It’s been a good week for apprentice Connor Murtagh, not only did he pass his driving test but he rode his first double at Chester. The first winner came on The Wagon Wheel. She was held up in mid-division and started to make headway three furlongs from home. She did hang right approaching the final furlong and ended up on the stand side rail but showed her class and went clear. She won by a comfortable three lengths.

Connor then gave Boundsy a perfectly timed ride to get him up on the line. He started to challenge over the final furlong after chasing the leaders and battled to get up and win by a neck. He’s been placed on his last two starts so it was great to see him get his head in front for owner Kevin Mercer.


It was fantastic to see two two-year-olds maintain their unbeaten records after both winning first time out. Senator was very green when he won at Leicester last month and he still has a lot of maturing to do. The son of Frankel was held up just behind the leaders at Carlisle under jockey Tony Hamilton and they took up the lead approaching the final furlong. He ran on strongly to win by a length-and-three-quarters for Cheveley Park Stud.


The Wagon Wheel showed a great attitude to win at York on the first day of the Ebor meeting. She was always prominent under jockey Paddy Mathers and they had the lead two furlongs from home. She still showed a little bit of inexperience and edged right in the final furlong but stayed on powerfully to win by a length-and-three-quarters. It was great to see her follow up on her win at Beverley in July so convincingly.



We had more first-time out two-year-old success when The Wagon Wheel won at Beverley. The Acclamation filly was sent off the short priced favourite and took up a nice position behind the leaders under jockey Tony Hamilton. She took up the lead inside the final furlong and had to battle with Broadhaven Honey all the way to the line. She got up to win by three-quarters-of-a-length. She’s still very green and that run and win will have done her a lot of good.

Wagon Wheel