SUMMER SANDS STARS ON GREAT DAY

Summer Sands followed up on his third in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes with a dominant win in the Redcar two-year-old Trophy just a week later. Carrying just 8 stone 3 he was always prominent under jockey Barry McHugh. He was pushed to lead a furlong out and easily pulled clear. He won by two-and-a-quarter lengths for The Cool Silk Partnership.

That was just one of four winners we had at Redcar. Embolden had got things started under Tony Hamilton. He made all in the heavy conditions and was always travelling strongly. He showed a good attitude when pressed inside the final furlong and stayed on to win by a length for owner Peter O’Callaghan.

Tony then doubled up with Lightning Attack. He was always in touch and was ridden to challenge inside the final furlong. He picked up well to win by a length-and-a-quarter.

Fairy Stories then won her third race in a row for the Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club. They tracked the leaders under Sean Davis and was pushed into a narrow lead over a furlong out. They kept on well under pressure and got up to win a neck.

We also had a winner at Newmarket to bring up a five-timer. Eva Maria won a valuable handicap for owner Bill and Tim Gredley. She tracked the leaders under Paul Hanagan and went second over the final two furlongs. She picked up really well, lead inside the final furlong and stayed on to win by a length. It was her third win of the season and she’s been placed on her other two starts.

DOUBLE UP ON FIRST DAY OF AYR

It was great to get the Ayr Western meeting off to a good start with a double. Eva Maria overcame a bad draw to win really nicely for Bill and Tim Gredley. She was held up by jockey Paul Hanagan and made headway on the outside entering the final two furlongs. They edged left and lead inside the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by a length.

Militia then won for Middleham Park Racing. He was always prominent on the far side and was pushed along a furlong from home. He took up the lead and stayed on well to win by a length-and-a-quarter.

EVA MARIA EMOTIONAL WINNER

Eva Maria won on just her second start and it was an emotional victory. The race was named after Laura Barry our former apprentice who lost her battle with cancer. Paul Hanagan was in the saddle at Thirsk and they sat and tracked the leaders. She was asked for an effort two furlongs from home and she stayed on really strongly. She won going away by four-lengths. She’s a half-sister to James Garfield and looks a nice fully for Bill and Tim Gredley. There were lots of Laura’s friends and family at Thirsk to celebrate the win.

Ventura Ocean then handed us a double this time at Newmarket. He pressed the leaders under Paddy Mathers and took up the lead two furlongs from home. He stayed on really well under pressure and crossed the line with Fastman. A photo was needed to separate them but he had held on gamely to win by a nose.