Since joining us back in May Claire Underwood was won twice and been second twice on her first four starts. She’s ultra consistent and is still learning her trade. She was always prominent under Barry McHugh and took up the lead approaching the final furlong. She stayed on well under pressure and stayed on well to win by a head for the Parker Partnership.
Essenza picked up a nice bonus race at Wolverhampton and we were delighted for owner Derek Iceton who’s had to be patient. She’s been placed five times this season and i’m glad she now knows what it’s like to win. She was always prominent under jockey Barry McHugh. She had the lead inside the final two furlongs and stayed on strongly to win by half-a-length.
We have a little bit of festive cheer to share with you. Third Time Lucky has bee playing match-maker over the last few months.
We received an email from Rory back in September explaining that he and his girlfriend Sam had attended York races in July, the first time Sam had been. They decided to back Third Time lucky as they joked if they were to marry the name would be very fitting. Rory went one step further and said ‘if he wins I will ask you to marry me.’ He admits he didn’t think it very likely.
Well he won under apprentice Oakley Brown in the pouring rain and Rory told Sam he wanted to marry her but she deserved to be asked properly.
Rory then got in touch with us, telling us he had bought the ring and was planning the surprise. He asked us to get a video of Third Time lucky nodding his head, agreeing that if asked Sam should marry Rory.
Well we are delighted that Sam said yes!!
Glad we were able to help in some small way and we wish you every happiness.
This been some good news for Jarek and Amie who have been shortlisted for the final 10 of the Godolphin awards.
Jarek was nominated in the leadership category. Jarek has worked for us for the last nine years and has been a key part of our travelling team. He is our travelling head lad and takes on a huge amount of responsibility. He manages up to six drivers making sure they keep accurate logs on their hours and have enough rest time. On a busy Saturday when we have over 30-runners organising them to get to racecourses up and down the country is no easy feat. He also makes sure all the equipment including silks, bridles and buckets are packed and ready to go. The travelling team are sometimes forgotten as they are not seen leading up or working in the yard but they are often the ones that represent the yard on the most important occasions. I cannot be at every race, every day. I rely on my travelling team to represent me. Jarek is fantastic at speaking to owners on raceday. He clearly relays my instructions for jockeys and is straight on the phone if there are any questions or problems.
Amie has been shortlisted for the community award. Amie is one of the founding members of the Take The Reins project. This is a community initiative that helps young people from inner city schools and underpriverliged backgrounds get into racing. Amie set up Take The Reins around two years ago and in that time over 40 young people have visited our yard. As a result several have signed up the Northern Racing College and are working in the industry.
They both now have to undertake phone interviews before the shortlist of 3 for each category are announced early next year. We wish them the best of luck.
Red Hot made a nice debut at Wolverhampton in November and he really came on for the run to win real nicely in a competitive race at Newcastle. He was always prominent under jockey Barry McHugh and was ridden to lead a furlong out. He ran on strongly and was never challenged. He got up to win by a length-and-a-half. She looks a nice prospect for next year for owners Clipper Logistics. It was a welcome winner for Barry too, it was his first ride back after a nasty fall at the end off the summer.
The Right Choice was given a perfectly timed ride by apprentice Sebastian Woods to get up and win at Southwell. He was slowly into stride and sat towards the rear of the field. He made headway over the final furlong taking a good position on the far rail. He got up in the dying strides to win by a nose for the Fairweather Foursome.
We had a nice double at Newcastle with Wirral Girl getting the ball rolling in the first race on the card. Russell Harris was onboard in the apprentice handicap and they were always prominent. They sat behind the leader and took up the running approaching the final two furlongs. They stayed on really strongly and won by an impressive eight-lengths for the Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club.
Dubai Acclaim picked up the second win of his career. He tracked the leader under jockey Paddy Mathers and had the lead inside the final furlong. He stayed on well under pressure and held on to win by a neck. Owners Steve and Glen Clayton were there to welcome him back into the winners enclosure.
Scofflaw made the long trip to Lingfield worthwhile with a perfectly timed run under jockey Adam McNamara. He chased the leaders and made a strong burst through runners over the final furlong to mount his challenge. He got up on the line to force a photo finish with Los Camachos and he had done enough to win by a short head.
Coolagh Forest showed a fantastic attitude to battle to victory at Wolverhampton to pick up his first win on just his second start. He tracked the leaders under Tony Hamilton and had a lot of ground to make up on the leader approaching the final furlong. He dug deep to get on terms and got up on the line to win by a nose for owner Alan Harte.
Equitant has been running well all season and she picked up her second win of the year at Chelmsford. She was always prominent under Paul Hanagan and was asked for an effort approaching the final furlong. She hit the front and stayed on strongly to win by three-quarters-of-alength.