RIBCHESTER SHINES AT ROYAL ASCOT

What a week! We’ve had 16 winners in 6 days including Royal Ascot success with Ribchester. To say we were nervous before the race would be an understatement. Richard thought he had a big chance and had come on from his great run in the 2000 Guineas where he finished third.  When you are stood in the pre parade though and you are looking at all the other horses in the race you just hope you have got things right. Richard gave jockey William Buick plenty of confidence before the race and William gave him the perfect ride. He broke well and we were conscious not too be too far away from Gifted Master who set the pace. We sat third in the group that raced the far side and two furlongs from home it was obvious we were travelling better than anything else. William asked Ribchester to pick up and he obliged, stretching clear and staying on to win the Jersey Stakes by an impressive two-and-a-quarter lengths.

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Ribchester is now likely to renew his rivalry with 2000 Guineas Winner Galileo Gold in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

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LADY IN QUESTION MAKES WINNING START

Lady In Question got her racing career off to a fantastic start winning at Thirsk. The Elzaam filly was a little bit green and she was held up at the rear of the field by jockey Tony Hamilton. She was always travelling well and when Tony angled her out for a run she picked up well. She hit the front inside the final furlong and held off the challenge of Peach Pavlova to win by a neck. She’s owned by Richard’s partner Amie so there wasn’t much pressure for her to perform on her debut run. Well done team Musley Bank.

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MAYSON WINNER AS PRIVATE MATTER IMPRESSES

We had to put a line through Private Matter‘s first run at Wetherby as he ran out of the bend and we knew he was capable of good things and he showed it at Nottingham. He took up the lead under Tony Hamilton and having the rail to race against helped him. He was always travelling the best and they easily pulled clear of the rest of the field. They won by six lengths under hands and heels, giving Mayson his fifth winner of the season.

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ANOTHER WINNER FOR RHODES & TIMMINS

We’ve had a great few days with 10 winners in three days and owners in form are John Rhodes and Peter Timmins with five winners since April. In My Place is responsible for two of those wins following up on his success at Redcar at the end of May with a win at Carlisle. Things didn’t go quite to plan though with jockey Adam McNamara having to work hard. He broke well from the stalls but almost seemed to pull himself up and they were four lengths off the pace at the back of the field. Adam had to really push him to get him involved and when they turned for home and got some daylight down the centre of the track they started to pick off the runners one by one. He flew down the home straight and Adam under hands and heels got him up to win by a length and a half.

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ISLAND BLAZES TO SUCCESS AT DONCASTER

Island Flame made it two wins from three starts this season with victory at Doncaster. She was sent off the outsider of the field and she can be a bit quirky. She was held up last of the four runners by jockey Paddy Mathers and they made good headway two furlongs from home. She took up the lead and despite hanging left stayed on to win by six lengths.

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DON’T TOUCH MAKES IT 7 OUT OF 8 WITH LISTED WIN

Don’t Touch got back on track with listed success at Salisbury. The race over at the Curragh just didn’t go right with a slow pace and although his unbeaten record was broken he was only beaten a length and we knew just to draw a line through it. At Salisbury Watchable set a good pace and Don’t Touch tracked him under Tony Hamilton. He challenged and took up the lead inside the final furlong and stayed on strongly to hold off the late challenge of Danzeno and win by  a neck.

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SATURDAY’S SIX WINNERS

What a day! Six winners across four tracks with five different jockeys. We weren’t sure it was going to be that kind of day though after a couple of seconds Richard was shouting at the television but then Mr Lupton showed that amazing attitude to win the feature race at York. Jockey Jamie Spencer was desperate to ride him and for him to run in this race after they finished third at Newmarket in May. It was a tough ask carrying top weight but with a big pot to be won it was worth the chance. Mr Lupton was given a typical Spencer ride, held up ready to pounce late. They hit the front inside the final furlong and powered clear to win by half a length. It’s been an incredible introduction to racing for owner Noel Kershaw who got involved with Mr Lupton after buying half of him at Graham Wylie’s charity day. Richard is also happy as he owns the other half. We’ll see how Mr Lupton is over the next few days but he’ll run in the Wokingham if he gets in.

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We then doubled up at York with a Royal Applause filly making her debut. Marie Of Lyon is a horse we have always liked. She was very relaxed before the race and looked a picture in the paddock. She was held up in mid division by jockey Paul Hanagan and when they wanted to make a move they had to be patient and wait for a gap. They made headway inside the final furlong and pulled clear to win by a length-and-a-half. It was a smart performance and there’s lots to look forward to for owners Clipper Logisitics.

We also doubled up at Chester. Celebration won the Class 3 Handicap under jockey Paddy Mathers. The three-year-old has been placed on his first three starts this season so he’s been knocking on the door. He tracked the leaders and made an effort to challenge over a furlong out. He battled with the favourite Reflektor all the way to the line but got up to beat him by a neck.

We finally had a Chester winner for Dr Marwan Koukash, to say he’s been unlucky this season would be an understatement. He’s been handed some horrendous draws and his horses have been running well without winning, well that changed with Lexi’s Hero. He made all under Paddy Mathers and was only troubled in the last furlong, but we weren’t worried as it was Marwan’s other runner Ballesteros. The pair battled and Lexi rallied again to win by a neck. Marwan was there and he celebrated with a couple of soap stars Kelvin Fletcher and Ryan Thomas.

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Marwan had already had a winner with Gabrial The Tiger at Musselburgh. The four-year-old loves the track winning on all three of his starts there. He made all under jockey Adam McNamara and they set a strong pace. He stayed on really strongly and was never troubled winning by a length-and-three-quarters. Marwan is going to present the winning owners trophy to a fan at Salford’s game with Castleford in early July.

Our final and sixth winner of the day was Hidden Treasures at Leicester. She was sent off as one of the outsiders of the field at 10 to 1 but that didn’t bother her. She was always prominent under jockey Tony Hamilton. She had the lead two furlongs from home and was challenged by Flying Fantasy. Hidden Treasures rallied again and stayed on to hold off the challenge and win by a neck. A great result for owner Andrew Tinkler.

MAYFAIR LADY MAKES ALL TO WIN AT YORK AGAIN

Mayfair Lady loves winning at York and she loves doing it from the front. She won a nursery by five lengths at the Ebor meeting last season and we weren’t completely sure how she had trained on, well she answered that question. She broke well from the stalls and was given a confident ride by apprentice jockey Adam McNamara. They made all and she never looked like being caught. She stayed on to win by two-and-a-half-lengths for owners Norman and Helen Steel. This was Adam’s biggest win to date and takes his tally to 14.

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GROWL WINS FEATURE AT NOTTINGHAM

We’re finally having a couple of winners for Dr Marwan Koukash and with Chester starting tomorrow lets hope it’s the start of a winning run. Growl has finished fourth on his first three starts since moving to us and he is a bit of a softy. Paul Hanagan rode him at Chester and felt he curled up when other horses surrounded him. He managed to get a bit of daylight at Nottingham and they started to make headway two furlongs from home. When they hit the front they stayed on strongly to win by a length.

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PENWORTHAM WINS FOR RICHARD FAHEY RACING CLUB

Penwortham is a new addition to the Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club and it was worth the long trip to Goodwood to see him run. The three-year-0ld was making just his second start this season and although he took a keen hold he still had enough left in the tank to win the Class 5 Handicap. Jockey Tony Hamilton made headway after switching left just before the final furlong. He chased down the leader and was driven to the front to get up and win by half a length.