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27/05/2018 Much better than yesterday, in fact a sort of classic double for Yorkshire today. At Longchamp (or Longchamp Paris these days) Karl Burke's Laurens justified favourtism when landing by a short head the quasi-classic Prix Saint-Alary G1 in gutsy fashion. Meanwhile at Dusseldorf Mark Johnston's Nyaleti, also favourite, won the German 1,000 Guineas G2 by four and a half lengths, this is unquestionably a classic, but as 'only' a Group Two it's hard to classify it as such. Chantilly and Royal Ascot respectively beckon. For the record Lord Yeats finished fifth. Brian Ellison and Micky Hammond had a winner apiece at Kelso.
26/05/2018 Mark Johnston's Elarqam didn't read the script, finishing a tame sixth when 2/1 favourite for the Irish 2,000 Guineas G1 at the Curragh this afternoon, Kevin Ryan's Brando was 4th in the preceeding Greenlands Stakes G1. Still, Laurens and Nyaleti run overseas tomorrow, as indeed does the somewhat less fancied Lord Yeats. Domestically Richard Fahey led the way today with Sands Of Mali the pick of the bunch when hanging on for the Sandy Lane Stakes G2 at Haydock, Royal Ascot bound no doubt. Earlier stablemate Crownthorpe was third in the 49,800 Amix Silver Bowl whilst Mark Johnston landed the penultimate race. At York it was Mr Lupton doing the honours for Fahey when taking the 31,125 Mansionbet Sprint Handicap from John Quinn's El Astronaute and Paul Midgley's Final Venture. Mark Johnston landed the maiden and Mick Easterby took the last. Mark Johnston provided our only winner at Goodwood where his Vale Of Kent was third in the 62,250 Netbet Sport Handicap, and Sam England did likewise at Cartmel. Pride of place at Chester went to Brian Ellison's Baraweez who landed the 28,012 Caldwell Construction Handicap, Messrs Fahey and Johnston also got in on the act as did Tim Easterby when taking the last.
24/05/2018 Sandown's big evening meeting sees Tim Easterby's Vintage Brut, the joint favourite, land the National Stakes L by a neck from Richard Fahey's Sabre whilst Mark Johnston's Blown By Wind is fourth, the same position occupied by stablemate Time To Study in the Henry II Stakes G3, David Barron's Kynren is second in the Whitsun Cup. Earlier Catterick produced winners for Ann Duffield, Brian Rothwell (his first flat winner since 2014), Richard Fahey, Tim Easterby and Ruth Carr whilst Mark Johnston struck in the Class 2 Handicap at Goodwood with Love Dreams.
20/05/2018 It's increasingly rare for trainers to ship horses to beleaguered Italy, but Kevin Ryan's Naadirr made the trip today and was rewarded with third in the Premio Tudini G3. Somewhat closer to home there were winners at Ripon for David O'Meara, Richard Fahey, Les Eyre and Roger Fell.
19/05/2018 Another 1-2 for Mark Johnston , this time at Newbury with Communique and Poet's Prince in the 43,575 London Gold Cup Handicap. Johnston also had a winner at Newmarket, as did Paul Midgley, whilst Karl Burke's bottom-weighted Midsummer Knight was second in the 31,125 Betway Handicap. The locals fared OK at Thirsk with wins for Paul Midgley, Bryan Smart, David Barron and John Quinn. Evening racing at Doncaster yielded a double for Mark Johnston , making it four for the day and David O'Meara took the last.
18//05/2018 The final day of the Ebor meeting sees Mark Johnston's Threading bounce back when romping home by seven lengths in the Michael Seely Memorial Stakes L, with Richard Fahey's Dance Diva in second, the Irish 1,000 Guineas could well be on the cards next. The opening race had seen John Quinn's Signora Cabello put up an excellent performance to land the Marygate Stakes L and Mark Johnston had a 1-2 in the closing 12,031 Cystic Fibrosis Care Handicap. Jason Ward had another nice winner at Newmarket whilst Hamilton's evening card saw winners for Kevin Ryan, Tim Easterby, Mark Johnston (a 1-2 in the 15,563 Braveheart Handicap), Rebecca Bastiman and Jedd O'Keeffe. All told Mark Johnston had eight seconds today, which won't please him, albeit two of those were in races where he also saddled the winner.
17/05/2018 Middle day of the Ebor Meeting, no joy in the Dante G2 itself although Mark Johnston's Mildenberger was a decent second, Tim Easterby's Wells Farhh Go was sixth but will presumably come on for the run. John Quinn took the opening 18,675 Betfred 'Supports Jack Berry House' Handicap with El Astronaute, Mark Johnston's Love Dreams was second in the 31,125 Hambleton Handicap, with David O'Meara's Larchmont Lad third and Kevin Ryan's Hey Jonesy put up a strong performance to be second in the Westow Stakes L, beaten only a neck. The last two on the card fell to Mark Johnston and Tom Tate. Mark Johnston also had a double at Newmarket's evening meeting, making it a treble for the day.
16/05/2018 Day one of York's Ebor Meeting sees a fantastic treble for Richard Fahey headed by George Bowen in the 18,675 Infinity Tyres Handicap. Kevin Ryan's Brando found only Harry Angel too good when second in the Duke Of York Stakes G2, in which David Griffiths' Ornate was fourth.
12/05/2018 All sorts of racing, all over the place, but not a particularly good day for the Yorkshire runners. Performance of the day probably came at Lingfield where David O'Meara's Lincoln Rocks was a decent second in the Chartwell Fillies' Stakes G3. At Haydock's mixed meeting O'Meara also landed the 14,006 Pertemps Network Conditions Stakes with Intisaab from Bryan Smart's Mythmaker, Kevin Ryan took the mile handicap and Ruth Jefferson the last. Nottingham saw winners for Geoff Harker, Kevin Ryan and Karen Tutty whilst Chris Fairhurst, Micky Hammond and Mark Walford all scored at Hexham. No joy in the Victoria Cup at Ascot but Mark Johnston took the Novice Stakes. Paul Midgley, David O'Meara and James Bethell all landed winners at Thirk's evening meet.
11/05/2018 The progression of Richard Fahey's Forest Ranger continued unabated at Chester this afternoon when he landed the Huxley Stakes G2, with stablemate Gabrial picking up useful prize money in third. In the first Brian Ellison's money-spinning Baraweez landed the 21,165 Earl Grosvenor Handicap whilst in the last John Quinn's Look My Way landed the Chester Plate (no joy in the Cup itself) inbetween Mark Johnston took the apprentice handicap. Kevin Ryan landed the fillies' novice race at Nottingham with Dame Gladys, a Copgrove homebred and Jedd O'Keeffe had a winner at Market Rasen. Evening racing at Ripon saw the locals go through the card with winners for David Barron, Peter Niven, John Quinn, Ruth Carr, James Bethell and Tim Easterby (with Angels, a promising winner of the maiden).
10/05/2018 Day Two at Chester and our sole winner today is provided by Mark Johnston's progressive Austrian School in the 11,828 English Fine Cottons Handicap. The opening 21,165 Gateley PLC Handicap saw a Yorkshire 2-3 with Richard Fahey's Powerallied second with John Quinn's El Astronaute behind. The first three in the Dee Stakes L had the same protagonists as yesterday's Vase, but in a different order, Mark Johnston's King's Proctor was a promising third with Jason Ward's Shakour an eye-catching neck further back in fourth. Richard Fahey's Dark Devil was second in the last. Evening racing saw Mark Johnston land a nice 16,173 handicap at Chelmsford with Poet's Prince.
09/05/2018 Chester May Meeting Day One and it's a pretty good day for Messrs Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey. Team Kingsley Park/House started off better with No Lippy a game winner of the 14,940 Lily Agnes Condtions Stakes and Dee Ex Bee a very creditable second in the Chester Vase G3. Team Musley Bank cleaned up in the last two with Gabrial The Saint taking the 11,828 Eversheds Sutherland Handicap and The Feathered Nest the last. At Kelso there were winners for Tim Easterby, Micky Hammond, Ruth Jefferson, Gill Walford and John Quinn, Tim Easterby also scored on Wolverhampton's evening card.
06/05/2018 Two places better today when Karl Burke's Laurens is an excellent second in the 1,000 Guineas G1 at Newmarket, an exciting season ahead for Spigot Lodge. Paul Midgley's Captain Colby was third in the preceding 31,125 Longholes Handicap. Further north the Yorkshire raiders went through the card at Hamilton with wins for Rebecca Bastiman, Kevin Ryan (Savalas in the 18,675 Tangerine Trees Conditions Stakes), David Barron (Bolder Bob in the 13,695 Buttonhook Handicap), Tim Easterby, Mick Easterby, David O'Meara and Jason Ward. Chester up next.
05/05/2018 2,000 Guineas G1 day at Newmarket, Mark Johnston's Elarqam put up a reasonable performance to finish a fairly close fourth in the main event, connections are now thinking he may need further and the Dante is a possible next step. Earlier Julie Camacho's Judicial looked to have the Palace House Stakes G3 in the bag before going down by a neck in the closing stages, Bryan Smart's Alpha Delphini was third. The prior race saw Richard Fahey's Third Time Lucky finish .... third ... in the 31,125 Spring Lodge Handicap, for some reason no longer the Suffolk Handicap. Team Johnston fared better at Goodwood with Nyaleti coming up trumps in the Conqueror Filles' Stakes L and Titi Maki second in the EBF Daisy Warwick Fillies' Stakes L. Wetherby saw wins for David O'Meara, Tim Easterby, Declan Carroll and Alan Brown. Yorkshire dominated evening racing with a double for Ruth Jefferson at Hexham where Brian Ellison, Mark Walford, Tim Easterby also had winners and Chris Pimlott took the Hunter Chase at Doncaster meanwhile there was a double for David O'Meara with supporting wins provided by Richard Fahey and John Quinn.
02/05/2018 Mark Johnston's Time To Study ran well to be a decent second in the Sagaro Stakes G3 at Ascot this afternoon, albeit some five lengths adrift of the winner. At Pontefract Kevin Ryan recorded a treble by taking the first three on the card and there were also winners for Richard Fahey and Ruth Carr.
28/04/2018 Two valuable handicaps at Haydock this afternoon and both went to Yorkshire trainers with John Quinn's bottom-weighted Safe Voyage taking the 28,012 Best Odds Guaranteed at 188bet Hcap and Mick Easterby landing the 20,231 Bet And Watch at 188bet.co.uk Handicap with Gulf Of Poets, in addition David O'Meara took the last. Three winners at Leicester courtesy of Mark Johnston, Phil Kirby and Richard Fahey whilst local interests at Ripon were ably represented by Richard Fahey and Nigel Tinkler. Evening racing at Doncaster saw wins for Mark Johnston, Richard Fahey and David O'Meara whilst Antony Brittain took the last at Wolverhampton.
22/04/2018 Jedd O'Keeffe's Lord Yeats is by no means disgraced when a good second in the Vintage Crop Stakes G3 at Navan this afternoon, behind non other than Order Of St George. On home soil Sue Smith and Ruth Jefferson take the last two at Market Rasen.
21/04/2018 An excellent day at Ayr for Sue Smith with Midnight Shadow taking the Scottish Champion Hurdle Gd2 at 25-1 and Vintage Clouds a strong third in the Scottish Grand National Gd3. At Newbury Richard Fahey's Dance Diva is a promising third in the Fred Darling Stakes G3, only a short head out of second. The locals win five at Thirsk courtesy of a Kevin Ryan double and wins for Tim Easterby, Paul Midgley and Richard Fahey. Evening racing yields a double for Michael Herrington at Wolverhampton whilst David O'Meara has a winner at Nottingham where Peter Niven's Clever Cookie is third in the Further Flight Stakes L.
19/04/2018 Final day of the Craven Meeting and another good Yorkshire winner with Kevin Ryan's Brando triumphing in the Abernant Stakes G3 for the second year in a row, coming home 3/4 length in front of Sir Dancealot. Earlier Richard Fahey's Maybride had taken the opening 16,172 bet365.com Handicap. At Ripon the local winners were provided by Mark Walford, Marjorie Fife, Ruth Carr and Richard Fahey, with the later also landing a double on Newcastle's evening card for an across-the-card four timer, Bryan Smart also left Newcastle with a win.
18/04/2018 Bang, another big winner at the Craven Meeting, this time Richard Fahey's Forest Ranger looked much improved when landing the Earl Of Sefton Stakes G3 at 8-1 against strong opposition. Earlier Ruth Carr's new recruit Ower Fly finished second in the 16,172 Weatherbys GSB Handicap. Beverley was off.
17/04/2018 The phoney war is over, it's Newmarket Craven Meeting time, and proceedings certainly started well with Mark Johnston's Mildenberger, so consistent last term, staying on nicely to land the Feilden Stakes L. This then kicked off a Yorkshire treble with Karl Burke's Mijack landing the 16,172 bet365 Handicap and Kevin Ryan's Major Jumbo the closing 12,938 Quy Mill Hotel & Spa Handicap. Under Hunt rules the in-form Micky Hammond had a double at Carlisle where Brian Ellison also scored. Plenty more decent flat racing to (finally) look forward to over the next few days, and Johnston's Elarqam put up an impressive racecourse gallop this afternoon, just after Cracksman did the same.
14/04/2018 No joy in the Grand National and sure thing Sam Spinner, trained by Jedd O'Keeffe, looked very fallible when 'only' third in the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle Gd1 , although in fairness this did represent Yorkshire's best performance of the festival, Philip Kirby's admirable Lady Buttons was only beaten to third by a neck in the Maghull Novices' Chase Gd1, Kirby was also responsible for our only winner at Newcastle. Ruth Carr took the last on Wolverhampton's evening card.
13/04/2018 We may be in the middle of the Grand National meeting but result of the day today came at Chantilly where Richard Fahey's Sands Of Mali rallied strongly to land the Prix Sigy G3. No joy at Aintree but Micky Hammond had a double at Sedgefield where Joanne Foster also scored.
12/04/2018 Aintree Day One, and the only Yorkshire performance of note came in the Foxhunters' with William (son of Tim) Easterby trainer and rider of the third placed Greensalt (owned by Mum Sarah Easterby ; so a real family affair!). Roger Fell landed a double at Southwell where Ollie Pears and Richard Fahey also had winners. David Griffiths had a winner on Chelmsford's evening card.
07/04/2018 Performance of the day came at Kelso where Sue Smith's Smooth Stepper stayed on strongly to land the 31,280 Liz Adam Memorial Handicap Chase by eight lengths, also victorious at Kelso was Micky Hammond.
31/03/2018 The action today was largely centred on Musselburgh, where Yorkshire produced five winners with the leading light being Mark Johnston's Book Of Break, victorious in the 18,675 Royal Mile Handicap from Richard Fahey's Chingachgook, the other winners were provided by Kevin Ryan (a double), David O'Meara and Rebecca Bastiman. In the feature 62,250 Queen's Cup Handicap Mark Johnston's Time To Study was second, the same position occupied by Bryan Smart's Alpha Delphini in the 18,675 Borderlescott Sprint Trophy Conditions Stakes. At Kempton Karl Burke's Kelly's Dino was a decent second in the 31,125 Rosebery Handicap. Under Hunt rules Sue Smith's top-weighted Delusionofgrandeur was second in the 30,950 Smarkets Challenger Staying Chase Series Final Handicap Chase at Haydock whilst there were winners for Brian Ellison, Peter Niven and Philip Kirby at Carlisle.
30/03/2018 It might have been All-Weather Championship day at Lingfield but result of the day almost came on the All-Weather at Newcastle where Philip Kirkby's Stargazer landed the 54,987 Betway Handicap by a nose before being demoted to second in the Steward's Room, Ruth Carr took the previous race whilst Nyaleti's Guineas hopes were put to the sword in the next. At Lingfield there were lot's of placings, but no wins, Mark Johnston's Lake Volta putting up the best performance when second in the 93,375 3-Year-Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes, stablemate Watersmeet was third in the All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes whilst the Richard Fahey pair of Gallipoli and Kimberella were also third in the All-Weather Champioships Apprentice Handicap and All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes respectively. And I must mention Micky Hammond's treble at Wetherby yesterday.
24/03/2018 Boom, the flat season sets off with a bang at Doncaster with a Yorkshire 1-2 in the opening Cammidge Trophy L when Mick Easterby's Perfect Pasture triumphs ahead of Richard Fahey's Mr Lupton. Next up is the 28,012 Spring Mile in which David Barron's Kynren finishes third. The Doncaster Mile L falls to outsiders, but Karl Burke's Born To Be Alive is second and Richard Fahey's Another Touch third. In the Lincoln it falls to David O'Meara's top-weighted Lord Glitters to maintain local honour with a decent second whilst Richard Fahey's moneyspinner Gabrial, a former winner of this, is back in fourth. To cap a good day Lawrence Mullaney and Richard Fahey take the last two races on the card. Mark Johnston lands the opener at Lingfield and also scored on Wolverhampton's evening card as did Ruth Carr and Ann Duffield.
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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