JESS WINS EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

What a night for our assistant trainer Jess McLernon, she won the Godolphin Leadership Award and the overall Employee Of The Year at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff awards. We nominated Jess for the award for the fantastic attitude she has shown since joining us in 2011. Jess works hard, is a great mentor to our younger staff and is a great communicator with our owners. Her career has progressed quickly at Musley Bank and it’s fantastic to see her recognised for her achievements.

Jess made it to the final three in the Leadership category and then had an interview in London before being announced as the winner on Monday night. She then received the overall award the Employee Of The Year. Jess receives twenty thousand pounds in prize money and so does the yard. We couldn’t be more thrilled for Jess and as she said in her speech afterwards she’s won for everyone at Musley Bank – she’s bought the prize back north to Malton.

HEAVEN’S GUEST BACK WHERE HE BELONGS

It was fantastic to see Heaven’s Guest back in the winners enclosure. He’s been in the grip of the handicapper for the past three years so to see him win at Newcastle was brilliant. He was always in touch under jockey Paul Hanagan and started to make an impression approaching the final furlong. He ran on strongly, took up the lead and went on to win by half-a-length for owners Mick Scaife and Kenny Shannon.

SWISS BELLE WINS ON DEBUT

It was fantastic to see Swiss Belle win on her racecourse debut. Her owners The Racegoers Club Owners Group have had to be very patient with her after she didn’t run as a two-year-old. They were rewarded with a very nice display at Wolverhampton. She tracked the leaders under Paul Hanagan and started to make her move approaching the final furlong. She did hang left but showed a good attitude to battle to the front and stay on and win by a neck.

WINDSOR CROSS WINS AGAIN

Windsor Cross has run consistently on all of his six starts and he picked up the second win of his career at Newcastle. He made all under jockey Barry McHugh and was never going to be caught. He stayed on to win by a length-and-three-quarters for owner Alan Harte.

GREAT START TO 2018 – GABRIAL’S STAR

2018 couldn’t have got off to a better start with a winner from our first runner. Gabrial’s Star seems to have found a new lease of life on the all-weather, he’s won on three of his last five starts. He was held up behind the leaders by Tony Hamilton and had the lead over a furlong from home. He was strongly challenged but pulled clear to win by an impressive five-lengths for owner Dr Marwan Koukash.

FURZIG 200TH WINNER

It was a fantastic end to 2107 with Furzig bringing up our 200th winner at Lingfield on New Years Eve. On just his third start the Monsieur Bond gelding took a keen hold under Tony Hamilton and was always prominent. He made headway and took up the lead inside the final furlong and stayed on to hold off the fast finishing Kath’s Lustre to win by a length-and-a-quarter. It was fantastic to bring up the milestone on the final day of the year and a huge thank you to team Musley Bank and all of our owners.

INGLEBY SPRING WINS AT SOUTHWELL

Ingelby Spring put in a dominant performance to win at Southwell. She was given a patient ride by apprentice Seb Woods who was happy to sit behind the leaders. She was always travelling strongly and made headway over the final two furlongs. She chased down the leader and lead approaching the final furlong and stayed on well to win by two-and-a-half-lengths for owners Percy Green Racing 3.

 

RIGHT ACTION BOXING DAY WINNER

It was great to see Right Action get his head in front to give us a Boxing Day winner. He was given a good ride by apprentice Seb Woods who sat just behind the front runners. They were always travelling strongly and took up the lead over a furlong out. He stayed on well under pressure and held on to win by a head for owners Middleham Park Racing. The win was our 198th of the year equalling last years number, a fantastic achievement for everyone at Musley Bank.

GABRIAL’S STAR WIN AGAIN ON ALL-WEATHER

Gabrial’s Star picked up his third win of the year on the all-weather at Southwell. The eight-year-old lead early under jockey Jack Garritty. He then was happy to sit second and when Jack asked him for an effort approaching the final furlong he soon pulled clear. He stayed on well to win by four-lengths for owner Dr Marwan Koukash.

BALLYMORE CASTLE BACK IN WINNERS ENCLOSURE

Ballymore Castle repaid his owners patience when finally getting back in the winners enclosure. He had got into a bad habit of being slowly away but jockey Andrew Mullen bounced him out at Wolverhampton and got him in a prominent position. He took up the lead inside the final furlong and ran on well to win by three-quarters-of-a-length.