The lease period for Coole Charmer finished at the end of April and he is now out in a field at Noel Fehily’s having a bit of a holiday. News to be announced soon regarding plans for this season. Watch this space..!
Heart Racing has the opportunity to buy a very exciting, unraced prospect that has recently joined Neil Mulholland’s yard. This lovely horse has been with Neil for a month and is impressing him greatly on the gallops. This very good looking gelding is by Marienbard, winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and out of Ballindate who has produced several winners. If you have been thinking about getting involved in a horse, this is certainly a good place to be looking! Buy in costs are £1200 (inc vat) per 5% share and all inclusive monthly costs of £140 per 5% share.
Team Mulholland continue to be in terrific form and reached 90 winners for the season today (21st Feb) This is the perfect opportunity for you to become involved with one of the finest trainers in the country and to own a share in what looks to be a very promising horse indeed.
If you would like further information regarding this very exciting horse, or if you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coole Charmer is entered in a 2m 4f novice handicap chase at Lingfield on 10th January. It is a 0-105 rated race and we have got in on the new rules with a rating of 107. Due to the large amount of entries, there is a risk we may be balloted out as we are first to go being 2lb over the top rating. As long as no more than 14 declare, we will be in. He will also have a entry at Market Rasen on 18th January.
He is working well at home and improving all the time so we are hopeful of another good run to follow up his good 2nd at Bangor on 22nd December behind the useful mare Twenty Eight Guns.
Hopefully the next update will have news of our first winner!
At last some rain has arrived and Neil entered Charmer in a novice chase at Plumpton. There is a distinct lack of novice and beginners chases at present and very few of the desired distance. As such, this race was shorter in trip than we would have liked. Only 10 entries were made and come 13th November, only 4, including us declared.
There were two very smart novice chasers in the line up – Baron Alco and Wishing And Hoping. It was expected that they would set off at pace and take each other on and that was exactly what happened. Our lad couldn’t go with them at that pace and so Noel let them get on with it. They sparred for the first circuit, both running quite freely and at times being very exuberant and a little chancy. As they headed off down the back straight on the last circuit, Wishing And Hoping was caught out at the downhill fence down the back, and pitched on landing and fell. This left Baron Alco well clear and us in a distant 2nd. Not the most exciting race you’ll ever see with them all finishing at wide intervals, but as soon as we knew the faller was OK, we were happy to pick up second and for Charmer to jump around clear and finish safe and sound. He didn’t jump as well as at Chepstow but that is likely as he spent much of the race on his own and would probably have preferred some company.
We’re not sure if we will get a mark or not come next Tuesday, so Neil is trying to find another novice/beginners chase in case we don’t. Certainly when we do have a mark we’ll have far more options.
Charmer came out of the race very well again and we are looking forward to getting out on a track again very soon.
Team Heart had a great day at Chepstow to see Coole Charmer make his debut for us over fences. It was quite a high profile race as Thistlecrack was also making his novice chase debut! We had two entries on the day with the other at Bangor, but the ground was way too quick for our fella there so with the anticipated rain that Chepstow was due to have the night before the race, that was the chosen destination.
With Noel Fehily up at Bangor with a handful of rides, the very capable and very likeable David Noonan had the leg up and took a useful 3lb off Charmers back. When they jumped off, David dropped Charmer in at the rear with stable mate Shaky Gift. He was keen enough through the race and ran with great enthusiasm and jumped beautifully apart from an error at the third that made us all catch our breath briefly! Down the back straight, he was jumping so well he was making up lengths in the air and jumped himself in to second place. Turning in and Charmer was still travelling strongly and the only one travelling better was Thistlecrack. He jumped 5 out in second and was still in second when jumping 4 out, but he got a little bit low which took him off the bridle and then as they kicked on in front, the front three pulled away and he kept on one pace racing with Shaky Gift who got the better of us and David just kept him going to finish the race. He may have finished 5 of 5 but we couldn’t have been happier with his first run. He probably would have needed the run so to jump and travel as well as he did for the majority of the race was fabulous and he showed he certainly isn’t short of ability. ‘An eye catching first run’ some have quoted.
Another first for the day was me being interviewed by Luke Harvey in the paddock before the race! No such thing as bad publicity they say.
Charmer came out of the race really well and is ready to run again but as with most people, we desperately need some rain. As soon as we see a change in the weather and some proper cut in the ground we will be getting him entered up again.
Following a most encouraging first run for us, some of the current shareholders increased their shares and I am now pleased to say that Coole Charmer is sold out. When things settle down and I catch my breath from the whirlwind last few months, we will be looking for horse number two 🙂
After weeks of feverish activity behind the scenes with all that has been going on with the plans and organising the syndicate, the hardest part of the whole thing was keeping quiet about it! Some people have obviously been aware of what’s been cooking as I have been speaking to various trainers and also taking advice from some very good friends who are already involved in running their own syndicates. All the help and guidance provided by all the people ‘backstage’ is very much appreciated as their input has been invaluable.
I reached a point on the 20th of August when I felt I really needed to get this out in the public, share the news about the exciting horse that we have to syndicate, and to start getting people involved. That of course is what it’s all about! As you can see our website is now live and we will update as our syndicate grows, so this will serve as a fabulous tool for people to read about the syndicate and of course the lovely horse Coole Charmer and his fabulous trainer Neil Mulholland, not that he needs any introduction.
So, with Facebook and Twitter accounts in place, Heart Racing launched to the world of horse racing.
I am thrilled to say my computer and phone didn’t stop buzzing with people liking, sharing, and tweeting all day, but more importantly, sending messages and asking for details and we already have our first partners signed up and as excited as I am.
I took the opportunity to pop to Neil’s (Mulholland) on Tuesday to see how Charmer had settled in. He was tremendously relaxed in his new home, and why wouldn’t he be? I would be happy living at Conkwell Grange! Charmer has only been in a few weeks so it’s still very early days in his training campaign, but it was great to see him under the saddle with talented amateur James King on board.
Charmer is a ‘proper winter horse’ so he’ll want cut in the ground, we are not rushing his preparation and expect him to be ready to run in November. This may seem some time away, but it really isn’t and the season will be kicking on in earnest in the next few weeks- Bring it on!