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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ALY WINS GODOLPHIN AWARD

Last night was a fantastic evening at the Godolphin Stud and Staff Awards and it was topped off by our very own Aly Deniel winning the rider/groom category. Aly was shortlisted for the award and had an interview yesterday along with the other two finalists. She was asked about her role, working for Richard and how she thought racing would look in the future. The finalists also spent the afternoon at the House Of Parliament talking to MP’s. Aly was announced as the winner at a dinner in London and to say Aly was shocked was an understatement. There were a few tears as Aly received her trophy from Sir Anthony McCoy and when Claire Balding asked what’s the key to being a good rider she said “Understanding them. Getting to know them. Having empathy with them…and loving them”

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This is a fantastic achievement, we nominated Aly for her efforts with Birchwood at the Breeders’ Cup and it was great to see her pick up such a brilliant award. Godolphin put up some fantastic prize money and both Aly and the yard get £5000. We are very lucky to have hard working and enthusiastic staff and we are looking forward to another great season.