Well I have always known that our horses would be involved in falls and injuries at some point in their racing careers as this is part and parcel of jump racing and is unavoidable. Yesterdays forward somersault by Romany Ryme at Kelso when he was travelling well in third place was caused through no fault of his own when he was brought down by the horse in front Dickie Henderhoop who fell at the last hurdle leaving our horse and jockey no chance at all. At the time my main concern was and still is for the well being of our jockey Jonathon Bewley who thankfully has come out of what was an awful tumble with nothing more serious than some stiffness and bruising all round this morning. I can tell you I have never been so pleased to see a jockey walk out of an ambulance in one piece as I was yesterday at Kelso. Our horse seems to have come out of this somehow unscathed but I don't quite know how if you watch the race video. What I do know is that this is one reason why jump racing should only be a proper winter soft ground sport. If this fall had happened on summer good to firm jumping ground then I am certain the outcome would have been far worse than yesterdays so I am really truly thankful that all are ok. Romany Ryme seems fine today at home so we will go easy on him for a week and make sure he is 100% before making our next plans which if all goes well are already mapped out with George. How tough and brave are these jockeys and when you think of all the media coverage and revenues generated by the racing industry from this great sport it really does bring home how the main risks are very firmly with the jockeys and horses. The horses get pampered and are very well looked after at home and that is as much as we can do for them, however the rewards for most jump jockeys outside the top 30 in the sport fall well short of what they deserve. Yet we have a whole raft of large businesses making a lot of money out of this great sport and what risks and rewards are they enjoying in comparison to the Jockeys? I do admit to having to lick my own emotional wounds a little this morning, however after watching two horses break down at Haydock in one race today it did make me fully appreciate that things could have been a lot worse yesterday. I am a great believer in what goes around comes around and in which case we are due some better fortune over the coming weeks. Martin
A 5LB hike in our handicap mark to 110 has made our task at Kelso on Sunday an even more difficult one therefore I will be happy with a top five finish so we can look for easier race opportunities another day. On Sundays weights looking at the opposition and in particular Dickie Henderhoop who was in the process of winning the race at Carlisle on the 24Th October then we need to find 17 lengths at todays weights to beat him. I just can't see that happening in Sundays race as Dickie is a very robust and consistent horse who will like the ground. We also have to beat a horse called Mr Utah who came over from Ireland and won at Sedgefield last time out. This horse is a full brother to one of Georges horses Brae On and is well capable of further improvement on this favoured soft ground. With the former 130 rated hurdler Caerlaverlock in the race and the improving Jack Albert it does seem a stiff task for our horse at the weights. Here's hoping Romany runs well and horse and jockey come back safe and sound.
Just back from a nice break in sunny Tenerife where we hit lucky with nine sunny days out of ten and we even complained that the weather was too hot. Not bad for this time of year and such a nice change from all the pre christmas chaos back home. Well we have that rain we have always wanted for Romany Ryme who is entered up for three races on Sunday the 29th December at Kelso and hopefully after wishing for rain for so long lets hope the meeting goes ahead. I will start looking at the racing post runners and then do some detailed research for boxing day runners once the family obligations are taken care of. I can't wait for young Dylan my 8 month old Grandson to be up in the morning to open his presents and see his reaction on his first christmas.......even money on him playing more with the wrapping paper and boxes. Oh and some good news on Dark Caviars leg injury which is healing really well......so well in fact that you could not tell that he had been injured. Still patience is the name of the game and he will be rested and nursed along at Georges place with some gentle exercise until the start of the next jumps season to make sure he is 100% before returning to light work around September 2014 all being well. Happy Christmas everyone and here's to plenty more winning bets for MGR club members next year and a first win for Romany Ryme very soon! Martin
Romany Ryme ran his usual consistent race yesterday at Hexham on ground not as soft as he would have liked. He was only three and 3/4 lengths behind the winner who is a half brother to Simonsig. The winner Simarthur cost £65k and Hellorboston who is very well regarded by the McCains was second so no complaints at all. Romany Ryme looked really good beforehand (the best I have seen him!) and has lots of condition and muscle appearing in all the right places. He looked every inch a 3 mile chaser so anything we are getting now over hurdles is a bonus. He jumped his hurdles better than ever yesterday and now we have to decide do we keep trying to nick a hurdle race somewhere or head over the larger fences.......watch this space. A couple of horses I like the chances of today are Straidnahanna at 11/2 in the 12:20 and Milano Magic at 11/1 in the 2:50 both at Newcastle. I think both of them will appreciate this good ground and are both EW bets with an EW double on the same. Good Luck!
I am really looking forward to seeing our horse run for the second time at Hexham tomorrow with a group of MGR club members coming along to hopefully enjoy the race and day out at Hexham. Weather is due to be foggy therefore I am not sure how much racing we will actually see outside especially as Hexham usually does not have a big TV screen. We would have liked rain and heavy ground however we are not going to get that tomorrow.
I have had a good look at the two George Bewley runner races at kelso today and they are difficult races to form a firm opinion on even with an up to date picture from the stable. Rev Up Ruby and Brae On may well run good races and could win or be placed but both are not serious betting propositions for me today. I might well do a reverse forecast in the 2:55 race where I could see the Russell horse Rathvawn Belle (who is well regarded by the stable and may well appreciate this step up in trip) and Rev Up Ruby finishing first and second so If you fancy a fun bet I would not put you off te forecast. It is going to rain heavily at Kelso in the next few hours and any rain will help my fancy of the day Redpender who at 6/1 has Each Way credentials in the 1:25 race. This horse is a 3 mile chaser in the making therefore todays tight track at only 2 mile is a concern especially on the reported good to soft ground. He has a bit of pace and will be staying on late down that long run in but may well be done for toe today. Because he is an improver however we will take the chance and have a go. Now lets get that Sunday roast in the oven! POST RACE NOTE: I was delighted for the Bewley stable and the connections of Brae On who won the last at Kelso today at 14/1. It was a great call by George to run the horse so quickly after his disappointing previous run where the horse had inhaled a lot of mud kick back which stopped him breathing properly and to do that is quite unusual. Rev Up Ruby also ran a very good race to finish 3rd and ran right up to her form. I think the form of this race will stand up well as there were a few good horses who finished in behind. Redpender ran ok but found the pace and track all happening a bit quick for him and he will have another day when conditions are in his favour.
I watched some great racing on the TV today and with so many good horses running I thought it may be difficult to pick out the winners. As a result just one bet advised for MGR club members today and that was for the Henderson horse Grandouet advised at 7/2. He ran a great race getting beat only a neck on the line. Looking forward to Hexham on Wednesday and I just hope a few of the better horses entered don't run and the rain keeps falling before then.
We are in the middle of an unusually long dry spell for this time of year and just when our horse Romany Ryme is in such good form at home and ready for a run. There is little point in running the horse on anything other than soft/heavy ground therefore we will just have to hope for plenty rain in the Hexham area before Wednesday 11th December. As blog readers will know we expect our horse to improve when sent jumping the larger fences and this morning I have been looking at possible race entries over fences if the hurdle race at Hexham does not turn up the ground we want. At 7yo and with the horse in good shape with a level of maturity behind it, now is a good time to have a go over the fences. Remember the horse has won two point to point races and ran a decent race over fences at Perth on unsuitable good ground for John Wade. Some average racing at Sedgefield tomorrow and whilst we considered an entry in the 2mile 6furlong hurdle race the ground is unsuitable anyway. One I do like tomorrow is called Trust Thomas trained by the Hamiltons in Northunberland. Their horses always come on for their first time out run and I can see this horse running a big race tomorrow. Martin