Brian The Snail became our first winner after the resumption of racing with a hard fought success at Newcastle. He was settled in midfield under jockey Tony Hamilton. Entering the final furlong he was driven into a dispute of the lead alongside the Middleham Park Racing owned horse Yousini. In what ended up being a great seesaw battle Brian managed to get his nose down on the line and get his well deserved win. Congratulations to Brian’s owner Dr Marwan Koukash.
There was a nice double at Doncaster for Dr Marwan Koukash. Gabrial The Wire won nicely under Paul Hanagan to get things started. He was held up towards the rear and was pushed for an effort two furlongs from home. He hit the front inside the final furlong and stayed on to win by a length-and-three-quarters.
Brian The Snail got his head back in front and we’re hoping for a good season. He was always in contention and showed a good attitude to battle to the front. Once he was there he pulled clear to win by a length-and-a-quarter.
To say Brian The Snail has been frustrating would be an understatement. He’s a horse we really liked but he lost his way. He’s been gelded and had a wind operation and he finally got his head back in front at Doncaster. He tracked the leaders under Tony Hamilton and was asked to mount a challenge two furlongs from home. He lead entering the final furlong and stayed on well to win by a length. A great result for Godolphin who have had to be patient, lets hope this is the start of an upward curve.
Brian The Snail won on both of his starts last season and was bought by Godolphin at the end of last year. He’s been doing really well at home and Richard was keen to get a run into him and so we headed to Pontefract. He was sent off the 6 to 5 favourite and William Buick was in the saddle. He tracked the leaders on the inside and was always travelling strongly. He was switched to the right heading into the final two furlongs and pulled clear of the rest of the field to win by one-and-three-quarter-lengths. Richard was really happy with his performance and the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot is now in his mind.
It was another great day for team Musley Bank with five winners. We won the opening three races on the card at Catterick and then went on on to have another two on the all-weather at Newcastle.
Brian The Snail made it two wins from two starts and he did it in impressive fashion. He tracked the leaders under Tony Hamilton but picked up the lead over half way. He was well clear of his rivals entering the final furlong and ran on comfortably to secure a seven-length victory.
Apprentice jockey Natalie Hambling gave Royal Connoisseur a great ride to win his second race in a row and his fourth of the season. They have a good partnership, Natalie was in the saddle last time and she bounced him out of the stalls and was always prominent. She challenged for the lead as they approached the final furlong and they stayed on strongly to win by half-a-length.
Ballesteros picked up his first win of the season after several placed finishes. He showed a great attitude under jockey Adam McNamara to battle with Apricot Sky over the final furlong and get up and win by a neck.
Adam then travelled to Newcastle and it was worth the journey as he partnered Rashford’s Double to success. The two-year-old Zoffany colt won over course and distance earlier this month and was sent off the short priced favourite. He justified those odds winning by three-lengths under a hands and heels ride.
Spin Doctor finished off a fantastic day and it was brilliant to see her win as she’s a filly we have always liked. She was given a great ride by jockey Paddy Mathers who settled her towards the rear of the field. They made headway over the final two furlongs and challenged for the lead inside the final furlong. She had to battle with Harome all the way to the line and got up to win by a head. That victory sent us over the £3m pound mark for the season which is a fantastic achievement, thank you to all of our staff and owners!
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.
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.