LIGHTNING STRIKES AT NEWCASTLE

Ventura Lightning got his head back in front for the time since his two year old season at Newcastle on Tuesday under a perfectly timed ride from jockey Tony Hamilton. Settled at the rear of the field he was nudged along over two furlongs out. Tony then began to push him along and was soon making headway over a furlong out. He was ridden inside final furlong and kept on to take lead in the final strides to win by a head. Congratulations to all owners involved in the Middleham Park Racing LXXXI & Partner syndicate.

GROWL WINS SILVER TROPHY

It was great to see Growl get his head in front and win the Silver Trophy at Ripon. He raced in the nearside group under Tony Hamilton. He was always prominent and lead that group entering the final two furlongs. He had the overall lead at the furlong pole and stayed on to win by a neck for owner Dr Marwan Koukash.

Ventura Lightning made it two from two and looks an exciting prospect for Middleham Park Racing. He was always prominent and stayed on well under pressure to win by a length-and-three-quarters. He has an entry in the Group 1 Middle Park.

Delph Crescent finally won his race after a few frustrating runs. He sat towards the rear of the field under apprentice Paula Muir and she judged the race really well. She asked him for an effort over the final three furlongs and challenged on the outside. They were clear approaching the final furlong and won by three lengths for Withernsea Thoroughbred Limited.

TWO-YEAR-OLDS SPARKLE AT THIRSK

We had two really nice two-year-old winners at Thirsk. Diamond Sparkles improved for his run at Carlisle to win nicely under apprentice Sean Davis. He was held up in midfield and started to make headway over the final two furlongs. He battled to get the lead and stayed on strongly to win by three-quarters-of-a-length for owner Mrs Richard Henry.

Ventura Lightning made a really pleasing debut for Middleham Park Racing. He tracked the leaders under Tony Hamilton and was pushed for an effort over the final furlong. Once he had daylight he stayed on strongly to get up an win by a neck.