on Thursday when Neil’s Ashley Hollow was well beaten at Hereford.  Fool to Cry for Johnny was also unplaced.  Both the two Friday runners were well-beaten, Bootlegger for Neil at Ascot and Lady Codee for Michael at Wolverhampton and the pre-Christmas racing ended when Michael’s Strange Brew, Mr Fox and Passing Clouds were all unplaced at Lingfield.

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.

Phil


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