FOREST & GOLD WIN AT MUSSELBURGH

Coolagh Forest was very consistent as a two-year-old and he got his three-year-old off to the best start winning at Musselburgh. He tracked the leaders and had work to do approaching the final furlong. He was switched left under Paul Hanagan and showed a determined attitude to run down the leader and get up and win by a neck for owner Alan Harte.

Ventura Gold made all under apprentice Sean Davis to win for the second time this month. Sean was also onboard for his win at Leicester and they’ve struck up a good partnership. Ventura Gold showed a brilliant attitude when headed in the final furlong to find that bit more and get up on the line to win by a neck. There were plenty of Middleham Park owners there to welcome them back.

 

PLUMETTE COMES UP GOLD AT LEICESTER

We had a nice double at Leicester with wins for Plumette and Ventura Gold. Plumette had finished second on her previous three starts and we hoped she would get her head in front in the seller at Leicester. She was held up towards the rear by jockey P J McDonald. They made headway over the final two furlongs and timed their run perfectly to get up and win by half-a-length. She was sold after the race. Mr Buttons ran well to finish third.

Ventura Gold came back off a 132-day break to win under apprentice Sean Davis. He showed a great attitude to battle over the final furlong, when challenged by Elixsoft. Both horses are owned by Middleham Park Racing but it was our boy who stayed on best to win by a neck. It was Sean’s first winner in the UK since moving over from Ireland – a great start to his season.

CHIEF JUSTICE WINS OVER HURDLES

We had a rare winner over the jumps with Chief Justice at Worcester. He had his quirks on the flat especially coming out of the stalls but has taken to jumping really well and picked up his first win over hurdles on just his second start. He was always travelling well under Brian Hughes and he looked the winner approaching the second last. He stayed on really nicely to win by five-lengths for Cheveley Park Stud.

Ventura Gold made a nightmare journey to Lingfield worth while. He made all under jockey Silvestre De Sousa and when challenged over the final furlong he showed a great attitude under a driving finish to get up and win by a length-and-three-quarters.

£1M IN PRIZE MONEY AFTER 5-TIMER

It was another great Saturday for team Musley Bank with a five-timer. Roderick got the ball rolling winning on debut at Musselburgh. The Pastoral Pursuits colt was slowly away and sat towards the rear under apprentice Connor Murtagh. He started to get the hang of things and made an impression approaching the final furlong. He took the lead and stayed on to win by three-quarters-of-a-length for owner and breeder Franconson Partners.

Connor then doubled up with Ventura Gold. He sat towards the rear and creeped into the race on the rail. He chased down the leaders and was switched to the outside to get a clear run approaching the final furlong. He kept on well to win by three-quarters-of-a-length for Middleham Park Racing to hand them their 30th winner of the season.

Kodyanna showed a brilliant attitude to battle to victory in the Hilary Needler at Beverley on just her second start. The Kodiac filly sat in the middle of the field under Paul Hanagan and was asked for an effort approaching the final furlong. Paul had to be patient for the gaps to appear and when she sae daylight she picked up and battled to the line. She got up to win by a head for The Cool Silk Partnership.

Gangland won the final race on the Beverley card for owners Merchants and Missionaries. The step up in trip suited and he made all under Paul. He was clear of the rest of the field approaching the final furlong and was never challenged. He won by two-and-a-quarter-lengths.

Scofflaw won the feature on the card at Catterick coming form last to first under Connor Beasley. Sent off at 10 to 1 he made the most of a fast pace to pounce late and get up and win by half-a-length for owners Peter Timmins and John Rhodes. The five-timer meant we went past the million pound mark in prize money. Well done Team Musley Bank.

NEWCASTLE DOUBLE FOR MIDDLEHAM PARK RACING

A Tuesday evening trip to Newcastle proved fruitful for members of Middleham Park Racing with a double on the card. Ballymore Castle finally showed us what he can do winning the Claiming Stakes. He jumped well from the stalls and was held up in mid-division by jockey Andrew Mullen. He always looked to be travelling well and pressed for the lead approaching the final furlong. He hit the front and stayed on to win by a length-and-a-quarter.

Ventura Gold then bought the double up showing a great attitude to get up on the line to claim his first win. He was held up in the rear by jockey Paul Hanagan and they switched left approaching the final furlong to get a run. He ran on strongly battling with Viking Way and Elixsoft and got up in the nick of time to win by a head.