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September

Hello <<First Name>>, 
We hope you've had a fantastic month,
here is the Middleham Park Racing newsletter for the month of September.
In This Issue:
 
Monthly Stats
Winners
Places
The Ayr Western Festival
The Syndicate Stable
Raymond Tusk Lands In Australia
Top Lot At Tatts
Stable Staff Awards
New Yearlings!
MPR Social
Refer A Friend!
Bloodstock News
Under The Radar
Monthly Quiz
Coming Up In October
We've had winners at 5 major Festivals in 2019, MILITIA and WAARIF at Ayr, COPPER KNIGHT at York, RIGHT ACTION at Doncaster, TIMOSHENKO at Goodwood and WEDDING DATE, also at York.

Winners

Woodside Wonder - 10/09/19
Catterick - Keith Dalgleish

Woodside Wonder had flown home in the race before this at Catterick, having started poorly. The race panned out much better for him when he returned to Catterick a couple of weeks later. From the plum draw in stall 1, Callum Rodriguez was able to sit Woodside Wonder in a handy position behind the leaders. The gaps opened up in the home straight, and Woodside Wonder battled between horses to win by a neck! It was 4th career win for Woodside Wonder who’s been an extremely consistent horse throughout his career.

Militia - 19/09/19
Ayr - Richard Fahey

A third career win for the son of Equiano and on the big stage at the Ayr Gold Cup Festival too! He recorded the best time of the day in the 5 furlong sprint under Paul Hanagan.

Always prominent, he raced nicely towards the far side, and when Paul began to push him along over 1f out, he responded well to be ridden out and win by just over a length. His owners were delighted and celebrated with plenty of champagne in the Owners Club afterwards, as you can see in the gallery. His trainer Richard Fahey celebrated a back to back double on the card with them.

Waarif - 21/09/19
Ayr - David O'Meara

It was back to back wins for Waarif in the 1m handicap at Ayr. He sat three-wide for most of the race, tracking the leading trio. In the hands of Danny Tudhope he cruised into the race off the final bend. It wasn't plain sailing though, and Waarif had to dig deep to hold off Kyren (OR101) in the closing stages. It was a brilliant day for his owners, plenty of whom were able to make it to Ayr.

Gold Arch - 21/09/19
Wolverhampton - David Lanigan

A few hours after Waarif's win Gold Arch lined up at Wolverhampton. He had been a bit disappointed in his previous two starts, but David was confident he had gotten to the bottom of the small issue that was affecting his running. 

He missed the break, and Shane Kelly just gave him a few strides to settle at the back before making a move up the field. He raced four wide around the first tight bend and was able to pass the majority of the field to sit second. The pair put the race to bed with a nice turn of foot in the final two furlongs, a third career win for our son of Archipenko.

We have released some limited shares in Gold Arch. Three times a winner this year-click the link below to find out more! 
Gold Arch
Ventura Royal - 24/09/19
Beverley - David O'Meara

A third career win yesterday, for the daughter of Teofilo and what a way to do it!

Turned out quickly by her trainer David O'Meara after her run at Ayr 5 days previous, she ran in the 1m 1/2f 'Season Finale' handicap at Beverley. She took a keen hold under Danny Tudhope and raced wide early. Danny had her close up, moving around the bend, still wide, to take the lead 5f out. Crossing over to the stands rail in the straight she was still bowling along in front over 2f out. Danny took a look around the see what was happening, and as he began to push her to maintain her run, she pulled well clear, staying on to win by five lengths!

Ventura Flame - 30/09/19
Hamilton - Keith Dalgleish


A superb front running ride from Callum Rodriguez gave Ventura Flame her second win of the season. Our tough filly made all in the testing ground at Hamilton Park. She seemed to thrive on the under-hoof conditions as she set a strong gallop, kicking away from the field with 2f to travel. It was a great piece of race placement as she collected a Plus 10 bonus cheque for her efforts!

Ventura Flame is one of two fillies we currently have by Dandy Man. They have been in flying form this season:
Wedding Date: 2 wins, 1 2nd and 3 3rds.
Ventura Flame: 2 wins, 2 2nds and 1 3rd. 

Its no wonder we have purchased another Dandy Man filly!

 

Places


2nd Clay Regazzoni - 07/09/19
2nd Star Shield - 17/09/19
2nd Lexington Rebel - 21/09/19
2nd Guardia Svizzera - 22/09/19
2nd Woodside Wonder - 23/09/19
2nd Elixsoft - 25/09/19
3rd Revich - 13/09/19
3rd Ice Cold In Alex - 14/09/19
3rd Guardia Svizzera - 16/09/19
3rd Alex Gracie - 26/09/19

In Other News...

The Ayr Western Festival -
We were joint TOP WINNING OWNERS,
alongside Clipper Logistics!

The Ayr Western Festival is always a favourite meeting of ours! We love to have plenty of runners there and this year was no exception. We were even lucky enough to have 2 winners this year! The festival is always well attended, this year we hosted over 140 of our owners, their friends and family over the course of the 3 days. It is immensely important for us to be able to get our owners to the races to watch their horses. It's not an easy task however, and a lot of credit must go to Charlotte for organising everything and to Ayr Racecourse who have always been very accommodating.

The Syndicate Stable

We took part in the first-ever Syndicate Stable at Doncaster's St Leger meeting. Horsepower XP organised the event in the hope of introducing new people to racehorse ownership. There were a couple of different syndicates in the marquee during the meeting. We had a fabulous time meeting the crowds at Doncaster, over the two days we attended. It was great to be able to speak to people face to face and answer any questions they might have had. There were even a few famous faces that popped in to see how we were all getting on. The Syndicate Stable was a great initiative and we have been approached to take part in a similar event in November - this time in the South.
Watch out for news about that one in next months edition and on 'social'....!

Raymond Tusk Lands In Australia

Raymond Tusk set off for Australia last week, having completed his quarantine period in Newmarket. He arrived safe and sound and will now continue his preparation for the two races down under, with another two weeks of quarantine first. 

The Werribee racecourse will be Raymond Tusk's home while he is in Australia, as it will for all the international horses. It is an ideal base for the horses because of its world-class facilities and its proximity to the Flemington racecourse. There is a short clip of Raymond Tusk stretching his legs for the first time on the Werribee Racecourse track on our twitter page.

Werribee Track Video

Are you thinking of heading to watch the Melbourne Cup?

Racing Breaks can help!

Use the link below and quote 'MPR50' to receive
£50 off a selection of bucket list trips shown! 

Racing Breaks

Top Lot At Tatts!

Middleham Park Racing have quite the association with the Tattersalls Ascot Sale. Last year we purchased the fabulous Ventura Rebel, who went on to finish 2nd at Royal Ascot. This year we set a new record for the top lot! We paid £50,000 for this stunning daughter of Showcasing, who will be heading to Richard Fahey. Our purchase caught the attention of the industry newspaper who published an article on the sale. 

You can read the full Racing Post article below!

Racing Post

Stud & Stable Staff Awards

The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff awards nominations are coming to a close in early November. Anyone can suggest anyone working in racing from grooms to office workers for an award. If you know of someone, you think deserves recognition you can nominate them on the website below.
Stud and Stable Staff Awards

Stable Visits

The National Hunt season is just around the corner! If you're looking for a jumps horse to keep you going through the winter months, then come along to our stable visits! We will be heading to Ben Pauling's yard to see Imperial Knight, to Paul Nicholls' yard to see Get The Appeal and to Nicky Henderson's to see our two newest National Hunt purchases.

You can find the dates for all of these stable visits at the bottom of this email or by clicking the link below.
Stable Visits

New Yearlings!

Another busy month at the sales for Middleham Park Racing. We were in attendance at the Osarus Yearling sale, Tattersalls Ascot Sale and Tattersalls Ireland Sale. All of our current purchases can be viewed at our up and coming Malton Yearling Parade next month. If you are interested in attending you can find out more below.
Malton Yearling Parade
Here's a quick summary of the yearlings we purchased this month:
Mark Johnston



Lethal Force ex Kenyan Cat Colt

Shares available from £1,375.



Equiano ex Love Action Colt

Shares available from £2,000.
Tom Dascombe



No Nay Never ex Stranded Colt

Shares available from £1,825.
Keith Dalgleish



Holy Roman Emperor ex Gale Green Filly

Shares available from £1,125.
Richard Fahey



Showcasing ex Hot Secret Filly

Shares available from £1,775.



Footstepsinthesand ex Sweet Surprise Colt

Shares available from £1,700.
Richard Hannon



Myboycharlie ex Plebeya Colt

Shares available from £825.



Pearl Secret ex Concentration Colt

Shares available from £1,125.



Dandy Man ex Warm Welcome Filly

Shares available from £1,700.



Footstepsinthesand ex Majraa Colt

Shares available from £2,750.
If you would like to see more information, including their walk videos and would like to purchase shares in any of our new yearlings, you can do so from our website by clicking the link below!
Buy Shares
We passed 6,000 followers on Twitter this month and 1,000 followers on Instagram!

Refer A Friend!

1. Email Charlotte with the name of your friend, their email address and telephone number and the share that they would like to purchase.*

2. We will take care of the paperwork with your friend.

3. Once the signed paperwork is received, your owner's account will be credited with £100! 

*The share purchase must be for a minimum of 2.5% in any horse currently available on our website and the person must be new to MPR.

Bloodstock News

We Say Goodbye To Ventura Knight


This month we said goodbye to Ventura Knight, his owners accepted an offer for him to go on to pastures new. He gave his owners some brilliant days out running at lots of the major festivals including Royal Ascot, the Ebor Festival and out in Dubai. Ventura Knight won 7 races for us and over £90,000 in prize money, he was a real pleasure to own, and we wish his new connections all the best. 

Under The Radar


Got The T Shirt

(Keith Dalgleish)

Made a pleasing debut at Ayr at the Western Meeting and should be able to build on that. We’ll look to place him to effect in the next few weeks.

Monthly Quiz!

Click below to test your knowledge of Middleham Park Racing's month!
Quiz

Meet One Of Our Owners

I’m Colin Matthews, a retired policeman in my early 60’s living up in Merseyside, whose first horse with MPR was back in 2014. The experience of being involved with other syndicates over several years had shown me the value of having the broadest possible choice when buying into a horse. I had no previous experience of MPR, but having looked at several syndicate websites, I took the plunge on MPR and purchased a small stake in a horse by a first season sire, reasoning that it might have a chance of going on to better things. Canford Kilbey proved to be a wholehearted trier who unfortunately lacked pace, but I loved the involvement, which taught me a great deal about racing, Richard Fahey, and the experience of ownership with MPR. An out of the blue 20/1 win at Thirsk remains one of my most memorable days in racing, for the sheer surprise in winning for owners, trainer and jockey! 

I quickly found that the MPR organisation did ‘what it says on the tin ‘and their love of racing was very apparent. The syndicate members were very friendly and helpful, and I can only thank Alan and Jan for taking me under their wing in those early days and explaining how MPR worked in practice. Middleham has so many wise foxes, both old and young, within its ranks!
My interest in horses goes back to the late 1960s, going to my local tracks at Chester and Aintree, and how they have changed over the years! I followed the likes of Brigadier Gerard, Mill Reef and Red Rum and loved the spectacle and the drama of racing. I never lost my taste for enjoying a day out at the races, but in my working life I just didn’t get the chance to be involved more deeply as an owner at that time, though I would be in charge of policing at the Grand National, and later one of the first Aintree Racemakers, so I saw the National course from many different sides!

Being both Flat and NH reared, it was natural that when the chance came along, I would try to be involved on both sides of the fence. MPR offered that route, as Tom Palin was building the NH base and I became involved with Armaans Wish and Captain Woodie. Both have had good days, and both have shown just how fragile hopes and dreams can be in the NH world. But the sheer spectacle of a horse taking a hurdle at high speed to overcome the field is just incredible!

So, appetite whetted, I got more involved on the Flat side as well, through horses such as Heatongrad, and Tawdeea. Both had their moments, including Tawdeea’s win at Haydock in the Old Newton Cup when Danny Tudhope picked off horse after horse over the last three furlongs, winning cosily! More recently, Star of Southwold has been fascinating to be involved with over the last two years – from winning at Newmarket first time out, then really struggling for both form and fitness. To change his fortune, the never easy step of switching stables was taken with the agreement of the owners, by Tim Palin, and Star has fought his way back to being the racehorse that we had hoped he could be, thanks to Mick Appleby and his staff.
Marie’s Diamond has also provided me with many memorable moments, highs, lows and experiences. There had been high hopes for the Diamond from the start, and after 2 winning runs, all seemed set fair for a hattrick at Epsom on Oaks day.  Our high hopes faded on the soft ground that day, only to be revived by Franny Norton at Chester on the next outing with a pillar to post special. And from there to Group entries, winning at Group level and at 2, becoming a very well-travelled horse indeed, taking in France and Ireland, culminating in a run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf – the World Championship of horse racing – at Louisville, Kentucky. What a thrill to be involved!

Five years on from Canford Kilbey, I am currently involved with nine horses, at different stages of their careers, and running at different levels of ability, and all characters in their own special way. Each has its own story, and the three I am looking forward to seeing on a track for the first time are Longsider, Marie’s Gem and Get the Appeal. 

I have learnt that there is something different about every syndicate. Everyone has an opinion, and everyone is entitled to have their say – listening to others helps me see a broader view, and this is a sport in which we never stop learning. No syndicate will ever agree 100%, (for example, as those involved with the sell or keep voting process will recognise), but everyone has their valid reasons for taking a decision. Joint shared ownership teaches a great deal about compromise.

This is a hobby to be enjoyed - I was always taken by Tim’s vision of people banding together and competing against the big boys on level terms – but it’s also business in its own way, and there is something about selling at the right time and reinvesting the money into new horses. 
I love the race day experience. Owners facilities do vary widely across the country, as do viewing facilities but each has its own special charm!  I really like tracks such as Epsom or Doncaster, with views right across the course, but I also love the atmosphere that can be generated at tracks like Hamilton where people just love being at the event! And while it takes a special sort of racegoer to enjoy the experience of a freezing cold night meeting at Wolverhampton in January, I love the MPR off course experience as well - there is something about the shared MPR fellowship over coffee on the gallops at the crack of dawn at Malton,  or enjoying eventful Sunday mornings driving across flooded fields at Henderson’s, trying to keep the four wheels out of muddy ditches, which you just can’t buy ! And those are the moments where you talk about your horses, your hopes and fears for them to other MPR owners, chat to the trainers and their staff, and find out so much more about future intentions – experiences which are gold dust. 

Recently, I’ve been out of action due to a four-way heart bypass operation. The problem came up the day after a trip to Royal Ascot to watch Marie’s Diamond in the Jersey Stakes – my first time as an owner at Ascot –the pleasure of which eased the subsequent shock of discovering I needed an operation immediately! My summer of post-operation recovery has been made easier by loving sport of all kinds, if I had to be laid up for three months, what a sporting summer of cricket and racing to enjoy!  It has also reminded me of the value of patience, which is essential for any racing owner!

For the future, lots to think about -which new horses to be involved with, the process of how I decide whether that horse is right for me, what percentage to buy,  – but it's fantastic to be involved in ownership with Middleham Park Racing, long may it remain so!
 
 
Thank you very much for sharing your story Colin! We are glad to hear your recovery is going well and we hope to see you on a racecourse soon! 

📆 Coming up in October!

If you are interested in attending any of our stable visits,
you can find more details here:
Paul Nicholls Stable Visit
Ben Pauling Stable Visit
Malton Yearling Parade
Nicky Henderson Stable Visit
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