SATURDAY WINNERS: SHOWBIZZY AND NORMANDIE LADY

Showbizzy has been very disappointing this season, she hasn’t looked like she wanted to race but having said that the Class 5 Handicap at Doncaster was the kind of race she should be winning and so we were delighted to see her do it so well. We put a visor on her for the first time and it made a difference. She was always prominent under jockey George Chaloner and when he asked her to pick up she immediately responded. She had the lead heading into the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths. Well done to the Racegoers Club Owners Group who have had to be patient.

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We then doubled up with Normandie Lady at Hamilton. The three-year-old was held up in mid division by jockey David Nolan. They made headway over a furlong out and took up the lead inside the final furlong. They kept on to win by a length-and-a-half, securing her second win in five starts for owner Mr Phipps.

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INGLEBY SPRING IN DEAD HEAT AT EPSOM

It was worth the long trip to Epsom for Ingleby Spring and apprentice jockey Natalie Hambling as they won the Apprentice Handicap. They had to share the prize though as the pair dead heated with Choral Festival in a thrilling finish. Ingleby Spring tracked the leaders and took up the lead inside the final two furlongs. She was headed inside the final furlong by Choral Festival but showed a great attitude to keep battling and the pair crossed the line together. A photo was called but the judge couldn’t separate them and they shared the win.

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FRANKEL COLT SENATOR WINS ON DEBUT

Frankel’s fantastic start to his stallion career continued at Leicester when Senator won on debut. The sires record is now six from eight with two-year-olds first time out in Britain and Ireland. Senator is a very big raw horse and that showed. He was perfectly behaved in the parade ring and got a great start under jockey Tony Hamilton. He was learning as he raced and he did look to be beaten halfway. The penny started to drop though and he powered over the final furlong despite hanging and showed a great attitude to get up and win by half a length. He’s a nice horse with plenty more still to come and he should get seven furlongs. It’s another fantastic result for Cheveley Park Stud who are having a brilliant season. They’ve had 42 winners so far at a strike rate of 28%.

OUR BOY JACK WINS AT REDCAR

Our Boy Jack finally got his head in front at Leicester for Middleham Park Racing. He’s been placed three times this season from his six starts and he deserved to get a win. He was slowly into stride and was pushed along by jockey Adam McNamara. He edged into contention over the final two furlongs and he joined the leader Captain Felix within the final furlong. He battled, got the lead and stayed on to win by a neck.

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BEVERLEY DOUBLE

Dawn Mirage won the feature on the card at Beverley the Wilford Watts Memorial Handicap. The four-year-old has finished third on her first two starts this season and she travelled brilliantly under Tony Hamilton making most of the running. She quickened over the final two furlongs and stayed on strongly to win by two lengths for owners Merchants and Missionaries.

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Melesina won her maiden in the next race on the card for Nick Bradley Racing. Tony was once again in the saddle and she was soon the clear leader. The Dark Angel filly was challenged in the final furlong by Miss Bates and showed a great attitude to win by a neck.

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TEMERITY STORMS TO SUCCESS IN AYR OPENER

Temerity put in a fantastic performance to win at Ayr on just her second start. The Zoffany filly finished fourth on debut and was sent off at 9 to 1 to win at the Scottish track. She was held up in fourth by jockey Tony Hamilton and they were happy to track the leaders before making a move two furlongs from home. Temerity picked up impressively in the soft ground and went clear of her rivals and was eased down to win by three-and-a-half lengths. The win continues Cheveley Park Stud’s fantastic season and it was also a birthday winner for Billy Hardy who was leading up.

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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.