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Weekly Update 28-07-19

By On 28th July 2019

I am finally back on a weekly schedule for at least for one week, but as it happens, it may be short-lived as if Fr Humphrey runs next Sunday at Market Rasen, I will spend most of the day on the road and so will probably be chasing my tail in terms of the weekly update, early the week after!

What a week of weather it was.  The trainers were moving their normal “last” training lots back to a slot earlier than they would normally start so that most of the work could be done before it got too hot!  The racecourses did a great job keeping the horses cool and hydrated but even with such steps a couple of races at Southwell needed to be abandoned midweek due to the temperature.

It is the other extreme today with Uttoxeter abandoned as the ground is heavy following torrential rain, so here’s hoping that we get some weather that might be deemed a bit more normal for this time of year ahead of our race next weekend!  With seven days before he makes his debut for us, this is my last chance to sell the remaining shares of Fr Humphrey.  If anyone you know might be interested, please get them to act now and get in touch with me!

The Way You Dance

The Way You Dance arrived at Michael Attwater’s stable at Epsom on Thursday 18th July and as he had not done much for a couple of weeks he spent the first week at the yard, walking and trotting on Epsom Downs.  I popped up to see him on Thursday of this week and emailed his shareholders after that visit.  His fitness has improved markedly even for one week of training and he is going to start cantering this week to build up to race fitness.  Michael says that he has been quite fresh and enthusiastic this week and seems very happy on the Downs.  Obviously, we will not know whether the change of scenery has had any effect until we run him, but all is as good as can be hoped at the moment.  A few photos of The Way You Dance from the yard and inside his stable have been uploaded here.

Fr Humphrey

I spoke to Neil yesterday about Fr Humphrey and he reported that we are on track to run him at Market Rasen next Sunday.  The entry has been made and will be confirmed at midday on Tuesday.  After this, I will email all Fr Humphrey shareholders to formally confirm that the entry has been logged and to make arrangements for attending the race.  The race is over three miles and the course should suit him well.  Fingers crossed he runs well.

There is still time to get involved and 1% shares are £125 to 31st October, with 5% will be discounted to £600 and 9% to £1000.  Please contact me if you might be interested and I will provide you with further information.  These payments are all-inclusive for the period with nothing else to pay.  Shareholders will get badges when he runs and their share of any prize money won.

My Brother

My Brother has been turned out for the summer and there is nothing new to report.

From The Stables

Sadly most of my golf selections were blown off the course in last Sunday’s bad weather at the Open and this week’s are not faring much better after a poor day yesterday.

On Thursday 18th July, we had three runners from our stables, with Neil Mulholland running two and Johnny Farrelly one.  Mr Lando for Johnny and Harbour Force for Neil were both unplaced.  Neil’s other runner, Prettylittlething, was ridden by Millie Wonnacott who works in the yard and she overturned a long odds on favourite to win, which was a great performance.

There were no runners the following day but Neil made it two winners from two runners when Green or Black took advantage of a couple of unseated riders at the last to go on and win well on Saturday 20th.  She might have won anyway, but the trouble at the last made the job easier.

Several runners last Sunday but not the same level of success.  Neil had Doing Fine, Runasimi River, Vancouver and Boy in a Bentley all finishing outside the places at Stratford where Johnny’s Sporting Boy suffered the same fate. Over at Newton Abbot, Johnny did manage a place from Bermeo, although Western Sunrise was unplaced in the same race.

There were no runners from our yards on Monday, but Neil had two outsiders, Simply Sin and Bambys Boy at Chelmsford on Tuesday which were both unplaced.  Wednesday was another blank day in terms of runners and on Thursday Johnny’s two runners, Ormskirk and Love The Leader ended up non-runners at Southwell when the last two races were abandoned due to the heat.  Michael Attwater had a runner at Sandown, but Chevallier was unplaced.

Friday saw Johnny’s two runners, Chance It and Numberonebeaubow both well beaten.  Vancouver was third for Neil and picked up a bit more prize money and whilst The Cruising Lord was well beaten for Michael at Ascot, his other runner Pink Flamingo ran on well to snatch 2nd on the line at the same track which was a nice result.

The week ended with a string of unplaced runners from our stables on Saturday.  Moayadd was unplaced for Neil and none of Michael’s three big priced runners Passing Clouds, Free Talkin and Savoy Brown managed to land a blow at Lingfield.

Getting Involved

Fees for horses are all-inclusive and buying a share in a BG Racing horse is a decision that you will not regret.  Quoted prices (except for Fr Humphrey) 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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