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We have been spoilt with the amount of exciting Saturday's we have had this season and for Rene Mathis to win two one hundred thousand pound handicaps, this time at Goodwood is some achievement. He was always travelling well under jockey George Chaloner and from a long way out he didn't look like losing. He loved the ground and stayed on to win by a length and a half to give owner Dr Marwan Koukash another good win. Farlow also ran a blinder to finish fourth off a career high mark. We then doubled up on the card with Imshivalla. Again it was a similar story, she always looked to be travelling better then anything else and although she did hang left inside the final furlong she kept battling to the line under jockey Sammy Jo Bell to win by a length and three quarters.
At Beverley Zaina Rizeena broke her maiden tag at only the second time of asking. She was given a great ride by jockey David Nolan who held her up just behind the leader. They took up the lead two furlongs from home and were clear inside the final furlong. They won by one and a quarter lengths for owner Jaber Abdullah.

Our fantastic strike rate on Newmarket's July course continued when Drifting Spirit won the nursery for owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum to make it two wins on the bounce. She is a very tough filly and when asked by jockey Paul Hanagan she took up the lead inside the final furlong and battled to the line to win by three quarters of a length.

We had two runners in the opening race at Thirsk and it was the outsider of the two that won. Canford Kilbey was kept in touch with the leaders by jockey Paddy Mathers and they made headway two furlongs out. He battled with our other runner Lady Argentum and took up the lead inside the final furlong. He stayed on well to win by a length and three quarters for owners Middleham Park Racing. Lady Argentum was third.

It was worth the trip up to Musselburgh for owners Peter Timmins and John Rhodes as they had a double on the card. First was Novinophobia who's name means the fear of running out of wine. He broke well and managed to get a good position despite being drawn wide. He made all under jockey Jack Garritty and stayed on well to win by one and a quarter lengths.

Jack then rode his second winner to keep the pressure up in the apprentice title. Spring Offensive tracked the leaders and took up the lead two furlongs from home. He did hang right a little inside the final furlong but had enough quality to hold off the fast finishing Silver Rime ridden by our own Sammy Jo Bell. Spring Offensive won by three quarters of a length to seal his first handicap victory.

Nimr made an impressive debut at Carlisle for owners Al Shaqab Racing. The two-year-old colt by Shamardal tracked the leaders under jockey David Nolan and when he was asked to pick up he obliged. He was pushed clear and eased to a three length victory. We then doubled up with Bimbo in the Fillies' Handicap. She has always been quirky and she did wander around under jockey Jack Garritty but she was in the mood to win and picked up well to finish a length and a quarter from Cadeaux Power.

Chester is the favourite track of owner Dr Marwan Koukash but he hasn't had as many winners there this season as he would like, so it was fantastic we had a double yesterday. Our first winner was Ballesteros in the opening race on the card. He made all under jockey Fergal Lynch and stayed on in the final furlong. He was challenged by the fast finishing Deauvillle Prince but held on to win by a short head. Our other runner Gramercy ran a great race to finish third. We then had the first two home in the Listed Chester Stakes. It's always great seeing two of your horses battling for the top spots and it's made easier when they are for the same owner. This time Gabrial's King got the better of Gabrial's Star. Star made headway a couple of furlongs out but jockey George Chaloner launched a late challenge on King to take up the lead and they stayed on strongly to win by a neck.

It was great to see Jack Garritty ride two winners for us at Sandown yesterday as he continues to push for the apprentice jockeys title. The first came in the opening race on the card when Celebration made it two wins on the bounce. Sent off the strong favourite he made virtually all the running on the rail and ran clear a furlong out. He stayed on to win by two and a half lengths. El Viento then made it a double on the card in the next race. The seven-year-old has had a stop start racing career and it was fantastic to see him win for his owners. He tracked the leaders and started to make headway two furlongs from home. When Jack asked him to go he pushed on to win by a length.

It has been tricky to get a winner at York this season but today we had a very impressive one. Mayfair Lady won the nursery in impressive style. She burst out of the stalls and took up the running under Jack Garritty. She went off at a good pace and watching the race you would have wondered if she could keep it up. Well she proved that she could, she found a different gear from the others and pressed on to win by a massive five lengths. Owners Norman and Helen Steel were there to welcome her back, made all the more special as she is a horse they bred.

Today was a day for horses to win in great style as First To Post won at Carlisle. He virtually made all under jockey Tony Hamilton and showed a great turn of foot when asked to go. He pulled clear and was eased down to win by two and three quarter lengths, well done to owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum.

August has been a fantastic month for Musley Bank and our strong run continued yesterday with another three winners. Mfiftythreedotcom has been a bit frustrating but he finally got his head in front at Ripon. He made all under jockey Tony Hamilton and had things pretty much his own may. When Tony asked him to go he quickened to win by a length and a half.

We then had a double at Leicester, the first of which was Flashy Memories for owner Jaber Abdullah. She was given a patient ride by jockey David Nolan and she showed a good attitude. When she got her head in front inside the final furlong she was challenged but she pushed on again to win by a neck. Desire then went on to win under jockey George Chaloner at a big prize of 25 to 1. She hadn't shown much in her previous races and she was wearing cheek pieces for the first time. She travelled well and finally ran her race, pulling clear to win by two and three quarter lengths.

It was great to see Our Boy Jack back in the winners enclosure for Middleham Park Racing. The six-year-old didn't have the best of draws and jockey Jack Garritty was forced to go the long way around. They made there move two furlongs from home and stayed on well to win by a length and a quarter, and there were plenty of people to welcome him back into the winners enclosure.

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Date Horse Racecourse Race Owner Jockey
29/08/2015 Zaina Rizeena (GB) Beverley Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Class 4) Jaber Abdullah David Nolan
29/08/2015 Drifting Spirit (IRE) Newmarket Class 3 Nursery Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum Paul Hanagan
29/08/2015 Imshivalla Goodwood Class 3 Handicap Pow Partnership Samantha Bell (3)
29/08/2015 Rene Mathis Goodwood Class 2 Handicap Dr Marwan Koukash George Chaloner
28/08/2015 Canford Kilbey Thirsk Maiden Claiming Stakes (Class 5) Middleham Park Racing Paddy Mathers
27/08/2015 Spring Offensive (IRE) Musselburgh Class 3 Handicap A Rhodes Haulage And P Timmins Jack Garritty (3)
27/08/2015 Novinophobia Musselburgh Nursery (Class 6) P Timmins & A Rhodes Haulage Jack Garritty (3)
24/08/2015 Bimbo Carlisle Class 4 Fillies' Handicap Lady Halifax Jack Garritty (3)
24/08/2015 Nimr Carlisle Maiden Stakes (Class 5) Al Shaqab Racing David Nolan
22/08/2015 Gabrial's King (IRE) Chester Chester Stakes (Listed Handicap) Dr Marwan Koukash George Chaloner