DOUBLE DELIGHT AT REDCAR

It was a great day for owners Norman and Helen Steel who had travelled over to watch their horses run at Redcar. Forest Ranger was making his racecourse debut and he won in style. The Lawman colt was held up towards the rear by jockey Tony Hamilton and they started to make their move over the final furlong. They pulled clear of the rest of the field under hands and heels to win by a length. He looks an exciting prospect. Norman and Helen also had a second on the day with Reinstorm beaten a neck and Buccaneers Cove ran a solid race to finish third.

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We doubled up on the card with Chiswick Bey. Adam McNamara in the saddle this time and he gave him a great ride to win at 14 to 1. He was held up in mid-division and made headway over the final two furlongs. He took up the lead inside the final furlong and stayed on to win by half-a-length for his first victory of the season.

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AREEN HEART WINS BEVERLEY MAIDEN

Areen Heart was second on his debut run at Thirsk at the start of September and he went one better at Beverley. The Exceed and Excel colt was still very green and took a keen hold of jockey Graham Lee. The pair were always in contention and made progress over the final two furlongs. Areen Heart is still very much learning on the job and didn’t quite know what to do when he hit the front but he stayed on to win by half a length. He looks a really nice prospect for owner Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah.

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DARRINGTON BACK IN WINNERS ENCLOSURE

It was fantastic to see Darrington back in the winners enclosure at Hamilton. He was dropping downing in class after not really firing this season. He was sent off the short priced favourite and was always prominent under jockey Tony Hamilton. When Tony asked him to pick up inside the final furlong he pulled clear to win by one-and-three-quarter-lengths. That will have done his confidence the world of a good and a great result for owner Norman Collins who’s had to be patient with him.

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DESIRE WINS AT CATTERICK

It had been a bit of a frustrating day with lots of placed horses at Ayr. Growl ran a brilliant race to finish second in the Ayr Gold Cup and we managed to get some black type for Rosebride and Belle Meade who finished second and third in the Group Three Firth Of Clyde Stakes. Desire was our final runner of the day and our only runner at Catterick. The four-year-old has been running well this season and was placed on her last two starts. She was held up in mid-division by jockey George Chaloner and started to make headway two furlongs out. She battled over the final furlong with Coolcalmcollected and showed a great attitude to get up on the line to win by a head.

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DOUBLE UP WITH BRIAN THE SNAIL & BALANCE

Brian The Snail was anything but at Pontefract as he won on debut. The Zebedee colt was given a great introduction to racing under jockey Tony Hamilton. He tracked the leaders and started to make an impression over the final furlong. He learnt as he raced and when he hit the front he stayed on powerfully to win by a length – Tony struggled to pull him up after the line. He’s part owned by Robin and his cousin Bobby and the great name was picked by Bobby’s wife Sheila.

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We had a great start to the Ayr Western meeting with Balance winning the Ayrshire Hospice Handicap. She was held up in mid-division by jockey Adam McNamara. She was always travelling well and started to make a move two furlongs from home. She took up the lead inside the final furlong and stayed on to win by one-and-a-quarter-lengths for owner Andrew Tinkler. She’s been placed on two of her three starts this season so it was great for her to get her head in front.

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VATICAN HILL IMPRESSIVE AT THIRSK

Vatican Hill ran out the easy winner at Thirsk at a big price of 11 to 1. Wearing cheek pieces for the first time the Canford Cliffs colt was held up towards the rear on the inside rail by jockey Adam McNamara. They angled out for a run on the turn for home and took up the lead a furlong out. They pulled clear of the rest of the field and went on to win by three-and-a-half-lengths. A great first win for Vatican Hill and another for the Merchants and Missionaries syndicate.

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ABIENTO WINS CHESTER MAIDEN

Abiento broke his maiden tag in a valuable bonus race at Chester. The Requinto gelding had shown promise on his first four starts and he deserved to get his head in front. He tracked the leaders under jockey Paddy Mathers and started to make headway on the turn for home. He took up the lead inside the final furlong and ran on strongly to win by half a length.

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SECOND WIN OF SEASON FOR PENWORTHAM

Penwortham notched up his second win of the season at Chester under jockey Tony Hamilton. The three-year-old Dandy Man was held up in mid division and was always travelling well. On the turn for home Tony had no choice but to come wide and when they saw some daylight they hit the front. They stayed on to win by three-quraters of a length at 14 to 1 for the Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club.

DOUBLE DELIGHT AT DONCASTER

The St Leger meeting got off to a great start with two winners on the first day. Andok won well on debut and he showed a great attitude to win on his second start. He was always in a prominent position under jockey Tony Hamilton and they had the lead inside the final furlong. He had to battle to victory with Appointed but got up to win by a head. He’s a horse with a lot of scope and one to look forward to as a three-year-old.

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We doubled up with Stamp Hill for owners Merchant and Missionaries. Different tactics by Tony this time who held the Zoffany gelding up towards the rear. They made headway over the final two furlongs and once they took up the lead they stayed on well to win by a head.

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150th WINNER – HYLAND HEATHER

We’ve now sent out 150 winners for the season with Hyland Heather bringing up the milestone at Redcar. She was wearing cheek pieces for the first time and it was fantastic to see her win after finishing second 5 times. Tony Hamilton was always in a prominent position and they took up the lead inside the final furlong. They pulled clear to win by two lengths. A great result for owners Norman and Helen Steel.

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