The Highs & Lows of a Racehorse Owner!

15-August-2018 19:05
in General
by Carl Woods

Good evening everyone, I'm back. I know it's been a long time since my last blog but I have just had so much going on with our horses and also in my personal life.

On February the 14th we had our 3rd little boy who we named Hugo, like our other 2 he's a real little star. but also a real handful. We then thought it would be a good to move house on the 23rd of March, so as I'm sure most of you can appreciate it's been a really busy and quite stressful time for me and the family. We are now all settled which is good. It's now giving me so much more time to do things like buy horses, visit our horses, go racing and even write this blog.

Onto the horses! Now since we last spoke a lot has happened, there's been a few lows and plenty of highs.

Shiroccodee our jumps horse ran at Worcester and while running that day, she pulled a muscle in her leg and after consulting our trainer and the vets, the decision was made to retire her and rehome her to recover fully from her injury, then her new owners hope to retrain her to go into dressage. Tuscany Poppy the little Italian bred filly we had spent a lot of time getting ready, was taken for numerous racecourse gallops and the decision was taken that she just wasn't going to ever make it as a racehorse, we also retired her from racing and her new owners hope to retrain her to become a polo horse. We where absolutely made up that we where able to find them both new homes where we know they will be looked after and what made it even better was they are both on the same farm together.

We then had our 2 broodmares deliver 2 lovely foals, 1 colt sired by Outstrip (pictured below with her mum, Daunt Rock).

The other was a filly sired by Hellvelyn (pictured below with her mum Caramelita).

Both are growing really well and both look like they should be really forward 2yo's, which is ideal for us as a racing club. As you might notice from the pictures, our Hellvelyn filly is older than our Outstrip colt so they are at different stages of their development at the moment. 

All 3 broodmares are back in foal again now ready for foaling next year. Daunt Rock in foal to Harzand, Caramelita in foal to Heeraat and Gib in foal to Proconsul (full brother to Frankel), something else for us to look forward to for early next year.

We enjoyed an amazing stable visit to Alex Hale's yard, with over 60 members there enjoying the tour of his vast yard and gallops. Then enjoying an amazing hog roast before we headed off to Stratford Racecourse for an evening of racing, this day is one that all members look out for each year, as it really is a brilliant opportunity to get up close to all of our horses, the broodmares and the youngsters.

We then had the opportunity to buy a young 2yo colt who was highly recommended to us by our current trainer Denis Quinn and one of our bloodstock agents that runs Premium Bloodstock, Ian Evans. He's been flying at home on the Newmarket gallops and only 3 weeks back we got Kieran Fallon into ride a piece of work on him, Kieran thinks he's a really nice horse. We have recently named him Straitouttacompton, as he was sired by Compton Place. He makes his debut on Friday 17th August at Nottingham in what looks a very hot race but we think a lot of him, so lets pitch him in at the deep end and then we can see where to go with him afterwards.

Ian Evans then came to me later that month with an opportunity to buy into a sprinter that he said was really well handicapped and would get us a runner at the big Saturday meetings should we want that. I told him we would love that, he told me he needed some help in getting a deal done for Robero, so I told him I'd be ha ppy to help as I know that horse and I knew he was at least 11lbs well in based on last seasons form. We moved the horse down to Gay Kelleway and he will have his 2nd start for us at either Newmarket on Friday 17th August or Ripon on the 18th August in the Great St Wilfred handicap.

Dandilion our young sprinter took a big step back in the right direction at Leicester Racecourse on Sunday 12th August, as she finished a very close up 3rd. She's had some niggling issues with her eye this summer, so we are now looking forward to getting he back into the winners enclosure very soon.

Sir Lancelott has ran 21 times for us since Sept 2017, so we thought now would be a good time to give him a couple of months break before we bring him back for a winter on the All Weather around Wolverhampton Racecourse. He's been placed 4th or above in 45% of his races for us, he's been superbly consistent for us and we look forward to him getting going again in a couple of months.

As you can see, it's been a manic few months but I have really enjoyed most of it and me and the team now feel we have some nice horses, with the ability to win some nice races for us.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog!

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Carl Woods
Managing Director
The Golden Horse Racing Club


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