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21/04/2018 An excellent day 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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