CARLISLE & MIDDLEHAM PARK DOUBLE

It was a good day at Carlisle with a double on the card and both winners were for Middleham Park Racing. We started off with Ventura Dragon to give us another two-year-old winner. The Dragon Pulse-colt made a pleasing debut at Pontefract earlier this month so it was great to see him win. He was short of room from the start and Tony Hamilton was forced to back further than he would have liked. They made headway in the final furlong and chased down the leader Seyaady and they crossed the line together. A photo was needed to separate them and it was the most expensive photo finish in Betfair history. The still image looked as though Seyaady had won but the photo showed we had got up to win by a nose.

Right Action then handed Middleham Park their 850th winner. He was held up by Tony towards the rear of the field and started to make a move over the final two furlongs. They switched right over the final furlong and when they took up the lead they stayed on to win by half-a-length.

SATURDAY FIVE-TIMER

Ribchester may have stolen the show but Saturday was made extra special with another four winners. We secured a double at Newbury when Withernsea won the final race on the card. He was given a fantastic ride by jockey Paul Hanagan. He was held up towards the rear of the field and only started to make headway approaching the final furlong. He was bought over to the stand side rail and battled to the winning line and got up to win by a neck.

Paddy Power has been a frustrating horse. We always liked him, his work at home has always been good but he’s been reluctant to show it on the track so it was great to see him back in the winners enclosure. He was held up by jockey Sammy Jo Bell and he was always travelling well. They had to be patient when short for room inside the final furlong but when the gap appeared they powered to the front to win by three-quarters-of-a-length. A great result for owner Mick Scaife.

It was a special day for apprentice Seb Woods. He rode his first winner on the Marwan Koukash owned Monaco Rose. The race was run under horrible conditions with driving rain but that didn’t bother Seb. He tracked the leaders and took up the lead inside the final furlong. They stayed on strongly to win by two-lengths.

Doncaster had a lot of rain and the going changed to heavy and that suited Khelman. He was held up in mid-division by jockey Adam McNamara and started to make headway over the final two furlongs. He took up the lead and stayed on to win by half-a-length for owners Steve and Glen Clayton.

RIBCHESTER POWERS TO LOCKINGE SUCCESS

What a day! Ribchester was just awesome in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. We were nervous before the race. He had been favourite for some time and we knew we had a big chance. He’s physically and mentally matured but he was taking on some top class horses and you just never know. It was very much plan B when Toscanini missed the start but it didn’t bother Ribchester. He was given a brilliant ride by jockey William Buick. They made all and when William asked him for an effort he made it look easy. He did hang to the right but he had the rail for company and to win the Lockinge Stakes by three-and-three-quarter-lengths is something to be very proud of.

A big thank you to John Murphy who rides him out every day and to the entire team at Musley Bank for working so hard and doing a fantastic job.

DOUBLE AT NEWCASTLE

Prying Pandora won impressively at Newcastle under jockey Paul Hanagan. They tracked the leaders and took up the lead inside the final two furlongs. She pulled clear and stayed on strongly to win by a two-and-a-half-lengths for owners Middleham Park Racing.

We then doubled up in the next race with Champion Harbour. He’s been a frustrating horse but lets hope he finally gets the winning bug. He was held up at the back of the field by Paul and only started to make headway over the final two furlongs. His run was stopped inside the final furlong and he had to be switched right but he stayed on powerfully to get up and win by a head. A great result for owners Mike Brown and Dee Howe.

 

REINSTORM PICKS UP FIRST WIN

Reinstorm was knocking on the door at the end of last season before having to have a break of 215 days so it was great to see him pick up his first win. He tracked the leaders under Paul Hanagan and had ever chance heading into the final two furlongs. He was a little short of room but managed to find a gap and get his head in front. He stayed on to win by half-a-length for owners Norman and Helen Steel.

THIRSK DOUBLE WITH NOAH AMOR & SCOFFLAW

Noah Amor continued his good run of form with three wins from four starts. He made all under apprentice jockey Conor Murtagh and despite hanging left he continued to battle when challenged over the final furlong. He stayed on to win by two-and-three-quarter-lengths. He was sold after the race and will now join David O’Meara.

It was fantastic to see Scofflaw back in the winners enclosure. He was held up in mid-division by Adam McNamara and started to make headway heading into the last two furlongs. He took up the lead inside the final furlong and stayed on to win by a neck. A great result for owners Peter Timmins and John Rhodes who have had to be patient with this horse.

BAHAMIAN BIRD FLIES TO CATTERICK SUCCESS

Bahamian Bird followed up her win at Catterick in April with another impressive performance at the track. She tracked the leader under jockey PJ McDonald. She took the lead heading into the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by four lengths. A great result for owner and breeder Lady Juliet Tadgell and it was great to see her at the track to witness the winning performance.

NEWMARKET 1-2 WITH MR LUPTON & EASTERN IMPACT

It was great to have a winner at the Newmarket Guineas meeting and to have a 1-2 in the Longholes Handicap was fantastic. Eastern Impact is a previous winner of the race and he loves the track. He got first run on his rivals after always being prominent under jockey Paul Hanagan. He was chased down by stablemate Mr Lupton though who timed his run perfectly under Gerald Mosse to win by a length-and-a-quarter. Both horses ran a great race both their owners Noel Kershaw and the Barker family.

GUZMAN WINS ON THIRSK DEBUT

Guzman won on debut at Thirsk to add to our good start with our two-year-olds. The Camacho-colt was held up in mid-division by jockey Tony Hamilton. He was pushed for an effort over the final two furlongs and when he took up the lead stayed on to win by a neck. A great result for owners Merchants & Missionaries.

FIRST WINS FOR DAN TROOP & JUDGE EARLE

Dan Troop got his three-year-old career off to a great start with a win at Musselburgh. He was held up towards the rear by jockey David Nolan and only started to make headway approaching the final furlong. He ran on to take up the lead and stayed on well to win by a length-and-three-quarters.

Judge Earle then went on to win the bumper at Sedgefield. He made all under jockey Craig Nichol. They were challenged by the favourite approaching the line but he held on to win by a head for owner David Armstrong.