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Weekly Update 28-01-20

By On 28th January 2020

Another busy week with a run for Mount Oliver at Exeter, a trip up to Michael’s to see the Anjaal filly and a weekend at Cheltenham for festival trials day.  It was great to see a couple of BG Racing shareholders who popped over to say hello at Cheltenham.

This week I am at Michael’s twice with new and prospective shareholders and next week I will be back in the Cotswolds for the Coral World Grand Prix snooker at the Centaur at Cheltenham.  I hope to get down to Neil’s one morning to see the horses.

I would love to increase the number of shareholders involved in BG Racing and have got some great options available that cost less than you might think.  All the details of the current share options and background on each horse can be found in a document on the website here and please contact me, via the website contact page if you want any more information.

Anjaal Filly

I went up to Michael’s yard last Thursday to see our Anjaal filly She is doing well and had done some faster work on Wednesday.  A conditional jockey had been in to ride her for that and she had reported that she felt that our filly was coming along really well.

In terms of plans, Michael is keen to take her for a racecourse gallop somewhere in the next couple of weeks to give her some experience.  She will then be prepared for a racecourse debut.  At the moment, Michael expects this to be in February, but we are not sure exactly when yet.

I still have some shareholding left and the fees for her cover the period to 31st December 2020.  You can pay monthly and fees start at £20 per month for a 1% share, (£240 for the year with discounts for larger purchases – £1,100 for 5% and £2000 for 10%).  She will be running regularly this year if she stays injury-free and should provide us with plenty of fun and if she proves to be decent then maybe a good level of prize money as well!

My Brother

My Brother is fine and whilst he will need a fair amount of work before we start making racing plans, we are on schedule to see him on the racetrack again soon in the coming weeks.  I need to get cracking on selling some of the remaining shareholding though!  He could end up being cracking value as his valuation would be significantly higher than the current level if he bounces back to the form he showed pre-injury and there is no reason why he cannot do so.

New shareholding can be purchased at £65 per 1% share (£300 for 5% and £550 for 10%) and the training fee to October 2020 is £250 per 1% share (£1150 for 5% and £2100 for 10%).  You can pay monthly if you prefer.

Fr Humphrey / Mount Oliver

Mount Oliver ran an excellent race last Tuesday, finishing second at Exeter.  Early on Tom Scudamore was able to let him cruise up the inside into 3rd place where he ran for most of the race.  Down the back straight for the last time, he was in 2nd place and as they started the turn for home, Ballybreen stepped up the pace and Tom went with him with those behind looking like they were struggling a bit.  Mount Oliver stayed on well down the straight and at the second last the gap to the leader was down to a couple of lengths as Olly jumped it the better of the two.  Unfortunately, however, Ballybreen met that last in stride whilst Mount Oliver put in another short stride which cost him some momentum and he had no answer to Ballybreen’s finishing kick finishing four and a half lengths back in 2nd with another eight lengths back to the third.

Mount Oliver just bumped into a better horse on the day and this was an encouraging run for the future.  He came out of the race sound and we did briefly consider running him at Lingfield this week, but he had not recovered enough to take up that option.  He received a 3lb handicap increase which is bang in line with expectations and he should still be competitive from that mark once he has recovered from his race.

Fr Humphrey is back in training now and Neil is very happy with his progress.  He will not be racing anytime soon, but that was never the intention, it is all about getting him to a peak for March so he can contest the Veterans Chase Series Final.

Shareholding in Fr Humphrey and Mount Oliver can still be purchased 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 running regularly.

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).

Dynamic Kate

Our Yeats filly, Dynamic Kate, is back into faster work and building up to a race or two at the back end of the current jumps season.  Neil is happy with how she is going.

Whilst she may only run three or four times before renewal on 31st October, we have her for at least two or three seasons and she could be exciting, so you may need to get involved now to be sure of securing a shareholding.  She really could be anything and it is conceivable that she could be a top-level performer able to contest big races.  She is currently just £250 per 1% share (£1150 for 5% and £2100 for 10%) covering the period to 31st October 2020.

From The Stables

On Sunday 19th, Michael Attwater’s Pink Flamingo was unplaced, but there was a winner last Monday for Neil Mulholland at Wolverhampton.  Princess T was unplaced, but Last Enchantment stayed on strongly to come through to win in the final furlong.  The only Tuesday runner was Mount Oliver for Neil and his run is covered above!

On Wednesday, Michael’s Noble Deed could not land a blow and he had no luck with his other two runners.  Mr Fox finished 5th having been involved in a scrimmage all the way down the hill which definitely cost him ground and then Something Lucky –  wasn’t!  He lost in a photo for the third time in the recent past, only beaten a short head.

There were no runners on Thursday but plenty on Friday!  For Neil at Huntingdon, Irish Odyssey unseated his rider and Deputy Jones was unplaced, but Kansas City Chief was 2nd and almost won.  He had two more runners at Wolverhampton in the evening, Master Burbidge who was placed and Man of the Sea who wasn’t!

Neil had a great day on Saturday, but it would have been so much better if Fingerontheswitch had held on in the big race at Doncaster.  He finished a narrow 2nd behind OK Corral and they were miles clear of the third.  Earlier on the card, however, Bootlegger ran a cracker to win the opening contest, whilst over at Uttoxeter, Neachells Bridge also stayed on gamely to win his race.  Neil’s final runner, The Twisler was running a cracker in the last at Cheltenham, until the ground and the hill got the better of him in the last 100 yards and he dropped from 3rd to 5th.  Michael’s four runners were also unplaced, Solar Park at Kempton, Sea Bright in the Lingfield opener and Chromium and Lady Phyllis later on the card.

Sunday saw Michael’s Sheila’s Fancy and Neil’s Lee Side Lady and Rookie Trainer, all unplaced at Fontwell and yesterday, The Wicket Chicken was 3rd for Neil at Plumpton.

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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