Windsor had had a lot of rain on Monday and when the ground gets soft the jockeys tend to ride on the far side of the track. Well normally they do but on this occasion it was only Jamie Spencer onboard Young John who decided to take that route. It was a brave call and luckily it proved to be the right one. Racing on the better ground Young John was always clear of the others and he eased down to win by two-and-three-quarter-lengths. Obviously Richard is taking full credit for the tactics but Jamie did give a rather amusing interview after the race. Well done to owners Mr and Mrs Riney.
June has been a very good month and it keeps on getting better with 3 winners on Saturday. Gabrial’s Kaka has been knocking on the door in his last couple of races and I was surprised he was such a big price at Ayr at 8 to 1. The Class 2 Handicap was a competitive one with everything running having a chance but George Chaloner gave Kaka a great ride. They were in mid division and started to make a move over the final furlong. Several horses still had a big chance but when he hit the front Kaka ran on strongly to hold them off and win by a head. It was a perfectly timed ride to give owner Dr Marwan Koukash a valuable winner.
George doubled up on the day with Rose Marmara in the last. She’s run well in both of her two starts this season and she put in an excellent performance to win by five lengths. She tracked the leaders and took up the lead two furlongs from home and from that point she was never going to be caught.
We also had success in the feature race at Redcar. Nuno Tristan was held up towards the rear by jockey Tony Hamilton and started to make headway three furlongs from home. They took up the lead inside the final furlong and pulled clear to win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths. A good result for owners Nick Bradley Racing 16.
Rosebride followed up on her second at Leicester to win at Ripon and hand sire Mayson another winner. The two-year-old filly was always prominent under jockey Tony Hamilton and they lead a furlong out. She stayed on readily to win by three-quarters-of-a-length. It’s another good result for Cheveley Park Stud who also had a winner on the day at Royal Ascot with Persuasive.
Our Royal Ascot winner was followed up by a fantastic evening for apprentice jockey Hayley Irvine. Hayley partnered Royal Connoisseur to victory at Ripon to give her her first winner. Hayley has ridden in 12 races and has been placed twice and it was fantastic to see her hard work pay off. She made all on the five-year-old and they held on well towards the finish when pressed by Whispering Soul. They stayed on to win by half a length. Owners Steve and Glen Clayton were there to welcome them back into the winners enclosure and their support will have given Hayley an evening she will never forget.
What a week! We’ve had 16 winners in 6 days including Royal Ascot success with Ribchester. To say we were nervous before the race would be an understatement. Richard thought he had a big chance and had come on from his great run in the 2000 Guineas where he finished third. When you are stood in the pre parade though and you are looking at all the other horses in the race you just hope you have got things right. Richard gave jockey William Buick plenty of confidence before the race and William gave him the perfect ride. He broke well and we were conscious not too be too far away from Gifted Master who set the pace. We sat third in the group that raced the far side and two furlongs from home it was obvious we were travelling better than anything else. William asked Ribchester to pick up and he obliged, stretching clear and staying on to win the Jersey Stakes by an impressive two-and-a-quarter lengths.
Ribchester is now likely to renew his rivalry with 2000 Guineas Winner Galileo Gold in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
Lady In Question got her racing career off to a fantastic start winning at Thirsk. The Elzaam filly was a little bit green and she was held up at the rear of the field by jockey Tony Hamilton. She was always travelling well and when Tony angled her out for a run she picked up well. She hit the front inside the final furlong and held off the challenge of Peach Pavlova to win by a neck. She’s owned by Richard’s partner Amie so there wasn’t much pressure for her to perform on her debut run. Well done team Musley Bank.
We had to put a line through Private Matter‘s first run at Wetherby as he ran out of the bend and we knew he was capable of good things and he showed it at Nottingham. He took up the lead under Tony Hamilton and having the rail to race against helped him. He was always travelling the best and they easily pulled clear of the rest of the field. They won by six lengths under hands and heels, giving Mayson his fifth winner of the season.
We’ve had a great few days with 10 winners in three days and owners in form are John Rhodes and Peter Timmins with five winners since April. In My Place is responsible for two of those wins following up on his success at Redcar at the end of May with a win at Carlisle. Things didn’t go quite to plan though with jockey Adam McNamara having to work hard. He broke well from the stalls but almost seemed to pull himself up and they were four lengths off the pace at the back of the field. Adam had to really push him to get him involved and when they turned for home and got some daylight down the centre of the track they started to pick off the runners one by one. He flew down the home straight and Adam under hands and heels got him up to win by a length and a half.
Island Flame made it two wins from three starts this season with victory at Doncaster. She was sent off the outsider of the field and she can be a bit quirky. She was held up last of the four runners by jockey Paddy Mathers and they made good headway two furlongs from home. She took up the lead and despite hanging left stayed on to win by six lengths.
Don’t Touch got back on track with listed success at Salisbury. The race over at the Curragh just didn’t go right with a slow pace and although his unbeaten record was broken he was only beaten a length and we knew just to draw a line through it. At Salisbury Watchable set a good pace and Don’t Touch tracked him under Tony Hamilton. He challenged and took up the lead inside the final furlong and stayed on strongly to hold off the late challenge of Danzeno and win by a neck.