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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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