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Weekly Update 26-03-19

By On 26th March 2019

I am looking forward to another race for The Way You Dance on Wednesday at Lingfield Park.  He is back down to class 5 which will hopefully suit him and we have brought him back half a mile as well.  Fingers crossed he can run well.

The Cheltenham Festival Six to Follow

Although the preview guide that I produced, contained selections that made an overall profit and a profit on three of the four days, the 9 units profit will not keep me in the lifestyle to which I am accustomed and I have spent some time looking for future winners.  I thought I would produce a “five to follow” but I found six and could not split them, so I decided to include them all!

Minella Indo – having started 50-1 for the Albert Bartlett novice hurdle, there would be a good reason to assume that this result is a fluke.  I am inclined to think not, however as Minella Indo travelled beautifully through the race and stayed on really well up the hill.  There is the possibility that he was the best of a bad bunch, but I think he may just be an improving lightly raced type who is coming into his own and I am looking forward to seeing how he progresses.  Incidentally, he debuted in a bumper at Punchestown last April and was third.  The second was City Island who was an impressive winner of the Ballymore.  The winner Passageway has not raced since, but must be some horse!

Dickie Diver – Given that I think the form of the Albert Bartlett might be quite good, it should not be a shock that I would select a second horse from the same race.  Dickie Diver, trained by Nicky Henderson was more fancied, but similarly lightly raced, this being only his third run.  He stayed on really well and could be the type to take another step forward.

Defi Du Seuil – Probably the biggest name on the list, Defi lost his way last year after a great Juvenile hurdle campaign when he won the Triumph.  His first race over fences gave the impression that he needed to stay over hurdles as he was probably the most awkward jumper I can remember seeing.  He has left that behind though with three wins and a second since.  The consensus is that he will stay at 2m 4f but for me, he has loads of speed and I would not be surprised to see him cleaning up in the 2-mile division next year as Altior focusses on a step up in trip.  I must admit, I have already had a small each way for next year’s Champion Chase.

Cartwright – If there was one frustration at last week’s festival, it was the false starts that necessitated standing starts and created hard luck stories galore.  One such was Cartwright in the Martin Pipe who lost about ten lengths at the start.  He made eye-catching progress to finish fifth, 15 lengths behind the winner Early Doors and looks sure to still be well handicapped for a similar race in the future.

Not Another Muddle – Gary Moore’s charge was backed in the days prior to the Grand Annual and went off at 6-1.  This causes me to conclude that some good judges thought he was well-handicapped but some jumping errors (uncharacteristic for a Gary Moore horse) meant he could only finish 5th.  This race is always a super fast pace and errors can be the difference.  With a better round of jumping and a slightly less competitive field, he should still be well handicapped.

Mr Adjudicator – Last but not least, Mr Adjudicator was 8th in the County Hurdle on only his second run of the season.  As ever, they went fast and did not come back and Mr Adjudicator was given too much to do and could never get involved.  He was travelling really well turning in but was way too far back and was not given a hard time in the straight as he was unlikely to be able to get involved.  He still passed numerous horses in the straight though.  He was 2nd to the Champion Hurdle winner on his previous start and is surely still really well handicapped.

The Way You Dance

As I mentioned last week, there is a race with ideal conditions for The Way You Dance at Lingfield Park tomorrow.  The pace of a class 5 race might suit TWYD more than his recent starts at class 4 and after his handicap mark was reassessed (after his Kempton run), he was dropped 1lb to 70 which means that he is at the top of the handicap in 0-70 races like the one at Lingfield.  I discussed the race with Neil last week and he confirmed that he would be very supportive of running him there, so we are back in action.  Our race is at 4.40pm and there are ten declared to run.  The Way You Dance will carry top weight of 9st 8lb and Shane Kelly will take the ride for us again.  The race will be live on Sky Sports Racing and I will be live on FaceBook from the course if you want to check that out on Wednesday as well!

It is not too late to get involved ahead of the race and shares in The Way You Dance 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

I spoke to Neil yesterday about My Brother and he is absolutely fine.  He is perfectly comfortable and there are no concerns at all.  I will try to get down to the stables next week to check in on him and take a few photos.  He will not run now until the end of this year or the start of the next, but as he would have had a summer break anyway, he may only be missing four or five runs as a result of this injury and probably fewer than that.  Hopefully, we will look back on this as just a minor inconvenience in career terms and he is still a horse full of promise for the future.  His value was enhanced with a great second place in a good race at Cheltenham before Christmas and with him being out for a period, now is the time to snap up a bargain in terms of shareholding!

If you are interested in taking a shareholding, please contact me and I will provide some details for you.

From The Stables

Last Monday, there were lots of runners but no winners for our stables.  Presenting Lucina ran well at Exeter for Neil Mulholland finishing 4th which was well ahead of more fancied stablemate White Lilac who was pulled up.  Neil’s other Exeter runners were No Hidden Charges who was 4th, Global Rhapsody 6th and Moving in Style who was 3rd.  Over at Plumpton, his Queens Magic was 2nd to the odds on favourite.  Johnny Farrelly had Havana River and Outlaw Jack running at Exeter, but both were well out of contention.  Alan ran three at Navan.  Devils Magic travelled well but faded at the last flight back into 7th, whereas Edelpour never looked like getting involved until flying into 3rd on the run in.  Alan’s other runner Big King was well beaten in the bumper.

On Tuesday, Passing Oceans and Glengar were both unplaced for Neil and it was the same result for Johnny’s three runners, Captain Ivan, Kalakadesmilley and Mr Lando.  Neil did, however, get on the board on Wednesday when he had a winner through Inaminna at Chepstow.  It was the standout performance though as his Long River Dancer, Dandolo Du Gite and Halo Moon all failed to make the frame as did Johnny’s two runners, Robinroyale and Ormskirk.

Thursday did not provide any more highlights.  Neil’s Molliana did not have the smoothest passage in the race and was only third.  Lady Carduros was pulled up before Great Fairy ran a disappointing race and was well beaten.  In the mares bumper, River Bend was well beaten, but Golden Emblem ran a nice debut to finish 3rd and on Friday, Master Burbidge ran well and also managed to make the places at Newbury for Neil.

There was just the one Saturday runner, with Neil’s Kansas City Chief well beaten at Newbury and there was also just one on Sunday as well when Johnny’s, And The New, ran well but was just outside the places in 4th.

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.

Phil


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