FEBRUARY STARTS WITH A DOUBLE

Brian The Snail and Defence Treaty got February off to a good start by recording a double on Tuesday at a very wet Southwell.

Brian The Snail began things by scoring in the feature race of the day a Southwell under jockey Jack Garritty. Settled close up on the outer, he was pushed along two furlongs out. Brian took the lead over a furlong out and Jack soon asked for Brian’s full effort. Brian kept on but faced a strong challenge inside the final 110 yards holding on by a short head to win his race at Southwell. Big congratulations to owner Dr Marwan Koukash.

Defence Treaty completed the double in another tight finish scoring by a head to reverse the form with the Michael Appleby trained Thrave. He led for the start and was pushed along when joined two furlongs out. Jockey Tony Hamilton so asked for his full effort when headed over a furlong out, Defence Treaty rallied and led again inside the final 110 yards, just doing enough to win. Congratulations to owners Bardsley, Barlow, Campbell & Tattersall.

NEWCASTLE DOUBLE

Defence Treaty made up a lot of ground to win at Newcastle. The Dandy Man-gelding was held up towards the rear by jockey Danny Tudhope. He made headway towards the stand side and chased the leaders down over the final furlong. He stayed on really impressively to get up and win by a length for owners Clipper Logistics.

Oti Ma Boati made it two wins in a row beating the odds on favourite in the process. She sat towards the rear under Tony Hamilton and was pushed along two furlongs from home. She made headway over the final furlong and kept on well to lead towards the finish. She stayed on to win by a length.

WINS FOR OTI MA BOATI & DEFENCE TREATY

The horses are running really well and we had another two winners on Monday. Oti Ma Boati made the perfect start to her racing career winning on debut at Pontefract. She was slowly away and did run green under Tony Hamilton. She started to get the hang of things and made headway approaching the final furlong. She battled well and got up on the line to win by a neck.

Defence Treaty picked up his first win at Leicester. The lightly raced three-year-old tracked the leaders under Paul Mulrennan. He was challenged over the final two furlongs and lost a place but rallied over the final furlong and stayed on really strongly. He won by one-and-three-quarter lengths for owner Clipper Logistics.