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15/03/2018 Personally I blame Rob Wright, in an article about Sam Spinner it today's Times he writes the "gallops at Middleham Moor are overshadowed by Penhill, one of the highest points of the Peak District", amazing sense of geography, and then Penhill goes and wins the Stayers' Hurdle Gd1 with Sam Spinner back in fifth. Of course Penhill was formerly trained by James Bethell (hence the name), so maybe a victory by proxy. Still at least Ruth Jefferson's Cloudy Dream managed third in the Ryanair Chase Gd1. Philip Kirby and Sharon Watt scored at Hexham.
14/03/2018 Day Two, and unless we can claim God's Own there's not a lot to get excited about from a Yorkshire perspective. Mark Johnston, Karl Burke and Philip Kirby have winners at Southwell whilst Antony Brittain scores on Wolverhampton's evening card.
13/03/2018 Cheltenham 2018, Day One. Yorkshire gets some sort of result when Sue Smith's Vintage Clouds is third in the Ultima Handicap Chase Gd3. Whilst everyone is looking Cheltenham-wards the locals hit Sedgefield hard with wins for Joanne Foster, Micky Hammond, Philip Kirby and Patrick Holmes. On the level Kevin Ryan, Roger Fell and Ruth Carr have winners at Southwell with Roger Fell doubling up at Newcastle's evening meeting where James Bethell, Mark Johnston and Ben Haslam all have winners, with a double for the later.
10/03/2018 The calm before the Cheltenham storm. Result of the day came on Imperial Cup Day at Sandown where Mick Easterby's Sam's Gunner nicely landed the EBF Matchbook VIP 'National Hunt' Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final Gd3 (an early contender for convoluted race title of the year). At Wolverhampton it was the Lincoln Trial Handicap and this saw Richard Fahey's Third Time Lucky finish, er, third with David Barron's Swift Emperor in fourth. Later on the card Mark Johnston's consistent Masham Star was third in the Lady Wulfruna Stakes L and David Barron landed the seven furlong handicap.
03/03/2018 Somehow I missed the death earlier in the week of Alec Russell, doyen of Northern Racing Photographers. Sadly I never got around to taking up his offer in September of meeting up sometime, which makes his passing all the more sad (for me anyway). Only all-weather racing today (obviously) and Mark Johnston had the result of the day with second and third in the Spring Cup L at Lingfield courtesy of Rufus King and Lake Volta. Richard Fahey had a winner earlier on the card whilst Ben Haslam struck later on. For the second time this week Brian Ellison proved himself the master poacher of the 'all weather consolation bumper' with three such wins at Newcastle where Karl Burke and Philip Kirby also got in on the act. Richard Guest won the last on Chelmsford's evening card.
01/03/2018 A sad day as the Grand Dame of the Yorkshire Breeding Scene ; Lenore 'Lennie' Peacock of Manor House Stud, has passed away at the age of 97. Lennie married trainer and breeder Dick Peacock in 1953 and was hands on at the stud from the start. During this time the stud has been responsible for dual classic winner Tirol as well as current star Redkirk Warrior and others of the ilk of Bold Arrangement, Sharp Point, Galitzin, Please Sing, Eveningperformance, Marisela (runner up in both the Cheveley Park Stakes and the 1,000 Guineas), Hotbee and Andronikos. From boarding mares Lennie has also had a hand in producing dual Group One winner Dark Moondancer and Mystical Land. I only met her a couple of times, although we also exchanged emails once in a blue moon, but truly one of a kind. Snow stopped racing, but strangely not in Dubai.
24/02/2018 This morning David O'Meara's Intisaab landed the Dukhan Sprint (Local Group 3) at Doha to net connections 105,555. Domestically there were four Yorkshire winners at Newcastle led by Philip Kirby's Lady Buttons with the supporting winners provided by Sally Haynes, John Quinn and Sue Smith. Michael Herrington took the opener on Wolverhampton's evening card.
17/02/2018 On Thursday Ruth Jefferson had her first winner, on Friday she buried her father Malcolm, today she had her first Grade One winner when Waiting Patiently made short work of Cue Card to land the Ascot Chase Gd1 in good style. Connections are intimating that Waiting Patiently may not go to Cheltenham at all, although it's a possibility if soft, the primary target is 10 months away ; the King George. Earlier stablemate Mount Mews was third in the Reynoldstown Novices' Chase Gd2 . David Griffiths supplied our sole winner at Lingfield. Earlier the Manor House Stud bred Redkirk Warrior landed the Black Caviar Lightning G1 at Flemington, this builds on his good season last year and is the first Yorkshire bred Group One winner of 2018.
15/02/2018 Ruth Jefferson landed her first winner in some style today when Cyrus Darius took the 16,245 Timeform Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso. Kevin Ryan landed the opener at Chelmsford and David O'Meara's Out Do was third in the 55,555 Range Rover Velar Handicap at Meydan.
10/02/2018 Ruth Jefferson's Cloudy Dream didn't quite fulfil said dream but ran well enough to be a decent second in the Denman Chase Gd2 at Newbury this afternoon. Philip Kirby had a winner at Uttoxeter, Karl Burke took the opener at Lingfield and Kevin Ryan did likewise on Wolverhampton's evening card where later on Paul Midgley's bottom-weighted Orvar took the feature 28,012 Betway Handicap.
05/02/2018 First winner as a trainer today for former jock Adrian 'Trotter' Nicholls when Sir Lancelott scores at Wolverhampton where Rebecca Bastiman and Kevin Ryan also score whilst money-spinner Gabrial, trained by Richard Fahey, adds to his career takings when third in the Conditions Stakes.
03/02/2018 Finish of the day today came in the Cleves Stakes L at Lingfield with the Yorkshire horses filling all the places (but not the winning berth!) led home by Richard Fahey's Kimberella a short head behind the winner in second and a neck in front of Tony Coyle's Caspian Prince in third who was in turn a head the better of David O'Meara's Intisaab in fourth. Our best result over sticks came at Wetherby where Sue Smith's Vintage Clouds was a decent second in the Towton Novices' Chase Gd2. Kevin Ryan provided Yorkshire's only winner of the day on Kempton's evening card.
02/02/2018 Sad news today that Malton trainer, and stalwart of the Northern jumping scene, Malcolm Jefferson, passed away this morning at the age of 71. Cumbrian Jefferson joined local trainer Gordon Richards, eventually becoming Travelling Head Lad before branching out on his own at Newstead Cottage in Norton, Malton in 1981. His stand out horse was the ill-fated Dato Star (Christmas Hurdle Gd1, Festival Bumper Gd1, Haydock Champion Hurdle Trial (x2), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (x2) ) but he also handled the likes of Tindari, Tullymurry Toff, Go-Informal, Roman Ark and, on the flat, High Debate and Tancred Sand. More recently he has enjoyed a rich vein of form with the likes of Cape Tribulation, Gilbarry, According To Pete, Urban Hymn and Cyrus Darius not to mention of course current star Waiting Patiently. Daughter Ruth will take over the licence. Malcolm Jefferson was an engaging character, highly regarded and will be greatly missed. Mick Easterby had a winner at Catterick, Mark Johnston at Lingfield , following up with a double at Wolverhampton where Rebecca Bastiman and Antony Brittain also scored.
27/01/2018 An epic day, we have Waited Patiently, ha, ha, but Cheltenham 2018 is finally looking very promising. Trials Day at Cheltenham sees John Quinn's Look My Way finish second in the opening JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle Gd2 but the big result of the day came later on the card when Brian Ellison's Definitly Red was victorious by 8 lengths in the Cotswold Chase Gd2 , he now heads for the Gold Cup. At Doncaster it was a similar story, albeit with a different cast, with Peter Atkinson supplying the hurdler runner-up this time in the form of Irish Roe, second in the Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle Gd2 whilst the big winner was Sue Smith's Wakanda who landed the the 45,550 Sky Bet Handicap Chase L. On the flat Mark Johnston took the opener at Lingfield.
20/01/2018 Some more top-class placings for Sue Smith at Haydock today with Midnight Shadow second in the Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle Gd2 and Hainan third in the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase Gd2, the team also landed the opener.
13/01/2018 A good day for Malcolm Jefferson with the aptly named Waiting Patiently taking Kempton's 32Red Casino Chase L and Black Ivory scoring in the 13,138 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle at Warwick. Harriet Bethell spared local blushes at Wetherby whilst there were winners at Wolverhampton for Karl Burke, Richard Guest, David Griffiths and Philip Kirby.
06/01/2018 Nothing to see here. OK, so Sue Smith had fourth's in two of the main races of the day, and Richard Fahey's Gabrial added to his already impressive bank account when second at Lingfield. The main news this week has been that Hedgeholme Stud has recruited Mahsoob to it's stallion ranks. Winner of the Earl of Sefton Stakes G3 the son of Dansili is available at a fee of 2,000.

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