SENATOR & THE WAGON WHEEL UNBEATEN

It was fantastic to see two two-year-olds maintain their unbeaten records after both winning first time out. Senator was very green when he won at Leicester last month and he still has a lot of maturing to do. The son of Frankel was held up just behind the leaders at Carlisle under jockey Tony Hamilton and they took up the lead approaching the final furlong. He ran on strongly to win by a length-and-three-quarters for Cheveley Park Stud.

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The Wagon Wheel showed a great attitude to win at York on the first day of the Ebor meeting. She was always prominent under jockey Paddy Mathers and they had the lead two furlongs from home. She still showed a little bit of inexperience and edged right in the final furlong but stayed on powerfully to win by a length-and-three-quarters. It was great to see her follow up on her win at Beverley in July so convincingly.

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GIN IN THE INN DOMINANT AT PONTEFRACT

It was fantastic to see Gin In The Inn win so well at Pontefract. He’s taken a while to come right this season after a long break but he won in style at the Yorkshire track. He was sat at the back under jockey Paul Hanagan but started to make headway over the final furlong. Once he hit the front he pulled clear and stayed on strongly to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths. A great result for owners Dean and Stella Hardman.

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RIBCHESTER WINS GROUP 1

What a day! It’s hard to know where to begin, we had high hopes for Ribchester heading into Sunday’s Jacques le Marois at Deauville and he didn’t disappoint. He was having yet another rematch with Galileo Gold and each time he’s been getting closer. He’s always been a horse that has shown a lot of ability but it’s taken a while to get his mind right. He was given a beautiful ride by jockey William Buick who sat just behind the leader Arod under Jamie Spencer. He was always travelling well and we knew he had a big chance three furlongs from home. As Galileo Gold faded it was the french horse Vadamos who put up a challenge. Ribchester wasn’t for beating though and he pulled clear to win by half a length.

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Richard hailed Ribchester the best horse he’s ever trained and the biggest moment of his training career. He’s now likely to go for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot over a mile on British Champions Day. He will stay in training as a four-year-old which is an exciting prospect as Richard still thinks there is more to come.

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It’s another fantastic result for Godolphin and team Musley Bank. Everyone in the yard works so hard and days like this make it all worth while, so a big thank you to all of the staff.

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CLEF & THEO’S LOLLY SATURDAY WINNERS

Cheveley Park Stud’s great season continued at Newmarket when Clef powered clear to win the fillies’ nursery. She tracked the leader under jockey Joe Fanning and took up the lead before the final furlong. She always shows a great attitude and she pulled clear to win by an impressive three lengths. Artist Darren Birdie took this great winning shot.

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Owner Martin Macleod is also having a good time of things with Theo’s Lolly following up on the win of Society Red earlier this week. He was held up just behind the leaders at Ripon under jockey Adam McNamara. They started to make headway and took up the lead inside the final furlong. They stayed on strongly to win by a a length-and-a-half. That’s Theo’s Lolly’s third win this year.

SEVEN-LENGTH WIN FOR LOVEABLE HELEN

Loveable Helen was second on her debut just two weeks ago and the step up in trip at Newcastle suited her perfectly. She is still very green but was always travelling well under jockey Tony Hamilton. She tracked the odds on favourite and started to challenge over the final three furlongs. She pulled clear and stayed on to win under hands and heels by an impressive seven lengths. She will come on for that run and looks a nice prospect for owners Mr and Mrs Riney.

 

GABRIAL STARS AT BEVERLEY

Gabrial’s Star put in a strong performance at Beverley to win over two miles. He sat behind the leaders under jockey Tony Hamilton and always looked to be travelling well. They made progress over the final two furlongs and Tony rode him with lots of confidence. They switched to find a gap between runners and when they had some daylight they pulled clear to win by an impressive seven lengths.

SOCIETY RED IMPRESSIVE ON THIRSK DEBUT

The first-time-out two-year-old winners keep on coming and Society Red was impressive at Thirsk. The Arcano colt was held up in mid division by jockey Tony Hamilton and he always looked to be travelling strongly. They made a move over the final two furlongs and he quickened well to pull clear and win by two-and-three-quater-lengths. A pleasing debut for owner Martin Macleod. Our other runner Doctor Cross finished fourth on his debut and will no doubt come on for the run.

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DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT SECOND IN GROUP 1

Donjuan Triumphant ran a blinder to finish second in the Prix Maurice De Gheest at Deauville. He took a long time to come back into himself after the winter and although he ran a great race at Haydock on debut this season the run at Royal Ascot was probably just a bit too much for him. He loves soft ground and although we would have liked it to be softer at Deauville the conditions didn’t hinder him. He was ridden by jockey Alexis Badel who’s won on him before and they sat in mid division tracking the pace. They made a move to challenge over the last couple of furlongs and Donjuan showed a brilliant attitude to chase down the leader. Signs Of Blessing wasn’t for catching though after he had made all of the running. We were delighted to finish second in a group one and you would have to think he could go one better next time.

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MEGAN LILY WINS CHELMSFORD MAIDEN

Megan Lily shed her maiden tag in a bonus race at Chelmsford. She’s a filly we’ve always liked and she showed a lot of promise when finishing second on her debut at York in May. She’s been running in some competitive races and the maiden at Chelmsford was just what she needed. She was always prominent under jockey George Chaloner and they took up the lead a furlong from home. They stayed on well to win by a length-and-a-quarter for owners Nick Bradley Racing.

6,068/1 SATURDAY TREBLE

To say it had been a frustrating start to August would be an understatement with 15 placed horses, 8 of which were second. Of all of our runners have been running well but Saturday did throw up a few big priced winners across three different tracks. Normandy Knight got the ball rolling at Redcar. Sent off at 20 to 1 the four-year-old chased the leaders under jockey Paddy Mathers. They went second over the final two furlongs and battled with Quick N Quirky to the line. They got up to win by a neck for owners Norman and Helen Steel.

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It was then the turn of Another Touch at Newmarket and this time Tony Hamilton was in the saddle. He chased the leaders and started to make a challenge inside the final furlong. He didn’t have much room and was switched left and he stayed on well to beat Sir Roderic by a neck. A nice 16 to 1 winner for owners Nicholas Wrigley and Kevin Hart.

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Bahamian Bird was also sent off at 16 to 1 at Ayr. This was just her third start this season after a break of 277 days. She tracked the leaders, racing wide under jockey George Chaloner. They made a challenge over the final furlong and stayed on strongly to get up and win by a short head for owner Lady Juliet Tadgell.

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