DOUBLE UP ON FIRST DAY OF AYR

It was great to get the Ayr Western meeting off to a good start with a double. Eva Maria overcame a bad draw to win really nicely for Bill and Tim Gredley. She was held up by jockey Paul Hanagan and made headway on the outside entering the final two furlongs. They edged left and lead inside the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by a length.

Militia then won for Middleham Park Racing. He was always prominent on the far side and was pushed along a furlong from home. He took up the lead and stayed on well to win by a length-and-a-quarter.

HARTSWOOD WINS AT THIRSK

Hartswood secured his first win at Thirsk on just his third start. He didn’t have the best of draws and had to race fairly wide under Sean Davis. He made headway over the final three furlongs and hit the front at the furlong pole. He was still very green and wandered around the track but stayed on to win by a length-and-a-half. Well done to owners Percy/Green Racing 2.

GROUP 2 SUCCESS FOR SPACE TRAVELLER

Space Traveller gave owner Steve Parkin a winner he’ll remember winning the race he sponsored at Leopardstown the Group 2 Clipper Logistics Boomerang Stakes. He was given a great ride by jockey Billy Lee. They sat towards the rear and made a challenge on the outside two furlongs from home. He was third entering the final furlong and stayed on strongly under pressure to win by a neck.

WINNERS FLY IN AT CHESTER

We had three winners at Chester over two days. Noble Prospector made it two wins in a row and he’s got a good partnership with Megan Nicholls who’s been in the saddle for both victories. He was held up in touch at Chester and was switched to the outer on the turn for home. They picked up really strongly and stayed on to win by two-lengths for owners Mr and Mrs Cotton.

We then had a double for owner Dr Marwan Koukash. Gabrial The Tiger made all under Connor Murtagh and held off the fast finishing Gabrial The Devil to win by a short head. That’s the Tiger’s 13th win of his career and his 5th at the track.

Gabrial The Wire then won under Paul Hanagan. He chased the leaders and took up the lead entering the final furlong. He stayed on well to win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths.

SAMMY JO IS LEGER LEGEND

Sammy Jo Bell won the Leger Legends race two years after retiring from the saddle. Sammy was riding Dubai Acclaim and faced stiff competition from the likes of Noel Fehily and Kieren Fallon. She was happy to sit towards the rear of the field as a fast pace was set. Dubai Acclaim was always travelling strongly and he hit the front before the furlong marker. He stayed on well and fended off the late challenge of Hammer Gun and Noel Fehily to win by a short head. Owners Steve and Glen were delighted that Sammy rode then another winner and although Sammy loved the buzz she’s not temped to come back full time.

Earlier on the card Bravo Faisal won the nursery. That’s the second win of his career and he’s still a big raw horse and there’s plenty to come. He was held up in the race by Paul Hanagan and was asked to challenge a furlong out. He was still green and wandered around but kept on well towards the finish to win by half-a-length.

COOLAGH FOREST MAKES ALL IN YORK WIN

Coolagh Forest made all under Paul Hanagan to win at York. He showed a great attitude when challenged over the final two furlongs and pulled further clear to get up and win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths. A nice win for owner Alan Harte and a good birthday present for Paul.

WINS FOR LION, LOVE & IRREVERENT

We had a nice treble on Saturday including two winners at Thirsk. International Lion got things started picking up the first win of his career. He was slowly away under Paddy Mathers and was asked for an effort on the outside over the final two furlongs. He picked up really well and made up a lot of ground to get up on the line and win by a neck.

Irreverent won nicely under Paul Hanagan. They tracked the leader and then joined him two furlongs from home. He took up the lead and won comfortably by a length-and-a-half for owners Mr and Mrs Wrigley.

Moon Of Love bought up the treble with a win at Wolverhampton. She tracked the leader under Barry McHugh and was asked for an effort approaching the final furlong. She had the lead over the last 50 yards and won by half-a-length. It was great to see her pick up her first win for owner The Cool Silk Partnership. Barry went on to ride his first ever treble!

 

DESERVED WIN FOR YOSHIMI

Yoshimi finally picked up the win her deserved after two seconds and an unfortunate stalls incident. Sent off the well backed favourite he tracked the leaders under Sean Davis. They didn’t have much room over the final two furlongs and had to be patient. When they did get the gap they hit the font and stayed on to win by half-a-length. Owner Lauren Hart and Chewie were there to pick up the prize.

DUESENBERG WINS ON DEBUT

Duesenberg won well on debut for owner Aidan Ryan. He was sent off at 25 to 1 and was always in touch under Tony Hamilton. He ran on strongly and held off the challenge of our other runner Hartswood to win by a length.

KENSINGTON ART DOUBLES UP

Kensington Art followed up on his sixteen-length win at Catterick with victory at Chelmsford. He was in touch under apprentice Connor Murtagh and started to challenge around the outside. They had every chance approaching the final furlong and stayed on really strongly to get up and win by a length. A great result for owners Norman and Helen Steel.