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22/06/2021 John Quinn's Keep Busy bounced back to winning form today when taking the Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes L at Ayr, with Paul Midgley's Mid Winster back in third. Mark Johnston had the only other Yorkshire winner at Ayr whilst Kevin Ryan, Tim Easterby, Nigel Tinkler, Harvey Bastiman, Michael & David Easterby and Richard Fahey all struck at Beverley.
20/06/2021 Kevin Ryan's Atomic Force stormed to a five length victory in the Prix du Bois G3 at Chantilly today to frank the good impression left by his prior Hamilton win. Pontefract saw a double for Karl Burke as well as wins for Roger Fell, David Barron, Mark Johnston and Tim Easterby. Brian Ellison and Tim Easterby get a winner apiece up at Hexham.
19/06/2021 No Royal Ascot winners today, but Tim Easterby's Art Power showed a return to form when a decent third in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes G1. Mark Johnston's Thunderous was fourth in the Hardwicke Stakes G2 whilst Richard Fahey's Rhythm Master occupied the same position in the Jersey Stakes G2, only a head out of third. The locals ruled at Redcar with doubles for Nigel Tinkler and Tim Easterby whilst Grant Tuer and Declan Carroll also got in on the winning action.
18/06/2021 It was looking like we might get a (winner) drought and (weather) flood on the same day at Royal Ascot today but in the end racing did go ahead and Karl Burke's Significantly took the closing 33,501 Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes Handicap by a head. In the previous race Mark Johnston's Zabeel Champion was third in the 35,100 Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap and Burke's Dandalla was a decent fourth in the Commonwealth Cup G1. Kevin Ryan had a last races double at Redcar (inc the Copgrove owned/bred Aunt Agatha in the last) where Tim Easterby, John Quinn and Philip Kirby also scored. Andy Crook and Sara Ender both had winners at Market Rasen. Kevin Ryan also had a winner on Newmarket's evening card.
17/06/2021 And boom ! That made up for yesterday, three Yorkshire winners at Royal Ascot today. Pride of place definitely goes to Mark Johnston's Subjectivist a convincing five length winner of the Gold Cup G1 ; the trainers fourth victory in this contest. With Dee Ex Bee and Nayef Road having finished runners-up to Stradivarius no less than five times between them, including twice in this and twice in the Goodwood Cup G1, it was revenge time and although Stradivarius did get trapped in he could only finish fourth in the end, so this was a more than fair renewal. I'm pretty sure it was Franny Norton wolf-whistling when the jockeys welcomed Subjectivist and Joe Fanning to the winners enclosure ; a rare accolade .... the jockey's ovation, rather than the Norton whistle ! The other group winner was Richard Fahey's Perfect Power who triumphed by a head in the Norfolk Stakes G2 with Bryan Smart's Project Dante running well a further nose back on third. To round out a good day John Quinn's Highfield Princess took the closing 33,501 Buckingham Palace Stakes Handicap by over a length, easing down. At Ripon meanwhile there were wins for Nigel Tinkler, Mark Johnston, David Barron, Peter Niven and Michael & David Easterby.
16/06/2021 No Yorkshire trained winners at Royal Ascot today, with Kevin Ryan's Boonie the only placed runner when third in the Windsor Castle Stakes L, however that race was won by the Theakston Stud bred Chipotle, so all was not lost ! Hamilton saw an opening race double for Mark Johnston whilst Grant Tuer took the last, Philip Kirby and Sue Smith both had wins over hurdles at Uttoxeter. Evening racing at Ripon sees doubles for both Tim Easterby and David O'Meara and a winner for Mark Johnston.
15/06/2021 Royal Ascot Day One could have been worse. Kevin Ryan's Juan Elcano ran well to land the Wolferton Stakes L , coming good again to run up to his two year old form. The Coventry Stakes G2 saw Roger Fell's Eldrickjones run a blinder to finish second with Richard Fahey's Vintage Clarets a neck back in third. David O'Meara's Lord Glitters was a decent fourth in the Queen Anne Stakes G1 whilst the freshly minted partnership of Michael & David Easterby had Elysian Flame run third in the Ascot Stakes. Tim Easterby had a double at Thirsk where Mark Johnston and Ann Duffield also had winners. Evening racing at Beverley saw wins for Les Eyre, Mark Johnston, Tim Easterby, Harvey Bastiman and Michael & David Easterby.
12/06/2021 Not quite as good at York today, David O'Meara's Makawee was third in the Grand Cup Stakes L and Roger Fell and John Quinn had the last two winners on the card. At Chester there were wins for Tim Easterby, Julie Camacho and Richard Fahey whilst Brian Ellison and Ben Haslam had winners under hunt rules at Hexham.
11/06/2021 The locals go through the card at York this afternoon with Richard Fahey's Space Traveller occupying pride of place for landing the Ganton Stakes L with David O'Meara's new recruit Azano in second. Julie Camacho's Shepherds Way takes the 17,523 EBF Supporting Racing With Pride Fillies' Handicap and there are also two additional winners for Richard Fahey as well as wins for Mark Johnston, Brian Ellison and Tim Easterby.
10/06/2021 Karl Burke's Lord Of The Lodge put up his best performance since his juvenile days this evening when second in the Ballycorus Stakes G3 at Leopardstown. Nottingham saw wins for Mark Johnston and Tim Easterby whilst evening racing at Haydock yielded a win for Les Eyre.
05/06/2021 Well the Derby ... happened .... it started quite well with Mark Johnston's King Frankel a nose second in the opening 25,770 World Pool At The tote Handicap .... we can skip the middle bits .... David O'Meara's Muscika, a youthful seven, was second by a neck in the closing 25,770 Cazoo Handicap. Just the one local winner at Doncaster, but at least Mark Johnston's Dancing King landed the opening 25,480 Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap, with stablemate Kondo Isami second. At Musselburgh Kevin Ryan's Huboor gained some valuable black type when third in the Maggie Dickson Stakes L and there were winners for Roger Fell, Mark Johnston and Harvey Bastiman. Ruth Jefferson had a winner over hurdles at Hexham and Mark Johnstno struck on Lingfield's evening card.
04/06/2021 Oaks Day at Epsom, but unfortunately Dubai Fountain failed to deliver. There was however a Yorkshire 1-2-3 in the closing 20,616 Cazoo Derby Day Festival with David O'Meara's Rhoscolyn coming home in front of stablemate Shelir and David Barron's On A Session. Earlier O'Meara's Hortzadar was second in the 25,770 Coral 'Beaten By A Length' Free Bet Handicap. Grant Tuer lands a double at Catterick where Karl Burke and Philip Kirby also have winners. Also coming home with double was Micky Hammond , his coming at Market Rasen. Ruth Carr lands the opener on Doncaster's evening card and Nigel Tinkler scored at Bath's evening meet. The rain at Epsom might help Gear Up's chances tomorrow somewhat ....
29/05/2021 The Achilles Stakes L at Haydock sees Ed Bethell's Moss Gill finish a neck second with Tim Easterby's Count d'Orsay in third. Adrian Nicholls had a winner later on the card. At Beverley the locals grabbed both the big two-year-old races; First up Kevin Ryan's Lady Ayresome headed a Yorkshire 1-2-3 in the 12,885 Hilary Needler Trophy whilst John Quinn's Tipperary Sunset took the 12,885 Two Year Old Trophy Conditions Stakes, Philip Kirby provided the only other Yorkshire winner on the Westwood. Tim Easterby landed the main race at Chester, Boardman triumphing in the 16,200 tote+ Pays You More At tote.co.uk Handicap, Mark Johnston took the last. Micky Hammond had Yorkshire's sole jumps winner at bucolic Cartmel. An in-form Tim Easterby landed a treble on Catterick's evening card, where Roger Fell, Grant Tuer and Geoff Harker also had wins.
22/05/2021 The Yorkshire run continued at Haydock with a 1-2-3 in the Temple Stakes G2 with John Quinn's Liberty Beach, on seasonal reappearance, leading all the way to prevail by a neck from Karl Burke's Ainsdale with fellow Spigot Lodge resident Lady In France third. Earlier Quinn's Frankenstella had landed the 10,260 Download The Casumo App Today Handicap, Richard Fahey's Umm Kulthum was third in the Sandy Lane Stakes G2 and stablemate Seasett was second, off bottom weight, in the 25,965 Silver Bowl Handicap and Adrian Nicholls took the last. Just the one winner at York, courtesy of Grant Tuer, but David O'Meara's Makawee was third in the Bronte Cup G3. O'Meara provided 'our' sole winner at Goodwod with bottom weighted Rhoscolyn taking the 25,770 Download The MansionBet app Handicap (... the imagination that goes into these race names ....).
21/05/2021 A Yorkshire clean sweep under heavy conditions in the Cecil Frail Stakes L at Haydock today with David O'Meara's Twilight Spinner running out the impressive six and a half length winner on only her third start, ahead of Richard Fahey's Ventura Diamond and Adrian Nicholls' Mamba Wamba. Unfortunately this represented Fahey's third consecutive runner-up of the day, albeit second in a listed race is probably somewhat easier to stomach ! Evening racing in the mud at Catterick saw Simon Whitaker chalk up his first winner since taking over from father Richard whilst there was a double for Tim Easterby and a win for Richard Fahey.
15/05/2021 A bad case of seconditis at Newbury with Karl Burke's Spycatcher (Carnarvon Stakes L) and the Mark Johnston duo of Thunderous and King Frankel (Aston Park Stakes G3 and London Gold Cup respectively) all occupying the runner-up berth. Unfortunately the trend didn't continue in the Lockinge Stakes G1 , although Lord Glitters was fourth for David O'Meara. At Newmarket Kevin Ryan's Bellissime was a decent third in the King Charles II Stakes L and Tim Easterby's Barney's Bay was also third in the 18,900 Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap. Winners for Karl Burke, Paul Midgley, Karen Tutty, David Barron and Kevin Ryan at Thirsk, whilst evening racing at Doncaster yields a double for Nigel Tinkler and wins for Richard Fahey and William Bethell.
14/05/2021 It's probably safe to say that the Dante meeting hasn't gone quite as hoped for from the perspective of Mark Johnston, almost evens favourite Sir Ron Priestly could only manage third in the Yorkshire Cup G2 today with also fancied stablemate Nayef Road fifth (aka last), Tim Easterby's Wells Farhh Go (who had been off course for 587 days) split the pair although he finished over nine lengths behind and eight lengths ahead. Johnston did however take the last with further wins for Tim Easterby and Les Eyre and there was an eye-catching debut for Kevin Ryan's Mas Poder, fourth (by a neck) in the Marygate Stakes L. Evening racing at Hamilton yields winners for John Quinn, Mick Easterby, Tim Easterby and Grant Tuer.
13/05/2021 Could have gone better, Yorkshire's best Derby hope for some time, Mark Johnston's Gear Up, was poor on his seasonal reapperance in the Dante Stakes G2 at York today only managing fifth. Still ..... if it rains ..... The Westow Stakes L was more to my liking with Tim Easterby's Winter Power landing the spoils by an impressive three lengths with Kevin Ryan's Dexter Belle also running well to be third .... although hot favourite Acklam Express was plumb last. Also at the Knavesmire David Barron stalwart Kynren took the 15,462 Hambleton Handicap and Tim Easterby's Copper Knight the 12,885 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap.
12/05/2021 A bit of a wipe out, major race wise, on the opening day of the Dante meeting at York, which was a little depressing especially as Yorkshire fielded seven of the twelve runners in the Duke of York Stakes G2. For the record 'our' highest finisher was David O'Meara's ever-dependable Summerghand in fourth. We did OK on the undercard though with Richard Fahey landing the 12,885 Churchill Tyres Handicap with Mr Lupton, a day after reaching the epic milestone of 3,000 winners. Adrian Keatley and Bryan Smart also scored later on the card .
08/05/2021 The Kilvington Stakes L at Nottingham today saw a Yorkshire 2-3 with Kevin Ryan's Last Empire in second and Richard Fahey's Ventura Diamond third, with Team Fahey also getting a winner later on the card. No winners at Ascot but David O'Meara's Escobar was third in the 38,655 Victoria Cup with Richard Fahey's Zip fourth. At Haydock's mixed meeting Brian Ellison's Cormier was second in the Swinton Handicap Hurdle Gd3 and there was a flat winner for Tim Easterby who also had a double under hunt rules at Hexham. Eveniung racing at Thirsk yielded yet another winner for Tim Easterby as well as wins for Adrian Nicholls and David Griffiths.
07/05/2021 Today at Chester Yorkshire's best finisher in the 64,425 Chester Cup was Mark Johnston's Hochfeld in third whilt the sole winner was John Quinn's seasoned performer El Astronaute. Andy Crook had a winner over hurdles at Market Rasen. Evening racing at Nottingham saw a winner for Tim Easterby who doubled up at Ripon where uncle Mick Easterby had a double and David O'Meara also scored.
06/05/2021 No representation in the main races at Chester today but Richard Fahey's Master Zoffany took the 10,308 Deepbridge Estate Planning Service Handicap and there were supporting winners for David Barron and Mark Johnston with the later also striking at Chelmsford.
05/05/2021 A good start to Chester with Mark Johnston's Dubai Fountain a comfortable winner of the Cheshire Oaks L, she now goes straight to Epsom. Tim Easterby took the 10,308 tote+ At tote.co.uk Handicap with Showalong (with Declan Carroll's First Company in second) whilst Tony Coyle also struck ; his first winner of the season, albeit he's only had thirteen runners thus far. Sue Smith had a double at Kelso, including the Class 3 feature and Henry Hogarth also had a winner.
02/05/2021 Richard Fahey was fairly confident that Fev Rover would put up a good performance in the 1,000 Guineas G1 today, but the 22-1 odds would imply that general opinion was against him. In the end she ran a blinder to finish third, only a neck out of second. Earlier at HQ Mark Johnston's Zabeel Champion had landed the 18,039 Back and Lay On Betfair Exchange Handicap. At Hamilton Mark Johnston won the 15,462 Buttonhook Handicap for the umpteenth time with The Trader, top-weighted stablemate Hochfeld was second, David O'Meara landed the opener and Kevin Ryan's Ben Macdui was third in the 18,039 Tangerine Trees Conditions Stakes.
01/05/2021 Guineas Day, but no Yorkshire runners in the main event (at least that is remedied tomorrow). Yorkshire did manage to win the main supporting race though with Mark Johnston's Sir Ron Priestley putting up a strong performance to land the Jockey Club Stakes G2 with stablemate Thunderous improving from his last run to finish a good third. Earlier Kevin Ryan's Emaraaty Ana came off worst in a blanket finish to get third by two necks in the Palace House Stakes G3 whilst Johnston's Maydanny was second in the 18,039 Suffolk Handicap. Another close finish at Goodwood saw David O'Meara's Agincourt (homebred by Sir Robert Ogden) go down by a nose in the final stride when second in the Conqueror Fillies' Stakes L whilst Mark Johnston's Desert Safari took the 12,885 Download The MansionBet App Handicap. Cliff Stud sponsored the whole card at Thirsk on Hunt Cup Day, to their great credit and whilst there was no joy in the main event Tim Easterby, Jedd O'Keeffe, Ollie Pears and Brian Ellison did all score on the undercard. Mark Johnston and Roger Fell took the opening two races on Doncaster's evening card, and Philip Kirby took the last, whilst Mark Walford had a winner at Hexham where the last race was declared void.
30/04/2021 A decent day at Goodwood with Mark Johnston's Qaader landing the 13,500 EBF Conditions Stakes and David O'Meara's Makawee second in the Daisy Warwick Fillies' Stakes L. Musselburgh sees winners for Bryan Smart and Tim Easterby and a double in the last two for Richard Fahey. Evening racing at Newcastle yields another winner for Richard Fahey as well as for Jessica Macey whilst Gillian Walford lands a Hunter Chase at Cheltenham.
28/04/2021 Not too bad at Ascot today (didn't this used to be an evening meeting ?!?) with third places in both Group 3 races ; Mark Johnston's Nayef Road not toooo far behind the mighty Stradivarius in the Sagaro Stakes G3 and Karl Burke's Spycatcher a decent third in the Pavilion Stakes G3 (I can't bring myself to type out "Qipco British Champions Series horseracinghof.com Pavilion Stakes (Commonwealth Cup Trial)" .... oh, hang on, I did). In addition Johnston's The Gatekeeper was a promising second in the Royal Ascot Two-Year-Old Trial Conditions Stakes. On home soil at Ponty there was a double for David O'Meara and wins for Ruth Carr, Kevin Ryan and Mark Johnston whilst Micky Hammond, David O'Meara and Grant Tuer all scored at Wolverhampton. Mark Johnston had a double on Chelmsford's evening card.
27/04/2021 Some worthwhile trips to Nottingham today with Mark Johnston's Freyja adding to her CV when a neck second in the Nottinghamshire Oaks L and wins for her stablemate Hochfeld and Kevin Ryan's Fighter Pilot. Lot's of evening racing saw a double for Richard Fahey at Ayr where Grant Tuer and David O'Meara also had winners whilst Mark Johnston scored at Yarmouth.
19/04/2021 John Dance, owner of Laurens, announced that he was the purchaser of Manor House Stud . The plan is to develop the property to provide a) a base for his yearlings and b) a private training yard to be headed up by James Horton, currently assistant to Sir Michael Stoute. Sounds exciting although I'm sure Dance also bought Fair Winter Farm, and last time I passed by it seemed to be have overrun with ..... alpacas. Winners at Pontefract for Roger Fell, Antony Brittain, Philip Kirby, Kevin Ryan and Paul Midgley. Over jumps Sue Smith, Jedd O'Keeffe and Micky Hammond all had winners at Hexham whilst Mark Walford and Sam England did likewise at Market Rasen.
18/04/2021 On the Scottish Grand National card at Ayr today Peter Niven's Malystic was second in the Future Champion Novices' Chase Gd2 with Philip Kirby's Whoshotthesherriff in third, Mark Walford had a winner later on the card.
16/04/2021 At Newbury Mick Easterby's Elysian Flame landed the 18,039 Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd Silver Bar Handicap (with Mark Johnston's Rochester House back in third). Up at Ayr Brian Ellison's Nietzsche took the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase L by a neck. The Racing Post reports that the Craven Breeze-Up Sales purchasing charts were topped by Middleham's own Manor House Stud, which was sold last year to an as-yet unidentified buyer. The stud signed for eight lots totalling 1.035m guineas including sons of Kingman and Churchill for 335,000gns and 135,000gns respectively and a daughter of Iffraaj for 110,000gns.
15/04/2021 Even better today at the Craven Meeting with David O'Meara's Summerghand running on well to land the Abernant Stakes G3, with Kevin Ryan's Emaraaty Ana back in third, only a head off second. Karl Burke's Significantly had earlier finished runner-up in the second race on the card. The locals took all but one of the races at Ripon courtesy of Richard Fahey, Sam England, Mark Johnston, Ed Bethell, Adrian Nicholls and Roger Fell. Evening racing at Newcastle sees a double for first-season-trainer Ed Bethell (making it three for the day and four from his last six runners!) as well as a winner for Nigel Tinkler.
14/04/2021 Ah, the Craven Meeting at Newmarket, which southerners claim is the true start of the Flat Turf Season. Hhhhhmm. Anyway, a good start with the opening race won by a colt bred by Steve Parkin's nascent Branton Court Stud. Mark Johnston's Marie's Diamond ran well to be second in the Earl Of Sefton Stakes G3. Closer to home there were local winners at Beverley for Richard Fahey (a double), Kevin Ryan, Mark Johnston, Harvey Bastiman (his first winner since taking over from sister Rebecca), David O'Meara and Mick Easterby. Evening racing at Kempton saw Richard Fahey land a double double and Mark Johnston also had a winner.
08/04/2021 Day One of the Aintree Festival saw no Yorkshire winners and Waiting Patiently doing just that .... when pulled up. However Sally Hall's homebred Miss Lamb, trained by Jedd O'Keeffe was a decent third in the (deep breath) Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race Gd2. On the level Southwell saw a double for Mark Johnston and winners for Kevin Ryan, David Barron, Karl Burke and Roger Fell.
07/04/2021 The busiest day of the nascent flat season so far with four meetings. At Nottingham Mark Johnston's Sir Ron Priestley, off the track for 577 days and last seen finishing second in the St Leger G1 of 2019, made a return to the track to tidily land the Further Flight Stakes L , the stable then took the last race as well. Catterick saw wins for Nigel Tinkler, Kevin Ryan, David O'Meara, Tim Easterby and Philip Kirby, there was no joy at Lingfield. Evening racing at Newcastle yielded a fantastic treble for Grant Tuer and a win singular for Jedd O'Keeffe.
03/04/2021 An excellent day at Musselburgh for Mark Johnston who landed four of the first five races including Themaxwecan in the 38,655 Queen's Cup Heritage Handicap (stablemate Hochfeld in third) and Naamoos in the 15,462 Royal Mile Handicap (stablemate Forest Falcon in second). David Barron's Zarzni was a good short head second in the 15,462 Scottish Sprint Cup Handicap. At Haydock Sue Smith's Small Present took home 18,004 in the snappily named Betway Challenger Stayers Hurdle Seriesl Final Handicap Hurdle. Evening racing saw Wolverhampton wins for Antony Brittain and Philip Kirby.
02/04/2021 Yorkshire got it's All-Weather champion with David O'Meara's Summerghand taking the 38,655 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championship Conditions Stakes at Lingfield by a head from Karl Burke's Exalted Angel with Richard Fahey's Brian The Snail back in third. Karl Burke took the closing 12,885 All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap with Lord Of The Lodge, Mark Johnston's Lucky Deal with third in the Marathon, and Johnston was second in the All-Weather Trainers Championship, with Richard Fahey in third. Newcastle meanwhile saw a double for Kevin Ryan and wins for Mark Johnston and Roger Fell.
27/03/2021 Dubai started well with Mark Johnston's Subjectivist laying out his Champion Stayer credentials early in the season with a fantastic display to land the Dubai Gold Cup G2, always in the front two he then forged ahead under Joe Fanning with over five furlongs left to run and eventually won by nearly six lengths, in course record time. Later on the card Nigel Tinkler's Acklam Express was only beaten out of second by a neck when third in the Al Quoz Sprint G1, picking up 72,992 for his efforts. David O'Meara's standard bearer Lord Glitters could 'only' manage sixth in the Dubai Turf G1, but such was the prize money on offer he still took home 58,394. Doncaster saw the start of the domestic turf season, the locals only had one winner with first-season trainer Ed Bethell landing the 23,193 Spring Mile Handicap with Artistic Rifles. David O'Meara's Hortzadar was a decent third in the 51,540 Lincoln Handicap , whilst the Cammidge Trophy L saw some old favourites with Kevin Ryan's Emaraaty Ana second, Kevin Ryan's Brando third and David O'Meara's Summerghand fourth. Mark Johnston had a winner at Kempton and Micky Hammond took the bumper at Kelso and Grant Tuer had a winner on Wolverhampton's evening card.
21/03/2021 Wetherby trainer Rebecca Bastiman has passed away at the age of 40 after a long illness. Trainer of over a hundred winners since taking over from her father Robin in 2015 her best horse was probably Hayadh who won five including the Thirsk Hunt Cup. Mick Easterby had a winner at Carlisle.
16/03/2021 Crikey, Cheltenham Day One and a Yorkshire winner already with Sue Smith's old favourite Vintage Clouds, finally landing, after five attempts, the Ultima Handicap Chase Gd3 at the age of 11, pulling clear by five and a half lengths after being one length ahead at the last. Joanne Foster took the last at Sedgefield whilst Philip Kirby took the opener at Southwell. Evening racing at Newcastle sees wins for Mark Johnston, Richard Fahey, Grant Tuer and Jedd O'Keeffe.
13/03/2021 A good day at Wolverhampton for Karl Burke with Born To Be Alive landing the 18,675 Lincoln Trial Handicap (with David Barron's new recruit On A Session in second) and Lord Of The Lodge second in the Lady Wulfruna Stakes L. Richard Fahey took the opener whilst Mark Walford had a winner at Ayr.
06/03/2021 Well that didn't take long. Early March and Yorkshire already has it's first Group One winner courtesy of David O'Meara stalwart Lord Glitters landing the Jebel Hatta G1, almost last to first, at Meydan this afternoon at the ripe old age of eight. He's now closing in rapidly on Laurens who is fourth placed in the Yorkshire all-time winningmost list ! Nigel Tinkler's Acklam Express also put up a sterling performance in Dubai, finishing third in the Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint G3. Closer to home another old-timer was in fine form at Lingfield, eight-year-old Ornate landing the 11,972 Betway Handicap for David Griffiths. Sue Smith had a winner at Doncaster and John Quinn likewise at Kelso. Philip Kirby and Ruth Carr score on Southwell's evening card. Yesterday it was announced that the former David Barron trained Group winning sprinter Pearl Secret would be relocating to Norton Grove Stud, a valuable addition indeed to the somewhat depleted Yorkshire stallion ranks, not to mention a very useful outcross for many mares.
27/02/2021 A good day under both codes today. At Newcastle Brian Ellison's Sam's Adventure followed up on his Tommy Whittle win in December when taking the 43,792 Eider Handicap Chase nicely , Micky Hammond took the Conditional Jock's handicap hurdle later on the card. It was a Yorkshire 1-2 in the Hever Sprint Stakes L at Lingfield with John Quinn's Lord Riddiford hanging on by a neck from Edward Bethell's (getting his first bit of black type) Moss Gill, David Griffiths' Ornate was fourth.
20/02/2021 Mark Johnston's Mildenberger might have finished 'only' sixth in the 1m Red Sea Turf Handicap at Riyadh, but still picked up 36,496 for his efforts. At Haydock Brian Ellison's Tupelo Mississippi was third in the Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices' Hurdle Gd2 and there was a winner for Philip Kirby. Winners at Newcastle were provided by William Bethell, Richard Fahey, Mark Johnston and Peter Niven.
18/02/2021 Nigel Tinkler's Acklam Express put up the performance of his (short) career to date when second, at 20-1, in the Meydan Sprint G2 at, erm, Meydan. Mark Johnston had a winner at Chelmsford.
13/02/2021 Overnight Royal Performer, bred at Scampston Hall Stud by Lady Ledgard, took his first black type race, at the first attempt and the age of eight when landing the Herbie Dyke Stakes G1 at Te Rapa (New Zealand). Karen Tutty, Karl Burke and John Quinn (Lord Riddiford in the 11,827 Betway Handicap) all had winners on Wolverhampton's evening card.
11/02/2021 David O'Meara's Lord Glitters was a decent third, only a nose out of second, in the Al Rashidiya G2 at Meydan today. Slightly closer to home at Newcastle Edward Bethell registered his first win since taking over at Tupgill from his father James when Mudawwan struck in the apprentice handicap and there were also winners for Philip Kirby, Richard Fahey and Bryan Smart.
06/02/2021 Wetherby is cancelled , Karl Burke's largely unheralded Exalted Angel landed the Kachy Stakes L at Lingfield today at 20-1. Pat Buckley, formerly first jockey to Captain Neville Crump in Middleham died this week at the age of 77. He won the Grand National in '63 (albeit not for Crump) as well as numerous other top races including the Whitbread Gold Cup and Scottish Grand National. After his Yorkshire based career in the saddle he was instrumental in setting up racing industries in Oman and Abu Dhabi, and was then heavily involved in setting up the Dubai World Cup.
23/01/2021 Ruth Jefferson's Waiting Patiently was arguably a little disappointing when 'only' third in the Clarence House Chase Gd1 at Ascot, but still a Grade One placing isn't to be sneezed at and it bodes well for the future. Patrick Haslam had a winner over fences at Haydock at and then doubled up on the all-weather flat at Newcastle where Phil Kirby, Alan Brown and Mark Johnston had winners and Antony Brittain landed a double.
21/01/2021 The moneyspinner that is Lord Glitters registered his first win since June 2019 when landing the Singspiel Stakes G2 for David O'Meara at Meydan today, coming home clear by a comfortable three lengths. Richard Fahey had a win at Lingfield and then promptly doubled up on Newcastle's evening card when Julie Camacho had a double and there were also winners for Roger Fell and Kevin Ryan.
16/01/2021 Jedd O'Keeffe's Miss Lamb (owned and bred by landlady Sally Hall) is a decent second in the Alan Swinbank Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race L at Market Rasen this afternoon. Mark Johnston took the last on Kempton's evening card.

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