WINS FOR NAVARONE, STARTLIGHT ROMANCE & MEGAN LILY

Sending out 32 runners in one day you are hoping you have a winner and we had 3. We also had 8 seconds and 3 thirds which is a little bit frustrating but it’s also great to have 11 placed horses. Navarone got the day off to a great start winning really well at Beverley. He tracked the leaders under Paul Hanagan and started to make headway over the final two furlongs. He pulled clear of the rest of the field approaching the final furlong and stayed on powerfully to win by an impressive four-and-a-half-lengths.

We then had a double at Chester and Adam McNamara was in the saddle for both. We had a fantastic battle between our two runners in the seven furlong handicap. Vona made all under Connor Murtagh and showed a brilliant attitude to battle all the way to the line. She was joined by Starlight Romance inside the final furlong and the pair crossed the line together. The photo showed that Starlight Romance had got up to win by a short head for Norman and Helen Steel.

Disappointment for Vona and Nick Bradley Racing in that race but they went on to win the next with Megan Lily. She was always in touch and took up the lead approaching the final furlong. She showed a lovely attitude and kept on to win by half-a-length.

DARKANNA WINS AT HAYDOCK

Darkanna picked up the first win of her racing career on just her third start. The Dark Angel filly didn’t get the best of starts after being hampered. She was switched to the left by jockey Barry McHugh two furlongs from home. She made headway over the final furlong and ran on to lead towards the finish. She stayed on to win by three-quarters-of-a-length for the Cool Silk Partnership.

HEATONGRAD MAKES ALL FOR RIPON WIN

Heatongrad has been a consistent horse placed four times in his career but it was great to see him get his head in front. He made all under jockey Tony Hamilton and stayed on well when challenged inside the final furlong. He held on to win by half-a-length for owners Middleham Park Racing.

TWO WINS IN TWO DAYS FOR JEDI MASTER

It’s been a good week for owner Kevin Hart with Jedi Master notching up two wins in two days. The first came at Thirsk under Paul Hanagan. They tracked the leaders and had every chance heading into the final furlong. He edged right and stayed on strongly to win by a length-and-a-half.

After such a good performance we decided to let him take his chance at Wetherby the following day. He had taken the race really well and it turned out to be the right decision. This time Adam McNamara was in the saddle but they ran a very similar race. They had the lead heading into the final furlong and ran on well to win by a length-and-a-quarter.

It’s been a good week for two-year-olds with another winner this time at Leicester. Shazzab won for owner Darren Barton. He tracked the leaders under Joe Doyle and started to make an impression two furlongs from home. He ran on to take the lead inside the final furlong and stayed on to win by half-a-length.

There was a great finish at Wetherby with two of our runners battling to the line and having to be separated by a photo. Dan Troop was held up behind the leaders by jockey Paul Hanagan. He chased the leaders over the final furlong that included Right Action. The pair battled to the line but Dan Troop got up to win by a nose.

IT DON’T COME EASY BREAKS JUVENILE RECORD

It Don’t Come Easy showed a lot of promise of debut at York and showed how good he is when winning the Edinburgh Castle Stakes at Musselburgh. It turned out to be a two horse race with It Don’t Come Easy having to battle all the way with the odds on favourite Rebel Assault. He did hang to the right inside the final furlong but a bit of room was just what he needed as he showed a great attitude to win by a head. He broke the juvenile record in the process which has stood for the last 20 years.

We then doubled up at Newcastle and Guzman made it two wins on the bounce. He tracked the leaders under Tony Hamilton and started to make headway approaching the final furlong. They hit the front but were challenged by Benadalid and the pair crossed the line together. The judge couldn’t separate them from the photo and the race was declared a dead heat.

ANOTHER TOUCH & OUR LITTLE PONY WIN WELL

We had another across-the-card double at Beverly and Nottingham on Wednesday. Our Little Pony finished second on her debut and went one better in the opener at Beverley. She showed a fantastic attitude despite being the smallest horse in the race by some margin. She chased the leaders under jockey Paul Hanagan but was short of room when wanting to make a challenge. She was switched left and when she got some daylight she battled to the front and stayed on strongly to win by a length-and-a-quarter.

Another Touch then picked up a much deserved win at Nottingham. He’s been running well in some big handicaps and picking up a win will do his confidence some good. He was always in contention under jockey Tony Hamilton they lead inside the final furlong and pulled clear to win by two-and-a-half-lengths.

 

WINS FOR DANCE DIVA & GABRIAL’S STAR

Dance Diva won impressively on her debut at Redcar. The Mayson filly tracked the leaders under jockey Paul Hanagan. She showed signs of greenness but ran on well inside the final furlong. She edged left before the finish but won by half-a-length for owners Cheveley Park Stud.

Gabrial’s Star provided owner Dr Marwan Koukash his second winner of the week. He tracked the leaders under jockey Adam McNamara. He made headway on the outside approaching the final furlong and when he hit the front he stayed on strongly to win by two-lengths.

STEEDMAN RIDING IN YORK CHARITY RACE

As Paul Hanagan returned so we welcomed a new Jockey to Musley Bank this year.  Well he’s a Jock at any rate for Scotsman Alex Steedman from RUK joined us in February. Alex has been riding out most Monday’s and is working toward the Best Western Macmillan ‘RideOfTheirLives’ Charity Race at York on Saturday June 17th. It is a race Mrs Wrigley won with Extraterrestrial in 2013 before Peter followed up with a close 2nd the following year.

Alex is riding in memory of our much missed friend and Robin’s brother Tom O’Ryan so we’re keen to help him in any way we can. Don’t be surprised if you get a call for the loan of a horse soon! Certainly Alex has got himself fit and he’s grafting whenever he’s with us as well as at various yards down south where he lives. His journey is more than a six hour round trip with an overnight hotel thrown in so there’s no doubting his commitment to the cause. Lets hope we can give a good spin and maybe win the race again.

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CHESTER WINNER FOR DR KOUKASH

Everybody knows how much Marwan loves Chester so it was great to give him his first winner of the season at the track. Energia Fox tracked the leaders under jockey Adam McNamara. They made their challenge on the inner and took up the lead approaching the final furlong. They were challenged by the fast finishing Kapstadt but stayed on to win by a head.

MUSSELBURGH DOUBLE

Aimez La Vie has been a very consistent filly, she’s been placed on four of her five starts and broke her maiden tag at Musselburgh despite not loving the track. She wasn’t that keen on the bend but she showed a fantastic attitude under Paul Hanagan. She made headway over the final two furlongs and stayed on strongly to get her head in front and stay on to win by a short head. A great result for owners Mr and Mrs Wrigley.

We then doubled up with Luis Vaz De Torres. He’s been showing a really good attitude at home and this was his second win on the bounce. He was always in contention but was carried left three furlongs out. He made headway over the final two furlongs and ran on to take the lead towards the finish. He stayed on to win by three-quarters-of-a-length for owners Lets Go Racing 1.