NOBLE PROSPECTOR SEALS TITLE FOR MEGAN

It was another great Saturday with four winners. Noble Prospector sealed the Ladies Silk Series title for Megan Nicholls after they timed it perfectly to win at Wolverhampton. They tracked the leaders and were travelling nicely. They challenged on the turn for home and chased down the leaders. They got up on the line to win by short head for owner John Cotton.

We had a treble at Chester and Al Rasmah got things started winning on debut. He was always in touch under Tony Hamilton and they challenged on the outside two furlongs from home. He lead inside the final furlong and stayed on to win by a length for owner Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum.

Powerallied gave Dr Marwan Koukash a nice winner. He didn’t have the best of draws but was quickly away under Barry McHugh. He was always in contention and battled really well to force a photo finish. He got up on the line to win by a nose.

Fairy Stories was the final winner of the day. She was held up in midfield by apprentice Sean Davis and they timed their run perfectly over the final furlong. She stayed on well to win by a head for The Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club.

CHESTER FOUR-TIMER

It had been a frustrating day with four placed horses at York but things took a positive turn at Chester with four winners. The first was Salam Zayed and it was a little bit of a surprise. He was sent off at 28 to 1 in the Lady Amateurs Race under Carol Bartley. He was held up in mid-division and started to make progress over the final three furlongs. Had the lead at the final maker and stayed on well to win by a length.

National League picked up the first win of his career on just his third start. He was towards the rear under Paddy Mathers and started to chase down the leaders approaching the final furlong. He ran on well towards the finish to win by three-quarters-of-a-length.

Paul Hanagan then had the ride of the night to win on Gabrial The Tiger. He flew out the stalls and came across from a bad to draw to bag the lead. He made all and stayed on well under pressure to win by a length-and-a-quarter.

Paul then gave Powerallied a great ride. He loves Chester and was always travelling really strongly. He didn’t get the clearest of runs over the final furlong but when he got some daylight he powered to the finish to get up and win on the line by a short head to hand Dr Marwan Koukash a treble on the night.

SATURDAY FIVE-TIMER

We had another excellent Saturday with a five-timer. Powerallied got things started at Chester for Dr Marwan Koukash. He had to take the long way round under Connor Murtagh travelling wide. He stayed on well when challenged inside the final furlong and held on to win by a neck.

Lucky Lucky Man handed apprentice Oakley Brown and The Musley Bank Partnership another winner, and then Jack Garritty guided Billy Bond to success. He was held up towards the rear and started to challenge over the final two furlongs. He took up the lead and held on gamely to win by a head.

We also had a double to York. Exhort has been ultra consistent and it was great to see her get her head in front for her fourth career win. She was held up towards the rear by jockey Tony Hamilton. She didn’t have much room approaching the final furlong and was switched left to get some room. She showed a great attitude when headed to get up on the line and win by three-quarters-of-a-length for Cheveley Park Stud.

Society Queen then gave Norman and Helen Steel another winner. She was held up by Tony and started to challenge inside the final two furlongs. She pulled clear to win by one-and-a-quarter-lengths.

SATURDAY FIVE-TIMER

It was great to get September off to such a strong start with a five-timer. We had three winners at Chester and Penwortham got things off to a flying start winning a valuable handicap for the Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club. He was held up by jockey Paddy Mathers and was always travelling strongly. He didn’t get a clear run and was switched right over the final two furlongs. He took up the lead and battled well with War Glory over the final furlong and stayed on to win by a half-a-length.

We doubled up in the very next race with Powerallied. Paddy was again in the saddle and gave the four-year-old a patient ride. When he asked him for an effort two furlongs from home he obliged and pulled clear of his rivals. He stayed on strongly to win by a length-and-a-quarter for owner Dr Marwan Koukash.

Our third winner at Chester was Boundsy who flew home to get up and a win by a neck for owner Kevin Mercer. The three-year-old is ultra consistent and was held up by jockey Adam McNamara. He was switched right inside the final furlong and when he saw some daylight he ran on strongly to get up and win on the line.

Crownthorpe was very impressive at Sandown winning the nursery by three-lengths. Jockey Silvestre De Sousa settled him at the rear of the field. He asked him for an effort two furlongs from home and he obliged. He’s been placed on four of his five starts so he deserved such an impressive win. A great day for the Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club.

Our final winner came at Beverley and Society Red made all to win the Class 2 Handicap. He showed a really good attitude when challenged by owner Martyn Macleod’s other runner Appointed and the fast finishing The Statesman. He stayed on to win by a neck.

3 WINNERS FOR KOUKASH INCLUDING LISTED SUCCESS FOR GABRIAL

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.

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