It was beginning to look like one of those Saturday’s when things just wouldn’t go right but then Farham won at Haydock. We’ve been stop start with him ever since he arrived to Musley Bank but he’s finished second and fourth on his first two starts this season and finally got his head in front. He tracked the leaders under jockey Sammy Jo Bell and made an effort on the inside rail. He didn’t get the clearest of runs but stayed on well and held off a late challenge by Zaria to win by a short head. A great result for the Matthewman One Partnership who’ve had to be patient with this horse. Alan and Hazel were at Haydock to welcome him back into the winners enclosure.




Garcia showed a fantastic attitude to win at Beverley on only his third start. He was gelded after his first run and went on to win at York last season. He’s much more relaxed but having only had two previous starts he’s still learning. The race at Beverley, the Queen’s Own Yeomanry Handicap was a competitive one but he battled for victory. He was slow out of the stalls but soon made up ground and was in the perfect position under Tony Hamilton on the rail. In the home straight Tony spotted a gap and took his opportunity to make his move. Garcia responded but he was very green and still clearly learning. Despite that he battled with the favourite Arab Poet and Garcia got the better of his rival to win by a length-and-three-quarters.


There were lots of the Highclere Pelham syndicate there to welcome him into the winners enclosure. We also had a special winners presentation with a Yorkshire Squadron of the Queens Own Yeomanry there to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.


We had another good day at a Yorkshire track with a double at Catterick. Normandie Lady won well on just her second start. She was held up in mid division by jockey Tony Hamilton and they started to move through the field two furlongs from home. She took up the lead inside the final furlong and pulled clear to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths.


Footlight then made it a double for the fillies winning her second race in three starts. She has a good relationship with apprentice jockey Adam McNamara and they made virtually all the running. They stayed on impressively to win by three-and-a-half lengths.



It was a great start to the week with a treble at Pontefract. We won the opening two races on the card and then the lucky last. Springwood had learnt a lot from his run the Brocklesby and knew his job this time out. He tracked the leaders under Tony Hamilton and started to make an impression inside the final furlong. He stayed on impressively in the testing ground to win by a neck for the Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club.


Spring Offensive is another horse that doesn’t mind the soft ground. He was always travelling well and started to make a move two furlongs from home. He took up the lead and did hang badly right in the home straight, finishing the race on the stand rail. He had enough in hand though to win by a length and a half. He did unship apprentice jockey Adam McNamara just after the winning post as he tried to get get off the racecourse only to be stopped by a shut gate. Adam wasn’t hurt and we think Spring Offensive was just in a rush to get to the winners enclosure!

Arcano Gold was our final winner of the day. This was the four-year-olds second run back after 216 days away from the track. He tracked the leaders and took up the lead inside the final furlong. He ran on strongly to win by one and a half lengths for Middleham Park Racing. It also gave Tony Hamilton a double on the card.



Dancing Years showed what a tough filly she is winning at Nottingham. We thought she had a good chance as she had won in soft ground at Leicester and once again she showed a great attitude. She made all under jockey Tony Hamilton and pushed clear inside the final furlong. She won by one and a quarter lengths for owners Cheveley Park Stud.



Gabrial’s Kaka won the Spring Cup for a second time but on this occasion it was at Chelmsford. Richard had been unsure whether to run the six-year-old after the race was switched to the all-weather after Newbury was forced to abandon. After seeing there was just seven runners we decided to run and it’s a good job we did. He tracked the leaders under Paul Hanagan and made good headway two furlongs from home. He lead inside the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by a length and three quarters.



It is no secret that Paddy Power has been frustrating. We really liked him as a two-year-old and had high hopes but he just didn’t show on the racecourse what we were seeing at home. It does feel now that a year on the penny may have finally dropped. He put in a good performance at the Curragh to finish second last month and he went one better at Chelmsford to break his maiden tag. Hopefully this is the start of a good season for him.


Dolphin Vista made the most of a good draw to win the ‘Cock O’ The North Handicap’ at Ripon. He was drawn two and bounced out to make the running. He was always travelling strongly and didn’t mind the heavy ground. He kept on well and went on to win by half a length. A great win for owner Mr Nasib who was watching from Oman.



It was a great start for Arctic Feeling who won on his seasonal reappearance at Beverley. The 8-year-old always does well in big handicaps and the handicapper probably had the better of him last season. He’s come back down to a winning mark and loved the soft ground. He has a great partnership with jockey Sammy Jo Bell and the pair managed to find some racing room on the far rail. When she asked Arctic to pick up he obliged and they stayed on to win the feature race by half a length.


On just his second ride back since suffering a bad injury seven months ago George Chaloner rode Imshivalla to victory at Redcar. George suffered three fractures to his foot and two to his ankle when cantering a horse at Richard Whitaker’s yard in October. It’s been a long road to recovery and it was great to see him back in the winners enclosure. Imshivalla loved the soft ground and when they hit the front they were never going to be caught, winning by two-and-a-quarter lengths.