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24/06/2017 We've had Ladies Day, but today was Yorkshire Day at Royal Ascot. Proceedings started well with Mark Johnston's Nyaleti a game second in the opening Chesham Stakes L. Next up was the Wolferton Handicap L and this went the way of Tim Easterby's Snoano by a neck (told you he was in form!) in a searing finish. The penultimate cavalry charge was the 108,938 Wokingham Handicap and this went to David O'Meara's Out Do whilst Mark Johnston's game campaigner Oriental Fox landed the closing 49,800 Queen Alexandra Stakes, his second victory in the race. Up at Ayr Kevin Ryan, now able to run most of his horses, bounced back with Rural Celebration finishing second in the Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes L ahead of Richard Fahey's Queen Kindly in third, the Yorkshire winners on the card being provided by John Quinn and David O'Meara. Mark Johnston landed a treble at Newmarket, from only three runners, whilst the local winners at Redcar were provided by John Quinn, David Barron and Tony Coyle. Roll on Newmarket, Goodwood and York !
23/06/2017 And relax (fat chance). Mark Johnston's exemplary Royal Ascot record was maintained today when Permian bounced back from Derby disappointment to land the King Edward VII Stakes G2, worth more than some Group Ones ! Johnston now wants another tilt at Group One level with Permian, which is hardly surprising as he's now won two of the richest Group Two's on the calendar. Apart from Permian's stablemate Time To Study finishing fifth in the Queen's Vase G2 that was pretty much it for today, but we wouldn't want to be too greedy anyway ! Redcar yielded winners for Richard Fahey (a double), Karl Burke, David O'Meara and James Bethell whilst Brian Ellison landed the bumper at Market Rasen. Evening racing at Ayr sees winners for David O'Meara and the in-form Tim Easterby (4 wins from 10 runners in the last 3 days).
22/06/2017 Royal Ascot Day Three, past half way, better than yesterday, not as good as Tuesday. Again our best results came in the opener when Declan Carroll's speed-ball Santry was a good second in the Norfolk Stakes G2, with Mark Johnston's Cardsharp back in third. In the last, the King George V Handicap, Johnston's bottom-weighted Bear Valley was third, only a head out of second but some distance from the winner. However, as we all know, the real glamour is at Ripon and here the locals swept the board with winners for Richard Fahey, John Quinn, Paul Midgley, Tim Easterby, Mick Easterby, Brian Ellison and Les Eyre.
21/06/2017 Not a good day at Royal Ascot today, we got precisely zero out of proceedings. There were winners at Hamilton for David O'Meara, Jedd O'Keeffe, Mark Johnston and Tim Easterby whilst Nigel Tinkler and Tim Easterby landed the opening two races on Ripon's evening card, closely followed by winners for Roger Fell, Richard Fahey and David O'Meara whilst Richard Guest and David O'Meara won at Chelmsford.
20/06/2017 Royal Ascot, Day One, Race One, Bang ; Yorkshire winner. Richard Fahey's Ribchester justified favouritsm to nicely land the Queen Anne Stakes G1 and looks every inch Champion Miler in waiting, especially with Churchill beaten later on the card. That was it really although David Griffiths' Take Cover was fifth in the King's Stand Stakes G1 and Fahey's Forest Ranger occupied the same position in the St James's Palace Stakes G1, both picking up a useful 10,760 for connections. Ribchester is getting closer to Collier Hill in the all-time winningmost list (obviously!), but is still some way off. Thirsk saw winners for Chris Fairhurst, Richard Fahey and Ruth Carr whilst Mark Johnston, Julie Camacho and Mark Walford struck on Beverley's evening card.
18/06/2017 Bryan Smart, back in action, saddled Mythmaker to be a gallant neck second in the EBF Cathedral Stakes L at Salisbury today, with Mark Johnston landing the (relatively) valued Novice race. Johnston also had a winner at Doncaster where other local winners were trained by Ruth Carr and Bryan Smart.
17/06/2017 A busy pre-Ascot Saturday. At York it was Team(s) Easterby to the fore with Tim Easterby's Golden Apollo landing the 62,250 Catherine Kinloch Paver Memorial Macmillan Charity Handicap by a neck from Richard Fahey's The Wagon Wheel with Declan Carroll'a Justanotherbottle in third, between them the bottom three in the weights. In the opener Mick Easterby was represented by winning grandaughters Jacqueline Coward (as trainer) and Joanna Mason (as jockey) in the 11,992 Queen Mother's Cup Handicap, with Peter Easterby's son Tim (as trainer) and grandaughter Emily (as jockey) finishing second. Other winners on the Knavesmire came from Ruth Carr and Richard Fahey with the laters Gabrial fourth in the Ganton Stakes L . At Musselburgh it was Paul Midgley in the driving seat with not only his Line Of Reason landing the 62,250 Wm Hill Scottish Sprint Cup Handicap by a neck (with Richard Fahey's Kimberella in third) , but also taking the 'consolation' 25,876 Wm Hill Tartan Trophy Consolation Race Handicap with Orient Class. In between David O'Meara took the 12,938 Wm Hill Mares & Fillies' Handicap from Mark Johnston's Khamaary whilst Tim Easterby took the penultimate race. Karl Burke had a winner at Sandown where Tim Easterby's good day continued when Copper Knight was third in the Scurry Stakes L. Mark Walford took the opener at Hexham, whilst evening racing yields a treble for Mark Johnston at Leicester.
16/06/2107 Mark Johnston today sent four runners to Sandown, and came back with three winners, all ridden by Silvestre de Sousa , who had an additional two winners on the card (with an additional one at Goodwood's evening meet to boot). Less joy locally at York although John Quinn and Brian Ellison did provide some local cheer.
15/06/2017 Richard Fahey's Don't Touch is a decent second in the Ballycorus Stakes G3 at Leopardstown this evening, his seasonal debut. Domestically a quiet day with winners for David O'Meara and Mick Easterby at Haydock's evening meet whilst at Nottingham Richard Fahey has a double and there are also winners for John Quinn and Lawrence Mullaney.
10/06/2017 A very busy day, especially for Team Richard Fahey, however it was Mark Johnston who landed a big one with Jaameh taking the 28,012 John Sunley Memorial Handicap at Newmarket where earlier Fahey's Six Strings was second in the 28,012 AHT Celebrating 75 Years Handicap from Johnston's Town Charter in third. It was a similar story at Beverley with Johnston landing a 1-2 in the Brian Yeardley Continental Trophy with Cardsharp keeping on well to finish ahead of stablemate Rufus King, in the Hilary Needler Trophy Fahey's Maggies Angel was second, no doubt there are some Royal Ascot contenders within those three, and possibly also Johnston's Rebel Assault who could only manage fourth in the Hilary Needler. Richard Fahey did land the opener on the Westwood and Declan Carroll and Richard Guest also had winners later on the card. At Haydock David O'Meara, David Barron and Karl Burke provided the Yorkshire winners whilst O'Meara's So Beloved was third in the John Of Gaunt Stakes G3. Richard Fahey did land a double at Chester including the main race with Starlight Romance whilst other winners were provided by Tim Easterby and Brian Ellison. The victorious local trainers at Catterick were David O'Meara, Phil Kirby, John Balding and John Quinn.
09/06/2017 A quiet days racing, but a rather better evening. Afternoon winners came for John Weymes at Wolverhampton and for Ruth Carr, Richard Guest, David O'Meara and Lawrence Mullaney at Carlisle. Evening racing saw Paul Midgley's Final Venture take the Achilles Stakes L at Haydock, where Marjorie Fife also had a winner whilst at Stratford Guy Brewer's Young Hurriane landed the 14,990 Stratford Foxhunters Champion Hunters' Chase.
04/06/2017 It was announced today that the 'Sprint King' David 'Dandy' Nicholls had died at the age of 61. A former journeyman jockey (421 wins in 21 seasons) who achieved great success with a string of David Chapman sprinters, most notably Soba, Nicholls turned to training at Tall Trees, Sessay, Thirsk in 1993 and achieved great success with over 1,200 winners and six Group One wins namely the Nunthorpe Stakes G1 (with Ya Malak and Bahamian Pirate), the July Cup G1 and Prix de l'Abbaye G1 (both with Continent) and the Betfred Sprint Cup G1 and Prix Maurice de Gheest G1 (both with Regal Parade). But it was the big sprint handicaps that he was mostly closely associated, including winning the Ayr Gold Cup six times and the Steward's Cup three times, the fact that three of his group one winners (Bahamian Pirate, Continent and Regal Parade) also won the Ayr Gold Cup was testament of his ability to improve a horse through the ranks. A sad day indeed. If it matters Brian Ellison had a winner at Fakenham
03/06/2017 What do we have to do to win the Derby !?! Mark Johnston's Permian put up a reasonably respectable performance, finishing midfield, and was possibly lacking a little in finishing speed on this evidence. Still, it's not all doom and gloom in fact Yorkshire was pretty dominant today, apart from on home soil ! Yorkshire won the two races prior to the Derby and the two after it with Ruth Carr's venerable Sovereign Debt kicking off proceedings to land the Diomed Stakes G3 by a neck from Richard Fahey's Gabrial, who is getting ever closer to an appearance on the Top 10 Winningmost list. Next up was the 61,590 'Dash' in which Tony Coyle bagged the biggest win of his career with Caspian Prince coming home in front, with David Griffiths' Duke Of Firenze back in third. After the Blue Riband Mark Johnston's Soldier In Action took the 24,900 Investec Out Of The Ordinary Handicap whilst Yorkshire completely annexed the closing 24,900 Investec Asset Management Handicap, the first six all being trained in God's Own with the princpals being John Quinn's Reputation in first followed home by Paul Midgley's Naggers and Richard Fahey's George Bowen. At Musselburgh Richard Fahey's It Don't Come Easy took the 12,450 Edinburgh Castle Conditions Stakes from Mark Johnston's Rebel Assault whilst in the feature 49,800 Edinburgh Gold Cup Mark Johnston's top weight Time To Study came out on top, Johnston's Thomas Cranmer took the following 12,938 Ian McLeod Distillers Handicap from Richard Fahey's The Eagle's Nest. Chris Fairhurst provided the sole local winner at Doncaster and Henry Hogarth scored at Hexham. Evening racing saw Richard Fahey and Chris Fairhurst dead heat the opener at Newcastle, whilst Peter Niven and Richard Guest also scored later on the card. With four wins this season Chris Fairhurst has already had the same number of wins as the previous three seasons combined and this years total prize money is higher than any year since 2007, and it's only the beginning of June !
02/06/2017 Epsom Derby Festival Day One sees three second places for Yorkshire, but no winners. Mark Johnston's Cardharp fills that position in the opening 24,900 Woodcote Stakes with Richard Fahey's Zap in third whilst in the following 24,900 Investec Click & Invest Mile Handicap it is David O'Meara's Mythical Madness and Richard Fahey's Home Cummins occupying the placed slots. Closest to a win was Richard Fahey's Innocent Touch, a neck second in the 31,125 Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap. Catterick resulted in winners for David O'Meara, Julie Camacho and David Griffiths whilst Mike Sowersby won the last at Market Rasen. Evening racing at Doncaster saw winners for Roger Fell and Richard Whitaker.
01/06/2017 Shattering news today, the day before the Epsom Derby Meeting, that Kevin Ryan has had a single horse come down with the potentially deadly EHV-1 virus resulting in the immediate closure not only of his own yard but also those of near neighbours Bryan Smart and Michael Herrington. This could last for weeks, a devastating blow at the height of the season. Mark Johnston had a double at Hamilton where 'retired' Kristin Stubbs, Marjorie Fife and David O'Meara provided the other Yorkshire trained winners. John Balding had a winner at Wolverhampton whilst evening racing saw the in-form Mark Johnston land the opener at Chelmsford with Tom Tate, Richard Whitaker, David O'Meara and John Weymes all having winners at Newcastle.
29/05/2017 A typical Bank Holiday offering although Redcar at least had the 16,172 Zetland Gold Cup which went to James Bethell's Briardale by six lengths from Mark Johnston's Rainbow Rebel. Other local winners on Teeside were provided by David O'Meara, David Barron, John Quinn and Mark Walford with the later also scoring at Cartmel, along with Tim Easterby. Micky Hammond had a winner down at Huntingdon.
27/05/2017 A good day for Mark Johnston who landed a treble at Haydock with Yorkidding taking the 12,938 AMIX Ready Mixed Concrete Handicap (from Richard Fahey's Suegioo), Rusumaat the 37,350 AMIX Silver Bowl Handicap (with stablemate Masham Star in third) and the penultimate race with Sofia's Rock. In between Bryan Smart's Alpha Delphini was a very decent third in the Temple Stakes G2 (with Paul Midgley's Final Venture in fourth and Karl Burke's Quiet Reflection, known to not like the going, but in need of a pre-Ascot run, well back) and Kevin Ryan's Futoon occupied the same place in the Cecil Frail Stakes L. Goodwood saw Johnston's always consistent Sutter County finally land a big one in the 64,690 Winners Are Welcome At Matchbook Handicap, although stablemate Galapiat could only manage fourth in the Tapster Stakes L. On local soil at York Tim Easterby annexed the 31,125 Unibet Sprint Championship with his Copper Knight coming home in front of stablemate Rasheeq with David O'Meara's Watchable back in third. That was it for Yorkshire trained winner on the Knavesmire although Brian Ellison's Seamour was third in the Grand Cup Stakes L and William Haggas and Ralph Beckett, who both have strong Yorkshire connections, had three winners between them. A Chester Mark Johnston had just the one winner with Jaameh landing the penultimate 14,006 Mionetto Prosecco Handicap but Richard Fahey also had a win with Energia Fox who's stablemate Penwortham was second in the feature 28,012 MBNA Handicap. On Guineas day at the Curragh David O'Meara's Suedois was third in the Greenlands Stakes G2.
25/05/2017 The biggest evening meet of the season today at Sandown and Karl Burke's Havana Grey takes one of the four black type races on offer when Havana Grey lands the National Stakes L., David O'Meara's Mondialiste marginally added to his already extensive winnings when finishing fourth in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes G3. Earlier Mark Johnston scored a double at Catterick where Ruth Carr also had a winner. The other evening meeting at Chelmsford saw Mick Easterby's Qaffaal finish third in the 22,642 totewin At betfred.com Handicap.
22/05/2017 A Yorkshire 1-3 in the day's only race of note when the Jean Turpin bred Perfect Pasture lands the Leisure Stakes L at Windsor for Mick Easterby with Richard Fahey's Mr Lupton back in third. Earlier Richard Fahey had a double at Carlisle where Ruth Carr and Kevin Ryan also had winners with the later also scoring at Redcar along with Tim Easterby, Mark Johnston, Roger Fell and David O'Meara.
20/05/2017 The week just gets better and better .... today Richard Fahey's Ribchester put up a magnificent performance to jusitfy favouritism when making all to land the Lockinge Stakes G1 , his second victory at the highest level, and the first Yorkshire trained win at this level for the year. Off this performance he has been made favourite for the Queen Anne, so onwards and upwards. This doesn't change his position on the all-time winningmost list (see below), so I won't re-publish it, and he still has a way to go to catch Collier Hill, never mind The Grey Gatsby, but you certainly couldn't rule it out on this performance. Earlier at Newbury Karl Burke's Simmie was a decent second in the Carnarvon Stakes L, with David O'Meara's Florida Times back in third. Mark Johnston had to make do with some decent placings from both Time To Study, third in the 43,575 London Gold Cup Handicap and Starlight Mystery, second in the 32,345 Olympic Glory Conditions Stakes before Fahey capped his trip to Berkshire by landing the closing 24,900 Toronado Handicap with Withernsea. Fahey also had a winner at Newmarket whilst at Thirsk the local winners came courtesy of a double from Paul Midgley and a win for Antony Brittain in the last. Evening racing at Doncaster saw a double for Richard Fahey (that's five for the day) and Karl Burke taking the last.
19/05/2017 Another good day at York for Middleham with Jedd O'Keeffe, certainly a trainer on the rise, saddling Lord Yeats to land the 31,125 Betway Jorvik Handicap. Earlier Tim Easterby's new recruit High Jinx was a very good third, beaten only two necks, in the Yorkshire Cup G2, more to come no doubt from this former James Fanshawe trained son of High Chaparral. Local horses occupied second to fifth positions in the 12,450 Irish EBF Whittle Partnership Fillies' Handicap with Chris Fairhurst's Florenza second whilst the penultimate 12,450 Yorkshire Equine Practise Handicap saw a Yorkshire 1-2-3-4 with David O'Meara's Coolfitch landing the spoils from Richard Fahey's Megan Lily. We even took the main race down at HQ with Declan Carroll's Saigon City the victor in Newmarket's 18,675 Edmondson Hall Solicitors & Sports Lawyers Handicap ahead of Mark Johnston's old-timer Oriental Fox in second. Karl Burke took the opener on Hamilton's evening card where David O'Meara and John Quinn also had winners whilst Richard Fahey landed a double at Newcastle (including Prying Pandora in the 11,644 Rutherford Wilkinson Fillies' Hcap) where Ben Haslam took the last, Peter (son of Richard) Fahey landed the closing bumper at Aintree, a first runner and winner under rules !
18/05/2017 First the good news ; the locals did much better today at York with Mark Johnston's Permian leading the way by landing the Dante Stakes G2 itself, furthermore he will be supplemented for the Derby ! There was admirable support on the Knavesmire from David O'Meara's Fashion Queen (bred by Bolton Grange) who took the Westow Stakes L whilst David Griffiths' Duke Of Firezne led home a Yorkshire 1-2 in the opening 15,562 Betfred Support Jack Berry House Handicap and Richard Fahey and Jedd O'Keeffe took the last two races. Micky Hammond scored at Perth. The shock bad news was the unexpected death of leading Yorkshire trainer, and all-round nice guy, Alan Swinbank at the age of 72. From a farming background but involved in racing as an owner and in the point-to-point world he eventually obtained a public licence in 2001 and garnered over 800 winners including most significantly the globe-trotting Collier Hill, winner of three Group One races. A sad day indeed.
17/05/2017 Day one of York's Dante meeting and no luck for the locals in the major races but David O'Meara's Al Qahwa lands the 15,563 Infinity Tyres Handicap and Declan Carroll's Santry the 12,450 Novice race.
13/05/2017 A very busy day, but not much joy for the Yorkshire runners in the bigger races. At Haydock David O'Meara's So Beloved is third in the Spring Trophy L whilst Bryan Smart's Mythmaker takes the following 12,450 Conditions Stakes. At Ascot there was no joy until Mick Easterby's Robero took the last whilst at Lingfield our best performance was Mark Johnston's Frankuus finishing an unspiring fourth in the Derby Trial L. At Nottingham Kevin Ryan's Futoon acquited herself well when second in the Kilvington Stakes L (or the EBF Weatherbys General Stud Book Online Kilvington Stakes to give it it's full name). Micky Hammond and Henry Hogarth both had winners at Hexham. Evening racing at Thirsk saw a double for Richard Fahey and winners singular for David O'Meara (in the Cliff Stud sponsored handicap) Paul Midgley and Chris Fairhurst.
12/05/2017 A Yorkshire double on the final day at Chester with Tim Easterby's Chester-loving Copper Knight taking the 18,675 Sustainable Group (UK) Ltd Handicap and Julie Camacho's Judicial also scoring later on the card. Micky Hammond had a winner at Market Rasen and David O'Meara's Edward Lewis won a race at Lingfield that at a (remeasured) 4 furlongs 217 yards is technically shorter than the official minimum distance of 5 furlongs ! Evening racing yielded a winner for Nigel Tinkler at Ascot and for Mark Johnston and Ruth Carr at Ripon.
11/05/2017 Only a win in one of the supporting races at Chester today with David Griffiths' Storm King landing the last. On home turf at Catterick there were winners for Mark Johnston, Kevin Ryan, Richard Fahey, Ruth Carr and Mick Easterby whilst Micky Hammond took the second on Carlisle's evening card and almost neighbour Ben Haslam also scored.
10/05/2017 Close, but no cigar. Mark Johnston's Yorkidding was tantalisingly close to landing the 73,908 Chester Cup today when beaten only a neck having led in the final furlong. Earlier on the Roodeye John Quinn's El Astronaute had taken the 18,675 Boodles Diamond Handicap with Tim Easterby's old-timer Confessional back in third. Mark Walford and Marjorie Fife scored at Kelso.
07/05/2017 At least we had two runners in today's 1,000 Guineas, but no joy. The previous race at HQ however saw a Richard Fahey 1-2 as Mr Lupton pipped Eastern Impact in the 31,125 Longholes Handicap. There was a group victory however over at Leopardstown when David O'Meara's Custom Cut took the Amethyst Stakes G3, his first victory since landing a group race at the same track in September 2015, although he has had a number of good placings in between times. Hamilton yielded winners for Julie Camacho, Alan Swinbank and Roger Fell.
06/05/2017 Day One of Newmarket's Guineas meeting, we had no runner in the 2,000 Guineas itself but Mark Johnston's progressive Permian continued his rise up the rankings when landing the Newmarket Stakes L by over four lengths and David Barron's Danielsflyer took the 12,938 Hot Streak Handicap. Locally Les Eyre's Cote d'Azur won the 16,172 Thirsk Hunt Cup whilst the other local winners were provided by Richard Fahey, Paul Midgley, David O'Meara and Tim Easterby. Doncaster's evening meet saw David Barron land the opener and Mark Johnston the feature 12,450 Water Aid Handicap with Aardwolf, albeit off bottom weight.
29/04/2017 The day when the National Hunt season finally dies traditionally is a bit weak on the flat, and so it proved today with plenty of racing but only one 'black type' offering. It's full steam ahead after today though. Wins of the day came at Ripon with Tim Easterby's My Reward taking the 18,675 Download The Free Attheraces App Handicap and David O'Meara's Intisaab the 13,695 Visit Attheraces.com Handicap, the only other local winner at Yorkshire's 'Garden Racecourse' was provided by Les Eyre who took the last. Mark Johnston had a winner at Leicester and also at Doncaster.
28/04/2017 Two weeks on from Sovereign Debt providing Ruth Carr with her most valuable win he will be rising even further in her esteem after today when he provided her with her first Group winner when taking the bet365 Mile G2 at Sandown, with Richard Fahey's old-timer Gabrial a gallant second. The prior race saw Mark Johnston's Frankuus finish a respectable third in the bet365 Classic Trial G3. David Barron had a double at Doncaster where Mark Johnston also had a winner whilst Philip Kirby took the Hunters' Chase at Perth.
22/04/2017 Yet another excellent winner for Malcolm Jefferson when Cloudy Dream, so often the bridesmaid, stays on strongly to land the Future Champion Novices' Chase Gd2 up at Ayr on Scottish National day. Richard Fahey's Queen Kindly gives out mixed messages at Newbury but stablemate Another Touch is second in the 31,125 Spring Cup Handicap. The locals do well at Thirsk with a treble for Richard Fahey and singular wins for John Quinn and Bryan Smart. Fahey has yet another two-year-old winner on Nottingham's evening card where Brian Ellison took the last.
21/04/2017 More early season black-type for Kevin Ryan when Futoon is a decent second in the Lansdown Stakes L at Bath this evening. Ben Haslam has a winner over fences at Southwell.
20/04/2017 Today sees the first Yorkshire trained Group winner of the flat season when Kevin Ryan's Brando wears down Ornate to land the Abernant Stakes G3 at Newmarket. The locals ruled at Ripon with wins for Richard Fahey, Karl Burke, Ruth Carr, Mark Johnston and Ollie Pears with a dead-heat in the last between Mick Easterby and Ruth Carr ..... now that's a match race I'd pay to watch. David Griffiths had a winner on Lingfield's late afternoon card.
15/04/2017 Winners galore up at Mussleburgh today with Richard Fahey's excellent start to the season continuing when Cullingworth landed the 32,345 Royal Mile Handicap our other winners came from Paul Midgley's Desert Law in the 12,938 Borderlescott Sprint Trophy Conditions Stakes, David Barron, Bryan Smart and Rebecca Bastiman. Sue Smith took the Novices' Chase at Carlisle.
14/04/2017 Sorry for the delay, I was at Silverstone, with a quick trip to Towcester races yesterday en-route. David Nicholls would have had an excellent All-Weather Champions Day at Lingfield today if he hadn't retired so it fell to the now Richard Fahey trained Kimberella to land the 93,375 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championship Conditions Stakes and to the now Ruth Carr trained Sovereign Debt to take the 93,375 Sunbets All-Weather Mile Championship Conditions Stakes, with Fahey's Nimr in second and David O'Meara's Salateen in third. Earlier Mark Johnston's Watersmeet was second in the 93,375 Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes and Kevin Ryan's Ashadihan (bred by Highbank Stud) third in the 93,375 32Red All-Weather Fillies And Mares Championship Conditions Stakes. Ruth Carr had an excellent day with a double at Newcastle where Richard Fahey's Forest Ranger took the feature 62,250 Burradon Conditions Stakes from Kevin Ryan's Syphax and John Quinn's Misitroc was second in the 52,913 Betway Handicap, our other Tyneside winners came courtesy of James Bethell and Julie Camacho. No winners at Bath but Mark Johnston had a 2-3-4 in the feature 37,350 Bathwick Tyres Handicap with second and third placed Minster Manduro and Permian only going down by a head and a short head respectively.
08/04/2017 Incredibly our third Grade One second place of the National Festival, this time it's Brian Ellison in the runner-up spot when his Forest Bihan is denied by a head in the Maghull Novices' Chase Gd1. Stablemate Definitly Red was denied in the Grand National after acrobatics to miss a fallen horse caused his tack to slip and he had to be pulled up. No joy on the flat but Micky Hammond and Sue Smith both had winners at Newcastle's NH meeting.
07/04/2017 Incredibly (distressingly!) Malcolm Jefferson had his second Grade One runner-up spot in consecutive days today, and his third in a month, when Mount Mews was second in the Crabbie's Top Novices' Hurdle Gd1. Richard Fahey, Mark Johnston and Mick Easterby each had a winner apiece at Leicester (proper flat racing, almost a week after the season started!) whilst Brian Ellison had a timely winner at Sedgefield, the day before Definitly Red's attempt on the National.
06/04/2017 So the flat season is in full swing, not, luckily however we have Aintree to look forward to and it was a good start to the National Festival for Malcolm Jefferson who saw his Cloudy Dream finish second in the opening Manifesto Novices' Chase Gd1 before stablemate Double W's landed the penultimate race the Red Rum Handicap Chase Gd3. Richard Fahey, Karl Burke, Alan Swinbank and Marjorie Fife were our winning representatives at Southwell.
01/04/2017 And so the Flat Season 2017 kicks off, and David O'Meara's new recruit, the former Coolmore charge Bravery, starts proceedings with a bang by landing the traditional season curtain raiser the 62,250 Lincoln Handicap with Richard Fahey's old-timer Gabrial back in fourth. The opening Cammidge Trophy L had seen Ruth Carr's (also new recruit) Pipers Note finish a neck third whilst Jedd O'Keeffe's Candelisa occupied the same position in the 28,012 Spring Mile. The Brocklesby was split into two divisions (sacrilege!) , but no matter as Declan Carroll landed division one and Richard Fahey division two ! The all-weather at Kempton saw another black type performance for Ruth Carr when the former David Nicholls charge Sovereign Debt, unlucky in running, was a neck and a neck third in the Magnolia Stakes L. Ruth Carr previously had only one black-type performance to her name, so to get two on the opening day of the season, both with new recruits, certainly bodes well for the months to come. Over sticks Harriet Bethell had a winner at Uttoxeter. Mark Johnston had a winner on Chelmsford's evening card.
25/03/2017 Richard Fahey's Ribchester, tried over further than a mile for the first time, was a decent third in the Dubai Turf G1 at Meydan this afternoon, picking up 407,804 for his efforts, the going may not have aided his cause and all-in-all this bodes well for the season ahead, David O'Meara's Mondialiste finished well back. As a result Ribchester jumps from seventh to third in the all-time winningmost list, pushing Mondialiste down into fourth. Fahey had a winner at Lingfield with David Nicholls' former charge Kimberella coming home ahead of Mick Easterby's Bowson Fred, Mark Johnston's Isharah was second in the other main race on the card. Micky Hammond's Silver Tassie was third in a nice race at Kelso, whilst Sue Smith's Cloudy Too was third in Newbury's opener. Ann Duffield and Ruth Carr scored on Wolverhampton's evening card. Proper racing starts at Naas tomorrow, and Richard Fahey is well represented.
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.
Ribchester Richard Fahey 1,336,151 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, Dubai Turf G1
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
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
19/03/2017 Back from her jollies in Dubai Richard Fahey's Melesina has another good French outing when taking the Prix la Camargo L at Saint-Cloud this afternoon. Carlisle rained off.
18/03/2017 The lull. A double for Malcolm Jefferson at Newcastle with Dubai Angel taking the main race on the card, Julia Brooke also had a winner on Tyneside whilst down at Wolverhampton Richard Fahey took the last on the evening card.
17/03/2017 Well the Gold Cup winners was owned by a Yorkshireman ! Erm, that's it.
16/03/2017 As far as can be discerned with the naked eye there was NO Yorkshire involvement at Chelthenham today (barring Yorkshire based or born jockeys). So zero of interest for the denizens of this website. Henry Hogarth scored at Hexham, Mick Easterby and Mark Johnston likewise at Chelmsford.
15/03/2017 Brian Ellison’s Nietzsche was third, beaten a neck and a neck, in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Gd3 at Cheltenham today, although that was it from a Yorkshire perspective. Newcastle sees a double for Mick Easterby as well as winners for Richard Fahey and Ben Haslam.
14/03/2017 Not a bad start to proceedings at Cheltenham with Malcolm Jefferson’s Cloudy Dreams second to Altior in the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase Gd1 and improving on his position relative to Brian Ellison’s Forest Bihan, who beat him two starts ago but could only manage fifth this time. Small fields at Sedgefield saw winners for Sam England, Peter Winks and Mick Easterby whilst there were flat winners at Southwell for Marjorie Fife, Rebecca Bastiman, Roger Fell and Richard Fahey and at Wolverhampton’s evening meeting for Alan Brown.
11/03/2017 Sadly one suspects the words 'annexed', 'Yorkshire' and 'Cheltenham' won't be much in use in the same sentence next week, but today the Tyke raiders did annexe proceedings at Wolverhampton landing both the big races with Richard Fahey's Nimr taking the 31,125 Lincoln Trial Handicap, in which Mick Easterby's Holiday Magic was third, and David O'Meara's Salateen winning the Lady Wulfruna Stakes L by a nose and a head, distances which would have been better if he hadn't hung in the closing stages. In addition Brian Ellison took the opener at Wolves whilst Micky Hammond had a chasing winner up at Ayr. Kevin Ryan and Mark Johnston both had winners at Chelmsford's evening meeting. Meanwhile the Manor House Stud bred Redkirk Warrior landed major honours in Australia in the early hours of this morning when taking the Newmarket Handicap G1, yet another Group One winner for Lennie Peacock !
09/03/2017 Shock news today that 'Sprint King' David Nicholls is retiring with immediate effect. Nicholls has gone out with a bang with stable stalwart Sovereign Debt landing the 92,682 ITB Cup at Doha a couple of weeks ago. Nicholls has trained a host of stars, mostly other trainers' cast offs, including Ya Malak, Continent, Bahamian Pirate, Regal Parade, Proud Native, Rudi's Pet, Strike Up The Band, Tax Free, Inxile and the aforementioned Sovereign Debt. If the finances are that bad there is presumably a strong possibility that Tall Trees Stables could come on the market in the near future. 'Dandy's' near neighbours David Barron and Kevin Ryan had winners at Southwell (where David Griffiths also scored) and Newcastle respectively with further winners at the later for Rebecca Bastiman, Alan Swinbank and Roger Fell.
04/03/2017 Cheltenham edges closer, but the Grand National was on the agenda today with the 34,408 Grimthorpe Handicap Chase at Doncaster won very nicely by Brian Ellison's Definitly Red, with Sue Smith's Wakanda a respectable third. Good news up at Kelso as well with Malcolm Jefferson's Mount Mews taking the Totescoop6 Premier Kelso Novices' Hurdle Gd2, one of four winners on the card for Brian Hughes (the opener was won by Brian Harding and the last by Blair (close!) Campbell !). On the flat at Lingfield Mark Johnston (who had a bumper winner earlier in the week !?!) had a winner whilst his Sutter County was second in the Spring Cup Handicap L. Evening racing at Newcastle yielded a double for David Barron and winners singular for Bryan Smart and Richard Guest.
20/02/2017 Monday afternoon in Wolverhampton? Let's put on a 28,635 Class 2 Handicap !?! Anyway, it was a good move for the Yorkshire trainers as David Barron's Robot Boy took the honours in the Betway Handicap with Mick Easterby's Bowson Fred back in second. Julie Camacho and Mark Johnston both had winners later on the card whilst Richard Fahey landed the bumper at Carlisle.
18/02/2017 Sue Smith's Vintage Clouds finished third in the Betfred Grand National Trial Handicap Chase Gd3 at Haydock today whilst stablemate Cloudy Too was fourth in the Swinley Chase Limited Handicap L at Ascot. Mark Johnston and Mick Easterby both had a winner apiece at Lingfield.
16/02/2017 Up at Kelso today Malcolm Jefferson's Cyrus Daris landed the 16,642 Timeform Morebattle Hurdle whilst stablemate Firth Of Clyde was second in the following 16,245 Ivan Straker Memorial Chase. Les Eyre, Mark Johnston and John Quinn all scored at Lingfield whilst Mick Easterby and Richard Guest provided our winners at Chelmsford. At Meydan Roger Fell's Caspian Prince was third in the Meydan Sprint G3.
11/02/2017 Only a couple of Yorkshire runners at Meydan today but Paul Midgley's Final Venture did the business to land the 85,365 Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa Handicap; his second win in three Dubai starts (there was also a third place) for a total of 165,445. Nice ! Domestically Phil Kirby took the last at Uttoxeter and Richard Guest had a winner at Wolverhampton. Kristin Stubbs retired and then unretired twice today .... probably.
09/02/2017 Another good day at Meydan with David O'Meara's Salateen taking the 85,365 Range Rover Handicap by a nose, short head and a head and Richard Fahey's Rajar finishing third in UAE 1,000 Guineas L. Philip Kirby took the last at Donnie and Marjorie Fife did likewise at Lingfield.
04/02/2017 No joy in daytime racing today, but Bryan Smart's Mythmaker was a good second, beaten only a nose, in the Cleves Stakes L at Lingfield whilst up at Musselburgh Brian Ellison's Dominada was second in the 28,475 Scottish County Hurdle Handicap L whilst John Quinn's Project Bluebook was third in the Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial Juvenile Hurdle L. Evening racing at Newcastle yields wins for David Barron and John Quinn.
28/01/2017 Distressing events at Cheltenham, but the highlight at Doncaster was a Yorkshire 1-2 in the Sky Bet Lightning Novices' Chase Gd2 with Brian Ellison's Forest Bihan taking the plaudits from Malcolm Jefferson's Cloudy Dream. In the preceding 21,280 Sky Bet First Race Special Handicap Chase Jefferson's Double W's was a good second. Mark Johnston had a winner at Lingfield.
21/01/2017 Prior to day the highlight of the week was Richard Fahey's Rajar finishing third in the UAE 1,000 Guineas Trial at Meydan. However Malcolm Jefferson sent a strong team to Haydock this afternoon and was rewarding at the first opportunity when Waiting Patiently did just that and struck at the last to land the Star Sports Cheltenham Preview Evening Novices' Chase Gd2 thus retaining his unbeaten record over fences, although he was receiving 3lb's from second placed Politologue. Later on the card stablemate Cyrus Darius, who needed the race, was fourth in the Champion Hurdle Trial Gd2 whilst Mark Johnston had a winner at Lingfield and evening racing at Newcastle yielded wins for David Barron, Alan Brown, Richard Guest and John Quinn.
14/01/2017 Our first winner at Meydan this season when Paul Midgley's recent recruit Final Venture lands the 65,853 Jebel Ali Port Handicap by a nose. On home turf (actually all-weather) there is a Yorkshire 1-2-3 in the 28,013 Sunbets.co.uk Handicap with Kevin Ryan's Flaming Spear coming home a neck in front on Brian Ellison's Fort Bastion with Ryan's Al Khan a further neck back in third. Tthere are further winners at Newcastle for James Bethell, Brian Ellison, Mark Johnston and Michael Herrington whilst Sue Smith and Micky Hammond both return from Catterick with a winner.
05/01/2017 A reasonably good start to proceedings at Meydan with Richard Fahey's Rene Mathis picking up 21,951 for finishing second in the Longines Dolce Vita Handicap and Roger Fell's Capsian Prince third in the 65,306 Longines Master Collection Handicap. Domestically plenty of placings but just the one winner courtesy of Mick Easterby's Aldreth at Chelmsford.

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