It was great to see Growl get his head in front and win the Silver Trophy at Ripon. He raced in the nearside group under Tony Hamilton. He was always prominent and lead that group entering the final two furlongs. He had the overall lead at the furlong pole and stayed on to win by a neck for owner Dr Marwan Koukash.

Ventura Lightning made it two from two and looks an exciting prospect for Middleham Park Racing. He was always prominent and stayed on well under pressure to win by a length-and-three-quarters. He has an entry in the Group 1 Middle Park.

Delph Crescent finally won his race after a few frustrating runs. He sat towards the rear of the field under apprentice Paula Muir and she judged the race really well. She asked him for an effort over the final three furlongs and challenged on the outside. They were clear approaching the final furlong and won by three lengths for Withernsea Thoroughbred Limited.


Growl has been improving all season and he followed up on his second in a Group One on Champions day with Listed success at Doncaster. He showed his quality as the race wasn’t run to suit him with a slow enough pace set by the leaders. Jockey Graham Lee has built up a good partnership with the horse and timed his run perfectly. He had to battle with Aelous but he showed a brilliant attitude and got up to win by a nose. He deserved to win after a fantastic season and it’s a great result for owner Dr Marwan Koukash.


It had been a bit of a frustrating day with lots of placed horses at Ayr. Growl ran a brilliant race to finish second in the Ayr Gold Cup and we managed to get some black type for Rosebride and Belle Meade who finished second and third in the Group Three Firth Of Clyde Stakes. Desire was our final runner of the day and our only runner at Catterick. The four-year-old has been running well this season and was placed on her last two starts. She was held up in mid-division by jockey George Chaloner and started to make headway two furlongs out. She battled over the final furlong with Coolcalmcollected and showed a great attitude to get up on the line to win by a head.



Owner Dr Marwan Koukash had to be patient in the early part of the season with many of his horses running well but not winning, well that has all changed this month with 8 winners and 12 placed horses. Saturday got off to a great start for the Salford City owner when Growl won impressively at Windsor. He loved the very soft ground and was held up towards the rear by jockey David Nolan. They were always travelling well and they made headway over the final two furlongs. Once they had the lead they pulled clear to win by two lengths. That’s Growl’s second win in a row.

Dave Nolan then partnered Gabrial to listed success in the feature on the card. Gabrial deserved a win and was held up behind the leaders ready for a late challenge. He did hang left in the final furlong to grab the far rail but stayed on strongly to win by half-a-length. Gabrial may not have won in 17 starts but during that time he has finished third in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The seven-year-old has now earnt over six hundred thousand pounds in prize money, he’s a star!

Marwan’s other winner came at his favourite course Chester. Powerallied isn’t a very big horse but he’s got a big heart and he put in an impressive performance to win the Class 3 Handicap. Jockey Franny Norton tracked the leaders and had to switch right inside the final furlong to get a run. When they did Powerallied stretched clear to win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths. Lexi’s Hero also put in a great display to finish third.



We’re finally having a couple of winners for Dr Marwan Koukash and with Chester starting tomorrow lets hope it’s the start of a winning run. Growl has finished fourth on his first three starts since moving to us and he is a bit of a softy. Paul Hanagan rode him at Chester and felt he curled up when other horses surrounded him. He managed to get a bit of daylight at Nottingham and they started to make headway two furlongs from home. When they hit the front they stayed on strongly to win by a length.