WINNERS FLY IN AT CHESTER

We had three winners at Chester over two days. Noble Prospector made it two wins in a row and he’s got a good partnership with Megan Nicholls who’s been in the saddle for both victories. He was held up in touch at Chester and was switched to the outer on the turn for home. They picked up really strongly and stayed on to win by two-lengths for owners Mr and Mrs Cotton.

We then had a double for owner Dr Marwan Koukash. Gabrial The Tiger made all under Connor Murtagh and held off the fast finishing Gabrial The Devil to win by a short head. That’s the Tiger’s 13th win of his career and his 5th at the track.

Gabrial The Wire then won under Paul Hanagan. He chased the leaders and took up the lead entering the final furlong. He stayed on well to win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths.

CHESTER FOUR-TIMER

It had been a frustrating day with four placed horses at York but things took a positive turn at Chester with four winners. The first was Salam Zayed and it was a little bit of a surprise. He was sent off at 28 to 1 in the Lady Amateurs Race under Carol Bartley. He was held up in mid-division and started to make progress over the final three furlongs. Had the lead at the final maker and stayed on well to win by a length.

National League picked up the first win of his career on just his third start. He was towards the rear under Paddy Mathers and started to chase down the leaders approaching the final furlong. He ran on well towards the finish to win by three-quarters-of-a-length.

Paul Hanagan then had the ride of the night to win on Gabrial The Tiger. He flew out the stalls and came across from a bad to draw to bag the lead. He made all and stayed on well under pressure to win by a length-and-a-quarter.

Paul then gave Powerallied a great ride. He loves Chester and was always travelling really strongly. He didn’t get the clearest of runs over the final furlong but when he got some daylight he powered to the finish to get up and win on the line by a short head to hand Dr Marwan Koukash a treble on the night.

IVORY A CHARM AT HAMILTON

Ivory Charm gave owner John Dance a day he won’t forget after she won at Hamilton. It’s the first winner he’s had as a breeder. The Charm Spirit-filly tracked the leaders under P J McDonald. She was ridden to take the lead at the furlong pole and she stayed on strongly to win by an impressive three-and-a-half-lengths.

Gabrial The Tiger made all under Paul Hanagan to win a Beverley. He showed a good attitude to battle over the final furlong and held on to win by a neck. That was his 11th win of his career.

 

TIGER’S RULE AT WOLVERHAMPTON

War Tiger made it two wins in a row despite still being very green. He was keen under Tony Hamilton but did settle when he was able to get a lead. He was sat towards the rear and was pushed wide on the turn from home. He showed a good attitude to get his head in front and stayed on really nicely to win by three-quarters-of-a-length. There still looks a lot to look forward to with this War Front-colt.

Gabrial The Tiger made all under Paul Hanagan after flying out the stalls. He was headed in the final furlong but showed a great attitude to battle back and get up and win by half-a-length. It was certainly a night for the Tiger’s.

TIGER POUNCES TO FIFTH COURSE & DISTANCE WIN

We had a double at Musselburgh on their final day to bring up ten winners for the season at the track. Primeiro Boy has been knocking on the door but finally picked up his first win of his career. He tracked the leaders under apprentice Connor Murtagh and was pushed for an effort approaching the final two furlongs. He had the lead a furlong out and stayed on well under pressure to win by a short head.

Gabrial The Tiger loves Musselburgh and he picked up his fifth course and distance win. He made all under Paul Hanagan and showed a fantastic attitude to stay on when challenged over the final furlong. He wasn’t for beating and won by half-a-length.

ZIP ALONG & TIGER ROAR TO SUCCESS

Gabrial The Tiger made it four course and distance wins at Musselburgh. He had to go the long way round sitting wide under Connor Murtagh. He challenged over the final two furlongs and had the lead approaching the furlong mark. He was headed but showed a great attitude to battle back and win by a length-and-a-quarter for owner Dr Marwan Koukash.

Zip Along won really nicely at Nottingham on her handicap debut to make it two wins from four starts. She’s still green and had to be nursed into the race by jockey Paul Hanagan. When he asked her for an effort she pulled clear of her rivals to win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths for owner Sultan Ali.

30 WINNERS IN SEPTEMBER

Saturday’s four-timer meant we ended September with 30 winners. Showmethedough got the ball rolling at Ripon with a dominant display on just his third start. He was always prominent under jockey Adam McNamara and had the lead over a furlong out. He was soon clear and stayed on to win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths.

Adam then rode a double with a really strong ride on Indomeneo. This was the two-year-olds third win on his seventh start. He tracked the leaders and challenged approaching the final furlong. He had to battle all the way to the line and got up to win by a neck for Middleham Park Racing.

Sammy Jo Bell timed it perfectly to get Boundsy to get up and win on the line at Haydock. The three-year-old is such a consistent horse he’s won on three of his last four starts. He was always in contention and there were four horses all battling to the line. He showed a brilliant attitude to get up and win by a nose.

Our final winner of the day came at Chester for Dr Marwan Koukash. Gabrial The Tiger tracked the leader under Connor Murtagh and took up the lead inside the final furlong. He was challenged by our other runner Dark Devil but held on to win by a half-a-length.

100th WINNER – GABRIAL THE TIGER WINS AGAIN

It had been a frustrating day, we were on 99 winners and we couldn’t seem to find that elusive winner despite runners at several tracks. It took to penultimate race at Chester for that to change. Gabrial The Tiger is getting in the habit of winning and he likes doing it from the front. He’s now won on his last three starts each time under jockey Adam McNamara. They had a terrible draw at Chetser in 10 and had no choice but to bounce out the stalls and try and get the best position possible. This happened to be at the front and the pair made all. His rivals tried to catch him on the turn for home but the Tiger wasn’t for catching winning by three-lengths. Owner Dr Marwan Kouash was at his favourite track to welcome him back into the winners enclosure.

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It’s been another fantastic season so far for team Musley Bank who work so hard. Lets hope it continues for the second half of the season. Thank you to all of our staff, owners and horses.

ANOTHER CHESTER WINNER FOR THE DR

Gabrial The Tiger made it two wins in a row and handed owner Dr Marwan Koukash another Chester winner. The Tiger made all at Musselburgh to win earlier this month and so there was no need for jockey Adam McNamara to change the tactics. He made all at Chester and was clear of the rest of the field two furlongs from home. He was never troubled and stayed on to win by a length-and-a-half.

SATURDAY’S SIX WINNERS

What a day! Six winners across four tracks with five different jockeys. We weren’t sure it was going to be that kind of day though after a couple of seconds Richard was shouting at the television but then Mr Lupton showed that amazing attitude to win the feature race at York. Jockey Jamie Spencer was desperate to ride him and for him to run in this race after they finished third at Newmarket in May. It was a tough ask carrying top weight but with a big pot to be won it was worth the chance. Mr Lupton was given a typical Spencer ride, held up ready to pounce late. They hit the front inside the final furlong and powered clear to win by half a length. It’s been an incredible introduction to racing for owner Noel Kershaw who got involved with Mr Lupton after buying half of him at Graham Wylie’s charity day. Richard is also happy as he owns the other half. We’ll see how Mr Lupton is over the next few days but he’ll run in the Wokingham if he gets in.

 

We then doubled up at York with a Royal Applause filly making her debut. Marie Of Lyon is a horse we have always liked. She was very relaxed before the race and looked a picture in the paddock. She was held up in mid division by jockey Paul Hanagan and when they wanted to make a move they had to be patient and wait for a gap. They made headway inside the final furlong and pulled clear to win by a length-and-a-half. It was a smart performance and there’s lots to look forward to for owners Clipper Logisitics.

We also doubled up at Chester. Celebration won the Class 3 Handicap under jockey Paddy Mathers. The three-year-old has been placed on his first three starts this season so he’s been knocking on the door. He tracked the leaders and made an effort to challenge over a furlong out. He battled with the favourite Reflektor all the way to the line but got up to beat him by a neck.

We finally had a Chester winner for Dr Marwan Koukash, to say he’s been unlucky this season would be an understatement. He’s been handed some horrendous draws and his horses have been running well without winning, well that changed with Lexi’s Hero. He made all under Paddy Mathers and was only troubled in the last furlong, but we weren’t worried as it was Marwan’s other runner Ballesteros. The pair battled and Lexi rallied again to win by a neck. Marwan was there and he celebrated with a couple of soap stars Kelvin Fletcher and Ryan Thomas.

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Marwan had already had a winner with Gabrial The Tiger at Musselburgh. The four-year-old loves the track winning on all three of his starts there. He made all under jockey Adam McNamara and they set a strong pace. He stayed on really strongly and was never troubled winning by a length-and-three-quarters. Marwan is going to present the winning owners trophy to a fan at Salford’s game with Castleford in early July.

Our final and sixth winner of the day was Hidden Treasures at Leicester. She was sent off as one of the outsiders of the field at 10 to 1 but that didn’t bother her. She was always prominent under jockey Tony Hamilton. She had the lead two furlongs from home and was challenged by Flying Fantasy. Hidden Treasures rallied again and stayed on to hold off the challenge and win by a neck. A great result for owner Andrew Tinkler.