MARIE OF LYON WINS PONTEFRACT FEATURE

Marie Of Lyon put in a  really dominant display to win the Pontefract feature just three days after winning at Brighton. Adam McNamara was again in the saddle and he took up the running after a good start. They were always travelling well and were clear of her rivals approaching the final furlong. She stayed on well to win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths for owner Clipper Logistics.

Mushaireb didn’t give jockey Jack Garritty the easiest of times. He was keen and didn’t handle the bend all that well. Add to that the really wet conditions and Jack losing an iron they did really well to get up and win for Al Shaqab Racing. He ended up winning with a bit in hand and he will have learnt lots for the experience.

MONDAY FOUR-TIMER

This is a busy week with the Ayr Gold Cup meeting so it was fantastic to get off to such a great start with a four-timer on Monday. We had three winners at Carlisle and one at Brighton. Ocean Voyage got things started winning on debut for owner Alan Harte. The Most Improved filly was always in touch under jockey Paul Hanagan. She made headway approaching the final furlong and battled with Book Of Dreams all the way to the line. A photo was needed to separate them and the judge managed to separate them by a nose.

Paul then rode a double winning on Powerful Society in the next race. She was held up towards the rear of the field and was only asked for an effort inside the final two furlongs. She responded well and lead inside the final furlong. She stayed on well to win by three-quarters-of-a-length for owners Crown Select.

Paul then had to be stood down after having a nasty allergic reaction to a wasp sting. That meant Joe Fanning took the ride on Billy Bond. He sat just behind the leader and was always travelling really strongly. On the turn for home he looked the obvious winner and he pulled clear to win by two-and-a-half-lengths.

It was worth the long trip to Brighton for apprentice jockey Adam McNamara as he guided Marie Of Lyon to victory. She was always up with the pace and she made headway on the outside. She picked up really well and took up the lead inside the final furlong. She stayed on to win by a length-and-a-half for owner Clipper Logistics.

 

WINS FOR DAN TROOP & HEATONGRAD

Dan Troop is a really nice horse and he notched up his fourth win of the season at Chester. He tracked the leaders under apprentice jockey Connor Murtagh. He took up the lead approaching the final furlong and probably got a little lonely out in front. The fast finishing King’s Pavilion reduced his lead but he stayed on to win by half-a-length.

Heatongrad had to overcome a difficult to draw but he showed a great attitude to win at Musselburgh. He bounced out of the stalls and was always prominent under Tony Hamilton. He had the lead two furlongs from home and held on gamely to win by a neck.

DARK DEVIL WINS CHESTER AMATEUR RACE

Dark Devil loved the testing conditions at Chester and put in a really solid performance under amateur rider Billy Garritty. He tracked the leaders and was always travelling really well. He had the lead over two furlongs from home and stayed on well to hold off the late challengers to win by half-a-length.

SCOFFLAW WINS AT EPSOM

Scofflaw picked up his second win of the season with a good performance at Epsom. He was always in contention under jockey Adam McNamara and made headway over the final two furlongs. He had to battle with the favourite over the final furlong but showed a good attitude to get up and win by a length-and-a-quarter. A good result for owners Peter Timmins and John Rhodes.

LUCKY MAN STRIKES LUCKY AT CARLISLE

Lucky Lucky Man has been second on his last two starts so it was no surprise to see him run so well at Carlisle. He loved the heavy ground and was always travelling well under Tony Hamilton. He had the lead entering the final two furlongs and pull clear to win by an impressive four-and-a-half-lengths. Owners Paddy and Kev were on hand to welcome him back into the winners enclosure.

CROWN OF CORTEZ WINS NEWCASTLE NURSERY

Crown Of Cortez wore blinkers for the first time and they did the trick at Newcastle. The Pivotal gelding was always travelling strongly under Tony Hamilton and when he was asked for an effort over the final two furlongs he obliged. He battled with the favourite Foxy Lady and got up to win by half-a-length.

CARNAGEO FOLLOWS UP BELL SUCCESS

Carnageo is a quirky horse and he hasn’t put in his best performances since winning the Carlisle Bell, that was until York on Sunday when he battled to victory. Wearing blinkers once again he was held up in the middle of the field by jockey Paul Hanagan. He was always travelling strongly and started to make headway over the final two furlongs. He hit the front and had to hold off the challenge of Save The Bees and stayed on to win by a head for the Up For Anything Syndicate.

RIBCHESTER WINS ANOTHER GROUP 1

What a horse Ribchester is. He has been on the go since travelling to Dubai in March this year and he’s still going strong. He put the disappointment of Goodwood behind him to but in another dominant performance in the Group One Prix du Moulin in Chantilly. William Buick is injured so James Doyle took the ride and he rode him with confidence. He sat just behind the leader and probably found himself in front a bit too soon he was travelling so well. He does get lonely out in front and when he was challenged by Taareef it spurred him on again and he pulled clear to win by three-quarters-of-a-length. We will now get him ready for Champions Day and the Breeders Cup mile although there is only two weeks between these two races.

AMAZING MICHELE WINS FIRST RACE

Amazing Michele won her first race on just her third start. She was always in contention under jockey Tony Hamilton and made headway over a furlong out. She took up the lead and stayed on strongly to win by a length-and-a-half for owners Nick Bradley Racing.