October's Racing Story!
We have been busy at The Golden Horse over the 6 weeks, with a lot happening along the way. There's some really good experiences and some really bad experiences but that's what you have to expect when it comes to racehorse ownership, there will be really good times and really bad times.
We made the journey to Nottingham racecourse on the 11th of October to watch SIR LANCELOTT make his club debut for us, he's a fun horse that we bought to give us a few more days out over the winter and we expect him to win a race or two for us over the next few months. He ran this day over 1m 2f and the combination of the trip and the testing ground at Nottingham that day, he just never seen out his race but the trip was something we wanted to try with him, as it seemed in recent races he wanted a step up in trip but after the race we realised that wasn't what he wanted, so a drop back in trip would come for him next time out.
On the 20th of October we made the 5 hour journey to Fakenham racecourse for our first runner with Olly Murphy and watch RED HOUSE HILL make his club debut for us. He was travelling really well, jumping nicely and really looked a useful horse considering this was his first start for over a year. Coming down the back straight Ian Popham said he went lame, just as he was about to jump a hurdle and as he jumped the hurdle Ian said he heard a crack and unfortunately RED HOUSE HILL suffered a life ending injury. We where all distraught on course, most of us stood their for at least an hour in tears and not really believing what we had just seen. It just goes to show how dangerous for both horse and jockey this sport can be. RED HOUSE HILL will always be remembered by the team at Olly Murphy's who cared for him everyday and by all of us at The Golden Horse Racing Club, RIP RED HOUSE HILL.
The very next day on the 21st of October we had arranged a club open day to Olly Murphy's yard to see RED HOUSE HILL but after speaking with Olly we all decided it was best to postpone, as it wouldn't of been the best experience afte what had happened on the Friday. So we headed to Wolverhampton racecourse in the evening to see SIR LANCELOTT race over 8 & 1/2 furlongs, a trip he's seemed to enjoy at a track he's won 3 times at before. He travelled really well into the race, pressed the leader coming off the turn and blew up in the final furlong. We are putting that down to this race coming too soon after Nottingham and him running over too far on very testing ground, so we have given him a couple of weeks off and he will come back early December to run right though the winter for us.
We also bought our club 75% in a horse called British Embassy, he's a winner from 77, placed off 79 and with a current rating of 70 our new trainer Dave Loughnane feel's he is really well handicapped. He's settled in well to his new yard, started to bulk up again and will go into full work on Monday the 20th of November, as we get him prepped to make his first start for us on mid December.
Throughout the whole month we have also been planning our for our broodmares, where they will be covered and who they will be covered by but I will leave that for the next blog for you all.