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Weekly Update 26-02-19

By On 26th February 2019

Only two weeks until the Cheltenham Festival and it is starting to look like we are going to get some spring weather as well which will make for nice few days of top quality national hunt action.  Unfortunately, we might be back to the fast jumping ground and turning the taps back on to start watering courses.

As I mentioned last week, the prize money cuts at ARC racecourses have started to bite.  Not all races have seen cuts but many have and the prize money looks really poor compared to elsewhere.  The trainers protested last weekend and this resulted in two races at Lingfield attracting just one declared runner between them.  This resulted in one abandoned race and one walkover.  Despite this ARC seem to be holding firm on their stance and it will be interesting to see where this goes.

The Way You Dance

In case you did not see it, the race diary page for The Way You Dance‘s Ascot run has been updated on the website.  Click here to open the page.

The Way You Dance is absolutely fine, but unfortunately, there is a real dearth of suitable three-mile hurdles in the calendar in the next couple of weeks.  Neil and I discussed this on Sunday and we have decided that it might be preferable to let The Way You Dance have two or three all-weather runs and then go back hurdling in a couple of months.  We have therefore decided to run The Way You Dance on Monday 11th March at Kempton Park.  This is an evening meeting and the race is scheduled for 8.00pm.  Not ideal for those of us that want to be watching the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham 18 hours later, but we will manage somehow!

Shares are only £360 per 1%, with 5% will be discounted to £1750 and 10% to £3400.  I only charge 10% to cover my time running the syndicates and this is further reduced for the 5% and 10% rates which really are excellent value.  Quoted costs are “all in” costs to 31st October 2019 and you will receive your share of prize money, plus full owners benefits and the sale proceeds from your share should you decide not to renew or if we sell the horse.

If you are interested in taking a share, please contact me and I will provide you with further information and the relevant paperwork.

My Brother

After My Brother picked up a knock, I was unable to meet with the vet last week and I was hoping to go down to the yard to speak to him tomorrow, but I could not move my calendar so I could do so.  I have spoken to Neil today and he is going to have the vet take another look at My Brother tomorrow after which he will report back to me.

My diary for next week has cleared in the last couple of days, so I am now planning to go down to the yard next Wednesday morning  to see how he is doing.  Whatever the prognosis on this current knock however, he is still a horse full of promise for the future and his value was enhanced with a great second place in a good race at Cheltenham before Christmas.  Shares are £450 per 1% and I reduce my admin fee for larger share purchases, so 5% is £2,200 and 10% is £4,250.  These are all in costs to 31st October 2019 with your share of prize money, full owners benefits and the sale proceeds from your share should you decide not to renew or if we sell the horse.  If you are interested in taking a shareholding, please contact me for further information.

From The Stables

Last Tuesday, Neil Mulholland had a good run from Inaminna who was placed, but Cintex, Better News and Frau Georgia all failed to make the frame.  After a couple of non-runners on Wednesday, Looks Frozen was unplaced at Huntingdon for Neil and on Friday, his Moayadd finished 3rd and Penny Poet was unplaced.  It was a busy Saturday with Conna Cross running a decent to be placed at Kempton, for Johnny Farrelly who had And The New unplaced earlier on the card and Kalakadesmilley who was a fast-finishing 4th at Chepstow.

Neil had three runners and the first of these Walt, galloped on strongly all race to outbattle top weight Double Shuffle in the big handicap chase at Kempton.  This was a nice winner for Neil.  Master Burbidge also ran at Kempton and might have repeated the result, but for a couple of shuddering errors that had Noel Fehily clinging on and left him out of the places.  Over at Chepstow, Dramatic Approach also made the frame on what was a good day of results for Neil.

On Sunday, King Alex faded out of contention for Alan Fleming at Naas, whilst for Neil, La Cavsa Nostra and Long River Dancer were well beaten at Fontwell, where Heavey finished 4th.  On Monday, Neil’s two in the 2.00 at Plumpton, Lee Side Lady and Morning Sequel were both unplaced as was Johnny’s Dpinesflyer in the same race.  Johnny’s other runners fared no better with Robinroyale, Big Picture and Ormskirk also unplaced.

Getting Involved

Fees for both horses are all inclusive to 31st October 2019 and buying a share in a BG Racing horse is a decision that you will not regret.  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 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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