STARLIGHT & ATTEQ SHINE AT BEVERLEY

It’s now 25 winners in April so far following a double at Beverley. Starlight Romance has been a consistent filly and it was great to see her get her head in front in a competitive handicap. She tracked the leaders on the rail under jockey Sammy Jo Bell. She was given a patient ride and they had to wait until the final furlong for the gap to open up but when it did Starlight Romance powered clear to win by a length-and-a-half. Well done to owners Norman and Helen Steel.

Atteq then won the next race on the card by an impressive seven lengths. He tracked the leaders under jockey Adam McNamara and they took up the lead heading into the final furlong. They pulled clear for a  memorable win for Al Shaqab Racing.

WINS FOR MONACO ROSE & LUIS

Our fantastic start to the season continued with a double at Catterick. Monaco Rose was given a good ride by apprentice Adam McNamara to hand her her first win. They tracked the leaders on the inside and was ridden to challenge over a furlong out. She stayed on well and pulled clear to win by a length-and-a-half for owner Dr Marwan Koukash.

Luis Vaz De Torres was always prominent under jockey Barry McHugh and he sat second with five furlongs to go. he started to make his move approaching the final furlong and showed a go attitude to power clear and win by a length. It was a great result for Lets Go Racing 1 and there were plenty of them there to welcome him back into the winners enclosure.

SATURDAY FOUR-TIMER

We had our first four-timer of the season with three wins at Thirsk and one at Nottingham. Noah Amor got things off to a great start winning his second race in a row on his second start since joining us. He was a little awkward out of the stalls and went left leaving apprentice Connor Murtagh to track the leaders. He raced wide and took up the lead inside the final furlong and stayed on to win by a length for owners Middleham Park Racing.

Dr Marwan Koukash had a good day with two wins from his two runners. Rene Mathis has been running well and he ran a great race to win the Conditions Race. He was always in contention under jockey Paul Hanagan and they started to chase down the even money favourite Custom Cut over the final two furlongs. He stayed on well and pulled clear to win by a length-and-a-half.

Tony Hamilton timed his run perfectly on Gabrial’s King to bring up the treble. He held him up towards the rear of the field and started to make headway inside the final furlong on the stand side. He stayed on powerfully to reel in the leaders and get up and win by three-quarters-of-a-length.

Our record with first-time out two-year-olds continues to go from strength to strength with Simmy’s Copshop winning at Nottingham. He tracked the leaders under Paul Hanagan and chased down the favourite Havana Grey over the final furlong. He pulled clear to win by half-a-length to give Middleham Park Racing an across-the-card double.

GIVE & GAIN DAY #TakeTheReins17

We hosted another fantastic Give and Gain Day at Musley Bank this week. A group of young people visited the yard to learn what it’s like to work in the industry. They had a jam packed morning which obviously started with a bacon sandwich. They then had a tour around the yard given by our apprentice jockey and Take The Reins ambassador Adam McNamara.

They were given a demonstration by our farrier Mike as he shod Birchwood.

They also got to have a look at the treadmill as Mica Mika was put through his paces by Collin.

It was then time to head up to the gallops to see some of the horses working.

It was a great morning and it was fantastic to see the young people interacting with the horses. Last year as a result of this day two of those that came signed up the the Northern Racing College and we are hoping for more of the same this year.

This day is part of a new partnership to encourage young people from a variety of backgrounds to get involved and work in racing. We’ve teamed up with Flying Futures who have links with schools across Yorkshire and Harrowells Solicitors are sponsoring the project.

Apprentice jockey Adam McNamara we felt was an excellent ambassador for this project as he doesn’t come from a racing background and didn’t start riding until he was 13. He was terrified of horses but went with his dad when he wanted to start riding again. After a couple of times watching from the sidelines Adam got in the saddle and that’s how his journey began.

There will be other aspects of this partnership later in the year. We are going to invite a couple of young people to do work experience on the yard which will also involve living in the house with the lads. They will do morning and evening stables and get a real feel of what it’s like to work with horses. Young people from around the area  will also get to visit a racecourse and do some volunteer work for the local community. What’s great about this project is that the young people involved will perhaps never have been near a horse or visited a racing yard and it’s not only about opening their eyes to the jobs available in the yard but across the industry as a whole whether it be groundsman, catering or event management.

MAGGIE’S ANGEL WINS ON DEBUT

Our two-year-olds continue to do well and Maggie’s Angel continued the trend winning first time out at Ripon. It was an impressive performance as she was very green and didn’t handle the track all that well. She took a keen hold and was always prominent. She made headway over the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths.

TWO-YEAR-OLD DOUBLE AT BEVERLEY

It’s been a fantastic start to the season with our two-year-olds and we’ve now had five individual two-year-old winners. Almane made a pleasing debut in the Brocklesby finishing fourth and came on for the run. He was always prominent at Beverley under jockey Paul Hanagan and he stayed on well under pressure in the final furlong to win by a length.

We then doubled up with Bengali Boys in the next race on the card. He chased the leaders and was quite green but he got the hang of things a couple of furlongs from home. He took up the lead inside the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by a length for owner Alan Tattersall.

BANK HOLIDAY GIN

It was a great Easter Monday for owners Dean and Stella Hardman at Redcar. Grandad’s World ran a great race to finish third and then Gin In The Inn won in impressive style. He was held up towards the back of the field by jockey Paul Hanagan. They slowly crept into the race on the stand side and challenged the leaders over the final furlong. He pulled clear of his rivals to win by two-and-a-quater-lengths.

SAMMY JO BACK IN WINNERS ENCLOSURE

It was fantastic to see Sammy Jo back in the winners enclosure. She has worked hard to come back from a terrible injury and all the hard work has paid off. She took the ride on Cullingworth who was sent off a 16 to 1 shot for the Royal Mile at Musselburgh. She sat in mid-division and started to make headway over the final two furlongs. She came down the middle of the track and challenged a furlong out. Cullingworth battled with Grey Britain to the line but stayed on well to win by a head.

FOREST RANGER SPRINGS A SURPRISE

Forest Ranger was sent off 25 to 1 for the Condtions Stakes at Newcastle but his win didn’t come as a surprise to us. He’s a great big horse and one we’ve always liked. Looking at the race it was very competitive. Godolphin had purchased Syphax and there had been money for three other runners in the race. Tony Hamilton took the ride and he settled Forest Ranger at the back of the field. He was always travelling strongly and Tony started to move into contention over the final two furlongs. He hit the front inside the final furlong and pulled clear to win by an impressive two-and-three-quarter-lengths. A fantastic result for owners Norman and Helen Steel. Forest Ranger has entries in the Dante and the German Guineas.

KIMBERELLA SPRINTS TO FINALS DAY SUCCESS

Kimberella made it two from two since joining us in a race I like winning. Of the four runnings of the Sprint Championship at Lingfield on Good Friday we have now won three of them. Alben Star has won the race twice and now Kimberella has taken the crown. He was given a brilliant ride by jockey Paul Hanagan. They tracked the pace and followed the joint favourite Lancelot Du Lac through the race. Paul started to make a move on the turn for home and took the lead inside the final furlong. Kimberella showed a brilliant attitude and stayed on well to win by half-a-length for owner Clive Titcomb.

It was great to win the race again and Georgia who lead up Kimberella captured our delight on the ITV cameras with a great little winning dance.