100th WINNER – GABRIAL THE TIGER WINS AGAIN

It had been a frustrating day, we were on 99 winners and we couldn’t seem to find that elusive winner despite runners at several tracks. It took to penultimate race at Chester for that to change. Gabrial The Tiger is getting in the habit of winning and he likes doing it from the front. He’s now won on his last three starts each time under jockey Adam McNamara. They had a terrible draw at Chetser in 10 and had no choice but to bounce out the stalls and try and get the best position possible. This happened to be at the front and the pair made all. His rivals tried to catch him on the turn for home but the Tiger wasn’t for catching winning by three-lengths. Owner Dr Marwan Kouash was at his favourite track to welcome him back into the winners enclosure.

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It’s been another fantastic season so far for team Musley Bank who work so hard. Lets hope it continues for the second half of the season. Thank you to all of our staff, owners and horses.

FCL GLOBAL FORWARDING NEW HORSEBOX SPONSOR

We are delighted to announce FCL Global Forwarding as our new horsebox sponsors. FCL are a global logistics company shipping freight across the world by road, air and sea. They are the perfect partner as they understand how important it is to make sure our cargo – the horses – get to and from the racecourse as safely as possible.

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FCL Global Forwarding are sponsoring our 4 horseboxes and they will be easy to spot travelling up and down the country. Their brightly coloured design has really lifted what was before just another grey horse wagon.

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Our horseboxes are all different sizes, a 10 box, 7, 4 and 3. They average 650 trips a year and travel to racecourses across the UK, Ireland and France. Just over the next few days they will travel to, Epsom, Ascot, Newmarket, York and Chester.

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The partnership with FCL Global Forwarding has allowed us to upgrade our facilities at Musley Bank. We now have a dedicated horsebox park. This includes a new wash-off area to make sure the boxes are always spotlessly clean. We are also in the process of adding a new loading bay giving more room to load the horses.

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We are delighted to have FCL Global Forwarding as our partner. If you would like more information on them visit www.fclgf.com

SPRINGFORTH GIVES MAYSON ANOTHER WINNER

Springforth has been placed on all of his previous four starts and he finally got his head in front at Catterick. The son of Mayson is bred and owned by Norman and Helen Steel. He tracked the leaders in third under jockey Tony Hamilton. They took up the lead entering the final furlong and held off the challenge of The Nazca Lines to win by half a length.

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PONTEFRACT WIN FOR THEO’S LOLLY

Theo’s Lolly notched up his second win of the year at Pontefract. He’s a horse that always tries hard and it was great to see him get his head in front. He chased the leaders under jockey Dave Nolan and was switched to the right two furlongs from home to get a run. He hit the front inside the final furlong and despite hanging left kept on well to win by a length-and-a-half. Owner Martin Macleod was there to give him a cuddle in the winners enclosure. IMG_4509

INNOCENT TOUCH WINS AT AYR

Innocent Touch is a little bit quirky and we weren’t sure whether he’s been trying his best this season, but he certainly did at Ayr on Sunday. He was slowly away and had to settle for a position in the middle of the pack under jockey Tony Hamilton. He travelled well in the soft ground and started to make up ground two furlongs from home. He stayed on well in the final furlong and battled to the line with a couple of other rivals and got up to win by a neck. Innocent Touch is such a handsome horse and owners Nicholas Wrigley and Kevin Hart were delighted to see him win.

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CLEF ON SONG AT BEVERLEY & PANDORA POUNCES AT LEICESTER

July got off to a good start with a Saturday double. There’s lots of racing to look forward to this month 5 with Saturday’s  and Sunday’s. Clef showed a fantastic attitude to win at Beverley on just her second start. She tracked the leaders under jockey George Chaloner and was ridden to challenge over the final furlong. She had to battle and when she hit the front she stayed on strongly to win by a neck. Another good result for Cheveley Park Stud.

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Prying Pandora eased to a four-and-a-half-length victory at Leicester under Jack Garritty. Jack rode her when she finished second to Garcia at York at the end of last season and she’s been placed on all of her five starts. She loved the soft surface at Leicester and she powered to the front and made all. She pulled clear of her rivals for an emphatic win. There were plenty of Middleham Park Racing there to welcome her back in, see if you can spot her

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HAMILTON DOUBLE WITH SPIRIT OF ZEB & DAVID’S DUCHESS

It’s now 35 winners for team Musley Bank this month following a double at Hamilton. Spirit Of Zeb got his first win of the season after finishing third on his first two starts after a 151 day break. He tracked the leaders under jockey Adam McNamara and had a good position on the inside rail. He took up the lead inside the final furlong and battled with Born Innocent to the line. He got up to win by a short head. That’s Adam’s 20th winner of the season and his claim is now down to 5lb.

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David’s Duchess has been second on her first two starts this season so it was great to see her win so impressively. She only faced two rivals and they weren’t able to mount a challenge. She made all under Tony Hamilton and when he asked her to pull clear over the last two furlongs she obliged. She won by two-and-a-half-lengths on the bridle.

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EMILY RIDES FIRST WINNER ON HER BIRTHDAY

Emily Bullock had a day she will never forget at Pontefract, not only was it her 25th birthday but she rode her first winner on Belle Travers. Emily is a lovely girl who works really hard. She’s had nine rides and she gave Belle Travers a peach of a ride to win the Ladies Handicap. Belle Travers has been second on her last two starts and she didn’t have the greatest of draws, but Emily got her into a fantastic position from the start. She tracked the leader and started to make a move over the final two furlongs. Once she had the lead she pulled clear to win by an impressive four-and-a-half-lengths. Owner Mr Farr was delighted and Emily’s huge smile as she entered the parade ring said it all.

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3 WINNERS FOR KOUKASH INCLUDING LISTED SUCCESS FOR GABRIAL

Owner Dr Marwan Koukash had to be patient in the early part of the season with many of his horses running well but not winning, well that has all changed this month with 8 winners and 12 placed horses. Saturday got off to a great start for the Salford City owner when Growl won impressively at Windsor. He loved the very soft ground and was held up towards the rear by jockey David Nolan. They were always travelling well and they made headway over the final two furlongs. Once they had the lead they pulled clear to win by two lengths. That’s Growl’s second win in a row.

Dave Nolan then partnered Gabrial to listed success in the feature on the card. Gabrial deserved a win and was held up behind the leaders ready for a late challenge. He did hang left in the final furlong to grab the far rail but stayed on strongly to win by half-a-length. Gabrial may not have won in 17 starts but during that time he has finished third in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The seven-year-old has now earnt over six hundred thousand pounds in prize money, he’s a star!

Marwan’s other winner came at his favourite course Chester. Powerallied isn’t a very big horse but he’s got a big heart and he put in an impressive performance to win the Class 3 Handicap. Jockey Franny Norton tracked the leaders and had to switch right inside the final furlong to get a run. When they did Powerallied stretched clear to win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths. Lexi’s Hero also put in a great display to finish third.

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ANOTHER CHESTER WINNER FOR THE DR

Gabrial The Tiger made it two wins in a row and handed owner Dr Marwan Koukash another Chester winner. The Tiger made all at Musselburgh to win earlier this month and so there was no need for jockey Adam McNamara to change the tactics. He made all at Chester and was clear of the rest of the field two furlongs from home. He was never troubled and stayed on to win by a length-and-a-half.