NOVINOPHOBIA MAKES ALL AT MUSSELBURGH

Novinophobia followed up his second at Catterick earlier this month with a win at Musselburgh. He had to overcome a wide draw and was pushed to take up the lead by jockey Jack Garritty. The pair made all and held off the challenge of Ellaal in the final furlong to win by a head.

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THE WAGON WHEEL ROLLS TO SUCCESS AT BEVERLEY

We had more first-time out two-year-old success when The Wagon Wheel won at Beverley. The Acclamation filly was sent off the short priced favourite and took up a nice position behind the leaders under jockey Tony Hamilton. She took up the lead inside the final furlong and had to battle with Broadhaven Honey all the way to the line. She got up to win by three-quarters-of-a-length. She’s still very green and that run and win will have done her a lot of good.

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EYE CATCHING DEBUT BY ANDOK AT REDCAR

Andok overcame a wide draw to win well on debut at Redcar. The Elzaam colt is a horse we liked but being drawn in one wasn’t ideal. He was held up behind the leaders by jockey Tony Hamilton and looked to be travelling well. He didn’t get a clear run when trying to challenge over the final two furlongs but when he got a bit of daylight he powered clear to win by two-and-a-quarter lengths. He was bought at the breeze up sales and looks like a nice prospect for owner Niall O’Keeffe.

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FRIDAY TREBLE ACROSS THREE TRACKS

We had three winners on Friday, across three different tracks with three different jockeys for three different owners. First up was Wootton Vale who secured his first win of his career. He has been a bit disappointing and was sent off at 20 to 1.  He tracked the leaders under jockey Raul Da Silva and took up the lead inside the final furlong. When he hit the front he stayed on and grabbed victory by a short head for owners John Nicholls and David Kilburn. Hopefully that will have given him a lot of confidence.

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Next was an impressive debut by Belle Meade at Pontefract for owners Merchants and Missionaries. The Roderic O’Connor filly was held up behind the leaders by jockey Tony Hamilton. They went second over the final two furlongs and when they hit the front they stretched clear and eased down to win by a length-and-a-half from our other runner Right Action. The first two home were 9 lengths clear of the rest of the field and look two nice two-year-olds.

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Our third and final winner was Royal Connoisseur at Hamilton. The five-year-old made all under jockey Adam McNamara and never looked liked getting caught. He won by an impressive three-lengths to secure his second win of the season.

CLEF BATTLES FOR HER SECOND WIN

Clef showed great determination to win her second race on just her third start. She tracked the leaders under jockey Paul Hanagan and was ridden to challenge inside the final two furlongs. She had to battle with Miss Sugars and Appointed all the way to the line but got up to win by a head. A great result for owners Cheveley Park Stud who’ve bred a really tough filly.

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QUEEN KINDLY WINS AGAIN

We’ve made no secret of the fact that we really like Queen Kindly. After an impressive debut win at Catterick the daughter of Frankel went straight to Royal Ascot and the Albany Stakes. She finished third and it was probably greenness that got her beat there. We were keen to give her another run and a confidence boost so we sent her back to Catterick for a bonus race. She only faced four rivals and as a result went off at 16 to 1 ON. There’s always a bit of pressure at those odds but she won easily under jockey Jamie Spencer and will now go for either the Princess Margaret or the Loather at York.

SATURDAY 5-TIMER

It was another incredible day for team Musley Bank with five winners. They day got off to fantastic start with Home Cummins winning at York. She showed a fantastic attitude to battle with Celestial Path over the final furlong. She got up to win by a neck under Paul Mulrennan. A great result for owners Norman and Helen Steel.

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That was then followed by a treble a Chester. Birchwood has been frustrating. He hasn’t shown his best this season and so it was great to see him put in such a good performance in the Listed City Plate. He did take a keen hold and tracked the leaders under jockey Paddy Mathers. They took up the lead inside the final furlong and stayed on to win by a length for owners Godolphin.

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Paddy had a quick double when he partnered Right Touch to victory in the next race. Coming back from a 70 day break it was difficult to know how the six-year-old would run. He was held up toward the back of the field and looked to be outpaced on the inside two furlongs from home. He was switched to the outside to get some room and that did the trick, he quickened impressively to put pressure on the leaders. He stayed on to win by three-quarters-of-a-length from Kimbrella. Another win in green and red colours for Nicholas Wrigley and Kevin Hart.

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Our third winner at the track was Sunnua in the Apprentice Handicap. She’s been third on her first two starts this season and she showed a determined attitude to get her head in front. She was held up in mid division by Kevin Stott and they started to make headway two furlongs from home. They hit the front inside the final furlong and stayed on to win by three-quarters-of-a-length for owner Mrs Clodagh Mitchell.

Our final winner was with our final runner of the day Lady Turpin. Outlaw Torn went off at a blistering pace and was ten lengths clear of the rest of the field. Jockey Barry McHugh didn’t panic and he started to cut down the lead over the final two furlongs. She stayed on well to win by a length and you can see how much it meant to the owners, the UK Racing Syndicate.

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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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