Illusions picked up the first win of her career at Pontefract under jockey Paddy Mathers. She was slightly hampered at the start and had to chase the leaders out wide. She rallied over the final two furlongs and stayed on strongly to take up the lead. She stayed on well to win by  a length-and-a-half.

We then doubled up with Gin In The Inn. He’s been disappointing of late, had a terrible draw and was sent off at 25 to 1. He had to race wide under Paul Hanagan but was always travelling well and was second at the two furlong pole. He lead entering the final furlong and held on under pressure to win by a short head.



Three racecourses and three winners on a busy Saturday. Gin In The Inn got the ball rolling at Ripon for Dean and Stella Hardman. He tracked the leaders under jockey Kieran O’Neill and started to make his challenge approaching the final two furlongs. He hit the front and and stayed on well in the soft conditions to win by half a length. It was a well timed win as Dean and Stella had organised a pub outing to watch him run. Over 40 people from the Crown Inn Heywood were there to see him win.

Inviolable Spirit then picked up the second win of his career in very testing ground at Leicester. He was keen early on under Paul Hanagan and made all. He showed a great attitude to stay on gamely when challenged over the final furlong to stay on and win by a neck.

Lady In Question then bought up the treble with a dominant performance at Doncaster. She tracked the leader under Paul Hanagan and was always travelling nicely. She took the lead over a furlong out and stayed on strongly when under pressure to win by a length.


Gin In The Inn won impressively at Redcar last month and was put up 7lbs by the handicapper. He was still sent off the even money favourite at Pontefract and punters were proved right. He track the leaders under jockey Paul Hanagan and took up the lead over the final two furlongs. He stretched clear of his rivals to win by a massive six lengths for owners Dean and Stella Hardman. He’ll be entered again quickly before the handicapper can have his say.


It was a great Easter Monday for owners Dean and Stella Hardman at Redcar. Grandad’s World ran a great race to finish third and then Gin In The Inn won in impressive style. He was held up towards the back of the field by jockey Paul Hanagan. They slowly crept into the race on the stand side and challenged the leaders over the final furlong. He pulled clear of his rivals to win by two-and-a-quater-lengths.


It was fantastic to see Gin In The Inn win so well at Pontefract. He’s taken a while to come right this season after a long break but he won in style at the Yorkshire track. He was sat at the back under jockey Paul Hanagan but started to make headway over the final furlong. Once he hit the front he pulled clear and stayed on strongly to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths. A great result for owners Dean and Stella Hardman.