So its been a few weeks since our last blog and we have a few things to catch up on so lets get stuck straight in!
Horse Flu….was it good thing it halted racing for the greater good, a stitch in time etc, was it terrible for the sport ( the bookies are the only ones moaning), one thing is for sure, either way you look at it , its good to have it back am I right?! My thoughts do go to Donald McCain however , he took some serious stick on social media mind, unfortunate it was him and I think a few trainers have had a wake up call perhaps, not sure he deserved all the abuse, but I’m certain he will bounce back with a few winners soon enough with the ammunition he has he can “overturn” this tough time.
Chelts Chelts Chelts! The famous meeting is creeping up on us , and the excitement for the sport is clear to see, whispers of who is targeting what race, tactical double entries etc, lets have the good ones race each other ,no? However one thing is for sure, we will all be visiting toilets more frequently at work that week , calls we have to take outside the office to keep tabs on our doubles and trebles, you know what I mean! Lets just hope the clowns fighting this weekend give it a swerve and stick to the beginners karate lessons in the village hall by Juan Ponche, is it just me or is there strong correlation between a checked Primark suit, drinking overpriced prosecco and making yourself look like a pudding live on TV, still…everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame , or was it 15 seconds of shame?
Calm Down , calm down , the weights are out for the Aintree Grand National, and there’s 12 out of 40 from Gordon Elliott’s yard, serious fire power that man has, and Tiger Roll dotted up yesterday , I’m sure he has something in the oven for race day too?
Another aspect that’s cropped up lately regarding our sport , is the prize money Arc are putting forward (or not putting forward) at some of their meetings, not sustainable for single owners , meaning they potentially have to win the race in some instances to even pay training fees alone.…talk about forcing people to set up “touches” on the track! On that note who tuned in for the Barney Curley’s interview on Luck on Sunday, he was a non runner, probably already engaged , bit like the phone at that Bellewstown meeting many moons ago. * Anyone unfamiliar with that story, grab the Ipad , make a brew and read about it, brilliant tale!
Prize money only concerns the winners enclosure primarily , and David Thompson was back in there with the reliable Glan Y Gors last week, simply hosed up at Newcastle against some good opposition for the grade, taking David’s Strike rate there, since the turn of the year to 40% , eat that southern raiders. Winning prices SP of 16-1, 13/2, 11/2 all excellent prices that reflect our point that David’s Horses can often go off at attractive prices, owners of Glan must be buzzing , congrats guys you deserve it!
So no doubt you will be eager to get some updates on how our new filly “Poco” is getting on at South View Racing , and one things for sure, she’s grown , and fast! David has said its noticeable even in a month she has put some size on in the right areas, and has proved to be sharp in her early exploits in the lunge ring, good signs for sure.
Over the next few weeks she will be visiting a breaking in specialist local to David, where she will be nurtured into the early stages of learning her job , the right way! I speak from past experience the importance of this, get it wrong and you can end up with a nutcase on your hands. So this will be her first day at “school “ as you like, and she will be given the best chance to be all she can be for us, so that’s certainly something to look forward to and we will update you with some footage on this so keep your eyes peeled on our twitter page @Ne1racing.
Countdown for Macky! Peters horse Lukoutoldmakezbak , two time winner at Gosforth Park last year is due to make his seasonal bow , and he looks well on the past few trips to see him at the yard, David seems happy with him and it will be a nice starting point for his 2019 campaign , probably at Newcastle , why go anywhere else with such a tremendous facility on the doorstep and home of his two wins…you know it makes sense!!!
This weekend saw a few surprises, one being the superstar CYRNAME slam the 170 rated WAITING PATIENTLY by a good few lengths, everyone seemed surprised apart from the whole parish of Shepton Mallet, congrats to Harry Cobden for getting his licence to fly Jet planes too haha what a talented young man!
On the whole, its been a busy few weeks getting the website finalised we are really happy with it, please visit if you haven’t already, signing up new members (thanks guys) and plotting the path for ‘Poco’, we can honestly say its seriously exciting times!
Spring is coming, lighter nights nearly upon us , and there just seems to be an infectious enthusiasm kicking about around NE1 racing club just now. Big thanks to everyone spreading the word about us its seriously appreciated as we are building all the time, and if you want to take that extra step, do it and give us a shout we’d love to have you involved in NE1!