Bahamian Bird picked up the second win of her career at Catterick. She was always prominent under jockey Adam McNamara and she was ridden to take the lead approaching the final furlong. When she hit the front she showed a good attitude to stay on strongly and win by a length-and-a-quarter. A fantastic result for owner and breeder Lady Juliet Tadgell.


Brian The Snail won on both of his starts last season and was bought by Godolphin at the end of last year. He’s been doing really well at home and Richard was keen to get a run into him and so we headed to Pontefract. He was sent off the 6 to 5 favourite and William Buick was in the saddle. He tracked the leaders on the inside and was always travelling strongly. He was switched to the right heading into the final two furlongs and pulled clear of the rest of the field to win by one-and-three-quarter-lengths. Richard was really happy with his performance and the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot is now in his mind.



It was the first meeting of the season at Redcar and we got off to a flying start. We had two first-time-out two-year-olds in the opener and they both ran well. Tony Hamilton had the ride on Inviolable Spirit and he took up a good position just behind the leaders. It took a while for a gap to appear but when it did they took full advantage and pulled clear to win by three-quarters-of-a-length. Owner Dominic Bardsley was there to welcome the son of Zebedee back into the winners enclosure. Our other runner Ventura Gold got into all sorts of trouble in running and will come of massively for the run.

Noah Amor was having his first run for us since moving to the yard last month. He tracked the leader under jockey Barry McHugh and always looked to be travelling well. He took up the lead in the final furlong and although hanging a little stayed on well under pressure to hold on and win by a head for Middleham Park Racing.

We then won the final race on the card with Sir Reginald Brown. It was the three-year-olds first run and he was sent off a big price at 11 to 1. Apprentice Connor Murtagh always had him prominent and they had the lead approaching the final furlong. They stayed on well and fended off the late challenge of Benjamin Thomas to win by a short head for owner Phil Smith.


Gallipoli is a horse we have always liked and it was fantastic to see him back in the winners enclosure at Leicester. He was given a great ride by Paul Hanagan, he was patient on him towards the rear of the field and started to make headway over the final two furlongs. He chased down the leader and got up to beat him on the line by a short head. A great result for owner Peter Timmins who’s had to be patient with this horse.


It’s been a great start to the season with our two-year-olds. In the first 4 races of the season we have won two of them. Jasi made all under jockey Paul Hanagan and showed a good attitude to stay on when under pressure. The Kodiac colt won by a head for Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah.


It’s always great to have a winner on the opening day of the season but it was even better to have our first two-year-old winner. Requinto Dawn was a horse that showed early promise and he didn’t disappoint us. He was held up just behind the leaders by jockey Tony Hamilton and always looked to be travelling well. He made headway entering the final furlong and pulled clear under hands and heels to win by two-and-a-quarter lengths. A great start to the season for owners The Phoenix Racing CO.


Kimberella looks to be heading to the All-Weather Championship finals at Lingfield following a win at the track on Saturday. The seven-year-old joined us earlier this month and we delighted with his win. He was held up towards the rear by jockey Paul Hanagan. He was switched to the centre entering the final furlong and when he hit the front he powered clear to win by a length. A great result for owner Clive Titcomb.


It was a worth while trip over to Saint-Cloud with Melesina winning the Listed race. She loved the soft ground and made all under jockey Alexis Badel. She’s such a tough genuine filly and she stayed on strongly to win by three-quarters-of-a-length. A nice race to win for owners Nick Bradley Racing, following up on Melesina’s back type win in a group three in Deauville.


Shypen overcame a wide draw to win a valuable handicap at Wolverhampton. She bounced out of the stalls under jockey Paul Hanagan and got a good position just behind the leader. She started to make her move over the final furlong and stayed on well to win by three-quarters-of-a-length for owners Nick Bradley Racing.


Inaam won his third all-weather race this campaign with another strong display at Newcastle. He loves the track and was held up just behind the leaders under jockey Paul Hanagan. They chased down the leader over the final two furlongs and stayed on the best of the fast finishers to win by half-a-length. That’s the third win of 2017 for Yorkshire Connections Ltd who have also had success with Arakhan.