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26/12/2012 The normal Boxing Day fayre sees a local one-two in Wetherby's big race when Malcolm Jefferson's Cape Tribulation comes home ahead of Sue Smith's Mr Moonshine in the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase Gd3. Brian Ellison won the following race whilst Jefferson made it a double by landing the penultimate race on the card. John Quinn's Countrywide Flame appeared not to handle the heavy going at Kempton, finishing only fourth in the Christmas Hurdle Gd1. Tim Easterby, Tony Coyle and Sue Smith had winners ar Sedgefield whilst Mick Easterby and John Norton landed races at Market Rasen. On the level there were winners for Bryan Smart and David O'Meara at Wolverhampton.
22/12/2012 No winners over jumps today although Tim Easterby's Trustan Times put up a good effort to be third in the Long Walk Hurdle Gd1 at Ascot whilst Malcom Jefferson's Mac Aeda filled the same position in the 21,118 Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase at Haydock. On the level there were winners at Wolverhampton for David O'Meara and Rene Mathis.
15/12/2012 John Quinn day today with Kashmir Peak landing the Summit Juvenile Hurdle Gd2 at Donnie, as well as the opener at Wolverhampton (or 'Southwell at Wolverhampton' as the Yorkshire Post are calling it !).
08/12/2012 Not quite the heights of the last two weekends but still a fairly good day over fences primarily at Aintree where John Quinn's Cockney Sparrow was second in the Betfred 'The Bonus King' Fillies' Juvenile Hurdle L and Sue Smith's Gansey put up a cracking performance to be second in the 37,536 Grand Sefton Handicap Chase. At Wetherby Sue Smith landed a double and Andy Crook took the bumper. Mark Johnston provided our sole winner on the level at Lingfield.
01/12/2012 Even better over hurdles this Saturday with John Quinn's Countrywide Flame proving to be on top of his game by landing the Fighting Fifth Hurdle Gd1 at Newcastle by 12 and 21 lengths, with Brian Ellison's Bothy being the horse 33 lengths back in third, albeit he was slightly closer before stumbling at the last. He's only the fourth ever four year-old to land this prize. Earlier there was a winner for Malcolm Jefferson whilst Ferdy Murphy's Rich Lord was third in the closing Rehearsal Handicap Chase L. Evening racing at Wolverhampton saw a clean sweep for the Yorkshire trainers with wins for David O'Meara, Linda Stubbs and Mick Easterby ....... before the meeting was abandoned after only three races due to concerns about the racing surface.
28/11/2012 A listed race at the fag end of November at 6pm on a Wednesday?!? Oh well, who cares; Elaine Burke won it with Media Hype landing the Wild Flower Stakes L at Kempton this evening, having also won the previous race on the card and an afternoon race at Wolverhampton, where there were also winners for Richard Guest and Kevin Ryan.
24/11/2012 Our best day over fences (well, hurdles) of the season so far at Haydock this afternoon with proceedings kicking off in the second when Brian Ellison's Yesyoucan landed the 24,692 Try Racing Fixed Odds On Betfair Handicap Hurdle by a neck. Later on the red letter day was truly franked when Tim Easterby's Trustan Times stayed on well in the run-in to win the 45,560 Betfair Don't Settle For Less 'Fixed Brush' Handicap Hurdle Gd3. On the level Richard Guest had a winner at Lingfield, whilst evening racing at Wolverhampton yields wins for Bryan Smart and Mick Easterby.
17/11/2012 No joy in any of the big races over fences today although David O'Meara bid land the last at Cheltenham and there were winners for Brian Ellison, Tony Coyle and Malcolm Jefferson at Wetherby, the later's Sun Cloud taking the Handicap Hurdle by seven lengths. On the all-weather at Lingfield Kevin Ryan won the claimer but the result of the day perhaps came in defeat with Geoff Oldroyd's Ladies Are Forever (homebred at Yapham Mill by Reg Bond) finally returning to form with a good second in the Golden Rose Stakes L.
10/11/2012 The last day of the Flat Season at Doncaster today, but the most relevant action occured at Saint-Cloud where Ann Duffield's Willie The Whipper was an excellent second in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud G1. At Donnie itself we didn't have much joy after David Nicholls landed the opener, there were winners at Kelso for Sue Smith and Alan Swinbank.
In terms of end of season honours Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey both occupied their usual lofty positions in the trainers championship, although Johnston was without his 'must have' Group One winner whilst Kevin Ryan, who has been showing strongly all season, slipped back slightly in recent weeks but will no doubt draw consolation from daughter Amy being crowned Champion Apprentice ; the first time a female has won that championship outright. Joe Fanning was 'Cock Of The North' to add to his All-Weather Championship earlier in the year whilst breeding honours go to Guy Reed's Copgrove Hall Stud breeders and owner of both La Pomme D'Amour (Prix de Pomone G2) and Tiddliwinks (Duke Of York Stakes G2 and Greenlands Stakes G3). The Yorkshire stallion ranks, which already boast the likes of Monsieur Bond and Haafhd have been further strengthened this week with the announcements that Sleeping Indian will relocate to Beechwood Grange and Doncaster Rover will commence his stud career at Hedgeholme. Not quite back to the glory days of Kris, but still a good step in the right direction.
03/11/2012 An excellent day at Newmarket for the Yorkshire raiders with the highlight being Mark Johnston's Pure Excellence who stayed on strongly to land the EBF Piper-Heidsieck Montrose Fillies' Stakes L by one and a half lengths. In the next Geoff Harker's Wannabe King prevailed by a short-head whilst in the following race Johnston's Hajras gained his first bit of black type by finishing second in the James Seymour Stakes L whilst Richard Whitaker's Sam Nombulist rounded out proceedings by taking the last. No joy in any of the big jumps races today but there were winners at Wetherby for David O'Meara (Rose Of The Moon by twenty-one lengths!) and Tim Easterby and at Ayr for Brian Rothwell and Ferdy Murphy.
28/10/2012 Mixed fortunes for the Middleham raiders at Longchamp today with Elaine Burke's previously unheralded Disko Dasko landing the Criterium de Vitesse L at 40/1, but Mark Johnston's Hurricane Higgins was distanced in the Prix Royal Oak G1. Domestically Brian Ellison landed the opener at Aintree.
27/10/2012 Mark Johnston's Steeler put up his usual plucky performance but could only manage third in the Racing Post Trophy G1 at Doncaster this afternoon, robbed of third on the line by a short head. Earlier Johnston's Party Line landed the 12,938 Racing Post iPad App Handicap, whilst Kevin Ryan's Captain Ramius landed the seven furlong race and Geoff Oldroyd's Jamaican Bolt was second in the 31,125 Genting Casinos Levy Board Handicap. Over fences at Aintree Sue Smith's Stagecoach Pearl was third in the Old Roan Chase Gd2. Evening racing at Wolverhampton yielded a winner for David Barron.
22/10/2012 Ann Duffield revealed another decent two year old at Pontefract this afternoon when Willie The Whipper landed the Silver Tankard Stakes L, with Ian McInnes' Top Notch Tonto back in third. Tim Walford provided the only other 'local' winner on a card which was perhaps most noticeable for the fact that former National Hunt jockeys Graham Lee and Paddy Aspell landed four races between them ; coincidence or evidence of their enhanced ability to nurse winners home in these conditions ?!?!
20/10/2012 Frankel day at Newmarket, and the champion duly delivered in heavy going. There was no joy for the Yorkshire representatives although Kevin Ryan's Lightning Cloud was third in the closing 32,345 Qipco Future Stars Apprentice Handicap. Catterick meanwhile saw winners for Richard Fahey, Mark Johnston, Gary Moss and Brian Ellison. Eveing racing at Wolverhampton yields a winner for Mick Easterby.
13/10/2012 Future Champions Day at Newmarket sees Mark Johnston's Fulbright land his first group race when taking the Challenge Stakes G2 by a neck, holding on strongly in the closing stages. In the Cesarewitch Handicap John Quinn's Countrywide Flame showed he's in good form for the forthcoming hurdles races by finishing second and picking up 29,824 for his efforts. We didn't fare quite so well in the actual juvenille races with Kevin Ryan's Hototo finishing sixth, best of the three Yorkshire runners, in the Middle Park Stakes G1, whilst Ann Duffield's Melody Of Love and Kevin Ryan's Glory Awaits both finished fourth in their races, respectively the Rockfel Stakes G2 and the Autumn Stakes G3. It was also a big day at York and the highlights here were Tim Easterby's Royal Rascal taking the Rockingham Stakes L and David O'Meara's Louis The Pious finishing second in the 46,688 Coral Sprint Trophy. Richard Fahey meanwhile had a treble at the Knavesmire, led by Chapter Seven who took the 12,938 Coral Backing Macmillan Cancer Support Handicap by a neck and, rather like Countrywide Flame, Malcolm Jefferson's Cape Tribulation also showed he is ready for the Winter Game by finishing second in the stayers handicap. Sue Smith provided our only winner over the fences at Hexham, whilst the sole winner at Wolverhampton's evening meeting came from Kevin Ryan.
07/10/2012 No winners but nevertheless a good Arc day for the Yorkshire raiders, starting with a 2-3 in the Prix de l'Abbaye in which Richard Fahey's Mayson and Tim Easterby's Hamish McGonagall looked likely to fight out the finish before being mugged on the line by the sole French runner in the race, eventually finishing second and third respectively. Two races later it was the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (aka Grand Criterium) G1 and Kevin Ryan's Indian Jade was a real surprise package here finishing third, but only a neck out of the runner-up spot. David O'Meara's Penitent also looked like he was going to win before the typical Longchamp late finish meant he had to settle for second place in the Prix de la Foret G1, with Kevin Ryan's Pintura a game fourth. John Quinn and Kevin Ryan had winners at Kelso.
06/10/2012 A very busy day of racing today but pride of place must go to those two money-spinning juvenilles Tim Easterby's Body And Soul and Kevin Ryan's Hototo who fought out the finish of the 125,386 Totepool.com Two-Year-Old Trophy L at Redcar this afternoon, finishing first and second respectively, each has now won over 250,000. In the preceeding Guisborough Stakes L David O'Meara's Pepper Lane was a decent third whilst Geoff Harker's Ginger Jack had won the second race, the 12,450 Redcar Straight-Mile Championship Final Handicap, and David Nicholls landed the penultimate race on the card. Down at Ascot Richard Fahey's Garswood was second in the Cornwallis Stakes G3, beaten only a head, whilst David Nicholls' Don't Call Me picked up 27,960 for second in the Betfred Challenge Cup Heritage Handicap. The Rous Stakes L at Ascot was a Tyke rout with David O'Meara's Doc Hay coming home a neck in front of Bryan Smart's Free Zone with Tim Easterby's Ponty Acclaim in third. There was no joy at Newmarket, although Mark Johnston's Penny Rose did pick up 15,109 for fourth in the 300,000 Tattersalls Millions 2yo Fillies' Trophy. Evening racing saw winners at Wolverhampton for Bryan Smart, Kevin Ryan, Mick Easterby and Brian Ellison. With six runners in l'Abbaye tomorrow lets hope for more success this weekend.
05/10/2012 Mark Johnston's promising stayer Sir Graham Wade was a decent second in the Noel Murless Stakes L at Ascot today, whilst the stable won the following race with Red Orator. There were Yorkshire winners at Hexham from Ferdy Murphy, Tony Coyle and Sue Smith whilst Ruth Carr had a winner on Wolverhampton's evening card. Middleham was still coming to terms with the sad death yesterday morning of Jess Bethell, assistant to her father James, at only 24 years of age.
29/09/2012 An excellent Cambridgeshire day for Mark Johnston which commenced with his Steeler staying on well to land the opening Royal Lodge Stakes G2 by a length and in the process shooting up the ante-post betting for next years classics, although no doubt he will be ensconsed in Newmarket by then, in the meantime he is to be aimed at the Racing Post Trophy. The next race was the Cheveley Park Stakes G1 and here Johnston's admirably consistent Baileys Jubilee was a good third, just missing out on second by a nose whilst Kingsley House's Idler won the penultimate 12,450 Racing UK Handicap to really put a seal on the day for the Middleham team. At Haydock Alan Swinbank's Lady Kashaan won the 19,407 Nationwide Platforms Handicap and Richard Fahey's Lady Loch the 12,938 Reprocolor Fillies' Handicap whilst earlier David Griffiths took the Nursery. John Quinn won the last at Chester and 'we' had placed runners in both the big handicaps there. Over hurdles at Market Rasen there were winners for Philip Kirby and Brian Ellison. Ollie Pears won the opener at Wolverhampton's evening meeting.
28/09/2012 Not much joy at the Cambridgeshire meeting until half way through today's card when David O'Meara's Penitent, fairly lacklustre since his early season blitz, landed the Joel Stakes G2 by a neck, unfortunately stable mate Classic Colori lost the 'Silver Cambridgeshire' by the same distance. Geoff Oldroyd provided our sole winner at Haydock whilst Alan Brown and David Nicholls scored on Wolverhampton's evening card.
22/09/2012 A very good day up at Ayr for the Yorkshire raiders with the highlight undoubtably being Captain Ramius' win for Kevin Ryan in the 74,700 Ayr Gold Cup, the next best Yorkshire horse was David Barron's Colonel Mak back in fifth. In the previous race Ann Duffield had registered her first ever group win when Melody of Love (by Beechwood Grange stallion Haafhd) landed the Firth Of Clyde Stakes G3, with Richard Fahey's Mary's Daughter back in second. Ian McInnes took the Nursery whilst David Nicholls' St Moritz (who ran unplaced here yesterday) was third in the Doonside Cup L and Richard Fahey won the penultimate race. Newbury saw below-par runs by Heavy Metal, Excellete and Tiddliwinks, but Mark Johnston's Hajras rescued proceedings by landing the 43,575 Dubai Duty Free Handicap by a length. Silly money sales races at Newmarket, with Elaine Burke's Mollyvator coming out best of our runners when picking up 10,093 for third in the 100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies' Median Auction Stakes, whilst Mark Johnston's Courtesy Call and Tom Tate's Eagle Rock filled second and third places respectively in the Cesarewitch Trial and Mark Johnston won the last. Locally there were winners at Catterick for Kevin Ryan (a double), Mark Johnston, Tony Coyle, Brian Ellison, Noel Wilson and Paul Midgley. Mark Johnston and Mick Easterby won the last two on Wolverhampton's evening card.
21/09/2012 A good start to the Ayr meeting (yesterday abandoned due to waterlogging) with Richard Fahey's maiden Garswood landing the Harry Rosebery Stakes L and supporting winners for Elaine Burke, Tim Easterby, Geoff Oldroyd and David O'Meara. Hopefully the run will continue tomorrow ! Mark Johnston had a winner at Newbury whilst Brian Ellison and Ollie Pears both struck at Wolverhampton's evening meet.
19/09/2012 A Yorkshire 1-3 in the main race of the day today with Mark Johnston's Fulbright landing the Fortune Stakes L at Sandown by a neck, with Richard Fahey's Gabrial back in third. There were local winners at Beverley from Ann Duffield, David Nicholls, Richard Whitaker and Noel Wilson, whilst Mark Johnston landed the last at Yarmouth.
16/09/2012 David Nicholls' Inxile was a decent second in the Prix du Petit Couvert G3 at Longchamp this afternoon. Better was to come in the (our) evening when Richard Fahey's Barefoot Lady landed the Canadian Stakes G2 at Woodbine, as far as I'm aware Fahey's first winner in North America. Jamie Spencer was due to ride but due to a mix up over the weight David Moran did the honours, the EP Taylor Stakes G1 back at Woodbine is next on the agenda. Domestically Elaine Burke had a rare Yorkshire winner at Ffos Las.
15/09/2012 The big day today but Camelot never really looked comfortable in the St Leger G1 at Doncaster, plugging on for second place behind Godolphin's Encke, which is a great pity as it would have been a massive boost for the world's oldest classic if Camelot had prevailed. In the previous race David O'Meara bagged another big race when Doc Hay landed the 37,350 Portland Handicap by a neck, but that was pretty much it for local success on Town Moor today. At Chester Mark Johnston's Good Morning Star (owned by Chester local Dr Marwan Koukash) was third in the Stand Cup L whilst the next, a two year old maiden, saw a Dr.Koukash owned, Richard Fahey trained 1-2-3! Mark Johnston took the last. At Newcastle there were Yorkshire winners for Julie Camacho, Tim Walford, Richard Guest and Mark Johnston whilst horses trained by Lawrence Mullaney and Paul Midgley dead-heated for the last. Brian Ellison had an evening winner at Kempton.
14/09/2012 At Doncaster today Mark Johnston's Sir Graham Wade triumphed in one of the closest finishes of the season, coming home first in the 25,876 Mallard Handicap by distances of a neck, a nose, a short head, a head and a nose, and picking up his third big handicap win of the season in the process. In the next stablemate Hurriance Higgins was a decent third in the Doncaster Cup G2. The Yorkshire winners were flowing at Chester courtesy of Mark Johnston, John Quinn, Tim Easterby and Richard Fahey.
13/09/2012 Day Two of the Leger meeting at Doncaster sees Richard Fahey land the opening 19,407 EBF Carrie Red Fillies' Nursery with Jamesbo's Girl, with Mark Johnston's Pure Excellence back in third. In the Weatherbys Insurance 300,000 2yo Stakes Kevin Ryan's Indian Jade picks up 20,656 for fourth place, whilst two other locals runners pick up 10,349 apiece for lower placings (down to tenth!). Ryan also won the opener at Epsom, whilst David Griffiths provided our sole victory at Wolverhampton's evening meeting.
12/09/2012 The St Leger meeting at Doncaster started with a wimper (why don't they just run it over three days?!?) with only one true 'Festival' race the Scarbrough Stakes L in which Bryan Smart's Excelette was a decent third, with Tim Easterby's Confessional back in fourth. Kevin Ryan, Elaine Burke and Alan Swinbank provided the Yorkshire winners at Carlisle. It has been announced that the Mark Johnston trained Jukebox Jury (see 'Winningmost List' below) has been retired following his injury in last years Melbourne Cup.
11/09/2012 Another close but no cigar result for Mark Johnston's Baileys Jubilee today when she is second in the Prix d'Arenberg G3 at Chantilly. Johnston won the opener at Leicester where David Barron also had a winner and there were locals victories for Kevin Ryan, Elaine Burke, David O'Meara, David Nicholls and Micky Hammond at Redcar whilst Brian Ellison landed a double at Worcester.
09/09/2012 Shock, horror ; no local winners at York today, with our best result coming from Bryan Smart's Free Zone who was third in the Garrowby Stakes L. Over in Sweden Elaine Burke's Media Hype was third in the Stockholm Cup International G3 at Taby.
08/09/2012 A busy day today with the highlight being the Betfred Sprint Cup G1 at Haydock, but with no Mayson the Yorkshire raiders made little impression in the race. However there was some compensation over in Lancashire with Mark Johnston's Sir Graham Wade landing the historic 32,245 Old Borough Cup by a head (with Mick Easterby's Itlaaq back in third) whilst earlier stablemate Fulbright was second in the Superior Mile L, and the Kingsley House team also landed the last. At Ascot pride of place went to David Nicholls' Don't Call Me (formerly with Bryan Smart) who won the 51,752 Fly London Southend Airport Handicap. The in-form Mark Johnston had a double at Kempton whilst the local winners at Thirsk came from a Kevin Ryan treble as well as from David Nicholls, Mark Johnston, Brian Ellison and John Quinn. Evening racing at Wolverhampton saw victories for James Bethell, Ann Duffield and Mick Easterby.
04/09/2012 Mark Johnston's Steeler, second in the Acomb last time out, landed the main race of the day ; the Peter Willett Stakes L (Registered as the Stardom Stakes, normally I prefer to use the 'Registered' - ie 'proper' name, but in Mr Willett's case I'm happy to make an exception) at Goodwood. Johnston also had a double at Musselburgh, where there were also winners for Richard Fahey, Julie Camacho, Noel Wilson and Robin Bastiman, whilst Alan Brown scored at Leicester.
01/09/2012 Robin Bastiman's standard bearer Borderlescott registered his first win in over two years today when landing the Betfred Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes L with Kevin Ryan's Masamah in second and Tim Easterby's Confessional in third. The locals won all the races at Beverley with the other winners coming from Richard Fahey (a double), Mark Johnston (Universal in the 12,938 Betfred Mobile Lotto Handicap), Ian McInnes, Richard Whitaker (his Hellwood bred Avon Breeze breaking her maiden at the second attempt) and Tony Coyle. No winners but three seconds at Sandown with the most notable being Richard Fahey's Ladys First second in the Atalanta Stakes G3, beaten a neck and Mark Johnston's Prussian who was second in the 37,350 Piper Heidsieck Champagne & Levy Board Handicap, beaten a head. No winners at Chester either with the best performance coming from Mark Johnston's Bannock who was a top-weighted third in the 28,012 Chester Standard Handicap. John Quinn won the opener on Market Rasen's evening card. Borderlescott has now overtaken the mighty Teleprompter in the Yorkshire Winningmost Table, which is shown below, David Nicholls' Tax Free only needs a couple more decent wins to depose Fruits Of Love from tenth place.
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.
Jukebox Jury Mark Johnston 857,187 Preis von Europa G1, Irish St Leger G1, Jockey Club Stakes G2, Grand Prix de Deauville G2, Royal Lodge Stakes G2, Prix Kergorlay G2, Rose of Lancaster Stakes G3, 2nd.Canadian International Stakes G1, Racing Post Trophy G1, 3rd.Prix la Rochette G3
Borderlescott Robin Bastiman 775,879 Nunthorpe Stakes G1(x2), King George Stakes G2, City Wall Stakes L, Mercury Stakes L, Beverley Bullet Sprint 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.
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
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.
Regal Parade Mainly David Nicholls 658,779 Prix Maurice de Gheest G1, Betfred Sprint Cup G1, Hackwood Stakes G3, Ayr Gold Cup, Buckingham Palace Handicap, City Plate L, 2nd.Duke Of York Stakes G2, Hungerford Stakes G2, John Of Gaunt Stakes G3, 3rd.Lennox Stakes G2, Chipchase Stakes G3, Bunbury Cup Handicap etc.
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
27/08/2012 Typical Bank Holiday card's today, with the only real highlight being the Ripon Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy L in which Ann Duffield's Melody Of Love was a good second. Earlier David Nicholls' St Moritz was second in the Ripon Rowels whilst there were winners for David Nicholls, Richard Whitaker and Mark Johnston who also had a winner at Warwick and another a Epsom, where David Barron's Long Awaited took the 11,205 Totepool Mobile Handicap. At Newcastle there were Yorkshire trained wins for Ruth Carr, David O'Meara, Richard Guest, Mel Brittain, Tim Easterby and Ann Duffield, indeed the Tykes landed all the races on Tyneside apart from the opener.
26/08/2012 David Nicholl's evergreen Inxile dead heated for third place in the Flying Five Stakes G3 at the Curragh. On home soil Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning registered a treble at Beverley where there were also winners for Kevin Ryan and Noel Wilson whilst Robin Bastiman had a winner at Yarmouth.
25/08/2012 Not quite as good today at the Ebor Meeting, although proceedings started well enough with Mark Johnston's Bannock second in the opening City Of York Stakes L., it's been a severe case of seconditis at York this week for the Kingsley House team. There was no joy in any of the main races however but things picked up again towards the end with Kevin Ryan's Lasilia third in the Roses Stakes L, and Mick Easterby's Old Man Clegg, locally bred at the Providence Stud, taking the 16,172 Betfred The Bonus King Nursery Handicap. Arguably we did better at Newmarket with David Barron's admirable Hitchens winning the Hopeful Stakes L, and there were also winners for Mark Johnston and Ollie Pears. John Quinn had a hurdling double up at Cartmel, whilst evening racing at Redcar yielded a double for David O'Meara and a winner for Tim Easterby.
24/08/2012 Yet another good day at the Ebor Meeting with a 1-2 in the Gimcrack Stakes G2 with Kevin Ryan's Blaine coming home a neck in front of Mark Johnston's Heavy Metal. Richard Fahey's Barefoot Lady could only manage fourth in the Strensall Stakes G3 but Tim Easterby's Hamish McGonagall put up his usual gutsy performance to land third place in the Nunthorpe Stakes G1 whilst Richard Fahey's Mary's Daughter landed the closing 16,172 tyregiant.com Nursery Handicap. Evening racing saw a veritable stream of winners headed by David O'Meara's Edmaaj won took Hamilton's 15,525 Lanark Silver Bell Handicap, there were also winners up in Scotland for Tim Easterby, John Weymes, David Nicholls, Mark Johnston and Marjorie Fife, indeed Yorkshire trainers took every race on the card. At Goodwood Yorkshire took the opening three races thanks to Declan Carroll and a Mark Johnston double whilst Newcastle's evening racing saw winners for Mel Brittain, John Weymes, Lawrence Mullaney and David Barron.
23/08/2012 A good day for the locals on Day Two of the Ebor Meeting at York and in the opening 142,622 DBS Premier Yearling Stakes Kevin Ryan's Hototo lands the spoils by a neck, with Tim Easterby's Body And Soul (already the winner of one of these big 'sales' races) finishing third and reaping 29,559 for her efforts. The next is the Lowther Stakes G2 and her Mark Johnston's Baileys Jubilee finishes in second, just a neck ahead of Tim Easterby's Royal Rascal. Richard Fahey's Cracking Lass is third in the Galtres Stakes L on her seasonal reappearance, only a short-head out of second place whilst David O'Meara's Dutch Rose lands the closing 16,172 eventmasters.co.uk EBF Fillies' Handicap. Evening racing over at Tipperary sees Elaine Burke's Boastful finish third in the Fairy Bridge Stakes G3, whilst John Quinn and Tim Fitzgerald land the opening two races at Cartmel.
22/08/2012 Day One of York's Ebor Meeting and the great Frankel produced an imperious performance to land the Juddmonte International G1 by seven lengths. However the locals did get a look in with David Nicholls' Tax Free putting up an excellent performance so soon after his Ripon exploits to land the opening 25,876 Symphony Group Handicap by a neck, albeit jock Adrian Nicholls received a six day ban for his efforts with the whip, stablemate Fitz Flyer was third. The next was the Acomb Stakes G3 and this saw Mark Johnston's Steeler finish a decent second whilst in the closing 16,172 Talk To Victor Handicap Mick Easterby's Kalk Bay was second and Mark Johnston's Licence To Till third.
18/08/2012 David O'Meara's excellent season continued today with victory for his Pepper Lane in the 43,575 Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon for the second year in a row, indeed Yorkshire runners filled the first eight places with David Nicholls' Tax Free second and Kevin Ryan's Louis The Pious third. O'Meara also won the penultimate race and there were victories for Richard Fahey (a double), Tim Easterby and Mark Johnston. At Newmarket Kevin Ryan's Hamza was the winner of the 24,900 Newmarket Equine Hospital Handicap and Tim Easterby's Medici Time landed the 12,450 Grey Horse Handicap. Ryan was also close in Chester's big race with Trail Blaze second in the 32,345 Foz Electrical Handicap, in which Richard Fahey's Alejandro was third. Chester did however see victories for Richard Fahey and Kevin Ryan whilst, seemingly as usual, we didn't do that well at Doncaster with just a winner for Mark Johnston.
11/08/2012 Guy Reed's La Pomme D'Amour, homebred at his Copgrove Hall Stud, goes from strength to strength and today landed the Prix de Pomone G2 at Deauville. Does the Vermeille or even the Arc beckon for this Andre Fabre trained daughter of Peintre Celebre, who was also raised at Copgrove for the Wildensteins !?! Domestically we had no winners in the Shergar Cup although the Mark Johnston pair of Galician and Scatter Dice were second and third respectively in their races. At Haydock Richard Fahey's Gabrial was faintly disappointing when third in the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes G3, although there was compension in the next with Lady's First landing the Dick Hern EBF Fillies' Stakes L nicely having made nearly all the running, Nevile Bycroft had a winner later on the card. On home soil there were winners at Redcar for Elaine Burke, Ann Duffield, Bryan Smart, David O'Meara, Richard Fahey and Kate Walton. Evening racing at Ayr yielded just one Yorkshire winner, courtesy of David Nicholls.
10/08/2012 Stakes action at Tipperary this evening with David Nicholls' Inxile landing the Abergwaun Stakes L for the second year in a row. Closer to home David Barron had a double at Musselburgh where there were also winners for Richard Fahey, David O'Meara, Kevin Ryan and Philip Kirby. Ben Haslam and Mark Johnston had winners at Brighton and Lingfield respectively whilst Haydock's evening card saw victories for David Barron and Mark Johnston.
05/08/2012 Mark Johnston's good run continued when Van Ellis won the Queensferry Stakes L at Chester, with David Barron's Hitchens back in third, only a neck and a head further back. This turned out to be the last race on the Roodeye as the meeting was subsequently abandoned due to heavy rain, but there were three Yorkshire winners at Market Rasen thanks to Tim Easterby, Brian Ellison and Mick Hammond.
04/08/2012 Doubles for both Richard Fahey and Mark Johnston at Goodwood today, ensuring that the later was, yet again, the leading trainer at the meeting. Of the four Fahey's Johannes was the most valuable landing the opening 18,675 Stewards' Sprint Handicap, with Kevin Ryan's Louis The Pious back in second. No joy in the Stewards' Cup, with our best finisher David Barron's Waffle who was fourth, always the bridesmaid. Johnston's Steeler won the very valuable maiden and Fahey's Jamesbo's Girl the Nursery before Johnston's Landaman, a winner here four days ago, made it four in a row when taking the last. At Thirsk there was a local 1-2-3 in the principal race, the 19,407 Thirsk Summer Cup Handicap, with Richard Fahey's Lord Aeryn coming home in front of Ruth Carr's Al Muheer and David O'Meara's Mont Ras. Our other winners at Thirsk were provided by Tim Easterby, Tony Coyle, David O'Meara and Mark Johnston. At Newmarket Geoff Harker and Mel Brittain won the last two races and earlier Mark Johnston's Pure Excellence was third, albeit off a low weight, in the 25,876 Adnams Bitter Filles' Nursery. Meanwhile at Doncaster Nevile Bycroft and Tim Easterby (Silvery Moon in the 12,450 Unison Handicap) provided the Tyke winners.
03/08/2012 Goodwood just keeps giving for Mark Johnston, after a group win yesterday today saw his most valuable win of the week when Fulbright (who won on Saturday) landed the 77,812 Betfred Mile Heritage Handicap. In the next race Kevin Ryan's Masamah ran well to be third in the King George Stakes G2, with Tim Easterby's Confessional back in fourth. Thirsk yielded a double for Tim Easterby and winners for Ann Duffield, Brian Ellison and Paul Midgley whilst evening racing saw a winner for Mark Johnston at Newmarket and for Philip Kirby, Mick Easterby, Richard Fahey, David Griffiths and Ben Haslam at Musselburgh.
02/08/2012 Goodwood Day Three sees Mark Johnston record his first group winner of the season (and his fourth winner at this years Goodwood) when Heavy Metal returns to form to land the Richmond Stakes G2. Earlier Johnston's Switzerland had been runner up in the opener whilst his Assizes was only denied by a neck in the last. Nottingham saw winners for Geoff Harker and Mick Easterby whilst there was no joy from the evening meetings.
01/08/2012 Day two of Goodwood sees a Mark Johnston double with Hurricane Higgings landing the opening 18,675 Goodwood Handicap and bottom-weight Sir Graham Wade the 24,900 UBS Handicap. However the cunning placing award goes to Richard Fahey who fielded Gabrial in the four runner Sussex Stakes G1 and walked away with 34,055 for third place ! Redcar saw a double for Bryan Smart and winners for David Nicholls, Mick Easterby and Brian Ellison, whilst Richard Fahey provided our sole winner on Leicester's evening card.
31/07/2012 Day one of oh-so-Glorious Goodwood, and it's the best possible start with Mark Johnston's Landaman making it three-in-a-row when taking the opening 28,012 bet365.com Handicap, despite stumbling out of the stalls. In the Lennox Stakes G2 Bryan Smart's Foxtrot Romeo is slightly disappointing when just edged out of fourth by a head, but Kevin Ryan's Hototo ran well to be third in the Molecomb Stakes G3, albeit never looking like threatening the two leaders. At Beverley there are winners for Brian Ellison, David O'Meara, Ann Duffield, Mark Johnston and Mick Easterby whilst up at Ayr Richard Fahey, David Nicholls and Kevin Ryan all find their way to the winners enclosure.
29/07/2012 A string of minor wins today but the best result came in a gallant defeat with Mark Johnston's Baileys Jubilee just missing out when second in the Prix de Cabourg G3 at Deauville. At Pontefract David O'Meara's Set The Trend was third in the Pomfret Stakes L whilst there were local winners for O'Meara, Alan Swinbank, Richard Fahey and Ruth Carr. Up at Carlisle the Yorkshire runners won all the races bar one, with a double for Tim Easterby and winners for Elaine Burke, David Nicholls, Tony Coyle and Richard Fahey.
28/07/2012 An excellent day for Richard Guest and even more so for Mark Johnston who is coming into form just in time for Goodwood ..... as usual ! Starting on home soil at York Tim Easterby won the opener with his own homebred Maven, whilst in the fourth Mark Johnston's Van Ellis put up an excellent performance to land the 32,245 Sky Bet Dash Handicap (with David Nicholls' venerable campaigner Tax Free back in third), while the last three races went to Kevin Ryan, David O'Meara and George Moore. Down at Ascot Mark Johnston's Scatter Dice made it four from his last five runs when taking the 18,675 Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Handicap, but there was even better to come in the next with Richard Guest's bottom weight Barnet Fair landing the 62,250 Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap. At Newmarket Mark Johnston's Fulbright just held on by a nose to win the 29,110 Boylesports.om Mobile Betting Handicap whilst stablemate Elkhart took the penultimate race. Newcastle saw winners for Declan Carroll, Ollie Pears, David O'Meara and John Quinn but the icing on the cake came at Deauville where Mark Johnston's Discernable never looked in doubt when winning the Prix Six Perfections L.
27/07/2012 One of the best Yorkshire horses in training, Richard Fahey's Barefoot Lady, finally got her first win of the season today when rallying gamely to land the Lyric Fillies' Stakes L at York's evening meeting by a neck. The next race was the 11,450 Skybet Yorkshire Racing Festival Handicap and this also went to the home team, courtesy of David O'Meara's Anderiego. Earlier in the day Mark Johnston's Hajras won the 12,450 Newsmith October Club Charity Handicap at Ascot whilst there were winners at Thirsk for Richard Fahey and Alan Brown and Mark Johnston had a winner on Newmarket's evening card.
22/07/2012 Again not much joy today, however La Pomme D'Amour, homebred at Copgrove by Guy Reed and trained in France by Andre Fabre, picked up valuable black-type when second in the Prix de la Pepiniere L at Maisons-Laffitte this afternoon.
21/07/2012 It was always going to be tricky today to top last Saturday, and so it proved with not much to get too excited about from a Yorkshire perspective. We had some minor placings at the main meeting of the day, Ascot, with David Barron's Bertiewhittle finishing third in the 62,250 Betfair Summer Double International Heritage Handicap the most notable performance. At Newmarket Mark Johnston won the last, whilst Brian Ellison had a winner at Market Rasen. Even on home soil at Ripon there wasn't much joy with David Barron and Mick Easterby providing the only local winners. Evening racing gave Richard Fahey a winner at Lingfield and John Quinn and Alan Swinbank one apiece at Haydock.
19/07/2012 Another excellent day for Richard Fahey today with a treble at Hamilton, led home by Sparkling Portrait who stayed on well to land the Glasgow Stakes L, David Barron landed the main supporting race on the card. Fahey then proceeded to have a double at Doncaster where David O'Meara also had a winner.
17/07/2012 A good result today for the slightly out of sorts Kingsley House team with Mark Johnston's Baileys Jubilee comfortably landing the Prix Des Reves D'Or - Jacques Bouchara L at Vichy. Domestically there are doubles at Beverley for both Johnston and Tim Easterby and winners for Nevile Bycroft, David Barron and Brian Rothwell. Evening racing at Yarmouth sees a winner for Robin Bastiman, whilst Tim Easterby and Brian Ellison both have winners at Southwell.
14/07/2012 What a day, and it was former brothers-in-law Richard Fahey and Tim Easterby to the fore. The result of the day came at Newmarket where Yorkshire finally landed a Group One race with Richard Fahey's Mayson coming clear in the final furlong to land the spoils by five lengths in the July Cup G1. Fahey had teamed up with former stable jockey Paul Hanagan and it was their first domestic Group One winner, the winner is in the Nunthorpe, but he appears better suited to the Sprint Cup. Earlier at Newmarket Kevin Ryan's top weighted Captain Ramius was a decent third in the Bunbury Cup, but that was pretty much it as far as HQ spoils went. And so to York where things started well with David O'Meara landing the opener. In the Knavesmire's big race of the day, the 97,035 John Smith's Cup the best placed local was Elaine Burke's strongly fancied Media Hype who finished third. The next was the City Walls Stakes L and here Tim Easterby's admirably consistent Hamish McGonagall stayed on strongly to land the prize. Easterby doubled up by winning the last and between times there was a winner for Kevin Ryan. Down at Newbury there was only one result of note from our perspective but it was certainly a valuable one with Tim Easterby's Body And Soul landing the 122,925 Weatherbys Super Sprint. Over at Chester meanwhile everything was a little more low-key but it was a good day for the Yorkshire raiders with Richard Fahey's Majestic Myles taking the City Plate L, with Kevin Ryan's Our Jonathan back in third, Fahey made it a treble at Chester alone by also taking the first and last races and there were also winners for David Barron and Mick Easterby. Incredibly Tim Easterby's run continued at Hamilton's evening meeting with two winners including Grissom in the 21,788 Scottish Stewards' Cup Handicap, Mark Johnston also had a winner in Scotland.
13/07/2012 Day Two of the July meeting and Mark Johnston's Fulbright stayed on strongly to land the 62,250 Betfred 'The Bonus King' Handicap, with Richard Fahey's Gatepost in third. That was pretty much it from Newmarket but at York Richard Fahey's Sioux Rising was a good second in the Summer Stakes G3, whilst Tim Easterby had a double and there were also winners for Mel Brittain and David O'Meara. Evening racing at Chester saw winners for Mick Easterby, Alan Brown and George Moore.
12/07/2012 Day One of Newmarket's July meeting and there were some good placings early on with Mark Johnston's Good Morning Star coming back to form (or maybe it was just her ground again) in the opening Bahrain Trophy G3, where she was third. Next up David Barron's Ahern was third in the July Stakes G2, beaten only a neck and a short head, whilst Alan Swinbank's Silver Blaze was second in the 31,135 Goldsmiths Handicap. There was then a slight lull before Richard Fahey's Jedward landed the last ; the 9,703 Egerton House Stables Handicap. Elsewhere Elaine Burke had a winner at Doncaster.
07/07/2012 No major wins today (unless you're a Rothschild/Gosden) but there were some good placings by Yorkshire trained horses starting at Sandow where Tim Easterby's Confessional was second, beaten only a nose, in the Coral Sprint Stakes G3, with Bryan Smart's Free Zone back in third. Later on the same card Richard Fahey's Ladys First was also second, this time by a head, in the Coral Distaff L. At Haydock Richard Fahey's Myplacelater was fourth in the Lancashire Oaks G2, whilst Elaine Burke (who had a treble on Thursday) saddled Tepmokea to be third in the 62,250 Old Newton Cup, our sole winner in the red rose county was Richard Fahey's Alben Star in the penultimate race. On home turf at Beverley there was a double for Richard Fahey and winners for Ann Duffield, Tim Easterby and Richard Guest.
06/07/2012 Some racing survived the deluge today and the best performance came down at Sandown where Kevin Ryan's Lasilia was a decent second in the Dragon Stakes L. At Doncaster there were winners for Richard Fahey, Ruth Carr and Geoff Harker.
30/06/2012 Newcastle started well today ; in fact it was a miracle it started at all, but Elaine Burke's Boastful, back to form, was a good second in the opening Chipchase Stakes G3. The next was the 12,450 Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap and this went to Tim Easterby's Fast Shot with Nigel Tinkler's Misplaced Fortune back in second. In the big race of the day, the 86,226 Northumberland Plate Handicap, Tim Easterby's Crackentorp picked up 25,956 for second place whilst Tim Fitzgerald's French Hollow was fourth. The closing four races saw a double for Brian Ellison (including Memory Cloth in the 12,450 Betfred Bonus King Bingo Handicap) and winners for Richard Fahey and Kevin Ryan. Down at Newmarket Mark Johnston's Baileys Jubilee finally got her black type when third in the Empress Stakes L and Richard Fahey's Area Fifty One won the 12,938 Fee Club Handicap. It's hard to know what to make of the Criterion Stakes G3 with Mick Easterby's Hoof It perhaps running out of his comfort zone to finish fifth, but Richard Fahey's Majestic Myles was third and Mark Johnston's Bannock fourth. Over at Chester Mark Johnston landed the main race, the 12,602 Kathleen Corbett Memorial Handicap, with Van Ellis, whilst there were also winners for Paul Midgley and Ann Duffield. Evening racing sees winners at Doncaster for Richard Fahey and Jason Ward.
23/06/2012 The Yorkshire challenge again came to naught on the final day of Royal Ascot, although David Barron's Waffle picked up a more than useful 23,300 when second in the Wokingham Handicap. Black Caviar almost lived up to the hype. Almost ; at least we know she can quicken ! Up at Ayr there were doubles for David Barron and Kevin Ryan, with the later's including Ardmay in the 15,562 Scottish Sun on Sunday Handicap. Also at Ayr Bryan Smart's Excelette ran her usual consistent race to be third in the EBF Land O'Burns Stakes L. The action at Redcar saw winners for George Moore, Bryan Smart, Paul Midgley, Tim Easterby and David O'Meara whilst David Barron's Annie Beach won the 12,450 Bet365 Handicap down at Newmarket. Evening racing results in winners for Kevin Ryan and Ruth Carr at Haydock.
22/06/2012 I knew I shouldn't have tempted fate by saying that at least we were managing a winner a day at Royal Ascot; we drew a complete blank today with the best placing coming in the last where Brian Ellison's Global Village was fourth in the Buckingham Palace Stakes Handicap. Still at least the King Edward VII Stakes G2 winner was Yorkshire owned by Sir Robert Ogden ! Elsewhere there were winners galore however with Tony Coyle, Alan Swinbank, Geoff Harker, Ron Barr and John Quinn all scoring at Redcar and winners for Brian Ellison and Malcolm Jefferson at Market Rasen. Evening racing saw a winner for Mark Johnston at Goodwood and for Richard Fahey, David O'Meara and Ruth Carr at Ayr.
21/06/2012 This may not be a sparkling Royal Ascot from the Yorkshire perspective but at least we're currently managing a winner a day ; this time it's Mark Johnston's Fennell Bay (bred by John Wills of Cumbria, who was previously part of the partnership that leased Thornton Stud for a while) who landed the 34,237 King George V Handicap Stakes, hanging on well under pressure to prevail by a neck. Earlier Johnston's Gulf Of Naples was a decent fourth in the Ascot Gold Cup G1, although this will be little consolation for the fact that the winner, Colour Vision, is a former Kingsley House inmate. The locals were again dominant at Ripon with winners for David Nicholls, Tim Easterby, Peter Salmon, Jason Ward and Richard Whitaker ; the later's winner was Shallo Diamond, bred at his Hellwood Stud Farm where David Barron's Ahern, fifth in Royal Ascot's Norfolk Stakes G2 today, was also bred. Meanwhile at Warwick there were winners for Paul Midgley and Brian Ellison.
20/06/2012 Another reasonable day at Royal Ascot today, Richard Fahey's Barefoot Lady was again a decent, but slightly disappointing fourth, this time in the Windsor Forest Stakes G2. There was a much better result in the 77,812 Royal Hunt Cup with Tom Tate's Prince Of Johanne capitalising on his promising run at York last time out to come home the handy winner, with David Nicholls' Don't Call Me picking up 11,650 for third place. Finally from Berkshire Richard Fahey's Ladys First was a decent third in the closing Sandringham Handicap L. Up at Hamilton it was a case of Lady's Day coming early with a double for Elaine Burke as well as winners for Ruth Carr and Karen Tutty with Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey also having winners. Evening racing saw Tim Easterby land the first two at Ripon where there were also winners for Mel Brittain and John Quinn whilst Mark Johnston and Kevin Ryan had winners at Kempton.
19/06/2012 The Olympic torch was doing the rounds in North Yorkshire today, but it wasn't looking good for Royal Ascot Day One prizes until the last race when Kevin Ryan's Hototo ran out a good winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes L. Earlier on the card Bryan Smart's Foxtrot Romeo had looked good for a place in the St James's Palace Stakes G1 before fading badly at the end to finish sixth, just behind Richard Fahey's Gabrial in fifth. On home soil there were winners at Thirsk for Mel Brittain (a double), Tim Easterby, David Nicholls, Alan Swinbank and John Weymes.
17/06/2012 A quiet day, with the only performance of note coming down at Salisbury where Kevin Ryan's Our Jonathan is a fast-closing second, by a neck, in the Cathedral Stakes L.
16/06/2012 Yorkshire bagged both the big races at Sandown today with Mark Johnston's Fennell Bay (who seems to run every week) landing the 21,788 Betfred The Bonus King Handicap and David Barron's ultra-promising Pearl Secret just coming home a neck in front of Bryan Smart's Free Zone in the Scurry Stakes L. Pearl Secret overcame the draw and was a little green in running (including jumping the track) but looks certain to be stepped up in class next time out. There was no joy in the major races on home turf at York but plenty of winners starting with Tim Easterby's Crackentorp landing the opening Queen Mother's Cup for Lady Amateur Riders under Jackie Coward. In the next Richard Fahey's Area Fifty One was just beaten into second place by a neck in the 17,466 Ladbrokes.com Handicap, whilst there was no local joy at all in the feature 51,752 Bond Tyres Trophy Handicap. We did however land the last three races courtesy of David O'Meara, Tim Easterby and Ruth Carr.
09/06/2012 We are now in the part of the Racing Calendar officially known as 'the boring bit between Epsom and Royal Ascot' and there wasn't a single stakes race in the British Isles today. There were some valuable handicaps however and one of these was the 31,505 John Halewood Memorial Trophy at Chester which went to Mark Johnston's Licence To Till, with stablemate Oceanway back in third. The previous race was the 16,172 Willow Water Handicap in which Ruth Carr's Imperial Djay prevailed by a nose to land the spoils. Richard Fahey's Chapter Seven landed the opening 12,938 Freebets.co.uk Handicap at Doncaster, which proved to be the only local winner on the card whilst there was no joy at HQ, although Fahey's High Office and Mark Johnston's Es Que Love both put up good performances in being placed in their respective races. Up at Hexham there were winners for Harry Hogarth, Brian Ellison and Ferdy Murphy, well it is more like jumping conditions at the moment. Evening racing at Newcastle saw winners for David Barron and Richard Fahey.
03/06/2012 Only one winner today with Peter Salmon landing the last at Nottingham. Of more significance was the run of Tim Easterby's Hamish McGonagall who finished third in the Prix du Gros-Chene G2 on the French Derby card at Chantilly.
02/06/2012 To say that Epsom was the focus of attention today may be somewhat of an understatement, but it was busy day all round with Mark Johnston even recruiting Fran Berry over from Ireland to ride for him at Beverley, such was the dearth of jockeys ! To start at Epsom however things started fairly well with Mark Johnston's Heavy Metal going down by a short head in the second race, the Woodcote Stakes L, his cause not helped by Silvestre de Souza losing his whip. Otherwise it was pretty much Ballydoyle's year, erm, day although Richard Fahey's Mickdaam put up an excellent performance to be fifth in the Epsom Derby G1, picking up a non too trivial 35,642 for his efforts. Closer to home at Haydock there were some good placings with Richard Fahey's Majestic Myles finishing second in the John Of Gaunt Stakes G3, and Mark Johnston's Es Que Love only going down by a neck in the Sandy Lane Stakes L, with Kevin Ryan's Bogart in fourth. The penultimate race was the Cecil Frail Stakes L and this saw the best result from our perspective with Kevin Ryan's Inetrobil hanging on by a neck, with Geoff Oldroyd's Ladies Are Forever (homebred at Yapham Mill by Reg Bond) back in third. Yorkshire runners dominated up at Musselburgh with David Barron's Ahern (bred by Hellwood Stud Farm) an extremely impressive two and a half length winner of the opening 12,450 Toteplacepot Edinburgh Castle Conditions Stakes on his debut. Two races later it was the 34,900 Totescoop6 Scottish Sprint Cup Handicap and this saw a Yorkshire clean sweep with Kevin Ryan's Bajan Tryst landing the spoils from Bryan Smart's Flash City, Tim Etherington's Burning Thread and Kevin Ryan's Racy. Next was the 31,125 Totepool.com Edinburgh Cup Handicap in which Mark Johnston's Scatter Dice held on gamely to repel Kevin Ryan's Clayton (homebred at Copgrove by Guy Reed) by a neck. David Barron won the next by six lengths and Brian Ellison the last to make it five out of six (with 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the other race) for the Yorkshire raiders. The last two races at Catterick were abandoned after a fall after the finish by George Moore's second placed Finellas Fortune, but David O'Meara landed a double and there were also winners for Tim Easterby and his uncle Mick Easterby. Beverley also saw a slew of local winners courtesy of Mel Brittain, Mark Johnston, David Nicholls, Geoff Oldroyd, Bryan Smart, Neville Bycroft and Mel Brittain. Phew.
01/06/2012 Opening day of Epsom's Derby meeting today sees Richard Fahey's Barefoot Lady perhaps edge back towards being in form when third in the opening Princess Elizabeth Stakes G3, whilst Kevin Ryan's Laffan won the closing 12,450 Investec Asset Management Handicap, somewhat further north there are winners at Newcastle for Mark Johnston, Mick Easterby, Micky Hammond, Kevin Ryan, Richard Guest and Ruth Carr. Evening racing at Haydock sees Bryan Smart's useful Excelette put her disappointing run last time out behind her when winning the Achilles Stakes L , whilst there is also a winner for David Barron. Mick Easterby had a winner on Stratford's evening card, and there are victories on home soil at Pontefract for Tim Easterby, Kevin Ryan and Jedd O'Keeffe.
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28/05/2012 John Quinn's Red Duke was today third in the Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen G2 (aka the German 2,000 Guineas) at Cologne. Evening racing at Carlisle saw a double for Brian Ellison and a winner for Richard Guest.
26/05/2012 It'll be a wild night up at Hambleton this evening after their raid on the Curragh with Kevin Ryan's Tiddliwinks (homebred at Copgrove by Guy Reed) landing the Greenlands Stakes G3 and neighbour Bryan Smart saddling 33-1 shot Foxtrot Romeo to be second in the following race ; the Irish 2,000 Guineas G1. Royal Ascot is looking more promising by the minute ! At Haydock Richard Fahey's Gabrial picked up the 37,350 Betfred Silver Bowl and there were also winners for Tim Easterby, Richard Fahey, Kevin Ryan and Ruth Carr whilst the Yorkshire challenge in the Temple Stakes G2 was largely repelled with Robin Bastiman's Borderlescott coming home best placed in fourth, just ahead of Tim Easterby's Confessional. At York it was Richard Guest who landed the plaudits with his Dancing Freddy taking the 25,876 Sky Bet Mobile Sprint Handicap whilst David O'Meara's Smarty Socks also won and Geoff Oldroyd took the last, Mark Johnston's Gulf Of Naples picked up his first black type when third in the Stowe Family Law LLP Grand Cup L. Chester saw wins for John Quinn, Ruth Carr (Imperial Djay in the 12,938 Matthew Clark Handicap) and Declan Carroll. Evening racing at Newbury sees Tim Easterby land the opener.
19/05/2012 All eyes were on Newbury today for the return of Frankel but the closest Yorkshire came to success down in Berkshire was Mark Johnston's Hajras finishing second in the 15,562 London Gold Cup Handicap, with Kevin Ryan's Clayton in third. There wasn't much joy at Newmarket either but on home soil at Thirsk there was double for Kevin Ryan (including Partner in the feature 13,067 Yorkshire Outdoors Adventure Experiences Handicap) as well as winners for Bryan Smart, Geoff Harker, Ruth Carr and David O'Meara. David Easterby's Classinaglass won the North Western Area Point-to-Point Championship at Bangor. Evening racing at Doncaster yielded nothing for the locals until the last ; won by one of Kevin Ryan's two runners.
18/05/2012 A very busy day with plenty of winners, including five for Mark Johnston. Starting with the final day of York's Dante meeting the opening Marygate Fillies' Stakes L saw Mel Brittain's Mayfield Girl run well to pick up second place. The next was the 28,463 Sportingbet Jorvik Handicap and this was dominated by the locals with Edin Tuer landing the biggest prize of his training career to date when his Easy Terms came home in front ahead of Richard Fahey's High Office and Tim Easterby's Crackentorp. Next up was the Yorkshire Cup G2 in which Richard Fahey's Glen's Diamond picked up 30,100 for second place, whilst Elaine Burke landed the penultimate race on the card. Down at Newmarket there was a double for Mark Johnston ; with both his winners ridden by fve times Italian champion Mirco Demuro. Phil Kirby landed the opener on Aintree's evening meeting, whilst at Newcastle there were winners for Nigel Tinkler, Alan Swinbank and Kevin Ryan. Hamilton's feature race, the Wm Hill Braveheart Handicap L went to Mark Johnston's Ithoughtitwasover and the Middleham handler landed a Hamilton treble thanks to wins either side of that result whilst Kevin Ryan won the opener and Geoff Harker the last.
17/05/2012 Dante Meeting Day Two and there is only one local winner with David Barron's promising Pearl Secret landing the 12,938 British Stallion Studs EBF Sprint Conditions Stakes from Tim Easterby's Ponty Acclaim. Earlier Richard Fahey's Barefoot Lady could only manage fourth in the Middleton Stakes G2, whilst Bryan Smart's Ptolemaic was fifth in the Dante Stakes G2. Malcolm Jefferson had a winner at Perth whilst Richard Guest struck on Newmarket's evening meeting.
16/05/2012 Day One of York's Dante meeting and after David Barron and Tim Easterby have placings in the first two races Mark Johnston's surprise Chester heroine Good Morning Star runs plum last in the Musidora Stakes G3. The next is the Duke Of York Stakes G2 and there are lots of highly fancied local runners, but it falls to the 25-1 outsider Kevin Ryan's Tiddliwinks (homebred at Copgrove by Guy Reed) to salvage local honour by coming home by a head, neck and a head in a tight finish, with stablemate Bogart the next best Yorkshire runner in fourth and hot favourite Mick Easterby's Hoof It back in fifth. Richard Fahey and Tom Tate have placings in the next whilst Declan Carroll and Richard Fahey win the last two races. Elsewhere David Griffiths and Richard Guest won the first two at Lingfield.
14/05/2012 Brian Ellison's Memory Cloth put up another good run this evening when third in the Royal Windsor Stakes L, at, erm, Windsor, starting to look like a bargain buy from Sheikh Mohammed. There were local winners galore at Redcar thanks to Elaine Burke, Tim Easterby, John Quinn, David Nicholls and Chris Fairhurst, whilst David Griffiths had a winner at Wolverhampton.
12/05/2012 An excellent day at Ascot for the master of Spring Cottage Stables, Brian Ellison, with his Global Village capturing the 52,912 Victoria Cup Handicap. At Nottingham Yorkshire runners filled the minor placings in the Kilvington Fillies' Stakes L with Richard Fahey's Sioux Rising finishing second ahead of Geoff Oldroyd's Ladies Are Forever and Tim Easterby's Roger Sez, whilst Paul Midgley and Richard Fahey had won the opening two races. Haydock saw Richard Fahey's Majestic Myles finish third in the Spring Trophy Stakes L, with David O'Meara's Smarty Socks back in fourth, and there was a double for Kevin Ryan as well as winners for Fahey and Mark Johnston. Evening racing at Thirsk yielded wins for Kevin Prendergast, Declan Carroll, Edwin Tuer, George Moore and Robin Bastiman.
10/05/2012 Arguably an even better day for the Yorkshire trainers today at Chester. In the second race, the Huxley Stakes G3, Richard Fahey's Myplacelater is a very promising second (again for Dr Koukash, whose other runner won). Things got even better for Fahey in the next however with Mickdaam landing the Chester Vase G3. Mickdaam had a lucrative winter in Dubai with Mick de Kock before heading back to Malton and is entered in the Derby. Fahey, Mark Johnston and Bryan Smart all had placed runners on the supporting card whilst Ferdy Murphy's former (National Hunt) stable jockey Graham Lee continued his reinvention as a flat jockey with a double. Ian McInnes had a winner on Yarmouth's evening card whilst Goodwood, Kelso and Newton Abbot were all abandoned, Ripon is off tomorrow. Ryan Moore has been booked to ride Mick Easterby's Hoof It in the Duke of York Stakes next week.
09/05/2012 Day One of Chester's May meeting and it's a good start for the Tyke raiders. Not joy in the opener but the second is the Cheshire Oaks L and this sees a surprise result with Mark Johnston's 50-1 shot Good Morning Star, last time out third of six in a Class Five handicap at Beverley, come home a short head in front of the hot favourite Betterbetterbetter (who obviously wasn't). The owner, Dr Marwan Koukash, gets a large chunk of the credit as he loves having runners at Chester ! Next up was the 62,250 Chester Cup and in this Mark Johnston's pair of Gulf Of Naples and Eternal Heart were third and fourth respectively. Tim Easterby's Confessional landed the next, the 14,177 Stellar Group Handicap whilst John Quinn's Duchess Dora held of Robin Bastiman's Borderlescott in the ITM Conditions Stakes. David Griffiths supplied 'our' only winner at Southwell.
06/05/2012 Day two of the Guineas meeting at Newmarket started superbly with Mark Johnston's Ithoughtitwasover landing the opening 24,900 Qipco Supporting British Racing Handicap. Our best (only) finisher in the 1,000 Guineas G1, Richard Fahey's tough Lily's Angel, occupied at the same position as Ptolemaic yesterday ; seventh. Yorkshire filled the minor placings in the big sprint handicap and Richard Fahey won the last with Sparkling Portrait. Up at Hamilton there were winners for James Bethell, Kevin Ryan, Alan Swinbank and Robin Bastiman.
05/05/2012 Events started fairly well at Newmarket with Brian Ellison's Memory Cloth finishing second in the opening 27,930 Suffolk Handicap, but the best placed of the Yorkshire runners in the 2,000 Guineas G1 was Bryan Smart's Ptolemaic who finished seventh. The following race however was the Palace House Stakes G3 and in this Richard Fahey's Mayson come home in front by three quarters of a length ; Black Caviar be warned ...... if the rain keeps falling anyway! Down at Goodwood Elaine Burke's new recuit Boastful was a surprise winner of the Conqueror Stakes L, the four year old filly has been racing in France for Sheikh Mohammed but was bought back by her breeders for 40,000 guineas at the February sales. Closer to home there was no local winner of the Thirsk Hunt Cup but the meeting did provide winners for Mel Brittain, Ruth Carr and Ollie Pears. Eveing racing at Doncaster yields winners for Richard Fahey and Alan Swinbank.
02/05/2012 A bittersweet day for Mark Johnston with his Bannock again putting up a useful display to be second in the Pavilion Stakes L, but presumably a case of 'what if' when former stablemate Colour Vision landed the preceeding Sagaro Stakes G3 with a run that looked very promising for the cup races ahead. There are winners at Pontefract for Declan Carroll, Paul Midgley and Edwin Tuer whilst Sue Smith landed the opener at Southwell. Meanwhile at Cheltenham Cherry Coward's Amicelli landed the Aga Ladies Open Point-To-Point Championship Final for Lady Riders, to wit daughter Jackie.
27/04/2012 Up and coming trainer David O'Meara landed his second group win today when new recuit Penitent cosily landed the bet365 Mile G2 at Sandown, his second win of the season. Meanwhile David Barron had a double at Doncaster.
21/04/2012 Sue Smith's Auroras Encore put up a cracking performance up at Ayr today to be denied a win in the Scottish Grand National by a mere head, with Malcolm Jefferson's King Fontaine back in third. Best result at Newbury was Brian Ellison's Global Village finishing third in the Spring Cup, whilst there were winners for Richard Fahey, Bryan Smart and John Quinn locally at Thirsk. Evening racing saw winners at Wolverhampton for Richard Guest and at Nottingham for Paul Midgley.
19/04/2012 Craven meeting day two and another fairly good day. First up was Richard Fahey's Mickdaam, back from a lucrative winter in Dubai for Mick de Kock, and he was second in the 250,000 Tattersalls Millions 3yo Trophy, picking up a more than useful 55,350 for connections. The next was the Abernant Stakes L and here Richard went one better with Mayson coming home nicely in front, with Paul Midgley's Internationaldebut back in third, Bryan Smart's Ptolemaic was fourth in the Craven Stakes G3. Up at Ripon there were winners for Kevin Ryan, Mark Johnston, Tim Easterby and Elaine Burke. Evening racing at Wolverhampton sees a winner for Ian McInnes.
18/04/2012 Not a bad start to the season at HQ for the Yorkshire trainers. Yes it's the first day of the Craven meeting at Newmarket and Mark Johnston gets off to a good start when his promising juvenile Baileys Jubilee wins the second race, his second win from two runs. Two races later Johnston's Bannock puts his poor run last time out behind him to be a decent second in the European Free Handicap L., whilst in the following Richard Fahey's ever-reliable Lily's Angel is third in the Nell Gwyn Stakes G3. Johnston's Es Que Love rounds out proceedings by taking the 12,938 Bet at Bluesquare.com On Your Mobile Handicap. Yorkshire trainers almost go through the card at Beverley with wins for Richard Fahey (a double), John Quinn (a double), David Barron and Mark Johnston before losing out in the last race. Johnston also has a winner on Kempton's evening card.
14/04/2012 Malcolm Jefferson's luck ran out in the worst possible way today when stable star According To Pete, having a good run in midfield in the Grand National, was brought down when tackling Beecher's for the second time and was sadly put down. Earlier Tom Tate's Kudu Country was third in the John Smith's Maghull Novices' Chase Gd1, albeit out of only four runners. At Newcastle there were winners for Mark Johnston, David Barron, Brian Ellison and Jedd O'Keeffe.
13/04/2012 Yet another excellent day for Malcolm Jefferson with his other Cheltenham winner Attaglance also coming home in front at Aintree, in the John Smith's Daily Mirror Punters Club Handicap Hurdle L. Elsewhere Sue Smith had a winner at Sedgefield whilst there were flat winners at Leicester for Elaine Burke and Brian Ellison and at Wolverhampton for Richard Fahey.
12/04/2012 Team Malcolm Jefferson do it again when top-weighted Cape Tribulation lands the Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle G3 on the opening day of the Aintree Festival, with Tim Easterby's Trustan Times back in third. What odds According To Pete in the National now !?! Earlier another of our Cheltenham heros was in action but whilst John Quinn's Countrywide Flame put up an excellent performance he could 'only' manage second in the Matalan Anniversary 4yo Juvenile Hurdle Gd1.
07/04/2012 A wonderful last day to Haydock's jumps season for the Yorkshire raiders; starting in the second race, the 32,490 Betfair Chase Series Final Handicap, in which Brian Ellison's Sound Accord came home ahead of Tim Easterby's Zitenka and Ellison's Bocciani. The next was the 32,490 Betfair Hurdle Series Final Handicap, and Ellison also landed this one with Hada Men. The following race was the 32,490 Betfair For Better Odds Levy Board Handicap Chase and this time is was Sue Smith's turn to dominate with winner Auroras Encore and third placed Gansey, Smith also had a double at Carlisle this afternoon. Up at Musselburgh Richard Fahey's Chapter Seven landed the 31,125 Betfred Royal Mile Handicap with Mark Johnston's Kinloch Castle back in third. Both had scored earlier winners on the card with Johnston landing the opening two-year-old maiden and Fahey the seven furlong handicap, with Tim Easterby's Hamish McGonagall taking the 12,938 Whistlejacket Conditions Stakes in the stewards room in between, Johnston also had a winner later on. At Kempton it was almost a similar story with Johnston landing the opening two-year-old maiden but in the feature Queen's Prize Handicap Johnston's Gulf Of Naples could only manage second ahead of Fahey's old campaigner Halla San.
01/04/2012 An excellent day at Doncaster for the locals with David O'Meara landing the feature Doncaster Mile L with Penitent from David Nicholls' St Moritz (who was placed third following a stewards' enquiry). Mark Johnston's Eternal Heart won the main supporting race, the 12,938 Doncaster Shield, whilst there was a double for David Nicholls and a winner also for David Barron. Ferdy Murphy had a winner over fences at Ascot.
31/03/2012 Following on from Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning landing the All-Weather titles last night the turf season kicked off today at Doncaster. Things started fairly well in the opener with Richard Fahey's Kyllachy Star a good second in the 24,900 Wm Hill Spring Mile. Next up was the Cammidge Trophy L and here Fahey's Mayson was a good third. Fahey finally got his winner in the one that really mattered when Brae Hill come home to land the 62,250 Wm Hill Lincoln Handicap by a short head. Next up Mick Easterby's My Boy Bill (appropriately a half brother to a former Lincoln winner!) landed the Brocklesby Stakes. At Kempton Fahey's Woodland Mill landed the first two-year-old race of the Turf Season, on the, erm, All-Weather whilst Mark Johnston's Hurricane Higgins was a decent enough third in the Magnolia Stakes L. Over at Meydan Mark Johnston's former charge and Deutsches St Leger G3 winner Fox Hunt had a horrible fatal fall in one of the earlier races, but later on John Quinn's Red Duke was fifth in the UAE Derby G2 and David Barron's Hitchens was fourth in the Dubai Golden Shaheen G1, both picking up much more prize money then they would have done for comparable results in Europe. The former Johnston pair of Monterosso and Capponi were 1-2 in the Dubai World Cup G1, sometimes he must think "What if ...... "
24/03/2012 The symbolic start to the turf season now seems ironically to be on the all-weather at Lingfield, even Emma Spencer gets brought in from pasture, and today Yorkshire trained horses filled minor places in two of the big races with Mark Johnston's Bannock third in the Spring Cup L and Kevin Ryan's Bajan Tryst third in the Hever Sprint Stakes L. Sue Smith, who has had trebles on each of the last two days, didn't have a winner today but Brian Ellison and Tim Fitzgerald both scored at Kelso.
16/03/2012 A standout day for Yorkshire, or more specifically Malton, on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival with two Yorkshire winners. First up was John Quinn's Countrywide Flame, largely unsupported at 33-1, who landed the JCB Triumph Hurdle Gd1 by three lengths. Then in the penultimate race Malcolm Jefferson landed his second winner of the festival with Attaglance coming home a neck in front in the 28,152 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle. Mark Johnston landed a double at Lingfield, whilst Johnston, Richard Guest and Mick Easterby had winners on Wolverhampton's evening card.
15/03/2012 Finally something to celebrate at Cheltenham as Malcolm Jefferson's Cape Tribulation landed the 39,865 Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle L by three quarters of a length. Ferdy Murphy's Divers was fourth in the Byrne Group Handicap Chase Gd3 only denied third by a short head. Elsewhere Micky Hammond had a winner at Hexham. Evening racing at Wolverhampton sees winners for Mark Johnston, Robin Bastiman and Richard Guest.
14/03/2012 Cheltenham Day Two (also known as Nicky Henderson benefit day !) and again no joy for the limited Yorkshire runners. Mark Johnston and Alan Swinbank had winners at Southwell, whilst Ollie Pears scored at Kempton's evening meet.
13/03/2012 Cheltenham Festival Day One and no joy for the Yorkshire trainers although in fairness we only had about three runners ! Andy Crook had a double at Sedgefield where there were also winners for Sue Smith and Micky Hammond, whilst Mark Johnston and John Quinn scored at Southwell.
10/03/2012 It's been a quiet few weeks in the run up to Cheltenham but things sprang to life somewhat today with David Barron's Hitchens running yet another good race at Meydan to be second in the Mahab Al Shimaal G3. Domestically there was no joy at Sandown but at Wolverhampton Tim Easterby's Clockmaker was a good third in the Lady Wulfruna Stakes L whilst Mark Johnston's Kingscroft was beaten only a short-head in the Lincoln Trial Handicap, there were winners for Johnston and for Richard Fahey whilst Sue Smith had a winner up at Ayr. Roll on Cheltenham !
03/02/2012 Barely February and Yorkshire records it's first group winner of the year, the changing face of modern racing ...... David Barron's Hitchens held on by a short-head at Meydan to land the Al Shindagha Sprint G3 on the Tapeta. Earlier on the same card David Nicholls' Inxile had finished a good second in the 67,741 Classifieds Trophy Handicap. Domestically Richard Guest had a winner at Wolverhampton.
21/01/2012 A excellent day at Haydock for Malcolm Jefferson with stable star According To Pete landing the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase Gd3 by three and a half lengths. Earlier Brian Ellison's Marsh Warbler was third in the stanjames.com Champion Hurdle Trial Gd2. Mark Johnston, who landed a treble earlier in the week, took the last at Lingfield.
12/01/2012 A week on and David Nicholls and Addictive Dream strike again at Meydan, this time in the 46,451 Etisalat eLife Hcap, in which Paul Midgley's Internationaldebut is second. Somewhat less lucratively Nicholls also had a winner at Southwell today, where Kevin Ryan scored whilst at Catterick there are winners for Edwin Tuer and Alan Swinbank.
05/01/2012 Day One of the International Festival at Meydan and David Nicholls strike quickly with new recruit Addictive Dream (formerly trained by Walter Swinburn and bought for 90,000gns in October) who lands the 46,451 Longines Column Wheel Chronograph Handicap. In the last race Nicholls' old timer Regal Parade was second in the Longines Saint Imier Collection Handicap, picking up 15,483. Domestically Mark Johnston has a winner at Wolverhampton whilst Ferdy Murphy and John Wainwright both have winners at Sedgefield.
01/01/2012 Happy New Year! There's certainly reason to celebrate for John Quinn with his Palawi landing the 19,494 Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle up at Musselburgh this afternoon, with Kate Walton also scoring on the same card. Meanwhile at Cheltenham David O'Meara's Chancery was a decent second in the EBF High Sheriff of Gloucestershire's Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race L (another snappy race title!). The Yorkshire raiders also have a good time down at Southwell with wins for Richard Guest, Alan Swinbank (a double) and Kevin Ryan whilst closer to home at Catterick there were winners for Micky Hammond and Andy Crook.

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