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31/12/2005 A relatively quiet day today sees just two Yorkshire trained winners, both at Wolverhampton. First up Karl Burke's Boo was a handy winner of the 11,447 Betdirect Freephone Handicap by 2 1/2 lengths from Tim Easterby's Mizz Tee whilst in the next, and last, race Malcolm Jefferson's I'll Do It Today finally lived up to his name, at the fourth time of asking.
30/12/2005 After some uncertainty it is now looking more likely that Doncaster Bloodstock Sales will remain somewhere adjacent to Town Moor, although nothing has been signed yet. The final decision should be made by the end of January.
27/12/2005 Sue Smith cemented her position as the leading Yorkshire jumps trainer of the season to date today when landing a treble at Wetherby including a valuable win for Mister McGoldrick in the Castleford Chase Gd2. He's actually won this race twice this year - as the 2004 renewal was actually run in January 2005! Furthermore this was his seventh victory at the West Yorkshire track, the Victor Chandler Chase and Queen Mother Champion Chase are now on the agenda. Smith's other winners were Oso Magic and Rebel Rhythm and Middleham trainer Micky Hammond also had a winner in the opener with Jimmy Bond. At Chepstow Tim Easterby's consistent Edmo Yewkay was second in the 9,683 At The Races Red Button Betting Handicap Chase, whilst there were winners on Southwell's all weather track for Bryan Smart (Aegean Dancer) and George Moore (Greenbelt).
26/12/2005 The usual crowded Boxing Day schedule sees eight winners for Yorkshire trainers. Ferdy Murphy leads the way with a double at Sedgefield (New Alco and Ivoire de Beaulieu) - where Mick Easterby also had a winner (Bang And Blame) - and a winner in the last at Towcester (Senora Snoopy). At local track Wetherby there were wins for George Moore (Sir Storm) and Micky Hammond (Aston Lad), whilst Robert Gray (El Andaluz) had a winner at Market Rasen. All weather racing at Wolverhampton sees a winner for Karl Burke (Atlantic Quest).
23/12/2005 Eight year old Baldaquin, bred at the Garrowby Stud, won the Jebel Ali Stakes L in Dubai today.
22/12/2005 The last day of racing before Boxing Day sees Malcolm Jefferson's Brooklyn Brownie win at Fakenham, and Karl Burke's Khanjar at Southwell.
20/12/2005 Just one winner today with Mark Johnston's Spitting Image winning at Wolverhampton.
19/12/2005 Yorkshire trained horses win the first four races at Wolverhampton today courtesy of Tim Easterby, Kevin Ryan, Richard Fahey and Alan Swinbank whilst Ferdy Murphy and Alan Swinbank both have winners at Doncaster.
18/12/2005 At Musselburgh today Richard Fahey's Saif Sareea wins the main race of the day, the 7,495 Famous Grouse Handicap Hurdle, whilst at Southwell John Balding's Largs wins the opener.
17/12/2005 With todays meetings at frosty Windsor and Newcastle cancelled opportunities are limited today and the Tykes best results come at Haydock where Sue Smith's appropriately named Arctic Jack is second in the 13,506 Tim Molony Handicap Chase (beaten only a neck) and Ferdy Murphy's Haut de Gamme is third in the 13,585 Totescoop6 Handicap Hurdle.
16/12/2005 A solitary winner today when Kevin Ryan's Blue Patrick wins the penultimate race at Wolverhampton.
15/12/2005 The first jumps winner since the weekend when Micky Hammond's Mexican wins at Catterick, whilst Sally Hall has her first winner since April when Blue Opal comes home in front at Southwell. Confirmation that Doncaster's St Leger meeting will be moved to super-sub track York next season, which will result in a temporary re-jigging of some of York's September fixtures - but at least the meeting and race are staying in Yorkshire! The Lincoln incidentally will be run at Redcar, and the Racing Post Trophy at Newbury.
12/12/2005 Three Yorkshire winners today with David Chapman's Gem Bien and Bryan Smart's Shankly Bond winning at Wolverhampton, and Robin Bastiman's Desert Fury at Southwell.
10/12/2005 Not a bad Saturday for Yorkshire trainers with Ferdy Murphy striking again, this time with a one-two courtesy of You're Special and Tribal Venture in the 13,949 Neville Crump Memorial Handicap Chase at Doncaster where earlier Malcolm Jefferson's Classic Capers had won the second race. Tim Easterby's Tribal Dispute was second in the 12,150 Jenny Mould Memorial Handicap Chase at Cheltenham and David Barron's Trance won on the all-weather at Southwell. Evening racing at Wolverhampton saw a winner for Karl Burke with Boo, who was also York based jockey Robert Winston's first winner since his return from injury.
09/12/2005 After a couple of quiet days the Tykes bounced back today with Ferdy Murphy's recent French purchase Ivoire de Beaulieu winning the 15,294 Sporting Index Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham by two and a half lengths. Murphy also had a winner closer to home at Doncaster where Patrick Haslam also scored.
06/12/2005 Just the one winner today with Tim Easterby's Eborarry winning the last at Sedgefield.
05/12/2005 Five Yorkshire trained winners up at Newcastle today with a double for Malcolm Jefferson and wins for Ferdy Murphy, Patrick Haslam and Tom Tate. Down at Wolverhampton Noel Wilson has a winner at the 'Regional' meeting.
04/12/2005 Wins today at Kelso for Micky Hammond (Serbelloni) and Mick Easterby (One Five Eight) and Sue Smith's Undeniable is only denied by a short head in the cards main race, the 11,179 Eastwood Bookmakers Champion Handicap Chase.
03/12/2005 The locals were completely dominant at Wetherby this afternoon winning six of the seven races, with the highlight being Ferdy Murphy's Leading Man in the 10,765 One Man Novices' Chase. Earlier Murphy's Nine de Sivola had won the opener and there were also winners for Edwin Tuer (Euro American), Tim Easterby (Edmo Yewkay and Silver Knight) and Alan Swinbank (Alfie Flits). Across the 'border' at Haydock Robert Gray's Nowator won the second race. Even racing at Wolverhampton saw a win for Kevin Ryan's Mystic Man in the second.
02/12/2005 James Bethell's Ocean Of Dreams makes in three wins in a row when taking the Nursery at Wolverhampton and Ian McInness' Willheconquertoo lands the following race.
30/11/2005 Four local winners at Catterick today courtesy of Fred Kirby, John Quinn, Sue Smith and the in-form Malcolm Jefferson. Tattersalls have now moved on to the 'Mares etc.' section of their December Sales and today saw the Theakston Stud's 6-year-old mare Polish Pink, in foal to Haafhd, fetch 70,000gns to the bid of Murayama Bloodstock, by far the highest price for a Yorkshire filly or mare at this years sale.
29/11/2005 Just the one Yorkshire winner today when Karl Burke's Romil Star takes the second race at Southwell.
28/11/2005 Yorkshire winners in the first three races at Wolverhampton today thanks to John Weymes, Malcolm Jefferson and Jedd O'Keefee, so successful in fact that the opposition was running scared and the rest of the card cancelled after the third race! Richard Whitaker scored a winner at Southwell's 'Regional' meeting.
27/11/2005 Local winners galore at Doncaster with victories for Peter Beaumont, James Hetherton, Tim Easterby and Chris Fairhurst. Further afield down at Leicester Ferdy Murphy and Malcolm Jefferson make the trip home with winners.
26/11/2005 A good day for Sue Smith with Town Crier winning the 21,921 UK Hygiene Handicap Chase at Newbury (where later Ferdy Murphy's Europa was second in the 31,315 ladbrokes.com Handicap Chase) and Oso Magic winning at Newcastle where her Little Big Horse was also a decent third in the Pagebet Rehearsal Handicap Chase L. Patrick Haslam had to travel to Towcester to continue his winning run with Heraldry winning the bumper. Evening racing at Wolverhampton sees a winner for Kevin Ryan with Tedstale. The final part of the foal section of the December Sales at Tattersalls today and the highest price from a Yorkshire stud is the 25,000gns achieved by Manor House Stud for a son of Hawk Wing and Dances With Dreams, owned by Dr Anne Gillespie, who bred multiple Group One winner Dark Moondancer (Dances With Dreams 1/2 brother) at the stud.
25/11/2005 The Irish duo of Donohoe and Mcnamara are on a roll at Musselburgh today, but the Tykes manage to get a brief look in as well with winners for Patrick Haslam and Richard Fahey. The Theakston Stud was the only Yorkshire stud selling at the December Sales and the highest priced of their three lots was a son of Clodovil and Blandish, who fetched 8,000gns.
24/11/2005 A quiet day but there are winners at Carlisle for Tim Easterby and George Moore. Today's highest price at Tattersalls from a Yorkshire vendor was the 16,000gns fetched by Foston Stud's son of Spinning World and Seven Wonders.
23/11/2005 The locals have a good day at Wetherby today with winners for Jedd O'Keeffe, Malcolm Jefferson and Sue Smith. The sale at Newmarket continues, and as now moved on to foals. Of the Yorkshire studs represented today the best price was achieved by Hellwood Stud who's son of Namid and Keen Melody fetched 21,000gns.
22/11/2005 Four winners for the Yorkshire trainers at Sedgefield today with the Middleham duo of Micky Hammond and Geoff Harker being joined by Edwin Tuer and Mick Easterby. At the flat at Southwell the winners were provided by John Balding and David Barron.
21/11/2005 Winners on the all-weather at Southwell for Mick Easterby, Chris Fairhurst and Karl Burke. The first day of Tattersalls marathon December Sales concentrates on yearlings and the highest price from a Yorkshire stud (excluding buy backs) is the 7,000gns achieved by the Manor House Stud for a son of Best of The Bests who will pass his former home on the way to the gallops as the purchaser was Mark Johnston !
20/11/2005 Patrick Haslam's excellent run continues when his Fiori is second in the 37,578 Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree today.
19/11/2005 The best that can be said about today is that it was a good one for Sue Smith who's St.Matthew just held on to take the 43,841 betfairpoker.com Handicap Hurdle at Haydock by a neck, having earlier had a winner at Huntingdon with Undeniable in the second.
18/11/2005 Even less action on the track today. However it was announced that Andrew Spalding's Hedgeholme Stud is to stand two potentially excellent stallions next season in the form of Beckett and Indian Lodge, both at fees of 2,500. This follows the earlier announcement that Danroad is also to be based at Hedgeholme next season.
17/11/2005 A much quieter day, with Lyn Siddall's Lazy Lena providing the only Yorkshire winner at Market Rasen.
16/11/2005 Winners galore today; over the sticks at Hexham they are provided by Tom Tate (Gardasee), Sue Smith (Supreme Breeze in the 13,127 Northumberland National Handicap Chase), Andy Crook (Ornella Speed) and Geoff Harker (Red Poker). Meanwhile on the all-weather at Southwell the successful trainers are John Weymes (Woodwee), David Barker (the Burns Farm Stud bred Celtic Mill in the 13,340 Littlewoods Bet Direct Handicap) and Brian Ellison (Bethanys Boy).
15/11/2005 Two Yorkshire winners down the road at Southwell today thanks to Kevin Ryan's Countrywide Belle and Richard Fahey's George's Flyer.
14/11/2005 A solitary winner over jumps today when Patrick Haslam's Zando takes the Selling Hurdle at Leicester, and it's the same tally on the flat with Bryan Smart's Scorchio winning at Wolverhampton.
12/11/2005 No luck in the big races today but quite a few winners for the Yorkshire stable with Ferdy Murphy's Nine de Sivola and John Quinn's Jake Black both winner at Wetherby to keep the locals happy. Further afield Murphy's High Day won the opener at Uttoxeter to make it two wins in eight days. Earlier at the lunchtime meeting at Southwell Patrick Haslam's Blushing Russian had won the claimer. Evening racing at Wolverhampton yielded a winner for Julie Camacho who's Entranced won the two-year-old maiden.
11/11/2005 Godolphin today announced the result of their annual swoop on the ranks of top class horses from other yards and depressingly this years haul includes both Kevin Ryan's Racing Post Trophy G1 winner Palace Episode and Mark Johnston's Winged Cupid, second in the same race. Another winner for James Bethell (Tupgill must be agreeing with him!) when Ocean Of Dreams makes it two in a row when winning at Wolverhampton.
10/11/2005 Not many Yorkshire trained runners today but Tim Easterby's Mizz Tee wins the 9,607 EBF Fillies Handicap at Lingfield Park.
09/11/2005 Just the one winner today with Karl Burke's He's A Rocket winning the opener at Wolverhampton.
08/11/2005 Winner at Sedgefield for Ferdy Murphy (Dead Mans Dante) and Geoff Harker (Custom Design) whilst James Hetherton has his second win in as many days when Ace Club wins at Southwell's 'Regional' meeting.
07/11/2005 I seem to remember saying I wasn't going to detail every single winner this year. Oh well. At Wolverhampton today James Bethell's good run continued when faithful servant Stretton (entered but withdrawn from the Newmarket sales) won the 1 1/2 mile handicap whilst James Hetherton's Qualitair Wings later won the 1m1f handicap.
06/11/2005 A single winner at each of today's meeting for theYorkshire trainers with John Wainwright's Ivana Illyich taking the opener at Market Rasen, Micky Hammond's Aston Lad winning at Ayr and Ferdy Murphy's Underwriter all the way down at Hereford.
05/11/2005 The last day of the (turf) flat season and the locals were in excellent form at Doncaster. Man of the moment Kevin Ryan gave the day the right sort of start when his Cardinal Venture won the opening apprentice handicap. A couple of races later it was the turn of John Quinn when Don't Call Me Derek took the 13,265 Stratstone Land Rover Handicap. James Bethell, newly installed at Tupgill Stables, had an excellent house warming gift when Strawberry Dale won the EBF Gillies Fillies' Stakes L - his first stakes winner since Rich Ground scored in Group company in 1996. The big race of the day was the 34,432 November Handicap and in this Karl Burke's Akarem was second, albeit seven lengths behind the winner. The final race of the season was the Selby Stakes L and this went to Mark Johnston's Crosspeace who won by a mere 14 lengths. Over jumps at Kelso the Ferdy Murphy winning machine continued thanks to King Of Confusion and there was also a winner for Sue Smith with Sharp Belline. Meanwhile Patrick Haslam's Alfred The Great made a winning debut over hurdles at Sandown. Evening racing on the all-weather at Wolverhampton saw Mark Johnston win the last with Spitting Image.
04/11/2005 Team Middleham dominated proceedings at Hexham today where there was a double for Ferdy Murphy (Devondale and High Day) as well as winners for Patrick Haslam (Maunby Rocker) and Geoff Harker (Zaffie Parson).
03/11/2005 Mark Johnston was the man in form at Musselburgh today with the Duke of Roxburghe's Kindling winning the Willie Park Stakes L from stablemate Hearthstead Wings, with the same teams Cote d'Argent having won the opener.
02/11/2005 Two Yorkshire winners at Nottingham today with Anne Duffield's Haifa taking division two of the maiden, and John Wainwright's Time To Regret winning the last.
01/11/2005 And so into November, and the flat season's end is almost upon us. But what's this, it couldn't possibly be yet another Kevin Ryan group winning juvenille? Yes it could!. Today it was the turn of the Hambleton trainers Balthazar's Gift to add to his incredible tally for the year when he took the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte G2 at Maisons-Laffitte by a neck and two and a half lengths under Jamie Spencer. Locally there was just one Yorkshire winner at Catterick - Richard Fahey's Wyatt Earp.
30/10/2005 Sue Smith won Carlisle's richest race today when the constantly improving Ross Comm took the 27,352 Totetentofollow Cumberland Handicap Chase by an tidy 23 lengths.
29/10/2005 I stay at home and the Tykes promptly dominate at Wetherby, the opening Wensleydale Juvenile Novices' Hurdle L is won by George Moore's Aviation with Ann Duffield's Finland back in third, Sue Smith's St Matthew wins the next - the Weatherbys Bank Handicap Chase L, George Moore makes it a double with Spring Gamble and Brian Ellison takes the last with Mister Arjay. Unfortunately however the locals make no impression on the two main races of the day - the West Yorkshire Hurdle Gd2 and the Charlie Hall Chase Gd2. Down at Newmarket Mark Johnston's Doctor Scott dissapoints yet again but David Barron's Zero Tolerance wins the 17,400 Newmarket Mile Handicap for the second year in a row and Tim Easterby's Game Lad takes the last. Up at Ayr it's also a good day with Mick Easterby's The History Man winning the nursery, James Bethell's Little Bob the next and Richard Fahey's Namroud the main race on the card, the 10,681 John Smith's Handicap, making it an across-the-card double as his Medjugorje Message had earlier won at Southwell. Back up at Ayr James Bethell also registers a double with Scotland The Brave winning the fillies' handicap and Kevin Ryan joins the party whem Raymond's Pride wins the penultimate race. Evening racing at Wolverhampton saw a winner for Richard Whitaker when Nevada Desert took the main race on the card, this has been a quietly successful season for Whitaker and he will hopefully make twenty winners before the end of the year.
28/10/2005 My presence at Wetherby fails to inspire the locals (?!) and there are no Yorkshire winners. At better day on the flat at Newmarket with Tim Etherington's Fullandby winning the sprint to give the Malton trainer his first win at HQ, and Tim Easterby's consistent filly Gallery Girl earning yet more black type by finishing second in the Bosra Sham Fillies Stakes L. Having been dormant for a few weeks Newmarket's October Yearling Sales springs back into life with part three and the best priced lot from a Yorkshire stud is the 9,000gns paid for Merryvale Stud's filly by Silver Patriarch out of a 1/2 sister to Paddy's Return.

Fifth race, eventual winner Blame The Ref is the Chestnut in blue. Third race, winner Ursis in front from second placed Kentucky Blue
26/10/2005 After a lean couple of days Yorkshire trainers win the last two races at Sedgefield this afternoon courtesy of Celtic Blaze (Brian Rothwell) and According To Pete (Malcolm Jefferson).
25/10/2005 Collier Hill was bought in by a new partnership comprising original part owner Russell Hall (50%), David Abell (25%, owner of record breaking Branston Abby) and a new, as yet unnamed, partner. Thankfully the money-spinning gelding will be returning to Alan Swinbank's stable. Meanwhile Bobby O'Ryan, well known on the Yorkshire circuit, has paid 260,000gns at today's sales for Moss Vale, acting as agent for Lady O'Reilly. The four year old Group placed winner of 5 races (including 3 listed events) will go into training with David Nicholls.
24/10/2005 The Earl of Halifax's Garrowby Stud has been revealed as one of the shareholders in the Motivator syndicate, and Alan Swinbank's Collier Hill fetched 97,000gns at the Newmarket Horses-in-Training Sale, to the bid of renowned bloodstock agent Peter Doyle, acting for .... who know's?!?
23/10/2005 Not a particularly good day with Kinnaird unplaced in Italy and non of the domestic runners scoring.
22/10/2005 And so the last domestic Group One race of the season, billed as a trainers title fight decider between Aidan O'Brien and Sir Michael Stoute. However as event's unfolded it became obvious that Doncaster's Racing Post Trophy G1 was going to be much more of a local affair with Kevin Ryan's Palace Episode coming home ahead of Mark Johnston's front running Winged Cupid. The bookies had allowed Ryan's horse to set off at 20-1 (only my second bet of the year, albeit 'only' each way!) but he came home gamely in bottomless ground to give the trainer his second Group One victory of the season .... and his career! How Ryan will top this next season remains to be seen, but he now appears to be firmly rooted in the top flight. In the eighties there were three Yorkshire trained Group One wins, followed by seven in the nineties, and yet we are only just over half way through this decade and already we are on the twenty-three (possibly more with Kinnaird running in Italy tomorrow) mark, surely an indisputable guide to the health of Yorkshire racing. Earlier the result had been almost the other way around when Johnston's Desert d'Argent won the opening 14,138 Jock Murray Memorial Nursery Handicap, with Ryan's North Walk back in third, Ryan cemented his excellent day when Wigwam Willie took the last. Tim Etherington had a double at Wolverhampton's 'Regional' meeting with Soviet Legend and Colloseum and David Chapman also came back with a winner courtesy of On The Trial. Over jumps the only Yorkshire winners of the day were both provided by Ferdy Murphy with New Alco winning at Aintree and King Of Confusion taking the last at Kelso. In a surprising twist to the Collier Hill story Alan Swinbank's star has been entered in Monday's Horse-In-Training Sale at Newmarket, following a dispute between the partners in the Group One winning gelding.
21/10/2005 As the likes of York and Newcastle fight for the honour of hosting Doncaster's big races next season when Town Moor is closed for redevelopment (sound familiar ...?!?) it's business as usual on the track and there are three local winners headed by David Barron's Skhilling Spirit who lands the 21,055 DBS October Yearling Stakes from Kevin Ryan's Guto. The other winners hail from Middleham namely George Moore's Toldo and Karl Burke's Daring Affair. In the sales ring potential winners of next years sales race were Melbourne Hall's son of Sugarfoot and Laena, who made 30,000gns and Providence Stud's son of sire-of-the-moment Bertolini and North Pine who fetched 20,000gns to the bid of Wetherby trainer Robin Bastiman.
20/10/2005 A quiet day on the track with Anne Duffield's Finland the only Yorkshire winner, over hurdles at Haydock. The October Sales continue at Doncaster and the highest priced lots from a Yorkshire nursery today came from Norton Grove Stud who's colts by Presidium and Indian Lodge each made 6,500gns.
19/10/2005 Whilst the journey from Kingsley House to the Floors Stud near Kelso will has been made by Attraction there is another good filly who could also be making the same trip and that is the Duke Of Roxburghe's filly Kindling who picked up some valuable black type for Mark Johnston today when third in the Prix Vulcain L at Deauville. Johnston has a winner at Nottingham with Sound Breeze (his fourth win in a row) whilst at Newcastle there is a double for Tim Easterby with Collateral Damage and Robinzal and also a winner for Patrick Haslam with Alfred The Great. The Doncaster October Yearling Sales started today and the highest priced lot from a Yorkshire stud was achieved by Melbourne Hall Stud for their son of former Nigel Tinkler charge Sugarfoot and mare She's A Breeze, who fetched 10,500gns.
18/10/2005 James Bethell provided the only Yorkshire trained winner today when landing the maiden at Southwell with Ocean Of Dreams.
17/10/2005 Another good juvenille performer for Mark Johnston when his Nakheel wins the totesport.com Silver Tankard Stakes L at Pontefract today by an impressive four lengths with Bryan Smart's conistent Startori (raised at the Evelyn Stud) back in third. The other local winners on the card were Jedd O'Keeffe's Prince of Love and Tim Easterby's Misphire.
16/10/2005 Yorkshire trainers win both main races at Musselburgh today with Karl Burke's Triskaidekaphobia taking the 11,020 Weatherbys Bank Nursery Handicap and Tim Easterby's King's Gait the 11,201 GNER Mallard Sprint Handicap from Tim Etherington's Fullandby. There was a double for Tim Easterby as his Game Lad was also a winner up in Scotland as was Mark Johnston's Three Thieves. At Market Rasen it was Sue Smith who headed back to Yorkshire with a double thanks to the combined exploits of Bushido and Darina's Boy.
15/10/2005 The two main Yorkshire challengers at Newmarket today, Somnus and Palace Episode, both ran below par to be fifth in their repective races. It wasn't all doom at 'HQ' however as Patrick Haslam's King Revo was only just caught in the closing stages of the 75,400 Cesarewitch Handicap to finish second, one place ahead of Tim Fitzgerald's Inchnadamph. The day has started well with John Balding's Cark winning at Lingfield and there were wins at Catterick for Mark Johnston, Bryan Smart, Noel Wilson and Tim Easterby.
14/10/2005 Tom Tate won the main race at Newmarket today, in the process grabbing his first ever group winner, when stablestar Welsh Emperor was a comfortable winner of the Bentinck Stakes G3. The son of Emperor Jones seems to do well towards the end of the season and looks likely to go for a similar prize in France next. Meanwhile closer to home at Redcar there were winners for local trainers Mark Johnston, Kevin Ryan and Bryan Smart. The last named was the buyer of the highest priced Yorkshire lot at the October Sales today when paying 52,000gns for a Tobougg filly from the Evelyn Stud, a 1/2 sister to the smart Startori, who Smart trains.
13/10/2005 David Barker's duo of Sierra Vista and Mecca's Mate not only share a trainer but also an owner and a breeder, the later being the late Cherry Tagart of Melbourne Hall Stud. It was therefore a brave decision to run both of them in the 11,920 Strutt & Parker Handicap at Newmarket today, but the tactic was rewarded with first and second place, with Sierra Vista coming home ahead of her stablemate. Today's only other Yorkshire trained winner was Richard Whitaker's Desertina at Southwell. The really big spenders have left Newmarket and today's highest price from a Yorkshire stud is achieved by Burton Agnes Stud who's son of Compton Place fetches 24,000gns.
12/10/2005 Just the one Yorkshire trained winner today - Patrick Haslam's The Pen in the Juvenile Novices Hurdle at Wetherby. Another good day at Newmarket for the Garrowby Stud, selling a son of Desert Prince for 45,000gns.
11/10/2005 More winners today, although probably not as many as would have been the case if Ayr had not been abandoned, with James Bethell scoring in the last at Leicester and Richard Whitaker also winning the last at Southwell. A good day at Part Two of Tattersalls October Yearling Sales at Newmarket for Garrowby Stud, the only Yorkshire nursery selling today, who sold a son of Marju for 115,00gns and a son of Alhaarth for 60,000gns.
10/10/2005 Patrick Haslam, Kevin Ryan and John Quinn all had winners at Ayr this afternoon whilst David Barron scored at Wolverhampton and also at Windsor where Mark Johnston was also amongst the winners.
09/10/2005 A good day at Newcastle today with winners for Mark Johnston, Chris Thornton and Richard Whitaker, whilst John Quinn lands the claimer at Bath.
08/10/2005 It's been a busy year for York and today's last meeting of the season on the Knavesmire sees Kevin Ryan's excellent season continue when Balthazaar's Gift scores a facile win in the opening race the Rockingham Stakes L., his first run for the Hambleton trainer. Later on the same card, the track now approaching quagmire status, Wetherby trainer Robin Bastiman has the biggest victory of his career when Borderlescott just hangs on to win the 19,500 Coral Sprint Trophy Handicap, with the two bottom weights David Nicholls' Machinist in second and David Barron's Rising Shadow in third. Mark Johnston's Austrian wins the last. Earlier John Balding's Larg won the opener at Warwick. Over jumps there are wins at Hexham for Jedd O'Keeffe, Micky Hammond and John Quinn (actually not strictly over jumps as it's a National Hunt flat race!) and at Bangor for Ann Duffield (Prairie Sun in the 10,332 Numark Handicap Hurdle).
07/10/2005 Richard Fahey has a 1-2 in the 10,265 Garbutt & Elliot Handicap at York today with Realism getting the better of Instructor in a messy contest. Later on the same card Alan Swinbank had another big win when Hartshead wins the 13,759 TSG Handicap and Tim Easterby's Tcherina wins the last. At Carlisle there are winners over sticks for Mick Easterby and Sue Smith. At Tattersalls today the bidding stopped at 125,000gns on the daughter of Sadler's Wells offered by Mark Dwyer's Oaks Farm but she was unsold at this price, however they still picked up the top price for a Yorkshire stud today thanks to the 72,000gns achievied by their son of Namid, out of a half sister to Rakti.
06/10/2005 A major payout at the sales today for Bolton Grange Stud who's Kyllachy 1/2 sister to their star filly Wunders Dream fetched a more than useful 300,000gns bid from none other than Kyllachy's owners Cheveley Park Stud. This is on top of the 215,000gns Bolton Grange received yesterday for their pinhooked son of Johannesburg, although he cost them 200,000gns as a foal! Only a few minutes earlier Manor House Stud had sold a Rock Of Gibraltar 1/2 sister to Mountain Song and Raindancing for 105,000gns to renowned agent Margaret O'Toole.
05/10/2005 At Tattersalls today the plaudits go to Oaks Farm Stables who sold a daughter of Sadler's Wells and top racemare and producer Infamy for 475,000gns to Pegasus Farms Ltd. Earlier Bishop Wilton Stud had conducted some profitable business when they sold a son of Barathea and Ermine for 65,000gns, having bought the foal 'in utero' for 30,000gns at the December Sales of 2003, the mare is therefore, effectively, free! No Yorkshire trained winners today. A new trophy for conditional jockeys will be awarded in memory of the late Tom Halliday who died in a fall at Market Rasen earlier this year. Points will be awarded for placings (and finishes) in conditional races at Wetherby, Catterick and Doncaster, with the winner receiving the Tom Halliday Memorial Trophy in the summer.
04/10/2005 Day One of the October Yearling Sales at Tattersalls in Newmarket. Top lot from a Yorkshire stud was the 40,000gns achieved by Manor House Stud for their son of Royal Applause and Border Minstral, her first foal. Early the same stud had 'sold' a Selkirk filly for 50,000gns, but this was a vendor buyback. Winners at Catterick today for Nigel Tinkler and John Quinn.
03/10/2005 Winners at Pontefract for Julie Camacho (Rio Riva in the 9,359 Blanchisseuse Handicap) and Karl Burke today.
02/10/2005 It's hardly believable but for the third time in two weeks (and the second time in three days) yet another Yorkshire trainer has won their first ever Group One race! This time it is Middleham trainer Patrick Haslam's turn to carve his name into the racing history books when his top filly Kinnaird lands the Prix de l'Opera G1 at Longchamp on Arc day under a confident ride from Kevin Darley. The four year old, who was a top class two year old, had not won a race since the May Hill Stakes G2 on the 11th September 2003, although she had achieved some decent placings in group company both this year and last. A crack at l'Opera seemed like a hopeless dream, which was reflected in her PMU odds of 70-1, but connections were reasonably confident that she would put up a good show in her favoured soft ground, and they were proved to be correct in spectacular style! Kinnaird may now go for the EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine. Many congratulations to the whole Haslam team. In the previous race David Nicholls' Fire Up The Band also ran a cracking race to return to top class form when third in the Prix de 'Abbaye G1 to cement a monumental three days for Tyke racing ! On his day of glory Patrick Haslam was, typically, up a Kelso where he had a hurdling double with Kerry's Blade and Good Investment and Jedd O'Keeffe's Sir Night was also a winner at the Scottish track. At Uttoxeter John Quinn's Crow Wood had a promising hurdle debut when winning the opener and Alan Swinbank's Midnight Creek was later a winner on the same card.
01/10/2005 The start of an excellent weekend of racing. With Kevin Ryan having garnered all the plaudits yesterday today it was the turn of his next door neighbour Bryan Smart who landed an excellent juvenile double with Misu Bond winning the 111,360 Totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy L at Redcar and Startori (raised at the Evelyn Stud) the 22,475 EBF Jersey Lily Fillies' Nursery Handicap at Newmarket by a short head. There must be something in those Hambleton gallops at this time of year! Not to be kept out of the action completely Ryan's My Paris was a good third in the Cambridgeshire Handicap later on the Newmarket card, picking up 14,300 for his efforts and finishing one place ahead of Mark Johnston's Crosspeace. Johnston may not have won any of the big races today but he certainly showed he is the man in form by winning the first three races at Epsom with Baan, Kindling and Adoration (in the 11,178 32red.com Handicap) - two of these winners ridden by stable apprentice Greg Fairley who has ridden twenty winners this season and looks like stepping into the shoes of the former Kingsley House star apprentice Keith Dalgleish. Richard Whitaker's Steel Blue also won at Epsom to give the Yorkshire raiders four of the races on the card. Johnston had also earlier won the opener at Redcar with Coalpark (ridden by former stable jockey Dean McKeown). Also at Redcar Ann Duffield gained the most valuable win of her training career when Jubilee Street won the 17,400 Carlsberg-Redcar Straight-Mile Championship Handicap Final from David Barron's Flipando and James Bethell's Granston. Out of luck today was Tim Easterby who's star sprinters Somnus and Fayr Jag each ran disappointingly, at Longchamp and Redcar respectively, although there was some compensation as his Gallery Girl picked up 22,120 (and yet more black type) by finishing third in Misu Bond's Redcar race. Arguably Somnus was unlucky as he was finishing fast to be sixth, beaten only three lengths, he may now try to gain his first win of the season in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket.
30/09/2005 Incredibly for the second time in the space of two weeks yet another Yorkshire trainer saddles his first ever Group One winner when Kevin Ryan's stable star Amadeus Wolf is a comfortable winner of the Middle Park Stakes G1 under stable jockey Neil Callan. Although a force to be reckoned with for a number of years Ryan seems to have made an appreciable step up the training ladder this season and long may it continue for the likeable Hambleton trainer. Amadeus Wolf will presumably now be aimed at the 2,000 Guineas and although he is perhaps a doubtful stayer he is certainly as tough as they come and it would be foolish to completely dismiss him from the Newmarket reckoning. Ryan now joins David Barron, Tim Easterby, Mick Easterby, Mark Johnston, David Nicholls and Alan Swinbank as active Yorkshire trainers who have trained a Group One winner, in addition Bryan Smart has previously won at this level whilst training in Lambourn. Mark Johnston's Prince Of Light is a disappointing fifth in the same race and connections will possibly be wishing they'd held out for the Dewhurst over the extra furlong. There are winners over jumps at Hexham today for Micky Hammond and Sue Smith.
29/09/2005 Day one of the Newmarket Cambridgeshire meeting and it gets off to a promising start for Kevin Ryan when his Blades Girl (bred by the owners Crown Select at the Beechwood Grange Stud) collects a cool 50,120 for finishing second in the 250,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes, with Tim Easterby's Mishpire taking home 15,036 for fourth place. Later on the card Mark Johnston's Stepping Up manages to take third in the Somerville Tattersall Stakes G3 despite being boxed in and running fairly green, he is surely open to much improvement. Up at Ayr Brian Ellison landed a nice winner courtesy of Artistic Style who won by seven lengths.
28/09/2005 A double at Newcastle for the most definitely in form Mark Johnston and also winners for Tim Easterby and David Nicholls, in the deep south Kevin Ryan scores at Salisbury.
27/09/2005 The dream is over. Mark Johnston's star filly Attraction is to be retired immediately after coming up lame behind. Although only a minor ailment connections have, understandably, decided not to risk her on the track again (specifically in the Sun Chariot on Saturday) and she will be returning to her birthplace at Floors Castle near Kelso in a week or so. Undefeated in five races at two Attraction was named champion two-year-old filly in Europe that year. Last year she won her first three races - the previously unprecedented 'Fillies Mile Triple Crown' of the 1,000 Guineas G1, Irish 1,000 Guineas G1 and Coronation Stakes G1. Attraction was then an honourable second to Soviet Song in the Falmouth Stakes G1 before a poor run in the soft at Deauville. She bounced back from her French run with a second in the Matron Stakes G1 (again to Soviet Song) before ending the season on a high by landing the Sun Chariot Stakes G1 and was again Champion of her age and sex. This year she had a terrible start in Hong Kong, followed by reasonable domestic comeback when fourth in the Hungerford Stakes when not quite back to her best and, as it transpired, her last run was a marvellous win in the Matron Stakes G1 in her trademark front running style. In total she won 10 races from 15 starts, including 5 Group One wins, 2 other Group wins and two Group One second places, accruing a whisker under 900,000 in win and place prize money.
No luck on the flat for the Yorkshire trainers today but there are wins over sticks at Sedgefield for Sue Smith, Micky Hammond, Sharon Watt and Patrick Haslam.
26/09/2005 A 1588-1 four timer for Yorkshire based jockey Kevin Darley at Hamilton includes wins for Yorkshire trainers Mark Johnston (Regal Connection in the maiden and Hearthstead Wings in the 11,020 Totepool Handicap) and Tim Easterby (Brave Bear in the opener).
25/09/2005 A better performance by the Yorkshire trainers at Newmarket today with Kevin Ryan's Palace Episode running creditably to be third in the Royal Lodge Stakes G2. This was followed by Tim Easterby's Fayr Jag putting up his best display of the season so far when narrowly beaten into second place by a neck in the Diadem Stakes G2. Yorkshire finally registered a winner for the meeting when Alan Swinbank's Ouninpohja made it five in a row when taking the 15,190 Totesport Handicap. Swinbank had an across the card double with Red Romeo victorious at Musselburgh, but this was a badly needed tonic as stable star Collier Hill is suffering from arthritis and will not make this years Melbourne Cup. Over jumps Jedd O'Keefe's United Spirit won the Novices' Hurdle at Huntingdon.
24/09/2005 A sign of the changing seasons today as the best Yorkshire result of the day came over fences at Market Rasen when Sue Smith's Little Big Horse won the 23,906 Blue Square Handicap Chase. There were no Yorkshire winners on day one of the big meeting at Newmarket, or at Haydock for that matter, but it was a different story closer to home at Ripon where Mark Johnston, Tom Tate and Kevin Ryan all had winners. Earlier Robin Bastiman had won the opener at Brighton's 'regional' meeting, and across the water Johnston's Maria's Magic earned some valuable black type by finishing third in the Oppenheim Pramerica Steher- Preis L at Cologne, beaten only a short head and a neck.
22/09/2005 A Day of doubles with the Tim Easterby duo of Damelza and Go Tech winning at Pontefract (the later in the 12,122 Dalby Screw-Driver Handicap) and Geoff Harker's pair of Top Style and Balamory Dan scoring at Perth, where Ann Duffield also had a winner with Constable Burton.
18/09/2005 Another good day in Ireland for the Yorkshire raiders with Richard Fahey's Kings Point winning the Solonaway Stakes L and Patrick Haslam's Kinnaird back to form when finishing third in the Blandford Stakes G2, hopefully she will win a race before the end of the season. At Hamilton Park the Mark Johnston hot pot Nakheel did win on his debut, but perhaps not as convincingly as the market and his pedigree (by Sadler's Wells out of Irish 1000 Guineas winner Matiya) indicated. John Quinn's Master Nimbus clocked up another win over hurdles at Uttoxeter.
17/09/2005 One week on from Attraction and the Yorkshire raiders do it again when Alan Swinbank's tough Collier Hill comes with a nicely timed run to win the Irish St Leger G1 at The Curragh. This is Swinbank's well-deserved first Group One win, and pushes his charges earnings towards the 500,000 mark. I'd hazard that there aren't many Group One winners who started their racing careers in a National Hunt flat race at Catterick! If we keep chalking up Group One wins at this rate Yorkshire may yet beat last seasons total! At Ayr Ian McInnes registered the biggest win of his career when stable star Lord Of The East won the 11,442 Keyline Builders Merchants Handicap. The next was the Firth Of Clyde Stakes G3 and in this Tim Easterby's Gallery Girl was a good second, picking up some valuable black type. Richard Fahey's Fonthill Road was the only one of the many Yorkshire runners to trouble the judge in the tight finish to the Tote Ayr Gold Cup and picks up 26,551 for his hard fought second place. Fahey also managed a winner with Shaydreambeliever winning the next, the 11,159 Ayr-racecourse.co.uk Nursery Handicap, and Chris Thornton's best horse Lets Roll won the penultimate 8,346 Turftours.com Handicap. At Newbury Bryan Smart's Sir Xaar was a decent second in the Mill Reef Stakes G2 and Mark Johnston's charge Crosspeace added 11,000 to his tally when third in the John Smith's Heritage Handicap. Johnston registered a winner closer to home with Desert d'Argent at Catterick where Alan Swinbank had yet another winner with Beaumont Girl and David Chapman's Cadogen Square (bred by the trainer) won the last. Anne Duffield's Pauvic had earlier won the opener on the all-weather at Lingfield, whilst later on David Chapman made it a double for the day when Desert Opal won the closing race at Wolverhampton.
After the past seven days it seems a good time to re-visit the Top 10 Yorkshire Trained Horses of all time by winnings, with horses still in training in bold.
Horse Trainer Amount Best Performances
Attraction Mark Johnston 899,596 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.
Teleprompter Bill Watts 758,536 Arlington Million G1, Queen Elizabeth II S G2, Prix Quincey G3, Desmond S G3, Pacemaker International S. G3 (x2), 2nd.Queen Elizabeth II S. G2 (x2), Lockinge S G2, 3rd.Eclipse S. G1
Yavana's Pace Mark Johnston 722,656 Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal G1, Prix du Conseil de Paris G2, Prix Gladiateur G3, 2nd.WGZ Bank-Deutschlandpreis G1, Preis von Europa G1, Irish St Leger G1 etc.
Somnus Tim Easterby 669,548 Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup G1, Prix Maurice de Gheest G1, Prix de la Foret G1, betabet Two Year Old Trophy, 200,000 St Leger Yearling Sales Stakes, 2nd.Sprint Cup G1
Fruits Of Love Mark Johnston 607,115 Hardwicke S G2 (x2), Dubai Turf Classic, Princess of Wales's S G2, 2nd.Canadian Int'l G1, 3rd.King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II S. G1, Grosser Preis von Baden G1
Double Trigger Mark Johnston 559,100 Ascot Gold Cup G1, Goodwood Cup G3 (x3), Doncaster Cup G3 (x2), Henry II S G3 (x2), Sagaro S G3 (x2), St.Leger Italiano G3, 2nd.Ascot Gold Cup G1 (x2), 3rd.St Leger G1
Bandari Mark Johnston 531,844 Hardwicke Stakes G2, Princess of Wales's S G2, Great Voltigeur S G2, Gordon S G3, Brigadier Gerard S G3, Lingfield Derby Trial G3, 2nd.Rheinland-Pokal G1, 3rd.St Leger G1
Scott's View Mark Johnston 524,228 Magnolia S L, Serlby S L, 3rd.Queen Elizabeth II Cup G1, Dubai Sheema Classic G1, Grosser Mercedes-Benz Preis G2 etc.
Bollin Eric Tim Easterby 506,196 St.Leger G1, Lonsdale S G3, 2nd.Hardwicke S G2, King Edward VII S G2, Dante S G2, 3rd.Yorkshire Cup G2, 4th.King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II Diamond S.G1
Collier Hill Alan Swinbank 481,918 Irish St Leger G1, Gerling-Preis G2, Stockholm Cup International G3, Elnadim H, Old Newton Cup H., 2nd.Deutschlandpreis Preis G1, 3rd.Dubai Sheema Classic G1
16/09/2005 Richard Whitaker's Tabaret ran slightly dissapointingly in the opening Harry Rosebery Stakes L at Ayr, but still managed to pick up more black type by finishing third. The next was the 17,400 Ayr Silver Cup Handicap and this fell to the 'Sprint King' Dandy Nicholls with his Machinist. Later on the card there were victories for David Barron (Blonde Streak) and Mark Johnston (Rule For Ever). Johnston made is an across-the-card double when Winged Cupid was an impressive winner of the 11,745 Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes at Newbury, a race which has thrown up some top quality horses in the past. The Racing Post Trophy now seems likely, although if it is the usual quagmire at Doncaster it is perhaps debatable how well this son of In The Wings would handle the going.
15/09/2005 After a couple of quiet days it's winners galore today with victories at Ayr for Mark Johnston, David Nicholls, Noel Wilson and Alan Swinbank (Isidore Bonheur in the 12,432 Totesport.com Handicap) and at Pontefract for John Quinn and Mark Johnston. The Yorkshire trainers were not biting at Keeneland today (or not in their own names anyway) but Yorkshire agent James Delahooke,who also bought two yesterday, bought four horses for a total of $615,000.
14/09/2005 The select sessions at Keeneland have ended but Mark Johnston has again been busy buying a Giant's Causeway colt (1/2 brother to a group winner) for $95,000 and a Gulch colt (out of Irish G3 winner Tadwiga) for $50,000. Richard Fahey added to his shopping basket with an $85,000 Stravisnky colt (an own brother to the winner of $500,000). Only one local winner at Beverley today with Kevin Ryan's King Alfie finally breaking his maiden.
13/09/2005 A rare winner at Yarmouth for Richard Fahey with Able Charlie, whilst at Thirsk there were wins for Neville Bycroft (Efidium) and John Balding (My Rascal). The big guns ruled at Keeneland today with a Storm Cat colt falling to Sheikh Mohammed for a mere $9.7m, Mark Johnston confined himself to a Danehill colt (out of a full sister to Kingmambo) for $170,000 and a Fusaichi Pegasus colt for $95,000.
12/09/2005 After a few seasons of stability the Middleham training yard merry-go-round has been kicked off again with the announcement that James Bethell has negotiated with the Incisa family in Italy to purchase the Thorngill Stables which, until his recent death, had previously been occupied by Don Enrico Incisa. The property (which judging by my last visit three years ago is in a somewhat poor state of repair although perfectly sound and wonderfully situated) comprises a sizeable main house, four cottages, a flat, 34 loose boxes and at least 25 acres of paddocks. Bethell hopes to make the move by the new year and will be partially funding this purchase by selling his home Clarendon House, which overlooks the main square in Middleham, possibly this will lead to a renaming of his highly successful Clarendon syndicates. More crucially Colin Armstrong's Tupgill Stables will again be empty and it will be interesting to see who rents the property. With Patrick Haslam, Bethell himself and, more recently, Karl Burke and Bryan Smart having in recent years made the journey from the Beautiful South to Yorkshire (or more accurately back to Yorkshire in the case of Bethell and Smart - both Yorkshire bred) it will be interesting to see if yet another well established southern trainer decides to relocate to God's Own County. Unfortunately there was no Bethell winner today to celebrate with, but Nigel Tinkler (Feelin Ire), Mick Easterby (Wayward Shot) and Mark Johnston (Bendarshaan) all came back from Musselburgh with winners whilst closer to home there were wins at Redcar for Alan Swinbank (The Terrier) and Julie Camacho (Monda, homebred by her mother). In other news it now seems likely that Mark Johnston's Attraction will head for the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket (with the $400,000 Winstar Galaxy Stakes G2 over a mile on the turf at Keeneland, Kentucky as an alternate race eight days later if the going is soft) followed by a race in California (presumably the $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap G2 at Santa Anita). She will then remain in the USA to be covered by an American based sire. More US related news - Day One of the Keeneland September Yearling Sales in Kentucky sees Mark Johnston pay $100,000 for a son of Cozzene, and Richard Fahey $130,000 for a son of Sadler's Wells.
11/09/2005 The calm after the storm. Three Yorkshire trained winners at Carlisle today thanks to Richard Fahey's Bo McGinty (trainer in the US sampling the delights of Keeneland's September Yearling Sales for the first time), Tim Easterby's Brave Bear and James Bethell's Abstract Folly. At Stratford John Wainwright's Little Task won his hurdle race by two and twenty lengths, whilst Kariana Key's Mister Moussac could 'only' win by a mere eight lengths, although it was his second win in seven days. Robin Bastiman came close to the biggest win of his career when his Borderlessscot was second in the 15,440 Neap Handicap at Goodwood.
10/09/2005 She came, it rained, she ran, she led, she won. Despite many pundits expectations Mark Johnston's Attraction braved the sodden (but allegedly still reasonably firm) track at Leopardstown to register an impressive win in the Matron Stakes G1. The daughter of Efisio made all the running and held on to beat (the perhaps somewhat unlucky) Chic. All doubts about Attraction seem to have been blown away and she will now head for either one or both of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes or the Sun Chariot Stakes (which she won last year), before a possible trip to America, and thence to stud. Hopefully somewhere on this trail her earnings will go over the magical 1m mark. This was Yorkshire first Group One win since Shamardal's victory in the Dewhurst Stakes last October, indeed last year Yorkshire trained horses won a total of nine Group One races, so in many respect it could be argued that this season has been poor ... although it's far from over yet! Another Middleham trainer had cause to celebrate at Leopardstown with Karl Burke's filly Angel Voices finishing third in the Irish Breeders Foal Levy Stakes, collecting 17,201 for her efforts . There were no local runners in the St Leger at Doncaster which was won by Scorpion, but there were plenty of Yorkshire winners on the card with Mark Johnston's Leo's Luckyman winning the opening 17,400 ladbrokes.com Handicap, Kevin Ryan's My Paris (by Beechwood Grange stallion Paris House) taking the second race (by a neck from Johnston's Royal Island) which was the 17,400 Porcelanosa Handicap and Bryan Smart's Misu Bond winning a two-year-old race later on the card. Smart had earlier won at Musselburgh with Startori where Mark Johnston's Spirit Of France won the 14,829 Totetrifecta Handicap. Shortly afterwards Johnston registered his fourth win of the day (at four different tracks in two countries and each worth more than 12,000!) when Nero's Return won the 12,476 Mirror Image Handicap, the Kingsley House team is certainly in top form at the moment. At Chester David Nicholls' Trinculo won the sprint handicap (his fourth victory from his last five starts) whilst David Barker's Sierra Vista (bred at Melbourne Hall Stud) was second in the Henry Gee Fillies Stakes L, this was the Ricmond trainers second 'black type' performance in three days. At Wolverhampton's lunchtime meeting Nigel Tinkler registered a win with Hello Roberto. Phew, what a day!
09/09/2005 Another good day at Doncaster for the locals with a Yorkshire trained 1-2-3 in the second race, the 27,000 DBS St Leger Yearling Sales Stakes where Tim Easterby's Princess Cleo (raised at Evelyn Stud) won from David Barron's Sir Orpen and Karl Burke's Hill Of Almhium. The Troy Stakes L saw Mark Johnston's Brahmny Kite finish second, although with only two runners that didn't really tell us much! Johnston's Elliots World ran his usual game race to take the last. There were also winners over hurdles at Bangor for Patrick Haslam and Noel Wilson. At the sales today the best price from a Yorkshire stud was achieved by Richard Whitaker's Hellwood Stud who sold a Bahamian Bounty colt on behalf of the breeders for 47,000gns the winning bidder being ..... Richard Whitaker!
08/09/2005 A better day on the track at Doncaster today with events starting off well when Richard Fahey's Anna Pavlova wins the opening 18,103 Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons Ladies Day Handicap. In the next David Barker's Celtic Mill (homebred at Burns Farm Stud) is almost back to top form when third in the Scarbrough Stakes L. There is then a slight lull until Mark Johnston's consistent Nufoos is second in the penultimate race, the Sceptre Stakes L and then in the last Ian McInness' Lord Of The East wins the 7,522 Ralph Raper Memorial Prince Of Wales Cup Handicap. Johnston has a winner at Bath thanks to Love Angel, ridden by rising apprentice star Greg Fairley.
07/09/2005 No local winners at Catterick yesterday, but today is much more serious with no Yorkshire trained winners on Day One of Doncaster's St Leger meeting. The consolation prizes were Tim Easterby's Gallery Girl picking up 8,000 for finishing second in the opening EBF Carrie Red Fillies Nursery Handicap and a Dandy Nicholls 2-3 in the 29,000 Portland Handicap courtesy of Pieter Brughel and Continent who collected 11,000 and 5,500 respectively. Mark Johnston's sole runner at Epsom today, Linas Selection, was however a winner. Johnston's star filly Attraction will be diverted to the Atto Mile at Woodbine a week on Sunday should the going at Leopardstown on Saturday (where she is entered in the Matron Stakes) be any softer than good, her jockey Kevin Darley has been named as the new 'standby' jockey for Derby winner Motivator. There were only two lots from Yorkshire studs at todays Doncaster St Leger Sales, both from Oaks Farm Stables, but one of these, a Danehill Dancer colt, hit the headlines when fetching a bid of 100,000gns from bloodstock agent Ross Doyle (bidding on behalf of Richard Hannon), the colt having originally been bought as a foal for 40,000gns.
06/09/2005 Day one of Doncaster's famous St Leger Yearling Sales and the highest price achieved by a Yorkshire stud is the 33,000gns obtained by Star Cottage Stud for it's Efisio half brother to Kiralkik and River Belle, consigned by Oaks Farm Stables (who incidentally have some very nice lots for the Tattersalls October Sales). Further evidence (if indeed it was needed) that Yorkshire truly is the Historic Home of the Thoroughbred has been provided by recent research which shows that in 95% of thoroughbreds the 'Y' chromosome can be traced back directly to the Darley Arabian, who stood at Thomas Darley's Aldby Park, Buttercrambe, near York.
04/09/2005 Five wins for the locals today at York with the winning horses trained by Tom Tate, Richard Fahey, Richard Whitaker, Garry Woodward and Mark Johnston. Mark Johnston's Investment Wings was second (beaten a head) in the Swiss St Leger at Lucerne.
03/09/2005 Another excellent days racing for Yorkshire connections. The main race of the day was the Sprint Cup G1 at Haydock and here Yorkshire bred (by Guy Reed at Copgrove Stud) La Cucaracha proved her doubters wrong by finishing a good second. Further back the Tim Easterby duo of Somnus and Fayr Jag each ran arguably their best races of the season to be fourth and fifth respectively - what odds Somnus for the Diadem or Foret if the going is soft? Earlier on the same card the David Barker trained Sierra Vista (bred at the Melbourne Stud) had won the opening 18,662 Be Friendly Handicap, and Tim Easterby's Jeepstar and Mark Johnston's Bay Story were second and third respectively in the close finish to the 48,750 Old Borough Cup Handicap. Later David Chapman's Quito ran his usual game race to be third in the William Hill Superior Mile L and Lynda Ramsden's Halla San won the last. Down at Newmarket there was more good news with the Kevin Ryan trained Mutamared winning the opener and the Mark Johnston trained (and High Bramley Grange Stud bred) Prince Of Light making a comfortable step up to group company to win the Sirenia Stakes G3, later Johnston's Bandari was a disappointing fourth in the September Stakes G3. The local meeting at Thirsk saw winners for John Quinn, James Bethell, Mick Easterby (Sporting Gesture in the historic Hambleton Cup) and Kevin Ryan. Evening racing at Wolverhampton sees winners for David Chapman and Brian Ellison.
31/08/2005 Mark Johnston's improving Crosspeace enjoys a quick return to the track and rewards connections by finishing second in the Furstenberg-Rennen G3 at Baden-Baden this afternoon. At the Knavesmire there are winners for Tim Easterby and John Quinn.
30/08/2005 Post-Bank Holiday Blues are averted by a continuation of the Ripon meeting where there are four local winners courtesy of Kevin Ryan (a double including Wahoo Sam in the 7,699 City Of Ripon Handicap), Karl Burke and Lynda Ramsden, in addition Dandy Nicholls claims Henry Cecil's Kabis Amigos, winner of the claimer, for 15,000gns. Patrick Haslam scores a double over the sticks at Sedgefield.
29/08/2005 A typical Bank Holiday Monday with 15 winners for the Yorkshire trained runners. The highlight (although Mark Johnston might disagree!) came at Ripon where Bryan Smart's Sir Xaar edged out Dandy Nicholls' Johannes to take the Ripon Champion Two Year Old Trophy L. The locals in fact went through the card at Yorkshire's 'Garden Racecourse' with the other wins being provided by Richard Fahey, Robin Bastiman, James Bethell (Granston in the 12,380 Ripon Rowels Handicap), Tom Tate and Mick Easterby. Up the road at Newcastle Yorkshire trained horses won the first four races thanks to Dandy Nicholls, Richard Fahey (with Anna Pavlova in the 12,285 Blaydon Nursery to give him an across the card double) and a double scoring Mark Johnston who's wins with Lightning Affair in the opener and photo finish victory from Marias Magic in the fourth mean that for the 12th season in a row he has achieved a century of winners. Considering the previous record with 9 consecutive centuries (held by Henry Cecil) this is an incredible achievement. Dandy Nicholls also gained an across-the-card- double with a winner at Epsom and there were winners over the sticks at Cartmel for Sue Smith, Micky Hammond, George Moore and Noel Wilson.
28/08/2005 Eisteddfod, another top class horse bred by the Elite Racing Club at Star Cottage Stud, wins a group race at his first attempt when taking the Prix de Meautry G3 at Deauville this afternoon. Closer to home at Beverley the locals win the first four races on the card thanks to Alan Dickman, Mark Johnston (with Road To Love by former Kingsley House resident Fruits Of Love), Julie Camacho and John Quinn who's Grazeon Gold Blend won the main race on the card, the 10,628 Britannia Rescue Nursery Handicap. Grazeon Gold Blend was bred at Melbourne Hall Stud by Mrs E.McKee and is by Beechwood Grange stallion Paris House who is having an excellent season with his runners.
27/08/2005 Only two local winners on Timeform Day at York (moved from June due to Royal Ascot at York) but these included the main race when Dandy Nicholls' Tax Free crossed the 100,000 earnings mark by winning the 56,306 William Hill Trophy. Later on Julie Camacho's Sir Nod was victorious in the 8,002 Charles Henry Memorial Handicap. It was a similar story at Newmarket with a Yorkshire 1-2 in the main race, the Hopeful Stakes L, with David Chapman's Quito coming home ahead of Dandy Nicholls' Lafi. There were three Yorkshire winners over hurdles at Cartmel thanks to John Quinn, Micky Hammond and George Moore and a similar tally at Market Rasen's evening meeting courtesy of Patrick Haslam, Alan Swinbank and Robin Bastiman. Evening racing at Windsor saw the Bishop Wilton Stud bred Frank Sonata accrue yet more 'black type' when coming a vaguely disappointing third in the August Stakes L.
26/08/2005 Winners galore for the locals this afternoon at Thirsk with doubles for Mark Johnston (including Muzdaher winning the main race, the 9,884 Adrian Tate Handicap) and Tim Easterby and wins for George Moore and Chris Fairhurst (with his homebred The Thrifty Bear). A short trip up the A1 for the evening meeting at Newcastle sees wins for John Wainwright and Richard Fahey.
21/08/2005 Mark Johnston's Crosspeace made a promising group debut to be third in the Marit Sveaas Minnelop G3 at Ovrevoll, Norway whilst stable companion Secret History flopped in Germany. Lynn Siddall's Super Boston was a winner over jumps at Southwell.
20/08/2005 Beverley's biggest meeting of the year with two main races - the Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes L in which the David Barker trained Mecca's Mate (bred at Melbourne Hall Stud) is third, and the 29,000 Totescoop6 Heritage Handicap which is won by the Brian Ellison trained Ashkal Way, with Mark Johnston's Tarraman in second. Amongst the other winners at Beverley are man of the moment Kevin Ryan and Richard Fahey. In Chester's big race the East Yorkshire trainer Ian McInnees has one of the best results of his nascent career when his bottom-weighted H Harrison is second in the 29,000 Blue Square Heritage Handicap. David Barron wins the opener at Redcar's evening meeting whilst Richard Fahey doubles up for the day later on the card and his brother-in-law Tim Easterby also has a winner.
19/08/2005 The calm after the storm it may be, but the Yorkshire trainers are still in good form with wins at Chester for Richard Fahey and James Bethell. Also on the Roodeye another Elite Racing bred (at Star Cottage Stud) horse won a decent race when Oceans Apart took the 12,093 EBF Combermere Fillies Conditions Stakes. At Ayr there was another winner for Richard Fahey as well as wins for Tim Etherington and David Barron. All-weather racing at Wolverhampton saw success for Karl Burke and John Weymes.
18/08/2005 The third and final (and best from a local perspective, although Kevin Ryan may disagree!) day of York's famous Ebor meeting. The opening race saw David Chapman's stable star Quito run his usual game race to finish second in the City Of York Stakes L. The next was the Lowther Stakes G2 and although not bred or trained in Yorkshire the second placed horse is owned by Yorkshireman Sir Robert Ogden and will hopefully retire to his Sicklinghall Stud when her racing days are over. The next race however was the highlight of the meeting when Guy Reed's Copgrove Stud provided the winner of the Nunthorpe Stakes G1 in the shape of the rapidly improving filly La Cucaracha who prevailed by a head. It is nearly forty years since Guy Reed first ventured into breeding (initially at Nidd Hall Stud) and although he has had many good horses in that time this was his first success at Group One level, that it should come on his favourite course at York will no doubt be icing on the cake. It's just a pity the horse wasn't also trained in Yorkshire, but that would really be nit-picking! La Cucaracha is also the third Yorkshire bred Group One winner of the year following on from Soviet Song and Cape Of Good Hope. Sixth place in this race was Tim Easterby's Fayr Jag and this is one of his better runs of the season over a distance short of his best. Mark Johnston's Elliot's World was second in the next, the 26,587 Persimmon Homes Handicap and the same stable provided the winner of the last race, the 15,470 Malton Nursery Handicap, in the shape of the progressive Nihal. Elsewhere there were wins for Karl Burke and John Quinn at Chester with the later named taking the 12,402 Betbluesq.com Handicap with Melalchrist, bred by Andrew Spalding at his Hedgeholme Stud.
17/08/2005 Day two, and what a day it was for the locals. Events started well with Richard Fahey's Realism taking the 19,958 Royal & Sun Alliance Handicap in good style. Kevin Ryan's week then went into overdrive when Amadeus Wolf put up a fantastic performance to win the Gimcrack Stakes G2 by 1 1/2 lengths - what a team of juvenilles he has this year! This was Ryan's first domestic group winner, and his first anywhere since Eastern Purple scored in Irish Group Three company in both 1999 and 2000. Next up was the Ebor itself and although there was no local winner the second place was filled by Brian Ellison's Carte Diamond, who picks up 40,000 for his efforts. Incredibly there were two more local juvenille winners to come with Richard Whitaker's Taberet (bred as a boarder at Whitaker's Hellwood Stud) recovering from his poor run last time to win the Roses Stakes L, and David Nicholls' Johannes winning the 17,631 Convivial Maiden Stakes - surely the most valuable maiden race of the year!? Phew, can it get better tomorrow with one of the three Yorkshire trained (or one Yorkshire bred) horses winning the Nunthorpe?? There were winners elsewhere with Mark Johnston scoring at Epsom's evening meeting and also at Carlisle where Anne Duffield and George Moore also picked up winners. At Nottingham's evening meeting there were wins for John Quinn and James Bethell.
16/08/2005 Day one of the Ebor Meeting at York. It's an up and down day for the locals with Richard Fahey's Sualda third in the opening 22,367 Knavesmire Handicap, but the Mark Johnston duo of Brahminy Kite and Melrose Avenue well beaten when filling the last two places in the Great Voltigeur Stakes G2, with the later named veering badly in the closing stages. Two races later however Kevin Ryan registers potentially one of the most significant victories of his short training career when Palace Episode wins the high profile Acomb Stakes L. This son of Machiavellian is a classier (for which read more expensive at $100,000 a a yearling although unsold for 44,000gns at the Breeze-Ups) type of individual than Ryan is normally sent and hopefully marks the start of an even higher profile for the successful Hambleton trainer. There is another win the next when Mark Johnston's Prince Of Light takes the 14,885 Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Nursery Handicap. The last today is the 15,418 Patrington Haven Leisure Park Handicap and in this Richard Fahey's Bo McGinty is second with Brian Ellison's Doric back in third. Mark Johnston completed an across-the-card treble by registering a double at Hamilton where there were also winners for Richard Fahey and David Nicholls.
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14/08/2005 Things you think you'll never have to say ..... Mark Johnston's Bandari was out-run by the Czech raider in the Rheinland-Pokal der Sparkasse KolnBonn G1 at Cologne today, will he ever win a group one race?? Closer to home at Pontefract there were winners for John Quinn, Alan Swinbank and Lynda Ramsden whilst Noel Wilson was on the mark at Stratford. At Bath Mick Easterby's Sporting Gesture was second in the 17,277 Bathwick Tyres Lady Riders' Derby Handicap, ridden by Serena Brotherton. Serena is daughter of Jockey Club member David Brotherton (who also bred Astonished, Surprised and Bishops Court - from the same mare) and grand-daughter of Lurline Brotherton (Champion Jumps owner in 49/50 and owner of Bobby Renton trained Grand National winner Freebooter as well as a young Red Rum and the Mick Easterby trained Workboy) and niece of Anne Henson (who owned Ayr Gold Cup winner Able Albert, trained by Peter Easterby) - a strong Yorkshire racing family indeed!
13/08/2005 The going and the weight were both against Mark Johnston's stable star Attraction who struggled with both in the final stages of the Hungerford Stakes G3 at Newbury today, having made most of the running. She was eventually fourth, and probably needed the run, whether this effort means she is back to her absolute best remains to be seen, but it's certainly a huge improvement on the Sha Tin effort and she at least appears to have retained her enthusiasm for the game. Connections seemed reasonably pleased, expect her to put up a much better showing next time. Closer to home at Ripon David Nicholls finally landed the long-coveted 29,000 Great St Wilfrid Handicap with Ice Planet (bred at West Moor Stud), with stablemate Pieter Brueghel picking up 11,000 for finishing second, furthermore both horses are owned by long-standing Nicholls patron David Faulkner. The only other local winner at Ripon was Karl Burke's Surely Truly, but at Newmarket the Yorkshire raiders landed the main race on that card when Tim Easterby's King's Gait, back after two months off with sore shins, won the 17,400 NGK Spark Plugs Anniversary Handicap. Meanwhile at Bangor John Quinn won the last two races over hurdles with Kirkham Abbey and Goldstar Dancer. It was announced today that the stallion Keen, who has stood at Beechwood Grange Stud for the last 9 years, died on Wednesday of a heart attack. This full-brother to Kris and Diesis sired the dual-Group One winning River Keen as well as a number of good horses in Australia and remained popular with breeders this season at the age of 24.
12/08/2005 A rare across-the-card double for John Weymes today with Simply St Lucia scoring at Newcastle and stablemate Linden's Lady at Catterick's evening meeting. With his winner on Monday the young Middleham trainer has now got three winners from his last six runners and is certainly the man in form. Lynda Ramsden and Julie Camacho also had winners at Newcastle whilst Robin Bastiman's long trip to Folkestone with Valiant Romeo paid off when he came home in front. The other local winners at Catterick came from the stables of David Barron and, not quite so local, John Balding.
07/08/2005 The Tim Easterby sprint duo didn't trouble the judge today, but it was a good day at Leicester where James Bethell registered a valuable double courtesy of Granston and Snowed Under and Mark Johnston's well-bred (and well bought at 55,000gns) Atlantic Waves made a very promising debut to run away with the second division of the maiden, he holds some ineresting entries. Johnston also won a maiden at Redcar, this time with Sunday Smile whilst Robin Bastiman's Borderlescott and Richard Whitaker's Kaymich Perfecto provided the other Yorkshire winners on Teeside.
06/08/2005 The Yorkshire stables were on form at Newmarket today with Tim Fitzgerald landing the most valuable win of his short career when Inchnadamph won the 9,627 Silks Bistro At Swynford Handicap. Kevin Ryan's My Paris (by Beechwood Grange resident Paris House) came out on top in a very tight finish to claim the 17,400 Letheby & Christopher Silver Salver Handicap later on the same card. Mark Johnston's Royal Island won the 14,130 Casino 36 Classic Handicap at Haydock whilst there were wins at Redcar for Linda Stubbs and Nevile Bycroft. Evening racing at Ayr sees winners for Mark Johnston, Richard Fahey and Kevin Ryan but the card is abandoned with two races remaining. Tomorrow sees the Tim Easterby duo of Somnus and Fayr Jag in action in France and Ireland respectively and we are hopefully only a week away from Attraction's seasonal domestic debut at Newbury. And then we have the Ebor meeting at York.
02/08/2005 Following the sale of the historic Highfield Stables in Malton the incumbent trainer Andy Turnell is to return south to train near Swindon, taking over Jeff King's (former stable jockey to Turnell's father Bob) yard. Previous owner John Hollowood has sold the property to his former school friend John Fairley, who lives nearby and is well known in racing circles as the Chairman of Highflyer Productions who produce racing programs for Channel 4, Racing UK and RTE. Fairley, in turn, will be renting the property to local trainer John Quinn. Quinn will continue with his Bellwood Cottage Stables nearby at Settrington, but this new arrangement means that he will now be able to expand his string as Highfield will give him an extra 30 boxes in the main yard, with another 10 nearby, as well as an indoor school, horse walker and 20 acres of paddocks. The guide price for the property was 1.5m and Fairley plans to move into the 6 bedroom house, whilst Quinn will have use of the staff cottage. Hollowood bought Highfield from the Hetherton family who had owned it for 12 years and prior to that was the base of Bill and Charles Elsey who between them trained eight classic winners there between 1949 and 1973.
01/08/2005 Sandhutton trainer Allan Dickman had one of the biggest wins of his career when Inter Vision won the 10,645 Armstrong Memorial Handicap at Ripon today, where Mick Easterby also had a winner. Evening racing at Carlisle saw winners for Tim Easterby and Noel Wilson.
31/07/2005 Wins at Chester for James Bethell and Lynda Ramsden (Tanforan in the 9,787 Halliwell Jones BMW Handicap) but the best run came from Tim Easterby's Fayr Jag who had arguably his best result for over a year when third in the Queensferry Stakes L, hopefully he will be back to his peak form soon. Over jumps at Market Rasen there were winners for Tim Walford, Malcolm Jefferson and Julie Camacho. Over the water in Galway Kevin Ryan's faithful servant brings home his biggest ever prize when winning the 46,170 Michael McNamara & Co. Builders Premier Handicap.
30/07/2005 A fantastic result to the 58,000 Stewards Cup at Goodwood today when there is a Yorkshire 1-2-3-4 courtesy of Gift Horse (David Nicholls), Fonthill Road (Richard Fahey), Fantasy Believer (John Quinn) and Merlin's Dancer (David Nicholls again). Better still the winner was bred no distance from Dandy Nicholls' stable at the Theakston Stud! The collective effort of this fantastic result must have sapped the Yorkshire talent as otherwise it was a poor day for the Tykes with no local winners at Doncaster and only one, Kevin Ryan's High Curragh in the nursery, at Thirsk. More winners eventually came at Hamilton courtesy of Richard Fahey and Alan Swinbank.
29/07/2005 At very close finish to the 87,000 Totesport Mile Heritage Handicap at Goodwood today saw Mark Johnston's Crosspeace pick up 33,000 for second place, beaten only a neck, with stablemate Elliots World a further neck and a head back in fourth. The next race saw Tim Easterby's Mullaad take a step up in class to contest the Richmond Stakes G2 and he did very well to be third, only a head behind the second horse home. The following race saw at only Yorkshire winner at Goodwood today when Mark Johnston's Always Baileys took the Nursery. At Thirsk there were winners for John Wainwright (who later doubled up with a win at Bangor), Chris Fairhurst and David Barker.
28/07/2005 Day three, and it's another excellent one for the Yorkshire raiders. The best result comes in the second race when David Nicholls' Fire Up The Band follows the example of his half brother and stablemate, Strike Up The Band, by posting an excellent winning victory, in this case in the King George Stakes G3. The next is the Goodwood Cup G2 and here Mark Johnston's Golden Quest, having his second run of the meeting, picks up 22,000 for finishing second. He will now be aimed at the Ebor and, eventually, the Melbourne Cup. In the next Brian Ellison also picks up 22,000 for a second place when his Ashkal Way fills that position in the ladbrokes.com Handicap. Finally the following race throws up another Yorkshire winner when Richard Fahey's Tagula Sunrise, the bottom weight, wins the 23,200 De Boer Handicap. Pretty much the same trainers were on the mark at Carlisle where there was a double for Richard Fahey and also winners for David Nicholls and Brian Ellison. Evening racing sees an across-the-cards treble for David Nicholls when Lord Of The East wins the claimer at Epsom and a win for Kevin Ryan at Musselburgh, where Ian McInnes' excellent run continued when H Harrison won the last, having scored at the same venue yesterday!. Unsurprisingly Mark Johnston's Attraction has been scratched from the Prix d'Astarte due to the rain.
27/07/2005 Goodwood day two, and 'only' one Yorkshire winner today, but first things first. The second race saw the closest finish of the meeting to date when Mark Johnston's Black Charmer was beaten into third place by a neck and a short head in the Vintage Stakes G2, he may now go for the Gimcrack at York. The next was the Sussex Stakes G1 and this saw the Yorkshire bred (at Star Cottage Stud) Soviet Star, the hot favourite, beaten into second place by Proclamation. It transpired that Yorkshire had to wait till the final race, the 10,725 Zuhair Handicap for victory. This race has been dominated by David Nicholls' in recent years but this time it was a different David who came back with the winner when David Barker's Sierra Vista beat John Quinn's Pomfret Lad by half a length. Victories at Musselburgh for Mark Johnston and Alan Swinbank and also a double for East Riding trainer Ian McInnes.
26/07/2005 So called 'Glorious' (it poured down!) Goodwood, Day One, and an excellent one for the Yorkshire raiders, taking three races. In the first contest, the 29,000 Summer Heritage Handicap, Mark Johnston's Nero's Return was a fair third, whilst the following race, the Gordon Stakes G3, saw the same stables Brahminy Kite finish a faintly disappointing third. The fourth race of the day was the Molecomb Stakes G3 and this saw David Nicholls' star two-year-old Strike Up The Band posting the first Tyke victory of the meeting in grand style. There is now talk of a possible tilt at the Richmond Stakes later in the meeting. The next was the 15,993 Tatler Summer Season Handicap and this was won by the Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning combo when Golden Quest prevailed by a short head. Again this horse could well reappear later in the week, in this case in the Goodwood Cup. The next race was a valuable maiden and the same Johnston/Fanning team struck again, this time with Prince Of Light, a promising son of Fantastic Light who was bred by, but not at, High Bramley Grange Stud. Here's hoping the meeting continues in the same vein! Johnston had an across-the-card treble when River Lena won at Beverely where there were also wins for Kevin Ryan, Alan Swinbank and John Norton.
24/07/2005 Alan Swinbank's talismanic Collier Hill was in action at Dusseldorf this afternoon and ran his usual excellent race to be second in the Deutschlandpreis - Preis der Freunde und Forderer G1, picking up 24,823 for his efforts. On the domestic front Mark Johnston won the main race at Pontefract when Sound Breeze took the 12,180 Pomfret Handicap, whilst David Barker took the main supporting race, the 9,405 St Johns Ambulance Handicap, with Peter Asquith's Mr.Wolf, homebred by him at Burns Farm Stud. Down at Newbury David Nicholls sounded a pre-Goodwood warning shot when his duo of Lafi and Wanchai Lad were second and third respectively in the valuable Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint Handicap.
23/07/2005 At York today the main race was the 32,500 Skybet Dash Heritage Handicap and this was won by Guy Reed's La Cucaracha (bred at his Copgrove Stud), trained in Lambourn, who was effectively dropped in class as this was the first time the Group Three winner had run in a handicap. The following race was the 10,401 Skybet Interactive Betting Handicap and this fell to Breaking Shadow, trained in Middleham by Karl Burke. Mick Easterby's Sporting Gesture won the last. The day's major meeting was at Newbury (standing in for Ascot) and here David Barron's Partners In Jazz picked up a useful 16,500 when finishing third in the Totesport International Heritage Handicap and Mark Johnston's Bay Story won the last, the 10,823 Monty Charles Diamond Stakes. Meanwhile at Newcastle there were wins for Kevin Ryan (Uhoomagoo in the 11,011 Beeswing Handicap) and David Nicholls.
18/07/2005 A poignant day at Ayr today as the David Barker trained Mecca's Mate wins the Land O'Burns Fillies Stakes L. This progressive filly was bred by the late Cherry Tagart at her Melbourne Hall Stud, and Ms.Tagart's funeral is tomorrow. She would have been especially pleased at this particular victory as the dam is by her former resident stallion Clantime. There was a Mark Johnston double at Ayr today (featuring the impressive Sound Breeze who won by 5 lengths), which he followed up with another double at Beverley's evening meeting, and David Chapman also came back from Scotland with a win. The penultimate race at Beverley saw a 1-2 for Patrick Haslam, and the last a 1-2 for Richard Fahey!
17/07/2005 Mark Johnston's Black Charmer is a very decent second in the Anglesey Stakes G3 at The Curragh this afternoon. Black Charmer holds an entry in the Gimcrack where hopefully he can go one better! The main race at Redcar today was the Carlsberg Straight Mile Championship Handicap and this saw Alan Swinbank's Go Solo come home a head in front of Tim Easterby's Tough Love. Other Yorkshire winners on that card were provided by Karl Burke, an in form Nigel Tinkler and John Balding.
16/7/2005 Today's big winner was Tom Tate who's Another Bottle won the 26,100 ladbrokes.com Heritage Handicap at Newbury. Later on the same card Tim Easterby's Fayr Jag had his most promising run of the season to date when finishing fourth in the Hackwood Stakes L. Easterby won the main race at Ripon with Most Definitely taking the 11,113 Bell-Ringer Handicap, earlier Nigel Tinkler had a 1-2 in the seller courtesy of Dancing Edge and Charlie Hather, with wife Kim luckily aboard the right one! Over jumps it was Market Rasen's big mid-summer meeting and John Quinn's Hilltime was an excellent second in the 20,300 Totescoop6 Summer Handicap Hurdle.
15/07/2005 The day's big race is the 18,340 Tennents Scottish Stewards Cup Handicap at Hamilton's evening meeting and the finish is dominated by Yorkshire trained horses as Mark Johnston's Spirit Of France comes home a neck and half a length in front of John Quinn's Fantasy Believer and Richard Fahey's Bo McGinty. This also marked an across the card treble for Johnston who also had winners at Carlisle and Pontefract.
09/07/2005 Karl Burke's Triskaidekaphobia wins the opening nursery at York whilst the next race sees Tim Easterby's Artie finish a good second. In the big one, the 97,500 John Smith's Cup, the Yorkshire duo of John Quinn's Crow Wood and Richard Fahey's Realism are beaten into the minor places by Aidan O'Brien's Mullins Bay, although at least it is Lady Manton who collects the winners trophy on behalf of connections! Richard Fahey's Namroud provides the biggest local win of the day when coming home ahead in the 10,738 John Smith's Cask Handicap. At Lingfield the Mark Johnston duo of Golden Chance and Swift Sailor are second and third respectively in the 29,000 ladbrokespoker.com Heritage Handicap whilst at Chester David Nicholls' Fire Up The Band fades from the lead to finish third in the Chester City Wall Stakes L. Nicholls, Johnston, Geoff Harker and David Barron all have winners at Hamilton's evening meeting.
08/07/2005 The racing circus moves to York. For some reason the locals always seem to do well on this first day, and today proves to be no exception when David Barker's good week continues with Mecca's Mate winning the opening 9,186 Grampian Country Food Group Handicap. The next is the Hearthstead Homes Handicap and this sees David Barron's Dispol Katie come home ahead of Tim Etherington's Fullandby. The third race is the 11,630 John West Tuna Handicap and this time it is Richard Fahey who does the honours when his Ski Jump, wins with stablemate Sualda back in third. There are no Yorkshire placings in the main race of the day, the Cuisine de France Summer Stakes G3 but Guy Reed's La Cucaracha (homebred at Copgrove Stud) runs another good race to be second. Things go equally well for the Tykes at Chester's evening meeting with David Barron getting a double for the day thanks to Brace Of Doves in the opener. The next is the 9,096 Littlewoods Bet Direct Conditions Stakes and here Tim Easterby's Mullaad gets the better of Kevin Ryan's Amadeus Wolf, who was placed in the Coventry last time out. Richard Fahey also makes it a double for the day when Torrens takes one of the later races on the card.
07/07/2005 Yet again James Bethell's stablestar Mine comes good when it matters and takes the 45,500 Bunbury Cup Handicap at Newmarket for the second time, to take his career prize money over the 277,000 mark. It was an incredibly close finish with just two short heads and a neck in it at the finish. There wasn't much else to cheer Yorkshire hearts at Newmarket today, with Somnus being especially disappointing, although Brian Ellison's Ashkal Boy was third in the opener, and Kevin Ryan's Tedstale second in the last race.
06/07/2005 The only Yorkshire winner down at Newmarket today is David Barker's Sierra Vista who wins the last. Earlier Mark Johnston's Black Charmer had finished a good third in the July Stakes G2, and the same stables Elliots World filled the same position in the 29,000 Blandford Bloodstock Joss Collins Handicap.
05/07/2005 First day of Newmarket's July meeting and things go according to plan in the second race, the 34,800 totesport.com Heritage Handicap, when David Nicholls' extremely promising young sprinter Tax Free grabs the first prize - his third win in only four career starts. The next race is the Falmouth Stakes G1 and whilst there is no Attraction (now aiming for France) it is still a good result for Yorkshire with the Star Cottage Stud raised Soviet Song making an impressive winning return to form. David Nicholls also had a double at Pontefract with his Pieter Brueghel winning the main race on that card, the 10,582 King Richard II Handicap.
04/07/2005 Conditional jockey Tom Halliday, attached to Sue Smith's Bingley stable, was killed on Sunday after sustaining severe damage to his head in a fall at Market Rasen. Our sympathy goes to Tom's family and friends. Tom was son of Willie Halliday, whom anyone associated with the Northern showjumping circuit will have heard of.
02/07/2005 Drama in the opening race at Sandown, the Laurent-Perrier Champagne Sprint Stakes G3, when the David Barker trained Celtic Mill stumbles and rolls, leading to his pilot Frankie Dettori being out of action for at least 4 weeks, in the same race however David Nicholls' Lafi ran his best race since last years Wokingham by finishing second. Nicholls also has a good day at Beverley when his Trinculo wins the main race on the card, the 12,649 Coachman Caravans Quality Handicap. At Haydock Mark Johnston's Heartstead Wings is third in the July Trophy L, whilst at Carlisle Whitethorne gives Richard Fahey his third win in two days.
01/07/2005 Mark Johnston has winners at Beverley, Haydock and Sandown today with the most valuable coming at the later track when I'm So Lucky wins the 12,231 K2 Advisors Handicap.
30/06/2005 Lot's of Yorkshire winners so far this week and today sees it's fair share with the best result coming from John Quinn's Fantasy Believer who wins the 10,055 Clear Channel Handicap at Epsom's evening meeting.
26/06/2005 No Yorkshire winners following the raid on the Curragh this afternoon but Mark Johnston's Brahminy Kite is a more than respectable fourth in the Irish Derby G1 and later on the card Richard Fahey's King's Point runs a good race to be second in the Celebration Stakes L.
25/06/2005 Northumberland Plate day at Newcastle, but the best Yorkshire could manage in the big race itself was Far Pavilions in fourth. In the opening race however David Chapman's Quito ran his usual game race to be second in the Chipchase Stakes G3, whilst in the race prior to the Plate David Barker's Sierra Vista put up a game performance to take, by a neck, the 17,400 Northern Sprint Handicap for the second year in a row, with David Barron's Rising Shadow back in third. Barron had an even closer call when his Partners In Jazz was second in the Journal 'Good Morning' Handicap, whilst Mark Johnston and Tom Tate increased the winning tally later on the card with Crime Scene and Dancer's Serenade. Down at Newmarket Tim Easterby's Sykelady took a huge leap in form to be second in the Empress Stakes L, (which was won by Burns Farm's homebred Dixie Belle) whilst the same trainers Game Lad was also second in the following race. Plenty of placings for the Yorkshire trainers over at Chester, but the best performance came in the last race which was won by David Nicholls' Handsome Cross. Evening racing at Doncaster sees wins for David Nicholls and Tim Easterby. Look out for Brahminy Kite in the Irish Derby at the Curragh tomorrow, although Yorkshire also has an unusually large number of entries in the supporting races as well, from which a winner is more likely to come.
22/06/2005 One of the big days in Carlisle's racing year and one of the two main races is the historic 16,884 Carlisle Bell Handicap and this is won by Yorkshire raider Hartshead, trained by Alan Swinbank, who is having an excellent season.
18/06/2005 The final day of Royal Ascot at York (well, for this year anyway .....) and whilst Somnus is withdrawn due to unsuitable going (pray for rain in Deauville and Newmarket) it is still, by far, the best day of the meeting for the local horses. The opening race is the Windsor Castle Stakes L and incredibly this sees a Yorkshire trained 1-2-3 with Bryan Smart's Titus Alone coming home ahead of David Nicholl's Strike Up The Band (his second such placing of the meeting) and Richard Whitaker's Tabaret. The next is the Hardwicke Stakes G2 and in this Mark Johnston's enigmatic Bandari finally returns to form to cling on for victory under Willie Supple, taking the six-year-old's career earnings over the 500,000 mark, indeed he now creeps up to ninth place in the list of winningmost Yorkshire trained horses. The next is the big one, the Golden Jubilee Stakes G1, and here the winner is the Hong Kong trained Cape Of Good Hope (fourth on Tuesday) who was bred just down the road from the Knavesmire at Melbourne Hall Stud. There is no Yorkshire involvement in the Wokingham, but John Quinn's Crow Wood is only just denied victory in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap, picking up second place. The horse Bandari overtook for ninth place in the winningmost list is stablemate Royal Rebel who ran in the last race at York, but was sadly unplaced - it is now possible that he will be retired, although connections were keen for him to go out with a win, hence the drop in class today. Elsewhere Bryan Smart's excellent day continued with Bond City winning the 11,953 Stan James Handicap at Newmarket and the Hambleton trainer also recorded a double at Redcar, where Tim Easterby obtained some consolation for Somnus when Go Tech won the 14,027 Totesport.com Handicap and Molly Marie won the maiden. Up at Ayr Chris Thornton's Lets Roll won the 9,377 Freephone Stanleybet Handicap and Noel Wilson had one of the biggest wins of his short career when Acomb won the 10,316 Stanleybet June Meeting Handicap. The evening action switches to Warwick where there is even more good news for Mark Johnston when his Nufoos finally wins her black type race when taking the Eternal Stakes L. Phew, what a day!
17/06/2005 It would have been depressing to say the least if Royal Ascot at York had passed without a local winner, luckily this potential travesty was averted this afternoon when the Mark Johnston trained Melrose Avenue, under a driving ride from Kevin Darley, won the Queen's Vase G3. Perhaps more significant in the long run was the earlier performance of another Johnston horse when his Brahminy Kite was an excellent second in the King Edward VII Stakes G2, especially as he ran very green and this was his first race in 301 days, roll on Goodwood and eventually, hopefully, the St Leger at Doncaster, potentially with Melrose Avenue in attendance as well. Earlier Sir Robert Ogden's Newmarket trained and American bred filly La Chunga won the Albany Stakes G3 and she will no doubt make her way to her owners Sicklinghall Stud when he racing career is over. Up at Redcar Richard Fahey's Wyatt Earp won the main race on the card, the 14,001 Pertemps Employment Alliance Handicap. Meanwhile there's the not insignificant matter of Somnus tomorrow to look forward to .....
16/06/2005 Royal Ascot at York, day three, some sun! Proceedings started well for the local horses with the David Nicholls trained Strike Up The Band finishing an excellent second in the opening race, the Norfolk Stakes G3. The next two races were the Ribblesdale Stakes G2 and Ascot Gold Cup G1, and two of the Mark Johnston runners in these, Secret History and Winged d'Argent respectively, both ran good races to finish fifth, Secret History's performance being especially creditable as it was quite a close finish, no doubt this won't be much consolation for the perfectionist that is Mr.Johnston, especially given his previous excellent record at Royal Ascot. The fourth race was the Britannia Handicap and second in this was the Elite Racing owned Brecon Beacon who was bred, like Soviet Song, at Star Cottage Stud. Finally Mark Johnston's Elliots World was a respectable third in the Hampton Court Stakes L.
15/06/2005 Day two, weather even worse. The locally trained horses make even less impression today, but Mick Easterby's Bow Bridge (also bred in Yorkshire) is a decent third in the Queen Mary Stakes G2, I was wondering if Mick would take his flat cap off if she actually won! Karl Burke's useful Clare Hills was fourth in the same race. Soviet Star, bred by the Elite Racing Club at Star Cottage Stud, makes her seasonsal debut and is a respectable third in the Windsor Forest Stakes G2, she usually needs a couple of runs to find her form.
14/06/2005 Day one of Royal Ascot at York (long may it continue!). Events start fairly well for the locals when Kevin Ryan's Amadeus Wolf puts up an eye catching performance to be third in the opening race, the Coventry Stakes G2. The next is the King's Stand Stakes G2 and this sees Yorkshire bred (but Hong Kong trained) Cape Of Good Hope a reasonable enough fourth, if he is OK later in the week there is a good chance he will run in the Golden Jubilee Stakes G1 on Saturday. The third race sees honourary Yorkshire horse Shamardal blast to victory in the St James's Palace Stakes G1, to add to his earlier victories in the French 2,000 Guineas and French Derby. Shamardal's trainer last year was Mark Johnston and his Golden Quest is only beaten into second place by a head in the 29,000 Ascot Handicap, in which Richard Fahey's Ski Jump is fourth. Global Genius (Yorkshire owned by former Wetherby trainer Jack Hanson but trained in Lambourn) is second in the closing race, the Chesham Stakes L. Chris Fairhurst had his first win of the season when Passion Fruit won up at Carlisle.
12/06/2005 David Nicholls' Tax Free wins the main race at Doncaster today, the 10,239 Totesport Handicap, and Mark Johnston wins the opening two races with Black Charmer and Stage School, the second named being as well bred as it is possible to imagine, being a Sunday Silence half sister to Arazi and Noverre.
11/06/2005 Karl Burke's good week continued when his Orphan took the 29,000 totesport.com Heritage Handicap, a new race at Ripon, and one of the most valuable ever run there. The other important result of the day came at Sandown where John Quinn's grand horse Bigalos Bandit was a good second in the paddypowerpoker.com Scurry Stakes L, with Kevin Ryan's Coleorton Dancer a game fourth in the same race. Roll on Ascot At York.
07/06/2005 A nice win at Redcar today for Karl Burke when Takes Tutu, formerly with Mark Johnston, wins the 12,238 Carlsberg Redcar Straight Mile Championship Qualifier Handicap. There was also a David Nicholls double at Chester today.
04/06/2005 Derby Day, and no Yorkshire runners in the big race, although second placed Walk In The Park's dam is Classic Park who was bred at the Garrowby Stud. With the Derby, Oaks and Guineas all going to different trainers (and the Derby not going to O'Brien, Stoute or bin Suroor) it is a pity that the Mark Johnston team is not quite in the same form as it was last season, had this been the case he could have entertained serious thoughts of the Trainers Championship, although there is plenty of the season yet to come. Unlike yesterday there was a positive deluge of Yorkshire winners at Epsom today with the David Nicholls duo of Fire Up The Band and Peace Offering running excellent races to be first and second respectively in the 43,500 Vodafone 'Dash' Heritage Handicap. Later on the card John Quinn was able to add to the tally when Crow Wood was a game winner of the 23,200 Vodafone Handicap. The final race on the card saw a blanket finish in the the 23,200 Vodafone Sprint Handicap with the first four home separated by two heads and a short head with David Nicholls Gift Horse the winner to cap a good day for the Sessay trainer, with David Barron's Rising Shadow back in third and another Nicholls horse Native Title in fourth. There were other Yorkshire winners today at Doncaster and Haydock, the best of which was Mark Johnston's Golden Quest who took the 12,540 888.com Poker Handicap at Haydock.
03/06/2005 Day one of the Epsom Derby meeting and the Yorkshire raiders make their presence felt without actually winning any of the races. Mark Johnston's Secret History drops back to a mile (an odd decision) and is third (of three) in the opening Princess Elizabeth Stakes G3, although she is far from disgraced, this is also a good omen for Attraction as the winner, Sundrop, was second in last years 1,000 Guineas. Johnston also has third in the next, the 20,300 Vodafone Mile Handicap, thanks to Nero's Return, with Kevin Ryan's Uhoomagoo back in fourth. The next is the 43,500 Vodfaone Rose Bowl and here Richard Fahey's Realism picks up a useful 16,500 for second place. Johnston's Bandari is only fifth in the Coronation Cup G1, but his Joseph Henry is fourth in the Surrey Stakes L, and in the last his Mafaheem is a decent third in the 20,300 Vodafone Group Services Handicap. The evening action switches to Goodwood and here Johnston's Elliots World returns to something like his best form by coming second in the On The House Stakes L., albeit nine lengths behind the impressive winner Court Masterpiece.
01/06/2005 Another good day today when Karl Burke's Clare Hills picks up her second race in as many starts when winning the Hilary Needler Trophy L at Beverley, with Kevin Ryan's Fanghorn Forest also picking up valuable black-type for finishing third in the same race. In the other big race on the card, the 11,672 Brian Yeardley Continental Trophy Richard Whitaker's Tabaret is a creditable second on his first racecourse appearance. However the big news comes in the evening when La Cucaracha, homebred by Guy Reed at his Copgrove Hall Stud, becomes her owners first group winner since Dakota by taking the Ballyogan Stakes G3 at Leopardstown. Trained in Lambourn by Barry Hills this Piccolo filly has now won 4 or her 8 starts, and hopefully the best is yet to come if she gets her favoured Good going conditions.
31/05/2005 A memorable day for David Barker which sees the young handler win his first ever group race when Celtic Mill lands the Temple Stakes G2 at Sandown.This grand seven year old, owned and bred by Peter Asquith at Burns Farm Stud, has been the mainstay of Barker's Scorton yard for a number of years, and hopefully ever greater is to come.
28/05/2005 Yorkshire took the day's most valuable race when Bryan Smart's Bond Boy won the 34,800 VC Bet Scottish Sprint Cup Heritage Handicap at Musselburgh. Indeed Yorkshire took all the big races at the Scottish track with Richard Fahey's Harrison's Flyer winning the 10,082 VC Bet Sprint Trophy Handicap, and Alan Swinbank's Far Pavilions yet again winning the 12,208 Sheraton Grand Cup Handicap. In addition Mark Johnston's Trivandrun took the opener at the Scottish track and there were wins at Doncaster for Mick Easterby (Sporting Gesture), David Nicholls (Machinist) and Anne Duffield (Jubilee Street).
23/05/2005 At Windsor this evening David Barker's Celtic Mill narrowly beat David Chapman's Quito into fourth place by a neck in the Leisure Stakes L.
22/05/2005 Mark Johnston's Winged d'Argent runs a good race today at Longchamp when third in the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier G2, only pipped for second place by a short head.
21/05/2005 No major winners today, but plenty of good placings and minor winners. At Haydock Mark Johnston's Nufoos continues her good run when she takes second place in the Sandy Lane Stakes L, she must surely win a stakes race soon. Down at Newmarket Kevin Ryan's Coleorton Dancer picks up 11,000 for finishing second in the Coral Sprint Heritage Handicap, whilst David Barron's Trance is a winner later on the same card. Tim Easterby's Fizzlephut loses his maiden at Catterick whilst the evening meeting at Carlisle sees a Mark Johnston / Kevin Darley treble courtesy of Always Baileys, Windhover and Marias Magic. Over at the Curragh Patrick Haslam's stablestar Kinnaird makes a reasonably promising seasonal debut when third in the Ridgewood Pearl Stakes G2.
18/05/2005 A milestone is passed today by David Nicholls when his Strike Up The Band lands the Baker Tilly Trophy L at Goodwood - this is Dandy's first juvenille black type winner and the man who has made his name with older horses certainly seems to be getting the hang of training two year olds, indeed prior to this season he has never really had that many juvenilles in training. There was another big winner today, this time up at Kelso for Sue Smith who's Smiths Landing took the 14,883 Charles Church Intermediate Chase.
15/05/2005 It was announced today that Thirsk trainer Lynda Ramsden is to retire to France (again!) at the end of this season. Ramsden retired at the end of 1998, selling Breckenbrough House, but repurchased the property again in time for the 2001 season. The Ramsden's now operate on a much smaller scale than previously and own a number of the horses in the yard themselves.
14/05/2005 Attraction finished half way down the field at Sha Tin. Not only did she miss the start, but was consequently boxed in on the rails and when she did get finally get a chink of daylight she didn't appear to pick up, hardly a great surprise given her action and the tight track. As with so many so called 'brave experiments' it simply didn't work. My prediction is that she will miss the Queen Anne as Royal Ascot at York and bounce back to something like her best form form over six furlongs in the July Cup, hopefully a reversion to sprinting will be more successful than the international globetrotting experiment. If it's any consolation (and it's not for me) Silent Witness was beaten into second place by his stablemate Bullish Luck. There was slightly more concrete consolation back in England later in the day when Mark Johnston's I'm So Lucky won the 23,200 London Gold Cup Handicap. Meanwhile at Thirsk Tim Easterby's Mimi Mouse was the most prominent local winner on the card when taking the 13,504 Rectangle Group Handicap.
13/05/2005 Although, again, not quite as good as the day before the highlight on the last day of York's Dante meeting, from the perspective of the 'locals', was the victory in the opening race, the Marygate Stakes L, of Mick Easterby's Bow Bridge. This filly was homebred by her owner Mrs. Jarvis (who keeps her mares at Mick's), and Mick also trained the dam. Hopefully Bow Bridge will make the short journey back to York for the Queen Mary Stakes. This was Mick's first black-type winner since Esyoueffcee took the Severals Stakes L at Newmarket nearly four years ago.
12/05/2005 Although not quite as good as yesterday the locals still did well at York today, most especially in the Hambleton Handicap L which saw a Yorkshire 1-2-3 thanks to Quito (David Chapman), Blue Spinnaker (Mick Easterby) and Kings Point (Richard Fahey). There were also second places later of the card for Kevin Ryan (Hill of Howth in the maiden) and Richard Fahey (Ski Jump in the 11,202 Toteexacta Handicap).
11/05/2005 Day one of York's Dante meeting, traditionally it's second most important meeting of the year, although perhaps not this year! The locals were in cracking form with David Barron's Zero Tolerance kicking off proceedings when taking the opening race, the 16,095 Newton Investment Management Handicap, in grand style. The next race saw Kevin Ryan's Gifted Gamble run the race of his short career so far when he was third in the williamhillpoker.com Handicap L. Better still was to come in the next when Mark Johnston's progressive filly Secret History took the Musidora Stakes G3 by a staggering five lengths. Not currently engaged in the Oaks this filly may well be supplemented for the Epsom classic. Trainer Johnston is currently in Hong Kong overseeing Attraction's preparation for her big race at the weekend against local superstar Silent Witness, she worked on the local turf for the first time this morning. The next was the Duke of York Stakes G2 and here Tom Tate's Welsh Emperor pipped Tim Easterby's Somnus for third place, although Somnus, having his first race of the season, usually needs a race or two to get into form, and this should put him right for his next start. The next race was the 10,256 theripleycollection.com Handicap which saw Kevin Ryan's Barking Mad come home in second ahead of Chris Thornton's Lets Roll. Finally the penultimate race of the day was another good result for Ryan when his Amber Glory came home ahead of Mick Easterby's Soto.
07/05/2005 From the Yorkshire perspective today's best result comes at Haydock where Tom Tate's Welsh Emperor wins the Spring Trophy Stakes L with David Chapman's Quito beaten a lengh into second place. Further afield at Lingfield Mark Johnston has a couple of group placing when Nufoos is a head second in the Chartwell Fillies Sakes G3 and Melrose Avenue is third in the Derby Trial Stakes G3. Back in God's Own County Richard Fahey takes the main race at Beverley - the 12,064 Coachman Conditions Stakes - with Philharmonic.
06/05/2005 Last day of the Chester meeting and David Nicholls' Fire Up The Band returns to form to take the opening race, the 15,161 VcBet Handicap. Later at Hamilton David Barron's Dispol Veleta takes the meeting main race - the 9,350 Fillies' Handicap.
05/05/2005 The Mark Johnston duo of Swift Sailor and Contact Dancer found one too good for them when finishing second and third respectively in the Chester Cup today, although they still picked up nearly 40,000 between them. Consolation for Johnston came two races later when Quizzene took the 10,043 Walker Smith Way Handicap.
01/05/2005 Don Enrico Incisa (more properly Marchese Enrico Incisa della Rocchetta) the long serving Middleham trainer died on Saturday evening at the age of 70. His father was Marchese Mario Incisa, racing partner of the legendary Federico Tesio and owner of the mighty Ribot. Don Enrico trained in Milan for a number of years and his major winners included his father's horses Tierceron (Gran Premio d'Italia and Gran Premio del Jockey Club in 1972), Tratteggio and Mannsfeld. In 1981 he moved to Thorngill Stables in Middleham (where he also ran the Thorngill Stud), where he sent out a steady stream of of winners from a tiny string, most of them owned by himself. Don Enrico's last winner was at Wolverhampton in early March. There was a minute's silence after the big race at the Capannelle in Italy iin honour of both Don Enrico and leading owner-breeder, Vittorio Riva. On a happier note Alan Swinbank's stable star Collier Hill continued his recent good run when landing the Gerling-Preis G2 at Cologne this afternoon under a confident ride from regular pilot Dean McKeown. At Newmarket Mark Johnston's Crosspeace narrowly wins the 13,509 Curtis Medical Handicap and his Bandari improves on his previous run this season to be third in the Jockey Club Stakes G2., only missing out on second place by a short head - he will now be aimed at the Hardwicke Stakes at 'Royal Ascot at York'. David Barron's Namir won the main race at Hamilton, having struck earlier on the same card with Dispol Veleta.
30/04/2005 2,000 Guineas day at Newmarket and whilst Mark Johnston's unfancied Elliots World finishes second to last in the mile classic there is more than ample compensation for the Tykes in the form of third placed Kandidate. This Kabool colt was bred by the 'Proton Partnership' which is the name for the joint breeding venture of the Providence and Foston Studs, very many congratulations to all involved. Johnston also received some minor compensation when the filly Secret History chalked up her first piece of black type when finishing second in the Conqueror Stakes L at Goodwood. At a more parochial level there were wins at Thirsk for Mick Easterby, David Nicholls, James Bethell (King Harson in the 9,591 Totesport Handicap) and Lynda Ramsden.
28/04/2005 A red letter day for Ferdy Murphy who sent two 25-1 long shots to Punchestown for the Ballymore Properties Champion Stayers Hurdle Gd1 - and came back with first and third prizes courtesy of Carlys Quest and Basilea Star respectively.
27/04/2005 Andronikos, bred at Manor House Stud, proves he has trained on well when taking the Pavilion Stakes L at Lingfield today.
23/04/2005 A productive week for the Yorkshire trainers with plenty of winners continues today with winners at Ripon for Sally Hall (Bold Haze), Kevin Ryan (Coleorton Dancer and Raymond's Pride), Mick Easterby (Bow Bridge) and Brian Ellison (Mister Mal). No doubt the good showing by the locals was largely down to my prescence at Yorkshire's 'Garden Racecourse' ! Across the Pennines at Haydock there were wins for Tim Easterby (Skyelady), Richard Fahey (St Savarin) and Mark Johnston (Bay Story), while Johnston also had the most valuable Yorkshire winner of the day when Hiddensee took the 12,272 Everards Brewery Handicap down at Leicester. Oh and Soviet Star is not certain for a clash with Attraction at Newbury - she may go to Ireland the following weekend instead.

Bold Haze wins the opener at Ripon, 23rd Apr 2005, click for a larger image

16/04/2005 Ferdy Murphy has had a really good season, especially compared to last year, and all that was missing was a major winner, but this situation was rectified today at Ayr when Joes Edge took the 70,000 Scottish Grand National by the shortest of short heads under leading conditional Keith Mercer, the odds of 20-1 perhaps don't reflect the level of optimisim in the West Witton camp, but either way I doubt even they were expecting him to run quite this well ! Murphy's Basilea Star was a decent second in the following race, the 13,748 Handicap Hurdle. Things didn't go quite so well for the Yorkshire trainers at Newbury, the Mark Johnston duo of Bandari and new recruit Osorio made no impression in the John Porter Stakes G3 in which Frank Sonata, bred by the Bishop Wilton Stud, started his season well by coming second. Elsewhere there were winners at Thirsk for John Balding and David Barron, and at Nottingham for James Bethell.
14/04/2005 A good week so far for the Yorkshire trainers and it gets better today when David Chapman's stable star Quito takes the Abernant Stakes L at Newmarket under regular pilot Tony Culhane. For some reason it is an unwritten rule that Quito has to always be described as a 'credit to his trainer' - but it's certainly true ! Mark Johnston and Richard Whitaker strike at Ripon to follow up the wins at Beverley yesterday for Richard Fahey (a double), David Nicholls, Johnston and Micky Hammond.
09/04/2005 No luck in the Grand National today although Ferdy Murphy posted another impressive Aintree performance when his Joes Edge took the following race, the 19,198 John Smiths Amateur Riders Novices' Handicap Chase. At Newcastle David Barron's Venetian Lullaby won the last on her racecourse debut whilst the first race was won by The Bear - who thus becomes the first winner for sire Rambling Bear, who stands at the Hedgeholme Stud for the bargain fee of 750. It is only 8 days since another Hedgeholme sire, Hunting Lion, had his debut winner when Garlogs struck at Doncaster.
08/04/2005 Day two of the Grand National Meeting at Aintree and a Yorkshire trained horse finally catches the eye when the Ferdy Murphy trained Haut de Gamme is a very useful second in the 46,600 John Smith's & Spar Topham Handicap Chase. In the slightly more humble surroundings of Southwell the Kevin Ryan trained filly Amber Glory wins the maiden nicely on only her second start.
06/04/2005 Mark Johnston chalks up his first listed win of the season when Winged D'Argent lands the Weatherbys Bank Further Flight Stakes L at Nottingham today. Meanwhile up at Catterick there were minor winners for Karl Burke (Ashes) and Alan Swinbank (Far Pavilions).
03/04/2005 Delfos, raised at the Cliff Stud for Stilvi Compania, wins the Prix d'Harcourt G2 at Longchamp this afternoon.
02/04/2005 No Yorkshire trained winners on Lincoln Day this year, but the Barry Hills trained La Cucaracha put up a good display to the take the Cammidge Trophy L for owner/breeder Guy Reed of the Copgrove Stud. The Reed/Hills combination seem to like this day, having won the Lincoln two years ago with Pablo and next stop for La Cucaracha, a filly who only had three runs last season, will be a first tilt at group company in the Duke of York Stakes at York.
31/03/2005 Spring reports of David Nicholls having invested in more non-sprinting stock may well be true, but that doesn't stop Merlin's Dancer winning the six furlong 12,099 Doncaster-Racecourse.com Handicap on the opening day of the Lincoln meeting! Earlier Mark Johnston's promising three-year-old Tarraman took the maiden in reasonable style and a attempt at listed company seems likely, although he appeared to run a little green.
27/03/2005 Having drawn a blank yesterday the Yorkshire trainers made amends today with Mark Johnston's Swift Sailor becoming the first Yorkshire trained winner of the flat season when taking the second at Musselburgh, the stable scored a double when Alrafidain took the staying maiden and there were also wins for David Nicholls (Hamaasy) and James Bethell (Angelofthenorth).
26/03/2005 The turf season starts in the unusual environs of Kempton, and the best Yorkshire performance of the day is only the third place managed in the historic Queen's Prize Handicap by Mark Johnston's Winged d'Argent. Johnston's former charge Shamardal flopped, badly, on World Cup night at Nad Al Sheba, however Alan Swinbank's Collier Hill ran the race of his life to finish third (beaten only a short head) in the Dubai Sheema Classic G1, collecting a cool 145,833 for his connections, easily the most valuable result to date of Swinbank's short training career, many congratulations to all involved.
19/03/2005 Richard Fahey's stable star Golden Legacy runs badly in a very peculiar seasonal debut on the all-weather at Lingfield.
18/03/2005 The Elite Racing / Star Cottage Stud combination strike again at Cheltenham, and this time to even greater effect when Penzance wins the JCB Triumph Hurdle Gd1. But overall a very poor Cheltenham for the Yorkshire contingent.
16/03/2005 Cheltenham day two, and whilst no Yorkshire trained horses claim places a Yorkshire bred one does with Dancing Bay, bred by Elite Racing at Star Cottage Stud, coming second in the 43,500 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle Gd2.
15/03/2005 Cheltenham festival day one, and the only Yorkshire trained horse to make any impression on the judges is Ferdy Murphy's Luzcadou who is second in the 23,200 Sporting Index Cross Country Handicap Chase.
12/03/2005 A double case of close, but no cigar today. In the opener at Sandown Sue Smith's Rebel Rhythm was a decent enough third in the Sunderlands Novices' Handicap Hurdle Gd 3 , whilst on the all-weather at Wolverhampton Kevin Ryan's Always Esteemed filled the same position in the 30,466 Lincoln Trial Handicap. Yorkshire legend George Duffield has called time on his fabulously successful riding career and will now assist his wife Anne Duffield in her training career. Duffield, who was awarded the MBE in 2003, is the tenth winning-most jockey with 2547 wins, which compares well with that other top class Yorkshire jockey who was never champion - Edward Hide, who had 2593 wins. It had been George's ambition to overtake Eddie, but his injured shoulder has again intervened. Duffield rode mainly for Newmarket trainer Sir Mark Prescott, but his biggest wins were aboard User Friendly, Noalcoholic, Giants Causeway and Aristotle, all for other trainers.
05/03/2005 A quiet week in the run up to Chelteham and thence the flat season comes to a close. The main winner of the day is Sue Smith's Omni Cosmo Touch who lands Doncaster's 13,594 totesport.com Handicap Hurdle at odds of 4-1, in the next race stable companion Undeniable is a useful second in the Auckley Handicap Chase. Up at Kelso meanwhile Ferdy Murphy's Haut de Gamme wins the 9,607 totesport Handicap Chase and Jedd O'Keeffee's Habitual Dancer is third in the Premier Kelso Novice Hurdle Gd2. Mark Johnston's Pearl Of Love trails in a very dissapointing last in the Group 3 race in Dubai.
25/02/2005 The first Yorkshire trained winner of this years Dubai Festival, somewhat unexpectedly, comes from Alan Swinbank when his stable star Collier Hill lands the 40,625 Elnadim Sponsored by Derrinstown Stud Handicap at Nad Al Sheba.
24/02/2005 The reputation of Middleham wunderkind Mark Johnston has spread across the Atlantic as this week he appears on the front cover of Blood Horse Magazine, the American Bloodstock industry bible !
19/02/2005 Lot's of Yorkshire runners in many of the big races today, but the best results come at Haydock where Sue Smith's Town Crier wins the 16,962 Aykroyds Character Building Handicap Chase, and Kevin Ryan's Karelian is second in the Victor Ludorum Juvenile Novices' Hurdle. Meanwhile on the other side of the world Cape Of Good Hope, bred at the Melbourne Stud, finally lands his Group One race when winning the Timbercorp Australia Stakes G1.
16/02/2005 A number of valuable jumps races at Musselburgh today one of which, the 13,546 Scottish County Hurdle Trial Handicap Hurdle, was won by Alan Swinbank's Far Pavilions, who will hopefully put up a good show in the County Hurdle itself.
10/02/2005 Today's main race is on the all-weather at Southwell and it is Kevin Ryan's Cardinal Venture who lands the spoils in the 13,392 Press Red To Bet Direct Handicap. Further afield at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai, Yorkshire had their first placing of the festival when Mark Johnston's Carte Sauvage was third in the International Rated Stakes Handicap.
09/02/2005 Edwin Tuer wins the main race of the day when Through The Rye lands the 10,244 Weatherbys Bank Novices Chase at Carlisle this afternoon.
05/02/2005 Cape Of Good Hope, bred at the Melbourne Stud, tries to escape the Hong-Kong based iron grip of Silent Witness by venturing to Australia where he comes third in the TEAC Lightning Stakes G1. Much closer to home Sue Smith's Undeniable is the last of only three finishers in the Towton Novices' Chase Gd2 at Wetherby, beaten a mere 88 lengths! The same trainers Royal Emperor put up a better performance (despite being the beaten favourite) when second in the next race, the 12,030 totesport.com Handicap Chase.
29/01/2005 Patriarch Express, who fell last week at Haydock, made amends for Sue Smith today when putting up an excellent performance to land the 34,800 Cleeve Hurdle Gd2 at Cheltenham by a game head. Earlier at the same course Ferdy Murphy's Joes Edge was second in the 12,354 Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase, whilst Patrick Haslam's Yankeedoodledandy suffered his first jumps defeat when second in the 17,400 Finesse Juvenile Novices' Hurdle Gd2. Events didn't go quite so well for the locals at Doncaster with the second of George Moore's Argento in the 13,406 Skybet Handicap Chase probably the best performance from the Yorkshire handlers.
28/01/2005 Yorkshire trainer, raconteur and sometime radio star Charles Booth is to retire from training at the end of the month. Booth who has trained for 30 years and is now 58 is selling Gravel Pit Farm at Foston (a snip at 550,000) and will concentrate instead on the rapidly growing Foston Stud, where he has 7 mares in partnership with his sometime owner John Porteous. Although he has never had a large string the initial portents were good as he won the Kestrel Hurdle at Ascot with his first ever runner, Ruddy Duck. He also trained bargain buy Mademoiselle Chloe (Harry Rosebery Stakes L, 3rd.Duke Of York Stakes G3), Jamais Derriere (Petition Stakes) and recent stable star Saphire (2nd.Dragon Trophy L, 3rd.Cecil Frail Stakes L). However the last few years have been poor and a lack of owners has forced him to concentrate on the breeding side of his operations.
22/01/2005 Mixed fortunes today at Haydock. Things started out well with Malcolm Jefferson's Roman Ark taking the opening Imperial Leather Novice's Hurdle Gd2, whilst in the next Sue Smith's Mister McGoldrick did well to get second in the Comhoist Logistics Champion Hurdle Trial Gd2. Luck started to turn slightly in the next, the totesport Handicap Hurdle, as Sue Smith's favourite Patriarch Express was a faller, although stable companion Royal Emperor came home with a conciliation prize of second, the next however was the main race the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase and non of the Yorkshire horses finished in the first three.
18/01/2005 The Annual BHB Awards see a notable treble for Yorkshire with Mark Johnston's Shamardal being named Champion Two Year, Tim Easterby's Somnus (bred at Scampston Hall and raised at Sledmere) is joint-Champion Sprinter and the Star Cottage Stud raised Soviet Star is named Champion Older Female. Unfortunately Attraction was understandably edged out in her category by Breeders Cup winner Ouija Board.
15/01/2005 A collection of second places in the main jumps races today for the Yorkshire trainers, the best performance coming from Brian Ellison's Torrid Kentavr, runner-up in the 29,000 Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton, with George Moore's Jungle Jinks filling the same position in the 11,349 Rocom Handicap Chase at Wetherby also worthy of note. Earlier on Wetherby's card Peter Beaumont's Flight Command put up a good performance to land the 10,130 Celery & Stilton Novices' Chase. Things were slightly different on the all-weather with Kevin Ryan's Quiet Times winning the main race of the day, the 11,948 Bet Direct Conditions Stakes, at Lingfield.
03/01/2005 It's not long into the New Year before the first big jumps win come when the reschduled Castleford Chase Gd2 at Wetherby is won by Sue Smith's Mister McGoldrick in good style.
01/01/2005 The new year gets off to a reasonably good start for the Yorkshire stables with wins at Catterick for Ferdy Murphy (Has Scored), Mick Easterby (Real Shady) and Sue Smith (Darab) as well as victories on Southwell's all-weather track for David Barron (Old Bailey), Noel Wilson (Air Mail) and Bryan Smart (Creskeld scoring in the 13,392 betdirect.co.uk Handicap). Unlike last year these 'news' pages will only record major wins or places in major races as well as other important information, rather than chronicling every single winner as I did last year.

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