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Gabrial: running over longer trip again

We’ve eleven runners today with the majority heading to Chester and Marwan Koukash owns all but one of today’s Roodee team.


Gabrial is back in action fairly sharpish following his run in the Ebor last weekend but has come out of his race well. He goes in the Listed Win £10,000,000 On Betdaq Colossus Chester Stakes today and Dave gets the leg up this time around.

Richard says: “Gabrial ran in the Ebor at York last time and didn’t seem to stay but we’ll find out for certain today. He’s in good order.”

Gabrial The Viking, a son of Approve, was purchased out of Doncaster’s 2yo Breeze-Up sale in April and he makes his debut in the Betdaq 50 Free Bet / Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes. Dave rides and Richard says: “I just worry that seven furlongs might just stretch Gabrial The Viking here. He’s fit and well though and shows a bit at home so is capable of running well on debut - providing he stays.”

Royal Connoisseur: winner at Thirsk last time

Royal Connoisseur and Pushkin Museum line up in the Stella Artois Handicap.

Royal Connoisseur is our only representative at Chester who does not run in the familiar grey and beige silks. The Art Connoisseur gelding was in fact recently purchased by Steve and Glen Clayton and won on his first start for his new owners at Thirsk just short of three weeks ago. He’s in good order and George rides.

Pushkin Museum has been running well of late too and is partnered by Dave.

Richard says: “Royal Connoisseur got his head in front at Thirsk last time and might just be the sort of horse to go on now having gained a bit of confidence.

“Pushkin Museum is in stall one which helps but I’d just worry about soft ground for him, I’m not convinced he acts on it. If it isn’t too testing he could go well.”

Ballesteros, Lexi’s Hero, English Summer and Nashville make up our Chester team.

Ventura Quest: feeling good


Three more go to Beverley and they include Ventura Quest, who is in great form at the moment and Our Boy Jack. Both run in the colours of Middleham Park Racing and are partnered by Tony.

Ortac Rock completes our Beverley-bound trio. He’s been off the track a while now following an injury and will probably just need the run. Sammy Bell rides.

Ortac Rock: off the track for some time

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Richard: ready for the Ice Bucket Challenge

Malton Stables Open Day visitors who are present at Musley Bank Stables around 12 o'clock this Sunday are in for a real treat!

Richard has been nominated, by a surprisingly large number of people, to carry out the Ice Bucket Challenge and has duly accepted >> read more