NORMANDY KNIGHT BAGS HIS FIRST WIN OF SEASON

It looked as if it was going to be another frustrating day with two seconds from our first few runners but then Normandy Knight showed a great attitude to win at Leicester. He was always in touch under jockey Paul Hanagan and they started to make their move two furlongs from home. He was joined for company by Ttainted Love and the pair battled inside the final furlong. Normandy Knight got up in the dying strides to win by a neck.

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SAMMY JO HOME FROM HOSPITAL

Good news! Sammy Jo is back from hospital. After a long wait at Hull yesterday an ambulance finally picked her up and she got back about 10pm last night.

Sammy had to have an operation to put plates on her pelvis. She is going to have to spend the next six weeks in a wheelchair, after that we will just have to wait and see what the doctors say.

Sammy is staying with Richard and I while she’s in the chair. It will be easier for her to get about and she will be able to wheel herself out into the yard and the office so she won’t get too bored. Sammy’s mum is here looking after her and she’s in great spirits considering everything. One of the first things she said when she got back yesterday is ‘i’m going to wheel myself down to see Arctic Feeling in the morning.’

Sammy has had so many people wish her well and the lads in the yard have been fantastic. I am sure they will make sure she still feels involved around the yard while she recovers.

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SCOFFLAW WINS WELL ON CHESTER DEBUT

Scofflaw was sent off a big price at 20 to 1 on his debut at Chester. It was a big ask for the son of Foxwedge to start his career at such a specialist track but he didn’t disappoint us. He tracked the leaders under David Nolan and when Dave asked him to go they found a space on the rail and powered to the front. He stayed on strongly to win by three-quarters-of-a-length beating horses who had already had a run under their belts. He and Tina looked very pleased with themselves when they got back to the yard.

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MASTERPAVER WINS AGAINST THE ODDS

Masterpaver notched up his second win of the month but during the race it didn’t look likely. He was held up towards the rear by jockey Tony Hamilton and when they went to challenge a couple of furlongs from home they ran into a wall of horses. He’s momentum got stopped three times and Tony had to come wide to finally get a clear run. Masterpaver clearly wanted to win flying down the outside to win by a neck.

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BOUNDSY BEATS STABLEMATE AT HAMILTON

It didn’t take look for Boundsy to notch up his first win. The Dandy Man colt finished third on debut and learnt a lot from the run. He was always prominent under jockey Tony Hamilton and had a good position on the inside rail. He battled with Harome over the final furlong and had to hold off our other runner Good Time Ahead who came with a late charge. A photo was needed to separate them but Boundsy had stayed on well to win by a short head. It was also a very promising run by Good Time Ahead who was making his debut under jockey Jack Garritty. FullSizeRender

GARCIA BATTLES FOR HAYDOCK SILVER

Garcia just seems to be getting better. He’s now won three in a row and once again showed that determined attitude to win the Haydock Silver Bowl. The field was taken along by Above N Beyond and the rest started to put on some pressure over the last two furlongs. Garcia had to fight hard to get the better of Richard Hannon’s Chief Whip but they got up to win by a head. It was also a winning return for jockey Paul Hanagan who had had a couple of weeks off with a virus. As always there were plenty of members from the Highclere Racing syndicate there to clap Garcia back into the winners enclosure.

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FRIDAY DOUBLE WITH FRAP & MASTERPAVER

It was great to have a Friday double and finally have some luck for owner Dr Marwan Koukash but we were also very worried about Sammy Jo Bell. Sammy was unseated when Royal Duchess reared up and fell on top of her on the way down to the start for the seven-furlong handicap at Carlisle. Sammy was taken to hospital where scans showed she suffered a fracture to her pubic bone. She’s in a lot of pain and will be out for up to six weeks but we are very thankful as it could have been much worse.

As a result of Sammy’s fall Rachel Richardson picked up the ride on Frap. She gave him a patient but confident ride and held him up at the back of the field. They started to move past the rest of the field inside the final furlong and as they hit the front they battled to win by a head. As soon as Rachel finished riding she went to make sure Sammy was ok at the hospital.

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Masterpaver then got his first win on the turf at Haydock. He hadn’t won since November 2014 but Richard thought a change of surface may just do the trick and he was right. He made all under apprentice jockey Gary Mahon and was joined for company over three furlongs. He showed a good attitude and ran on inside the final furlong to win by two lengths.

 

GIVE & GAIN DAY AT MUSLEY BANK

A group on 15-year-olds visited the yard to learn more about the racing industry. Give & Gain Day is the UK’s largest day of employee volunteering, organised by Business in the Community. We were approached by Racing Together to take part and we are glad we did.

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The young people hadn’t had any previous experience of a racing yard and they got to talk to members of our team to learn how we look after the horses as well as what it’s like to work in the racing industry. It was lovely to see them get so involved. They interacted with the horses and as you can see the horses appreciated the attention.

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They were given a demonstration from Mike the farrier, a chat with Brian the vet and a demonstration by Colin on our treadmill. They also got to head out onto the gallops to see the horses work and they also had a chat with one of our riders Joe.

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Joe studied at the Northern Racing college without having any previous experience of horses. He told the group ‘I had never even fed a horse before I started the course.’ He explained that it wasn’t all about riding but that there are other jobs in the industry and that there are opportunities not just in the UK for work but once qualified there are jobs across the world.

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It was a busy morning and it was really nice to see young people engaging with our industry. Hopefully we have inspired some young people to think about a career in racing or at the very least want to have a day out at the races.

DOLPHIN VISTA IMPRESSIVE IN RIPON FEATURE

Dolphin Vista won his second race from four starts this season in the Class 3 Handicap at Ripon. He ran a great race at Newmarket last time out to finish second and progressed once again from that run. A strong pace was set by the leader and Dolphin Vista sat just behind him under Tony Hamilton. He started to challenge two furlongs from home and had the lead inside the final furlong. He pulled clear to win by three and a half lengths for owner Mr Nasib.

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50th WINNER: BACK TO BOND WINS AT WETHERBY

Back To Bond was our 50th winner of the year and we were delighted it was for owner and breeder Phil Smith. To say he has had very little luck would be an understatement but Back To Bond finally got his head in front. He made all under jockey George Chaloner and when challenged by the favourite in the final furlong he showed a good attitude to stay on and win by a neck.

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