Royal Connoisseur bought up our 100th winner of the year at Wolverhampton. He tracked the leaders under apprentice Sebastian Woods and took up the lead approaching the final furlong. He was driven clear and ran on strongly to win by two-and-three-quarter-lengths. A great result for owners Steve and Glen Clayton and another fantastic milestone reached for team Musley Bank.
It was another great day for team Musley Bank with five winners. We won the opening three races on the card at Catterick and then went on on to have another two on the all-weather at Newcastle.
Brian The Snail made it two wins from two starts and he did it in impressive fashion. He tracked the leaders under Tony Hamilton but picked up the lead over half way. He was well clear of his rivals entering the final furlong and ran on comfortably to secure a seven-length victory.
Apprentice jockey Natalie Hambling gave Royal Connoisseur a great ride to win his second race in a row and his fourth of the season. They have a good partnership, Natalie was in the saddle last time and she bounced him out of the stalls and was always prominent. She challenged for the lead as they approached the final furlong and they stayed on strongly to win by half-a-length.
Ballesteros picked up his first win of the season after several placed finishes. He showed a great attitude under jockey Adam McNamara to battle with Apricot Sky over the final furlong and get up and win by a neck.
Adam then travelled to Newcastle and it was worth the journey as he partnered Rashford’s Double to success. The two-year-old Zoffany colt won over course and distance earlier this month and was sent off the short priced favourite. He justified those odds winning by three-lengths under a hands and heels ride.
Spin Doctor finished off a fantastic day and it was brilliant to see her win as she’s a filly we have always liked. She was given a great ride by jockey Paddy Mathers who settled her towards the rear of the field. They made headway over the final two furlongs and challenged for the lead inside the final furlong. She had to battle with Harome all the way to the line and got up to win by a head. That victory sent us over the £3m pound mark for the season which is a fantastic achievement, thank you to all of our staff and owners!
Royal Connoisseur was given a great ride by apprentice jockey Natalie Hambling to win at Hamilton. He’s not the most straightforward of horses and he does like to hang. He was always prominent and hit the front two furlongs from home. His rivals came back at him but he wasn’t for beating and put in another effort to pull clear by two-lengths. That’s his third win this season, a great result for owners Steve and Glen Clayton and Mr Blower.
We had three winners on Friday, across three different tracks with three different jockeys for three different owners. First up was Wootton Vale who secured his first win of his career. He has been a bit disappointing and was sent off at 20 to 1. He tracked the leaders under jockey Raul Da Silva and took up the lead inside the final furlong. When he hit the front he stayed on and grabbed victory by a short head for owners John Nicholls and David Kilburn. Hopefully that will have given him a lot of confidence.
Next was an impressive debut by Belle Meade at Pontefract for owners Merchants and Missionaries. The Roderic O’Connor filly was held up behind the leaders by jockey Tony Hamilton. They went second over the final two furlongs and when they hit the front they stretched clear and eased down to win by a length-and-a-half from our other runner Right Action. The first two home were 9 lengths clear of the rest of the field and look two nice two-year-olds.
Our third and final winner was Royal Connoisseur at Hamilton. The five-year-old made all under jockey Adam McNamara and never looked liked getting caught. He won by an impressive three-lengths to secure his second win of the season.
Our Royal Ascot winner was followed up by a fantastic evening for apprentice jockey Hayley Irvine. Hayley partnered Royal Connoisseur to victory at Ripon to give her her first winner. Hayley has ridden in 12 races and has been placed twice and it was fantastic to see her hard work pay off. She made all on the five-year-old and they held on well towards the finish when pressed by Whispering Soul. They stayed on to win by half a length. Owners Steve and Glen Clayton were there to welcome them back into the winners enclosure and their support will have given Hayley an evening she will never forget.