FILLIES STEAL CATTERICK SHOW

We had another good day at a Yorkshire track with a double at Catterick. Normandie Lady won well on just her second start. She was held up in mid division by jockey Tony Hamilton and they started to move through the field two furlongs from home. She took up the lead inside the final furlong and pulled clear to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths.

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Footlight then made it a double for the fillies winning her second race in three starts. She has a good relationship with apprentice jockey Adam McNamara and they made virtually all the running. They stayed on impressively to win by three-and-a-half lengths.

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PONTEFRACT TREBLE

It was a great start to the week with a treble at Pontefract. We won the opening two races on the card and then the lucky last. Springwood had learnt a lot from his run the Brocklesby and knew his job this time out. He tracked the leaders under Tony Hamilton and started to make an impression inside the final furlong. He stayed on impressively in the testing ground to win by a neck for the Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club.

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Spring Offensive is another horse that doesn’t mind the soft ground. He was always travelling well and started to make a move two furlongs from home. He took up the lead and did hang badly right in the home straight, finishing the race on the stand rail. He had enough in hand though to win by a length and a half. He did unship apprentice jockey Adam McNamara just after the winning post as he tried to get get off the racecourse only to be stopped by a shut gate. Adam wasn’t hurt and we think Spring Offensive was just in a rush to get to the winners enclosure!

Arcano Gold was our final winner of the day. This was the four-year-olds second run back after 216 days away from the track. He tracked the leaders and took up the lead inside the final furlong. He ran on strongly to win by one and a half lengths for Middleham Park Racing. It also gave Tony Hamilton a double on the card.

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DANCING YEARS PUTS IN TOUGH DISPLAY

Dancing Years showed what a tough filly she is winning at Nottingham. We thought she had a good chance as she had won in soft ground at Leicester and once again she showed a great attitude. She made all under jockey Tony Hamilton and pushed clear inside the final furlong. She won by one and a quarter lengths for owners Cheveley Park Stud.

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KAKA WINS SPRING CUP

Gabrial’s Kaka won the Spring Cup for a second time but on this occasion it was at Chelmsford. Richard had been unsure whether to run the six-year-old after the race was switched to the all-weather after Newbury was forced to abandon. After seeing there was just seven runners we decided to run and it’s a good job we did. He tracked the leaders under Paul Hanagan and made good headway two furlongs from home. He lead inside the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by a length and three quarters.

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PADDY POWER WINS MAIDEN

It is no secret that Paddy Power has been frustrating. We really liked him as a two-year-old and had high hopes but he just didn’t show on the racecourse what we were seeing at home. It does feel now that a year on the penny may have finally dropped. He put in a good performance at the Curragh to finish second last month and he went one better at Chelmsford to break his maiden tag. Hopefully this is the start of a good season for him.

DOLPHIN VISTA WINS COCK O’ THE NORTH HANDICAP

Dolphin Vista made the most of a good draw to win the ‘Cock O’ The North Handicap’ at Ripon. He was drawn two and bounced out to make the running. He was always travelling strongly and didn’t mind the heavy ground. He kept on well and went on to win by half a length. A great win for owner Mr Nasib who was watching from Oman.

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ARCTIC GETS WINNING FEELING AT BEVERLEY

It was a great start for Arctic Feeling who won on his seasonal reappearance at Beverley. The 8-year-old always does well in big handicaps and the handicapper probably had the better of him last season. He’s come back down to a winning mark and loved the soft ground. He has a great partnership with jockey Sammy Jo Bell and the pair managed to find some racing room on the far rail. When she asked Arctic to pick up he obliged and they stayed on to win the feature race by half a length.

GEORGE RIDES WINNER ON RETURN FROM INJURY

On just his second ride back since suffering a bad injury seven months ago George Chaloner rode Imshivalla to victory at Redcar. George suffered three fractures to his foot and two to his ankle when cantering a horse at Richard Whitaker’s yard in October. It’s been a long road to recovery and it was great to see him back in the winners enclosure. Imshivalla loved the soft ground and when they hit the front they were never going to be caught, winning by two-and-a-quarter lengths.

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FIRST TWO-YEAR-OLD WINNER

It was great to have our first two-year-old winner of the season. Cullingworth was disappointing at Wolverhampton on his first start and he was the outsider of the field at Redcar. His first run must have done him the world of good as he knew his job under Tony Hamilton. They tracked the leaders and started to chase down the leader Merry Banter inside the final furlong. He stayed on well in very testing ground and got up to win by by half a length.

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BAHAMIAN SUNSHINE WINS IN THE RAIN AT LEICESTER

Bahamian Sunshine finished second on his last two starts and went one better at Leicester. He’s a quirky horse and took quite a keen hold. He was in the lead four furlongs from home but was challenged by the favourite Broughtons Fancy. When jockey Adam McNamara asked him to pick up again he veered left badly hampering the favourite. We stayed on to win by three and a half lengths. There was a stewards enquiry but we kept the race. Well done to owners the Fairweather Foursome.