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29/12/2018 Boom, Lady Buttons puts up another strong performance to land the Mansionbet Yorkshire Silver Vase Mares' Chase L at Doncaster for in-form Philip Kirby. Richard Fahey had a winner at Southwell.
27/12/2018 Today's best result came at Wetherby with Sue Smith's Cracking Find landing the 16,245 Castleford Handicap Chase, Philip Kirby had another double and there was also a win for Ruth Jefferson, Richard Fahey had a winner at Wolverhampton.
26/12/2018 Yorkshire hopes of a bumper Boxing Day came to naught when Waiting Patiently was brought down when running well in the King George VI Chase and Wakanda could only manage fourth in the Rowland Meyrick. However there were wins at Wetherby for Ruth Jefferson and Philip Kirby , with the later also landing a double at Sedgefield where Jedd O'Keeffe also had a winner, Sue Smith struck at Market Rasen.
08/12/2018 A good day at Aintree for the Yorkshire runners with Brian Ellison's Definitly Red making all the land the Many Clouds Chase Gd2 for the second year in a row and Sue Smith's Midnight Shadow taking the 18,570 Merseyrail Handicap Hurdle. At Wetherby the local winners were provided by Philip Kirby, Ben Haslam and Nigel Tinkler, whilst our sole flat winner came courtesy of David O'Meara on Wolverhampton's evening card.
01/12/2018 A host of good races today, but slim pickings for the Yorkshire runners, we had to wait till the last at Newbury for a 'result' when Philip Kirby's indomitable Lady Buttons justified favourtisim to nicely land the 25,024 Jim Joel Memorial Trophy. David Barron and Grant Tuer both scored on Wolverhampton's evening card.
24/11/2018 Sue Smith's Vintage Clouds shone on his seasonal reappearance by staying on well to land the closing 31,280 Better Value On The Betfair Exchange Handicap Chase at Haydock this afternoon. Philip Kirby and Declan Carroll had a win apiece at Wolverhampton's evening meeting.
18/11/2018 A good day at Cheltenham for Brian Ellison with Nietzsche landing the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle G3 and stablemate Forest Bihan a decent third in the Cheltenham Chase Gd2.
17/11/2018 Good runs today for David O'Meara's Intisaab, Richard Fahey's Kimberella and David Barron's Above The Rest who were second, third and fourth respectively in the Golden Rose Stakes L at Lingfield. Ruth Jefferson's Mega Yeats led most of the way before fading in the final stages when a decent second in the Karndean Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race L at Cheltenham. Local winners at Wetherby were provided by Philip Kirby, Kevin Ryan, Mark Walford and Tim Easterby. Richard Guest took the last on Wolves' evening card.
10/11/2018 The traditional end to the flat season at Doncaster today, and I'm nothing if not a traditionalist ! Kevin Ryan has a good day with Company Asset a decisive winner of the EBF Gillies Fillies' Stakes L and stablemate Hey Jonesy a neck second in the Wentworth Stakes L. Other local winners on the card were supplied by James Bethell, Karl Burke and Roger Fell. Ruth Jefferson provided our sole NH winner at Kelso. Mark Johnston's Lucky Deal landed the 31,125 Galleywood Handicap at Chelmsford from stablemates Elegiac and Making Miracles, where Marjorie Fife also scored.
04/11/2018 Mark Johnston's Italian raid went well today with Nyaleti a neck second in the Premio Lydia Tesio G1 and the ever-game Masham Star winning the Premio Ribot Memorial Loreto Luciani G3, his twenty-fifth run of the season ! Mark Walford had a winner at Carlisle.
03/11/2018 No joy at Churchill Downs today, but earlier David O'Meara's Blue Gardenia, homebred by Sir Robert Ogden , took the EBF Montrose Fillies' Stakes L at Newmarket at the head of a Yorkshire clean sweep with Mark Johnston's Vivid Diamond a neck second and Karl Burke's Mistress of Love third, Roger Fell's Muntadab ran a creditable second in the Ben Marshall Stakes L. with the Nawton handler winning the last. Richard Guest and Julie Camacho scored at Newcastle. Over jumps it was a epic day at Wetherby with Philip Kirby's Lady Buttons taking the OLBG.com Mares' Hurdle L and Brian Ellison's Definitly Red landing the following Charlie Hall Chase Gd2, Philip Kirby then had a big race double when Nautical Nitwit, blunders notwithstanding, took the West Yorkshire Hurdle Gd2, for good measure Kirby also took the last.
02/11/2018 Boom, Kevin Ryan's East puts up a stunning performance to be second, albeit nearly seven lengths behind the winner, in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies G1 at Churchill Downs this evening, Brian Ellison's The Mackem Bullet is a respectable sixth. On the home front Brian Ellison took the last at Newmarket. No joy at Wetherby although Sue Smith's Cracking Find was a decent third in the bet365 Handicap Chase L.
01/11/2018 Mark Johnston's Dee Ex Bee again ran creditably whilst failing to really shine when third in today's Grosser Preis von Bayern G1 at Munich. Domestically David O'Meara's Isabella, homebred by Sir Robert Ogden , finished third in the EBF River Eden Fillies' Stakes L at Lingfield, Julie Camacho and Ann Duffield had wins at Newcastle whilst Micky Hammond and Philip Kirby scored at Sedgefield and Kevin Ryan did likewise at Wolverhampton's evening meet.
31/10/2018 It's all happening over the next few days. Amber Spark runs in France, Dee Ex Bee tackles the Grosser Preis von Bayern G1 tomorrow whilst East, The Mackem Bullet, Marie's Diamond and Havana Grey are all Breeder's Cup runners, not to mention Charlie Hall Chase day at Wetherby. Unfortunately (sort of) I'll be on holiday ; so no updates here !
27/10/2018 The end is nigh, it's a long time till the Lincoln, but at least there's the Breeder's Cup and November Handicap to come. Doncaster today saw Paul Midgley's Tarboosh nicely land the 28,012 Sunracing.co.uk Handicap, with John Quinn's Lord Riddiford back in third but only a nose out of second. Earlier Kevin Ryan's Morning Wonder landed the 12,938 Vertem Very Different Stockbrokers Handicap and Roger Fell took the penultimate 18,675 Crownhotel-bawtry.com Optional Claiming Handicap from David O'Meara's So Beloved.
22/10/2018 Mark Johnston's I'll Have Another is third in the Silver Tankard Stakes L at Pontefract where Richard Fahey, Karl Burke, John Quinn and Declan Carroll provide the local winners.
21/10/2018 Mission Boy, bred by Highbank Stud, lands the Gran Criterium G2 at San Siro this afternoon.
20/10/2018 And so to Champions Day. Our winner came early when Richard Fahey's Sands Of Mali ran out the convincing winner of the British Champions Sprint Stakes G1, with Kevin Ryan's Brando back in fourth. A strong performance from Sands Of Mali who's season started well but then went a little off the boil. Laurens (not to mention Gabrial and Lord Glitters) made no impression on the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes G1 but David O'Meara's Escobar was second in the 155,625 Balmoral Handicap, with Karl Burke's Mijack back in third. Locally there were wins at Catterick for Ruth Carr and David O'Meara.
13/10/2018 A fairly good day for Yorkshire, and especially for Kevin Ryan, but less so at Newmarket. The results at HQ were slightly better than yesterday with Mark Johnston's I'll Have Another second in the opening Zetland Stakes L and Richard Fahey's Forest Ranger occupying the same position (only a neck behind the winner) in the closing Darley Stakes G3, stablemate Baronial Pride having finished third in the nursery earlier on the card. On home soil at York we took the opening three races Mark Johnston's Aquarium landing the 21,788 Download The Coral App Handicap (Tim Easterby's Aasheq third), Tim Easterby's Vintage Brut back on form (again) when landing the Rockingham Stakes L (with Richard Fahey's Cosmic Law third) whilst we were guaranteed a winner in the 62,250 Coral Sprint Trophy Handicap as all seventeen runners were Yorkshire trained with Kevin Ryan's Major Jumbo. who has been knocking on the door in this sort of contest all season, coming home in front of Tim Easterby's Flying Pursuit and Richard Fahey's Kimberella. Mick Easterby and Tom Tate took the closing two races. The result of the day however came at Maisons-Laffitte where Kevin Ryan's Hello Youmzain landed the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte G2 very nicely, with a bonus winner courtesy of John Quinn's El Astronaute in the Prix de Bonneval L, in which David O'Meara's Fashion Queen was third. Hexham saw wins for Mark Walford and Jedd O'Keeffe. Nyaelti ran well but could only manage third for Mark Johnston in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes G1 at Keeneland. Meanwhile up at Woodbine Sheikha Reika, winner of the EP Taylor Stakes G1, was bred by non other than Mark Johnston.
12/10/2018 Hhhmmm, well let's hope tomorrow at Newmarket goes better for the Yorkshire raiders. Better at York where Mark Johnston's Elegiac easily landed the 62,250 Racebets Handicap, with stablemate Lynwood Gold in third and there was a valuable double for the in-form Tim Easterby as well as wins for Tony Coyle and John Quinn. Evening racing at Wolves yielded winners for Karl Burke and Mark Walford.
06/10/2018 Karl Burke's Laurens cemented her stellar reputation this afternoon when landing the Sun Chariot Stakes G1 at Newmarket ; her fourth Group One of the season, and fifth overall. She raced cleverly and looked like she knew exactly where the line was ! She is in the Champion Stakes, with the QEII or the Breeders' Cup as options. Laurens now moves to fourth on the all-time winningmost list, but it's quite a gap to Collier Hill. The following race at HQ also saw a big Yorkshire winner when Julie Camacho, having her best ever season, sent out Lorton to land the 150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes, picking up 81,165 for her efforts. Lots of placings at Ascot, but no winners, Richard Fahey's Mr Lupton kicked off proceedings when second in the opening Rous Stakes L, with Mark Johnston's progressive Communique occupying the same position in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes G3. In the next Kevin Ryan's Hey Jonesy was third in the Bengough Stakes G3 whilst Mark Johnston's Vale of Kent was best placed of the numerous Yorkshire runners when fourth in the 112,050 Bet With Ascot Challenge Cup Heritage Handicap. Redcar's big day of the year isn't brilliant for the local runners; Richard Fahey's Kodyanna is third in the 99,242 Racing UK Two Year Old Trophy L with stablemate Great Prospector occupying the same position in the Guisborough Stakes L. However Tim Easterby's Give It Some Teddy does land the 28,012 Racing UK Straight-Mile Series Final Handicap and Mark Johnston and Paul Midgley also have winners later on the card. Ollie Pears scores on Wolverhampton's evening card.
05/10/2018 A promising indicator for the weekend ahead when Kevin Ryan's East easily lands the Prix Thomas Byron G3 at Saint-Cloud this afternoon, to maintain her unbeaten record. At Ascot Mark Johnston's Austrian School was denied again when third in the Noel Murless Stakes L whilst domestic winners came courtesy of Malton's Sara Ender in the last at Hexham and Kevin Ryan at Wolverhampton.
30/09/2018 Karl Burke's Unfortunately fortunately came good today for the first time this season when landing the Renaissance Stakes G3 at Naas, the next saw Jedd O'Keeffe's Only Spoofing was a decent third in the Joe McGrath Premier Handicap. Domestically there were wins at Epsom for Mark Johnston and David O'Meara and for Kevin Ryan and Richard Fahey at Musselburgh.
29/09/2018 Arguably too many fourths at Newmarket today, but lets get the silver lining out of the way first; Brian Ellison's The Mackem Bullet put up a stellar performance when second, only beaten a neck in the Cheveley Park Stakes G1, Signora Cabello finished well down the field. Earlier Mark Johnston's Victory Command was fourth in the Royal Lodge Stakes G2, with the same position occupied by stablemate Marie's Diamond in the Middle Park Stakes G1, one place ahead of Kevin Ryan's Emaraaty Ana. In a change to the theme Johnston's top-weighted I'll Have Another was a respectable third in the 31,125 EBF 'Jersey Lily' Fillies' Nursery Handicap whilst Roger Fell's Muntadab took the closing 12,938 Newmarket Journal Handicap. Haydock saw the Paul Midgley pair of Tarboosh and Final Venture finish second and third respectively in the 31,125 Smarkets Handicap. Down the road at Chester there were winners for Kevin Ryan (Princes des Sables in the 11,828 Golden Square Shopping Centre Nursery) and Tim Easterby. Local winners at Ripon come from David O'Meara, Declan Carroll, Rebecca Bastiman (Royal Brave in the 15,562 Ripon Cathedral City Of The Dales Handicap) and Tim Easterby .
28/09/2018 Day two of the Cambridgeshire meeting, and mixed fortunes for Team Johnston ; Main Edition started favourite for the Rockfel Stakes G2 but could only manage a respectable but not stellar third place. Later on the card however stablemate Communique (also favourite), having his twelfth run of the season, held on by a neck in the Godolphin Stakes L, his first black type win. Kevin Ryan's Everything For You was second in the Silver Cambridgeshire with Brian Ellison's Little Jo in third. Haydock saw winners for Jason Ward (having easily his best ever season, regardless of what criteria you employ to measure such things) and Roger Fell. Evening racing at Newcastle yielded a win for Antony Brittain
27/09/2018 Mark Johnston's Threading was third in yesterday's Foundation Stakes L at Goodwood, but the team did better today when Arctic Sound easily made the leap from nursery company when running out the convincing winner of the Somerville Tattersall Stakes G3 at Newmarket, hopefully an omen for the feast awaiting us over the next few days ! Local winners at Pontefract came courtesy of a Richard Fahey double and a winner for Paul Midgley.
22/09/2018 Oddly, for Ayr Gold Cup day, the primary Yorkshire successes today were at Newbury. The highlight came in the Dubai International Airport World Trophy G3 which went the way of Richard Fahey's Mr Lupton, with David Griffiths' Take Cover in second. Stealing Mr Lupton's thunder the retirement of Take Cover was announced after the race, the admirable winner of over 750,000 for connections. Earlier Karl Burke's True Mason ran well to finish second in the Mill Reef Stakes G2 (Marie's Diamond was withdrawn) whilst Mark Johnston's Aquarium was third in the 46,688 Dubai Duty Free Handicap. Ayr saw a David O'Meara double, including Waarif in the 18,675 Wm Hill Supporting The Fight Against Parkinson's Handicap. There was a historic dead-heat in the Ayr Gold Cup itself, with Tim Easterby's Flying Pursuit a nice third, a position occupied by the stables Confessional in thr 37,350 Ayr Silver Cup in which David O'Meara's Al Qahwa was second. Kevin Ryan's Queen Jo Jo was best of the Yorkshire runners in the Firth of Clyde Stakes G3, finishing fourth, whilst Tim Easterby's Aasheq and Kevin Ryan's Erik The Red occupied second and third respectively in the 15,562 Wm Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Handicap (aka the Kilkerran Cup). Paul Midgley won the last at Newmarket and Declan Carroll provided the only local winner at Catterick, although Mark Johnston's Star Of The East was second in the 15,562 Bapp Group Of Companies Handicap, ahead of James Bethell's New Society. Chelmsford saw Richard Fahey's Fool For You finish third in the 29,110 Vintage & Prestige Cars Handicap. At Cologone, of all places, Mark Johnston's I'll Have Another landed the Preis des Medienhauses DuMont Rheinland L, to follow up her Germany Group Three second three weeks ago, Johnston also scored on Wolves' evening card.
21/09/2018 Day Two of Ayr's Western Meeting (can't bring myself to call it the Ayr Gold Cup Festival) and finally there's some Yorkshire interest when 'we' field most of the runners in the Harry Rosebery Stakes L and are rewarded with second to sixth places Tim Easterby's Vintage Brut returning to form when a neck second ahead of Kevin Ryan's Secret Venture. Earlier Karl Burke had landed the 15,562 Shadwell Stallions Nursery Handicap whilst subsequently Richard Fahey's Lucky Lucky Man took the 18,675 Ayr Bronze Cup, Mick and Tim Easterby round out our winners when taking the last two on the card. Further afield Mark Johnston takes the 16,172 Dubai Duty Free Handicap at Newbury with Communique, his fourth win of the season. At Newcastle's evening meeting there are winners for Ruth Carr and Ben Haslam.
17/09/2018 All of a sudden 'Monday' posts from me are becoming slightly less rare. Today Richard Fahey's largely unheralded Space Traveller was a decent second in the Prix Eclipse G3 at Maisons-Laffitte, if nothing else showing why he ran in the Gimcrack. A nice sort for Clipper Logistics (aka Yorkshire owner-breeder Steve Parkin) to dream about over the winter months. Otherwise the usual domestic fayre with a winner at Hexham for Julia Brooke.
16/09/2018 Incredibly Karl Burke strikes again at the highest level on Irish Champions Weekend when Havana Grey lands the Flying Five Stakes G1, what a weekend for Spigot Lodge!, David Griffiths' Take Cover is fifth. Mark Johnston's Main Edition could only manage fifth in the Moyglare G1 whilst Marjorie Fife's My Amigo was a decent third in the opening EBF 'Bold Lad' Sprint Premier Handicap.
15/09/2018 Thank god for Laurens, and fingers crossed for Lord Glitters. Karl Burke's Queen Of Middleham, Laurens, put up arguably her best run of the season to deny hot favourite Alpha Centauri and land the Matron Stakes G1, her season third and career fourth Group One race. Presumably the Sun Chariot or even the QEII beckon next .... or maybe the l'Opera and/or Champion Stakes, so many options for this brilliant filly, who now moves ahead of Mondialiste in the all-time winning most list. But Leopardstown wasn't finished for the Yorkshire raiders with Richard Fahey's Zap landing the closing E88,500 EBF 'Sovereign Path' Premier Handicap by a neck. Doncaster was somewhat less successful, Geoff Harker's Wentworth Falls was a decent third in the 37,350 Portland, Mark Johnston's Dark Vision flopped in the Champagne G2 and stablemate Dee Ex Bee held on one-paced for fourth place in the St Leger G1. At Chester Johnston's Hochfeld was second in the Stand Cup L whilst Tim Easterby, Lawrence Mullaney and Mark Walford took the last three on the card. Further afield David O'Meara had winners at both Chelmsford (where Johnston's Rufus King was second in the feature 31,125 Elsenham Handicap from Richard Fahey's Gallipoli) and Lingfield whilst Mark Johnston took the opener at Bath. It took a while to get off the mark at Musselburgh before Richard Guest took the sixth race.
14/09/2018 Oh dear, not the best of days for the locals at Doncaster, our best performance came in the 25.876 Mallard Handicap in which Mark Johnston's Austrian School was ahead for most of the closing stages only to be denied on the line, going down by a head to finish second yet again, Nigel Tinkler had a 2-3 in the penultimate race. Elsewhere Tim Easterby took the first at Salisbury and Les Eyre the last at Chester. Hopefully things will go better in the Champagne, Leger and Matron tomorrow, or at least in one of the other races such as the Portland !
13/09/2018 Doncaster moves up a gear and the locals land the richest race of the day when Kevin Ryan's The Great Heir comes home in the front in the 147,540 Weatherbys Racing Bank 2-Y-O Stakes, with Richard Fahey's Wasntexpectingthat picking up a more than useful 29,250 for third. Richard Fahey took the last from Nigel Tinkler's runner whilst Tim Easterby and Mark Johnston also had decent placings in the supporting card. Hamilton's early evening card saw winners for Ruth Carr, Tim Easterby, Tony Coyle, Kevin Ryan and Mark Johnston.
12/09/2018 As usual the St Leger meeting starts with a bit of a whimper (can't they move another big race forward ?) , but Yorkshire does well in the feature Scarbrough Stakes L with John Quinn's always gallant El Astronaute finishing second, only a head behind the winner. Earlier Mark Johnston had landed the Nursery, but that was pretty much it from Doncaster. At Carlisle Copgrove had their third homebred two year old winner within a week when the Kevin Ryan trained Triple Distilled took the nursery, other Yorkshire winners were provided by Karen Tutty and Karl Burke.
09/09/2018 At York today local runners filled all the places in the Garrowby Stakes L .... apart from first .... Kevin Ryan's Stormbringer coming home second ahead of Richard Fahey's Kimberella and Declan Carroll's Justanotherbottle. Mick Easterby took the the opener (with Yapham Mill Stud homebred Ladies First) and there were also winners for Mick Hammond and Kevin Ryan (with Copgrove homebred Three Card Trick ; the same team also had a nice winner at Haydock on Friday). Brando's second place yesterday pushes him into no 10 on the all-time Yorkshire winningmost list, but only ~5k ahead of Gabrial who continues in training, so it could yoyo for a while ! Suedois' recent exploits have also leapfrogged him ahead of Shakrespearean.
Horse Trainer Amount Best Performances
The Grey Gatsby Kevin Ryan 2,728,203 Prix du Jockey Club G1, Irish Champion Stakes G1, Dante Stakes G2, 2nd.Juddmonte International Stakes G1, Dubai Turf G1, Prince Of Wales's Stakes G1, Princess of Wales's Stakes G2, Champagne Stakes G2, Craven Stakes G3, Acomb Stakes G3
Ribchester Richard Fahey 2,641,499 Queen Anne Stakes G1, Lockinge Stakes G1, Prix Jacques le Marois G1, Prix du Moulin G1, Mill Reef Stakes G2, Jersey Stakes G3, 2nd.Queen Elizabeth II Stakes G1 (twice), Sussex Stakes G1, Gimcrack Stakes G2, 3rd.2,000 Guineas G1, Sussex Stakes G1, Dubai Turf G1
Collier Hill Alan Swinbank 2,317,161 Irish St Leger G1, Hong Kong Vase G1, Candian International G1, Gerling-Preis G2, Stockholm Cup International G3 (twice), Elnadim H, Old Newton Cup H., 2nd.Dubai Sheema Classic G1, Deutschlandpreis Preis G1, 3rd.Dubai Sheema Classic G1, Rheinland-Pokal der Sparkasse KolnBonn G1 etc.
Mondialiste David O'Meara 1,188,218 Arlington Million G1, Woodbine Mile G1, Strensall Stakes G3, Pomfret S L, 2nd.Breeders' Cup Mile G1, York Stakes G2 (twice), Lincoln Handicap, 3rd.Earl Of Sefton Stakes G3 etc.
Laurens Karl Burke 1,132,630 Prix de Diane G1, Prix Saint-Alary G1, Fillies' Mile G1, May Hill Stakes G2, 2nd.1,000 Guineas G1, Prix du Calvados G3
Suedois David O'Meara 1,060,879 Shadwell Turf Mile G1, Boomerang Stakes G2, 2nd.July Cup G1, Duke Of York Stakes G2,Lennox Stakes G2, 3rd.Sprint Cup Stakes G1, Prix de la Foret G1, Greenlands Stakes G2, Lennox Stakes G2, Summer Mile G2, City Of York Stakes G3, 4th.Breeder's Cup Mile G1
Shakespearean Mark Johnston 1,001,241 Goffs Million Mile, Solario Stakes G3, 3rd.Superlative Stakes G3
Attraction Mark Johnston 899,597 1,000 Guineas G1, Irish 1,000 Guineas G1, Coronation S G1, Sun Chariot S G1, Matron S G1, Cherry Hinton S G2, Queen Mary S G3, 2nd.Matron Stakes G1, Falmouth S G1 etc.
Jukebox Jury Mark Johnston 857,187 Preis von Europa G1, Irish St Leger G1, Jockey Club Stakes G2, Grand Prix de Deauville G2, Royal Lodge Stakes G2, Prix Kergorlay G2, Rose of Lancaster Stakes G3, 2nd.Canadian International Stakes G1, Racing Post Trophy G1, 3rd.Prix la Rochette G3
Brando Kevin Ryan 829,664 Prix Maurice de Gheest G1, Abernant Stakes G3 (x2), The Sprint Stakes G3, Ayr Gold Cup, 2nd.Sprint Cup Stakes G1, July Cup G1, Duke of York Stakes G2, Sapphire Stakes G2, Wokingham Handicap, 3rd.July Cup G1, British Champions Sprint Stakes G1 etc.
08/09/2018 Quite a few runners in big races today, but the only one who makes any real impression is Kevin Ryan's Brando, a very decent second in the 32red Sprint Cup G1 at Haydock. Mark Johnston won't be happy with his three consecutive big race fourth places at the Lancashire track, although at least Elegiac managed to go one better when third in the opening 62,250 Unitbet Handicap, Richard Fahey's Exhort is second in the closing 18,675 EBF Fillies' Handicap. Not much joy at Ascot although Kevin Ryan's Tommy Taylor is third in the 18,675 Fever-Tree Handicap. Mark Johnston does have a winner at Kempton whilst the local winners at Thirsk are provided by Richard Fahey (a double), Mick Easterby and Lawrence Mullaney. Richard Fahey also scores on Wolverhampton's evening card.
03/09/2018 Another rare Monday update ; not long after Ben Haslam records his first black type winner Middleham neighbour Jason Ward does the same when Maifalki takes the Prix Dirickx - Grand Prix De La Ville De Craon-mayenne L at Craon ; many congratulations to all connections. Slightly closer to home there are local wins at Newcastle for Jedd O'Keeffe, Karl Burke and Brian Ellison .
02/09/2018 Just one winner today, courtesy of Karl Burke at Brighton. However Mark Johnston's I'll Have Another was second in the Wackenhut Mercedes-Benz-Preis Zukunftsrennen G3 over at Baden-Baden.
01/09/2018 A busy day's racing, but all in a days work for an old timer like David Griffith's eleven year old Take Cover who put up his best performance of the season (.... this far ...) when landing the Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes L from Bryan Smart's Mythmaker and Kevin Ryan's Elnadim Star in second and third respectively. Other local wins at Beverley came from Declan Carroll, Bryan Smart and Richard Guest. At Chester Mark Johnston's Hochfeld went down by a neck in the Chester Stakes L whilst the opening 28,012 Foxy Bingo Fur-Ever Friends Handicap saw Kevin Ryan's Lualiwa a decent second from Mark Johnston's Lake Volta in third. There were Roodeye winners however courtesy of Kevin Ryan (Glass Slippers in the 12,450 Fillies' Conditions Stakes), Tim Easterby (Bossipop in the 11,828 sprint handicap) and David O'Meara. Richard Fahey had a winner at Wolverhampton whilst Mark Johnston's Titi Makfi was third in the T Von Zastrow Stutenpreis G2 at Baden-Baden.
26/08/2018 Mark Johnston's somewhat mercurial Cardsharp put up one of his better recent performances today when third, only a neck off second, in the Supreme Stakes G3 at Goodwood where Marjorie Fife and Jacqueline Coward came home with winners. At Beverley there were doubles for both Tim Easterby and Paul Midgley as well as wins for Richard Fahey, Mark Johnston and Nigel Tinkler.
25/08/2018 Ebor Day started well, but then fizzled out rather quickly before a bounce at the end. The opening Strensall Stakes G3 saw David O'Meara's Lord Glitters get his nose in front (actually half a length to be precise) for the first time this season after a string of top class placings. Stablemate Suedois was fourth in the City Of York Stakes G3 and Richard Fahey's Sabre was best of the locals when finishing third in the Roses Stakes L. The last was the 43,575 Sky Bet Apprentice Handicap which saw a Yorkshire 1-2 with Tim Easterby's appropriately named Eeh Bah Gum landing the prize from Richard Fahey's Fool For You. At Goodwood Mark Johnston's Accordance was a nice second in the Prestige Stakes G3 whilst stablemates Lake Volta and Vale of Kent were third and fourth respectively in the 62,250 Ladbrokes Bet 5 Get 20 Handicap. Johnston landed a double at Newmarket, including Star Of The East in the 28,012 Price Bailey 'Right Advice For Life' Handicap and also took the opener at Chelmsford where Brian Ellison also had a winner and Richard Fahey's Wirral Girl was second in the 16,172 Bet totescoop6 at totesport.com Fillies' Handicap. John Quinn took the opener at a no doubt packed Cartmel. Tim Easterby took the opener at Redcar's evening meeting, courtesy of daughter Emily in amateur jock mode, with further wins later for Julie Camacho and Andy Crook.
24/08/2018 Today was Hambleton day at the Ebor Meeting. Not only did Kevin Ryan land the Gimcrack Stakes G2 with Emaraaty Ana, but in the next Bryan Smart's game campaigner Alpha Delphini ran the race of his life to land the Nunthorpe Stakes G1 by the smallest of noses, with Karl Burke's Havana Grey a respectable fifth. After a string of seconds this was Yorkshire's first domestic Group One of the season, and very well deserved indeed for Beverley based owner-breeder Marie Matthews, who also bred former Smart stablestar Tangerine Trees .... from the same mare ! There will be fireworks atop Sutton Bank tonight !! Earlier Declan Carroll's Titus landed the opening 43,575 Sky Bet Handicap, with Karl Burke's Kelly's Dino in third, whilst it was Burke's turn for glory in the ridiculously valuable 43,575 EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes, courtesy of Commanding Officer. Elsewhere Marjorie Fife took the opener at Salisbury's evening meet.
23/08/2018 OK, so it wasn't Laurens day ....... it was Johnston Day. No winners since equalling the UK Domestic record on Saturday but today Mark Johnston finally got that elusive extra winner to clinch the record outright when the largely unfancied Poet's Society got home by a neck in the 52,912 Clipper Logistics Handicap at York, with David Barron's Kynren in second and David O'Meara's Firmament in third. An epic performance from the Master of Kingsley Park, but he's a long way from finished yet ! This was a typical Johnston performance ; the winner was having his 26th start of the season ! The opening Lowther Stakes G2 had seen Brian Ellison's Mackem Bullet denied by a nose to finish second with Kevin Ryan's Queen Jo Jo two lenghs further back in third. The following race was the 147,540 Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes and this fell to Richard Fahey's Red Balloons. Laurens made no impression on the Yorkshire Oaks G1, and it's presumably back to ten furlongs now for the Queen Of Spigot Lodge. Antony Brittain scored on Kempton's evening card.
22/08/2018 Day One of the 2018 Ebor Meeting started well but it was downhill thereafter. El Astronaute's excellent season continued when John Quinn's charge landed the opening 43,575 Sky Bet & Symphony Group Handicap by a neck from Paul Midgley's Final Venture. This was the winners tenth run of the season and he's never been out of the first four, it was also his second win at York this term and his lifetime earnings are now over 200,000. Mark Johnston's (still without that elusive additional winner to give him the outright record) Persian Moon was third in the Acomb Stakes G3 and Tim Easterby's Wells Farhh Go was fourth in the Great Voltigeur Stakes G2 whilst Kevin Ryan's Rathbone was a neck second in the closing 43,575 Sky Bet Nursery Handicap. There were winners at Carlisle for Ruth Carr, Kevin Ryan, Grant Tuer and Declan Carroll. Richard Guest took the last on Kempton's evening card. Tomorrow is Laurens Day.
20/08/2018 Rare to have anything to report on a non-Bank Holiday Monday, but this evening Richard Guest's Udontdodou landed a notable victory when taking the 46,688 Sky Bet Windsor Sprint Series Finale Handicap by a neck. Afternoon racing had seen winners for Richard Fahey, Brian Ellison and Ruth Carr at Thirsk and for Nigel Tinkler at Leicester.
19/08/2018 Yorkshie trained horses second and third in the Prix Morny G1 at Deauville this afternoon with John Quinn's Signora Cabello coming home in front of Karl Burke's True Mason, an excellent run from both. Meanwhile at Pontefract Ben Haslam took his first 'black type' win when improver Castle Hill Cassie came home in front in the EBF Flying Fillies' Stakes L, an excellent result for the team at Castle Hill Stables. Only one race at Ponty didn't go to the locals with further winners provided by Kevin Ryan (a double), Declan Carroll, James Bethell and Richard Whitaker.
18/08/2018 Ahead of the Ebor Meeting we today had Ripon's biggest race of the year and the 46,688 Great St Wilfrid Handicap went the way of David Barron's Gunmetal with Richard Fahey's Growl in third. Mick Easterby's Quick Look took the now ubiquitous 'consolation' race with other local winners provided by Tim Easterby, Chris Fairhurst (with Manor House Stud homebred Mountain Breath), David O'Meara and Mark Johnston. At Newmarket Marjorie Fife took the 'Grey Horse' handicap whilst Tim Easterby's top-weighted Staxton was a good third in the 28,012 Randox Health Handicap. At Doncaster the local winners were provided by Mark Johnston (almost at the record!), Jedd O'Keeffe, Paul Midgley and Richard Fahey. Evening racing saw Mick Easterby take the opener at Chepstow. Racing at Ponty tomorrow, but really all eyes will be on Deauville.
11/08/2018 Pride of place today went to Mark Johnston's Main Edition (although stablemate Nyaleti runs later at Arlington Park ...!) who bounced back from her disrupted run last time to take the Sweet Solera Stakes G3 at Newmarket nicely. Unusually Yorkshire had no runners on the Shergar Cup card although there were valuable placings for Nigel Tinkler's Roundhay Park (2nd in the Sprint), Paul Midgley's Line Of Reason (3rd in the Dash) and Mark Johnston's Bayshore Freeway (third in the Classic). At Haydock Communique could only manage fourth in the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes G3 whilst Gabrial was sixth. We did have winners locally at Redcar with a double for Julie Camacho as well as wins for Roger Fell, Mark Johnston and Tim Easterby. Jacqueline Coward took the opener at Ayr with help from cus Jo Mason.
05/08/2018 No joy for Yorkshire at Deauville, but consolation for some of the beaten connections at Chester where Richard Fahey's Kimberella lands the Queensferry Stakes L by a neck from Kevin Ryan's Major Jumbo. There were also Roodeye winners for Mark Johnston (another notch towards the all-time most wins record) and Nigel 'Winning Machine' Tinkler. Over at Galway there was a Yorkshire 1-2 in the EBF 'Ahonoora' Premier Handicap but, for once, Baraweez wasn't in the shake up with John Quinn's Safe Voyage coming home a neck in front of David Barron's Danielsflyer. Brian Ellison did score at Market Rasen however.
04/08/2018 Mixed fortunes for Yorkshire on the final day of Goodwood. In the opening 46,688 Stewards' Sprint Paul Midgley's Related runs creditably to be third, he was placed second in the same race two years ago. Next it's the 62,250 Summer Handicap in which Mark Johnston's Hochfeld runs well to also finish third. The principal race of the day for purists is the Gordon Stakes G3 in which Mark Johnston's Dee Ex Bee starts a hot favourite but only manages second some way behind the winner, connections believe that the gound was against him and he'll only run in the Voltigeur if it comes up soft, otherwise straight to Donnie. Next it's the 155,625 Stewards' Cup in which Declan Carroll's Justanotherbottle is narrowly edged out by a nose, he'll now head to Ayr as will, presumably, Richard Fahey's Growl who finished third. Mark Johnston's Sky Defender is second in the valuable maiden (which Dee Ex Bee won last year) whilst stable mate Vale of York, running for the second time this week, lands the 18,903 Qatar Handicap (making Johnston leading Goodwood trainer for a 12th time) and Johnston's Aquarium is third in the closing apprentice handicap. Meanwhile at Newmarket it's a stellar afternoon for Nigel Tinkler with a HQ double including Princess Power in the 24,900 EBF Fillies' Nursery, Tom Tate takes the last. At Chelmsford David Barron's Queen In Waiting lands the main race on the card, the 16,172 Bet Totequadpot At Totesport.com Handicap and there is also a victory for Mark Johnston. On home soil Julie Camacho and James Bethell both score at Doncaster whilst the Thirsk winners are headed by Tim Easterby's Mikmak in the 19,407 Thirsk Summer Cup Handicap with supporting victories from Bryan Smart and Chris 'Winning Streak' Fairhurst, with Manor House Stud homebred Mountain Breath. Evening action at Hamilton sees Yorkshire almost go through the card with only almost-Yorkshire-by-association Keith Dalgleish breaking into doubles for Richard Fahey and Kevin Ryan and wins for Paul Midgley and Jedd O'Keeffe. We have lots of runners with chances in the Maurice de Gheest at Deauville tomorrow, headed by Brando, so it could be a Group One weekend !
03/08/2018 No Yorkshire winners at Goodwood today, but two good placings with David Griffiths' standard-bearer Take Cover second in the King George Stakes G2 (Richard Fahey's Mr Lupton was fourth) and Mark Johnston's bottom-weighted Poet's Society second in the 93,375 Golden Mile Handicap. Local glory at Thirsk was provided by Tony Coyle, Tim Easterby, Richard Guest, Bryan Smart and Brian Ellison , with the later also scoring at Bangor. Evening racing sees a double for Tim Easterby at Musselburgh, where Uncle Mick, Grant Tuer and Brian Ellison also scored, whilst John Quinn scored at Newmarket.
02/08/2018 Four Yorkshire winners today on Day Four of oh so Glorious Goodwood. The biggest came in the opening 46,688 Matchbook Best Value Exchange Handicap courtesy of Mark Johnston's Communique, who has now won three handicaps this season, all worth over 40,000 to the winner. Johnston doubled up later on the card with Accordance in the valuable fillies' maiden, whilst Richard Fahey's More Than This landed the Telegraph Nursery and John Quinn's Lord Riddiford took the closing Tatler Handicap by a neck, all three of these races (the last three on the card) were worth 15,753. Our only group runners were all in the Richmond Stakes G2 with Mark Johnston's Marie's Diamond picking up a more than useful 43,000 for finishing second, having been led out unsold at 675,000 at last night's inaugral Goodwood Sale. Mark Johnston had a winner on Epsom's evening card, although spirits were dampened in the following race when the stables On A May Day broke down fatally.
01/08/2018 Goodwood, Day Two. Mark Johnston's Making Miracles is third in the second race on the card, the 46,688 Move Over To Matchbook Handicap. The next is the Molecomb Stakes G3 in which Karl Burke's Life Of Riley is a decent second and Tim Easterby's Vintage Brut fourth. Next up is the day's feature, the Sussex Stakes G1, in which David O'Meara's Lord Glitters runs a blinder to finish third, his second Group One placing of the year, with stablemate So Beloved, who ran in yesterday's Lennox Stakes as a pipe opener, finishing sixth. Amongst Yorkshire trainer horses only Laurens and Dee Ex Bee have earned more than Lord Glitters this year to date. Mark Johnston's Vale Of York is just denied in the closing 15,753 Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group Handicap, going down by a neck with James Bethell's Truth Or Dare in third. The local winners at Redcar are provided by Richard Fahey (a double), David O'Meara, Kevin Ryan, Alan Brown and Karen Tutty. David O'Meara takes the last on Leicester's evening card.
31/07/2018 Deep breath, Glorious Goodwood Day One. Mark Johnston started as he'd like to go on when Dark Vision took the second race, the Vintage Stakes G2, going away nicely to remain unbeaten after three efforts. Next up was the Lennox Stakes G2 which saw David O'Meara's Suedois finish a gallant short head second, picking up 67,080 for his efforts. Later on the card John Quinn's always reliable El Astronaute was second in the 18,903 Chelsea Barracks Handicap whilst Mark Johnston's Rebel Assault was third in the closing 15,573 Matchbook Time To Move Over Fillies' Hcap. Local winners at Beverley for Tim Easterby (both divisions of the Lady Amateurs' Handicap, and both ridden by daughter Emily!), David O'Meara (a double), Mark Johnston, Mark Walford, Rebecca Bastiman and Karen Tutty.
29/07/2018 Over in France Wales won the main event of the day, but Yorkshire recorded a 1-2 in the Prix Cabourg G3 with Karl Burke's Comedy coming home in front of Richard Fahey's Kodyanna. At Pontefract David O'Meara's Salateen was second in the Pomfret Stakes L , with Mark Johnston's Ventura Knight in third, the local winners were provided courtesy of Richard Fahey, Tim Easterby and Paul Midgley, whilst Silvestra de Sousa won four out of four. David O'Meara took the opener at Wolverhampton.
28/07/2018 Ascot kicked off with Brian Ellison's The Mackem Bullet a good third in the Princess Margaret Stakes G3, only a neck off second, the next saw James Bethell's Ulshaw Bridge finished a game second in the 28,012 Porsche Handicap. Next up was the 93,375 Gigaset International Heritage Handicap which went the way of Roger Fell's Burnt Sugar, I'm surprised he hasn't taken Arthington Barn off the market yet ! After the King George Mark Johnston's Victory Command put up a good show to land the Pat Eddery Stakes L, his fourth victory of the year. York saw a Tim Easterby 1-2 in the 31,125 Sky Bet Dash Handicap with Flying Pursuit doubling up from victory in the same race last year and Golden Apollo a neck back in second, David O'Meara's Summerghand was third. Mark Johnston's Elarqam made his 10 furlong debut in the York Stakes G2, and it was mixed messages as he was only third, but on the other hand only beaten two necks. Richard Fahey won the last two including Exhort in the 15,562 Fillies' Handicap. Tim Easterby landed his second big sprint handicap of the afternoon at Newmarket when Staxton won the 28,012 Heath Court Hotel Employee Award Handicap and Mark Johnston and Mark Walford also had winners. Chester saw wins for Mick Easterby, Richard Fahey and Phil Kirby whilst John Quinn and Richard Fahey both had doubles at Newcastle where Jedd O'Keeffe landed the 16,172 Beeswing Handicap with Breanski. Meanwhile at Deauville David O'Meara's Fashion Queen, bred by Bolton Grange, was a decent second in the Prix du Cercle L, going down by only a neck, O'Meara also scored on Lingfield's evening card.
27/07/2018 David Barron's Clon Coulis doubles up on listed victories when landing the Valiant Stakes L at Ascot this afternoon, the following race was the 18,675 JGR Handicap which went the way of Karl Burke's Kelly's Dino. Thirsk sees local wins from Declan Carroll, Richard Fahey, Nigel Tinkler and Tim Easterby. Evening racing at York (soft !) yields doubles for Richard Fahey and Mick Easterby with a sole winner for Mark Johnston who does double up with a winner at Newmarket, although his other two runners at HQ were returned as Refused to Race and Unseated Rider !
22/07/2018 Another good day offshore with Signora Cabello following up on her Royal Ascot success when landing the Prix Robert Papin G2 at Maisons-Laffitte for John Quinn with Karl Burke's True Mason back in third. Over at The Curragh Karl Burke's Havana Grey bounced back to form when landing the Sapphire Stakes G2. That's 18 Group wins thus far this term, 4 of them this weekend, compared to 29 in total last. On the domestic front there are winners at Redcar for Bryan Smart, Tim Easterby, Nigel Tinkler, Declan Carroll, Chris Fairhurst (2 wins from 3 runs in the last 14 days!) and Phil Kirby.
21/07/2018 We should have run something in the Irish Oaks ! Apart from the big race itself Yorkshire dominated at The Curragh this afternoon. The streak started in the e59,000 Tote Scurry Premier Handicap which went the way of David O'Meara's Intisaab, with David Barron's Gunmetal back in third. Next was the Anglesey Stakes G3 which fell to Mark Johnston's Marie's Diamond before a David O'Meara 1-2 in the Minstrel Stakes G2, Larchmont Lad prevailing by half a length from stablemate So Beloved. The Irish Oaks G1, for the record, fell to Yorkshireman Wm Haggas. At Newbury Bryan Smart's outsider Moojim was second in the 122,925 Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes, with Mark Johnston landing the following race. At Ripon there was a Richard Fahey double, Chris Fairhurst had his biggest winner for a number of years when bottom weight Benadalid landed the 15,563 Ripon Bell-Ringer Handicap and there were additional winners from Mark Johnston and David O'Meara. Newmarket saw a winner for John Quinn whilst Sam England scored at Cartmel. Evening racing sees wins at Haydock for David O'Meara and Declan Carroll.
20/07/2018 A busy Friday with Yorkshire runners (and winners) at all six meetings. At Newbury Mark Johnston's Natalie's Joy got back on the winning trail when landing the ITBM Rose Bowl Stakes L, with Kevin Ryan's Emaraaty Ana picking up black type in third. Nottingham saw wins for David O'Meara, Les Eyre and Mark Johnston whilst at Haydock Bryan Smart and Lawrence Mullaney did the honours. Switching to the evening meets Richard Fahey's George Bowen led home a Yorkshire 1-2-3-4 when landing the 21,165 Scottish Stewards' Cup at Hamilton where Mark Johnston's Austrian School was second in the Glasgow Stakes L and Fahey doubled up when taking the last. Paul Midgley provided our Newmarket winner whilst the locals went through the card at Pontefract courtesy of a David O'Meara double (including Waarif in the snappily named 19,407 Dickies Workwear At Junction 32 Optional Claiming Handicap) and wins for Richard Fahey, Mark Johnston (12 length winner Hibernicus), Micky Hammond and Grant Tuer.
14/07/2018 Third and final day of the July Festival at Newmarket and Roger Fell's Burnt Sugar landed another big race when taking the 74,700 Bunbury Cup Handicap nicely. The next was the July Cup G1 in which Kevin Ryan's Brando, who spread a plate at the start, was an excellent second, pushing him up to 13th in the All Time Yorkshire winningmost list. A pair of decent placings at Ascot with Ruth Carr's Poyle Vinnie and Kevin Ryan's top weighted Major Jumbo second and third respectively in the 62,250 Bet With Ascot Heritage Handicap whilst the David O'Meara duo of Lord Glitters and Suedois occupied the same places in the Summer Mile G2, with finishing distances of a neck and a short head, Mark Johnston's Elegiac was third in the 31,125 Woodford Reserve Handicap later on the card. At York Richard Fahey's Mr Lupton took the opening City Walls Stakes L from Bryan Smart's Alpha Delphini whilst Richard Fahey (the Sir Robert Ogden homebred Northwest Frontier) , Mark Johnston and Kevin Ryan took the last three, in between David Barron's Kynren, in third, was best placed of the locals in the 124,500 John Smith's Cup Handicap. Chester saw wins for Richard Fahey and Mark Walford whilst Mark Johnston's Lake Volta was fourth in the City Plate Stakes L. Mark Johnston's Dee Ex Bee never looked comfortable at Longchamp and could only manage third in the Grand Prix de Paris G1. Evening racing saw a double at Hamilton for David O'Meara and a single for Roger Fell whilst Tim Easterby had three seconds before breaking the spell in the fifth race .... with a pulled up.
13/07/2018 Day two of the July Festival starts with several bangs when Richard Fahey's Zap takes the opening 31,125 bet365 Handicap and Mark Johnston's Communique lands the third, the 49,800 bet365 Handicap, unfortunately there was a bang of the wrong sort inbetween with Johnston's Main Edition badly hampered in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes G2. In the Falmouth Stakes G1 Mark Johnston's Nyaleti fared best of his two runners, finishing fourth. York saw a Richard Fahey double with Roger Fell also amongst the winners. Evening racing at Chester resulted in wins for Richard Fahey (making it four for the day) , Mark Johnston (Rainbow Rebel, making it five wins for the year to date) and Tim Easterby , whilst Johnston also scored on Chepstow's evening card (making it three for the day). Sad news that Laura Barry, formerly apprenticed to Richard Fahey, has passed away aged 25 after losing her battle with cancer, she was due to marry tomorrow.
12/07/2018 The opening day of Newmarket's July Meeting sees Yorkshire takes the first and last with Tim Easterby's Wells Farhh Go taking the plaudits when fulfilling his promise of last season to land the Bahrain Stakes G3 by two lengths going away. In the next Richard Fahey's Charming Kid was third in the July Stakes G2, beaten only a neck out of second. Next up saw a Yorkshire 2-3 in the 62,250 bet365 Handicap with Kevin Ryan's Stormbringer second and Nigel Tinkler's Roundhay Park third. Finally Karl Burke's Midsummer night took the closing 16,173 Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap. Carlisle saw a double for Karl Burke with other winners provided by Brian Ellison and Paul Midgley whilst Adrian Nicholls and Richard Fahey scored locally at Doncaster. Evening racing at Epsom yielded a double for Mark Johnston and a winner for David O'Meara.
10/07/2018 Ten days on and another black type win for David Barron when Clon Coulis runs out the convincing winner of the Pipalong Stakes L at Pontefract this afternoon. Other local wins on the card were served up by Mark Johnston, Rebecca Bastiman, Ruth Carr and Micky Hammond whilst Tim Easterby had a winner at Uttoxeter.
07/07/2018 An excellent day at Sandown for Julie Camacho who gained her first ever Group win, indeed her first ever 'black type' win, when Judicial prevailed by a neck in the Coral Charge G3. Meanwhile Mark Johnston registered a quick big handicap double at Haydock with Making Miracles in the 62,250 bet365 Handicap (stablemate Austrian School was second) and Rainbow Rebel (having his 14th run of the year!) in the 62,250 Old Newton Cup Handicap, Bryan Smart's Mythmaker also landed the 14,006 bet365 Conditions Stakes. At number of valuable attractions at Chelmsford with Mark Johnston landing the 16,173 Bet In Play At Totesport.com Handicap, as well as the opener and John Quinn's Lord Riddiford taking the 16,173 Extra Places at Totesport.com Handicap (with Richard Fahey's Requinto Dawn in second) , Johnston's I'm A Dreamer was also second in the nursery (yep, it nursery time already!). Johnston and Karl Burke had a winner apiece at Leicester whilst at Beverley there were wins for Mark Johnston, Paul Midgley, Tim Easterby, Mark Walford and Kevin Ryan. Evening racing at Carlisle sees a double for Richard Fahey as well as wins for Geoff Harker, Bryan Smart, Simon West and Mark Johnston, Fahey also scores on Nottingham's evening card, as does Tim Easterby. So just the seven winners for Mark Johnston today !
06/07/2018 Sandown's Dragon Stakes L today saw Karl Burke's Life Of Riley finish second with Mark Johnston's Chapelli a head back in third, Johnston won the following Novice Stakes. Julie Camacho and Richard Fahey had winners at Doncaster whilst evening racing at Bevereley yielded wins for David O'Meara, Richard Fahey, Mark Johnston and Lawrence Mullaney whilst a double for Johnston at Haydock, where David O'Meara and John Quinn had also had winners, made it four for the day for Kingsley House/Park.
03/07/2018 A nice day trip to Deauville today for Team Spigot Lodge when Karl Burke's Little Kim lands the Prix du Bois G3, she is stamped Yorkshire through and through being by the former Richard Fahey charge Garswood (his first stakes winner) out of a mare by Lucky Story, trained by Mark Johnston. Domestically there were wins at Hamilton for Richard Fahey, Mick Easterby, Mark Johnston (Ventura Knight in the 18,675 Almada Mile Handicap) and David O'Meara.
30/06/2018 David Barron's Above The Rest proved to be the star turn at Newcastle today on Plate day, landing the Chipchase Stakes G3 to add to his valuable handicap win last time out, not to mention his Bunbury Cup win last term. Roger Fell and Brian Ellison also had winners whilst Mark Johnston's Watersmeet was best placed of the Yorkshire runners in the Northumberland Plate itself, finishing fourth. Tim Easterby's good run continued with a double at York where Lawrence Mullaney and Bryan Smart also had winners, the later in the 15,562 'Junp Jockey's Nunthorpe' Handicap, although calling Graham Lee a jump jockey these days is a bit of a stretch ! Geoff Harker provided our sole winner at Newmarket, although David O'Meara had a two-three in the Criterion Stakes G3 courtesy of So Beloved and Larchmont Lad respectively. At Windsor Mark Johnston's Masham Star landed the 12,450 mile handicap and Richard Fahey's Gabrial added further to his already onsiderable haul when third in the Midsummer Stakes L, only a head out of second. Chester saw yet another winner for Tim Easterby with Paul Midgley, Richard Fahey and Chris Fairhurst also scoring. Mark Johnston's Dee Ex Bee disappointed in the Irish Derby G1 although earlier stablemate Marie's Diamond was a decent second in the preceeding Railway Stakes G2, earlier on the card Paul Midgley's Line Of Reason was third in the Rockingham Premier Handicap. Evening racing sees wins at Doncaster for Mark Johnston and John Quinn whilst Harriet Bethell goes all the way to Lingfield for hers.
29/06/2018 Tim Easterby's Copper Knight ran on strongly to land the 31,125 Gosforth Park Cup at Newcastle this evening, with Paul Midgley's Orvar in third. With a winner earlier on the card as well as taking the last at Doncaster this made it a treble for the day. Also amongst the winners at Doncaster were Les Eyre, Karl Burke and James Bethell. Richard Fahey also landed a treble, winning three of the last four races at Chester, whilst Mark Walford scored at Cartmel.
27/06/2018 Carlisle's most important meeting of the year, and Yorkshire pretty much annexe proceedings. Brian Ellison and Roger Fell take the second and third races before David O'Meara's Waarif lifts the 19,407 Carlisle Bell . Next up it's the 19,407 Cumberland Plate which goes the way of Tim Easteby's Aasheq, with Kevin Ryan's Armandihan. In the Eternal Stakes L it's a one-two for Richard Fahey courtesy of Dance Diva and Clubbable, both owned by Cheveley Park Stud, and both by former Musley Bank resident Mayson, now housed at Cheveley Park. Mark Johnston takes the last at Carlisle and then at the evening meetings has a winner in the second at Kempton and takes two of the first three races at Bath, so basically four winners in under two hours !
23/06/2018 The end of the Royal Ascot circus for another 12 months, Yorkshire's only glimmers of interest today came courtesy of Richard Fahey's Sabre, second in the Windsor Castle Stakes L, and Kevin Ryan's Major Jumbo who was third in the Wokingham. Better at Ayr with a 1-2 in the feature EBF Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes L, Kevin Ryan's Elnadim Star coming home ahead of Les Eyre's Sandra's Secret, earlier Brian Ellison had landed the 18,675 Scottish Sun On Sunday Champion Handicap with bottom-weight First Flight whilst later on the card Richard Fahey's Northwest Frontier was second in the 25,876 Sunsport Handicap. Redcar saw wins for Micky Hammond, Ron Barr, David O'Meara (a double), Tim Easterby and Richard Fahey. Richard Fahey also had a double on Haydock's evening card (the second coming appropriately in the 'Hat Trick Heaven' Handicap) to make it three for the day, Karl Burke, Tim Easterby and Roger Fell also scored.
22/06/2018 Mark Johnston won the last at Royal Ascot yesterday and the first today when unbeaten Main Edition held on gamely to land the Albany Stakes G3 by a neck. Later on the card stablemate Threading was a very decent second in the Coronation Stakes G1, albeit someway behind the impressive winner. In between times Richard Fahey's Sands Of Mali was an excellent second in the Commonwealth Cup G1, coming with a late charge and may have won if he hadn't hung badly in the closing stages. Easily our best day (thus far) of Royal Ascot 2018. At equally glamorous Redcar meanwhile there were winners for Mick Easterby, Mark Johnston, Les Eyre, Nigel Tinkler and Bryan Smart. Evening racing yielded wins at Ayr for Jacqueline Coward and Richard Fahey with the later also scoring at Wetherby as did Tim Easterby and Antony Brittain.
21/06/2018 The best till last today, with Mark Johnston supplying a third of the field for Royal Ascot's 56,025 King George V Stakes Handicap there was always a reasonable chance he would provide the winner and so it proved with Baghdad prevailing by a neck and a nose. Wins at Ripon for Mark Johnston, Mick Easterby, David O'Meara and Tim Easterby.
20/06/2018 Like yesterday there was another good result in the Royal Ascot opener this time from John Quinn's Signora Cabello who gamely landed the Queen Mary Stakes G2 in an exciting finish to add to her Marygate Stakes L win. Unfortunately, again like yesterday, it was pretty much downhill from that point. Richard Fahey landed an excellent treble at Hamilton where David O'Meara and Tim Easterby also had a look in. Mark Johnston took the opener on a surprisingly valuable evening meeting at Chelmsford where Ruth Carr's Poyle Vinnie was second in the 25,876 Extra Places at totesport.com Handicap and Richard Fahey's Marie Of Lyon third in the Queen Charlotte Fillies' Stakes L. The evening meeting at Ripon meanwhile serves up wins for Mark Johnston, Nigel Tinkler (having an excellent season to date) and Richard Fahey, making four for the day for the Master of Musley Bank.
19/06/2018 Royal Ascot starts with a bang when David O'Meara's Lord Glitters is second in the opening Queen Anne Stakes G1, but then fizzled out somewhat, from seven runners in the Coventry Stakes G2 Yorkshire's best was Richard Fahey's Vange who finished fourth. On the plus side King's Stand Stakes G1 winner Blue Point was pinhooked for 110,00gns by Ebor Bloodstock in 2014, selling for 200,000gns the following year from West Moor Stud. On home soil there were wins at Thirsk for Mark Johnston (a double), Chris Fairhurst, Richard Fahey (the Sir Robert Ogden homebred Borodin) and Grant Tuer. Evening racing at Beverley saw wins for Mark Johnston, Julie Camacho, Tim Easterby and Mark Walford whilst Mark Johnston also scored at Brighton to make it four for the day, three of them ridden by Joe Fanning.
17/06/2018 What a filly ! Karl Burke's Laurens fought off wave after wave of challengers this afternoon to land the Prix de Diane G1 at Chantilly by a neck, nose, head and a nose, an early candidate for finish of the season ! In the process the more than useful 505,663 of prize money has propelled her into fifth place in the all-time winningmost list below, with Gabrial's steady accrual of prize money keeping him in the list at the expense of the admirable Borderlescot, it's only a matter of time before it becomes millionaires only. Meanwhile Mark Johnston's Cardsharp (who still has Ascot entries for next week) returned to form with a bang when landing the Cathedral Stakes L at Salisbury (with Bryan Smart's Mythmaker in third) and the same stable had a nice looking Fillies' Novice winner in Aussie View at Doncaster where Richard Fahey also scored.
Horse Trainer Amount Best Performances
The Grey Gatsby Kevin Ryan 2,728,203 Prix du Jockey Club G1, Irish Champion Stakes G1, Dante Stakes G2, 2nd.Juddmonte International Stakes G1, Dubai Turf G1, Prince Of Wales's Stakes G1, Princess of Wales's Stakes G2, Champagne Stakes G2, Craven Stakes G3, Acomb Stakes G3
Ribchester Richard Fahey 2,641,499 Queen Anne Stakes G1, Lockinge Stakes G1, Prix Jacques le Marois G1, Prix du Moulin G1, Mill Reef Stakes G2, Jersey Stakes G3, 2nd.Queen Elizabeth II Stakes G1 (twice), Sussex Stakes G1, Gimcrack Stakes G2, 3rd.2,000 Guineas G1, Sussex Stakes G1, Dubai Turf G1
Collier Hill Alan Swinbank 2,317,161 Irish St Leger G1, Hong Kong Vase G1, Candian International G1, Gerling-Preis G2, Stockholm Cup International G3 (twice), Elnadim H, Old Newton Cup H., 2nd.Dubai Sheema Classic G1, Deutschlandpreis Preis G1, 3rd.Dubai Sheema Classic G1, Rheinland-Pokal der Sparkasse KolnBonn G1 etc.
Mondialiste David O'Meara 1,188,218 Arlington Million G1, Woodbine Mile G1, Strensall Stakes G3, Pomfret S L, 2nd.Breeders' Cup Mile G1, York Stakes G2 (twice), Lincoln Handicap, 3rd.Earl Of Sefton Stakes G3 etc.
Laurens Karl Burke 1,127,905 Prix de Diane G1, Prix Saint-Alary G1, Fillies' Mile G1, May Hill Stakes G2, 2nd.2nd.1,000 Guineas G1, Prix du Calvados G3
Shakespearean Mark Johnston 1,001,241 Goffs Million Mile, Solario Stakes G3, 3rd.Superlative Stakes G3
Suedois David O'Meara 969,625 Shadwell Turf Mile G1, Boomerang Stakes G2, 2nd.July Cup G1, Duke Of York Stakes G2,3rd.Sprint Cup Stakes G1, Prix de la Foret G1, Greenlands Stakes G2, Lennox Stakes G2, City Of York Stakes G3, 4th.Breeder's Cup Mile G1
Attraction Mark Johnston 899,597 1,000 Guineas G1, Irish 1,000 Guineas G1, Coronation S G1, Sun Chariot S G1, Matron S G1, Cherry Hinton S G2, Queen Mary S G3, 2nd.Matron Stakes G1, Falmouth S G1 etc.
Jukebox Jury Mark Johnston 857,187 Preis von Europa G1, Irish St Leger G1, Jockey Club Stakes G2, Grand Prix de Deauville G2, Royal Lodge Stakes G2, Prix Kergorlay G2, Rose of Lancaster Stakes G3, 2nd.Canadian International Stakes G1, Racing Post Trophy G1, 3rd.Prix la Rochette G3
Gabrial Richard Fahey 810,464 Midsummer Stakes L, Doncaster Mile L, Lincoln Handicap, Property Weekly Handicap, Betfred Silver Bowl, 2nd.bet365 Mile G2, Celebration Mile G2, Diomed Stakes G3 (x2), Fortune Stakes L, Ganton Stakes L, Singspiel Stakes L, Pomfret Stakes L, 3rd.Queen Elizabeth II Stakes G1, Sussex Stakes G1 (x2), Summer Mile G2, Huxley Stakes G2, Superior Mile G3, Strensall Stakes G3 etc.
16/06/2018 Not quite as good at York today, but still plenty to write home about with David Barron's Above The Rest living up to his name when landing the 24,900 JCB Handicap off top weight and Kevin Ryan's Savalas a neck second in the 62,250 Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap, the locals also took the last three on the card courtesy of Tim Easterby, James Bethell and Richard Fahey. At Sandown Karl Burke's Wings Of The Rock was a promising third in the Scurry Stakes L and Mark Johnston took the opener at Chester whilst Ruth Jefferson had a one-two in the main race at Hexham where Sue Smith also had a win. David O'Meara had a winner on Leicester's evening card. Just the small matter of Lauren's bid for classic glory tomorrow and then we have Royal Ascot.
15/06/2018 A good day at York with the locals going through the card, pride of place goes to Ruth Carr's Sovereign Debt who took the Ganton Stakes L with Richard Fahey's Another Touch a neck and a neck further back in third. Les Eyre's Sandra's Secret took the 18,675 EBF Breeders' Series Fillies' Handicap and the other wins were furnished by Mark Johnston, Richard Fahey (a double), Karl Burke and Lawrence Mullaney. Mark Johnston had a nice double at Goodwood and Tim Easterby took the last at Aintree.
09/06/2018 The Quiet Before The Ascot Storm #1. A number of good prizes today, but not much joy at the very highest levels for Yorkshire, plenty a little bit further down though. Racing centred on Haydock where David O'Meara's Larchmont Lad was a head second in the John Of Gaunt Stakes G3 and Bryan Smart's Alpha Delphini occupied the same position (by a short head) in the preceding Achilles Stakes L. Mark Johnston had landed the opening 10,350 Betway Middle Distance Handicap with Sea Youmzain and David O'Meara's Summerghand took the 10,350 Betway Dash Handicap. At Beverley Richard Fahey's maiden Kodyanna ran a corker to take the 21,788 Hilary Needler Trophy and there were also winners for Mark Walford, Brian Ellison and Richard Fahey. At Musselburgh Kevin Ryan's Major Jumbo and John Quinn's El Astronaute, both running off high weights, were second and third respectively in the 62,250 Edinburgh Gin's Scottish Sprint Cup, there was also double for Richard Fahey and wins for Tim Easterby (Dance King in the 15,562 Edinburgh Gin's Seaside Gin Handicap) and Grant Tuer. Newmarket saw David Barron's Gunmetal take the 16,172 Margaret Giffen Memorial Handicap and Mark Johnston's Aclimatise the 16,172 AHT Charity Lottery Handicap. Catterick yielded wins for Mark Johnston, Ruth Carr and Richard Fahey.
02/06/2018 Second in the Epsom Derby ; a dream come true, or a case of what could have been? Either way Mark Johnston's Dee Ex Bee ran a cracking race to occupy the runner-up berth at Epsom to equal the performance of Libertarian in 2013 defying his 20-1 odds and picking up 322,500 for his considerable efforts. Royal Ascot next or The Curragh? In the previous race Paul Midgley, the new 'sprint king', took the 61,590 Investec Corporate Banking 'Dash' Handicap with Tanasoq, in the closing 31,125 Investec Asset Management Handicap stablemate Russian Realm finished second , whilst Richard Fahey's Gabrial added to his considerable bank balance when rolling back the years to be second in the Diomed Stakes G3, stablemate Dance Diva having finished fourth in the preceding Princess Elizabeth Stakes G3. No joy at Doncaster although Mark Johnston's Lynwood Gold was third in the 31,125 Betfred Watch Sky Sports In Our Shops Handicap. At Musselburgh Mark Johnston's No Lippy landed the 12,450 Edinburgh Castle Conditions Stakes, Ann Duffield took the opener and Richard Fahey's Maggie's Angel put up a gutsy performance to be a neck second in the Maggie Dickson Stakes L. Ben Haslam had a double at Hexham where Micky Hammond also scored.
01/06/2018 With the caveat that we had no runners in the Oaks or Coronation Cup it was an excellent Day One at Epsom for Yorkshire interests. In the opening 37,350 Woodcote EBF Stakes Richard Fahey's Cosmic Law won very comfortably by six lengths. The closing 31,125 Investec Zebra Handicap went the way of Jedd O'Keeffe's Shared Equity by a neck whilst in between Mark Johnston's Lake Volta bounced back to form to land the Surrey Stakes L, with stablemate Rufus King a useful third. David O'Meara's Mythical Madness and Jason Ward's King's Pavilion were second and third respectively in the 31,125 Investec Click & Invest Mile. Catterick saw wins for Tim Easterby, Julie Camacho, Richard Fahey, Ron Barr and Ann Duffield. Tim Easterby took the opener at Doncaster's evening meeting and Mark Johnston the last, the later also had a winner at Goodwood.
27/05/2018 Much better than yesterday, in fact a sort of classic double for Yorkshire today. At Longchamp (or Longchamp Paris these days) Karl Burke's Laurens justified favourtism when landing by a short head the quasi-classic Prix Saint-Alary G1 in gutsy fashion. Meanwhile at Dusseldorf Mark Johnston's Nyaleti, also favourite, won the German 1,000 Guineas G2 by four and a half lengths, this is unquestionably a classic, but as 'only' a Group Two it's hard to classify it as such. Chantilly and Royal Ascot respectively beckon. For the record Lord Yeats finished fifth. Brian Ellison and Micky Hammond had a winner apiece at Kelso.
26/05/2018 Mark Johnston's Elarqam didn't read the script, finishing a tame sixth when 2/1 favourite for the Irish 2,000 Guineas G1 at the Curragh this afternoon, Kevin Ryan's Brando was 4th in the preceeding Greenlands Stakes G1. Still, Laurens and Nyaleti run overseas tomorrow, as indeed does the somewhat less fancied Lord Yeats. Domestically Richard Fahey led the way today with Sands Of Mali the pick of the bunch when hanging on for the Sandy Lane Stakes G2 at Haydock, Royal Ascot bound no doubt. Earlier stablemate Crownthorpe was third in the 49,800 Amix Silver Bowl whilst Mark Johnston landed the penultimate race. At York it was Mr Lupton doing the honours for Fahey when taking the 31,125 Mansionbet Sprint Handicap from John Quinn's El Astronaute and Paul Midgley's Final Venture. Mark Johnston landed the maiden and Mick Easterby took the last. Mark Johnston provided our only winner at Goodwood where his Vale Of Kent was third in the 62,250 Netbet Sport Handicap, and Sam England did likewise at Cartmel. Pride of place at Chester went to Brian Ellison's Baraweez who landed the 28,012 Caldwell Construction Handicap, Messrs Fahey and Johnston also got in on the act as did Tim Easterby when taking the last.
24/05/2018 Sandown's big evening meeting sees Tim Easterby's Vintage Brut, the joint favourite, land the National Stakes L by a neck from Richard Fahey's Sabre whilst Mark Johnston's Blown By Wind is fourth, the same position occupied by stablemate Time To Study in the Henry II Stakes G3, David Barron's Kynren is second in the Whitsun Cup. Earlier Catterick produced winners for Ann Duffield, Brian Rothwell (his first flat winner since 2014), Richard Fahey, Tim Easterby and Ruth Carr whilst Mark Johnston struck in the Class 2 Handicap at Goodwood with Love Dreams.
20/05/2018 It's increasingly rare for trainers to ship horses to beleaguered Italy, but Kevin Ryan's Naadirr made the trip today and was rewarded with third in the Premio Tudini G3. Somewhat closer to home there were winners at Ripon for David O'Meara, Richard Fahey, Les Eyre and Roger Fell.
19/05/2018 Another 1-2 for Mark Johnston , this time at Newbury with Communique and Poet's Prince in the 43,575 London Gold Cup Handicap. Johnston also had a winner at Newmarket, as did Paul Midgley, whilst Karl Burke's bottom-weighted Midsummer Knight was second in the 31,125 Betway Handicap. The locals fared OK at Thirsk with wins for Paul Midgley, Bryan Smart, David Barron and John Quinn. Evening racing at Doncaster yielded a double for Mark Johnston , making it four for the day and David O'Meara took the last.
18//05/2018 The final day of the Ebor meeting sees Mark Johnston's Threading bounce back when romping home by seven lengths in the Michael Seely Memorial Stakes L, with Richard Fahey's Dance Diva in second, the Irish 1,000 Guineas could well be on the cards next. The opening race had seen John Quinn's Signora Cabello put up an excellent performance to land the Marygate Stakes L and Mark Johnston had a 1-2 in the closing 12,031 Cystic Fibrosis Care Handicap. Jason Ward had another nice winner at Newmarket whilst Hamilton's evening card saw winners for Kevin Ryan, Tim Easterby, Mark Johnston (a 1-2 in the 15,563 Braveheart Handicap), Rebecca Bastiman and Jedd O'Keeffe. All told Mark Johnston had eight seconds today, which won't please him, albeit two of those were in races where he also saddled the winner.
17/05/2018 Middle day of the Ebor Meeting, no joy in the Dante G2 itself although Mark Johnston's Mildenberger was a decent second, Tim Easterby's Wells Farhh Go was sixth but will presumably come on for the run. John Quinn took the opening 18,675 Betfred 'Supports Jack Berry House' Handicap with El Astronaute, Mark Johnston's Love Dreams was second in the 31,125 Hambleton Handicap, with David O'Meara's Larchmont Lad third and Kevin Ryan's Hey Jonesy put up a strong performance to be second in the Westow Stakes L, beaten only a neck. The last two on the card fell to Mark Johnston and Tom Tate. Mark Johnston also had a double at Newmarket's evening meeting, making it a treble for the day.
16/05/2018 Day one of York's Ebor Meeting sees a fantastic treble for Richard Fahey headed by George Bowen in the 18,675 Infinity Tyres Handicap. Kevin Ryan's Brando found only Harry Angel too good when second in the Duke Of York Stakes G2, in which David Griffiths' Ornate was fourth.
12/05/2018 All sorts of racing, all over the place, but not a particularly good day for the Yorkshire runners. Performance of the day probably came at Lingfield where David O'Meara's Lincoln Rocks was a decent second in the Chartwell Fillies' Stakes G3. At Haydock's mixed meeting O'Meara also landed the 14,006 Pertemps Network Conditions Stakes with Intisaab from Bryan Smart's Mythmaker, Kevin Ryan took the mile handicap and Ruth Jefferson the last. Nottingham saw winners for Geoff Harker, Kevin Ryan and Karen Tutty whilst Chris Fairhurst, Micky Hammond and Mark Walford all scored at Hexham. No joy in the Victoria Cup at Ascot but Mark Johnston took the Novice Stakes. Paul Midgley, David O'Meara and James Bethell all landed winners at Thirk's evening meet.
11/05/2018 The progression of Richard Fahey's Forest Ranger continued unabated at Chester this afternoon when he landed the Huxley Stakes G2, with stablemate Gabrial picking up useful prize money in third. In the first Brian Ellison's money-spinning Baraweez landed the 21,165 Earl Grosvenor Handicap whilst in the last John Quinn's Look My Way landed the Chester Plate (no joy in the Cup itself) inbetween Mark Johnston took the apprentice handicap. Kevin Ryan landed the fillies' novice race at Nottingham with Dame Gladys, a Copgrove homebred and Jedd O'Keeffe had a winner at Market Rasen. Evening racing at Ripon saw the locals go through the card with winners for David Barron, Peter Niven, John Quinn, Ruth Carr, James Bethell and Tim Easterby (with Angels, a promising winner of the maiden).
10/05/2018 Day Two at Chester and our sole winner today is provided by Mark Johnston's progressive Austrian School in the 11,828 English Fine Cottons Handicap. The opening 21,165 Gateley PLC Handicap saw a Yorkshire 2-3 with Richard Fahey's Powerallied second with John Quinn's El Astronaute behind. The first three in the Dee Stakes L had the same protagonists as yesterday's Vase, but in a different order, Mark Johnston's King's Proctor was a promising third with Jason Ward's Shakour an eye-catching neck further back in fourth. Richard Fahey's Dark Devil was second in the last. Evening racing saw Mark Johnston land a nice 16,173 handicap at Chelmsford with Poet's Prince.
09/05/2018 Chester May Meeting Day One and it's a pretty good day for Messrs Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey. Team Kingsley Park/House started off better with No Lippy a game winner of the 14,940 Lily Agnes Condtions Stakes and Dee Ex Bee a very creditable second in the Chester Vase G3. Team Musley Bank cleaned up in the last two with Gabrial The Saint taking the 11,828 Eversheds Sutherland Handicap and The Feathered Nest the last. At Kelso there were winners for Tim Easterby, Micky Hammond, Ruth Jefferson, Gill Walford and John Quinn, Tim Easterby also scored on Wolverhampton's evening card.
06/05/2018 Two places better today when Karl Burke's Laurens is an excellent second in the 1,000 Guineas G1 at Newmarket, an exciting season ahead for Spigot Lodge. Paul Midgley's Captain Colby was third in the preceding 31,125 Longholes Handicap. Further north the Yorkshire raiders went through the card at Hamilton with wins for Rebecca Bastiman, Kevin Ryan (Savalas in the 18,675 Tangerine Trees Conditions Stakes), David Barron (Bolder Bob in the 13,695 Buttonhook Handicap), Tim Easterby, Mick Easterby, David O'Meara and Jason Ward. Chester up next.
05/05/2018 2,000 Guineas G1 day at Newmarket, Mark Johnston's Elarqam put up a reasonable performance to finish a fairly close fourth in the main event, connections are now thinking he may need further and the Dante is a possible next step. Earlier Julie Camacho's Judicial looked to have the Palace House Stakes G3 in the bag before going down by a neck in the closing stages, Bryan Smart's Alpha Delphini was third. The prior race saw Richard Fahey's Third Time Lucky finish .... third ... in the 31,125 Spring Lodge Handicap, for some reason no longer the Suffolk Handicap. Team Johnston fared better at Goodwood with Nyaleti coming up trumps in the Conqueror Filles' Stakes L and Titi Maki second in the EBF Daisy Warwick Fillies' Stakes L. Wetherby saw wins for David O'Meara, Tim Easterby, Declan Carroll and Alan Brown. Yorkshire dominated evening racing with a double for Ruth Jefferson at Hexham where Brian Ellison, Mark Walford, Tim Easterby also had winners and Chris Pimlott took the Hunter Chase at Doncaster meanwhile there was a double for David O'Meara with supporting wins provided by Richard Fahey and John Quinn.
02/05/2018 Mark Johnston's Time To Study ran well to be a decent second in the Sagaro Stakes G3 at Ascot this afternoon, albeit some five lengths adrift of the winner. At Pontefract Kevin Ryan recorded a treble by taking the first three on the card and there were also winners for Richard Fahey and Ruth Carr.
28/04/2018 Two valuable handicaps at Haydock this afternoon and both went to Yorkshire trainers with John Quinn's bottom-weighted Safe Voyage taking the 28,012 Best Odds Guaranteed at 188bet Hcap and Mick Easterby landing the 20,231 Bet And Watch at 188bet.co.uk Handicap with Gulf Of Poets, in addition David O'Meara took the last. Three winners at Leicester courtesy of Mark Johnston, Phil Kirby and Richard Fahey whilst local interests at Ripon were ably represented by Richard Fahey and Nigel Tinkler. Evening racing at Doncaster saw wins for Mark Johnston, Richard Fahey and David O'Meara whilst Antony Brittain took the last at Wolverhampton.
22/04/2018 Jedd O'Keeffe's Lord Yeats is by no means disgraced when a good second in the Vintage Crop Stakes G3 at Navan this afternoon, behind non other than Order Of St George. On home soil Sue Smith and Ruth Jefferson take the last two at Market Rasen.
21/04/2018 An excellent day at Ayr for Sue Smith with Midnight Shadow taking the Scottish Champion Hurdle Gd2 at 25-1 and Vintage Clouds a strong third in the Scottish Grand National Gd3. At Newbury Richard Fahey's Dance Diva is a promising third in the Fred Darling Stakes G3, only a short head out of second. The locals win five at Thirsk courtesy of a Kevin Ryan double and wins for Tim Easterby, Paul Midgley and Richard Fahey. Evening racing yields a double for Michael Herrington at Wolverhampton whilst David O'Meara has a winner at Nottingham where Peter Niven's Clever Cookie is third in the Further Flight Stakes L.
19/04/2018 Final day of the Craven Meeting and another good Yorkshire winner with Kevin Ryan's Brando triumphing in the Abernant Stakes G3 for the second year in a row, coming home 3/4 length in front of Sir Dancealot. Earlier Richard Fahey's Maybride had taken the opening 16,172 bet365.com Handicap. At Ripon the local winners were provided by Mark Walford, Marjorie Fife, Ruth Carr and Richard Fahey, with the later also landing a double on Newcastle's evening card for an across-the-card four timer, Bryan Smart also left Newcastle with a win.
18/04/2018 Bang, another big winner at the Craven Meeting, this time Richard Fahey's Forest Ranger looked much improved when landing the Earl Of Sefton Stakes G3 at 8-1 against strong opposition. Earlier Ruth Carr's new recruit Ower Fly finished second in the 16,172 Weatherbys GSB Handicap. Beverley was off.
17/04/2018 The phoney war is over, it's Newmarket Craven Meeting time, and proceedings certainly started well with Mark Johnston's Mildenberger, so consistent last term, staying on nicely to land the Feilden Stakes L. This then kicked off a Yorkshire treble with Karl Burke's Mijack landing the 16,172 bet365 Handicap and Kevin Ryan's Major Jumbo the closing 12,938 Quy Mill Hotel & Spa Handicap. Under Hunt rules the in-form Micky Hammond had a double at Carlisle where Brian Ellison also scored. Plenty more decent flat racing to (finally) look forward to over the next few days, and Johnston's Elarqam put up an impressive racecourse gallop this afternoon, just after Cracksman did the same.
14/04/2018 No joy in the Grand National and sure thing Sam Spinner, trained by Jedd O'Keeffe, looked very fallible when 'only' third in the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle Gd1 , although in fairness this did represent Yorkshire's best performance of the festival, Philip Kirby's admirable Lady Buttons was only beaten to third by a neck in the Maghull Novices' Chase Gd1, Kirby was also responsible for our only winner at Newcastle. Ruth Carr took the last on Wolverhampton's evening card.
13/04/2018 We may be in the middle of the Grand National meeting but result of the day today came at Chantilly where Richard Fahey's Sands Of Mali rallied strongly to land the Prix Sigy G3. No joy at Aintree but Micky Hammond had a double at Sedgefield where Joanne Foster also scored.
12/04/2018 Aintree Day One, and the only Yorkshire performance of note came in the Foxhunters' with William (son of Tim) Easterby trainer and rider of the third placed Greensalt (owned by Mum Sarah Easterby ; so a real family affair!). Roger Fell landed a double at Southwell where Ollie Pears and Richard Fahey also had winners. David Griffiths had a winner on Chelmsford's evening card.
07/04/2018 Performance of the day came at Kelso where Sue Smith's Smooth Stepper stayed on strongly to land the 31,280 Liz Adam Memorial Handicap Chase by eight lengths, also victorious at Kelso was Micky Hammond.
31/03/2018 The action today was largely centred on Musselburgh, where Yorkshire produced five winners with the leading light being Mark Johnston's Book Of Break, victorious in the 18,675 Royal Mile Handicap from Richard Fahey's Chingachgook, the other winners were provided by Kevin Ryan (a double), David O'Meara and Rebecca Bastiman. In the feature 62,250 Queen's Cup Handicap Mark Johnston's Time To Study was second, the same position occupied by Bryan Smart's Alpha Delphini in the 18,675 Borderlescott Sprint Trophy Conditions Stakes. At Kempton Karl Burke's Kelly's Dino was a decent second in the 31,125 Rosebery Handicap. Under Hunt rules Sue Smith's top-weighted Delusionofgrandeur was second in the 30,950 Smarkets Challenger Staying Chase Series Final Handicap Chase at Haydock whilst there were winners for Brian Ellison, Peter Niven and Philip Kirby at Carlisle.
30/03/2018 It might have been All-Weather Championship day at Lingfield but result of the day almost came on the All-Weather at Newcastle where Philip Kirkby's Stargazer landed the 54,987 Betway Handicap by a nose before being demoted to second in the Steward's Room, Ruth Carr took the previous race whilst Nyaleti's Guineas hopes were put to the sword in the next. At Lingfield there were lot's of placings, but no wins, Mark Johnston's Lake Volta putting up the best performance when second in the 93,375 3-Year-Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes, stablemate Watersmeet was third in the All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes whilst the Richard Fahey pair of Gallipoli and Kimberella were also third in the All-Weather Champioships Apprentice Handicap and All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes respectively. And I must mention Micky Hammond's treble at Wetherby yesterday.
24/03/2018 Boom, the flat season sets off with a bang at Doncaster with a Yorkshire 1-2 in the opening Cammidge Trophy L when Mick Easterby's Perfect Pasture triumphs ahead of Richard Fahey's Mr Lupton. Next up is the 28,012 Spring Mile in which David Barron's Kynren finishes third. The Doncaster Mile L falls to outsiders, but Karl Burke's Born To Be Alive is second and Richard Fahey's Another Touch third. In the Lincoln it falls to David O'Meara's top-weighted Lord Glitters to maintain local honour with a decent second whilst Richard Fahey's moneyspinner Gabrial, a former winner of this, is back in fourth. To cap a good day Lawrence Mullaney and Richard Fahey take the last two races on the card. Mark Johnston lands the opener at Lingfield and also scored on Wolverhampton's evening card as did Ruth Carr and Ann Duffield.
15/03/2018 Personally I blame Rob Wright, in an article about Sam Spinner it today's Times he writes the "gallops at Middleham Moor are overshadowed by Penhill, one of the highest points of the Peak District", amazing sense of geography, and then Penhill goes and wins the Stayers' Hurdle Gd1 with Sam Spinner back in fifth. Of course Penhill was formerly trained by James Bethell (hence the name), so maybe a victory by proxy. Still at least Ruth Jefferson's Cloudy Dream managed third in the Ryanair Chase Gd1. Philip Kirby and Sharon Watt scored at Hexham.
14/03/2018 Day Two, and unless we can claim God's Own there's not a lot to get excited about from a Yorkshire perspective. Mark Johnston, Karl Burke and Philip Kirby have winners at Southwell whilst Antony Brittain scores on Wolverhampton's evening card.
13/03/2018 Cheltenham 2018, Day One. Yorkshire gets some sort of result when Sue Smith's Vintage Clouds is third in the Ultima Handicap Chase Gd3. Whilst everyone is looking Cheltenham-wards the locals hit Sedgefield hard with wins for Joanne Foster, Micky Hammond, Philip Kirby and Patrick Holmes. On the level Kevin Ryan, Roger Fell and Ruth Carr have winners at Southwell with Roger Fell doubling up at Newcastle's evening meeting where James Bethell, Mark Johnston and Ben Haslam all have winners, with a double for the later.
10/03/2018 The calm before the Cheltenham storm. Result of the day came on Imperial Cup Day at Sandown where Mick Easterby's Sam's Gunner nicely landed the EBF Matchbook VIP 'National Hunt' Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final Gd3 (an early contender for convoluted race title of the year). At Wolverhampton it was the Lincoln Trial Handicap and this saw Richard Fahey's Third Time Lucky finish, er, third with David Barron's Swift Emperor in fourth. Later on the card Mark Johnston's consistent Masham Star was third in the Lady Wulfruna Stakes L and David Barron landed the seven furlong handicap.
03/03/2018 Somehow I missed the death earlier in the week of Alec Russell, doyen of Northern Racing Photographers. Sadly I never got around to taking up his offer in September of meeting up sometime, which makes his passing all the more sad (for me anyway). Only all-weather racing today (obviously) and Mark Johnston had the result of the day with second and third in the Spring Cup L at Lingfield courtesy of Rufus King and Lake Volta. Richard Fahey had a winner earlier on the card whilst Ben Haslam struck later on. For the second time this week Brian Ellison proved himself the master poacher of the 'all weather consolation bumper' with three such wins at Newcastle where Karl Burke and Philip Kirby also got in on the act. Richard Guest won the last on Chelmsford's evening card.
01/03/2018 A sad day as the Grand Dame of the Yorkshire Breeding Scene ; Lenore 'Lennie' Peacock of Manor House Stud, has passed away at the age of 97. Lennie married trainer and breeder Dick Peacock in 1953 and was hands on at the stud from the start. During this time the stud has been responsible for dual classic winner Tirol as well as current star Redkirk Warrior and others of the ilk of Bold Arrangement, Sharp Point, Galitzin, Please Sing, Eveningperformance, Marisela (runner up in both the Cheveley Park Stakes and the 1,000 Guineas), Hotbee and Andronikos. From boarding mares Lennie has also had a hand in producing dual Group One winner Dark Moondancer and Mystical Land. I only met her a couple of times, although we also exchanged emails once in a blue moon, but truly one of a kind. Snow stopped racing, but strangely not in Dubai.
24/02/2018 This morning David O'Meara's Intisaab landed the Dukhan Sprint (Local Group 3) at Doha to net connections 105,555. Domestically there were four Yorkshire winners at Newcastle led by Philip Kirby's Lady Buttons with the supporting winners provided by Sally Haynes, John Quinn and Sue Smith. Michael Herrington took the opener on Wolverhampton's evening card.
17/02/2018 On Thursday Ruth Jefferson had her first winner, on Friday she buried her father Malcolm, today she had her first Grade One winner when Waiting Patiently made short work of Cue Card to land the Ascot Chase Gd1 in good style. Connections are intimating that Waiting Patiently may not go to Cheltenham at all, although it's a possibility if soft, the primary target is 10 months away ; the King George. Earlier stablemate Mount Mews was third in the Reynoldstown Novices' Chase Gd2 . David Griffiths supplied our sole winner at Lingfield. Earlier the Manor House Stud bred Redkirk Warrior landed the Black Caviar Lightning G1 at Flemington, this builds on his good season last year and is the first Yorkshire bred Group One winner of 2018.
15/02/2018 Ruth Jefferson landed her first winner in some style today when Cyrus Darius took the 16,245 Timeform Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso. Kevin Ryan landed the opener at Chelmsford and David O'Meara's Out Do was third in the 55,555 Range Rover Velar Handicap at Meydan.
10/02/2018 Ruth Jefferson's Cloudy Dream didn't quite fulfil said dream but ran well enough to be a decent second in the Denman Chase Gd2 at Newbury this afternoon. Philip Kirby had a winner at Uttoxeter, Karl Burke took the opener at Lingfield and Kevin Ryan did likewise on Wolverhampton's evening card where later on Paul Midgley's bottom-weighted Orvar took the feature 28,012 Betway Handicap.
05/02/2018 First winner as a trainer today for former jock Adrian 'Trotter' Nicholls when Sir Lancelott scores at Wolverhampton where Rebecca Bastiman and Kevin Ryan also score whilst money-spinner Gabrial, trained by Richard Fahey, adds to his career takings when third in the Conditions Stakes.
03/02/2018 Finish of the day today came in the Cleves Stakes L at Lingfield with the Yorkshire horses filling all the places (but not the winning berth!) led home by Richard Fahey's Kimberella a short head behind the winner in second and a neck in front of Tony Coyle's Caspian Prince in third who was in turn a head the better of David O'Meara's Intisaab in fourth. Our best result over sticks came at Wetherby where Sue Smith's Vintage Clouds was a decent second in the Towton Novices' Chase Gd2. Kevin Ryan provided Yorkshire's only winner of the day on Kempton's evening card.
02/02/2018 Sad news today that Malton trainer, and stalwart of the Northern jumping scene, Malcolm Jefferson, passed away this morning at the age of 71. Cumbrian Jefferson joined local trainer Gordon Richards, eventually becoming Travelling Head Lad before branching out on his own at Newstead Cottage in Norton, Malton in 1981. His stand out horse was the ill-fated Dato Star (Christmas Hurdle Gd1, Festival Bumper Gd1, Haydock Champion Hurdle Trial (x2), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (x2) ) but he also handled the likes of Tindari, Tullymurry Toff, Go-Informal, Roman Ark and, on the flat, High Debate and Tancred Sand. More recently he has enjoyed a rich vein of form with the likes of Cape Tribulation, Gilbarry, According To Pete, Urban Hymn and Cyrus Darius not to mention of course current star Waiting Patiently. Daughter Ruth will take over the licence. Malcolm Jefferson was an engaging character, highly regarded and will be greatly missed. Mick Easterby had a winner at Catterick, Mark Johnston at Lingfield , following up with a double at Wolverhampton where Rebecca Bastiman and Antony Brittain also scored.
27/01/2018 An epic day, we have Waited Patiently, ha, ha, but Cheltenham 2018 is finally looking very promising. Trials Day at Cheltenham sees John Quinn's Look My Way finish second in the opening JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle Gd2 but the big result of the day came later on the card when Brian Ellison's Definitly Red was victorious by 8 lengths in the Cotswold Chase Gd2 , he now heads for the Gold Cup. At Doncaster it was a similar story, albeit with a different cast, with Peter Atkinson supplying the hurdler runner-up this time in the form of Irish Roe, second in the Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle Gd2 whilst the big winner was Sue Smith's Wakanda who landed the the 45,550 Sky Bet Handicap Chase L. On the flat Mark Johnston took the opener at Lingfield.
20/01/2018 Some more top-class placings for Sue Smith at Haydock today with Midnight Shadow second in the Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle Gd2 and Hainan third in the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase Gd2, the team also landed the opener.
13/01/2018 A good day for Malcolm Jefferson with the aptly named Waiting Patiently taking Kempton's 32Red Casino Chase L and Black Ivory scoring in the 13,138 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle at Warwick. Harriet Bethell spared local blushes at Wetherby whilst there were winners at Wolverhampton for Karl Burke, Richard Guest, David Griffiths and Philip Kirby.
06/01/2018 Nothing to see here. OK, so Sue Smith had fourth's in two of the main races of the day, and Richard Fahey's Gabrial added to his already impressive bank account when second at Lingfield. The main news this week has been that Hedgeholme Stud has recruited Mahsoob to it's stallion ranks. Winner of the Earl of Sefton Stakes G3 the son of Dansili is available at a fee of 2,000.

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