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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Spring Offensive won his second race of the season taking the feature at Ripon in determined style. He was given a positive ride by apprentice jockey Adam McNamara and was always in touch of the leaders. He was pushed over the final furlong and when he hit the front he showed a fantastic attitude to win by a neck.
Kocollada put in a striking performance at Thirsk to win on debut. The two-year-old Kodiac filly didn’t get the best of starts and was settled at the back of the field by jockey Tony Hamilton. She ran into lots of traffic problems but her talent shined through and when she did get a gap she powered to the lead. She stayed on strongly to win by a neck and looks an exciting prospect for owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum.
Vona’s listed success at York’s Dante meeting was to be quite honest a bit of a surprise. She ran well at Chester but this was a big step up and she was sent off at 33 to 1. She was always prominent under jockey Jack Garritty and looked to have a chance of grabbing a place. She wanted to do better than that and when Jack asked her to pick up she obliged and pulled clear to beat the favourite Boater by a length. Jack told Channel 4 Racing that he thinks there’s more to come from Vona while Richard said ‘ shocked is the word I would use, good shock.’ She’s owned by a new syndicate set up by Nick Bradley and those involved were delighted, they may now have Royal Ascot in their sights.
Bayan Kasirga has got that winning feeling, she’s won five races since the end of November. The six-year-old mare was held up in mid division by jockey Sammy Jo Bell. They made headway over the final furlong and pulled clear to win by one-and-three-quarter-lengths. Another great result for owner Stephen Humphreys who i’m sure was watching in Dubai.