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26/12/2020 Off the course for over a year Ruth Jefferson's brilliant but fragile Waiting Patiently put up a sterling performance to the second in the King George VI Chase Gd1 at Kempton this afternoon. Closer to home at Wetherby there were wins for Micky Hammond and Mark Walford whilst Brian Ellison's Windsor Avenue was third in the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase Gd3. Ellison, along with Mark Johnston, scored on the flat at Wolverhampton.
19/12/2020 Brian Ellison's Sam's Adventure put up the (Yorkshire) performance of the day when landing the 25,024 Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase by four lengths at Haydock. Mick Easterby also had a winner on the card and Philip Kirby's Rayna's World was second in the Abram Mares' Novices' Hurdle L. David O'Meara had a winner at Lingfield and Ben Haslam likewise at Newcastle. Evening racing at Wolverhampton yields wins for Brian Ellison, Antony Brittain and Ruth Carr.
12/12/2020 Sue Smith's Midnight Shadow puts in a good performance to be second in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase Gd3 at Cheltenham this afternoon, albeit finishing 15 lengths behind the impressive winner. Antony Brittain takes the last at Newcastle after half the field continued racing after a false start and Adrian Keatley had winner on Wolverhampton's evening card.
14/11/2020 Tim Easterby's progressive Lampang continues his progress up the ranks with a second in the Golden Rose Stakes L at Lingfield. At Wetherby there were winners for Peter Niven and Mick Easterby, whilst evening racing at Wolverhampton yielded success for Richard Fahey, Mark Johnston and Ruth Carr.
13/11/2020 A Yorkshire breeding success at Cheltenham when Does He Know, bred by Mick Easterby and a former Point-to-Point winner for his daughter Cherry Coward, lands the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Gd2. At Newcastle there are winners for Henry Hogarth and Philip Kirby whilst Karl Burke has a winner at Wolverhampton's evening meet.
09/11/2020 Philip Kirby's Whoshotthesheriff took the 23,460 Durbar Graduation Chase at Carlisle this afternoon. Southwell's evening card saw a double for Richard Fahey and a winner singular for Les Eyre.
07/11/2020 He came close with East, but today Kevin Ryan landed the first Breeders' Cup race for Yorkshire with Glass Slippers winding her way through slowing horses to land a convincing victory at Keeneland in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint G1, won last year of course by Belvoir Bay, bred at Manor House Stud. This caps a wonderful season for Ryan who's star is still on the ascent, 22 years after setting up shop at Hambleton. Safe Voyage unfortunately finished last in the Mile, after a little bit of interference. No joy in the big races at Doncaster with only Tim Easterby's Bollin Joan making a minor impression when finishing fourth in the 34,238 November Handicap. Karl Burke won the second whilst Richard Fahey took the last race of the turf season. Ben Haslam had another 'JP' winner at Kelso and Karl Burke and David O'Meara scored on Chelmsford's evening card.
06/11/2020 A pretty good start to B.C. Weekend with Nigel Tinkler's Ubettabelieveit running a blinder to the third (looking more like second till the dying stages) in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint G2 at Keeneland where, by all accounts (well TDN), connections have been having a wonderful time, never mind the near 68k that comes with third ! I'm sure just as much fun was had a Newcastle with wins for Les Eyre, Richard Fahey, Ruth Carr and Paul Midgley.
01/11/2020 Brian Ellison's Windsor Avenue is second in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase L at Carlisle where Micky Hammond has a winner, Philip Kirby scores at Huntingdon.
31/10/2020 More black type success at Newmarket with Mark Johnston's Freyja holding on to land the James Seymour Stakes L by a neck with stablemate Marie's Diamond back in third. Unfortunately the local runners didn't fare well in the Charlie Hall Chase Gd2 at Wetherby, but Brian Ellison's Mrs Hyde did land the bet365 Mares' Hurdle L. Adrian Keatley and David O'Meara had a winner apiece at Ayr. Philip Kirby had a winner on Wolverhampton's evening card.
30/10/2020 Richard Fahey's Ventura Diamond held on gamely to land Newmarket's Bosra Sham Fillies' Stakes L by a neck in the performance of the day. Our other winners at HQ came from Karl Burke, Ben Haslam (Solo Saxophone by seven lengths) and Tom Tate. At Wetherby Brian Ellison took the penultimate race whilst his Nietzsche was a decent third in the Cash Out At bet365 Handicap Chase L. Paul Midgley, Richard Fahey and Philip Kirby all scored at Newcastle.
25/10/2020 Resisting the temptation to say something about buses. Mark Johnston lands his second Group One in 24 hours when Subjectivist lands the Prix Royal-Oak G1 at Longchamp (at short hop over the Seine from Saint-Cloud) under Joe Fanning, team Kingsley House/Park are going to have a strong hand in the staying division next term. Philip Kirby provides our sole winner at Hexham. In further news it is announced that James Bethell will hand over Tupgill to son Ed from the 1st of January, after 46 years with a licence, moving to Middleham in 1992, initially at Manor House Stables. His best winners (in Yorkshire) include Mine, Rich Ground, Hunters of Brora, Borders Belle, Strawberry Dale and current incumbent Moss Gill.
24/10/2020 Fantastic, Mark Johnston lands his first Group One winner for just over four years (and Yorkshire's third of the season) when Gear Up recovers his form after a sub-standard run last time out to land the Criterium de Saint-Cloud G1 in heavy ground by a short neck. Expect lots of raindancing in Middleham towards the end of May ! At Newbury Karl Burke's Gift List is a decent second in the Radley Stakes L whilst at Doncaster Les Eyre's Just Frank is also second in the Doncaster Stakes L and there are wins for Mark Johnston (bottom-weighted Tulip Fields in the 12,291 Think Smart at Vertem Handicap), David Barron (Venturous in the 12,291 Vertem Very Different Stockbrokers Handicap), Tim Easterby and John Wainwright.
19/10/2020 A Monday Yorkshire bred and trained stakes winner when the Richard Fahey trained Pythagoras, homebred by Sir Robert Ogden, lands Ponty's Silver Tankard Stakes L by a neck, a good prospect for next term. Mr Fahey made it a double later on the card and the other local winners were provided by Tim Easterby, Roger Fell and Richard Whitaker, who's string are still in fine fettle after their recent bout of coughing.
17/10/2020 Champions Day at Ascot, and we soooo nearly had one ! Kevin Ryan's Brando, sent off at a frankly insulting 80-1, was beaten a nose when second in the British Champions Sprint Stakes G1, with Tim Easterby's Art Power back in fourth. Otherwise not much to report from Ascot, a Mark Johnston runner did finally beat Stradivarius though ! Sam England had a winner at Market Rasen. Catterick saw a Tim Easterby treble and Kevin Ryan's Justanotherbottle landed the 12,450 Catterick Dash, Roger Fell provided the only other local winner.
16/10/2020 Domestic winners galore today, but the highlight was abroad and in defeat with Philip Makin's juvenille Muker taking on his elders in Dundalk's Mercury Stakes G3 and being rewarded with second place, beaten only a neck. Jedd O'Keeffe and Mark Johnston (a double) had winners at Haydock, with David O'Meara, Kevin Ryan, Ben Haslam, Richard Fahey(a double) doing likewise at Redcar. Brian Ellison won the last at Fakenham. Evening racing at Newcastle yielded winners for Nigel Tinker, Antony Brittain and Geoff Harker.
10/10/2020 It looks increasingly likely that Mark Johnston's Dubai Fountain will be promoted to third in yesterday's Fillies Mile G1 , following the O'Brien team jockey/number mess up, but I don't think it's official yet. Today's best result came in the 46,688 Coral Sprint Trophy Handicap at York, which fell to David O'Meara's Gulliver (having his twelfth run of this curtailed season), with Mark Johnston's Desert Safari third. Earlier Kevin Ryan's Brando had finished third in the opening Begough Stakes G3 whilst Richard Fahey's Internationaldream occupied the same position in the Rockingham Stakes L. There was only the one local winner with the 12,450 Coral 'Racing Super Series' Nursery Handicap falling to The Flying Ginger, trained by an in-form Roger Fell. At Newmarket Mark Johnston's top-wieghted Summer Moon ran well to be second in the 124,500 Cesarewith Handicap and Adrian Keatley took the opening Nursery. Over at Chantilly Kevin Ryan's Last Empire put up a good performance to land the Prix de Bonneval L. John Quinn took the opener on Chelmsford's evening card.
09/10/2020 Following his recent success at Ayr Tim Easterby's Winter Power doubled up on black-type glory today when landing the Cornwallis Stakes G3 by a comfortable three lengths, with Paul Midgley's Burning Cash a decent third. Mark Johnston's Dubai Fountain was fourth, only a neck out of third, in the Fillies Mile G1. At York David O'Meara's King's Champion was third in the 46,688 Betsafe Heritage Handicap and there were winners for Nigel Tinkler, Tim Easterby, David O'Meara and Roger Fell.
08/10/2020 Some good news on the bloodstock front with Garrowby Stud's Loup de Vega - Starlet colt sold (via Highclere Stud) for 825,000gns at the Tatts October Sales. On the track Tim Easterby (a double), Karl Burke, Richard Fahey and Ben Haslam all had winners at Ayr whilst Kevin Ryan had winners at both Chelmsford and Southwell, where Les Eyre also had a winner.
04/10/2020 Arc day, but it was more like the Siege of Paris. Yorkshire's first representative was Richard Fahey's Fev Rover who was badly hampered about two out and did well to recover to finish fourth in the Prix Marcel Moussac G1. After the main course Yorkshire provided four of the first five in the Prix de l'Abbaye G1 dessert, unfortunately the only position they didn't get was the one that matters but Kevin Ryan's Glass Slippers was a neck second, John Quinn's Liberty Beach was a short neck further back with Karl Burke's Lady In France and John Quinn's Keep Busy making up the minor placings. Finally John Quinn's Safe Voyage initially looked well beaten in the Prix de la Foret G1 but rallied well to finished third, only a neck and short head away from first ..... at least the winning trainer (Wm Haggas) was Yorkshire bred. At equally glamorous Uttoxeter there were winners for Brian Ellison and Declan Carroll.
03/10/2020 Ascot off, but a big day for Les Eyre at Newmarket with Just Frank picking up 81,165 when the landing the 150,000 Tattersalls October Auctions Stakes, with Karl Burke's Gift List taking home 33,210 for finishing second. Closer to home at Redcar Adrian Nicholls had the best result of his nascent training career when Mamba Wamba was third in the Wm Hill Two Year Old Trophy L. The local winners at Redcar were provided by Richard Fahey, Declan Carroll and Tim Easterby. Over in Germany Communique flopped but stablemate Sky Defender was a decent second in Hoppegarten's Preis der Deutschen Einheit G3. Grant Tuer had a winner on Wolverhampton's evening card.
26/09/2020 Well Yorkshire did finally get a winner at the Cambridgeshire meeting, but left it to the last race, the 12,291 Bentley Motors Handicap in which Mark Johnston's Vale Of Kent came home a neck in front on Richard Fahey's Gallipoli. It wasn't a complete disaster though as Richard Fahey's Umm Kulthum ran very well to be third in the Cheveley Park Stakes G1, only a week after her Ayr win, and Roger Fell's The Flying Ginger was second in the 24,900 EBF 'Jersey Lily' Fillies' Nursery Handicap. Richard Fahey also had reason for celebration at The Curragh with Ventura Rebel landing the Renaissance Stakes G3, David O'Meara's Summerghand was a decent third. At Ripon there were local winners from Richard Fahey, Paul Midgley and Sam England , with the later also sending out a winner over hurdles at Market Rasen. Philip Kirby provided the sole Yorkshire winner at Haydock.
25/09/2020 Day two of the Cambridgeshire meeting, and still no Yorkshire winners (saving them up for tomorrow presumably). Our best result came in the Rockfel Stakes G2 with Mark Johnston's Alba Rose finishing third. James Bethell took the last at Haydock whilst David O'Meara (a double), Mick Easterby, Geoff Harker, Nigel Tinkler and Antony Brittain all had winners on Newcastle's evening card.
24/09/2020 As racing comes to grips with the reality of little or no crowds for the foreseeable, and Yorkshire racing folks come to terms with the retirement of Lady Button's, it's time for Newmarket's Cambridgeshire meeting. Not much joy for Yorkshire on Day One, although Mark Johnston's Qaader is a respectable third in the Somerville Tattersall Stakes G3 , and a stablemate finishes second in the penultimate race. Winners at Ponty for John Quinn, Richard Fahey and Declan Carroll.
19/09/2020 Not quite as dominant today, but still a reasonably good day up at Ayr. David O'Meara's Lord Glitters put up the first notable performance when second in the Doonside Cup L. Next up Kevin Ryan's Magical Spirit took the 18,675 Ayr Silver Cup with Roger Fell's Admiralty and Paul Midgley's Northernpowerhouse finishing second and third. Richard Fahey's Umm Kulthum put up a good performance to build on her Lowther Stakes G2 third last time out when landing today's Firth Of Clyde Stakes G3 .No joy in the 46,688 Ayr Gold Cup, but Richard Fahey's Mr Lupton put up yet another good performance to finish third. At Newbury Mark Johnston's enigmatic Elarqam, still in the Arc, landed the Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup G3 (formerly the Arc Trial) to put his season back on track, although Longchamp would seem a step too far on this evidence, although nothing ventured .... The next was the Mill Reef Stakes G2 in which Richard Fahey's fancied Rhythm Master came home in third. At Newmarket Mark Johnston's Themaxwecan, labouring under top weight, was second in the 23,655 Cesarewith Trial Handicap. David O'Meara took the opener on Wolverhampton's evening card.
18/09/2020 Day Two of Ayr's Western Isles meeting, and events went pretty decisively in Yorkshire's favour ; eight races, and Yorkshire trainers took seven of them (the eighth went to former Yorkshire based jockey Keith Dalgleish) , two listed races and Yorkshire had the first three in both ! Events started out with winners for Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey. Then it was the Harry Rosebery Stakes L which went to Tim Easterby (who had three winners on day one) with Winter Power, David O'Meara's Nomadic Emperor and Declan Carroll's First Company took the minor placings (in fact the first non-Yorkshire runner home finished ninth). The most valuable race on the card was the Scottish Sprint EBF Fillies' Stakes L which went the way of Richard Fahey's Exceptional, with the Kevin Ryan duo of Last Empire and Dandy's Beano occupying the minor placings. Nigel Tinkler took the 11,827 Ayr Bronze Cup with Roundhay Park and there were winners later on for Mark Johnston and Tim Easterby who therefore both joined Richard Fahey on doubles ... although Middleham based Joe Fanning had a treble. We actually had less winners on home soil at Catterick; just the three courtesy of David O'Meara, Kevin Ryan and Richard Fahey.
13/09/2020 That's more like it ! A very good day overseas for Yorkshire this Sunday. Pride of place goes to Kevin Ryan's Glass Slippers, coming into her usual autumnal form, who landed the Flying Five Stakes G1 at The Curragh, with John Quinn's Keep Busy a somewhat less expected second. So that's only Yorkshire's second Group One winner of the season, and they've both come from Hambleton courtesy of Kevin Ryan .... thus far. Richard Fahey also had a good afternoon at The Curragh with old-timer (well, seven) Mr Lupton taking the e73,750 EBF 'Bold Lad' Sprint Premier Handicap and Shark Two One holding on to land the e147,500 Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Stakes by a short head. On the continent Mark Johnston's Communique put up his best performance of the season when second in the Grosser Preis von Baden G1 at Baden-Baden and Karl Burke's appropriately named Lady In France was third in the Prix du Petit Couvert G3 on trials day at Longchamp. Domestically Mark Johnston and David O'Meara had a winner apiece at Chelmsford.
12/09/2020 Dull Leger day, at least from the local perspective, our best result on the whole card was David O'Meara's Arecibo finishing fourth in the Portland Handicap, hardly awe inspiring. Richard Fahey won the last two at Chester and Ann Duffield and Mark Johnston had a winner apiece at Musselburgh where Rebecca Bastiman scored a double. We did better overseas with John Quinn's Safe Voyage landing another group two, this time, by a short head, the Boomerang Mile G2 at Leopardstown, part of Irish Champions Weekend. Mark Johnston had another Baden-Baden raider but this time Rose Of Kildare could only finish third in the T von Zastrow Stutenpreis G2, albeit only a nose off second.
11/09/2020 Nigel Tinkler's season keeps getting better and better and today saw stable star Ubettabelieveit land the Flying Childers Stakes G2 at ridiculous odds of 40-1, Paul Midgley's Burning Cash was fourth. Not a lot else to report from Doncaster but at Baden-Baden Mark Johnston's Dark Vision put up a strong performance to take the Oettingen-Rennen G2 by a nose , landing the spoils on the line. Johnston also had a winner at Chester, as did David Barron.
10/09/2020 Day two at the St Leger meeting sees Karl Burke's Spright land the 31,505 'Carrie Red' Nursery Handicap. In the next Mark Johnston's Dubai Fountain is a decent second in the May Hill Stakes G2. Haydock sees winners for James Bethell, Tim Easterby and John Quinn. David O'Meara had a winner on Chelmsford's evening card.
09/09/2020 Day one of the St Leger meeting at Doncaster ..... Crowds !! .... although, as it transpires, not for long. Result of the day came from Paul Midgley's Tarboosh who landed the Scarbrough Stakes L, whilst later on the card Jedd O'Keeffe's bottom-weighted Strait Of Hormuz landed the 16,172 Each Way Extra at bet365 Handicap. Mark Johnston had a winner at Kempton , and also scored on Wolverhampton's evening card, as did Richard Fahey.
05/09/2020 Hhhmm, probably best not to dwell on today too much ... at Haydock the best placed of the Yorkshire runners in the Betfair Sprint Cup G1 was Tim Easterby's Art Power in fourth. Easterby's Count D'Orsay landed the 19,407 Be Friendly Handicap and stablemate Dark Jedi was second in the 51,752 Old Borough Cup, David O'Meara took the last. Down at Ascot there was a nice result for Ben Haslam with bottom-weighted Fortamour landing the 15,562 Tweenhills Follow The Foals Handicap , in which Kevin Ryan's Rathbone was second.
31/08/2020 The normal August Bank Holiday Monday meeting at Ripon .... well, apart from the complete abscence of crowds. Richard Fahey's Internationdream was second in the Ripon Champion Two Year Old Trophy L with Karl Burke's Terrichang in third, David O'Meara landed the Ripon Rowels with Hortzadar, there was a treble for Tim Easterby and winners singular for Mark Johnston, Nigel Tinkler and Richard Fahey. Brian Ellison and Les Eyre had a winner apiece at Southwell.
30/08/2020 Richard Fahey's Toro Strike followed up his Goodwood victory last time out with his first black type performance today at the same track when seocnd in the Supreme Stakes G3, David O'Meara's stalwart Escobar was third. Brian Ellison had a winner at Perth.
29/08/2020 Today we mostly learned that Mark Johnston's Subjectivist stays 1m6f and likes the soft, following his 15 length romp in Goodwood's March Stakes G3 ...... get ready for a Donnie Rain Dance ! The previous race in Sussex saw David O'Meara's Cold Stare land the 19,407 Brian Chattaway Celebrating 50 Years At Ladbrokes Handicap (hopefully the poor chap can retire now) with Mark Johnston's Cardshap third. At Windsor Mark Johnston's Communique, a bit in and out this season, finished second in the August Stakes L, whilst stablemate Sky Defender was third in the next, the Winter Hill Stakes G3, in which David O'Meara's Tinandali was a decent fourth. At Newmarket David O'Meara's Summerghand put up another sound performance to be second, beaten a neck, in the Hopeful Stakes L. On (sort of) home soil at Redcar there were wins for Jedd O'Keeffe, Tim Easterby, Rebecca Bastiman, David Barron, Karl Burke, Roger Fell, Geoff Harker and John Quinn.
27/08/2020 The Beverley Bullet L today sees Kevin Ryan's Last Empire put up a decent performance to be second with John Quinn's Keep Busy a slightly disappointing third and Julie Camacho's Makanah fourth. Local winners on the Westwood are provided by Tim Easterby and, erm, that's it. Better at Sedgefield, winners wise anyway, thanks to Ben Haslam, Brian Ellison and Sue Smith. Richard Fahey's Sands Of Mali, winner of the British Champions Sprint Stakes G1 and the Gimcrack G2, has been retired and will stand at Ballyhane Stud next year, Mark Johnston's Dante G2 winner Thunderous has been injured and won't race against this year.
23/08/2020 Richard Fahey's Rhythm Master put up a strong performance to be third in the Prix Morny G1 at Deauville this afternoon, only a neck out of second. Mark Johnston's Dubai Fountain could only manage fourth in the Solario Stakes G3 at Sandown, but Kingsley House had a winner at Wolverhampton, as did Ollie Pears. At an unusually quiet Cartmel Ben Haslam took the first ... and the last.
22/08/2020 That's more like it. OK, so I was wrong about the Strensall Stakes G3 with David O'Meara's Lord Glitter's nevertheless a decent third. Two races later though John Quinn's Safe Voyage, so consistent this term, landed the City Of York Stakes G2, with Kevin Ryan's Queen Jo Jo back in third for good measure. Next up was the 140,000 Ebor Handicap in which Tim Easterby's Glencadam Glory was a brave second, fighting all the way to the line for 47,500. Nigel Tinkler waited twenty years for another 'black type' winner, and then two come along at once; following the exploits of Ubettabelieveit a month ago his Acklam Express landed today's Roses Stakes L in which Adrian Keatley's Queen Of Rio was second and David O'Meara's Nomadic Empire was third, four of the first five were either by Kodiac or Mehmas, with the later surely due a fee hike next season. The final two races at this years Ebor meeting saw Mark Johnston's Sky Defender finish second in the penultimate 18,675 Sky Bet Handicap, and Grant Tuer's Illusionist occupy the same place in the finale, the 18,675 Sky Bet Apprentice Handicap. Mixed fortunes at Deauville with Mark Johnston's runner tailed off in la Nonette, but Richard Fahey's Fev Rover continued her upward trajectory when landing the Prix du Calvados G2, so often a pointer to future glory, by a neck. Mark Johnston had a winner on Chelmsford's evening card where Roger Fell's bottom-weighted Admiralty was second in the 24,900 Chelmsford City Cup.
21/08/2020 No winners at York again, however James Bethell's Moss Gill ran a blinder to finish third in the Nunthorpe Stakes G1, champagne at Thorngill this evening , especially as the trainer is also the part owner ! Mark Johnston's Nayef Road was also managed a third, in this case in the Lonsdale Cup G2, but was probably expected to do better. In the supporting races Tim Easterby's Dark Jedi was second in the opening 18,675 Sky Bet Handicap, with Richard Fahey's Hartswood occupying the same position in the closing 18,675 Sky Bet Mile Handicap. We should at least win the Strensall tomorrow ...... David Barron and Mark Johnston both had a winner at Wolverhampton.
20/08/2020 Well that didn't last long, no winners at York today. Arguably the locals best result came in the opener with Richard Fahey's Umm Kulthum third and Karl Burke's She's So Nice fourth in the Lowther Stakes G2. Jedd O'Keeffe's Out Of The Hat was third in the 88,524 Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sales, picking up 17,712 for his efforts whilst James Bethell's steadily improving Dawaaween (a bargain buy at 27,000gns at last years December Sales for a Great Grand Daughter of Height Of Fashion, especially as she was already a winner at that point) was second in the closing 18,675 EBF Filles' Handicap. Paul Midgley and Karl Burke had a winner apiece at Chester.
19/08/2020 Boom, an excellent start to York's Ebor meeting with four winners on day one. Leading the way was Mark Johnston's Gear Up, who retained his unbeaten tag when first in the Acomb Stakes G3, with Karl Burke's Spycatcher a handy looking second. Team Johnston doubled up when Summer Moon took the 18,675 Sky Bet Handicap (with David O'Meara's Makawee third), Karl Burke's Lady In France won the next, the 18,675 Sky Bet Fillies' Sprint Handicap, off top weight (with John Quinn's Keep Busy in second and Richard Fahey's Mighty Spirit third) and the race after that, the 18,675 Sky Bet Nursery Handicap fell to Kevin Ryan's Cairn Island (with Richard Fahey's Selected third). John Quinn had a winner on Bath's evening card.
16/08/2020 Tim Easterby's treble at Ripon today, including the well-fancied Staxton in the 24,900 Great St Wilfrid Handicap, bodes well for York next including a certain runner in the Nunthorpe .... Other local winners were provided by Richard Fahey and David O'Meara, with the later also scoring at Newbury.
10/08/2020 Total dominance in the only 'black type' race of the day with Yorkshire trained horses filling the first four places in Chester's evening rendition of the Queensferry Stakes L courtesy of winner Julie Camacho's Judicial and the placed trio of Kevin Ryan's Major Jumbo and Emaraaty Ana and Richard Fahey's Gabrial The Wire. Richard Fahey had a winner earlier at the Roodeye, having earlier landed a double at Leicester.
09/08/2020 Quiet a good day at Deauville for Kevin Ryan with Hello Youmzain (17-1?!?!) second in the Prix Maurice de Gheest G1 and stablemate Galadriel third in the Prix Moonlight Cloud L. Domestically we only had winners at Thirsk courtesy of a David O'Meara double and winners singular for Karl Burke, David Barron and Ann Duffield.
08/08/2020 Relatively speaking a fairly quiet Saturday today, but still a good result when Kevin Ryan's Star Of Emaraaty, a 66-1 shot, lands the Sweet Solera Stakes G3 at Newmarket, with Mark Johnston's somewhat better fancied Dubai Fountain also running well in second. Earlier Adrian Nicholls had landed the seller whilst Mark Johnston took the penultimate race. Some reasonable placings but no winners at Ascot whilst at Haydock there are winners for Anthony Brittain, Julie Camacho and Bryan Smart.
01/08/2020 Three winners at Glorious Goodwood with David O'Meara's top-weighted Summerghand, so often the bridesmaid - most recently in this years Wokingham, finally landing a big one when winning the 46,688 Stewards' Cup Handicap, with Richard Fahey's Brian The Snail back in third. Earlier Mark Johnston's Hochfeld stayed on well to take the 31,125 Summer Handicap, whilst John Quinn took the valuable maiden race. At Newmarket Mark Johnston's Basilicata took the 13,908 Fillies' Nursery Handicap whilst stablemate Vivid Diamond was third in the Further Flight Stakes L. Evening racing at Hamilton saw a double for John Quinn as well as wins for Jedd O'Keeffe, Karl Burke, Adrian Nicholls, Kevin Ryan and Tim Easterby.
31/07/2020 Better today in the heat at Goodwood with David O'Meara's bottom-weighted Prompting taking the 31,125 Golden Mile Handicap and Richard Fahey's Ventura Diamond landing the closing maiden. In the day's feature, the King George Stakes G2, it was only Battaash who prevented a Yorkshire clean-sweep with Kevin Ryan's Glass Slippers second, David Griffiths' Ornate third, John Quinn's Liberty Beach fourth and Karl Burke's Dubai Station fifth. On home soil at Ponty there were wins for Jedd O'Keeffe, Richard Fahey, Mark Johnston, Tim Easterby and John Quinn.
30/07/2020 Again we had to wait until the last race for 'our' Goodwood victory today, but the four and a quarter length success of Nigel Tinkler's Acklam Express in the closing 10,674 Tatler Nursery Handicap marks another notch on Mr.Tinkler's resurgence of recent seasons. Earlier the Mark Johnston duo of Zabeel Champion and Monza City were second in their respective races whilst stablemate Subjectivist was third in the Gordon Stakes G3, having led until the final half a furlong. Brian Ellison had a winner over hurdles at Southwell whilst evening racing at Musselburgh saw wins for Ollie Pears, Paul Midgley, Geoff Harker and Philip Kirby.
29/07/2020 Not as good at Goodwood today, our only victory coming in the last (and least valuable!) race thanks to Richard Fahey's Toro Strike. Earlier Kevin Ryan's Ben Macdui was runner-up in the Molecomb Stakes G3, with Richard Fahey's Internationaldream third. Mark Johnston's Rochester House was a neck second in the 18,675 Unibet You're On Handicap (but not the same 18,675 Unibet You're On Handicap at they ran yesterday, for god's sake show some imagination!) and David O'Meara's Country Carnival was second in the 15,562 Alice Keppel EBF Fillies' Conditions Stakes. At Thirsk there were wins for Richard Fahey, Declan Carroll, Karl Burke and David O'Meara on the late afternoon/evening card.
28/07/2020 Goodwood Day One starts well with a victory for Mark Johnston in the second race, the 18,675 Unibet You're On Handicap, courtesy of Maydanny with stablemate Sky Defender five lengths adrift in second. Richard Fahey's Gorytus is best of the Yorkshire runners in the Vintage Stakes G2, but only fourth. David O'Meara's Escobar is third, with John Quinn's Safe Voyage fourth , in the Lennox Stakes G2. Next up is the day's feature Goodwood Cup G1 in which Stradivarius, for the fourth time in total, beats a Kingsley Park horse into second place in a Group One, this time the gallant victim being Nayef Road; who would now, like Dee Ex Bee, be a dual Group One winner if only ....... David O'Meara's Eagles By Day puts up a good performance to finish fourth. The following race sees Jedd O'Keeffe's bottom-weighted Only Spoofing land the 18,903 Qatar Handicap by a neck, an excellent result for the Brecongill handler. Up at Ayr rhere are wins for Julie Camacho, Kevin Ryan, John Quinn and Richard Fahey.
26/07/2020 Today's best result came at Ascot where Kevin Ryan's Hala Hala Hala was a decent second in the Princess Margaret Stakes G3. York yielded a double for David O'Meara and Kevin Ryan also had a winner whilst Michael Herrington and Richard Fahey each had a winner at Wolverhampton. Sam England and Tim Easterby each had a winner at a presumably somewhat less crowded than normal Cartmel.
25/07/2020 It didn't really work out in the York Stakes G2 today for Elarqam but David O'Meara's Lord Glitters (who's owner Geoff Turnbell died earlier this week) was third. Mark Johnston did have a double however and there were also wins on the Knavesmire for David O'Meara, Richard Fahey (who had three winners yesterday), Adrian Nicholls and Nigel Tinkler (a double yestyerday). At Ascot, Enable aside, Mark Johnston's Cardsharp was third in the 28,012 Moet & Chandon International. Bryan Smart took the opener on Doncaster's evening card, and Kevin Ryan scored later on.
23/07/2020 Mark Johnston's Dark Vision, ever dependable, held on by a neck to land the Pomfret Stakes L at Pontefract this afternoon. Only one race on the card didn't fall to locals thanks to the combined efforts of Richard Fahey, Tom Tate, Paul Midgley, David O'Meara, Tim Easterby and Karl Burke.
21/07/2020 A fairly quiet but a Yorkshire 1-2 in the main race of the day, the EBF Star Stakes L on Sandown's evening card, with Richard Fahey's Fev Rover losing her maiden tag and Mark Johnston's Dubai Fountain second. John Quinn took the opener at Chepstow.
19/07/2020 Another day at York, and another local group winner. This time honours fall to Kevin Ryan's Queen Jo Jo who landed the Summer Fillies' Stakes G3 by a neck. Richard Fahey took the opener with promising debutante Gorytus (Gawd, I remember the first time around ; I've still got the newspaper clipping 'Go-Wrong-Us' somewhere!) and other winners were provided by Karl Burke and Philip Makin. No joy at Newbury, although Kevin Ryan's Tinochio picked up a useful 10,195 for finishing fourth in the 84,966 Weatherbys Super Spint. Sara Ender had a winner at Southwell.
18/07/2020 A good day at York for the locals. David O'Meara landed the John Smith's Silver Cup Stakes G3 with Eagles By Day, who was having his first run for his new trainer after being transferred from Michael Bell's yard, with that reliable yardstick Mark Johnston's Communique back in second, for good measure O'Meara also took the last. No joy in the John Smith's Cup, with Tim Easterby's Dark Jedi the best placed of the Yorkshire runner in the fourth. The next however was the City Walls Stakes L and this went to James Bethell's Moss Gill (part owned by the trainer) in a blanket finish of a short-head, neck and neck. Rather like Nigel Tinkler a couple of days ago this was Bethell's first stakes winner for some time, although in this case just the thirteeen years gap. Less joy at Newbury, however David O'Meara's Makawee was third in the Aphrodite Stakes L, Mark Johnston's Huboor filled the same position in the 15,562 EBF Premier Fillies' Handicap and Julie Camacho's Judicial was fourth in the Hackwood Stakes G3. Over at The Curragh David O'Meara's Gulliver runs a decent second in the Scurry Premier Handicap. Evening racing at Haydock yields wins for Julie Camacho and Paul Midgley.
16/07/2020 Two UK stakes races today, and Yorkshie took both of them. Pride of place goes to Nigel Tinkler's Ubettabelieveit who landed Sandown's National Stakes L (Richard Fahey's McManaman was a good third) giving the trainer a stakes winner, 20 years and 1 day since the admirable Sugarfoot took the Michael Page International Silver Trophy Stakes L. At Hamilton Mark Johnston's Subjectivist took the Glasgow Stakes L, with stablemate Tulip Fields third. Johnston also won the Scottish Stewards' Cup with Meraas and old favourite Masham Star was also a winner to give Kingsley Park a treble. Other Yorkshire winners at Hamilton were provided by Kevin Ryan, Richard Fahey, Mick Easterby and Karen Tutty, indeed 'we' took all the races bar one.
12/07/2020 Mark Johnston's King's Caper, largely unheralded in the UK (indeed unplaced in a handicap last time out, albeit a Royal Ascot one!) was a nose second in the Derby Italiano G2 at Capannelle this afternoon, picking up a useful 119,322 for connections. Slightly closer to home Karl Burke's Dubai Station was third in the Prix de Ris-Orangis G3 at Deauville. Hamilton saw wins for Nigel Tinkler, Brian Ellison, Tony Coyle and Roger Fell whilst Mark Johnston had a double at Lingfield and Brian Ellison had a winner at Bangor.
11/07/2020 Nothing to see here, the Yorkshire run had to come to an end eventually !
10/07/2020 Yesterday York, today the world .... well, Newmarket anyway. An excellent three race run for Middleham at 'HQ' (although arguably that would be the Rowley Mile, not the July Course) today. First up Karl Burke's Dandalla doubles up on her Royal Ascot result by landing the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes G2, with Richard Fahey's Fev Rover an odds-defying head away in second. Next up we have yet another Mark Johnston big race double with Cape Coast (who didn't run at all in 2018 or 2019) landing the 37,350 bet365 Heritage Trophy Handicap and Zabeel Champion landing the surprisingly similiarly named 37,350 bet365 Heritage Handicap. Some imagination on the racename front would be welcome guys.At Musselburgh there are winners for Richard Fahey, Tim Easterby and Mark Johnston. Nigel Tinkler lands a winner early on Bath's evening card.
09/07/2020 When you win two of the biggest Epsom classic trials, but Epsom has already passed; yep, it's a strange year. At York today Mark Johnston's thoroughly admirable Rose Of Kildare took the Musidora Stakes G3 and stablemate Thunderous took the following race, the Dante Stakes G2, with Kevin Ryan's Juan Elcano a decent third. Albeit the fields were probably not as strong as they would have been pre-Epsom, and Thunderous only won by a neck, this was still an excellent performance, and unfortunately Frannie Norton, who rode both winners, got a nine day whip ban for his efforts on Thunderous. David O'Meara's Country Carnival was third in Marygate Fillies' Stakes L and Kevin Ryan and Tim Easterby took the opening two races and Philip Makin, Ben Haslam and David O'Meara took the final three races, so a good day all round. At Newmarket Karl Burke took the opener and there were good placings in the main races with Richard Fahey's Escape Route third in the July Stakes G2, stablemate Exceptional second in the 37,350 bet365 Heritage Handicap and Mark Johnston's Communique second in the Princess of Wales' Stakes G2. Paul Midgley took the opener on Chepstow's evening card.
05/07/2020 Too many seconds today, even Enable was 'only' second. At Sandown it started in the opening Dragon Stakes L which saw Karl Burke's Significantly second with Richard Fahey's Internationaldream third. Next up was the Coral Charge G3 which saw John Quinn's Liberty Beach finish, er, second. In the 18,675 Coral Challenge Handicap Mark Johnston's Dark Vision was, of course, second and Richard Fahey's Gallipoli third. Over at Haydock Mark Johnston's Subjectivist was secondly, naturally, in the 37,350 Bet365 Handicap. The next was the Lancashire Oaks G2 with David O'Meara's Makawee putting up an excellent performance to finish .... second. The hoodoo was broken in the 37,350 Old Newton Cup with Mark Johnston's The Trader finishing ah, third. There were winners at Doncaster for Nigel Tinkler and John Quinn.
04/07/2020 OK, so no runners in the Derby or Oaks, but still quite a good day. The highlight of the day actually came at Naas where Tim Easterby's Art Power continued his progression through the ranks by landing the Lacken Stakes G3 very comfortably. Meanwhile at Epsom Mark Johnston's Mutazawwed was third in the opening Woodcote Stakes, and in the next, the Surrey Stakes L, there was a Yorkshire 1-2 with John Quinn's Safe Voyage coming home ahead of Mark Johnston's Vale of Kent. In the following 15,562 Investec Handicap Mark Johnston's Sky Defender chalked up the win, with David O'Meara's Tinandali third. Mark Johnston's Rose Of Kildare was a reasonable third in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes G3 whilst, after the strangest Derby ever, Roger Fell's Muntadab took the closing Zebra Handicap. Haydock saw wins for Tony Coyle, Mark Johnston and David Barron.
28/06/2020 Kevin Ryan's roll continues with Repartee landing the Carnarvon Stakes L at Windsor this afternoon, Mark Johnston also claiming a win on the card. Tom Tate has a win at Newmarket whilst up at Hamilton there are winners for David O'Meara, Richard Fahey, Roger Fell, Tim Easterby and Mark Johnston.
27/06/2020 Northumberland Plate day, but no joy in that quarter. However, earlier on the card at Newcastle, it's a clean-sweep in the Chipchase Stakes G3 with Julie Camacho's Judicial landing the spoils from Kevin Ryan's duo of Brando and Major Jumbo. Mark Johnston took the Northumberland 'Vase' with Mondain and also took the Novice Stakes. At Newmarket Mark Johnston's Thunderous lost his unbeaten tag when second in the Fairway Stakes L with Karl Burke's Do You Love Me, still a maiden, in third. On home soil at Redcar there are winners for Mark Johnston, David O'Meara, Karen Tutty, Richard Fahey and John Quinn.
22/06/2020 Paul Midgley's Merry Banter was a good third in the Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes L at Ayr this afternoon, Richard Fahey, John Quinn and David O'Meara had winners on the card. Closer to home at Thirsk there were doubles for Kevin Ryan (one of which was Arrow Of Gold, half to Golden Horn and winning on his debut, albeit as a three year old) and Tim Easterby and winners singular for as Richard Whitaker, Richard Fahey, David O'Meara and Jedd O'Keeffe.
21/06/2020 Mark Johnston managed to smuggle Rose Of Kildare over to Dusseldorf and she ran well enough in the German 1,000 Guineas G2, finishing third, a nose out of second. Johnston had a winner at Kempton whilst at Redcar there were wins for Paul Midgley, Karl Burke, Bryan Smart, Brian Ellison and David O'Meara, and Lynn Siddall had a winner at Wolverhampton.
20/06/2020 Cripes. Yorkshire's first group one of the 'Covid' season comes in Royal Ascot's Diamond Jubilee Stakes G1 courtesy of Hello Youmzain (off the track for 245 days), trained by Kevin Ryan and ridden by Kevin Stott, the Great Dane landing his first Group One win. However to add to their glory the same trainer and jockey teamed up again in the next race, the 48,518 Wokingham Handicap, with Hey Jonesy (who ran here on Tuesday) and promptly won that as well, by a nose from David O'Meara's Summerghand, with the later's stablemate Gulliver back in fourth. The only other Royal Ascot result of note today came earlier on the card with Mark Johnston's Qaader a decent second in the Coventry Stakes G2. Mark Johnston had a double at Newmarket whilst Richard Fahey scored early on Ripon's evening card with later victories for Paul Midgley, Tim Easterby, Chris Fairhurst and Mark Johnston with the later also scoring at Kempton.
19/06/2020 Yorkshire had a good start to Royal Ascot today, providing the first two winners on the card. First up was the 22,642 Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap which fell to Tim Easterby's 'talking horse' Art Power who was very impressive, with John Quinn's Keep Busy back in second. Next up was the Albany Stakes G3 which saw an equally impressive performance from Karl Burke's Dandalla who won by six lengths. The main race on the card was the Commonwealth Stakes G1 in which Richard Fahey's Ventura Rebel overcame his 40-1 odds to finish third. Mark Johnston's Elarqam appeared not to stay (or couldn't handle the ground) in the Hardwicke Stakes G2, but stablemate West End Charmer was third in the closing 38,814 Duke of Edinburgh Handicap. Rebecca Bastimam and Mark Johnston had a winner each at Newmarket. Johnston also had a winner on Lingfield's evening card.
18/06/2020 Mark Johnston must love Stradivarius, for the second year in a row the chosen Kingsley House/Park candidate for the Ascot Gold Cup G1 is beaten into second place by the champion. It has to be said that whilst Nayef Road was well beaten by 10 lengths he was also 8 lengths ahead of the next best finisher. The previous race was the Chesham Stakes L which also saw a Johnston second place courtesy of March Law (a half brother to Frankuus), with stablemate Golden Flame back in fourth. James Bethell took the opener on Redcar's evening card and there were more local winners later on provided by Paul Midgley, Richard Fahey, David O'Meara, John Quinn and Ben Haslam.
17/06/2020 Boom, Yorkshire's first winner of the Covid Royal Ascot ; Mark Johnston's Dark Vision staying on strongly to land the 48,518 Royal Hunt Cup with stablemate Vale Of Kent back in fourth. Perhaps more significant for Johnston is that Elarqam's short head second to Lord North now looks a lot better in light of the later's convincing victory in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes G1. Philip Makin's Muker (good Yorkshire name) was looking every inch the winner in the Windsor Castle Stakes L, before being overwhelmed to finish a nevertheless creditable third, only a short head out of second. Mark Johnston's Subjectivist was third in the 38,814 King George V Stakes, whilst there were good fourth places for Kevin Ryan's Juan Elcano (in the Hampton Court Stakes G3) and Mark Johnston's Themaxwecan (in the 22,642 Copper Horse Handicap). Mark Johnston's day was capped with a double in the last two races at Beverley, with the other local winners provided by David O'Meara, Jedd O'Keeffe, Julie Camacho, Nigel Tinkler, Roger Fell and Richard Fahey. Johnston made it four for the day with a winner on Chelmsford's evening card.
16/06/2020 The strangest Royal Ascot ever, Day One. No Yorkshire winners today, but some good performances nevertheless. In the second race Mark Johnston's Marie's Diamond puts up an odds-defying run to be third in the Queen Anne Stakes G1 (I know, they didn't kick-off with the Queen Anne, told you it was strange!). Later on John Quinn's Liberty Beach puts up her usual solid performance to be third in the King's Stand Stakes G1, only a short head out of second. The next is the closest we got to a day one victory when David O'Meara's Agincourt (homebred by Sir Robert Ogden) is a head second in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes G2 whilst Mark Johnston's Summer Moon is third in the closing Ascot Stakes. On home soil at Thirsk there are winners for Mark Johnston, Kevin Ryan (Moonlighting, bred at, but not retained by, Copgrove Stud), Karl Burke, Tim Easterby, Mick Easterby, David O'Meara, Adrian Nicholls and Ben Haslam whilst Karl Burke and Jedd O'Keeffe dead heat (well their runners did) in the seventh race. David O'Meara tops off a good day with a winner on Chelmsford's evening card.
15/06/2020 The Mark Johnston trained West End Girl, who has an entry in the Ribblesdale tomorrow, topped the inaugral Tatts online auction when selling for 420,000 .... luckily my mouse button didn't slip ..... ! A group winning daughter of Golden Horn (and his first ever winner) who was placed in a classic trial last time out she certainly deserved to top the sale and was bought by Cayton Park Stud (ie the former, original, Juddmonte Farm in Wargrave). On the track the local were dominant at Pontefract today with wins for Richard Fahey, Mark Walford, Mark Johnston, David O'Meara, Micky Hammond and Tim Easterby, David O'Meara's Makawee was a decent third in the Pontefract Castle Fillies' Stakes L.
14/06/2020 John Quinn's El Astronaute put up his usual reliable performance when leading home a Yorkshire 1-2-3-4 in the Achilles Stakes L at Doncaster today with Paul Midgley's Tarboosh and Final Venture and Tim Easterby's Copper Knight filing the minor placings. Two races later Mark Johnston's King's Advice was second in the Grand Cup Stakes L. The other local winners at Town Moor were provided by Kevin Ryan, Mark Johnston and Philip Makin with John Quinn also taking the last to make it a double. Mark Johnston had a winner at Goodwood and 'we' drew a blank at Newmarket.
13/06/2020 Still not quite sure about the choice of 'catch up' races (why no heritage handicaps ?!) , but it is what it is, and at least there is racing. Today's best result for Yorkshire came at Sandown where John Quinn's Keep Busy was second in the Scurry Stakes L. Karl Burke annexed the opening two races at Doncaster where Roger Fell also had a winner. Declan Carroll had a winner on Leicester's evening card.
07/06/2020 Hhmm, the 1,000 Guineas G1 wasn't supposed to go like that, but it did. Mark Johnston's Raffle Prize was slow out of the stalls and seemed to flounder in the dip .... Jersey Stakes? The only joy on the Newmarket card was a Mark Johnston 1-2 in the 1m2f handicap. Haydock hosted 'Sandowns' Brigadier Gerard Stakes G3 and that also didn't quite go to script with Mark Johnston's Elarqam leading, then fading, then rallying again to finish a short head second. We did better in Haydock's native races with a 1-2 in the Cecil Frail Stakes L courtesy of John Quinn's Liberty Beach and Kevin Ryan's Queen Jo Jo respectively, and Quinn's Safe Voyage finishing second in the Spring Trophy L. Mark Johnston took the opener at Lingfield.
06/06/2020 It's all hotting up. 2,000 Guineas G1 day today at Newmarket and Kevin Ryan's Juan Elcano ran respectably to finish fifth, only a neck out of fourth. In the Palace House Stakes G3 there were excellent runs from Julie Camacho's Judicial and Kevin Ryan's Major Jumbo who finished second and third respectively. Elsewhere on the card Julie Camacho's Makanah took the opener and Mark Johnston's duo of Blown By Wind and The Trader both struck later on the card. Closer to home at Newcastle Mark Johnston dominated the Sagaro Stakes G3 with a 1-2 finish courtesy of Nayef Road and Mildenberger. Johnston also took the opener and there were also winners for Richard Fahey, Ben Haslam and Bryan Smart and Liam Bailey.
05/06/2020 Things are hotting up, on this the strangest of flat season. The Newmarket 'Guineas' meeting kicked off with the Coronation Cup as it's main day one attraction ..... Anyway, Mark Johnston's admirable Marie's Diamond, last seen out just before lockdown, was a nice winner of the Paradise Stakes L with stablemate Vale Of Kent back in third. Earlier the Abernant Stakes G3 yielded a third for Kevin Ryan's Emaraaty Ana. Down at Lingfield Mark Johnston's West End Girl was third, only beaten a nose out of second, in the Oaks Trial L.
04/06/2020 Our first (flat) Group winner of the (admittedly somewhat bizarre) season at Newcastle this afternoon when Karl Burke's Dubai Station lands the Pavilion Stakes G3 by a neck. Team Burke had already taken the opener with a Cheveley Park filly and David O'Meara and Mark Johnston provided the other Yorkshire trained winners. At Newmarket meanwhile there were winners for Mark Johnston and Les Eyre.
02/06/2020 I'll be back to my normal format of only commenting and reporting on significant events from tomorrow but, for the record, the second day of 'post' (sort of) Covid racing saw a double for Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning at Kempton whilst Johnston also had a winner at Newcastle, as did Tim Easterby, Philip Makin, Karl Burke and Richard Fahey. No runners in Kempton's Classic Trial tomorrow, although two of 'ours' go in the fillies listed contest. North America's winningmost horse (not H)Arrogate has been put down in Lexington at the age of seven following an as yet unknown disease.
01/06/2020 And racing is back, but not as we know it ; no crowds, minimal connections, temperature checks, face masks. Newcastle hasn't seen so much (racing) interest since the late Plate, suffice it to say there were Yorkshire trained wins for Roger Fell, Brian Ellison, Tim Easterby, Richard Fahey, Kevin Ryan and Les Eyre, with Easterby's Art Power especially impressive. The sole Yorkshire runner in the rescheduled 2,000 Guineas will be Kevin Ryan's Juan Elcano, whilst there are potentially three in the 1,000 Guineas ; the Mark Johnston duo of proven performers Raffle Prize and Rose Of Kildare and Karl Burke's somewhat less exposed Yes Always.
19/04/2020 Time for an update of what's been happening thus far in the Corona-break. Winningmost trainer Mark Johnston has been struck down with the virus but seems to be recovering well by all accounts, meanwhile wife Deidre and son Angus have been singing and strumming away, keeping us all entertained. Looking at Ann Duffield's twitter feed she'll be hunting out 5G transmitters in the vicinity of Kinglsey Park. Meanwhile David O'Meara's money spinning stalwart Suedois has been retired at the age of 9, having been running in Dubai as recently as February. So it's probably time for an update of the all-time earnings table for Yorkshire trained horses, and the big news since the last airing of this list is that it's all inter-stable rivalry as Dee Ex Bee has surplanted Attraction, who sadly falls off the bottom of the list and Suedois has likewise overtaken Mondialiste.Remember this doesn't, where applicable, include any earnings when not Yorkshire trained. If Dee Ex Bee can garner ~100k this season (whenever that is!) then we can change this to the millionaires list. Horses in bold are still, as far as I know, in training.
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.
Laurens Karl Burke 1,765,488 Prix de Diane G1, Prix Saint-Alary G1, Fillies' Mile G1, Sun Chariot Stakes G1, Matron Stakes G1, Prix Rothschild G1, May Hill Stakes G2, 2nd.1,000 Guineas G1, Lockinge Stakes G1, City Of York Stakes G2, Prix du Calvados G3
Lord Glitters David O'Meara 1,429,484 Queen Anne Stakes G1, Strensall Stakes G3, Balmoral Handicap, 2nd.Queen Anne Stakes G1, Summer Mile G2, Ben Marshall Stakes L, Lincoln Handicap, 3rd.Dubai Turf G1, Sussex Stakes G1
Suedois David O'Meara 1,373,293 Shadwell Turf Mile G1, Boomerang Stakes G2, 2nd.July Cup G1, Duke Of York Stakes G2,Lennox Stakes G2, Supreme Stakes G3, John of Gaunt Stakes G3, Aliyah Hcap, 3rd.Sprint Cup Stakes G1, Prix de la Foret G1, Shadwell Turf Mile G1, Greenlands Stakes G2, Lennox Stakes G2, Summer Mile G2, City Of York Stakes G3, 4th.Breeder's Cup Mile G1
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.
Brando Kevin Ryan 1,012,425 Prix Maurice de Gheest G1, Abernant Stakes G3 (x2), The Sprint Stakes G3, Ayr Gold Cup, 2nd.Sprint Cup Stakes G1, Prix Maurice de Gheest G1, July Cup G1, Duke of York Stakes G2, Sapphire Stakes G2, Wokingham Handicap, 3rd.July Cup G1, British Champions Sprint Stakes G1 etc.
Shakespearean Mark Johnston 1,001,241 Goffs Million Mile, Solario Stakes G3, 3rd.Superlative Stakes G3
Dee Ex Bee Mark Johnston 907,825 Henry II Stakes G3, Sagaro Stakes G3, 2nd.Epsom Derby G1, Ascot Gold Cup G1, Goodwood Cup G1, Lonsdale Cup G2, Gordon Stakes G3, Chester Vase G3, Zetland Stakes L, 3rd.Prix du Cadran G1, Grosser Preis von Bayern G1, Grand Prix de Pari G1, 4th.St.Leger G1
30/03/2020 The sad death was announced today of another Yorkshire Racing Legend, namely Peter Beaumont, the former Brandsby trainer. Best known as the trainer of the 1993 Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner (who was second the following year and also won the Irish Hennessy Gold Cup three times - and was second once - and the Peter Marsh Chase twice and was second in the Irish Grand National), he also trained Young Kenny (Scottish Grand National, Tote Becher Chase), Hussard Collonges (RSA Chase), Niki Dee (2nd.Cathcart Challenge Cup Chase, 3rd Grand National), Hunters Tweed (Ladbroke Trophy Chase), Bobby Grant (Tommy Whittle Chase, twice) and J-J Henry (John Hughes/Topham Chase), the later making his daughter Andrea the first women to ride a winner over Aintree's National fences.
14/03/2020 Brian Ellison's Sam's Adventure triumphs in the 25,024 1834 Novices' Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter off bottom weight. More NH action at Newcastle where Jedd O'Keeffe, Sue Smith and Brian Ellison all have wins. On the level at Wolverhampton there are wins for Michael Herrington, Lawrence Mullaney, Julie Camacho (Lorton in the 10,397 EBF Fillies' Handicap) and James Bethell. Two stalwarts of Middleham racing have passed away recently ; Betty Duxbury, of Carlton, owner primarily with Sally Hall but also with Ann Duffield, Chris Thornton, Chris Fairhurst and Tim Easterby passed away on the 2nd at the age of 90. Also former Middleham trainer Kate Walton has died at the age of 60, having retired in 2009 to hand over to Simon West, she trained over 70 winners and her best horse was probably Dark Ben.
13/03/2020 Cheltenham no runners = no return. Mark Johnston has a winner at Lingfield whilst Antony Brittain (cracking season so far!) , Richard Fahey and Karl Burke all score at Southwell.
12/03/2020 Crikey, Philip Kirby's Rayna's World is an odds-defying third in the Daylesford Mares' Novices' Hurdle Gd2 at Cheltenham today, after the drought we'll take that ! John Quinn had a winner at Chelmsford.
11/03/2020 Generally you have to have runners to have winners, so no joy for Yorkshire on Cheltenham Day 2. Richard Fahey scores at Kempton and Ruth Carr at Lingfield.
10/03/2020 Cheltenham Day One, and even Lady Buttons can't give up anything to cheer about, it could be a long week. David Griffiths has a winner at Wolverhampton and Sue Smith at Sedgefield, whilst evening racing at Newcastle yields success for Les Eyre, Micky Hammond and Ruth Carr.
07/03/2020 Imperial Cup day cancelled (well OK, the day wasn't cancelled, just the meeting!) , so a fairly quiet pre-Cheltenham Saturday. Wolverhampton sees winners for Richard Fahey and Michael Herrington , Mark Johnston's Smile A Mile is second in the 31,125 Lincoln Trial Handicap and stablemate Marie's Diamond is third in the Lady Wulfruna Stakes L. Evening racing at Chelmsford sees a win for Mark Johnston's Mildenberger in the 12,938 Tote Conditions Stakes.
29/02/2020 Good day at Kelso with Ruth Jefferson's Clondaw Caitlin landing the Wm Hill Premier Novices' Hurdle Gd2, by five lengths, making it four in a row. Next up Brian Ellison's Definitly Red greatly enchances his Grand National claims with a fourteen length romp in the 28,475 Wm Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Premier Chase L. Ben Haslam had also registered a winner earlier on the card. Ellison doubles up at Doncaster where David O'Meara also has a winner. On the level David Griffiths and Bryan Smart have wins at Southwell and Mark Johnston at Lingfield. Big day at Riyadh, David O'Meara's Suedois picks up useful pocket money when fifth in the stc 1351 Cup
22/02/2020 The tulips are starting to appear, and it's still light(ish) at 17:30 .... must be getting close to the start of the flat season, but we haven't reached Cheltenham yet. Nevertheless Yorkshire's first flat black-type win of the season came at Lingfield today when Karl Burke's Hareem Queen took the Hever Sprint Stakes L with David O'Meara's Watchable back in third. Evening racing saw Richard Fahey's Furzig land the 12,291 New Tote Handicap at Chelmsford. Finally a shout out to Antony Brittain who scored a treble at Wolverhampton last night, with Michael Herrington and Roger Fell also scoring.
01/02/2020 No Grade Two winner this weekend, however one of Yorkshire's star in that respect, Sue Smith's Midnight Shadow, did put up a good performance at Sandown to be second in the Scilly Isles Novices' Chase Gd1. At Musselburgh John Quinn's Ashington was a beaten favourite when second in the 21,896 Scottish County Hurdle Handicap whilst Ruth Jefferson provided the sole local winner at Wetherby.
25/01/2020 Another weekend, and another Yorkshire trained Grade 2 winner, this time the wonder mare that is Lady Buttons lands the Owlerton Mares' Hurdle Gd2 at Doncaster for Philip Kirkby, who also had a reasonable day at Cheltenham with Top Ville Been third in the Cotswold Chase G2, and En Meme Temps likewise third in the 17,204 Steel Plate & Sections Handicap Hurdle. David O'Meara provided Yorkshire's sole flat winner at Lingfield.
18/01/2020 OK, so we may not have reached the heights of the mid seventies and early eighties, Michael Dickinson, Peter Easterby and Neville Crump but this has to be one of the better National Hunt seasons of recent years for Yorkshire trainers. Today at Haydock Sue Smith gained her second Grade Two of the (calendar) year when Vintage Clouds took the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase Gd2, with Brian Ellison's Definitly Red back in second, for good measure Sue Smith also took the last. Earlier Smith's Joke Dancer was third in the Patrick Coyne Memorial Altcar Novices' Chase Gd2, whilst Micky Hammond's Cornerstone Lad was third in the Champion Hurdle Trial Hurdle Gd2. David O'Meara had a winner at Lingfield and Philip Makin scored at Chelmsford.
16/01/2020 Suedois, trained by David O'Meara, made his Dubai sojourn profitable today when landing the closing 78,947 Aliyah Handicap on the turf at Meydan, adding to his already not inconsiderable bank balance. At no doubt equally balmy Market Rasen there was a double for a resurgent Micky Hammond whilst Philip Kirby, Nigel Tinkler and Antony Brittain all struck on the all-weather at Newcastle.
02/01/2020 David O'Meara's money-spinning Suedois runs well enough at Meydan today when third in the Meydan Challenge Sponsored By Emirates NBD Asset Management Handicap L. Time for the 'Top 10' list again when I have time. More mundane fayre domestically with a sole winner courtesy of Richard Fahey at Lingfield.
01/01/2020 Boom, New Year, first Graded race of the year, Yorkshire winner; congratulations to Sue Smith and connections as Midnight Shadow lands the Dipper Novices' Chase Gd2 at Cheltenham,. to add to his two earlier Grade 2 hurdling victories. Brian Ellison and Sam England strike at Catterick whilst Karl Burke lands a double at Southwell where Richard Fahey also has a win.

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