RIBCHESTER WINS ANOTHER GROUP 1

What a horse Ribchester is. He has been on the go since travelling to Dubai in March this year and he’s still going strong. He put the disappointment of Goodwood behind him to but in another dominant performance in the Group One Prix du Moulin in Chantilly. William Buick is injured so James Doyle took the ride and he rode him with confidence. He sat just behind the leader and probably found himself in front a bit too soon he was travelling so well. He does get lonely out in front and when he was challenged by Taareef it spurred him on again and he pulled clear to win by three-quarters-of-a-length. We will now get him ready for Champions Day and the Breeders Cup mile although there is only two weeks between these two races.

RIBCHESTER BREAKS ROYAL ASCOT TRACK RECORD

Ribchester is now the best miler in the world after winning the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. He had been the short priced favourite for the race since winning the Lockinge at Newbury and it was fantastic to see him win again in such great style. Drawn one Richard was worried the runners may bounce out and race on the stand side so we sent our pacemaker Toscanini off at blistering speed down the centre of the track under Paul Hanagan. They raced down the middle and Ribchester settled nicely under William Buick. Ribchester took up the lead in the final furlong and although he did hang left he showed that brilliant turn of foot to win by a length-and-a-quarter. He broke the track record and confirmed that he goes on any ground.

William Buick loves the horse and was delighted with the performance as was owner Sheikh Mohammed.

He now has a couple of options the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood or the race he won in France last year. They are just 10 days apart so we will get him home and make a plan.

A big thank you is needed to John Murphy who rides Ribchetser every day. He has been instrumental in helping him to settle. Everyone at Musley Bank has done a fantastic job with all our horses and lets hope for many more winners.

RIBCHESTER POWERS TO LOCKINGE SUCCESS

What a day! Ribchester was just awesome in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. We were nervous before the race. He had been favourite for some time and we knew we had a big chance. He’s physically and mentally matured but he was taking on some top class horses and you just never know. It was very much plan B when Toscanini missed the start but it didn’t bother Ribchester. He was given a brilliant ride by jockey William Buick. They made all and when William asked him for an effort he made it look easy. He did hang to the right but he had the rail for company and to win the Lockinge Stakes by three-and-three-quarter-lengths is something to be very proud of.

A big thank you to John Murphy who rides him out every day and to the entire team at Musley Bank for working so hard and doing a fantastic job.

RIBCHESTER WINS GROUP 1

What a day! It’s hard to know where to begin, we had high hopes for Ribchester heading into Sunday’s Jacques le Marois at Deauville and he didn’t disappoint. He was having yet another rematch with Galileo Gold and each time he’s been getting closer. He’s always been a horse that has shown a lot of ability but it’s taken a while to get his mind right. He was given a beautiful ride by jockey William Buick who sat just behind the leader Arod under Jamie Spencer. He was always travelling well and we knew he had a big chance three furlongs from home. As Galileo Gold faded it was the french horse Vadamos who put up a challenge. Ribchester wasn’t for beating though and he pulled clear to win by half a length.

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Richard hailed Ribchester the best horse he’s ever trained and the biggest moment of his training career. He’s now likely to go for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot over a mile on British Champions Day. He will stay in training as a four-year-old which is an exciting prospect as Richard still thinks there is more to come.

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It’s another fantastic result for Godolphin and team Musley Bank. Everyone in the yard works so hard and days like this make it all worth while, so a big thank you to all of the staff.

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RIBCHESTER SHINES AT ROYAL ASCOT

What a week! We’ve had 16 winners in 6 days including Royal Ascot success with Ribchester. To say we were nervous before the race would be an understatement. Richard thought he had a big chance and had come on from his great run in the 2000 Guineas where he finished third.  When you are stood in the pre parade though and you are looking at all the other horses in the race you just hope you have got things right. Richard gave jockey William Buick plenty of confidence before the race and William gave him the perfect ride. He broke well and we were conscious not too be too far away from Gifted Master who set the pace. We sat third in the group that raced the far side and two furlongs from home it was obvious we were travelling better than anything else. William asked Ribchester to pick up and he obliged, stretching clear and staying on to win the Jersey Stakes by an impressive two-and-a-quarter lengths.

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Ribchester is now likely to renew his rivalry with 2000 Guineas Winner Galileo Gold in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

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