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It's been another great day for the team at Musley Bank with a double at Haydock. The first was Sandgate in the opening race on the card. Owners Havelock Racing have had to be patient with this horse and they were finally rewarded. Sent off at 8 to 1 the three-year-old took up the lead a furlong out but he had to battle to the line with the favourite Goodby Inheritence. Sammy Jo Bell was in the saddle and she pushed Sandgate all the way to win by a head.

Miss Van Gogh then won her second race on the bounce despite being put up 8lb. She made the running under Tony Hamilton and she loved the soft ground. The ground at Haydock had changed from good to firm to soft in just over a hour following a big downpour. There were plenty of people to welcome Miss Van Gogh into the winners enclosure.

Postulant broke her maiden tag at Hamilton with a game run. The three-year-old filly lead a furlong out under Tony Hamilton. She battled all the way to the line with Gathurst but she stayed on strongly to hold on to win by a neck. A great result for owners Cheveley Park Stud and it was our 25th winner of the month.

Apprentice jockey Sammy Jo Bell has had a fantastic month riding 11 winners and she has been recognised for her achievements. She has been nominated for the June Stobart Jockey of the Month Award along with Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori. The winner will be decided by a panel of seven racing journalists and will be presented with a cash prize of £2,000 along with a £500 cash prize for a charity of their choice on Channel 4 Racing this Saturday, 4 July at Sandown Park Racecourse.

Sammy has also been nominated for the Sky Sports Sportswoman of the month award. She is one of six contenders and you can vote for her here.
Voting closes on Sunday evening and the winner is announced on Sky Sports News's Sportswomen program at 11.30am on Tuesday.

It was a special day for apprentice jockey Natalie Hambling as she rode her first winner. She took up the running on Personal Touch in the Claiming Apprentice Stakes at Wolverhampton. Natalie gave a strong and positive ride and they stayed on well to win by a neck.

We then doubled up with a winner at Pontefract. Tony Hamilton was in the saddle this time and gave Piccadilly Jim a great ride to win by three and a quarter lengths.

We had to wait until the last races on the cards at Newmarket and Hamilton to get our winners yesterday. Bimbo isn't the easiest of horses to train and even watching the race yesterday half way through I wasn't sure she was going to win, but that's the way she is - not straight forward. She made headway inside the final furlong and ran on well to win by two a three quarter lengths. It was a great win for Lady Halifax who's been very patient with this horse, and we were also very happy as despite her quirks she's a horse we are all very fond of.

It looked like it was going to be a frustrating day for Sammy after riding two seconds and a third, but she got her winner on Spirit Of Zeb. Sammy managed to get a good position on the nearside rail and that proved the difference. Spirit Of Zeb battled with Stonefield Flyer but got the better of him to win by three quarters of a length.

The winning streak for jockey Sammy Jo Bell and owners Norman and Helen Steel continued last night when Normandy Knight won at Leicester. The three-year-old tracked the leaders and started to make an impression two furlongs from home. He took up the lead inside the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by a length. Sammy is leading apprentice this season and she spoke to Sporting Life about her recent success.

La Dorotea made all to win at Pontefract yesterday. The three-year-old filly was always travelling well under jockey Jack Gariitty and she stayed on strongly to win by a length. Some of the members of the Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club were there to welcome her back in to the winners enclosure.

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Date Horse Racecourse Race Owner Jockey
02/07/2015 Miss Van Gogh Haydock Class 5 Fillies' Handicap Dyson Racing & D Powell Tony Hamilton
02/07/2015 Sandgate Haydock Class 5 Handicap Havelock Racing & Partner Samantha Bell (3)
Date Horse Racecourse Race Owner Jockey
30/06/2015 Postulant Hamilton Maiden Stakes (Class 5) Cheveley Park Stud Tony Hamilton
29/06/2015 Piccadilly Jim Pontefract Class 4 Handicap F L F S Ltd Tony Hamilton
29/06/2015 Personal Touch Wolverhampton Apprentice Claiming Stakes (Class 6) Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club Ltd Natalie Hambling (7)
25/06/2015 Spirit Of Zeb (IRE) Hamilton Class 5 Handicap IMEJ Racing Samantha Bell (5)
25/06/2015 Bimbo Newmarket Class 4 Fillies' Handicap Lady Halifax Paul Hanagan
23/06/2015 Normandy Knight Leicester Class 5 Handicap Mrs H Steel Samantha Bell (5)
21/06/2015 La Dorotea (IRE) Pontefract Fillies' Handicap (Class 4) Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club Ltd Jack Garritty (3)
20/06/2015 Mr Lupton (IRE) Haydock Maiden Stakes (Class 5) Mr N D Kershaw George Chaloner