GIVE & GAIN DAY AT MUSLEY BANK

A group on 15-year-olds visited the yard to learn more about the racing industry. Give & Gain Day is the UK’s largest day of employee volunteering, organised by Business in the Community. We were approached by Racing Together to take part and we are glad we did.

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The young people hadn’t had any previous experience of a racing yard and they got to talk to members of our team to learn how we look after the horses as well as what it’s like to work in the racing industry. It was lovely to see them get so involved. They interacted with the horses and as you can see the horses appreciated the attention.

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They were given a demonstration from Mike the farrier, a chat with Brian the vet and a demonstration by Colin on our treadmill. They also got to head out onto the gallops to see the horses work and they also had a chat with one of our riders Joe.

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Joe studied at the Northern Racing college without having any previous experience of horses. He told the group ‘I had never even fed a horse before I started the course.’ He explained that it wasn’t all about riding but that there are other jobs in the industry and that there are opportunities not just in the UK for work but once qualified there are jobs across the world.

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It was a busy morning and it was really nice to see young people engaging with our industry. Hopefully we have inspired some young people to think about a career in racing or at the very least want to have a day out at the races.

DOLPHIN VISTA IMPRESSIVE IN RIPON FEATURE

Dolphin Vista won his second race from four starts this season in the Class 3 Handicap at Ripon. He ran a great race at Newmarket last time out to finish second and progressed once again from that run. A strong pace was set by the leader and Dolphin Vista sat just behind him under Tony Hamilton. He started to challenge two furlongs from home and had the lead inside the final furlong. He pulled clear to win by three and a half lengths for owner Mr Nasib.

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50th WINNER: BACK TO BOND WINS AT WETHERBY

Back To Bond was our 50th winner of the year and we were delighted it was for owner and breeder Phil Smith. To say he has had very little luck would be an understatement but Back To Bond finally got his head in front. He made all under jockey George Chaloner and when challenged by the favourite in the final furlong he showed a good attitude to stay on and win by a neck.

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SPRING OFFENSIVE WINS FEATURE AT RIPON

Spring Offensive won his second race of the season taking the feature at Ripon in determined style. He was given a positive ride by apprentice jockey Adam McNamara and was always in touch of the leaders. He was pushed over the final furlong and when he hit the front he showed a fantastic attitude to win by a neck.

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IMPRESSIVE WIN BY KOCOLLADA ON THIRSK DEBUT

Kocollada put in a striking performance at Thirsk to win on debut. The two-year-old Kodiac filly didn’t get the best of starts and was settled at the back of the field by jockey Tony Hamilton. She ran into lots of traffic problems but her talent shined through and when she did get a gap she powered to the lead. She stayed on strongly to win by a neck and looks an exciting prospect for owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum.

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LISTED SUCCESS FOR VONA AT YORK

Vona’s listed success at York’s Dante meeting was to be quite honest a bit of a surprise. She ran well at Chester but this was a big step up and she was sent off at 33 to 1. She was always prominent under jockey Jack Garritty and looked to have a chance of grabbing a place. She wanted to do better than that and when Jack asked her to pick up she obliged and pulled clear to beat the favourite Boater by a length. Jack told Channel 4 Racing that he thinks there’s more to come from Vona while Richard said ‘ shocked is the word I would use, good shock.’ She’s owned by a new syndicate set up by Nick Bradley and those involved were delighted, they may now have Royal Ascot in their sights.

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BAYAN KASIRGA WINS AGAIN

Bayan Kasirga has got that winning feeling, she’s won five races since the end of November. The six-year-old mare was held up in mid division by jockey Sammy Jo Bell. They made headway over the final furlong and pulled clear to win by one-and-three-quarter-lengths. Another great result for owner Stephen Humphreys who i’m sure was watching in Dubai.

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JOHNNY B GOODE REWARDS PATIENCE

Johnny B Goode finally got his head in front to reward the patience shown by owner Jonathan Gill. He was placed on four of his seven starts last season and he’s been even more frustrating this season. The four-year-old made all at Thirsk under George Chaloner. They were challenged inside the final furlong but they stayed on to win by three-quarters-of-a-length.

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DON’T TOUCH REMAINS UNBEATEN

There was a bit of pressure heading into Saturday’s race at Haydock. Don’t Touch was such a star last season winning all five of his races including the Gold Cup, we just hoped he was as good this season and he didn’t disappoint us. He faced some tough competition including Baccarat a horse we used to train who was bought at the sales by Godolphin. Once again Tony Hamilton was in the saddle and they tracked the leaders in the early part of the race. Don’t Touch was shaken up two furlongs from home and started to challenge inside the final furlong. He showed that great attitude we saw last season and stayed on powerfully to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths. That’s now six wins from six and it looks to be another exciting season ahead for Mr and Mrs Wrigley and Kevin Hart.

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SPIN DOCTOR MAKES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT

Richard was delighted with the performance of Spin Doctor on her debut at Nottingham. The daughter of Mayson is bred by Cheveley Park stud and Mayson has had a great start to his stallion career. His first son won impressively for Ed dunlop and Spin Doctor is the first daughter to win. She didn’t get the best of starts and tracked the leaders under jockey Tony Hamilton. They found themselves in front probably earlier than they would have liked but she stayed on powerfully to win by a length.

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