The 2019 flat season got off to the best start with a winner in the Brocklesby for Show Me Show Me. The Showcasing-colt was also our first runner for owners Ontoawinner. We like to have early two-year-old winners and Show Me Show Me showed a lot early on. He was always in contention under Paul Hanagan and had the lead approaching the final furlong. He showed a good attitude when challenged and stayed on nicely to win by three-quarters-of-a-length.

Earlier in the day George Bowen flew home late on to win at Kempton. He was having his third qualifying run ahead of the All-Weather Championships at Lingfield over Easter. He had a bit of ground to make up on the turn for home under Sebastian Woods but they challenged on the outside and stayed on really strongly to win by one-and-a-quarter-lengths.



George Bowen has been running consistently well this season and he was the impressive winner of the Scottish Steward’s Cup. He was held up in mid-division by apprentice jockey Seb Woods and was always travelling strongly. He made headway over the final furlong and pulled clear to win by two-and-three-quarter-lengths for owner Mick Scaife.

We then doubled up at the track with Spray The Sea who picked up the first win of his career. He tracked the leaders under Connor Beasley and had the lead a furlong out. He stayed on really strongly to win by three-and-a-half-lengths for owner David Armstrong.

We had another first-time-out two-year-old winner with Metallic Black at Pontefract. The Bated Breath-colt raced keenly under Tony Hamilton but made all and won my an impressive four lengths. A great result for owner and breeder Malih L Al Basti.


Three winners on day one of the Dante Festival of York was absolutely fantastic. One of the most unlikely of candidates got us off the mark in George Bowen. He hadn’t won for two years after the handicapper pulled him up to a mark he simply couldn’t win at. He also has his quirks but he wasn’t for beating yesterday. He blew his rivals away under Connor Beasley and won by six-lengths. He actually ran the five furlongs quicker than Harry Angel!

Clubbable then showed a fantastic attitude to win on her seasonal reappearance. The daughter of Mayson had to battle over the final half furlong with our other runner Zap who’s a son of Mayson. The filly got it her way battling under Paul Hanagan to win by a head for Cheveley Park Stud.

Our final winner was Charming Kid winning on his debut. He put in a very eye-catching performance despite being green and won by half-a-length. He now looks Royal Ascot bound and it could be an exciting week for owners The Cool Silk Partnership who will also have Sands Of Mali running at the meeting.


There were two striking displays at Nottingham. First was the two-year-old Great Prospector. He’s a horse we like and we were surprised he was sent off such a big price. The Elzaam colt was held up towards the rear of the field by Paul Hanagan and made headway approaching the final furlong. When he hit the front he pulled clear to win by a dominant two-lengths for owners Mr and Mrs Cotton.

George Bowen then powered to victory winning by four-and-a-half-lengths in the class 3 Handicap. To say he’s been frustrating would be an understatement so to see him win so well was fantastic. Owner Mick Scaife has had to be so patient and George finally repaid him.