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Akeed Champion had been second on three of his first five races so it was great to see him win at Redcar. Ridden by jockey David Nolan the pair took up the lead inside the final furlong and ran on strongly to win by two and three quarter lengths.

At Goodwood Gabrial ran a blinder in the Group One Sussex Stakes to finish third. He was given a patient ride by jockey Paul Hanagan and the gap opened up for them inside the final furlong and they stayed on impressively to grab one hundred and six thousand pounds in prize money.

Don't Touch is a horse we really like and it was great to see him win his third race this season at Wolverhampton. He was given a great ride by jockey Tony Hamilton who sat patiently in the middle of the field. He started to make ground two furlongs from home and when Tony asked him to go he quickened up on the inside rail and powered home to win by half a length, well done to owners Nicholas Wrigley and Kevin Hart.
It was a contrasting day at Goodwood where Birchwood ran in the Group Two Vintage Stakes. He was travelling well and looked to have every chance but the gap closed up on him and he got no run at all. Jockey William Buick had to snatch him up and go around horses. he finished well to finish fifth and there will be another day for him.

With the start of the Goodwood Festival on Tuesday it's great to have a few winners over the weekend to give us some confidence. Sunday got off to a good start with Mayfair Lady winning at Pontefract. It had been a frustrating day at York on Saturday for owners Norman and Helen Steel so it was great to see them get a winner with a horse they bred. We then doubled up at Pontefract with Right Touch for owners Nicholas Wrigley and Kevin Hart. It was nice to him bounce back after having a few small issues. Jack Garritty was in the saddle giving him a double on the card for us and he also rode a winner for Micky Hammond. Our other runner in the race Beardwood finished third.
We also had a double at Carlisle. Pamushana finished third at York yesterday and we decided to run her again so soon after seeing today's race and we are glad we did. She won by eight lengths to break her maiden tag. We then followed that with a win in the next race.

Stardrifter battled his way from the back of the field to win by a a length and three quarters. It gave jockey Tony Hamilton a double and also owners Norman and Helen Steel.

Other Saturday and another great day for the team at Musley Bank. We had four runners in the International Stakes at Ascot and Heaven's Guest was sent off the shortest price of the four at 7 to 1. He is a specialist when it comes to these big handicaps and he got a great start under jockey Jack Garritty. Jack probably got the lead earlier than he would have liked two furlongs out and he had to battle to the line with the fast finishing Balty Boys. A photo was needed to separate them but Heaven's Guest held on to win the £150,000 International Stakes by a head. Heaven's Guest has been a fantastic horse for owners Kenny Shannon and Mick Scaife and he's won over four hundred thousand pounds in prize money - he's a legend.

Darrington was sent off the outsider of the three runner Vodka Handicap at Newmarket. There had been a lot of non runners after heavy rain had changed the going to soft. That wasn't a problem for Darrington though, he battled with Alnashama inside the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by two and a quarter lengths.

Our stable was represented in four races at Newmarket and we won best-turned-out in all four. Well done to Tina, Eireann and Hayley.

Well we didn't think it could get much better after last Saturday but a week on and we've had another great win; Lathom winning the Super Sprint at Newbury.

Lathom was followed home by the fast finishing Mr Lupton who claimed second and David's Duchess finished fourth. Lathom is a horse we like but he disappointed at Royal Ascot. He was also carrying top weight today and was given a great ride by jockey Tony Hamilton. He bounced out of the stalls and sat just behind the leaders. He made headway a furlong out and took up the lead, he held on well from the fast finishing Mr Lupton.

It's been another incredible day for the team at Musley Bank with four winners. The day got off to a fantastic start when Birchwood won the Group Two Superlative Stakes at Newmarket. He was bought by Godolphin when winning on his debut at Newbury for David and Emma Armstrong. He disappointed when he went over to Naas but he produced a fantastic performance today to win by a length from Air Vice Marshal. It's great to have trained our first winner for Godolphin.

In the very next race at Newmarket the Bunbury Cup we saddled two runners and Rene Mathis was the one who got his head in front. He lead inside the final furlong under Paul Hanagan and stayed on well to win by a length from One Word More. Our other runner Heaven's Guest ran a brilliant race and finished third.

Special mention should also be given to Eastern Impact. He was sent off 50 to 1 for the July Cup, he loves the track and he ran an unbelievable race to finish third.
We also had a double at Chester. First was Dusky Queen who won the City Plate under jockey Paddy Mathers. It was a first listed win for the five-year old.

Our final winner of the day came in the last race, the Apprentice Handicap. Character Onesie secured his second win of his career as did apprentice jockey Natalie Hambling.

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Date Horse Racecourse Race Owner Jockey
29/07/2015 Akeed Champion Redcar Maiden Stakes (Class 5) Jaber Abdullah David Nolan
28/07/2015 Don't Touch Wolverhampton Class 3 Handicap Nicholas Wrigley & Kevin Hart Tony Hamilton
26/07/2015 Stardrifter Carlisle Class 5 Handicap Mrs H Steel Tony Hamilton
26/07/2015 Right Touch Pontefract Class 3 Handicap Nicholas Wrigley & Kevin Hart Jack Garritty (3)
26/07/2015 Pamushana (IRE) Carlisle Maiden Stakes (Class 5) East Layton Stud Ltd Tony Hamilton
26/07/2015 Mayfair Lady Pontefract Maiden Stakes (Class 4) Mrs H Steel Jack Garritty (3)
25/07/2015 Darrington Newmarket Vodka Handicap (Class 3) The G-Guck Group Freddie Tylicki
25/07/2015 Heaven's Guest Ascot International Stakes (Class 2) J K Shannon & M A Scaife Jack Garritty (3)
18/07/2015 Lathom (GB) Newbury Weatherbys Super Sprint David W Armstrong Tony Hamilton
11/07/2015 Character Onesie Chester Apprentice Handicap (Class 4) Aykroyd And Sons Ltd Natalie Hambling (7)