AN IRISH BIG RACE DOUBLE

Mr Lupton and Shark Two One completed a successful double over at the Curragh on Sunday. With Mr Lupton showing that while form maybe temporary class is always permanent, while Shark Two One showed he will be a horse to follow after impressively breaking his maiden in a very competitive sales race.

Mr Lupton showed his class by winning The Bold Lad Sprint Heritage Handicap. He was always chasing the leaders over on the far side. He began to move closer to press the leaders two furlongs out and soon was disputing the lead. He was then ridden to lead in the final 150 yards and pushed clear. He kept on well to score by half-a-length under a great ride from jockey Colin Keane. Congratulations to owners N D Kershaw & Partner

Shark Two One then went and showed how good of a horse he is by winning the Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes under another great ride from Colin Keane. He chased the leaders and travelled well into the race going second two furlongs out. He then led approaching final furlong and was briefly clear, although the advantage was reduced in the closing stages, he managed to win by a short-head. Congratulations to owner Isa Salman Al Khalifa.

With the current situation we would also like to give a big thanks to Richard Brabazon and his wonderful team who looked after all our horses so well over the weekend in Ireland. It was much appreciated.

4 WINNERS AT 4 TRACKS WITH 4 JOCKEY’S

It was a great Saturday with four winners at four tracks with four different jockeys. Mr Lupton got things started in the best possible way, winning the Group 2 Greenland Stakes at the Curragh. He did what he and jockey Jamie Spencer does best coming from last to first. He ran on really strongly over the final furlong and won by three-quarters-of-a-length for owner Noel Kershaw.

Arctic Fox made it two wins in a row. She followed up her success at Newmarket earlier this month with a nice victory at York. Paddy Mathers was again in the saddle and he held her up towards the rear of the field and challenged two furlongs from home. She showed a really nice attitude to get up and win by a neck for owner Sir Robert Ogden.

Paddy Power has been in great form this season and he picked up his second win of the campaign at Goodwood. He was held up by jockey Dane O’Neill and challenged on the outside. He was clear entering the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by a length-and-three-quarters.

Gabrial The One provided Dr Marwan Koukash a winner at Chester. He was towards the rear and was pushed along four furlongs from home by apprentice jockey Sean Davis. He made headway on the outside and lead inside the final furlong. He stayed on to win by three-quarters-of-a-length.

 

GROUP 3 SUCCESS FOR MR LUPTON

Mr Lupton is a star of a horse, he always gives his best and was rewarded with a Group 3 at Newbury. Jockey Gerard Mosse had won on him before and they have built a good partnership. They chased the leaders and were second inside the final two furlongs. They picked up strongly on the soft ground and pulled clear of Take Cover to win by three-quarters-of-a-length for owner Noel Kershaw.

WINS FOR MR LUPTON, DEVIL & FRONTIER

Saturday got off to a great start with Listed success for Mr Lupton. He sat just behind the leaders under Jack Garritty as they set a strong pace. He took up the lead a furlong from home and stayed on well under pressure to win by a head for owner Noel Kershaw.

We double up at York with Northwest Frontier in the stayers’ hurdle to hand him his third win since April. He sat behind the leaders and was always travelling strongly. He lead two furlongs from home and was well in command towards the finish. He stayed on to win by three-quarters-of-a-length for owner Sir Robert Ogden.

Gabrial the Devil gave Dr Marwan Koukash another winner at Chester. He tracked the leaders under Connor Murtagh and had the lead approaching the final furlong. He stayed on gamely to win by a neck.

SANDS OF MALI WINS GROUP 2 SANDY LANE

Sands Of Mali followed up his Group 3 success at Chantilly last month winning the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock. He made all under Paul Hanagan and showed a fantastic attitude when headed by Invincible Army. The pair battled over the final 100 yards and crossed the line together. A photo was needed to separate them and the judge took his time. Sands Of Mali had held on to win by a nose for the Cool Silk Partnership.

Mr Lupton then won at York in another thrilling finish. He sat last under Tony Hamilton but he absolutely flew down the far side rail over the final furlong and timed his run perfectly to get up and win by a head. A great result for owner Noel Kershaw.

Vange then won by a massive seven lengths at Chester on just his second start. He finished second at Beverley ten days ago and he’s really improved for the run. He made all under Jack Garritty and were never going to be caught. They pulled clear to win for owners Bill and Tim Gredley.

NEWMARKET 1-2 WITH MR LUPTON & EASTERN IMPACT

It was great to have a winner at the Newmarket Guineas meeting and to have a 1-2 in the Longholes Handicap was fantastic. Eastern Impact is a previous winner of the race and he loves the track. He got first run on his rivals after always being prominent under jockey Paul Hanagan. He was chased down by stablemate Mr Lupton though who timed his run perfectly under Gerald Mosse to win by a length-and-a-quarter. Both horses ran a great race both their owners Noel Kershaw and the Barker family.

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.