IN FIRST PLACE AT CATTERICK

In First Place was exactly that at Catterick after a great ride by Paddy Mathers. The two-year-old Bated Breath colt had been placed in four of his eight starts and it was great to see him finally get his head in front. He did look to be in trouble at the back of the field not wanting to go but Paddy kept pushing and they started to make headway over a furlong out. Once they hit the front they stayed on well to win by a length-and-a-quarter.

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ISLAND FLAME SECURES HER THIRD WIN

Island Flame powered home to win at Newcastle to secure her third victory of the season. She was a little bit keen and was held up in touch by jockey Paddy Mathers. They started to make a move over the final two furlongs and hunted down the leader All The Rage. They flew down the outside and got up to win by a head for owners Northumbria Leisure Ltd.

TIGER & FULL OF PROMISE PARTY AT HAMILTON

We won the opening two races on the card at Hamilton with Party Tiger and Full Of Promise. Party Tiger broke his maiden tag at the fourth time of asking. The Excelebration colt pressed the leader under jockey Tony Hamilton and started to pick up inside the final two furlongs. He stayed on well inside the final furlong in the heavy ground and pulled clear to win by a length-and-a-half for owner Andrew Tinkler.

It was worth the trip for members of the Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club who witnessed Full Of Promise battle to victory for her first win. Adam McNamara was in the saddle this time and he positioned the Kyllachy filly just behind the leaders before starting to make a challenge over the final two furlongs. She showed a good attitude to hunt down Slim Chance and win by half a length.

THIRD WIN OF SEASON FOR ROYAL CONNOISSEUR

Royal Connoisseur was given a great ride by apprentice jockey Natalie Hambling to win at Hamilton. He’s not the most straightforward of horses and he does like to hang. He was always prominent and hit the front two furlongs from home. His rivals came back at him but he wasn’t for beating and put in another effort to pull clear by two-lengths. That’s his third win this season, a great result for owners Steve and Glen Clayton and Mr Blower.

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TOMORROWCOMES WINS PONTEFRACT NURSERY

Tomorrowcomes has come on for each of her runs this season and has finished third and second on her last two starts. She was sent off a big price at Pontefract which was a bit of a surprise seeing as she was only narrowly beaten by the favourite last time. The Oasis Dream filly tracked the leaders under jockey Tony Hamilton and took up the lead inside the final furlong. She showed a great attitude to stay on strongly to win by a half-a-length. A great result for owners Mr and Mrs Henry.

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DOUBLE DELIGHT AT REDCAR

It was a great day for owners Norman and Helen Steel who had travelled over to watch their horses run at Redcar. Forest Ranger was making his racecourse debut and he won in style. The Lawman colt was held up towards the rear by jockey Tony Hamilton and they started to make their move over the final furlong. They pulled clear of the rest of the field under hands and heels to win by a length. He looks an exciting prospect. Norman and Helen also had a second on the day with Reinstorm beaten a neck and Buccaneers Cove ran a solid race to finish third.

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We doubled up on the card with Chiswick Bey. Adam McNamara in the saddle this time and he gave him a great ride to win at 14 to 1. He was held up in mid-division and made headway over the final two furlongs. He took up the lead inside the final furlong and stayed on to win by half-a-length for his first victory of the season.

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AREEN HEART WINS BEVERLEY MAIDEN

Areen Heart was second on his debut run at Thirsk at the start of September and he went one better at Beverley. The Exceed and Excel colt was still very green and took a keen hold of jockey Graham Lee. The pair were always in contention and made progress over the final two furlongs. Areen Heart is still very much learning on the job and didn’t quite know what to do when he hit the front but he stayed on to win by half a length. He looks a really nice prospect for owner Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah.

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DARRINGTON BACK IN WINNERS ENCLOSURE

It was fantastic to see Darrington back in the winners enclosure at Hamilton. He was dropping downing in class after not really firing this season. He was sent off the short priced favourite and was always prominent under jockey Tony Hamilton. When Tony asked him to pick up inside the final furlong he pulled clear to win by one-and-three-quarter-lengths. That will have done his confidence the world of a good and a great result for owner Norman Collins who’s had to be patient with him.

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DESIRE WINS AT CATTERICK

It had been a bit of a frustrating day with lots of placed horses at Ayr. Growl ran a brilliant race to finish second in the Ayr Gold Cup and we managed to get some black type for Rosebride and Belle Meade who finished second and third in the Group Three Firth Of Clyde Stakes. Desire was our final runner of the day and our only runner at Catterick. The four-year-old has been running well this season and was placed on her last two starts. She was held up in mid-division by jockey George Chaloner and started to make headway two furlongs out. She battled over the final furlong with Coolcalmcollected and showed a great attitude to get up on the line to win by a head.

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DOUBLE UP WITH BRIAN THE SNAIL & BALANCE

Brian The Snail was anything but at Pontefract as he won on debut. The Zebedee colt was given a great introduction to racing under jockey Tony Hamilton. He tracked the leaders and started to make an impression over the final furlong. He learnt as he raced and when he hit the front he stayed on powerfully to win by a length – Tony struggled to pull him up after the line. He’s part owned by Robin and his cousin Bobby and the great name was picked by Bobby’s wife Sheila.

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We had a great start to the Ayr Western meeting with Balance winning the Ayrshire Hospice Handicap. She was held up in mid-division by jockey Adam McNamara. She was always travelling well and started to make a move two furlongs from home. She took up the lead inside the final furlong and stayed on to win by one-and-a-quarter-lengths for owner Andrew Tinkler. She’s been placed on two of her three starts this season so it was great for her to get her head in front.

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