Theo’s Lolly notched up his second win of the year at Pontefract. He’s a horse that always tries hard and it was great to see him get his head in front. He chased the leaders under jockey Dave Nolan and was switched to the right two furlongs from home to get a run. He hit the front inside the final furlong and despite hanging left kept on well to win by a length-and-a-half. Owner Martin Macleod was there to give him a cuddle in the winners enclosure.
Innocent Touch is a little bit quirky and we weren’t sure whether he’s been trying his best this season, but he certainly did at Ayr on Sunday. He was slowly away and had to settle for a position in the middle of the pack under jockey Tony Hamilton. He travelled well in the soft ground and started to make up ground two furlongs from home. He stayed on well in the final furlong and battled to the line with a couple of other rivals and got up to win by a neck. Innocent Touch is such a handsome horse and owners Nicholas Wrigley and Kevin Hart were delighted to see him win.
July got off to a good start with a Saturday double. There’s lots of racing to look forward to this month 5 with Saturday’s and Sunday’s. Clef showed a fantastic attitude to win at Beverley on just her second start. She tracked the leaders under jockey George Chaloner and was ridden to challenge over the final furlong. She had to battle and when she hit the front she stayed on strongly to win by a neck. Another good result for Cheveley Park Stud.
Prying Pandora eased to a four-and-a-half-length victory at Leicester under Jack Garritty. Jack rode her when she finished second to Garcia at York at the end of last season and she’s been placed on all of her five starts. She loved the soft surface at Leicester and she powered to the front and made all. She pulled clear of her rivals for an emphatic win. There were plenty of Middleham Park Racing there to welcome her back in, see if you can spot her
It’s now 35 winners for team Musley Bank this month following a double at Hamilton. Spirit Of Zeb got his first win of the season after finishing third on his first two starts after a 151 day break. He tracked the leaders under jockey Adam McNamara and had a good position on the inside rail. He took up the lead inside the final furlong and battled with Born Innocent to the line. He got up to win by a short head. That’s Adam’s 20th winner of the season and his claim is now down to 5lb.
David’s Duchess has been second on her first two starts this season so it was great to see her win so impressively. She only faced two rivals and they weren’t able to mount a challenge. She made all under Tony Hamilton and when he asked her to pull clear over the last two furlongs she obliged. She won by two-and-a-half-lengths on the bridle.
Emily Bullock had a day she will never forget at Pontefract, not only was it her 25th birthday but she rode her first winner on Belle Travers. Emily is a lovely girl who works really hard. She’s had nine rides and she gave Belle Travers a peach of a ride to win the Ladies Handicap. Belle Travers has been second on her last two starts and she didn’t have the greatest of draws, but Emily got her into a fantastic position from the start. She tracked the leader and started to make a move over the final two furlongs. Once she had the lead she pulled clear to win by an impressive four-and-a-half-lengths. Owner Mr Farr was delighted and Emily’s huge smile as she entered the parade ring said it all.
Owner Dr Marwan Koukash had to be patient in the early part of the season with many of his horses running well but not winning, well that has all changed this month with 8 winners and 12 placed horses. Saturday got off to a great start for the Salford City owner when Growl won impressively at Windsor. He loved the very soft ground and was held up towards the rear by jockey David Nolan. They were always travelling well and they made headway over the final two furlongs. Once they had the lead they pulled clear to win by two lengths. That’s Growl’s second win in a row.
Dave Nolan then partnered Gabrial to listed success in the feature on the card. Gabrial deserved a win and was held up behind the leaders ready for a late challenge. He did hang left in the final furlong to grab the far rail but stayed on strongly to win by half-a-length. Gabrial may not have won in 17 starts but during that time he has finished third in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The seven-year-old has now earnt over six hundred thousand pounds in prize money, he’s a star!
Marwan’s other winner came at his favourite course Chester. Powerallied isn’t a very big horse but he’s got a big heart and he put in an impressive performance to win the Class 3 Handicap. Jockey Franny Norton tracked the leaders and had to switch right inside the final furlong to get a run. When they did Powerallied stretched clear to win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths. Lexi’s Hero also put in a great display to finish third.
Gabrial The Tiger made it two wins in a row and handed owner Dr Marwan Koukash another Chester winner. The Tiger made all at Musselburgh to win earlier this month and so there was no need for jockey Adam McNamara to change the tactics. He made all at Chester and was clear of the rest of the field two furlongs from home. He was never troubled and stayed on to win by a length-and-a-half.
Curtain Call secured her first win of her three-year-old career at Hamilton. She won two of her four starts last season and has been running well this campaign. She tracked the leader under jockey Adam McNamara and showed a great attitude when asked to challenge. She took up the lead inside the final furlong and kept on strongly to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths. Another good result for Cheveley Park Stud.
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.