MARIE OF LYON WINS PONTEFRACT FEATURE

Marie Of Lyon put in a  really dominant display to win the Pontefract feature just three days after winning at Brighton. Adam McNamara was again in the saddle and he took up the running after a good start. They were always travelling well and were clear of her rivals approaching the final furlong. She stayed on well to win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths for owner Clipper Logistics.

Mushaireb didn’t give jockey Jack Garritty the easiest of times. He was keen and didn’t handle the bend all that well. Add to that the really wet conditions and Jack losing an iron they did really well to get up and win for Al Shaqab Racing. He ended up winning with a bit in hand and he will have learnt lots for the experience.

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The sun was shining on bank holiday Monday for a change and it was fantastic to have four winners at three different tracks. Mushaireb got things rolling winning on debut although there was a bit of a wait to find out the result in the stewards room. The Invincible Spirit colt was always in touch under jockey David Nolan at Newcastle. He was travelling well and started to make a challenge over the final furlong. His run was stopped though by Sincil Bank who hung a long way across the track and stopped our run completely. We rallied again and got up to finish second by three-quarters-of-a-length. A stewards enquiry was called and the places were reversed. It was a valuable race to win for owners Al Shaqab Racing, a total of £36,769 made up of £4,269 in prize money, £7,500 from the Plus 10 Bonus Scheme and £25,000 from the Tattersalls £25,000 Book 1 Bonus.

We had a double at Ripon starting with Forster Square notching up his first win of his career. He was held up by Paul Hanagan and started to make a challenge inside the final two furlongs. He had every chance and showed a great attitude to battle to the front and stay on to win by one-and-a-half-lengths.

Carnageo then won the next race on the card and this time it was George Chaloner in the saddle. He travelled in mid division and always looked to be going well. He needed a gap to open and when it did he battled with the favourite over the final furlong and held on well to win by a neck.

Our final winner was Innocent Touch and it was worth the long journey to Epsom for jockey Tony Hamilton. He tracked the leaders and took up the lead over the final two furlongs. He probably got the front earlier than Tony would have liked but he was travelling so well and stayed on brilliantly to win by a length.

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