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26/12/2016 Yorkshire's big race of the Christmas season sees a local 1-2 in the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase Gd3 at Wetherby this afternoon with Brian Ellison's Definitly Red coming home in front of Sue Smith's Wakanda. There were also winners at Wetherby for Mark Walford and Philip Kirby whilst up at Sedgefield Malcolm Jefferson had a double and Micky Hammond also scored.
17/12/2016 David Nicholls' Sovereign Debt showed he is still going strong today when second in the Prix Luthier L on Deauville's Polytrack. Philip Kirby and Sue Smith both had winners at Newcastle although our best jumps performance came at Haydock where Malcolm Jefferson's Cloudy Dream lost his chasing unbeaten record but still ran creditably to be second in the Read Paddy Brennan at 32rec.com Novices' Chase behind Nicky Henderson's highly-rated Buveur D'Air.
10/12/2016 Yawn. David O'Meara's Steel Train took the 12,602 Pinnacleracing.co.uk Handicap at Newcastle this afternoon, with Richard Fahey's Right Touch in third. Karen Tutty took the last whilst at Donnie Brian Ellison's Eyes Of A Tiger was second in the Class 2 Bet365 Handicap Hurdle. Who know's Richard Fahey's Growl may win in Hong Kong tomorrow morning, although perhaps more likely we might have some winners at Wolverhampton this evening ........ unfortunately spot on ; a David O'Meara treble at Wolverhampton (led by Mythical Madness in the 15,562 Betway Handicap) as well as a winner for Mick Easterby whilst Growl finished last.
26/11/2016 At Newcastle today Brian Ellison's Definitily Red starts favourite but can only manage third in the Rehearsal Handicap Chase L, Ellison does however land the opener at Doncaster, David Barron does likewise at Wolverhampton.
16/11/2016 It may be November but there was mid-week black-type on offer for the second day in a row today, this time at Kempton with Karl Burke's You're Fired finishing second in the Hyde Stakes L, one ahead of David Nicholls' hard working Sovereign Debt. Brian Ellison took the bumper at Warwick.
15/11/2016 Richard Fahey's Rajar, a recent new recruit from the yard of Richard Hannon, was a promising third in the Prix Yacowlef L at Chantilly today. Mark Johnston and Kevin Ryan both had winners at Lingfield whilst Alan Swinbank scored at Southwell.
12/11/2016 No joy at Cheltenham but at Lingfield there was a Yorkshire 1-2-3 in the the Golden Rose Stakes L with David O'Meara's Lord Of The Land coming home in front of Bryan Smart's Mythmaker and David Nicholls' Kimberella, in addition Richard Fahey took the closing race and the Scampston Hall bred Educate was second in the Churchill Stakes L. Malcolm Jefferson had winner at Uttoxeter whilst the local winner at Wetherby were provided by Mark Walford and Brian Ellison. Earlier in the week Karl Burke's Quiet Reflection became the first ever three-year-old filly to win the Cartier Sprinter Award at the Cartier Racing Awards.
05/11/2016 The final day of proper racing for five months took place at Doncaster this afternoon with Richard Fahey's Growl leading the way by landing the Wentworth Stakes L, with David Nicholls' Kimberella back in third. Tim Easterby landed the nursery whilst David O'Meara's Steel Train won the closing 15,562 Apprentice Handicap, in between Kevin Ryan's Erik The Red was second in the 49,800 November Handicap and David Barron's Bertiewhittle occupied the same position in the 18,675 Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap, with Ryan's Al Khan back in third. Malcolm Jefferson had a winner at Kelso. Yorkshire's Breeders' Cup challenge came to naught.
29/10/2016 Saving the best to last David Nicholls' stalwart charge Sovereign Debt today took the Knockaire Stakes L at Leopardstown, his first 'black type' win of the season after a consistent string of placings in such races. No joy at Newmarket although the Scampston Hall bred Educate was a neck second in the James Seymour Stakes L. Malcolm Jefferson took the opener at Wetherby and did the same at Ayr where Rebecca Menzies also had a winner. Mick Easterby scored on Chelmsford's evening card.
28/10/2016 Winter approaches, the flat season finale draws in and the appropriately named Shadows Lengthen, trained by Mick Easterby, is a decent third in the bet365 Handicap Chase L at Wetherby, with Brian Ellison's Nietzsche second in the following Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle L, it falls to James Turner however to provide the only local winner on the card. At Newmarket there are winners for Mark Johnston and David O'Meara whilst at Newcastle O'Meara, James Bethell, Simon West and Alan Brown take the last four races, Sue Smith provides our only winner at Uttoxeter.
27/10/2016 Fresh from his five timer on Tuesday Richard Fahey today sent three runners over to Maisons-Laffitte for the Prix Zeddaan L and was rewarded with first, third and fourth courtesy of Private Matter, Vona and Megan Lily. Team Musley Bank didn't do bad on home soil either with a winner at Chelmsford, where Paul Midgley also scored, and Home Cummins finishing third in the EBF Fleur de Lys Fillies' Stakes L at Lingfield where David O'Meara won the 11,972 sunbets.co.uk Handicap with Lord Of The Land. Over jumps Brian Ellison had a treble at Sedgefield.
22/10/2016 Soie D'Leau (bred at Norton Grove, and by resident stallion Monsieur Bond) does the business again for Kristin Stubbs by landing a short head victory in the 31,125 Sunbets.co.uk Top Price Templegate Tips Handicap at Doncaster this afternoon, with Kevin Ryan's Bogart back in third. Karl's Burke's Percy Street is second in the following race whilst Mark Johnston and David Nicholls took the last two races, the later courtesy of Sovereign Debt, finally a winner this term in the 12,450 Join Racing Post Member's Club Conditions Stakes. Kevin Ryan and Mark Johnston takes the last two on Newbury's card. Chelmsford's evening meeting sees winners for Richard Fahey, David O'Meara (Fort Bastion claimed for 10k by Tom Dascombe) and Richard Guest.
21/10/2016 Roger Fell may be new to this training lark (sort of) but he doesn't seem to be doing too badly ! Today Fell's Caspian Prince took the Mercury Stakes L at Dundalk whilst stablemate Muntadab landed Doncaster's feature, the 19,407 Racing Post / SIS Betting Shop Manager Handicap, not bad for a man who only had his first runners three weeks ago ! John Quinn also scored on Town Moor whilst Lynn Siddall took the opener on Wolverhampton's evening card where David O'Meara and Kevin Ryan also had winners. Mark Johnston's The Last Lion has been sold and retired to stud, words fail me.
19/10/2016 Richard Fahey's rich vein of form continues with Melesina stepping up today to land the Prix des Reservoirs G3 at Deauville, not bad for a filly who only lost her maiden tag on her sixth run and was sixth in an Ayr nursery last time out ! Alan Swinbank took the last at Newmarket whilst Fahey also scored at Kempton. It was announced today that legendary northern jockey Mark Birch had passed away at the age of 67. Birch will be best remembered as stable jockey to Peter Easterby, riding Sea Pigeon to land two Chester Cup's, he later later closely involved with Kevin Ryan's yard.
17/10/2016 Richard Fahey's Forest Ranger made the step up from maiden to listed company today and acquited himself well to finish third in the Silver Tankard Stakes L at Pontefract, this son of Lawman is bred to be better next term, and could be one to watch. Fahey had an earlier winner on the card (and one at Windsor) whilst Tom Tate, Mark Johnston, Bahama Moon and Ruth Carr also scored.
15/10/2016 Short of actually having a winner it's hard to imagine how Champions Day at Ascot could have gone any better for Yorkshire. The second race on the card was the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes G1 in which Richard Fahey's Growl picked up 129,000 for second place with Kevin Ryan's Brando yielding 64,560 for finishing a short head further back in third. In the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes G1 Fahey again had to settle for runner-up, this time with Ribchester, but the 248,868 earned will no doubt be some compensation ! Even Ryan's The Grey Gatsby rose to occasion putting up one of his best performances of the season to finish fifth (losing fourth in the dying strides) in the Qipco Champion Stakes G1 to add 34,970 to his impressive lifetime tally whilst David O'Meara's Firmament took home 23,300 for third in the closing Balmoral Handicap. John Quinn had a treble at Catterick where Alan Brown also had a winner whilst Brian Ellison landed a double at Market Rasen. The all-time winningmost list now looks like this, with Sue Smith's Auroras Encore dropping out to make way for Ribchester, Richard Fahey's first entry on the list, although stablemate Garbrial (unplaced today) is lurking just off the list as is Karl Burke's Quiet Reflection (also unplaced today) .
Horse Trainer Amount Best Performances
The Grey Gatsby Kevin Ryan 2,709,405 Prix du Jockey Club G1, Irish Champion Stakes G1, Dante Stakes G2, 2nd.Juddmonte International Stakes G1, Dubai Turf G1, Prince Of Wales's Stakes G1, Princess of Wales's Stakes G2, Champagne Stakes G2, Craven Stakes G3, Acomb Stakes G3
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.
Mondialiste David O'Meara 1,108,059 Arlington Million G1, Woodbine Mile G1, Strensall Stakes G3, Pomfret S L, 2nd.Breeders' Cup Mile G1, York Stakes G2, Lincoln Handicap, 3rd.Earl Of Sefton Stakes G3 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
Ribchester Richard Fahey 848,346 Prix Jacques le Marois G1, Mill Reef Stakes G2, Jersey Stakes G3, 2nd.Queen Elizabeth II Stakes G1, Gimcrack Stakes G2, 3rd.2,000 Guineas G1, Sussex Stakes G1
Borderlescott Robin & Rebecca Bastiman 798,863 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
09/10/2016 It's looking like a typical late-season such from Kingsley House with Mark Johnston's Soldier In Action taking the 19,407 Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group Handicap, Richard Fahey took the last.
08/10/2016 No real joy on Future Champions Day #2 at Newmarket with our best results being Mark Johnston's pair Permian and Montataire third and fourth in the Zetland Stakes L and Autumn Stakes G3 respectively and Richard Fahey's Aimez La Vie third in the 24,900 Dubai Business Internships Fillies' Nursery. We did much better at York however with David O'Meara's Intisaab finally landing a big one when taking the 62,250 Coral Sprint Trophy from Kevin Ryan's Lexington Abbey and Mick Easterby's Hoof It. In addition Kevin Ryan's Weekend Offender took the opening 21,788 Coral Handicap by a neck from Richard Fahey's Another Touch whilst Ryan's Dream Of Dreams was second in the Rockingham Stakes L and Richard Fahey and Mick Easterby took the last two races. We did better overseas with Mark Johnston's Frankuus just landing the Prix de Conde G3 and Richard Fahey's Megan Lily third in the Criterium de Vitesse L, both at Chantilly. Johnston's last eight group wins have all been juvenille races, stretching back to 2014. James Bethell landed the opener on Newcastle's evening card and this was followed up by wins for Richard Fahey, Mick Easterby and Richard Whitaker. Mondialiste was fourth for David O'Meara in the Turf Mile G1 at Keeneland after a far from smooth run.
07/10/2016 The steady return to form of Mark Johnston's Lumiere continued today when she was second in the Challenge Stakes G2 at Newmarket, stablemate New Caledonian occupying the same position later on the card in the 87,150 Old Rowley Cup Heritage Handicap. Johnston did get a winner at York where David Barron had a double and Mick Easterby also scored. David O'Meara had a double on Newcastle's evening card which also saw winners for Kristin Stubbs and David Barron.
03/10/2016 Today Kevin Ryan's Swift Approal landed the BHF-Bank Herbstpreis L at Cologne whilst domestically Alan Brown and Richard Guest struck at Pontefract and Neville Bycroft took the bumper at Southwell.
02/10/2016 A few runners on the Arc card, including The Grey Gatsby in the main event, but only David O'Meara's Suedois troubled the judge, finishing third in the Prix de la Foret G1.
01/10/2016 Arc weekend, part one. But the main action for us is not Chantilly or Longchamp but the English Deauville, Redcar, where David Barron's Wick Powell makes all to land the 110,414 Totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy by a neck from Kevin Ryan's Whirl Me Round (homebred at Copgrove), with Richard Fahey's The Wagon Wheel dead-heating for third. In the next David O'Meara's So Beloved is third in the Guisborough Stakes L whilst there were further winners for Nigel Tinkler, Tim Easterby (Father Bertie in the 12,450 Pinnacle Cup Straight-Mile Series Final Handicap), David O'Meara and James Bethell. Ascot sees Richard Fahey's Don't Touch take fourth in the Bencough Stakes G3 whilst David O'Meara's Firmament is second in the 112,050 Totescoop6 Challenge Cup Heritage Handicap, with stablemate Intisaab back in fourth. Nothing much to report from Newmarket, although David O'Meara's Lustrous was third in the closing 31,125 EBF Breeders' Fillies' Series 2016 #this fillycan Handicap.
30/09/2016 The admirable Fireglow, trained by Mark Johnston, ran another good race today when second, beaten only a nose, in the Noel Murless Stakes L at Ascot. Newcastle saw winners for Richard's Whitaker, Guest and Fahey as well as Tom Tate and James Bethell whilst Julie Brooke and Micky Hammond struck for Middleham at Hexham.
24/09/2016 25-1? 25-1?!?!? You've got to be kidding. Yorkshire Racing had it's first (and probably only) bet of the year (albeit only e/w!) when Mark Johnston's always reliable The Last Lion capped his fantastic season by leaving the best to last to land the Middle Park Stakes G1 at Newmarket with a typically gutsy front run. On the go since the Brocklesby (which he won), and never out of the first three despite running in Group races at Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood and the Ebor Meeting this was a well deserved victory, to take his career earnings over 225k. It was equally pleasurable to see the ever-loyal Joe Fanning finally bag his first Group One .... and on his birthday! Richard Fahey's Queen Kindly ran well enough to be fourth in the Cheveley Park Stakes G1, whilst stablemate Third Time Lucky was the best placed Yorkshire runner in the Cambridgeshire (which he won last term), finishing fourth. David O'Meara's Salateen capped a good day at HQ by taking the closing 12,938 Racing UK HD Handicap. Just the one Yorkshire winner at Haydock, courtesy of Karl Burke in the opener, but Tim Easterby's East Street Revue put up another excellent performance to finish second in the 28,012 Hydes Original Handicap, with Julie Camacho's Judicial in third. At Ripon the locals won five out of seven with the starring role going to David Nicholls' Kimberella scoring under top weight in the 15,562 Ripon Cathedral City Of The Dales Handicap, the supporting roles were played by Tim Easterby (a double), Mark Johnston and Tony Coyle. David Barron (Above The Rest in the 12,450 Innospec Handicap), Mark Johnston and Tim Easterby provided the winners at Chester (Chester and Haydock on the same day, I despair) and Micky Hammond scored at Market Rasen. At Hamilton there were two more winners for Mark Johnston and one for Tim Easterby (Honeysuckle Lil in the 12,450 EBF Flower Of Scotland Fillies' Handicap) to make it five for Johnston and four for Easterby, Richard Fahey also got in on the act.
23/09/2016 Cambridgeshire Meeting Day Two sees Mark Johnston's ultra-consistent Miss Infinity finish third, only beaten a neck out of second, in the the Rockfel Stakes G2. In the following Joel Stakes G2 David O'Meara's Amazing Maria puts up an improved performance over her last few runs to finish fourth, only a short head out of third. In the closing 'Silver Cambridgeshire' (more properly the Shadwell Farm Handicap) Les Eyre's Cote d'Azur is second and Richard Fahey's Dawn Mirage third. Elsewhere Karl Burke, Mark Johnston, Paul Midgley and Richard Whitaker score at Haydock, with the later doubling up on Newcastle's evening card where James Bethell, John Quinn and Marjorie Fife also had winners.
22/09/2016 Day One of the Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket sees Brian Ellison's Seamour finish second in the Jockey Club Rose Bowl L whilst Mark Johnston lands the penultimate race. Local winners from Richard Fahey, Les Eyre and Kevin Ryan at Pontefract whilst Mark Johnston and Rebecca Menzies score on Chelmsford's evening card.
17/09/2016 The last day of the Western Isles meeting at Ayr today sees five Yorkshire trained winners, with pride of place going to Kevin Ryan's Brando who took the 124,500 Ayr Gold Cup, with Richard Fahey's Growl in second and Mick Easterby's Hoof It (and bred at the Yapham Mill Stud, and by Norton Grove sire Monsieur Bond) third. There was also a Group race 1-2-3 with Bryan Smart's Delectation the handy winner of the Firth Of Clyde Stakes G3 from the Richard Fahey duo of Rosebride and Belle Meade. The other winners were supplied by the in-form Tim Easterby (Snoano in the 15,562 Kilkerran Cup), David O'Meara and Brian Ellison, in addition Richard Fahey's Nuno Tristan was third in the Ayr Silver Cup and Mark Johnston's Haley Bop second in the Ayrshire Handicap. No winners at Newbury although Bryan Smart's good run continued with Alpha Delphini only denied by a short head when second in the Dubai International Airport World Trophy G3. The local winners at Catterick were supplied by Ruth Carr and Richard Fahey whilst Declan Carroll took the last at Newmarket.
16/09/2016 Ayr really gets into it's stride today and there are Yorkshire trained winners courtesy of Kevin Ryan and Marjorie Fife, with the later responsible for Classic Seniority, winner of the 18,675 Ayr Bronze Cup, in which Richard Fahey's Khelman was third. Result of the day however came from Micky Hammond's Angel Meadow, second in the Harry Rosebery Stakes L. Hexham saw winners for Brian Ellison and Ben Haslam whilst Mark Johnston's New Caledonia was third in the 16,172 Dubai Duty Free Handicap at Newbury.
11/09/2016 No domestic winners today, but we did much better at the Curragh. First up was David Barron's new recruit New Bidder who landed the opening 65,073 EBF 'Bold Lad' Sprint Premier Handicap, with David O'Meara's Intisaab back in second. Later on the card David Barron had to play second fiddle with his Wick Powell picking up a mere 42,647 for finishing second to Brian Ellison's Orewa in the 108,823 Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Stakes.
10/09/2016 No joy for the local on the final day of Doncaster's Leger meeting, but it was nice to see the St Leger G1 itself go to one of the smaller stables. Bet luck at Chester with winners for Mark Johnston (a double including Haley Bop in the 12,450 Betway Handicap), Richard Fahey and Brian Ellison. David O'Meara sent two to Lingfield, and duly returned with two winners whilst at Musselburgh there were wins for David Nicholls, Karl Burke, Bryan Smart and Tim Easterby. The Grey Gatsby was a non-runner at Leopardstown but David O'Meara's Custom Cut put up his best performance of the season to be second in the Boomerang Stakes G2 (albeit he won the same race last year) whilst Karl Burke's Intense Tango finished third in the 65,073 EBF 'Petingo' Premier Handicap and Richard Fahey's Withernsea second in the 65,073 EBF 'Sovereign Path' Premier Handicap.
09/09/2016 At the start of the season the prospect of Mark Johnston's Lumiere finishing third in the Sceptre Stakes G3 might not have been seen as a good result but, in context, this wasn't too bad. Hopefully she will stay in training next season. Stablemate The Last Lion ran his usual good race to dead-heat for second in the Flying Childers Stakes G2, whilst Brian Ellison's Seamour also ran well to be second in the 25,876 Mallard Handicap. It was left to the resurgent Nigel Tinkler to provide the sole local winner on the third day of the Leger Festival when Normandy Barriere landed the closing 12,938 Coopers Marquees Handicap. Elsewhere Richard Fahey and Marjorie Fife both scored at Chester.
08/09/2016 Day Day of Doncaster's Leger Festival and the locals almost draw a blank until David Barron's Handsome Dude lands the closing 11,644 Ladbrokes Handicap. Earlier Mark Johnston's Storm Cry was a decent second in the 25,204 'Carrie Red' EBF Fillies' Nursery Handicap. Otherwise only David O'Meara's Reachforthestars running into fourth in the May Hill Stakes G2 provided any promise, and she was some way behind the winner. Brian Ellison had a winner at Epsom.
07/09/2016 Day one of the Leger 'Festival' at Donnie but, as usual, it's a fairly low-key start with just the one black-type race, the Scarbrough Stakes L, which sees Nigel Tinkler's progressive Thesme finish a good second. Amongst the supporting races there were winners for Richard Fahey (a double), Karl Burke and Rebecca Bastiman. Elsewhere Karl Burke and Mark Johnston had winners at Carlisle and Kristin Stubbs struck on Kempton's evening card.
04/09/2016 This afternoon at York Bryan Smart's Nameitwhatyoulike added the Garrowby Stakes L at York to his Great St Wilfrid victory, Richard Fahey took one of the maidens. Mark Johnston's foreign assaults yielded a second for Miss Infinity in the Steinhoff Zukunftsrennen G3 at Baden-Baden and a third for Baileys Showgirl in the Prix la Rochette G3 at Saint-Cloud, the Turkish foray being less fruitful.
03/09/2016 What a day! In terms of the spread of high quality winners this was probably Yorkshire's best day of the year (..... so far!). The undoubted star though was on display at Haydock with Karl Burke's Quiet Reflection making it seven wins from nine starts, and a second Group One, when ploughing through the Lancastrian mud to take 32Red Sprint Cup G1 with David O'Meara's Suedois a decent, but distant, third. Ascot beckons for the winner who has now earned over 600,000. It was a good day all round for Burke who earlier on the card had landed the 38,814 32Red Casino Handicap with Intense Tango. Earlier Mark Johnston's Frankuus was a game winner of the Ascendant Stakes L whilst Kristin Stubbs had the biggest win of her career when Soie D'Leau (bred at Norton Grove, and by resident stallion Monsieur Bond) landed the 19,407 Be Friendly Handicap by a head and a neck from Tim Easterby's Confessional and Mick Easterby's Bowson Fred. Karl Burke also did well at Kempton with Georgian Bay second in the 31,125 Totepool London Mile Series Final Handicap, but the real star of the show was Mark Johnston's ultra-consistent The Last Lion who took the Sirenia Stakes G3 after running a very strong and assured race. Johnston also had reason to celebrate at Ascot with New Caledonia staying on well to land the 62,250 Applestiser Heritage Handicap, earlier David O'Meara's Firmament was a decent second in the 49,800 Albert Bartlett Handicap. In contrast Thirsk was relatively quiet for the locals with winners for Brian Ellison, David Barron, Mick Easterby and Paul Midgley whilst Mark Johnston's Yorkidding finally got her black type albeit via a journey to Baden-Baden to finish third in the Wackenhut Mercedes Benz Steherpreis L. To cap a good day Mark Johnston also had a winner on Wolverhampton's evening card. Roll on the Leger Meeting, although Mark Johnston has some nice runners overseas tomorrow, not to mention some local hopes at York tomorrow ... !
29/08/2016 A Bank Holiday Bonanza for the Yorkshire trainers, starting at Ripon where Bryan Smart's Alicante Dawn earned a tilt at the Mill Reef when taking the Ripon Champion Two Year Old Trophy L from Richard Fahey's Private Matter. The 12,602 Ripon Rowels Handicap also went to the home team courtesy of David O'Meara's Treasury Notes and there were also winners for Richard Fahey (a double), Richard Whitaker and Ron Barr. John Quinn landed a treble at Epsom (two of them ridden by Silvestra de Sousa who landed a four-timer), including El Astronaute in the 12,450 Indigenous Handicap and Richard Fahey also scored. At Newcastle Kevin Ryan's Bongrace landed the 16,819 Blaydon Nursery from Richard Fahey's Temerity and further winners came from Richard Fahey, David O'Meara and Richard Whitaker. Stateside the Manor House Stud bred Belvoir Bay took her first group win when landing the Torrey Pines Stakes G3 on the dirt at Del Mar.
28/08/2016 Six local winners at Beverley today courtesy of a Richard Fahey double and winners for Karl Burke, Brian Ellison, David Louhnane and Tim Easterby. Over at Deauville David O'Meara's Lord Of The Land is third in the Prix de Meautry G3.
27/08/2016 Four big wins for Yorkshire trainers to kick off the Bank Holiday weekend. Pride of place goes to Mark Johnston's Kilmah who stuck her neck out to hang on to the Prestige Stakes G3 at Goodwood, later on the card stablemate Vive Ma Fille was second in the March Stakes L, a race she finished third in last term whilst Kevin Ryan's Big Time was third in the 62,250 Goodwood Revival Handicap, ahead of Richard Fahey's Nuno Tristan in fourth. Mark Johnston had another good winner at Newmarket with Yorkidding landing the 28,012 Fly Stobart Air Handicap, on the last day of racing on the July Course this year. Beverley had it's biggest meeting of the year and the two features both went to the home team with Bryan Smart's Alpha Delphini lading the Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes L and Richard Fahey's Dolphin Vista the 28,012 Totepool Live Info Download The App Handicap. Also on the Westwood Kevin Ryan notched up a double (including Copgrove homebred Dance Alone) and there were winners for Les Eyre, Ann Duffield and Declan Carroll. Redcar's evening meeting saw winners for Ruth Carr, John Quinn, David Loughnane and Chris Fairhurst.
20/08/2016 Today it was Tim Easterby's turn to shine. At York his East Street Revue took the closing 37,350 Befred Apprentice Handicap (which last year went to Thesme who ran so well in the Nunthorpe yesterday) which was our first and only winner on the final day of the Ebor meeting. Earlier Kevin Ryan's Erik The Red was third in the opening 37,350 Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap and David O'Meara's Custom Cut was third (only a neck out of second) in the Strensall Stakes G3, with Richard Fahey's Gabrial in fourth. The East Layton Stud owned, and Mark Johnston trained, Regal Monarch was second in the 52,912 Melrose Handicap whilst stablemate The Last Lion was third in the Gimcrack Stakes G2. Tim Easterby's second major result of the day came at Chester where homebred Breakable landed the 28,012 British Stallions Studs EBF Handicap, from Richard Fahey's Right Touch and David Barron's Above The Rest. There were also winners on the Roodeye for Richard Fahey, Julie Camacho and Karl Burke. Mark Johnston's Baileys Showgirl was a respectable third in the Prix du Calvados G3 at Deauville whilst Mark Walford and Peter Atkinson had winners at Perth. Evening racing saw a winner at Bath for Richard Fahey and at Chelmsford for Mark Johnston.
19/08/2016 The penultimate day of York's Ebor Meeting sees no local winners but there are good performances from David Griffiths' Take Cover who is third in the Nunthorpe Stakes G1 (in which Nigel Tinkler's Thesme runs a blinder to be fifth, only a neck and head behind Take Cover) and David O'Meara's So Beloved, second in the City of York Stakes G3, Jedd O'Keeffe's Candelisa is third in the closing 37,350 Nationwide Accident Repair Services Handicap. Joanna Foster takes the last at Bangor whilst evening racing sees Mark Johnston's Montataire land the EBF Stonehenge Stakes L at Salisbury by five lengths, his fourth win of a busy juvenile season, Ann Duffield had a winner at Wolverhampton.
18/08/2016 Ladies Day at the Ebor Meeting, and another good day for the locals. In the opening 147,540 Goffs Premier Yearling Stakes Mark Johnston's Rusumaat is second and David O'Meara's Savannah's Dream third picking up 59,040 and 29,520 respectively. Next up was the Lowther Stakes G2 which was nicely won by Richard Fahey's Queen Kindly, who obviously has a great future with the Cheveley Park the obvious next target. The next saw David O'Meara's Firmament land the 52,912 Clipper Logistics Handicap. In the Galtres Stakes L Pandora, homebred at the Sicklinghall Stud and trained by David O'Meara was third whilst Chris Fairhurst's Florenza occupied the same position in the closing 37,350 Eventmasters.co.uk EBF Fillies' Handicap. Brian Ellison took the opener on Hamilton's evening card with Karl Burke also scoring later on.
17/08/2016 And so to the Ebor Meeting at York and an opening day of mixed fortunes for Kevin Ryan, on the one hand The Grey Gatsby was a well-beaten sixth in the Juddmonte International G1, on the other stablemate Syphax, little fancied, landed the Acomb Stakes G3 from talking horse Best Of Days with stablemate Tommy Taylor a decent fourth. In the opening Symphony Group Handicap David Griffiths' Duke Of Firenze was second, beaten only a head, Mark Johnston was second, third and fourth in the 37,350 Betway Nursery Handicap but it was Richard Fahey's The Wagon Wheel who took the honours handily, albeit with less weight than the Johnston trio. An in-form Nigel Tinkler (four winners from his last seven runners, and more winners this month than the rest of the year combined!) took the opener at Carlisle where there were also winners for Richard Fahey, Bryan Smart, Mark Johnston and John Quinn.
14/08/2016 I don't know you wait ages for a Group One and then two come along at once (and maybe more next week!). Richard Fahey's Ribchester puts up the performance of his life to land the Prix Jacques le Marois G1 at Deauville this afternoon winning readily by half a length. Auroras Encore had better watch his place on the list below ! The QEII beckons although connections believe he could also win at this level over shorter distances, such is his speed. For good measure Fahey also landed the last at Pontefract where there was a double for Mark Johnston and a winner for Michael Herrington but no joy in the listed race.
13/08/2016 The weekend before the Ebor meeting (although there's the small matter of Ribchester tomorrow) sees an excellent result for Bryan Smart when Nameitwhatyoulike, formerly with Mick Easterby, lands the 43,575 Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon with David O'Meara's Intisaab in second and Richard Whitaker's Pipers Note in fourth. David Barron won the opener whilst Tim Easterby and Richard Fahey took the last two. At Newmarket Mark Johnston's Fire Fighting chalked up another good win when landing the 16,172 Eagle Home Interiors Handicap, Johnston also won the preceding race with Richard Fahey taking the opener whilst Kevin Ryan's Futoon was second in the feature 28,012 CJ Murfitt Ltd Handicap. At Newbury David Loughnane took the 12,450 Betfred TV Ladies Day Handicap with Cornwallville whilst at Doncaster there were local winners for Kristin Stubbs, Nigel Tinkler and Mick Easterby. Joy over the pond later in the day when David O'Meara's Mondialiste, one of the stars of last season but not quite upto the same level this, bounces back to form over at Arlington Park when landing the Arlington Million G1 by a neck and a neck, only our second Group One of the season. This win puts him in third place in the Yorkshire trained winningmost list (and pushes Mark Johnston's Yavana's Pace off the bottom) which now looks thus, although hopefully The Grey Gatsby can add to his tally at York;
Horse Trainer Amount Best Performances
The Grey Gatsby Kevin Ryan 2,661,424 Prix du Jockey Club G1, Irish Champion Stakes G1, Dante Stakes G2, 2nd.Juddmonte International Stakes G1, Dubai Turf G1, Prince Of Wales's Stakes G1, Champagne Stakes G2, Craven Stakes G3, Acomb Stakes G3
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.
Mondialiste David O'Meara 1,074,046 Arlington Million G1, Woodbine Mile G1, Strensall Stakes G3, Pomfret S L, 2nd.Breeders' Cup Mile G1, York Stakes G2, Lincoln Handicap, 3rd.Earl Of Sefton Stakes G3 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 & Rebecca Bastiman 798,863 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
Auroras Encore Sue Smith 725,737 John Smith's Grand National Gd3, totepool Handicap Chase L, John Smith's Handicap Hurdle L, Betfair For Better Odds Levy Board Handicap Chase, Dawn Group Novices' Handicap Chase, 2nd.Scottish Grand National Gd3
07/08/2016 Otherwise known as Richard Fahey and David O'Meara Overseas Group Sprint Raiding Day. First stop Deauville with Richard Fahey's Donjuan Triumphat running a blinder to be second in the Prix Maurice de Gheest G1 with David O'Meara's Suedois two necks away in fourth. Over at the Curragh meanwhile Fahey's Eastern Impact was second in the Phoenix Sprint Stakes G3 with O'Meara's Lord Of The Land in third. On the domestic front Fahey won the opener at Chelmsford whilst Mark Johnston had a winner at Leicester.
06/08/2016 The World's Greatest Sporting Event kicked off today .... The Shergar Cup at Ascot ! Yorkshire had a 2-3 in the first and last races but between times John Quinn's Mistiroc provided our sole winner when taking the 22,131 Shergar Cup Challenge Handicap. No joy in the main races at Haydock but there were winners for David O'Meara, Brian Ellison (I Am Not Here in the 12,938 Ladies' Trophy Pro-Am Handicap) and Nigel Tinkler. At Newmarket Richard Fahey's Another Touch took one of the main supporting races (the 12,938 Royal British Legion Handicap) whilst at Redcar the local winners came from David O'Meara, Geoff Harker and Richard Fahey who also, along with Richard Guest, scored at Ayr's evening meeting.
31/07/2016 The raid on Deauville didn't go well with Amazing Maria sixth (albeit only a head, short neck and head off third) whilst Lumiere was a looooong way back, stablemate Aardwolf was equally disappointing in the preceding race. One foreign raid that did go to plan was Brian Ellison's three way attack on Galway, Top Notch Tonto may have been a non-runner but stablemate Dream Walker did the business in the 43,382 EBF 'Ahonoora' Premier Handicap. At Chester Mark Johnston won the opener whilst Richard Fahey's Eastern Impact was third in the Queensferry Stakes L, Ann Duffield took the opener at Market Rasen.
30/07/2016 Events started well on the final day of Glorious Goodwood with a Yorkshire 1-2-3 in the 'Consolation' 46,688 Stewards' Sprint Handicap with the heavily gambled on veteran Hoof If, trained by Mick Easterby (and bred at the Yapham Mill Stud, and by Norton Grove sire Monsieur Bond) coming home in front of Paul Midgley's Related and Richard Fahey's Nuno Tristan, Hoof it has now amassed over 300,000 in prize money. David Nicholls' Orion's Bow's six-timer was thwarted in the Stewards' Cup Handicap, but the 46,600 for second place will cushion the blow for connections, Richard Fahey's Growl was fourth. Mark Johnston took the 18,675 Qatar Stakes Handicap with Hawatif to cap another strong Goodwood for the Middleham handler. At Newmarket Mark Johnston's Fireglow took the opening Chalice Stakes L, does this mean twelve furlongs is now 'her distance' or will she be dropped back again, she holds entries in both the Yorkshire Oaks and the Matron Stakes. Locally Kevin Ryan, Mick Easterby, David Loughnane, David O'Meara and Ruth Carr had winners at Thirsk whilst Richard Fahey and Jedd O'Keeffe struck at Doncaster. Meanwhile over at Deauville Paul Midgley's Monsieur Joe was second in the Prix du Cercle L, hopefully Lumiere or Amazing Maria can go one better tomorrow. Evening racing yields wins at Hamilton for Kevin Ryan, Normandie Lady and Paul Midgley.
29/07/2016 Only one Yorkshire winner at Glorious Goodwood today, but it's a good one with David Griffiths' Take Cover the leader in a blanket finish to the King George Stakes G2; a neck, head, short head and head in front of the opposition, that said he made all the running and was never headed. Buratino flopped again although trainer Mark Johnston did get second in today's nursery with Rusumaat only going down a neck, conceding five pounds. Ruth Carr, Tim Easterby and John Quinn provided the local winners at Thirsk whilst evening racing saw wins for Mark Johnston and Kevin Ryan at Musselburgh.
28/07/2016 On Day Three of Glorious Goodwood Mark Johnston sent out three runners in the 12,938 Telegraph Nursery, they were the top three weighted, and filled the top three places (albeit not in handicap order!), with Bear Valley coming home ahead of his stablemates.Kevin Ryan's Laughton then proceeded to land the closing 12,450 Tatler Handicap whilst earlier Mark Johnston's top-weighted Ode To Evening was second, only beaten a head, in the 31,125 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap. Elsewhere Geoff Harker and Declan Carroll both had winners at Nottingham and Richard Fahey a dead heat in the opener at Epsom.
27/07/2016 Goodwood Day Two, and even better. In the feature Sussex Stakes G1 Richard Fahey's Ribchester put up a sterling performance to be third, only beaten a neck and a short head by two more fancied runners, stablemate Gabrial was a reasonable fifth. This really franks Ribchester's Newmarket and Ascot form and a Group One win should be easily within his grasp. Next up was the Molecomb Stakes G3 in which Mark Johnston's Yalta easily prevailed and was never headed in a new juvenille track record, with stablemate The Last Lion second. David O'Meara had the third in the closing race. Brian Ellison struck at Galway with Our Kylie landing the 13,566 Tote EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle. Rebecca Menzies had a winner at Perth whilst Kevin Ryan had a double at Redcar where Richard Fahey, Declan Carroll, Peter Niven and Les Eyre (not to mention Keith Reveley!) also had winners. Evening racing saw Richard Fahey unveil Senator (Frankel - Red Bloom, and a relatively rare Cheveley Park retained colt) at Leicester, who duly obliged in the maiden.
26/07/2016 Glorious Goodwood, Day One and Mark Johnston gets off to a good start when Fire Fighting lands the opening 31,125 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap by a hard fought neck with stablemate Stars Over The Sea back in third. That proved to been our only winner although Johnston trained Notarised was third in the 62,250 Better Odds With Matchbook Summer Handicap and Nigel Tinkler's Thesme was a decent second in the 19,407 Weatherbys Private Bank Handicap, in which Mick Easterby's Bowson Fred was third. Johnston also had a second in the maiden and Richard Fahey a third in the closing Fillies' Handicap. Major disapointment of the day was Birchwood in the Lennox Stakes. The locals went through the card at Beverley with a double for Richard Fahey and mere single wins for Richard Guest, Mark Johnston, David O'Meara, Lawrence Mullaney and Karen Tutty whilst Karl Burke had success on a Yarmouth raid. Across the Irish Sea Brian Ellison's Top Notch Tonto was a decent, if never threatening, second in the 52,058 Colm Quinn BMW Mile Premier Handicap.
24/07/2016 Fairly quiet today, there was no joy in the stakes race at Pontefract where Kevin Ryan, Ann Duffield, Declan Carroll, Michael Herrington and Lawrence Mullaney all had winners, but David O'Meara's Loaves And Fishes was third in the Prix de la Pepiniere L at Maisons-Laffitte. There were Yorkshire winners at Carlisle thanks to Brian Ellison (a double), David O'Meara and Julie Camacho whilst Phil Kirby and Mark Walford both scored at Uttoxeter. Glorious Goodwood to look forward to next week !
23/07/2016 Another busy Saturday, finally though the weather has caught up with the summer schedule. At York David Nicholls' Kimberella breaks a string of placings with a win in the 31,125 Sky Bet Dash Handicap ahead of David O'Meara's Intisaab and Paul Midgley's Fast Track. The previous race saw O'Meara's Mondialiste stage an overdue return to form when finishing second in the York Stakes G2, he and Richard Fahey's Gabrial are rapidly closing in on Yavana's Pace's tenth place in the Yorkshire all-time winningmost list. There were also wins for Kevin Ryan, Brian Ellison and Karl Burke whilst David Barron's Above The Rest almost lived up to his name when second in the 15,562 Read Richard Fahey's Column At Sportinglife.com Handicap, whilst Fahey himself had Siren's Cove occupying the same position in the 16,172 Sky Bet Supporting New Beginnings EBF Fillies' Handicap. At Ascot it was King George day but from our perspective it was Johnston Juvenille day with good performances from Mark Johnston's Monticello and Frankuus, second and third in the Pat Eddery Stakes L and stabelmate Kilmah, second in the following Princess Margaret Stakes G3. Newmarket saw Kevin Ryan land consecutive races with pride of place going to Mont Kiara, back to the form of last season when winning the 31,125 Adnams Ease Up IPA Handicap. A rare blank at Chester but John Quinn, Michael Herrington and Grant Tuer all struck at Newcastle (or Newmarket if you believe today's Yorkshire Post !). Evening racing at Lingfield yielded a winner for Mark Johnston.
22/07/2016 A strong raiding party is sent down to Ascot, with equally strong results. Bryan Smart's Alpha Delphini takes the plaudits with a short head victory over Alan Swinbank's Final Venture in the 28,013 SIS Live Handicap. The previous race was the 18,675 John Guest Handicap which also saw a Yorkshire 1-2 with Mark Johnston's Yorkidding winning from Richard Fahey's Masterpaver whilst Tim Easterby took the last. Meanwhile at Chantilly Mark Johnston's Baileys Showgirl was a tidy winner of the Prix Roland de Chambure L. At Thirsk there were local winners for David O'Meara, Bryan Smart, Ann Duffield, Kevin Ryan and Tim Easterby whilst Malcolm Jefferson took the opener at Uttoxeter. Evening action at York saw Mark Johnston's Fireglow finish second in the EBF Lyric Fillies' Stakes L with David O'Meara's Pandora (homebred at Sicklinghall Stud) third and there were Knavesmire winners for Kevin Ryan and James Bethell whilst Mark Johnston took the nursery at Newmarket's July course.
17/07/2016 If there's a D in the day and a stakes race over 7/8/9 furlongs then David Nicholls' Sovereign Debt must be finishing second in good company ..... yep, second in the Minstrel Stakes G2 at the Curragh. In fairness this is probably his best performance of the season thus far, a win must beckon soon. At Redcar there were winners for Richard Fahey, Micky Hammond, Ruth Carr, David Barron, Mark Johnston and Ron Barr.
16/07/2016 Irish Oaks day over at the Curragh and on the supporting card Kevin Ryan's Brando puts on a good performance to be second in the Sapphire Stakes G2, two races later Mick Easterby lands a good one when Perfect Pasture, homebred by Jean Turpin, takes the 43,382 Scurry Premier Handicap, with Ryan's Distant Past back in third. On home soil at Ripon Mark Johnston's Soldier In Action takes the 15,562 Ripon Bell-Ringer Handicap from Tim Easterby's Snoano and the trainer follows up in the next with Huntlaw, a son of former stable star Attraction, John Quinn was the other trainer with a double on the card. At Newbury there was no joy in the Weatherbys Super Sprint, but Mark Johnston took the last. Brian Ellison struck over hurdles at Market Rasen whilst John Quinn and Malcolm Jefferson provided our winners at Cartmel. David Griffiths provided the sole evening winner at Haydock.
15/07/2016 Evening racing at Hamilton saw David Nicholls' Orion's Bow land another big sprint in the 21,165 Scottish Steward's Cup, with Mick Easterby stalwart Hoof It in second. The next saw Mark Johnston's Montsarrat finish third in the Glasgow Stakes L whilst Patrick Holmes and Richard Fahey also had winners. Earlier Richard Fahey had taken the last at Nottingham and Mark Walford and Brian Ellison both scored at Haydock whilst the other evening meetings saw Paul Midgley (old favourite Monsieur Joe) and Brian Ellison score at Newmarket and Richard Fahey, Tim Easterby, Alan Swinbank and Paul Midgley at Pontefract.
09/07/2016 It's that manic day when Newmarket, York, Ascot and Chester all have top-class meeting's and everyone says "Why doesn't one of them move to next weekend?" and then everyone forgets about it for another 364 days. Karl Burke's Quiet Reflection ran well to be third in the July Cup G1 at Newmarket, but wasn't the highest placed Yorkshire horse as a head in front was David O'Meara's Suedois, always the bridesmaid, finishing second yet again. In the following 74,700 Bunbury Cup Richard Fahey's Heaven's Guest found one to good to also finish second, with stablemate Growl back in fourth. At York the locally trained winners came from Richard Fahey (Home Cummins in the 15,562 John Smith's Racing Handicap) and Kevin Ryan but the winner of the feature 124,500 John Smith's Cup was the Scampston Hall bred Educate. More seconds at Ascot with David Barron's Robot Boy occupying that slot in the 62,250 Totescoop6 Heritage Handicap, a head behind the winner and a neck in front of Kevin Ryan's Lexington Abbey in third. The next at Ascot saw Richard Fahey's Gabrial finish third in the Summer Mile G2, with David O'Meara's Custom Cut in fourth. Chester meanwhile saw a Richard Fahey treble with pride of place going to Birchwood who took the City Plate L from David Nicholls' oft-campaigned Sovereign Debt, Tim Easterby won the opener.Richard Fahey made it five on the day with a winner at Hamilton's evening meeting with David O'Meara and Tim Easterby also having winners.
08/07/2016 Another good July day for Mark Johnston when Ode To Evening lands the 43,575 bet365 Handicap, Kevin Ryan won the next, and last race at Newmarket when Swift Approval came home in front in the 18,675 Pegasus Group Town & Country Planning Handicap. Earlier on the card Johnston's Kilmah was fourth, only out of second by a head and a short head, in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes G2 whilst Ryan's Ashadihan was fifth in the Falmouth Stakes G1, in which Amazing Maria again ran poorly. Mark Johnston had a double at York where Ann Duffield and Bryan Smart provided the other local winners, only Kevin Ryan and Micky Hammond provided Yorkshire winners up at Musselburgh, but Johnston also scored at Ascot. Chester's evening meeting yielded a fifth winner of the day for Mark Johnston with Brian Ellison, Tim Easterby and Richard Fahey also scoring. Quiet Reflection is our main hope tomorrow.
07/07/2016 Arguably the two best horses in Yorkshire were both on display today (Fahey, O'Meara and Burke may disagree) on the opening day of the Newmarket July meeting, and both were on retrieval missions. First up was Kevin Ryan's The Grey Gatsby, running over a possibly not quite ideal 12 furlongs in the Princess of Wales's Stakes G2, and he acquited himself reasonably well finishing second, albeit never looking like winning, York beckons but in the meantime his lifetime earnings have increased to 2.661m. Later on the card it was the turn of Mark Johnston's Lumiere who looked very impressive when landing the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes L by six lengths, albeit this was a considerable drop in class, but she couldn't really have done any more. Plans appear fluid for Lumiere, but the lure of the Lennox Stakes might be hard to resist for connections. Earlier Kevin Ryan's Broken Stones was a decent third in the July Stakes G2, whilst Kristin Stubbs took the last with the Norton Grove bred Soie D'Leau. As well as his Newmarket joy Mark Johnston had a double at Carlisle where Tim Easterby, Jedd O'Keeffe and Karl Burke also struck. At Donnie the local winners were provided by Ruth Carr, Julie Camacho and Alan Swinbank. Amazing Maria gets her chance at redemption tomorrow at Newmarket.
05/07/2016 A black type performance for Middleham handler Patrick Holmes today when his 50-1 shot Lil Sophella was third in the Pipalong Stakes L at Pontefract where there were winners for Julie Camacho, Ronald Thompson, Richard Fahey and Karl Burke.
02/07/2016 Kevin Ryan's Brando made a seamless transistion from handicap to group company today when landing Sandown's The Sprint Stakes G3 by a short head from Paul Midgley's seasoned campaigner Monsieur Joe. At Haydock the plaudits fell to David O'Meara with Tawdeea landing the 62,250 Old Newton Cup, he had another winner later on the card, as did Mick Easterby. At Leicester the Yorkshire winners were provided by Brian Ellison, Richard Fahey and Richard Guest whilst on home soil at Beverley Kevin Ryan, Richard Fahey and Mark Johnston upheld local honour. Evening racing saw winners at Nottingham for John Quinn and Paul Midgley whilst at Carlisle David O'Meara, Ann Duffield, Declan Carroll, Tim Easterby and Karl Burke all got on the score sheet.
01/07/2016 Into July and Mark Johnston has a good day led by The Last Lion who never looked in danger when landing the Dragon Stakes L at Sandown. The Master of Kingsley House also had a double on Haydock's evening card where Paul Midgley and Tim Easterby also struck. John Quinn landed the first two at Beverley with David O'Meara and Alan Brown also having winners whilst Karl Burke struck at Doncaster and Mick Easterby at Newton Abbot.
25/06/2016 Brian Ellison is unlucky at Newcastle with his Seamour leading in the dying stages of the 92,385 Northumberland Plate, only to be denied in the final strides to finish second. Mark Johnston and Ruth Carr had winners at Newcastle whilst David O'Meara's Watchable was third in the Chipchase Stakes G3, with Buratino again running poorly. There's a valuable double for Richard Fahey at Windsor with Gabrial getting back on the winning trail by taking the Midsummer Stakes L (putting him only a couple of thousand short of making my Top 10 winningmost list) whilst stablemate Growl lands the 12,450 Royal Windsor Sprint Series Handicap Qualifier, Brian Ellison lands the penultimate race. Newmarket sees Karl Burke take the last whilst Richard Fahey's Marie Of Lyon is third in the Empress Stakes L and So Beloved is fourth in the Criterion Stakes G3 for David O'Meara. Chester sees winners for Richard Fahey and Brian Ellison. Derby Day at the Curragh sees David Nicholls' Sovereign Debt (surely due a holiday!!??) finish second in the Celebration Stakes L and Kevin Ryan's Dream of Dreams third in the Railway Stakes G2. Evening racing at Donnie yields winners for David O'Meara, Brian Ellison, Chris Fairhurst (his first of the season) and Paul Midgley.
24/06/2016 A Newcastle David Nicholls takes the 18,675 Gosforth Park Cup with Orion's Bow, with Mick Easterby's Bowson Fred in second. The Hoppings Stakes L sees Jedd O'Keeffe's More Mischief pick up more black type by finishing second; a win is hopefully only a matter of time, Mick Easterby lands the penultimate race. Jedd O'Keeffe's good day continues at Doncaster by taking the last two races, with Ruth Carr and Mick Easterby also having winners. Richard Guest scores at Yarmouth whilst Richard Fahey has a winner at Chester's evening meeting, with Mark Johnston doing likewise at Newmarket.
18/06/2016 No winners on the final day of Royal Ascot, but Mark Johnston's Revolutionist is third in the Wolferton Handicap L and Kevin Ryan's Brando picks up 32,620 for second in the Wokingham Handicap, beaten only a head. At Ayr there are winners for Richard Fahey (a double, including Gabrial's Kaka in the 18,675 Scottish Sun On Sunday Handicap), Mark Johnston, Karl Burke and Ruth Carr and the Yorkshire winners at Redcar come from Nigel Tinkler, Richard Fahey, Mick Easterby, David Nicholls and Ann Duffield. Mark Johnston scores at Haydock's evening meeting.
17/06/2016 That's more like it ! Our first Group One winner of this Royal Ascot, and Karl Burke's first domestic Group One when the highly fancied Quiet Reflection completes her five timer when landing the Commonwealth Cup G1. This takes the career earnings of the Showcasing filly over the 400,000 mark and the plan now is a mid-season break before Haydock. Earlier Richard Fahey's Queen Kindly was a good third in the opening Albany Stakes G3. Mark Walford had a winner at Market Rasen and there were local winners at Redcar for Ruth Carr and Tim Easterby whilst evening racing at Ayr yielded wins for Mark Johnton, Marjorie Fife, Brian Ellison and David O'Meara, Tim Easterby took the last on Newmarket's evening card.
16/06/2016 Not a particularly strong day at Royal Ascot, our only noteworthy result coming in the opening Norfolk Stakes G2 in which Mark Johnston's experienced The Last Lion is a decent second. Kevin Ryan's Kelinni is a distant fourth in the Ballycorus Stakes G3 at Leopardstown and the local winners at Ripon are provided by Mark Johnston (a double), John Quinn, Jedd O'Keeffe, Micky Hammond, David Nicholls and David Barron ; a clean sweep !
15/06/2016 Our first winner of Royal Ascot 2016 when Richard Fahey's Ribchester lands an almost facile victory in the Jersey Stakes G3, quite how the 2,000 Guineas third was allowed to start at 7-1 remains to be seen. Stablemate Kocollada was best placed of the four Yorkshire runners when fourth in the Queen Mary Stakes G2 whilst Kevin Ryan's The Grey Gatsby did start in the Prince of Wales's Stakes G1 but the ground conditions told as he was only fourth, albeit picking up 40,200 for connections. Hamilton saw wins for Mark Johnston, Ruth Carr and Richard Guest. Evening racing at Ripon saw winners for Richard Fahey (a double to cap a good day!), Tim Easterby and Alan Swinbank.
14/06/2016 Royal Ascot Day one, no winners for Yorkshire but the highlight was Kevin Ryan's Goken finishing an odds-defying third in the King's Stand Stakes G1 picking uo a tidy 43,040 for his efforts. Later on the card David O'Meara's Savannah's Dream held onto second by a nose in the closing Windsor Castle Stakes L, stablemate Amazing Maria having finished sixth in the traditional opener the Queen Anne Stakes G1. It's looking increasingly likely that The Grey Gatsby won't be running tomorrow due to the prevailing ground conditions. At Thirsk there were winners for Brian Ellison (a double), Richard Fahey, Alan Swinbank and David Nicholls. Evening racing at Beverley sees Brian Ellison score again as well as winners for Paul Midgley and Richard Guest.
12/06/2016 Another good day for Richard Fahey with Don't Touch getting back on the winning trail when landing the EBF Cathedral Stakes L at Salisbury by a neck, with David O'Meara's Watchable back in third. Fahey also scored on home soil at Doncaster where there were also winners for Mick Easterby, Alan Swinbank, Les Eyre and Tim Easterby.
11/06/2016 The Saturday before Royal Ascot and the Yorkshire stables give some serious indications as to stable strength. At York Richard Fahey's Mr Lupton puts up an excellent performance off top weight to land the 62,250 888sport Charity Sprint Handicap, with John Quinn's Ikerrin Road back in third. Earlier David Nicholls' stable star Sovereign Debt was second in the Ganton Stakes L whilst Karl Burke's Felix Leiter (bred at Tibthorpe by Norton Grove stallion Monsieur Bond) took the 24,900 Betsars.uk Home Of Spin & Bet Handicap (presumably a cricketing website .....) with Alfred Hutchinson, now campaigning for David O'Meara, in third. Other local winners on the Knavesmire were supplied by Tim Easterby (Snoano in the 12,478 Queen Mother's Cup ; ridden by daughter Emily), Mark Walford and your man Richard Fahey again. There was similar dominance up at Musselburgh with Mick Easterby's long standing servant Hoofalong taking the 62,250 Wm Hill Scottish Sprint Cup from Nigel Tinkler's Thesme and David Griffiths' Duke Of Firenze. In the 'consolation' Wm Hill Scottish Tartan Trophy the 25,876 first prize went to Bryan Smart's Meadway (bred at the Yapham Mill Stud) ahead of Paul Midgley's Olivia Fallow and Kevin Ryan's Kibaar. As at York Tim Easterby won the opener whilst Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey also had wins. Richard Fahey scored another double at Chester, but there were no winnners at Sandown where our best performance came from Mark Johnston's King's Pavilion, third in the 21,768 Betstars by Pokerstars Handicap. Mark Walford and Malcom Jefferson both struck at Hexham. Evening racing at Leicester yielded another winner for Richard Fahey making it six for the day.
04/06/2016 A Yorkshire bred Derby Winner !!! ...... OK, so not quite, but winner Harzand does descend from the famous Holliday mare Phase (two crosses) as well as featuring the Garrowby bred Shirley Heights. From a training perspective it wasn't the best of days although there was a Yorkshire 2-3-4 in the 61,590 Investec Corporate Banking 'Dash' Heritage Handicap with David Nicholls' Kimberella only a short head out of first, followed home by David Griffiths' Duke Of Firenze and Kevin Ryan's Mukaynis. Nicholls however did manage to win the closing 18,675 Investec Asset Management Handicap with bottom-weight Blaine, followed home by Jedd O'Keeffe's Shared Equity (O'Keeffe's second runner up of the meeting) and Mick Easterby's Perfect Pasture. At Musselburgh the best we could manage in the feature 37,350 Edinburgh Cup was third from Mark Johnston's Regal Monarch although in the primary supporting race, the 15,562 Edinburgh Castle Conditions Stakes, there was a Yorkshire 1-2-3 with Richard Fahey's Kocallada landing the spoils by a neck from Mark Johnston's Poet's Society with stablemate Boater a further neck back in third. Our other Scottish winners came from Mark Johnston, Richard Guest and Mick Easterby. Doncaster saw David O'Meara take the opener and Kevin Ryan and David Barron dead-heat for the second but we had to wait until the penultimate race for another winner courtesy of Alan Swinbank. Malcolm Jefferson won the closing bumper at Hexham. Yorkshire winners at Newcastle came from Kevin Ryan, Mark Johnston and Brian Ellison.
03/06/2016 Epsom Oaks day and we have no runners in the big race, but do come away with two victories courtesy of Richard Fahey's Imshivalla in the 31,125 Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap and Mark Johnston's King's Pavilion in the 18,675 Investec Specialist Bank Handicap, in which Fahey's Stamp Hill is a close second. In the opening Woodcote Stakes L David Barron's Danielsflyer is inched out of first by a nose, with Mark Johnston's Sea Of Snow back in third. Later on the card David O'Meara's Custom Cut is third in the Diomed Stakes G3, only a short head and a head from victory, with David Nicholls' Sovereign Debt in fourth. Jedd O'Keeffe's Instant Attraction runs well to be second in the 24,900 Investec Mile Handicap, with Richard Fahey's Miss Van Gogh back in third. Equally glamorous Catterick yielded wins for Richard Fahey (a treble, including impressive Frankel filly Queen Kindly in the Novice), John Quinn, Mick Easterby and James Turner
30/05/2016 A fairly low number of meetings for a Bank Holiday and Yorkshire had winners at all three tracks it had runners at. Leading the way was Mark Johnston's Revolutionist who took Redcar's 16,173 Zetland Gold Cup, with David Barron's Swift Emperor back in third. Our other winners on Teeside were served up by Kevin Ryan, David O'Meara, Tim Easterby and Philip Kirby whilst Tim Easterby also scored at Cartmel and Richard Fahey had a winner at Leicester.
28/05/2016 At Haydock today Karl Burke's Quiet Reflection become this season's first Yorkshire trained dual Group winner when comfortably landing the Sandy Lane Stakes G2 with Richard Fahey's Donjuan Triumphant, making his seasonal debut, second and Mark Johnston's Buratino a better, but still not up to last season, fourth. The previous race, the John of Gaunt Stakes G3, saw David O'Meara's So Beloved finish third whilst Brian Ellison had a double later on the card. At Beverley Mark Johnston's high thought of Boater could only manage third in the 15,562 Hilary Needler Trophy, one place behind Richard Fahey's Spin Doctor, in the preceding 15,562 Brian Yearley Continental Two Year Old Trophy however Johnston's The Last Lion was second, ahead of Ann Duffield's Rainbow Mist. Local winners on the Westwood were provided by Tim Easterby (a double), Kevin Ryan, David O'Meara and Richard Guest. At Chester Richard Fahey's Gabrial's Kaka was second in the feature 28,012 Betway Handicap whilst the winners came from Richard Fahey, Kevin Ryan and David O'Meara. Adrian Nicholls was due to have his final ride at Catterick today, but the withdrawal of Mark Johnston's Surewecan denied him that and he retires to operate his livery yard and teach at the Norhern Racing College with over 600 winners. Catterick did see some local winners however thanks to David O'Meara, Paul Midgley, Kevin Ryan and in-the-news David Nicholls whilst Joanne Foster and Micky Hamond both struck at Cartmel.
26/05/2016 Richard Fahey's Suegioo put up today's stand-out Yorkshire performance when second in the Henry II Stakes G3 on Sandown's evening card, Karl Burke took the last. Earlier Mark Johnston had a winner at Chelmsford whilst Tony Coyle and Micky Hammond scored at Haydock and Sue Smith at Bangor. Newcastle's evening meet yielded winners for Mark Johnston, James Bethell and David O'Meara.
23/05/2016 David O'Meara's Watchable was a decent second in the Leisure Stakes L at Windsor this evening. Daytime racing at Ayr resulted in winners for Karl Burke amd Richard Guest whilst Ann Duffield, Karl Burke, Alan Swinbank, Tim Easterby and Paul Midgley all struck on Carlisle's evening card.
21/05/2016 Lots of racing today, but mixed results from the Yorkshire contingent. Win of the day comes at Haydock with Richard Fahey's progressive Garcia battling to land the 37,350 Silver Bowl Handicap by a head, Tim Easterby's My Reward landed the preceding 12,938 GPW Recruitment Handicap whilst David Barron's Pearl Secret was best placed of the Yorkshire runners in the Temple Stakes G2, albeit back in fourth. On home soil at York there were wins for Kevin Ryan and Tim Easterby whilst the finish of the day came in the 31,125 Titanbet.co.uk Sprint Sprint Handicap in which Kevin Ryan's Bogart was a neck second, a neck in front of David Nicholls' Kimberella who was in turn a neck in front of Richard Fahey's Arctic Feeling, Richard Fahey's Angel Gabrial was third in the Grand Cup L. At Goodwood it was breeding rather than training with the Scampston Hall Stud bred Educate second in the Festival Stakes L and the Theaktston Stud bred Noble Gift third in the following Tapster Stakes L. At Nemmarket Mark Johnston had a 1-2 in the closing 12,938 Mainstay Handicap with Revolutionist coming home in front of Master Of Finance. It could be a good day trip to Ireland for Kevin Ryan tomorrow ..... for the record both The Grey Gatsby and Ashadiha suffered from rain stopped play and head straight to Royal Ascot.
20/05/2016 David Griffiths' Take Cover was today's star performer for Yorkshire, landing the Achilles Stakes L at Haydock, with Paul Midgley's Line Of Reason in fourth, Richard Fahey had earlier landed the opener on the evening card. Catterick saw wins for Karen Tutty, Paul Midgley, Noel Wilson and Ann Duffield whilst Carlisle's winners came from Tim Easterby, Karl Burke (a double), Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey with Mick Easterby making a rare foray to Stratford to land the Handicap Hurdle.
18/05/2016 Jedd O'Keeffe's More Mischief put up another good performance today to be second in the EBF Tennent's Rothesay Stakes L at Ayr where there were Yorkshire winners from David Barron, Ruth Carr and Kevin Ryan.
17/05/2016 All Weather racing at Newcastle? Flat racing at Wetherby? It's a like I've slipped into a parallel universe. Anyway, for the record, Karl Burke trained Newcastle's first all-weather winner on a card that was pretty much annexed by the Yorkshire trainers with further winners being provided by David O'Meara (a double), Peter Niven, Brian Ellison (naturally!), Mark Johnston and David Nicholls, only an Irish victory in the last prevented a Yorkshire clean-sweep. Wetherby's evening (flat!) card meanwhile saw winners for Tim Easterby, John Quinn, Ruth Carr, Brian Ellison, Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey. More traditionally David Barron had a winner at Nottingham.
14/05/2016 Bit of a let down after the last few days! Richard Fahey's Mr Lupton was third in the 28,012 Betfair Price Rush Sprint Trophy Handicap at Newmarket and stablemate Gabrial's Kaka second in the 24,900 Planteur Handicap at Newbury. Thirsk saw local winners for Richard Fahey, Paul Midgley, Julie Camacho (Judicial in the 12,938 Constant Security Services Handicap), Ruth Carr (the Tibthorpe Stud bred Explain) and James Turner. Mark Walford had a winner over at Bangor whilst evening racing at Doncaster yielded wins for Brian Ellison, David O'Meara and Marjorie Fife.
13/05/2016 The last day of the Dante meeting finally sees us land the day's principle race with Peter Niven's Clever Cookie taking up the running in the final furlong of the Yorkshire Cup G2 and never surrendering it, Richard Fahey's Suegioo is fourth. The second race saw a Yorkshire 1-2-3-4 with Richard Fahey's Vona taking the EBF Marygate Fillies' Stakes L from Mark Johnston's Boater and Kevin Ryan's Perfect Madge with Ann Duffield's Twizzell back in fourth. I'll settle for the same result in the Queen Mary ! Middleham's Patrick Holmes provided the other local winner when Lil Sophella landed the penultimate 12,928 EBF Frank Whittle Partnership Fillies' Handicap. Darn sarf Mark Johnston took the opener at Newmarket whilst Kevin Ryan, Ruth Carr and Alan Swinbank provided the winners at Hamilton.
12/05/2016 The Dante meeting, day two and David Griffiths' Duke of Firenze takes the opening 15,562 Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap and Declan Carroll's Saigon City the closing 12,938 Racing UK Now In HD Handicap. In between Tim Easterby's One Word More is third in the Hambleton Handicap L. The winner of the Dante itself meanwhile is Wings of Desire who, whilst not Yorkshire bred, does descend from a well-known Garrowby family.
11/05/2016 Day one of Yorks' Dante meeting, and it's a pretty happy occassion for the locals. There's a Yorkshire 1-2-3-4 in the second race, the 15,562 Infinity Tyres Handicap with Tim Easterby's See The Sun coming home in front by a neck and a neck in an exciting finish. Next up is the Duke Of York Stakes G2 in which David O'Meara's Suedois is second and Richard Fahey's Eastern Impact is fourth. Next is the Musidora Stakes G3 in which Mark Johnston's Fireglow improves on her 1,000 Guineas fourth to finish second, albeit some four lengths behind the classy looking So Mi Dar, the increases in distance seem to be helping the daughter of Teofilo, so it may yet happen at Epsom .... !
07/05/2016 A much better day today, starting at Lingfield where the Kevin Ryan trained and Highbank Stud bred Ashadihan landed the Chartwell Fillies' Stakes G3 , her first black type win. The next was the Lingfield Oaks Trial Stakes L in which the Theaktston Stud bred Windsor maiden winner Mountain Bell was an encouraging third. It was the mixed meet at Haydock and the flat element went well for the Yorkshire raiders with a 1-2 in the Spring Trophy Stakes L ; David O'Meara's So Beloved coming home in front on Karl Burke's You're Fired, two races later Richard Fahey's Don't Touch continued his winning run when landing the 12,450 Pertemps Network Conditions Stakes. Nigel Tinkler took the last at Ascot whilst Jedd O'Keeffe did the same at Nottingham. Evening racing at Thirsk saw Richard Fahey land the opener, there was a brief lull in the second but then the locals took the rest of the card courtesy of Les Eyre, Tim Easterby, Mick Easterby, Marjorie Fife and Karen Tutty.
06/05/2016 A winner in one of the Chester supporting races for Richard Fahey who also had couple of placed horses. Mick Easterby won the last at Lingfield, Richard Fahey the opener at Nottingham and Brian Rothwell and Alan Swinbank both scored at Market Rasen. Evening racing yielded a winner for Mark Johnston at Ascot who also struck at Ripon where Tony Coyle, Bryan Smart, Tim Easterby and Brian Ellison were also amongst the local winners.
05/05/2016 Again too many fourth places at Chester, with no consolation of a winner either today. Sam Drake did land the opener up the M6 at Carlisle.
04/05/2016 The opening day of the Chester May meeting sees David Nicholls' Kimberella take the 18,675 Boodles Diamond Handicap, with Richard Whitaker's Avon Breeze in third but otherwise it's a day of slightly too many fourth place finishes. Malcolm Jefferson had a winner at Kelso whilst Micky Hammond scores at Wetherby's evening meeting.
01/05/2016 Mark Johnston's Lumiere flopped in the 1,000 Guineas G1, going backwards at exactly the point she was asked to quicken but stablemate Fireglow put up a strong performance to finish fourth only a neck from third and first of the English, first of the non-O'Brien's and indeed first of the non-Galileo's ! Lumiere will presumably wait for good ground (it was technically good today, but you have to wonder ......) and/or be tried over shorter distances. David O'Meara's Amazing Maria had a decent seasonal reapperance when third in the Dahlia Stakes G2 over a distance that was probably slightly too long for her. Up at Hamilton there were winners for Ronnie Barr, Kevin Ryan and David O'Meara.
30/04/2016 Well all three Yorkshire runners in the 2,000 Guineas G1 beat hotpot Air Force Blue with Richard Fahey's Ribchester putting up an excellent performance to finish third, picking up a more than useful 53,800 for his efforts, Bryan Smart's largely unfancied Kentuckyconnection was a surprisingly close fifth. John Quinn's Ikerrin Road took the 12,938 Harbour Watch Champion Two-Year-Old Handicap at HQ and there were also placings on the card for Mark Johnston's Revolutionist and Richard Fahey's Dolphin Vista but otherwise, with the outstanding exception of Ribchester, the Tyke raiding party largely failed to shine in the black-type races. We didn't even manage to win the Thirsk Hunt Cup but there were at least winners for Ann Duffield, Richard Guest, Declan Carroll and Tim Easterby with the later also landing the second on Doncaster's evening card. Julia Brooke landed the opener at Hexham's evening meeting and Leyburn permit holder Justin Landy took the Maiden Hunters' Chase.
27/04/2016 For the second time in two starts this season Peter Niven's admirable Clever Cookie just came off the worse in a tight finish when second by a neck in the Sagaro Stakes G3 at Ascot this afternoon, with Richard Fahey's Suegioo fourth. Winners at Ponty for Mark Johnston, Richard Guest and John Quinn.
25/04/2016 Paul Midgley's veteran sprinter Monsieur Joe made his seasonal reappearance at Naas this evening and finished a creditable second in the Woodlands Stakes L. John Quinn took the opener at Ayr whilst Brian Ellison, Alan Swinbank, Jason Ward and John Balding all had winners at Southwell.
23/04/2016 A good show in the two valuable handicaps at Haydock today with Karl Burke's You're Fired winning the 28,012 Apollobet Bet Through Your Mobile Handicap by a neck from Kevin Ryan's Erik The Red and Julie Camacho's Wilde Inspiration (who took this last season), there was no Yorkshire winner in the 28,012 Apollobet Daily Racing Refunds Handicap but Richard Fahey's Withernsea was second from Burke's Georgian Bay, Richard Fahey landed the penultimate race. At Ripon the locals won two of the four main races but in the feature 22,642 Download The Free Attheraces App Handicap (do these names get generated by computer?) we could only manage second and third courtesy of Tim Easterby's My Reward and Richard Fahey's Gabrial's King respectively. The wins did come though with Richard Whitaker's homebred Avon Breeze taking the 16,172 Visit Attheeaces.com Handicap by a neck off bottom weight and David O'Meara's Treasury Notes the 10,997 Riponbet Place6 Lucky Dip Handicap from David Barron's Swift Emperor and Tim Easterby's Father Bertie. No Yorkshire trained winner in the 16,172 Riponbet Our Profits Stay In Racing Handicap, but the victorious Noble Gift was bred at Theakston Stud. Doncaster's evening card saw winners for David O'Meara and Mick Easterby.
16/04/2016 Newbury at Chelmsford sees no joy in the (Bet)Fred Darling but Richard Fahey's Gabrial's Kaka does the business when taking the 21,788 Spring Cup Handicap. Thirsk sees winners for Brian Ellison, Marjorie Fife, Kevin Ryan, Tim Easterby and Ron Barr. At Kelso meanwhile Malcolm Jefferson's Cloudy Dream is a very nice second in the Scottish Champion Hurdle Gd2 , albeit off bottom weight whilst Sue Smith has a winner at Bangor. Anthony Brittain and Mark Johnston land the first two races on Wolverhampton's evening card, with Mick Easterby taking the last whilst Brian Ellison and Richard Fahey land wins at Nottingham.
15/04/2016 With Newbury off the action centred on the jumps today with the highlight being the victory of Brian Ellison's Definitly Red in the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase L up at Ayr. Meanwhile at Southwell Sam Bell landed a double.
14/04/2016 Final day of the Craven meeting, but no Yorkshire winners. Tim Easterby's Mattmu put up a good performance however to be third, beaten only two necks, in the Abernant Stakes G3 whilst Karl Burke's Biodynamic landed connections 19,700 for finishing third in the 200,000 Tattersalls Millions 3yo Trophy. Local winners were in evidence at Ripon thanks to David O'Meara (a double), Mick Easterby, Richard Fahey, Tim Easterby and an on-form Kristin Stubbs. Evening racing at Chelmsford saw Mark Johnston land the opener and Richard Fahey the last.
13/04/2016 Craven meeting, day two, a bit more representation in the big races but only two fourth places to show for it with David O'Meara's Custom Cut taking that place in the Earl of Sefton Stakes G3 and Mark Johnston's Adventurous doing the same in the European Free Handicap L. There were winners however with Mark Johnston's Sutter County, so impressive last time, hanging on by a head in the Novice Stakes from Kevin Ryan's debutante Dream Of Dreams and Kevin Ryan's Brando taking the last from Kristin Stubb's Soie d'Leau. Local winners galore at Beverley courtesy of Brian Ellison, Richard Fahey, Mark Johnston, John Quinn, Alan Swinbank and Karl Burke.
12/04/2016 Right, Aintree is out of the way, time for the flat to really kick on. Day one of Newmarket's Craven meeting, and we had no representation in the black type races (after the withdrawals) but scored a 1-2-3-4 in the day's main handicap the 12,938 Ben Burgess & Co Handicap which went to Kevin Ryan's Teruntum Star whilst John Quinn took the last. Parallel events at Southwell saw winners for Alan Swinbank and David Nicholls. At the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sales Highbank Stud's Invincible Spirit - Loch Jipp colt sold, via Oaks Farm Stables, for a session topping 360,000gns.
10/04/2016 Karl Burke's Quiet Reflection made it three stakes wins on the trot when bravely holding on by a head in the Prix Sigy G3 at Chantilly this afternoon ; Yorkshire's first group victory of the year. Alan Swinbank and Malcolm Jefferson had winners at the Chantilly of the Lincolnshire Wolds ; Market Rasen.
09/04/2016 Highlight of the day was Mark Johnston's Ode To Evening beaten only a nose when second in the International Stakes L at Kempton. Malcolm Jefferson, Mike Sowersby and Sam Drake took the last three at Sedgefield, and there was also some racing at Aintree. Brian Ellison had a winner at Wolverhampton. Karl Burke's Quiet Reflection, a dual black type winner last term, makes her seasonal reappearance at Chantilly tomorrow.
08/04/2016 Some glimmer of success at Aintree today with Guiseley's very own fresh(wo)man trainer Sam Drake saddling Distime to finish fourth in the Topham Chase Gd3 only a neck out of third, an excellent result for the first season trainer. Richard Fahey had a winner at Leicester whilst Marjorie Fife and Micky Hammond both struck at Newcastle. Evening racing at Wolverhampton saw wins for John Weymes and Mick Easterby.
07/04/2016 Aintree Day One sees no joy at all for the handful of Yorkshire runners, although always nice to see Cue Card and Annie Power winning races ! At Maisons-Laffitte Richard Fahey's Ribchester finished a decent enough second in the Prix Djebel G3 but was demoted to fifth, whilst Karl's Burke's Katie's Diamond is a non-runner later on the card. Southwell yields wins for David Barron, Philip Kirby, Alan Swinbank and Declan Carroll. Incidentally Peter Niven's Clever Cookie was narrowly beaten by a head on his seasonal reappearance yesterday in the Further Flight Stakes L at Nottingham.
02/04/2016 The traditional opening highlight to the Flat Season with the Lincoln at Doncaster going to the former Mark Johnston charge Secret Brief. Earlier Jedd O'Keeffe's Instant Attraction had finished third in the opening 28,012 Spring Mile Handicap. Once on to the listed fayre it was David O'Meara to the fore amongst the locals, the former Nawton based handled having bought part of the late Mel Brittain's estate near Warthill and transferred his string over the winter, with a second for new recruit Suedois in the Cammidge Trophy L and standard-bearer Custom Cut third in the Doncaster Mile L. Mark Johnston's excellent juvenille form continued when The Last Lion took the Brocklesby (with Jason Ward's Monte Cinq third) whilst David Barron landed the finale.
28/03/2016 Hurrah, the start of proper racing and, better still, due to the early Easter kick off takes place at Redcar. First day Yorkshire winners came from Mick Easterby, David O'Meara, David Barron, Alan Swinbank and Marjorie Fife. Down at Market Rasen there were winners for Sue Smith and Malcolm Jefferson.
26/03/2016 The Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan and 'our' best race is the Dubai Gold Cup G2 which sees Bishop Wilton bred Haafaguinea (by Beechwood Grange stallion Haafhd) finish third and Richard Fahey's new recruit Suegioo only a nose behind in fourth, netting a decent 34k. At equally glamorous Kempton the Mark Johnston juvenile bandwagon continues to roll when he takes both divisions of the fillies maiden by a combined winning distance of 13 lengths, with both horses by the same Freshman Sire ; Helmet. Challenger Day at Haydock sees no wins but Brian Ellison leaves with a second and two thirds whilst Sue Smith also had a third, the same protagonists also had a winner apiece up the M6 at Carlisle.
25/03/2016 All Weather Championships Day at Lingfield and it's hard to see how it could have gone much better for the Yorkshire contingent with two wins and two seconds. The winners came courtesy of Richard Fahey's Alben Star in the 93,375 All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes (in which Kevin Ryan's Goken was a decent third) and David Barron's Wolowitz making it four in row in the 93,375 3 Year Old Sprint All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes, which he landed by a hard fought neck. Meanwhile the runners-up were David Nicholls Sovereign Debt in the 83,375 All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes and Mark Johnston's Fire Fighting in the 124,500 Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes (snappy title!). At Wolverhampton (remember when Good Friday was racing free?!) there was a winner for Richard Fahey and a double for Mark Johnston including the two year old Sutter County who won by an incredible nine lengths
20/03/2016 No winners at the Curragh but Richard Fahey's Gabrial's Kaka was a decent third in the Irish Lincolnshire. Patrick Holmes and Malcolm Jefferson both had winners at Carlisle.
19/03/2016 Crikey, some jumps winners, Sue Smith scoring at Uttoxter and wins at Newcastle for Phil Kirby, Mark Walford and Rebecca Menzies, Mark Johnston lands the opener on Wolverhampton's evening card. Proper racing recommences in the British Isles at The Curragh tomorrow where Richard Fahey has some nice runners.
18/03/2016 An appalling Cheltenham for Yorkshire, hopefully Aintree will be better. Flat wins for Mark Johnston (at Lingfield) and Bryan Smart (at Wolverhampton).
17/03/2016 This could be our worst Cheltenham ever, roll on the 1,000 Gns ! Micky Hammond and Sharon Watt had winners at Hexham whilst Mick Easterby won the main race at Chelmsford's evening meet with Bosham.
16/03/2016 Cheltenham, day two, and still no joy. Flat winners for Brian Ellison, at Kempton and, at Southwell, for Brian Ellison, Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey.
15/03/2016 Cheltenham, day one, and a complete blank for the (small) Yorkshire contigent ; I might need to get used to that phrase. Malcolm Jefferson had a winner at Sedgefield whilst John Balding and Peter Niven provided winners at Southwell and Antony Brittain at Wolverhampton.
12/03/2016 No joy in the Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton today but Mark Johnston's Mister Universe landed the Lady Wulfruna Stakes L by a nose from David Nicholls' Sovereign Debt. Ironically the winner holds an entry in ....... the Lincoln ! At Ayr there were winners for Micky Hammond and Sue Smith who will both be hoping for a good Cheltenham next week.
06/03/2016 Yet another Micky Hammond treble at Sedgefield ! The track also sees a solitary win for Tim Easterby.
05/03/2016 Brian Ellison's Sam's Adventure hit the jackpot today when landing the 29,505 DBS Spring Sales Bumper at Newbury. At Lingfield Mark Johnston capped a good week when Mister Universe took the 11,972 Ladbrokes Handicap whilst Richard Fahey took the last. Meanwhile over in Dubai Fityaan (by Beechwood Grange stallion Haafhd) ran out a surprise 50-1 winner of the Meydan Sprint G3.
27/02/2016 Brian Ellison, hot on the heels of Micky Hammond, lands a treble at Newcastle today with pride of place going to Zaidiyn who took the 12,660 Betfred 'Still Treble Odds On Lucky 15s' Handicap Hurdle. No wins in the big flat races at Lingfield, but David Griffiths' stable star Take Cover seems to have lost no enthusiasm for the game, beaten only a neck in the Hever Sprint Stakes L.
25/02/2016 Today sees a treble for the in-form Micky Hammond at Sedgefield whilst Kevin Ryan scores at Chelmsford with the Copgrove bred Eleuthera.
20/02/2016 Quite a good day at Haydock for Sue Smith with older-timer Mr Moonshine landing the 12,021 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Series Qualifier, Vintage Clouds second in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Gd2 and Cloudy Too third in the Betfred Grand Narional Trial Handicap Chase Gd3.
18/02/2016 Bishop Wilton bred Haafaguinea (by Beechwood Grange stallion Haafhd), a big winner a couple of weeks ago, finishes a highly creditable second in the Dubai Millennium Stakes G3 Meydan this evening. Dometically John Quinn won the bumper at Kelso whilst Stephanie Easterby took the Hunters' Chase at Leicester.
06/02/2016 Karl Burke's old hand Rivellino ran well to just get in front in the closing strides at Lingfield this afternoon, landing the Cleves Stakes L by a neck ; he landed the same race last season. At Wetherby Brian Ellison had a double, although he would have willingly surrended those if Definitly Red, second in the Towton Novices' Chase Gd2, had finished one place better !
30/01/2016 Cheltenham beckons for Brian Ellison's Smart Talk who took the Doncaster Mares' Hurdle Gd2 at Doncaster this afternoon and is entered in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle at the festival. The previous race saw Micky Hammond's Just Cameron finish second in the 31,280 Play Channel 4 Racing's Pick 6 Handicap Chase, he carries an entry in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, which seems a trifle optimistic, although of course he was second in the Ryanair Novices' Chase last term. No joy at HQ itself although Sue Smith's Smooth Stepper was third in the 15,640 Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase. The only flat winner of the day came in the opener at Lingfiield courtesy of David O'Meara. Due to an early Easter there will be no Middleham Open Day this year, normal service will be resumed on Good Friday 2017.
23/01/2016 The Yorkshire training ranks may have been depleted by George Moore's announced retirement (Warwick Lodge is available for 550k from here if you are in the market for a 50+ box yard) and Yorkshire jumps racing may not be the force it was in the late seventies and early eighties, but step forward Sue Smith to show how it can be done with Cloudy Too annexing the Peter Marsh Chase Gd2 by an eased-down fifteen lengths at Haydock this afternoon ! Just one other winner today with Moore's next door neighbour Mark Johnston striking at Lingfield.
21/01/2016 Bishop Wilton bred Haafaguinea, off the course for nearly a year, took the 61,224 Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum City - District One Handicap at Meydan this evening. The six-year-old gelding is of course a son of Beechwood Grange stallion Haafhd. Richard Fahey landed a double at Chelmsford's evening meeting whilst Alan Swinbank, Karl Burke, Kevin Ryan (Moonlight Venture, bred at Copgrove) and Declan Carroll all had winners at Southwell.
16/01/2016 Not much going on is there ? A faint glimmer today with Brian Ellison's Definitly Red a decent second in the Hampton Novices' Chase L at Warwick, where John Quinn took the closing bumper. On home soil there were winners at Wetherby for Malcolm Jefferson and Micky Hammond.
01/01/2016 Another year, and the honour of the first Yorkshire trained winner goes to George Moore in the opener at Catterick, with winners later on the card for Brian Ellison and Sue Smith. We ran close in both the big races at Musselburgh with Rebecca Menzies' Royal MacNab second in the 19,494 totequadpot Scottish Premier Chase and Karl Burke's Pearl Castle and Brian Ellison's Zaidiyn occupying second and third respectively in the 25,992 Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle.

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