Our sole runner on Monday is Mister McArthur in the first race at 1.30.pm, the aptly named 'Great to welcome you back' maiden stakes over a mile. The going at Redcar is good to soft, good in places at the time of writing,and the race has drawn a maximum field of 18 runners.
Mister McArthur is a five year old gelding who has raced on one previous occasion to date. His dam, Arctic Queen had her racing career cut short in 2005, due to injury, after just three runs, all on the all weather at Southwell, but she has been a lot busier as a broodmare. To date she has produced seven racecourse representatives, the best of them being the three times 120 rated hurdle winner Arctic Reach, back in 2011.
Mister McArthur has a lot to live up to as he runs in the same colours as the 2008 Cheltenham Festival winner Mister McGoldrick, and our own very classy, and much missed mare Becky The Thatcher.
Before making his racecourse debut in a Catterick bumper in February, in heavy ground, Mister McArthur had already undergone wind surgery, and he struggled in the ground conditions that day. He has been given a 90 days break since, and the application of a first time hood will aid him to settle. This race will be of great benefit to Mister McArthur's further education, with Jack Garritty taking the ride.
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Good luck to the connections, Mcgoldrick Racing.