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12/12/2010 Well there hasn't been much to report here, or much racing at all for that matter, but today at Southwell there was news of a sort with Yorkshire trainers going through the card courtesy of winners for Kevin Ryan (a double), Tim Easterby (Malcheek in the main race which saw a Yorkshire fill the first seven places), Mark Johnston, David Nicholls and Julie Camacho. I neglected to mention that long serving Middleham trainer Chris Thornton retired at the end of October following a career which saw him send out almost 700 winners, many of them during the heady days as Guy Reed's trainer at Spigot Lodge. His best runners include Path Of Peace (November Handicap), Shotgun (Heathorn Stakes, 2nd.Mecca-Dante Stakes, 4th.Epsom Derby), Apache (Chesterfield Cup, Godolphin Stakes, Fred Archer Stakes), Off The Record, Flossy (November Handicap) and Let's Roll.
20/11/2010 A very good day under both codes today for the Yorkshire trainers. On the sandy level at Lingfield David Barron's Hitchens followed up on his good turf effort two weeks ago to land the Golden Rose Stakes L whilst Tom Tate's all-weather specialist Suits Me was a decent third in the preceeding Churchill Stakes L, earlier Ian McInnes had a winner in the sprint handicap. Although the Yorkshire challengers flopped in the main race at Haydock the preceeding races saw some good results with Sue Smith's Stagecoach Pearl taking the 16,262 Follow Paul Nicholls On Facebook and Twitter Handicap Chase, Andy Crook's Bocamix was a good second in the following 25,048 Betfair iPhone & Android App Hurdle and Malcolm Jefferson won the 18,786 Betfair.com/Paul Nicholls Handicap Chase with King Fontaine. Meanwhile down at Huntingdon Sue Smith capped a good day for her when old timer Mister McGoldrick won the 18,786 Totepool A Better Way To Bet Veterans Handicap.
14/11/2010 A good day at Cheltenham for Brian Ellison when his Bothy is second in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Gd3 picking up 21,390 for his efforts. Slightly closer to home at Market Rasen there are winners for Declan Carroll and Malcolm Jefferson.
13/11/2010 A quiet week, and no joy for Yorkshire today in any of the big races at Cheltenham. At Lingfield Mark Johnston won the main race on the card, whilst Richard Fahey also had a winner and there were wins at Wetherby for Tim Pitt and Sue Smith.
06/11/2010 The flat season ended with a wimper rather than a bang from the Yorkshire perspective, but at least Yorkshire honour was upheld with Yorkshire-based Paul Hanagan crowned Champion Jockey today and David Barron did his bit for the training ranks with a Nursery winner at Doncaster as well as training Hitchens to be second in the Wentworth Stakes L with David Brown's Doncaster Rover back in third. Tim Walford fielded a jumps winners at Kelso.
30/10/2010 More winners at Wetherby today courtesy of Malcolm Jefferson, Brian Ellison and David O'Meara whilst Malcolm Jefferson's Issaquah shows some class to be second in the bet365 Mares' Hurdle L. Up at Ayr there are winners for Richard Fahey, David Barron and that man Brian Ellison again.
29/10/2010 Some good results at Wetherby today with Brian Ellison's Neptune Equester landing the bet365 Handicap Chase L with Sue Smith's evergreen Mister McGoldrick back in third.The next is the Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle L and Micky Hammond's Meetings Man is second in this whilst Tim Pitt wins the penultimate race on the card. Over at Dundalk Mark Johnston's Take Ten wins the 12,367 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Package Handicap, whilst evening racing at Wolverhampton sees winners for Ann Duffield and Richard Fahey.
23/10/2010 A fairly quiet day as far as the Yorkshire trainers are concerned and the highlight comes in the opener at Doncaster where the evergreen Mick Easterby lands his biggest win of the season when Hoof It takes the 31,155 40% Better Off On Betfair SP Handicap. Incredibly Hoof It is yet another big race winning son of Monsieur Bond (stands at Norton Grove Stud next season) bred by Bond Thoroughbred's at Yapham Mill Stud . Later on the card David O'Meara wins the apprentice handicap.
22/10/2010 Today's best result comes over at Dundalk where David Barron's Hitchens is an excellent second in the Mercury Stakes L. Domestically Geoff Oldroyd provides the only 'local' winner at Doncaster whilst Alan Swinbank, Ann Duffield and John Quinn all score up at Ayr.
18/10/2010 A very good day at Pontefract for Ann Duffield when her Zenella lands the Silver Tankard Stakes L , Duffield's first 'black type' winner. There are also winners on the card for David Barron (a double) and Kevin Ryan whilst Richard Fahey and Tom Tate have winners at Windsor.
16/10/2010 No joy in any of the big races at Newmarket today, but there are winners at Catterick for Geoff Harker, Richard Fahey, David Nicholls, Mark Johnston, Tim Easterby and David O'Meara and at Kelso for Alan Swinbank. Evening racing at Wolverhampton sees winners for Mick Easterby and David Barron.
15/10/2010 David Barron's Amitola gained some useful black type when third in the EBF National Stud Boadicea Fillies' Stakes L at Newmarket today whilst there were local winners at Redcar for Geoff Oldroyd and Tim Easterby. Evening racing at Wolverhampton saw another winner for Oldroyd and also for Mark Johnston.
09/10/2010 A reasonable day at York for the locals with winners for Mark Johnston (a double), David Barron and Richard Fahey, although in both the main races they could only manage placings with Richard Fahey's Barefoot Lady second in the Rockingham Stakes L and stablemate Irish Heartbeat third in the Coral Sprint Trophy. Meanwhile down at Ascot there was yet more cheer for Yapham Mill Stud (and Norton Grove Stud) when the Bryan Smart trained Move In Time (by Monsieur Bond) was second in the Cornwallis Stakes G3. Later on the same card David Barron's Sirvino was second in the 46,732 ladbrokes.com Heritage Handicap. Alan Swinbank won the first two races at Hexham whilst Sue Smith had a winner later on the card.
03/10/2010 A fantastic day at Longchamp for the Richard Fahey team when Wootton Bassett runs out the convincing winner of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere G1 (aka the Grand Criterium) to give the Malton trainer his first ever Group One winner. The son of Iffraaj never looked like being headed and has now won over 500,000 and is unbeaten in five starts. In the next David Nicholls' Regal Parade headed for glory early in the straight in the Prix de la Foret G1 but was soon overcome but stayed on gamely for fourth place. Incredibly Monsieur Bond, standing at the Norton Grove Stud next season, further improved his desireability when his Gilt Edge Girl landed the Prix de l'Abbaye G1. Tim Pitt had a winner at Huntingdon, whilst George Moore, Micky Hammond, Elaine Burke and Ferdy Murphy all struck at Kelso. There was a winner for Mark Johnston over at Dundalk.
02/10/2010 A reasonable day down at Newmarket with Mark Johnston's Rainfall making the most of a bad trip to be third in the Sun Chariot Stakes G1. There's no joy in the Cambridgeshire but Richard Fahey's Honeymead lands the following 18,693 EBF Jersey Lily Fillies' Nursery. Meanwhile at Redcar there's a real Yorkshire success in the 130,003 Totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy with the Geoff Oldroyd trained Ladies Are Forever running out an easy winner, not only is she trained in Yorkshire but was bred at Reg Bond's Yapham Mill Stud and her sire Monsieur Bond will be standing next season at the Norton Grove Stud, certainly a valuable addition to the roster. Two races later Richard Fahey's Harrison George lands the Guisborough Stakes L by a length and Nevile Bycroft, Declan Carroll and John Quinn take the next two races. To cap a good day Tom Tate's Distant Memories puts up a reasonable performance to be third in the Prix Dollar G2 at Longchamp, where Yorkshire holds a powerful entry list for tomorrow.
30/09/2010 Day One of the Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket at it's a good day for the Tyke's at HQ with a Yorkshire 1-2-3-4-5 in the Rous Stakes L with Bryan Smart's previously unheralded but progressive Tangerine Trees coming home in front of David Nicholls' Tax Free with Richard Fahey's Quest For Success back in third. Earlier Tim Easterby had taken the Nursery whilst David Barron won the Fillies' Handicap. Up at Ayr there were winners for Richard Fahey, Bryan Smart and John Weymes whilst Richard Fahey provided the sole Yorkshire winner at Warwick.
25/09/2010 A good day at Ascot with David Nicholls' Redford recording a rare double carried over from last weekend by landing the 93,465 totesport.com Challenge Cup Heritage Handicap. Later on the card Mark Johnston's Rainfall puts up a sound performance to land the October Stakes L (I could swear it was still September this morning, how time flies). At Market Rasen Brian Ellison's Palomar wins the 25,048 40% Better Off On Betfair SP 'Prelude' Handicap Hurdle whilst Tim Easterby and Declan Carroll have winners at Chester, with the later doubling up a little further up the M6 with a winner at Haydock. Evening racing at Wolverhampton sees winners for David Griffiths and Jedd O'Keeffe. Away from the course there is a little bit of history made when it is announced the Melbourne Cup hopefully Eastern Aria has been transferred to Godolphin's ownership, but will continue to be trained by Mark Johnston, previously all horses carrying the all blue colours of Godolphin have been trained 'in house'.
18/09/2010 Saving the best till last it's another fantastic day up at Ayr for the Yorkshire trainers. Events start well with Richard Fahey landing the opener, but the next is the 31,155 Ayr Silver Cup and this sees a Yorkshire 1-2-3 with David Barron's Colonel Mak coming home at 33-1 in front of David Nicholls' Sonny Red and Nigel Tinkler's Misplaced Fortune. Next up is the Firth of Clyde Stakes G3 and whilst there is no Yorkshire winner in this Richard Fahey's Barefoot Lady runs well to be third. The following race is the big one, the 93,465 Ayr Gold Cup and incredibly this sees another Yorkshire clean sweep with David Nicholls' Redford landing the spoils from stablemate Victoire de Lyphar with David Barron's Hitchens back in third to make it a fantastic day for the Thirsk area trainers Nicholls and Barron, with Nicholls now having won Europe's richest sprint handicap six times this century. Later on the card Tom Tate's Kings Gambit is a decent second in the Doonside Cup L whilst Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey had second and third respectively in the Ayrshire Handicap and Richard Fahey took the last. Down at Newmarket the best Yorkshire result comes in the 200,000 Tattersalls Millions Auction Trophy in which Richard Fahey's Sir Reginald picks up 50,682 for finishing second, and Mark Johnston later lands the claimer whilst at Newbury another Fahey runner Tepmokea also puts up the best Yorkshire performance when third in the 62,310 Dubai Duty Free Handicap. Closer to home at Catterick there are local winners for Mark Johnston, Tim Easterby, Micky Hammond, David Griffiths (the second winner in the Bawtry based trainers short career) and John Quinn, whilst evening racing at Wolverhampton sees a winner for John Weymes.
17/09/2010 Another good day at Ayr for the Yorkies and especially for the Richard Fahey/Paul Hanagan partnership who landed a treble, the most notable part of which was Arctic Feeling's victory in the Harry Rosebery Stakes L. There were also winners for Tim Easterby and David O'Meara whilst David Nicholls' Courageous was second in the Ayr Bronze Cup. Down at Newbury there was another decent, although again not quite up to expectations, performance from Mark Johnston's Awzaan who was third, beaten a neck and a short head, in the Dubai Duty Free L. Ollie Pears wins the last at Wolverhampton's evening meeting.
16/09/2010 Day one of the Ayr meeting and the Tyke's are dominant with wins for Tim Easterby (a double), Richard Fahey (a double), Elaine Burke, Brian Ellison (Pendragon in the 11,656 Killkerran Cup) and Mick Easterby. Meanwhile at Pontefract there are winners for Brian Ellison, Chris Fairhurst and Richard Whitaker, Chris Thornton has a winner at Yarmouth and Brian Ellison caps an excellent day with an across-the-card treble when landing the last at Wolverhampton's evening meeting.
11/09/2010 Somehow Mark Johnston's Corsica was allowed to start today's St. Leger G1 at odds of 40-1 and showed the foolishness of that price by leading for virtually the whole race before holding on gamely for third place, only beaten out of second by a nose. In the previous race David Barron's Poet's Place put up an excellent display to land the 49,848 Portland Handicap with Kevin Ryan's Bajan Tryst in second. Johnston won the penultimate race on the card with Capponi whilst stablemate Rainfall ran poorly in the Park Stakes G2. At Chester Kevin Ryan's course specialist Les Fazzani was second (albeit beaten ten lengths!) in the Stand Cup L whilst Ollie Pears won the last whilst the Bolton Grange bred Glenridding registered the tenth win of his career. Mark Johnston had a winner at Goodwood and the Sir Robert Ogden owned Sans Frontieres won the Irish St Leger G1 at the Curragh.
10/09/2010 The number of local winners at the St Leger meeting keeps dropping, today it was down to just one courtesy of Richard Fahey, but earlier there were good performances from John Quinn's New Planet who was third in the Flying Childers Stakes G2 and from Bryan Smart's Al Madina, who finally hit black type form on her third attempt when second in the May Hill Stakes G2. At Chester there were winners for David Nicholls and Kevin Ryan whilst John Quinn won the opener at Wolverhampton's evening meeting.
09/09/2010 'Only' two local winners at Doncaster today but in much better quality races with Mark Johnston's Eastern Aria taking the plaudits when gamely landing the Park Hill Stakes G2 to continue her rise through the ranks. In the previous race Richard Fahey's Wootton Bassett took his career earnings to over 347,000 when picking up 193,267 for landing the Weatherbys Insurance 300,000 2yo Stakes, even more impressive as stablemates Premier Clarets and Sir Reginald picked up a further 48,322 between them for finishing third and eighth respectively. I'm sure even Harry Findlay enjoyed these performances. Maybe. Mark Johnston had yet another Epsom winner whilst Kevin Ryan scored on Kempton's evening card.
08/09/2010 Day one of Donnie's St Leger meeting and it's a good start for the locals with winners for Richard Fahey, Elaine Burke (Miami Gator in the 'legends' race) and Tim Easterby although the best performances came from Richard Fahey's Rose Blossom who was second in the Scarbrough Stakes L and Tim Easterby's Captain Dunne, fourth in the same race. Meanwhile the Mark Johnston/Kieren Fallon combo had a treble at Epsom.
04/09/2010 Yorkshire runners galore today but not much joy in the major races with Mark Johnston's Sea Lord only managing fifth in the Irish Champion Stakes G1 at Leoparstown and Dandy Nicholls' Regal Parade best of the Yorkshire runners in the Betfred Sprint Cup G1 (where Rainfall was a non-runner), albeit only in sixth place. Proceedings had at least started well at Haydock with Mark Johnston's Awzaan, last years star two-year-old but unseen since the 2,000 Guineas, third in the Superior Mile L and Tim Easterby's Confessional landing the 15,578 Be Friendly Handicap, later on the card there was a winner for David Brown. At Thirsk meanwhile there were local winners for Mark Johnston (a double) and Alan Swinbank. Evening racing at Wolverhampton sees a double for Mick Easterby and a winner for John Quinn.
30/08/2010 A typically busy Bank Holiday meeting but only David Nicholls' manages a local winner at Ripon, although Richard Fahey's Mayson is a good second, beaten only a neck, in the Ripon Champion Two Year Old Trophy L. A better strike rate is achieved at Newcastle with winners for Bryan Smart, Mark Johnston, Elaine Burke, Tom Tate and Linda Stubbs whilst Mark Johnston also has a winner at Warwick and George Moore lands a double at Cartmel where Sue Smith also has a winner.
29/08/2010 In the Flying Five Stakes G3 at the Curragh today Dandy Nicholls' Tax Free was a good second, back to something approaching his best form, with the Tim Easterby trained Hamish McGonagall back in fourth. Later on the same card Richard Fahey's Kyllachy Star picked up a useful 16,814 when second in the Irish Cambridgeshire Handicap. Domestically Mark Johnston's Marie de Medici was third in the EBF Alice Keppel Handicap L at Goodwood whilst there were local winners at Beverley for Richard Fahey, Mark Johnston and Tim Easterby.
28/08/2010 A busy Bank Holiday Saturday and the best result of the afternoon cards from a Yorkshire perspective came at Newmarket where there was a Yorkshire 1-2 in the feature Hopeful Stakes L with David Brown's Doncaster Rover beating Kevin Ryan's Advanced. In the prior race Richard Fahey's Glen's Diamond had landed the 10,362 bet365 Nursery Handicap. There was only one Yorkshire runner at Goodwood but that was Bryan Smart's Summer Fete who was third in the Celebration Mile G2, albeit some distance behind the winner. Locally at Beverley there were winners for Neville Bycroft, Mel Brittain and Declan Carroll whilst Tim Easterby's Captain Dunne was third in the Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes L. Alan Swinbank won the second at a no doubt packed Cartmel. The evening meeting at Windsor however produced the best performance of the day with Tom Tate's Distant Memories landing the Winter Hill Stakes G3 with excellent front running tactics to cement his strong form so far this year, Mark Johnston won the following race. At Redcar's evening meeting there are winners for Ronnie Barr, Richard Fahey, Brian Ellison and Geoff Oldroyd.
21/08/2010 Mark Johnston's sturdy Lady Eclair recorded her seventh victory of the season today when landing the Chester Handicap L at, erm, Chester, where there was also a winner for Richard Fahey. The locals were in good form at Ripon with winners for Tim Easterby, Kevin Ryan, Ollie Pears, David Nicholls and Kevin Ryan, although the best placed Yorkshire trained horse in the feature 24,620 DBS St Leger Yearling Stakes was Tim Easterby's Berberana who could only manage third. Evening racing at Market Rasen sees winners for Tim Easterby and Sue Smith whilst Lady Jane Digby doesn't run at Arlington Park.
20/08/2010 Last day of the Ebor meeting and the locals are only spared in the final race when John Quinn's Hawk Mountain comes home in front. Earlier Tom Tate's always-the-bridesmaid Kings Gambit was third in the Strensall Stakes G3 whilst Richard Fahey's Rose Blossom and Robin Bastiman's Borderlescott ran respectably to be fifth and sixth in the Nunthorpe Stakes G1. Evening racing at Wolverhampton saw winners for Kevin Ryan and Richard Whitaker.
19/08/2010 Ah, Sales Races, the great distortion of statistics, anyway, for the record, Richard Fahey's Wootton Bassett landed the 147,720 DBS Premier Yearling Stakes at York's Ebor meeting today with stablemates Chiswick Bay and Majestic Myles in third and fifth places respectively picking up a further 36,930 between them, and special congratulations to connections of the Tim Easterby trained Mappin Time who picked up 7,380 for finishing tenth ! After that it was a little downhill for the locals although at least honourary Yorkshireman Henry Cecil trained Midday to land the Yorkshire Oaks G1, with Sariska having somewhat of an off day ...... Up at Musselburgh there were Yorkshire trained winners for Richard Fahey, Alan Swinbank and Noel Wilson.
18/08/2010 Day Two of the most important meeting of the year and, arguably, it's a better performance from the locals today with good juvenille performances from Richard Fahey's Sir Reginald, third in the Gimcrack Stakes G2, and John Quinn's New Planet, winner by a neck of the Roses Stakes L, the relative prestige of the two races can be gauged by the fact that each set of connections took home roughly the same amount of money. Why these two races, separated by only a furlong, are run on the same day is a mystery, but don't get me started on race planning ....... actually watch this space for my thoughts on a 'Championship Series' (and for a traditionalist like me they may not be quite what you think!). Elsewhere there are winner galore, specifically for Mark Johnston (a double), Bryan Smart, Kevin Ryan and David Barron at Hamilton Park, for Richard Fahey, David Nicholls, Tim Easterby, Brian Ellison, Robin Bastiman and Kate Walton at Carlisle and over hurdles at Hereford for Ben Haslam. As for why there are afternoon meetings at York, Hamilton and Carlisle on the same day, well just don't get me started on race planning ...... ah.
17/08/2010 Day One of the Ebor Meeting, in four day format, and events get off to the best start possible when there is a Yorkshire 1-3-4-5 in the opening 25,904 Symphony Group Handicap, with Tim Easterby's Hamish McGonaghall coming home in front to add to his already impressive tally this season. Next up it's the Acomb Stakes G3 in which Alan Swinbank's once-raced Silvertrees is a useful second, albeit four and a half lengths behind the winner. No joy in the Great Voltigeur G2 for Monterosso, and no runners in the International Stakes G1, but the penultimate Nursery sees a Yorkshire 1-2 with Kevin Ryan's Puddle Duck coming home ahead of Ben Haslam's Azzura Du Caprio. Only one Yorkshire runner in the Ebor tomorrow, but Borderlesscot is on track to make an earlier than anticipated return in the Nunthorpe on Friday, in which Rose Blossom and Spin Cycle may also represent the home team. I'd missed that Karl Burke has now served his one year ban (doesn't time fly!?), however he has revealed that he is not immediately returning to training and instead his wife Elaine (daughter of trainer Alan Jarvis) has applied for, and been given, a licence. The 30 or so horses that John Weymes has been training (with Elaine Burke as 'Assistant') from 'Little Spigot' (currently for sale) will be transferred back to Spigot Lodge once the premises have been relicenced and this will initially form the bulk of Mrs.Burke's string.
15/08/2010 The best Yorkshire result of the day today came from the all-weather at Dundalk where Kevin Ryan's Bajan Tryst landed the 23,008 BAR ONE Racing Handicap. More local winners at Pontefract for Kevin Ryan, Geoff Harker, Alan Swinbank and David Barron whilst Sue Smith won the last at Southwell. Roll on York .... !
14/08/2010 A long overdue major result for Richard Whitaker at Ripon today when his Damika landed the 40,502 Great St Wilfrid Handicap, with David Nicholls' Tajneed back in second. Local trainers won every race on the card with doubles for Tim Easterby and Richard Fahey as well as winners for Kevin Ryan (the Copgrove bred Pelmanism), Ollie Pears and Ann Duffield. There was no joy at Newbury although the Burns House Stud bred and owned Sensei was third in the Washington Singer Stakes L. The local winners at Doncaster came from Ronnie Barr, Declan Carroll, David O'Meara and Richard Whitaker's Tabaret, capping an excellent day for the Scarcroft trainer.
12/08/2010 As we progress into the second half of the season the group winning tally is increasing rapidly and there's another one today when Mark Johnston's progressive Sea Lord lands the Sovereign Stakes G3 at Salisbury, hanging on by a nose. The Kingsley House team will be wishing they'd also run Bikini Babe at Salisbury (yesterday) instead of at Deauville (today) as she can only manage fifth in the Prix Minerve G3. Better at Beverley with a double for Johnston as well as winners for Richard Fahey, Mel Brittain, Jedd O'Keeffe and Bryan Smart. Johnston also has a winner on Goodwood's evening card.
08/08/2010 Yet another Yorkshire Group One win landed on the continent when David Nicholls' Regal Parade hangs on by a neck to take the Prix Maurice de Gheest G1 at Deauville. Combined with his winnings whilst trained by Mark Johnston his winnings would now put him in at Number 10 in the 'Winningmost List', something of a dilemma, not sure how I'm going to handle that! Meanwhile somewhat closer to home there were winners at Redcar for Mick Easterby, Alan Swinbank, Tim Walford and Ronnie Barr whilst Mark Johnston had a winner down at Leicester.
07/08/2010 On Wednesday Mark Johnston landed a 1-2-3 at Pontefract with Yorgunnabelucky coming home in front of Chilly Filly and Spirit Is Needed. Incredibly he repeated the feat today in the 14,769 Shergar Cup Challenge Handicap at Ascot in which both Yorgunnabelucky and Spirit Is Needed turned out again with the former winning yet again and stablemates Emerging Artist and Submariner filling the minor placings. Earlier Johnston's Mister Angry had won the 14,769 Shergar Cup Classic Handicap and he also trained Capercaillie to be third in the last. Meanwhile at Haydock there were winners for Richard Fahey and David Barron but arguably the best Yorkshire efforts came in defeat with Tom Tate's Distant Memories third in the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes G3 and Mick Easterby's Magaling second in the 40,502 totescoop6 Heritage Handicap. On the right side of the Pennines there were winners at Redcar for David O'Meara, Tim Easterby (a double), Richard Fahey (a double) and Philip Kirby whilst Ollie Pears had a winner at Newmarket. Evening racing at Ayr sees a double for Alan Swinbank as well as winners for Kevin Ryan and Richard Whitaker. Meanwhile it appears that Borderlescott's injury is not as bad as initially feared and whilst the Nunthorpe is out of the question he may yet make the Abbaye.
05/08/2010 David Nicholls' Tax Tree puts up his best performance for 12 months when a good third in the Prix du Cercle L at Deauville this afternoon, only a neck out of second place. Domestically Alan Swinbank has a winner at Haydock.
01/08/2010 A good day at Chester today with a Yorkshire 1-2 in the feature Queensferry Stakes L which sees Kevin Ryan's Masamah come home in front of Richard Fahey's Quest For Success. There's a Fahey 1-2 in the next and John Weymes lands the race after that. Alan Swinbank has a winner at Market Rasen whilst the Mark Johnston overseas raids on Cork and Deauville with St Moritz and Rainfall come to naught.
31/07/2010 Only one notable Yorkshire result at Goodwood today, but it's certainly a good one with David Nicholls yet again landing the 62,310 Stewards' Cup Heritage Handicap, this time with Evens And Odds, who was second in the race last season when trained by Kevin Ryan. Richard Fahey won the main race at Doncaster with Tepmokea, with Bryan Smart also having a winner whilst at Thirsk there are local winners for Fahey and David O'Meara. Meanwhile over in France there were two Mark Johnston runners in the Prix de Psyche G3 at Deauville with Bikini Babe finishing well to be second but Marie de Medici could only manage fifth. Evening racing at Hamilton sees Yorkshire trainers land the first five races courtesy of Kevin Ryan, John Weymes, Tim Walford, Richard Whitaker and Bryan Smart, whilst Alan Brown landed the last at Lingfield.
30/07/2010 Another treble for the Yorkshire trainers at Goodwood today with David Nicholls' Joseph Henry starting the ball rolling when taking the 18,693 Stewards' Sprint, with stablemate Victoire de Lyphar back in second. The next was the 93,465 totesport Mile Heritage Handicap and this saw yet another valuable win for Mark Johnston's Sea Lord, with Nigel Tinkler's bottom weight Webbow hanging on for third place. The last saw a Yorkshire one-two with Kevin Ryan's Perfect Blossom triumphing over Tim Easterby's Confessional. It emerged that Robin Bastiman's Borderlescott was injured whilst winning yesterday and thus it seems like a good time to update the 'All Time Yorkshire Trained Winningmost Chart', shown below, in which Borderlescott has leapt ahead of Yavana's Pace (and is only just behind Somnus) and Jukebox Jury has broken into the top 10 (pushing Bandari out) since the last time I shared the list. Johnston also had winners at Thirsk and Bath, whilst Tim Walford had a winner at Bangor and Ruth Carr landed a double at Haydock.
Horse Trainer Amount Best Performances
Collier Hill Alan Swinbank 2,317,161 Irish St Leger G1, Hong Kong Vase G1, Candian International G1, Gerling-Preis G2, Stockholm Cup International G3 (twice), Elnadim H, Old Newton Cup H., 2nd.Dubai Sheema Classic G1, Deutschlandpreis Preis G1, 3rd.Dubai Sheema Classic G1, Rheinland-Pokal der Sparkasse KolnBonn G1 etc.
Shakespearean Mark Johnston 1,001,241 Goffs Million Mile, Solario Stakes G3, 3rd.Superlative Stakes G3
Attraction Mark Johnston 899,597 1,000 Guineas G1, Irish 1,000 Guineas G1, Coronation S G1, Sun Chariot S G1, Matron S G1, Cherry Hinton S G2, Queen Mary S G3, 2nd.Matron Stakes G1, Falmouth S G1 etc.
Teleprompter Bill Watts 760,881 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, THF Mile G2, 3rd.Eclipse S. G1, Queen Anne Stakes G2 etc.
Somnus Tim Easterby 743,966 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, Park Stakes G2, Chipchase Stakes G3, 3rd.Duke Of York Stakes G2
Borderlescott Robin Bastiman 739,839 Nunthorpe Stakes G1(x2), King George Stakes G2, City Wall Stakes L, Mercury Stakes L, Steward's Cup Handicap, 2nd.Temple Stakes G2(x2), Palace House Stakes G3, Bentinck Stakes G3, Ayr Gold Cup, 3rd.Prix de l'Abbaye G1, King's Stand Stakes G1, Temple Stakes G2, Palace House Stakes G3 etc.
Yavana's Pace Mark Johnston 722,656 (plus more when trained in Ireland) 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, Princess of Wales's Stakes G2, Hardwicke Stakes G2, 3rd.Canadian International G1, Deutsche Post Euro Express-Pries von Europa G1, WGZ Bank-Deutschland Preis G1, Princess of Wales's Stakes G2, Gerling-Preis G2 etc.
Jukebox Jury Mark Johnston 697,879 Preis von Europa G1, Jockey Club Stakes G2, Grand Prix de Deauville G2, Royal Lodge Stakes G2, Rose of Lancaster Stakes G3, 2nd.Canadian International Stakes G1, Racing Post Trophy G1, 3rd.Prix la Rochette G3
Fruits Of Love Mark Johnston 607,117 Hardwicke S G2 (x2), Dubai Turf Classic, Princess of Wales's S G2, 2nd.Canadian Int'l G1, Futurity Stakes G3, 3rd.King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II S. G1, Grosser Preis von Baden G1, Meld Stakes G3
Double Trigger Mark Johnston 559,102 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
29/07/2010 That's more like it ! Three winners at Goodwood today when Robin Bastiman's Borderlescott returns to form to land the King George Stakes G2, Mark Johnston's Eastern Aria lands her first group race when taking the Lillie Langtry Stakes G3 and David Nicholls' Hamoody rounds out the day by leading home a Yorkshire 1-2-3 in the closing handicap ahead of Kevin Ryan's Bajan Tryst and Nicholls' Crimea. Evening racing at Musselburgh sees winners for Linda Stubbs, Paul Midgley and Richard Whitaker.
28/07/2010 Again a couple of good placing at Goodwood with Mark Johnston's Stentorian leading the way when second in the Vintage Stakes G2, albeit six lengths behind the winner, whilst stablemate Qenaa was second in the maiden and Lady Eclair fourth in the opener off top weight. There are Redcar winners for David Barron, Mark Johnston, David Nicholls and Geoff Harker.
27/07/2010 Day One of Glorious Goodwood and it's a reasonably good start for the Tyke raiders with Richard Fahey's Changing The Guard a good second in the opening 31,155 Betfair App For iPhone Handicap and Kevin Ryan's Choose Wisely third in thr Molecomb Stakes G3, only a neck and a head behind the winner, with Richard Fahey's Mayson further back in fourth. There are winners at Beverley for Mark Johnston, Alan Swinbank, Ruth Carr, Richard Fahey and Tim Easterby whilst evening racing sees a winner at Worcester for Sue Smith and at Perth for Ferdy Murphy.
25/07/2010 Finally a Yorkshire trained Group One winner for the first time this year when the Mark Johnston trained Lady Jane Digby lands the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis Bayerisches Zuchtrennen G1 at Munich by a length, under an excellent ride from Greg Fairley ; his first ever Group One winner. With Kirsten Rausing as the owner and Johnston as the trainer it's a typically ambitious program from now on with the Arlington Million and EP Taylor Stakes both on the horizon for the daughter of Oasis Dream. Johnston also had a double at Ascot with Malthouse landing the opening maiden (usually a strong race) and Bay Willow adding to his valuable Curragh winnings when taking the 20,251 Rendezvous Casino Handicap, the Ebor is a possible destination for this son of Singspiel. Still at Ascot Brian Ellison had a winner and Kevin Ryan's Masamah took the 20,251 JRA Sprint Handicap. At Pontefract there were winners for John Quinn (a double), Tim Walford, Alan Swinbank and Mark Johnston whilst Richard Fahey's Harrison George was third in the Pomfret Stakes L, with David Barron's Sirvino back in fourth. Carlisle saw more winners for Brian Ellison (his second prestigious ladies race win in as many days) and Alan Swinbank as well as for Richard Fahey and John Weymes. Typically the Kingsley House team is coming right into form at exactly the correct time ; should be an excellent Glorious Goodwood, although don't expect regular updates from me mid-week as I will be out on my travels.
24/07/2010 An excellent 'King George' day at Ascot for the Tykes with Brian Ellison's Rosko landing the opener, Bryan Smart's Don't Call Me taking the 20,251 Dubai Duty Free and Richard Fahey's Castles In The Air putting up an excellent performance to secure the 47,732 Victoria Racing Club International Heritage Handicap, in addition Fahey's Premier Clarets was third in the Winkfield Stakes L and Tim Easterby's Imperialistic Diva was fourth in the Princess Margaret Stakes G3. At York Fahey's Kaldoun Kingdom could 'only' manage second, off top weight, in the 32,380 Sky Bet Dash, with Kevin Ryan's Parisian Pyramid in third ahead of stablemate Tiddliwinks, Fahey won the maiden whilst David O'Meara's flying start as a trainer continued when he took the last. Ruth Carr had a winner at Newmarket whilst Newcastle saw yet another winner for Fahey as well as for Alan Swinbank, Mark Johnston (a double) and Richard Whitaker.
19/07/2010 Up at Ayr this afternoon Tim Easterby's Favourite Girl lands the 21,370 Bet At Victor Chandler On 08000 787878 Handicap (lovely snappy race name), further winners on the card come from Richard Fahey, Ruth Carr and David Nicholls. Evening racing at Beverley sees winners for Kevin Ryan, Mark Johnston, Mel Brittain (a double), Ian McInnes and Tim Easterby.
18/07/2010 Mark Johnston's second attempt at a German Group One ends poorly with Monterosso out of the places in the Deutsches Derby G1 at Hamburg, a little rest now and then the Great Voltigeur and the St. Leger, surely ......... ? At the Curragh Kevin Ryan's Bajan Tryst was a decent third in the Rockingham Handicap whilst domestically there were winners for Alan Brown and Linda Stubbs.
17/07/2010 Mark Johnston's Jukebox Jury could only manage fourth today in the Grosser Preis Von Lotto G1 at Hamburg, the good news is that he was only two heads out of second place, the bad news is that former Kingsley House inmate Campanologist was the clear winner. On home soil the results were better with David Nicholls' Regal Parade (another ex-Johnston horse) landing the Shadwell Stud Hackwood Stakes G3 at Newbury in good style, only Yorkshires sixth group win of the season, whilst in the Weatherbys Super Sprint Yorkshire trained horses occupied second, third and fourth with Kevin Ryan's Bold Bidder picking up 41,860 by finishing second ahead of Bryan Smart's Move In Time and Tim Easterby's Mappin Time. Tom Tate's Distant Memories was also a good second in the Steventon Stakes L. At Newmarket Mark Johnston's Eastern Aria ran her best race of the season thus far to win the Plantation Stud Aphrodite Stakes L, whilst Linda Stubbs won the last. At Ripon there was a fantastic treble for Tim Easterby whilst Ruth Carr and Bryan Smart also had winners, meanwhile there were hurdling winners at Market Rasen for Ben Haslam and Alan Swinbank. Eveing racing at Haydock sees winners for Richard Fahey and Tom Tate.
16/07/2010 Result of the day today came at Hamilton's evening meeting where Mark Johnston's bottom weighted Lowdown landed the 20,562 Scottish Stewards Cup Handicap with Richard Whitaker's Damika, Tim Easterby's The Nifty Fox and David Nicholls' Tajneed occupying the minor placings. There were other winners at Hamilton for Ian McInnes, Richard Fahey, Tim Easterby and Alan Swinbank whilst the evening meeting at Pontefract saw wins for David Brown, Neville Bycroft, Mark Johnston and Ruth Carr and Mark Johnston had a winner at Newmarket's corresponding meeting. Earlier in the day Richard Fahey's Sir Reginald was a good third in the Rose Bowl Stakes L at Newbury, where Mark Johnston had a win later on the card, whilst Alan Swinbank won the opener at Haydock.
10/07/2010 After an excellent week today was a bit of a let down with lots of good placings in the major races, but no wins. At York Tom Tate's Kings Gambit picked up 28,905 when finishing second in the John Smith's Cup Heritage Handicap beaten only a short head with Richard Fahey's Demolition in third. Tim Easterby's Deauville Flyer was third in the John Smith's Silver Cup Handicap L whilst there were winners in the supporting races at the Knavesmire for Mark Johnston and Geoff Oldroyd. It was a similar story at Chester with a Yorkshire 2-3-4 in the City Wall Stakes L with Tim Easterby's Captain Dunne beaten only a short head into second followed by Robin Bastiman's Borderlescott and Kevin Ryan's Masamah. There were no winners from a handful of runners at Nottingham whilst Mark Johnston provided the sole Yorkshire trained winner at Ascot. Evening racing at Hamilton sees a double for Bryan Smart as well as winners for Paul Midgley and Linda Stubbs.
09/07/2010 Another good day at Newmarket for Mark Johnston with Sea Lord landing the opening 24,924 32Red Casino Handicap (giving rival trainer Kevin Ryan's daughter Amy her biggest winner to date) and St Moritz taking the 49,848 Bunbury Cup (I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to call it the 32Red Trophy). Richard Fahey was on form at York with a winner in the opener followed by an excellent victory for Rose Blossom in the Summer Stakes G3, Declan Carroll's runner won the last. Evening racing at Chester sees winners for Richard Whitaker and Kevin Ryan at Chester and for Mark Johnston at Chepstow.
08/07/2010 Slightly better today at Newmarket with Mark Johnston's ultra-progressive Corsica smartly landing the Bahrain Trophy G3 and James Bethell's Arlequin a good third, beaten a neck and a short head, in the sportingbet.com Heritage Handicap. Richard Fahey and Edwin Tuer both had winners at Doncaster's evening meeting.
07/07/2010 Mark Johnston's Rainfall, hotly tipped in many of the morning papers, could 'only' manage third in the Falmouth Stakes G1 on the opening day of Newmarket's July meeting. There were no winners down at HQ but in the equally glitzy surroundings of Catterick there were winners for Tim Easterby and Ruth Carr.
06/07/2010 A good winner for Tim Easterby at Pontefract today when Off Chance (owned and bred by Brook Holliday) wins the Pipalong Stakes L at Pontefract from the Manor House Stud bred Please Sing. There are also winners for Richard Fahey (a double) and Kevin Ryan. Evening racing at Southwell sees another winner for Tim Easterby as well as for David Barron and Ruth Carr.
03/07/2010 David Nicholls' Lovelace made the long journey from Thirsk to Longchamp today and was rewarded with a third place in the Prix de la Porte Maillot G3, beaten only two necks. Domestically there was another black type performance at Haydock with Mark Johnston's Lady Jane Digby third in the Lancashire Oaks G2, ahead of Kevin Ryan's Les Fazzani in fourth. Richard Fahey's Demolition picked up 16,794 for second in the Old Newton Cup Heritage Handicap whilst Tim Easterby and Mark Johnston won the last two on Merseyside. Tim Easterby and David Barron had winners at Leicester whilst Tim Etherington waited until the last to provide the sole local winner at Beverley. Evening racing at Carlisle sees winners for Ann Duffield, Mark Johnston, Tim Easterby and Chris Thornton whilst Tim Walford lands the last at Nottingham.
02/07/2010 The second day of July and another black type performance with Richard Fahey's Jamesway third in the Dragon Stakes L at Sandown. John Weymes and Tim Easterby provide the local winners at Doncaster, with the later having earlier taken the opener at Warwick. Evening racing at Beverley sees winners for Richard Fahey, Bryan Smart, Brian Ellison and Ruth Carr whilst Haydock's evening card yields winners for Ann Duffield, Richard Fahey and David Nicholls.
01/07/2010 July sees Mark Johnston send the once raced Stentorian to Leopardstown for the Golden Fleece Stakes L, in which he finishes second. Johnston also had a double at Haydock and a winner at Epsom's evening meeting, where David Nicholls also had a winner. Johnston was also amongst the winners closer to home at Redcar, with the other local victories coming courtesy of Geoff Harker, Richard Fahey (a double), Bryan Smart and Micky Hammond.
27/06/2010 A valuable big-handicap double for Mark Johnston today at the Curragh, although the primary target saw Monterosso 'only' manage fourth in the Irish Derby G1, a faintly disappointing show. The Kingsley House Curragh winners were Sea Lord in the 35,951 Dubai Duty Free Double Millionaire Handicap and Bay Willow in the 43,141 Dubai Tennis Championship EBF Handicap. Domestically the only winner came from Kate Walton at Uttoxeter.
26/06/2010 Another busy midsummer Saturday and the main race is the Northumberland Plate up at Newcastle which sees no joy for the Yorkshire runners although Yorkshire stables win three of the last four races on the card courtesy of Kevin Ryan, Richard Fahey and Brian Ellison, the later with Camerooney, turning out again only three days after his win at Carlisle. The other main meeting is at Newmarket where there are no winners although Kevin Ryan's Shoshoni Wind is second and Tim Easterby's Imperialistic Diva third in the Empress Stakes L and David Brown's Doncaster Rover is third in the Criterion Stakes G3. At Windsor Kevin Ryan's Parisian Pyramid lands the 28,040 Bet At Wimbledon At totesport.com Handicap, whilst Mark Johnston scores a double at Chester. Evening racing at Doncaster sees just one local winner courtesy of Ruth Carr.
25/06/2010 Bryan Smart's Moorhouse Lad made the long trip to Maisons-Laffitte today and was third in the Prix Hampton L. Closer to home there was an unusual treble for Yorkshire trained horses at Folkestone thanks to David Nicholls, Phillip Kirby and Mark Johnston, the later also had a winner at Chester whilst Newcastle saw wins for Tim Easterby, George Moore, Mick Easterby and Kevin Ryan, Alan Swinbank won the opener at Market Rasen.
24/06/2010 The EBF Hoppings Stakes L at Newcastle today sees Mark Johnston's Lady Jane Digby second with Alan Swinbank's Honimiere back in third, there were winners on the card for Richard Fahey, Mark Johnston (a double), Ollie Pears and Alan Lockwood. Tim Easterby had a winner at Warwick whilst evening racing at Hamilton saw winners for Mark Johnston, Alan Swinbank and John Weymes.
23/06/2010 Carlisle Bell and Cumberland Plate day at Carlisle today and it was so nearly a big race double for Brian Ellison with his Camerooney landing the 19,428 Carlisle Bell and his runners occupying second, third and fourth in the following Cumberland Plate. Earlier on the card there were winners for Kevin Ryan, Bryan Smart and Edwin Tuer, whilst Tim Easterby also had a winner later on. Evening racing at Kempton sees winners for Ann Duffield and Mark Johnston.
19/06/2010 No joy on the final day of Royal Ascot 2010 with the best Yorkshire performance coming from Dandy Nicholls' bottom weight Striking Spirit, second in the Wokingham Handicap. Although there was a Yorkshire winner up at Ayr courtesy of Richard Fahey again the best performance came from a Dandy Nicholls' runner-up with City Dancer a good second in the Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes L. On home turf at Redcar there were wins for Linda Stubbs, David Nicholls, Nigel Tinkler and Jedd O'Keeffe. Yorkshire trained horses won the first four races at Haydock's evening meeting thanks to Richard Fahey, Jedd O'Keeffe, David Barron and Alan Swinbank. Meanwhile in Middleham 'Little Spigot', part of Karl Burke's empire on the opposite side of the road to Spigot Lodge, is for sale via Savills with two cottages, a flat, 33 boxes and an indoor school for 795,000.
18/06/2010 Another good day at Royal Ascot for Mark Johnston when Monterosso puts up a convincing performance to land the King Edward VII Stakes G2. Later on the card Tom Tate's Kings Gambit is second in the Wolferton Handicap L whilst Johnston's Corscia was a faintly disappointing fourth in the Queen's Vase G3. Musselburgh sees winners for Micky Hammond, Bryan Smart and Philip Kirby whilst Richard Fahey, Tom Tate and John Wainwright supply the winners at Redcar. Evening racing at Ayr sees winners for Tom Tate, Brian Ellison and Alan Swinbank.
17/06/2010 No Yorkshire winners today at Royal Ascot although proceedings started fairly well with Bryan Smart's Excel Bolt running third in the Norfolk Stakes G2, whilst the Mark Johnston pair of Greyfriarschorista and Secretive ran respectively third and fourth in the Britannia Heritage Handicap. Local runners dominated at Ripon with winners for David Nicholls (a double), Ruth Carr, Edwin Tuer, Julie Camacho and Paul Midgley, whilst Tim Pitt had a winner at Warwick. The evening meetings saw winners at Beverley for Nigel Tinkler, Tim Easterby, Philip Kirby, Alan Lockwood and Alan Dickman, whilst down at Leicester there was a double for Tim Easterby and a winner for Mark Johnston.
16/06/2010 Day Two of Royal Ascot and Mark Johnston's progressive Rainfall holds on to land the Jersey Stakes G3 by a head, she has a good book of entries including the Falmouth Stakes G1. Three races later stablemate St Moritz is third in the Royal Hunt Cup whilst Geoff Oldroyd's Ladies Are Forever (homebred by Reg Bond of Yapham Mill Stud) is an excellent third, beaten two necks, in the Queen Mary Stakes G3 to give the Bond/Oldroyd team another good filly to go along with Lady Royale. There are winners at Hamilton for Kevin Ryan, Richard Fahey and Alan Swinbank and at Ripon's evening meeting for John Weymes, David Brown, Richard Fahey, Tim Walford and David Nicholls
15/06/2010 Day One of Royal Ascot sees Robin Bastiman's Borderlescott finish a good third in the King's Stand Stakes G1, beaten only a neck out of the runner-up berth and Richard Fahey's very promising Marine Commando land the Windsor Castle Stakes L. Closer to home in the equally salubrious surroundings of Thirsk there were winners for David Nicholls, Richard Fahey, Ann Duffield, Ronnie Barr, Ruth Carr and Richard Whitaker.
14/06/2010 A good start to Royal Ascot week when Mark Johnston's Lady Jane Digby lands the Warwickshire Oaks L at this evening's meeting at Warwick where there were also winners for Nigel Tinkler and Alan Swinbank. Earlier action had seen winners at Carlisle for Ann Duffield, Kevin Ryan, Edwin Tuer, Richard Fahey (a double), Tim Easterby and Ronnie Barr whilst Micky Hammond and Ferdy Murphy won the first two races at Sedgefield.
12/06/2010 A good day for the locals at York with pide of place going to David Nicholls' Victoire de Lyphar who landed the 64,760 Reg Griffin Memorial Trophy Heritage Handicap, with Robin Bastiman's Singeur back in third. Other local winners on the card were provided by Tom Tate (Distant Memories in the 17,485 ladbrokes.com Handicap) and Richard Fahey. There was an equally good showing in Sandown's main race of the day when Tim Etherington's Burning Thread (owned by the trainer) landed the Totesport.com Scurry Stakes L from John Weymes' Reignier. This is an excellent result for Etherington who has enjoyed a resurgence in recent seasons primarily thanks to Fullandby, but Burning Thread now seems to be another horse for him to compete in the big sprint races with. Up at Hexham there are winners for Micky Hammond and Alan Swinbank. Evening racing at Leicester sees a winner for Kevin Ryan. It has been announced that Anthony Gillam died last Sunday aged 62. Gillam was the grandson of Lionel Holliday and bought Wheatlands Farm on the Copgrove estate from his cousin Brook Holliday from where he started training, and also ran a stud. Later he was a Steward's Secretary until becoming paralysed following a hunting accident with the Middleton in 2006.
10/06/2010 A quiet day domestically with a solitary winner at Haydock for Alan Swinbank, however Bryan Smart's Distinctive is a good third in the Ballyogan Stakes G3 at Leopardstown.
09/06/2010 Hamilton's evening meeting today sees a good win for Ann Duffield when her Just Lille lands the 22,666 Lanark Silver Bell from Mark Johnston's Lady Eclair, who was five lengths further back. The other Yorkshire winners at Hamilton came from Ben Haslam, Bryan Smart and Richard Fahey, whilst Ollie Pears also had an evening winner at Kempton. Earlier there had been winners for Kevin Ryan, Tim Easterby, Paul Midgley, Jedd O'Keeffe and Mark Johnston at Beverley and for David Barron at Haydock.
05/06/2010 No joy until the last at Epsom today, although Richard Fahey's Premier Clarets was a promising third in the Woodcote Stakes L. The Derby winner was Workforce, last seen out when second in the Dante Stakes at York (picture below). The last race on the Downs however saw a Thirsk 1-2-3 with David Barron's Flipando coming home in front in the 12,462 Investec Distinctive Handicap ahead of the Dandy Nicholls' pair of Fol Hollow and Something. Better news from Musselburgh where Tim Easterby's Hamish McGonagall was the neck winner of the 31,155 Scottish Sprint Cup Handicap ahead of David Nicholls' Striking Spirit, David Barron's Ingleby Lady and Kevin Ryan's Masamah. Tim Easterby had started the day well with a winner in the opener whilst Bryan Smart's Excel Bolt landed the 15,578 Edinburgh Castle Conditions Stakes from Easterby's Cocktail Charlie and Mark Johnston's Corsica was third in the 49,848 Edinburgh Cup Heritage Handicap. Later on the card there were also winners for David Nicholls, Ann Duffield and Richard Fahey. Only one local winner at Doncaster with Mark Johnston's Sea Lord landing the 16,190 sportingbet.com Handicap. Brian Ellison had a winner at Worcester and George Moore at Hexham.Evening racing at Newcastle sees a double for Alan Swinbank and a winner for Kevin Ryan.

Today's Derby winner Workforce at York last month when second in the Dante Stakes G2.

04/06/2010 No joy for the Yorkshire (ie Mark Johnston) trained runners in the Oaks G1 or the Coronation Cup G1 but some small consolation for the Johnston team when Tartan Gigha lands the 18,693 Investec Mile Handicap. At Catterick there are winners for Ollie Pears, Richard Fahey, Paul Midgley, Mick Easterby and David Nicholls whilst evening racing at Doncaster sees a winner for Ruth Carr.
29/05/2010 A multitude of 'black type' races at Haydock today and although there was only one Yorkshire winner the Tyke raiders put up a good display with placings in all four. The opener was the Achilles Stakes L and here Richard Fahey's Rose Blossom was a good second. The next was the Sandy Lane Stakes L which saw Mark Johnston's appropriately named Rainfall finish second ahead of David Nicholls' Mister Manannan back in third. Kevin Ryan's Les Fazzani provided the sole winner when landing the EBF Joan Westbrook Pinnacle Stakes L whilst David Brown's Doncaster Rover was an excellent second in the day's only group race, the John of Gaunt Stakes G3. The locals dominated at Catterick taking all but one of the races thanks to wins for Brian Ellison, David Barron, Ruth Carr, Mark Johnston, Tim Easterby and Ann Duffield whilst at Beverley there were wins for Geoff Oldroyd, Paul Midgley, Bryan Smart and Ruth Carr. Evening racing at Cartmel sees a winner for Alan Swinbank.
26/05/2010 One of Beverley's bigger meetings of the season this evening sees the Kevin Ryan trained Geesala land the Hilary Needler Trophy L from Geoff Oldroyd's Lady Royale, homebred by Reg Bond of Yapham Mill Stud. There is also a double for Mark Johnston whilst Tim Etherington's Burning Thread is a surprise 25-1 winner of the main supporting racing on the card. This was the second double of the day for Johnston's who had earlier doubled up at Ffos Las, whilst Linda Stubbs provided the sole Yorkshire winner up at Ayr.
22/05/2010 A busy sunny Saturday, the highlight of which from the Yorkshire perspective was the Tim Easterby trained Hamish McGonagall landing his biggest win for two years when taking the 25,904 sportingbet.com Sprint Handicap at York, where Richard Fahey had a double when taking the first two on the card. Ollie Pears provided the only Yorkshire winner over at Haydock but Robin Bastiman's Borderlescott was third in the Temple Stakes G2 and Mark Johnston's Al Farahidi a good second in the 46,732 Silver Bowl Heritage Handicap. Kevin Ryan won the opener at Goodwood whilst there were winners at Chester (Chester and Haydock on the same Saturday afternoon - madness!) for Richard Fahey (another double including Brae Hill in the 16,190 Tsingtao Chinese Beer Handicap) and David Brown.
16/05/2010 Kevin Ryan's Benbaun put up a strong performance at Longchamp this afternoon to be second, beaten only a head, in the Prix de Saint-Georges G3. Domestically there are local winners at Ripon for Tom Tate, Richard Fahey, Nigel Tinkler and Tim Easterby whilst Malcolm Jefferson's runner lands the opener at Market Rasen.
15/05/2010 No winners at Newbury today although Kevin Ryan's new recruit, the former John Gosden trained dual Group Two and Cambridgeshire winner Pipedreamer, put up a good performance to be fourth in the Lockinge Stakes G1, and Mark Johnston's Monterosso was second in the 21,808 London Gold Cup Handicap. At Newmarket Johnston had a winner and two thirds from four runners whilst at Thirsk there were local winners for David Nicholls (a double including Fol Hollow in the 12,045 Scarborough Handicap), Alan Swinbank, Ruth Carr, Richard Whitaker and Bryan Smart.
14/05/2010 Final day of the Dante meeting and again no joy for the locals in the major races (although Tim Easterby's Crackentorp was a good second in the 25,904 Jorvik Handicap) but there are winners on the supporting card for Mick Easterby and David Barron. Evening racing up at Hamilton sees Mark Johnston yet again land the Glasgow Stakes L, this time with Corsica, whilst his Yes Mr President is second in the Braveheart Handicap L. Bryan Smart won the opener. Newcastle's evening meeting meanwhile saw winners for Kevin Ryan, Ruth Carr and Richard Whitaker whilst George Moore had a winner at Aintree.
13/05/2010 Day two of York, and your faithful correspondent was in attendance. Again no joy in the major races but wins for Richard Fahey (a double) and Micky Hammond plus Tom Tate's Balcarce Nov was third in the Hambleton Handicap L . Nice to see two excellent fillies in dual-Oaks winner Sariska (who of course has a vague Yorkshire connection via the Bishop Wilton Stud who bred her dam) and Breeders' Cup winner Midday who were respectively first and second in the Middleton Stakes G2 whilst the Dante G2, as usual, produced a leading fancy for the Derby in the form of Cape Blanco although connections seemed concerned immediately after the race and it now transpires that he has slightly damaged his heel. Less impressive was the three sets of rails which now separate the punter from the course in front of the stand making photography of the action much harder. In the, admittedly unlikely, event that you only want to go to York to take action photos I would recommend parking in the car park, not paying to enter and snap away in the home straight, take a packed lunch ! Click on the photos below for slightly higher quality versions.

Amy Ryan does the hand jive,
or something

Richard Fahey's Johannes
after landing the opener

Cape Blanco poses after
landing the Dante

Sariska goes to post ....

..... and comes back in front

Sariska and Midday

Easterby meets Middle East

Cape Blanco lands the Dante

Richard Hills hits the front on
Fareer, and stays there.

12/05/2010 Day one of York's Dante meeting sees not much joy for the locals in the major races but there are winners later on the card for Tim Easterby and James Bethell whilst David Brown's Doncaster Rover runs a decent race to be fourth in the Duke Of York Stakes G2, Mark Johnston's Bikini Babe is best placed of the Yorkshire runners in the Musidora Stakes G3 but can only manage fifth place.
08/05/2010 A busy day and the best Yorkshire results came from Haydock where David Nicholls' Lovelace won the Spring Trophy Stakes L and Malcom Jefferson's Issaquah was third in the Swinton Handicap Hurdle Gd3. At Nottingham there were winners for Tim Easterby and Richard Fahey. Evening racing sees victories at Thirsk for James Hetherton and Alan Swinbank and at Warwick for Declan Carroll.
07/05/2010 David Barron provided the sole Yorkshire winner at Chester today with Archers Road landing the 14,193 sportingbet.com Handicap. There were also winners at Nottingham for Robin Bastiman and David Barron at Nottingham whilst evening racing at Ripon provided local winners for Kevin Ryan, Alan Swinbank (a double), Tim Easterby and Chris Thornton whilst Hamilton saw a winner for Micky Hammond.
06/05/2010 No Yorkshire wins at Chester today although Kevin Ryan's Les Fazzani was an excellent second in the Huxley Stakes G3, whilst there were also placings for Richard Fahey's pair Our Joe Mac and Porgy. David Nicholls had a winner at Ffos Las and there were winners at Wetherby's evening meeting for Tim Pitt, Maxine Stirk and Ben Haslam.
05/05/2010 Kevin Ryan's new recruit Masamah provided the only Yorkshire winner on the opening day of Chester's May meeting today, although Richard Fahey's Halla San was third in the Chester Cup. Elsewhere James Hetherton had a win at Southwell and George Moore won the last at Kelso.
03/05/2010 Typical low quality Bank Holiday fayre today, but the Yorkshire trainers continued their good run; winning all the races at the local meeting at Beverley thanks to David Brown (a double), Mick Easterby, John Quinn, Kevin Ryan and Ian McInnes. At Warwick there were winners for Declan Carroll and Kevin Ryan whilst over in Ireland, where the quality of racing was noticably higher, Mark Johnston's Hacienda put up an eye-catching performance to be fourth in the Tetrarch Stakes G3.
02/05/2010 It may have been a controversial 1,000 Guineas but it was another good day at HQ for the Yorkshire trainers with the emphasis switching to the fillies with Alan Swinbank's Honimiere second in the Dahlia Stakes G3 and Mark Johnston's Oaks entry Marie de Medici winning the Pretty Polly Stakes L. Up in Scotland it was also a good day for the Yorkshire raiders at Hamilton where they landed every race on the card courtesty of Kevin Ryan, Tim Easterby (a double), Richard Fahey, Mark Johnston, Linda Stubbs and Geoff Harker.
01/05/2010 Proceedings started in the best possible way for Mark Johnston at Newmarket today withTartan Gigha landing the 31,155 Suffolk Handicap and Jukebox Jury taking the Jockey Club Stakes G2 by nearly four lengths. Unfortunately Johnston's Awzaan flopped in the 2,000 Guineas but this shouldn't be allowed to detract from what was overall a good day for the Middleham based Scot. Later on at HQ Robin Bastiman's flag bearer Borderlescott ran an excellent seasonal debut to be second in the Palace House Stakes G3, one place better than he managed in the same race last season. At Goodwood Mark Johnston's Hafawa put up a good effort to be second in the EBF Conqueror Stakes L whilst at Uttoxter Sue Smith's Auroras Encore put up a surprisingly good performance to take the 28,505 Totepool Handicap Chase L. Closer to home there were winners at Thirsk for Mark Johnston, David Nicholls, Richard Fahey, Geoff Harker and Tim Easterby although unfortunately the Thirsk Hunt Cup went 'abroad'. Evening racing meanwhile sees a winner for Richard Whitaker at Doncaster and for Sue Smith at Hexham.
27/04/2010 Dandy Nicholls' Mister Manannann lands the Prix Sigy L at Chantilly by two lengths today, an excellent seasonal debut. Wins at Sedgefield for Ferdy Murphy, Kate Walton and Alan Swinbank runners.
25/04/2010 Richard Fahey's Anglezarke is a decent third in the EBF Lansdown Fillies' Stakes L at Bath today whilst Alan Swinbank's Merchant Of Dubai is second in the Vintage Crop Stakes L at Navan. There are local wins at Wetherby for Tim Pitt and Micky Hammond.
24/04/2010 Despite Punchestown and Epsom it's been a fairly quiet week again from the Yorkshire perspective, let's hope the season hots up soon. Still, the lesser winners continue to flow and today saw victories at Leicester for Richard Fahey, Kevin Ryan and Mark Johnston whilst Malcolm Jefferson had a double at Market Rasen. Closer to home the locals had a poor start at Ripon but there were later winners for Alan Swinbank and Alan Brown. Evening racing sees wins at Wolverhampton for David Nicholls and Mick Easterby and for Geoff Oldroyd at Haydock.
16/04/2010 No joy in any of the big races today, the good form at local tracks continued however with wins at Thirsk for Kevin Ryan (a double), Bryan Smart, Alan Swinbank, Declan Carrol and Mel Brittain. Evening racing at Doncaster saw winners for Brian Ellison and David Nicholls.
15/04/2010 Hardly any Yorkshire runners at Newmarket today meant that the respective third and fourth places for David Brown's Doncaster Rover and David Nicholls' Evens And Odds in the Abernant Stakes L was a fairly good showing. For the second day running the Tyke handlers won every race at their local meeting, this time the venue was Ripon and the winning trainers were Tim Easterby, Geoff Oldroyd, Tom Tate (a double), Mark Johnston, Alan Swinbank and Bryan Smart.
14/04/2010 Not a brilliant start to the Craven Meeting at Newmarket for the Yorkshire runners in either the 250,000 Tattersalls Timeform Trophy or the Nell Gwyn Stakes, however David Barron's 40-1 outsider Fighter Boy was a good second in the Feilden Stakes L, with Mark Johnston's Marie de Medici only a head back in third. Closer to home the locals won every race at Beverley courtesy of Tim Easterby, Ian McInnes, Richard Fahey, David Brown, John Quinn, Tom Tate, Kevin Ryan and Mark Johnston. Evening racing at Kempton saw a winner for Paul Kirby.
10/04/2010 No luck in the Grand National Gd3 although both Yorkshire runners jumped around safely ; John Quinn's Character Building finishing seventh and Paul Murphy's Cerium (fifth last year) in eleventh. It's been a poor National meeting all around for the Yorkshire runners but there was some small respite today in the 25,048 John Smith's Handicap Hurdle (Conditional & Amateurs) with Malcolm Jefferson's Issaquah finishing second and John Quinn's Leslingtaylor third. Evening racing at Wolverhampton sees winners for Ruth Carr, Nigel Tinkler and Richard Fahey, the later is currently in rampant form with four winners yesterday at Musselburgh.
07/04/2010 Richard Fahey's Halla San picked up black type today when third in the Further Flight Stakes L at Nottingham, where there were also winners for Kevin Ryan and John Weymes. On home territory there were winners at Catterick for Ollie Pears, Richard Fahey, David Nicholls (a double) and Paul Midgley.
03/04/2010 You can tell the flat turf season has started because there's hardly any flat turf racing, and certainly non today, go figure. Sue Smith picked up a valuable win at Carlisle today when Himalayan landed the 16,262 totescoop6 Handicap Chase, whilst reliable stablemate Mister McGoldrick followed up his Cheltenham fourth with third place in Haydock's 31,310 Betfred Daffodil Vase Handicap Chase, Malcolm Jefferson having a winner later on the card. What flat racing there was occured on Kempton's all-weather where Mark Johnston had a winner. Roll on the Craven meeting.
27/03/2010 The three Yorkshire raiders flopped badly in Dubai today (although Kevin Ryan's Benbaun still picked up a useful 24,691 for sixth place in the Dubai Golden Shaheen G1), but otherwise it was a good opening day to the flat season at Doncaster with Richard Fahey landing the opening 31,155 William Hill Spring Mile with new recruit Irish Heartbeat. The next was the Cammidge Trophy L and this fell to David Nicholls' Inxile (ridden by Irish Hearthbeat's jockey Paul Hanagan) with David Brown's Fitz Flyer a promising looking third. The big race of the day was the 77,888 Lincoln Handicap which fell to Newmarket based (but Yorkshire 'bred' !) William Haggas with Penitent although Richard Fahey's bottom weight Prime Exhibit picked up 23,325 for second place. John Quinn and Tim Easterby landed the last two races at Town Moor whilst the Fahey/Hanagan combination picked up two more races (including The Brocklesby) to make it four wins for Hanagan and three for Fahey.
20/03/2010 Quite a good day at Lingfield today for the Yorkshire trainers, slightly less good for a certain K.Fallon ! In the Sportingbest Supports Heros Spring Cup L Mark Johnston's Greyfriarschorista put up a good display to be second, and the same placing was filled by Tom Tate's Suits Me in the Winter Derby G3, the next race. Kevin Ryan's Arganil won the Hever Sprint Stakes L, with David Barron's Jaconet back in third, Johnston won the last. Harry Hogarth provided the days sole NH winner at Newcastle, whilst Mark Johnston's Saint-Cloud raider could only finish fourth in her listed race.
19/03/2010 No luck for the Yorkshire runners at Cheltenham today on Nigel Twiston-Davies benefit day. Mark Johnston has a winner at Lingfield and Mick Easterby and Richard Fahey at Wolverhampton.
18/03/2010 No Cheltenham winners today although Ferdy Murphy's Galant Nuit was third in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase and Sue Smith's Mister McGoldrick fourth in the Byrne Group Plate. Winners at Hexham for Malcolm Jefferson and Paul Kirby. On the flat David Nicholls, Bryan Smart, Alan Swinbank and Brian Ellison were amongst the winners at Southwell.
17/03/2010 No joy at Cheltenham yesterday, but better today with Ferdy Murphy's Poker de Sivola landing the 45,015 National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup under Katie Walsh, whilst Murphy's stable star Kalahari King was third in the Queen Mother Champion Chase Gd1 , presumably Murphy would have preferred these results the other way around ! Tim Pitt had a winner at Huntingdon whilst there were Yorkshire winners at Southwell for Brian Ellison, Richard Fahey and David Nicholls. Mark Johnston had a winner at Kempton's evening meeting where his Record Breaker was a good second in the Digibet Dragonfly Stakes L. Yorkshire racing stalwart Simon Scrope died last week at the age of 75. Scrope, of Danby Hall, hailed from a prominent Catholic family and was a director at Pontefract as well as a member of York's Committee until 2004.
13/03/2010 Dull. No joy in any of the traditional pre-Cheltenham races at Sandown. Ferdy Murphy will be glad to have a pre-festival winner with Seize landing the penultimate race up at Ayr. On Wolverhampton's all-weather there are winners for Kevin Ryan and David Barron whilst Mark Johnston's Lovelace is third in the Lady Wulfruna Stakes L and Richard Fahey's Albaqaa fills the same position in the Lincoln Trial Handicap.
06/03/2010 A quiet day in the run-in to Cheltenham but Ferdy Murphy has a useful across-the-card double with De Boitron landing the 16,262 Sportingbet.com Handicap Chase at Doncaster (where earlier John Quinn had a winner) and Bedlam Boy taking the 13,010 Cyril Alexander Memorial HBLB Novices' Chase at Kelso.
27/02/2010 Yorkshire runners dominate at Lingfield today ; following a good start when Mark Johnston lands the opener it's a Yorkshire 1-2 in the betdaq.co.uk Cleves Stakes L with David Barron's Jaconet coming home in front of Kevin Ryan's Green Manalishi, the next is the Winter Derby Trial Stakes L in which Tom Tate's Suits Me is a good second. Over jumps the best Yorkshire performance of the day comes from Brian Ellison's Ultimate who is third in the Racingpost.com Adonis Juvenile Novices' Hurdle Gd2 at Kempton.
25/02/2010 Better at Meydan today with Mark Johnston's Bikini Babe a good second in the UAE Oaks L, picking up 30,386 for her efforts. Domestically there are winners at Southwell for Ruth Carr, David Nicholls, Declan Carroll and Brian Ellison and at Kempton's evening meet for Ian McInnes. Young Ben Haslam had his first flat runner today at Southwell, having taken over from his father Patrick, unfortunately Alphacino was a distance last.
20/02/2010 Dull, dull, dull ; just the one winner today with Kevin Ryan's Le Toreador landing the last at Lingfield.
18/02/2010 No luck at Meydan today, although Tom Tate's Balcarce Now was a decent third in the last race in Dubai. On home ground there were winners at Southwell for Kevin Ryan, David Barron, Richard Fahey and Sally Hall, the later also having won the bumper at Catterick on Monday ;a very good few days for the Middleham handler who only has two or three horses, mostly home bred and owned. Richard Fahey doubled up by taking the last on Kempton's evening card.
13/02/2010 The Yorkshire highlights today actually came all the way down at Cagnes-Sur-Mer where James Bethell has a double including Arlequin in the 11,947 Prix des Ancolies. Closer to home Kevin Ryan had a winner at Lingfield, whilst Sue Smith and Alan Swinbank flew the (White Rose) flag at Ayr, whilst Denman threw McCoy at Newbury. Evening racing at Wolverhampton sees both Bethell and Ryan with additional winners.
06/02/2010 The trips to the Redcar seaside have obviously worked wonders for the team of Ferdy Murphy with Kalahari King a comfortable top-weight winner of the 43,471 Blue Square Handicap Chase at Doncaster this afternoon, stable companion I'm Delilah having earlier finished second, beaten only a nose, in the Blue Square Lightning Novices' Chase Gd2. Mick Easterby won the last at Wetherby on what was a relatively poor day for the locals. Meanwhile on Lingfield's all-weather there are wins for Bryan Smart and Mark Johnston, the later currently leading the 'phanton' all-weather trainers championship, one of his primary jockeys, Joe Fanning, is also leading the jockeys equivalent.
30/01/2010 No Yorkshire winners at all today, although the situation wasn't aided by the meeting at Doncaster, one of their main jump fixtures of the season, being abandoned due to frost. The only bright spot today was Sue Smith's ever-dependable Mister McGoldrick finishing third in the Betfair Trophy Handicap Chase Gd3 at Cheltenham. In other news the substantial part of the Low House Stud on the Garrowby Estate is available to rent via Savills, with 1,300 pcm giving you a 3 bed cottage, 11 boxes and 37 acres made up of 7 paddocks.
23/01/2010 A flurry of pre-Cheltenham races today, but not that many Yorkshire runners in them and only Malcolm Jefferson's According To Pete made any sort of impression when third in the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase Gd2 at Haydock, albeit fourteen lengths behind the runner-up. At Lingfield the Johnston/Fanning team won the first and last races whilst more exotically David Nicholls' Lost Soldier Three won the claimer at Cagnes-Sur-Mer.
16/01/2010 A further announcement of the pending retirement of another stalwart of the Yorkshire training ranks with the news that Peter Beaumont is to retire at the end of the month and hand over his stables at Brandsby to his current assistant Patrick Holmes. Beaumont is best known as the trainer of the fantastic Jodami who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1993 (he was second the following year) as well as three Hennessy's and two Peter Marsh's. Beaumont also trained such good horses as Young Kenny, Bobby Grant, Hunters Tweed, Hussards Collonges and Niki Dee. On the track there was a double for Mick Easterby at Lingfield where Mark Johnston also had a winner.
14/01/2010 Leading Middleham trainer Patrick Haslam today announced his retirement ; he will had over Castle Stables to son Ben from February. Haslam trained Kinnaird to land the Prix de l'Opera G1 in 2005 and his other major performers since being based in Middleham include Pipe Major, Maroussies Wings, Progression, China Castle, You're Special, King Revo and Choose Your Moment. The weather must be getting better as all three all-weather meetings happen today with a winner at Lingfield for Kevin Ryan and a double for Paul Midgley at Southwell where there also winner for Brian Ellison and Bryan Smart. Evening racing at Wolverhampton sees wins for Geoff Oldroyd and Alan Brown.
13/01/2010 The 'innovative' bumper only card at Southwell today with plenty of representation from the Yorkshire jumping trainers, although somewhat amusingly the sole Yorkshire winner comes from the predominately flat yard of Kevin Ryan who, as if to prove the point, also has a winner on Kempton's flat card.
09/01/2010 Guy Reed's homebred Tiddliwinks made it two wins within a week when landing the gamble at Kempton this afternoon for trainer Kevin Ryan and five pound claiming daughter Amy. Mark Johnston had a winner at Lingfield, although Mick Easterby's Atlantic Story actually picked up more prize money for being second a couple of races later.
08/01/2010 It may be tricky even getting a run at the moment but some people are making hay ; following Declan Carroll's double at Southwell yesterday today Bryan Smart chalked up a three timer at the same venue, with a further Yorkshire winner coming from Brian Ellison.
01/01/2010 Sue Smith's old timer Mister McGoldrick becomes the first Yorkshire trained black type performer of the year when a good third in the victorchandler.com Handicap Chase Gd3 at Chelteham this afternoon. All-weather racing at Southwell sees winners for Brian Ellison (a double), Ollie Pears and Mark Johnston.

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