ALBEN SPIRIT 150th WINNER

Alben Spirit was our 150th winner this season and continues our great run with our two-year-olds. The Invincible Spirit-colt ran well on its first two runs and was sent off the 7 to 4 favourite at Pontefract. He tracked the leaders under Tony Hamilton and was pushed to challenge a furlong from home. He hit the front and stayed on to win by a length for owners Mick Scaife and Kenny Shannon.

DUBAI ACCLAIM DOUBLES UP

Dubai Acclaim followed up his success in the Leger Legends race with a win at Beverley. Sean Davis was in the saddle this time and they were always in touch. They challenged approaching the final furlong and took up the lead. They stayed on well to win by half-a-length for owners Steve and Glen Clayton.

FAIRY STORIES & KINGSON WIN AT HAMILTON

We had a nice double at Hamilton with both Fairy Stories and Kingson winning. Fairy Stories followed up her win at Chester at the end of August with another solid display for the Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club. She was held up towards the rear of the field by apprentice Sean Davis. She made good headway to lead approaching the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by three-quarters-of-a-length.

Kingson picked up the first win of his career. He was slowly away under Paul Hanagan and had to sit at the rear of the field. He was pushed along three furlongs from home and ran down the leaders over the final furlong. He hit the front and stayed on to win by a head for owners Mr and Mrs P Ashton.

KUWAIT SHIELDS PICKS UP FIRST WIN

Kuwait Shield secured his first win on his fourth start. Barry McHugh was in the saddle and they were always prominent. They made headway over the final two furlongs and took up the lead approaching the furlong pole. He’s still green and did wander a little but stayed on well to win by two-lengths.

DOUBLE UP ON FIRST DAY OF AYR

It was great to get the Ayr Western meeting off to a good start with a double. Eva Maria overcame a bad draw to win really nicely for Bill and Tim Gredley. She was held up by jockey Paul Hanagan and made headway on the outside entering the final two furlongs. They edged left and lead inside the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by a length.

Militia then won for Middleham Park Racing. He was always prominent on the far side and was pushed along a furlong from home. He took up the lead and stayed on well to win by a length-and-a-quarter.

HARTSWOOD WINS AT THIRSK

Hartswood secured his first win at Thirsk on just his third start. He didn’t have the best of draws and had to race fairly wide under Sean Davis. He made headway over the final three furlongs and hit the front at the furlong pole. He was still very green and wandered around the track but stayed on to win by a length-and-a-half. Well done to owners Percy/Green Racing 2.

GROUP 2 SUCCESS FOR SPACE TRAVELLER

Space Traveller gave owner Steve Parkin a winner he’ll remember winning the race he sponsored at Leopardstown the Group 2 Clipper Logistics Boomerang Stakes. He was given a great ride by jockey Billy Lee. They sat towards the rear and made a challenge on the outside two furlongs from home. He was third entering the final furlong and stayed on strongly under pressure to win by a neck.

WINNERS FLY IN AT CHESTER

We had three winners at Chester over two days. Noble Prospector made it two wins in a row and he’s got a good partnership with Megan Nicholls who’s been in the saddle for both victories. He was held up in touch at Chester and was switched to the outer on the turn for home. They picked up really strongly and stayed on to win by two-lengths for owners Mr and Mrs Cotton.

We then had a double for owner Dr Marwan Koukash. Gabrial The Tiger made all under Connor Murtagh and held off the fast finishing Gabrial The Devil to win by a short head. That’s the Tiger’s 13th win of his career and his 5th at the track.

Gabrial The Wire then won under Paul Hanagan. He chased the leaders and took up the lead entering the final furlong. He stayed on well to win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths.

SAMMY JO IS LEGER LEGEND

Sammy Jo Bell won the Leger Legends race two years after retiring from the saddle. Sammy was riding Dubai Acclaim and faced stiff competition from the likes of Noel Fehily and Kieren Fallon. She was happy to sit towards the rear of the field as a fast pace was set. Dubai Acclaim was always travelling strongly and he hit the front before the furlong marker. He stayed on well and fended off the late challenge of Hammer Gun and Noel Fehily to win by a short head. Owners Steve and Glen were delighted that Sammy rode then another winner and although Sammy loved the buzz she’s not temped to come back full time.

Earlier on the card Bravo Faisal won the nursery. That’s the second win of his career and he’s still a big raw horse and there’s plenty to come. He was held up in the race by Paul Hanagan and was asked to challenge a furlong out. He was still green and wandered around but kept on well towards the finish to win by half-a-length.

COOLAGH FOREST MAKES ALL IN YORK WIN

Coolagh Forest made all under Paul Hanagan to win at York. He showed a great attitude when challenged over the final two furlongs and pulled further clear to get up and win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths. A nice win for owner Alan Harte and a good birthday present for Paul.