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18/08/2019 Mark Johnston's Raffle Prize found one too good today, going down by a neck in the Prix Morny G1 at Deauville, ironically the winner was by former Kingsley House inmate Shamardal (aka The One That Got Away). Equally ironically Johnston did have a winner by Slade Power today, but at Ponefract, rather than Deauville, the main race at Ponty however was the EBF Highfield Farm Flying Fillies' Stakes L and this went to David O'Meara's Perfection, other winners came from Kevin Ryan, Julia Brooke and Tim Easterby, whilst Julia Brooke also struck in the opener at Southwell's NH Meeting.
17/08/2019 Domestic black-type action was today centred on Newbury where Mark Johnston's Thunderous put up a strong performance to land the Denford Stakes L (aka the Washington Singer) and John Quinn's Safe Voyage was third in the Hungerford Stakes G2, Johnston's Love Dreams was third in the main handicap on the card. The big handicap action was centred on Ripon although the locals didn't manage to win the 46,688 Great St Wilfrid Handicap with David O'Meara's Summerghand best in second, ahead of Nigel Tinkler's Citron Major in third. Richard Fahey did however manage to win the 'consolation' race ; the 12,450 Wm Hill Silver Trophy with Growl, with Tim Easterby's Hyperfocus in second and Ruth Carr's Mark's Choice third. Other local winners at Ripon were provided by Mark Johnston, Richard Fahey, Jedd O'Keeffe and David O'Meara. At Newmarket Mark Johnston's I'll Have Another took the 24,900 TBA Supporting British Breeders Fillies' Handicap whilst the local winners at Doncaster came from Tim Easterby, Jedd O'Keeffe, Paul Midgley and Richard Fahey. Over at Deauville Mark Johnston's Walk In Marrakesh was a fainly disappointing third in the Prix du Calvados G2. Amongst the other Yorkshire racing news this week Harriet Bethell is in an induced coma following a gallops accident and has our best wishes. Worsall Grange stallions Dylan Mouth and Peace Envoy are available to buy privately following the death of Lucy Horner, indeed Worsall Grange itself is also on the market, as is Linda Stubbs yard at Highfield. Finally Jedd O'Keeffe's stable star (with apologies to Sam Spinner) Lord Yeats has suffered a fatal injury on the gallops, a devastating blow to connections.
11/08/2019 At Hoppegarten this afternoon Mark Johnston's Communique found one just too good when second in the Grosser Preis von Berlin G1, going down by a length. Grant Tuer provided Yorkshire's sole winner at Leicester.
10/08/2019 Mark Johnston's West End Girl takes a huge leap in profile when staying on strongly to land the Sweet Solera Stakes G3 at Newmarket this afternoon, (even) bigger things beckon.At Ascot Johnston's Sapa Inca landed the 29,508 Shergar Cup Classic, whilst Paul Midgley's Final Venture only went down by a nose when second in the opening 29,508 Shergar Cup Dash. Haydock saw Tim Easterby's Mikmak land the 16,172 Vulcan Village Handicap by a neck from stablemate Al Erayg whilst Kevin Ryan also had winner later on the card. At Redcar there was a double for David O'Meara whilst Tim Easterby and Mark Johnston also had winners. At Chelmsford Ruth Carr's Katheefa was second, from David O'Meara's Watchable in third, in the valuable claiming handicap whilst evening racing at Ayr yielded winners for Mark Johnston, Kevin Ryan and Ruth Carr. Overseas Richard Fahey's Flaming Princess took the Prix Cavalassur L at Deauville, a stakes winner for the former Kevin Ryan charge Hot Streak.
04/08/2019 It may have been Mark Johnston's week (a record 50 winners in July and the usual Goodwood success) but today was Kevin Ryan's day to shine. It all started at Deauville with Ryan's Glass Slippers landing the Prix Moonlight Cloud L by a short head, her first 'back type' win after some good recent placings. A couple of races later and the stable's Brando was second, only beaten a neck, in the Prix Maurice de Gheest G1, picking up 78,259 in the process, which pushes Mark Johnston's Attraction into the drop zone on the all-time Top 10 Earners list. Ryan also shone domestically with Major Jumbo taking the Queensferry Stakes L at Chester, where Mark Johnston had earlier landed the opener. It was looking bleak at Market Rasen until Sam England and Micky Hammond won the last two races.
03/08/2019 The final day of Goodwood 2019 and Yorkshire trained horses land the first two races with Ruth Carr's Poyle Vinnie successful in the 46,688 Qatar Stewards' Sprint Handicap (aka the Consolation race), ahead of David Barron's Venturous in second, and Mark Johnston's King's Advice the neck winner of the 62,250 Qatar Summer Handicap, to make it eight wins from his last nine starts, all under J.Fanning Esq. Things went off the boil a little after that although Mark Johnston runners were placed in the last two and David O'Meara's Summerghand was fourth in the Steards' Cup (deliberately NOT using the sponsor name). At Newmarket Mark Johnston's Rose Of Kildare dead-heated for the 24,900 European Bloodstock News EBF Fillies' Nursery and Richard Fahey took the seven furlong handicap. Contrasting fortunes on the locals tracks with Paul Midgley the only local winner at Doncaster but Karl Burke, Richard Fahey, Roger Fell, Declan Carroll, Ruth Carr (Kylie Rules in the 19,407 William Hill Thirsk Summer Cup Handicap, sealing a good date for Mrs Carr) and John Quinn all scored at Thirsk. Before it was abandoned the evening meeting at Hamilton provided wins for Mark Johnston and Julie Camacho.
02/08/2019 Our least successful day of Goodwood 2019 .... so far ... .with just the one winner courtesy of Mark Johnston's Homespin who took the 15,752 Unibet Nursery ahead of Richard Fahey's Dylan de Vega. David O'Meara's Perfection was only beaten a neck when second in the opening Oak Tree Stakes G3 whilst Mark Johnston's Vale of Kent and O'Meara's Escobar were second and third respectively in the 93,375 Unibet Golden Mile Handicap. David Griffiths' Ornate ran a blinder to be third in the King George Stakes G2, picking up 33,571 for his efforts. Mark Johnston's Baghad was third in the Glorious Stakes G3 whilst stablemate Sapa Inca was second in the closing race. Evening racing yielded wins at Musselburgh for Rebecca Bastiman and Mark Johnston.
01/08/2019 Mark Johnston's usual excellent Goodwood continues apace with Nayef Road landing the Gordon Stakes G3 in a tight finish, St Leger anyone? Later on Johnston's Governor of Punjab landed the 15,752 Telegraph Nursery Handicap with Richard Fahey's Toro Strike back in third, and Johnston also supplied third and fourth in the fillies' maiden. Kevin Ryan takes the last on Epsom's evening card.
31/07/2019 Another excellent day at slightly-more-Glorious Goodwood for the Yorkshire contingent (many of whom are actually Irish or Scottish of course!). Events started well with Mark Johnston's Sir Ron Priestley landing the 46,688 Unibet Handcap (is it beyond the whit of Unibet to think of different names instead of having the same race name on consecutive days ? ....... is there another one tomorrow .....yep, ridiculous !), the second race on the card. In the next John Quinn's rising star Liberty Beach takes the Molecomb Stakes G3 after a tricky passage, with Richard Fahey's Show Me Show Me in third. Later on the card Mark Johnston makes it a double with Mrs Bouquet landing the 31,125 Alice Keppel EBF Fillies' Conditions Stakes from Richard Fahey's Mighty Spirit. Elsewhere Brian Ellison has a double with winners at Perth and Redcar with Karl Burke, David Barron and Tim Easterby also scoring on Teeside. Evening racing wins at Leicester go the way of Richard Fahey, Kevin Ryan and Grant Tuer.
30/07/2019 And so the bangwagon rolls on to Goodwood. A good start, with David O'Meara's Fayez landing the 46,688 Unitbet Handicap from Jedd O'Keeffe's Jazeel in second. O'Meara also saddled Suedois to be third in the Lennox Stakes G2, which takes him ever closer to former stablemate Mondialiste in the all time winningmost list. History will record that Mark Johnston's Dee Ex Bee (himself closing in on the lower reaches of the alltime Top 10) was only a neck second in the Goodwood Cup G1, but in truth Stradivarius always had his measure, after a suicidal pace set by Tim Easterby's Wells Farhh Go, a tactic which was doomed, but worth a try. John Quinn's Cobra Eye took the 15,752 Maiden from Johnston's Fuwayrit whilst Ruth Carr's Poyle Vinnie was a head second in the penultimate race, and Johnston's Warning Fire occupied the same position in the last. Locally there were winners at Beverley for Bryan Smart, Ollie Pears, Nigel Tinkler, Jason Ward, Tim Easterby and Ron Barr. Brian Ellison scored on Perth's evening card whilst Mark Johnston's Rufus King could only manage fourth over at the Galway Festival.
28/07/2019 Karl Burke's Laurens got back on the Group One trail at Deauville this afternoon when gamely holding on to land the Prix Rothschild G1 ; meaning she has now won at least one Group One race in each of her three seasons of racing, and six in total. Burke's afternoon wasn't over though as stablemate Dubai Station ran well to finish third in the Prix de Cabourg G3. Closer to home at Pontefract Mark Johnston's Marie's Diamond was a good winner of the Pomfret Stakes L whilst Tim Easterby had a double and there were also winners for Richard Fahey, Les Eyre and Paul Midgley.
27/07/2019 Mark Johnston's patient handling of Elarqam was rewarded today when he took his third, and most important, black-type win of the season, running out the decisive winner of the York Stakes G2. Also at the Knavesmire there was a breeding double for Copgrove Stud with the retained, and Kevin Ryan trained, Abstemious a five length winner of the Novice Median Auction and half brother Tripled Distilled landing the last for Nigel Tinkler, in between the Yapham Mill Stud bred Ladies First (by Norton Grove stallion Monsieur Bond) won the 15,562 Sky Bet British EBF Fillies' Handicap for Mick Easterby whilst David O'Meara's Muscika was second in the 31,125 Sky Det Dash Handicap. The main focus today was at Ascot, but there were no Yorkshire trained winners although Karl Burke's Living In The Past was third, only a head out of second, in the Princess Maragaret Stakes G3 whilst Nigel Tinkler's Kaeso was beaten by a head in the 93,375 Moet & Chandon International Heritage Handicap, but still picked up 27,960 for second place. Mark Johnston had a double at Newmarket whilst Kevin Ryan, Harriet Bethell, Richard Fahey and Lawrence Mullaney all had winners at Newcastle and Tim Easterby had our only winner at Chester. Mark Walford had a win on Lingfield's evening card.
26/07/2019 A good day for Middleham at Ascot with Jedd O'Keeffe's highly-fancied bottom weighted Only Spoofing taking the 28,012 Neptune Investment Management Supports Child Bereavement UK Handicap and Mark Johnston's Themaxwecan victorious in the 18,675 Brown Jack Handicap. Thirsk sees Richard Fahey lands the two opening Novice races and there are also winners for Adrian Nicholls, Mark Johnston and Rebecca Bastiman whilst the evening card at York serves up wins for Roger Fell and Micky Hammond.
25/07/2019 Some decent black-type was earned at a toasty Sandown today with Mark Johnston's Walk In Marrakesh landing the EBF Star Stakes L with Kevin Ryan's Rhea in third, interestingly both fillies are by Siyouni who seems to have become very popular with Yorkshire trainers, can't think why ...... ! Tim Easterby had a double on Doncaster's evening card where Richard Fahey also had a winner.
21/07/2019 John Quinn's El Astronaute put up yet another sterling performance today when second in the Sapphire Stakes G2 at The Curragh. Domestically Mark Johnston had a double at Redcar with Richard Guest and Julie Camacho also scoring.
20/07/2019 Richard Fahey sent his usual battalion of runners to Newbury for the 122,925 Weatherbys Super Sprint and was rewarded with Show Me Show Me a head second, picking up 52,257 with stablemates Mighty Spirit and Ventura Rebel following in third and fourth respectively. At Ripon the locals had a clean sweep in the 15,562 Ripon Bell-Ringer Handicap with Kevin Ryan's Everything For You finishing in front of Tim Easterby's My Reward and David O'Meara's Fayez. Other local winners at Ripon were served up by Richard Fahey and a Roger Fell double. John Quinn's Safe Voyage was third in the Minstrel Stakes G2 on Oaks day at the Curragh. Over hurdles Brian Ellison had a winner at Market Rasen where David O'Meara's Ingleby Hollow was third in the Betway Summer Handicap Hurdle L whilst Stef Keniry struck over proper fences at Cartmel. Evening racing at Doncaster results in wins for Richard Fahey, Nigel Tinkler, Chris Fairhurst and David O'Meara whilst Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey have wins at Haydock.
19/07/2019 Too many seconds today but there was one big race win when Jedd O'Keeffe's Air Raid landed the Scottish Stewards' Cup Handicap from Mark Johnston's Lake Volta and Tim Easterby's Staxton. The next race at Hamilton saw Mark Johnston's Persian Moon finish second in the Glasgow Stakes L whilst Kevin Ryan, Tim Easterby, Mark Johnston and David O'Meara provided the under-card winners. Earlier at Newbury Mark Johnston's Misty Grey was a decent second in the Rose Bowl Stakes L with Kevin Ryan's highly-fancied Repartee a well beaten fourth. Haydock saw winners for Kein Ryan and Mark Johnston whilst Julie Camacho scored at Newmarket with Judicial and Richard Fahey took the last at Nottingham. Pontefract yielded wins for Mark Johnston and Paul Midgley whilst Richard Fahey's Calvados Spirit was second in the valuable Claiming Handicap.
14/07/2019 David O'Meara's Perfection puts up another good performance when second in Fairyhouse's Brownstown Stakes G3 this afternoon. Erm, that's it.
13/07/2019 Mark Johnston's excellent July Festival continues when his Vale Of Kent lands the 74,700 Bunbury Cup at HQ this afternoon, with Roger Fell's Admiralty back in third. In the previous race Kevin Ryan's Juan Elcano ran promisingly to be second in the Superlative Stakes G2. At York Tim Easterby's Copper Knight runs well to land the opening City Walls Stakes L whilst David O'|Meara's Escobar lands the 15,562 John Smith's Racing Handicap. Another big-race third for Roger Fell at Ascot with Harome in the 62,250 Betfred Heritage Handicap, Mark Johnston and Jedd O'Keeffe have winners whilst David O'Meara's Suedois closes up further to Mondialiste again when third in the Summer Mile G2, won by Beat The Bank who is fatally injured when stumbling across the line. O'Meara's Salateen is likewise third at Chester, in the City Plate Stakes L whilst evening racing at Hamilton sees a double for Stef Keniry and also a winner for better-known Middleham resident Mark Johnston.
12/07/2019 Another good day at Newmarket, this time largely for Mark Johnston who sees his Raffle Prize continue to draw comparisons with Attraction when landing the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes G2 very nicely indeed. The next is the 74,700 bet365 Heritage Handicap which goes the way of Johnston's progressive King's Advice, back on the winning trail after a hiccup last time. Kevin Ryan's Savalas is second in the last race. At York the in-form Nigel Tinkler lands a double and there are also winners for Declan Carroll, David O'Meara and Mark Johnston (Mrs Bouquet last seen two days ago when winning at Catterick) whilst Richard Fahey's Red Balloons is third in the feature Summer Stakes G3. Mark Johnston also lands the opening nursery at Ascot. The switch to evening racing at Chester sees a fantastic four-timer for Richard Fahey.
11/07/2019 A good day for Yorkshire, or more specifically Middleham, on the opening day of Newmarket's July Festival. Leading the way is Mark Johnston's Communique , yet again landing a big one when winning the Princess of Wales's Stakes G2, Middleham's other winner came courtesy of Karl Burke's Miss Lucy in the maiden. Earlier Mark Johnston's Nayef Road had put up a career (to date) best performance when second in the opening Bahrain Trophy G2 and stablemate Visinari was third, beaten only a short head and a head in the July Stakes G3, finally James Bethell's progressive Moss Gill was beaten only a short head in the 62,250 bet365 Handicap, and stable companion Ulshaw Bridge was third in the closing race. Elsewhere there were winners for Roger Fell, David O'Meara, Jedd O'Keeffe and Paul Midgley at Carlisle and for Mark Johnston at Doncasterv while John Quinn scored on Epsom's evening card.
09/07/2019 A good omen for Thursday's kick-off of the July meeting when Richard Fahey's Exhort stays on nicely to land the Pipalong Stakes L at Pontefract with David O'Meara's Agincourt ( homebred by Sir Robert Ogden ) back in third. Declan Carroll and Rebecca Bastiman provide the other local winners , Michael Herrington strikes at Wolverhampton, as does Mark Johnston on Brighton's evening card.
06/07/2019 Mark Johnston had four of the seven runners in Haydock's opening 62,250 bet365 Handicap, and promptly walked off with first, second, fourth and fifth with Sir Ron Priestley and Mind The Crack respectively occupying first and second. The 62,250 Old Newton Cup Handicap also went to Middleham, this time courtesy of Karl Burke's Kelly's Dino. John Quinn and Richard Fahey provided Yorkshire's other winners on the card. No joy on a big day at Sandown although David O'Meara's Escobar was a decent second in the 46,192 Coral Challenge Handicap. Richard Whitaker had a well deserved double at Beverley with other local wins provided by Mark Johnston, Richard Fahey, Jedd O'Keeffe and Nigel Tinkler. Evening racing saw a double for Mark Johnston at Carlisle where Paul Midgley and Nigel Tinkler also scored whilst Richard Fahey had a winner at Nottingham.
05/07/2019 Yorkshire horses dominated at Sandown today, landing all three main races. First up was John Quinn's Liberty Beach who landed the Dragon Stakes L, with Karl Burke's Rayong back in third. The 'mini Eclipse' , The Gala Stakes L, went the way of Mark Johnston's Elarqam who raced keenly in the early stages but held on by a neck. Finally the 24,744 George Lindon-Travers Memorial Handicap was well won by Jedd O'Keeffe with Jazeel. Evening racing saw the local go through the card at Beverley with wins for Roger Fell, Karl Burke, Mark Walford, Jedd O'Keeffe, Nigel Tinkler and Tim Easterby , Mark Johnston and Roger Fell both had winners on Chelmsford's evening card whilst at Haydock there were wins for David Barron, Nigel Tinkler, Mark Johnston (a double) and Karl Burke.
29/06/2019 A typical high-summer Saturday of racing. Where to start ? If in doubt, York first ; at the Knavesmire Yorkshire trainers gathered up the first five places in tNNhe feature (and aptly named) 31,125 Sun Racing Handicap with David O'Meara's Gulliver first over the line followed by Richard Fahey's Growl and Tim Easterby's Golden Apollo. Other local winners on the card were provided by Micky Hammond and Paul Midgley. Plate day at Newcastle, but no joy in the big one, Jedd O'Keeffe's Rare Groove was a decent second in the 46,688 Northumberland Vase consolation race though. Tim Easterby's Staxton took the opening 15,562 Betfair Exchange Handicap and Mark Johnston and David O'Meara also had winners. After a 311 day holiday Tim Easterby's Wells Farhh Go made the perfect return to work with a four length victory in the Fred Archer Stakes L at Newmarket, further glory surely beckons. Earlier David O'Meara's Suedois edged a little closer to Mondialiste in the all-time winningmost list when third in the Criterion Stakes G3 and Mark Johnston's Companion occupied the same position in the opening Empress Fillies' Stakes L. Mark Johnston had two runners at Windsor and two wins, headed by Matterhorn landing the Midsummer Stakes L, David O'Meara also had a 100% return with Waarif taking the 12,450 Chartwell Anniversary Handicap. At Chester Richard Fahey had a 'Gabrial' double and Mark Johnston and Antony Brittain also had wins. The 'wrong' O'Brien horse won the Irish Derby, Padraig Beggy rides again! From our perspective however Nigel Tinkler was the king of the evening racing with a double at Doncaster (where Ruth Carr and Tim Easterby also had wins) and a winner at Lingfield, where Mark Johnston also scored.
28/06/2019 At Newcastle this evening Richard Fahey's bottom-weighted Fool For You landed the 31,125 Gosforth Park Cup Handicap from Tim Easterby's top-weighted Copper Knight in second. Also striking on Geordie soil were Mark Johnston, Kevin Ryan, David O'Meara and an in-form Roger Fell whilst Mark Johnston's Nyaleti put some poor recent runs behind her to be second in the Hoppings Fillies' Stakes G3. At Chester's evening meeting Richard Fahey was the only Yorkshire trainer to come home with a winner whilst daytime racing had seen wins for David O'Meara and Mark Johnston at Doncaster with the later also scoring at Yarmouth and Ben Haslam had yet another JP McManus owned winner at Cartmel.
27/06/2019 El Astonaute landed at the Curragh today and took the e73,750 Rockingham Handicap for John Quinn, with Paul Midgley's duo of Manshood and Orvar second and fourth respectively. On home soil Newcastle saw a double for Richard Fahey and a winner for Roger Fell who also had win on Hamilton's evening card as did Ruth Carr, Mark Johnston and David O'Meara, Mark Johnston won with the exotically named (and very well bred) 'Fred' at Leicester.
26/06/2019 Carlisle's biggest day of the year sees Yorkshire take both the big handicaps (but not the Eternal Fillies' Stakes L !) with Roger Fell's Rousayan landing the 19,407 Carlisle Bell (with Brian Ellison's Algaffaal back in third) and Mick Easterby's Where's Jeff victorious in the 19,407 Cumberland Plate 2 (with Jedd O'Keeffe's Groveman in second) , Ben Haslam and John Quinn also had winners.
23/06/2019 Four days after landing a valuable handicap at Chelmsford Mark Johnston's Bayshore Freeway is tried again, Blue Point style, this time at Pontefract and lands the Pontefract Castle Fillies' Stakes L with Roger Fell's Tamreer in third. Other local winners on the card are provided by Micky Hammond, Roger Fell and Richard Whitaker (Penny Pot Lane, jointly bred by Hellwood) whilst Ben Haslam and Philip Kirby both have winners over hurdles at Hexham.
22/06/2019 The final day of Royal Ascot (how long till Goodwood ?!) sees Richard Fahey's Space Traveller get his just rewards for a busy early season when he prevails by a head to land the Jersey Stakes G3. Mark Johnston's Lucky Deal is fourth in the closing Queen Alexandra Stakes whilst David O'Meara's Summerghand is best of the Yorkshire runners when fifth in Wokingham. At Ayr Kevin Ryan's Glass Slippers is only beaten a neck when second in the Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes L with Karl Burke's Kelly's Dino occupying the same position in the 25,876 Wellington Bar Paisley Handicap whilst there are winners for Roger Fell (bottom weighted Club Wexford in the 18,675 JW Grant Builders Merchant Handicap), Mark Johnston, Richard Fahey and Paul Midgley. Mark Johnston also has a winner at Newmarket whilst the local winners at Redcar are provided by Karl Burke, Richard Fahey, David O'Meara and Ann Duffield (not to mention Tina Jackson who is even more local, but not in Yorkshire!). Nigel Tinkler had a winner on Haydock's evening card.
21/06/2019 Another Royal Ascot winner today, this time from Mark Johnston's Baghdad who took the closing 56,025 Duke of Edinburgh Handicap by a short head, having also won the race last year. Earlier Kevin Ryan's Hello Youmzain ran well when a head third in the Commonwealth Cup G1. Brian Ellison scored at Market Rasen whilst the local winners at Redcar were provided by Michael Herrington and Tim Easterby. On to evening racing and David O'Meara has double at Ayr where Mark Johnston and Ruth Carr also scored.
20/06/2019 Frankie Dettori day at Royal Ascot, the first race blessing almost worked again when Richard Fahey's Ventura Rebel was a brave neck second in the Norfolk Stakes G2 with Karl Burke's Dubai Station back in third. In the Ascot Gold Cup G1 Mark Johnston's Dee Ex Bee led most of the way but was no match for the machine that is Stradivarius, he rallied gamely though to regain second place, a length behind the winner. Johnston's Persian Moon was fourth, first of the non-O'Brien horses, in the closing King George V Handicap Stakes. Ripon yielded a double for Richard Fahey (one of which was Sir Robert Ogden homebred Borodin) as well as wins for Ruth Carr, Mark Johnston and Jedd O'Keeffe. Mark Johnston takes the last on Lingfield's evening card.
19/06/2019 Day Two at Royal Ascot and again Yorkshire take the opening race, this time the honours fall to Mark Johnston's Raffle Prize who hung on gamely to land the Queen Mary Stakes G2 by a neck, with John Quinn's Liberty Beach back in fourth. Possibly not another Attraction, but certainly an exciting prospect for the rest of the season. Next up was the Queen's Vase G2 in which Johnston's Nayef Road was a decent third whilst later on the card David Barron's Clon Coulis was second in the Royal Hunt Cup, with stablemate Kynren fifth. Adrian Nicholls, Richard Fahey, David O'Meara and Ann Duffield all came back from Hamilton with winners today. Mark Johnston also had a good evening on Chelmsford's valuable evening card with two winners including Bayshore Freeway in the 29,110 Celebrate June's Hero Louise Elton Fillies' Handicap. Ripon's evening meeting was almost a clean sweep for the locals with wins for David O'Meara, Richard Fahey, James Bethell, Tim Easterby and Adrian Nicholls. Yorkshire only has three runners in tomorrow's opener, two of them currently at 20-1 ...... !
18/06/2019 Royal Ascot, day one, race one and Yorkshire get off the mark, although perhaps not in the way many had anticipated with Laurens finishing only sixth but David O'Meara's Lord Glitters, second in the same race last term, puts up another sterling performance to hang on gamely to land the Queen Anne Stakes G1. Our only other 'Royal' result of note came in the closing Wolferton Stakes L which saw Mark Johnston's Elarqam finish third, albeit only a nose out of second. A word for Blue Point however who landed the King's Stand Stakes G1 for the second year in succession and was pinhooked by West Moor Stud. Meanwhile at Thirsk Philip Makin had the fourth win of his nascent training career and there were also winners for Mick Easterby, Declan Carroll, Julie Camacho and Paul Midgley. Evening racing at Beverley sees winners for David Griffiths, Roger Fell and Nigel Tinkler whilst Mark Johnston scores at Brighton.
Time to give the all-time Yorkshire winningmost list it's first outing of the year, and the main developments since last publication are that Lord Glitters is in with a bullet at fifth and Brando has leapfrogged Jukebox Jury to claim tenth place on the list, Suedois also keeps nibbling away at former stablemate Mondialiste's total.
Horse Trainer Amount Best Performances
The Grey Gatsby Kevin Ryan 2,728,203 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
Ribchester Richard Fahey 2,641,499 Queen Anne Stakes G1, Lockinge Stakes G1, Prix Jacques le Marois G1, Prix du Moulin G1, Mill Reef Stakes G2, Jersey Stakes G3, 2nd.Queen Elizabeth II Stakes G1 (twice), Sussex Stakes G1, Gimcrack Stakes G2, 3rd.2,000 Guineas G1, Sussex Stakes G1, Dubai Turf G1
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.
Laurens Karl Burke 1,550,068 Prix de Diane G1, Prix Saint-Alary G1, Fillies' Mile G1, Sun Chariot Stakes G1, Matron Stakes G1, May Hill Stakes G2, 2nd.1,000 Guineas G1, Lockinge Stakes G1, Prix du Calvados G3
Lord Glitters David O'Meara 1,386,860 Queen Anne Stakes G1, Strensall Stakes G3, Balmoral Handicap, 2nd.Queen Anne Stakes G1, Summer Mile G2, Ben Marshall Stakes L, Lincoln Handicap, 3rd.Dubai Turf G1, Sussex Stakes G1
Mondialiste David O'Meara 1,188,218 Arlington Million G1, Woodbine Mile G1, Strensall Stakes G3, Pomfret S L, 2nd.Breeders' Cup Mile G1, York Stakes G2 (twice), Lincoln Handicap, 3rd.Earl Of Sefton Stakes G3 etc.
Suedois David O'Meara 1,081,767 Shadwell Turf Mile G1, Boomerang Stakes G2, 2nd.July Cup G1, Duke Of York Stakes G2,Lennox Stakes G2, John of Gaunt Stakes G3, 3rd.Sprint Cup Stakes G1, Prix de la Foret G1, Greenlands Stakes G2, Lennox Stakes G2, Summer Mile G2, City Of York Stakes G3, 4th.Breeder's Cup Mile G1
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.
Brando Kevin Ryan 886,830 Prix Maurice de Gheest G1, Abernant Stakes G3 (x2), The Sprint Stakes G3, Ayr Gold Cup, 2nd.Sprint Cup Stakes G1, July Cup G1, Duke of York Stakes G2, Sapphire Stakes G2, Wokingham Handicap, 3rd.July Cup G1, British Champions Sprint Stakes G1 etc.
15/06/2019 Not a particularly encouraging pre-Ascot Saturday from a Yorkshire perspective. Action centred on York where David O'Meara's Firmament led home a Yorkshire 1-2-3-4 in the 24,900 JCB Handicap. Richard Fahey landed the Queen Mother's Cup Handicap ( with Sir Robert Ogden homebred Arctic Fox on a three-timer) whilst Mark Walford and Tim Easterby also had winners. No joy at Sandown although David O'Meara's Baltic Baron was second in the 24,744 Randox Health Handicap. Mick and Tim Easterby had a winner apiece at Chester and Micky Hammond scored at Hexham.
14/06/2019 John Quinn's excellent form continues when El Astronaute lands the Midsummer Sprint Stakes L at Cork this evening. Also on an evening card Richard Fahey took the closing Novices' Hurdle at Aintree. Earlier at York Declan Carroll landed a double, Adrian Nicholls scored the largest win of his nascent training career when Amnaa took the 12,938 Rous Selling Stakes and Tim Easterby also had a winner.
08/06/2019 The highlight of John Quinn's excellent day today was Safe Voyage comfortably making the transition to pattern company when landing the John Of Gaunt Stakes G3 at Haydock, with David O'Meara's old servant Suedois back in second. The previous race was the Achilles Stakes L in which Karl Burke's Lady In France was second and Paul Midgley's Tarboosh third whilst Mark Johnston and David O'Meara struck in the supporting races. At Beverely Quinn's Liberty Beach landed Royal Ascot pointer the 24,900 Hilary Needler Trophy from Mark Johnston's Rose Of Kildare and Richard Fahey's Moon Of Love whilst in the colts equivalent, the 24,900 Brian Yeardley Two Year Old Trophy, it was Richard Fahey's Summer Sands who was triumphant. Other local winners at Beverley were provided by Mark Johnston, Tim Easterby, Nigel Tinkler and David O'Meara. John Quinn's day was capped in good style at Chelmsford with Lord Riddiford taking the 25,876 Essex Sprint Handicap. Mark Johnston had a double at Newmarket whilst also providing the runner-up in the opening 31,125 Bentley Cambridge Handicap in the form of Blown By Wind with the Richard Fahey duo of Mr Diamond and Gabrial The Wire in third and fourth respectively.
07/06/2019 Kevin Ryan's Queen Jo Jo kept on well at the Curragh this evening to be a decent third in the Ballyogan Stakes G3. Mark Johnston had a winner at Brighton, Mike Sowerby likewise at Uttoxeter. On Haydock's evening card there was an opening race double for Declan Carroll and also wins for Kevin Ryan and David O'Meara.
02/06/2019 Kevin Ryan's Major Jumbo made the the trip to Chantilly this afternoon to finish third in the Prix du Gros-Chene G2. Richard Fahey had a winner at Nottingham.
01/06/2019 Derby Day, and we at least had a couple of winners with David Griffiths' Ornate landing the 61,590 Investec 'Dash' Handicap and David O'Meara's Watchable landing the closing 31,125 Investec Asset Management Handicap (his tenth start of the year!) from Mark Johnston's Lake Volta in second. Earlier Johnston had saddled The Trader to be second in the opening 31,125 Investec Private Banking Handicap whilst stablemate Nyaleti unfortunately finished lame in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes G3. At Doncaster Mark Johnston and James Bethell (Moss Gill by an impressive six lengths) supplied the local winners whilst the Johnston duo of Themaxwecan and Summer Moon were second and third respectively in the feature 37,350 Doncaster Groundworks Handicap. Up at Musselburgh there were wins for Roger Fell, Julie Camacho (Makanah in the 12,031 McGladery & Friends Handicap) and Richard Fahey. Ruth Jefferson's Double W's took the 11,574 Handicap Chase at Stratford and Micky Hammond's runner took the Amateur's Hurdle at Hexham with Ben Haslam taking the opener. Mark Johnston also had a winner on Lingfield's evening card.
31/05/2019 I'm sure I preferred the first Wednesday in June but, nevertheless, today was Day One of the Epsom Derby meeting, aka Oaks Day. We had no winners and only one, largely unfancied, runner in the Oaks but there we some decent placings with Mark Johnston's Misty Grey kicking things off in that regard when third in the opening 37,350 Investec Woodcote EBF Stakes. Mark Johnston's Communique was generally unfancied in the Coronation Cup G1 but ran reasonably well to finish fourth. Jedd O'Keeffe's Jazeel was second in the 37,350 Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap, Mark Johnston's Marie's Diamond third in the Surrey Stakes L and stablemate Low Dreams occupied the same position in the closing 31,125 Investec Zebra Handicap. Carlisle saw a Tim Easterby treble as well as winners for Mark Johnston, Micky Hammond and Rebecca Bastiman. Evening racing Doncaster yielded a double for Richard Fahey whilst at Chelmsford Ruth Carr and John Balding both came back up the A1 with a winner apiece.
26/05/2019 For the second consecutive year the Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning partnership have landed the German 1,000 Guineas G1 at Dusseldorf, this time with Main Edition who prevailed by a neck. No such luck at the Curragh where East ran no sort of race in the Irish equivalent, finishing a well beaten last.
25/05/2019 Crikey, where to start ? To cover the overseas result first Richard Fahey's Mr Lupton made an excellent seasonal reappearance to take the Greenlands Stakes G2 at The Curragh, let's hope East goes as well tomorrow on the same course ! There was another Group Two win at Haydock where Kevin Ryan's Hello Youmzain comfortably beat the highly-rated Calyx when taking the Sandy Lane Stakes G2 in a major upset (to Newmarket!). Bryan Smart's Alpha Delphini ran well to be second in the Temple Stakes G2 whilst Mark Johnston took two of the supporting races and also saddled Victory Command to be third in the 49,800 AMIX Silver Bowl Handicap. On home soil at York David Griffiths' Duke of Firenze won the 31,125 Wm Hill Leading On Course Bookmaker Sprint Handicap, with Tim Easterby's more heavily weighted Copper Knight third. Mark Johnston, David O'Meara, Richard Fahey (with Sir Robert Ogden homebred Arctic Fox) and Nigel Tinkler also had winners at the Knavesmire whilst Johnston's Bayshore Freeway was a decent third in the Bronte Cup Fillies' Stakes G3. At Goodwood Mark Johnston's Elarqam finally got back to winning way when taking the opening Festival Stakes L and equally well-bred stablemate King's Advice also scored whilst Richard Fahey took the sprint handicap. At Chester the Nigel Tinkler renaissance continued when Kaeso took the 28,012 MBNA Handicap from Mark Johnston's Masham Star and Richard Fahey's Gabrial and Messrs Johnston and Fahey also had a winner apiece later on the card. Over jumps Micky Hammond saddled the winner of the last at bucolic Cartmel. Phew.
23/05/2019 Mark Johnston's day started well at Lingfield with the regally bred Francophilia finally breaking her maiden at the tenth attempt. Things got even better for Johnston at Sandown with JM Jackson, still a maiden, a nice second in the National Stakes L. Next up was the Henry II Stakes G3 which saw Johnston's Dee Ex Bee put up an authorative display to win easily with stablemates Austrian School and Making Miracles respectively third and fourth, with the first named only a head off second place .Next up it was the Brigadier Gerard Stakes G3 in which Johnston's Matterhorn ran well to be second, albeit he did start favourite.
22/05/2019 Winners at Ayr for Karl Burke and Ruth Carr but the performance of the day came from Richard Fahey's Exhort, an excellent second in the Rothesay Stakes L. Ruth Jefferson struck at Warwick and Philip Kirby did likewise at Yarmouth.
19/05/2019 English horses dominate in the Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen G2 (aka the German 2,000 Guineas) and it goes fairly well for Mark Johnston with Arctic Sound beaten only a neck into second place and Marie's Diamond running into fourth. On home soil at Ripon David O'Meara chalked up a double, headed by Fayez in the 17,179 Wilmot-Smith Memorial Handicap, whilst Mark Johnston, Grant Tuer and Declan Carroll also had winners, as did Brian Ellison at Market Rasen.
18/05/2019 Karl Burke's stable star, the feted Laurens, made her seasonal debut today and ran well to be second in Newbury's Lockinge Stakes G1 to already raced Mustashry. Earlier on the card Richard Fahey's Space Traveller was third in the Carnarvon Stakes L whilst Mark Johnston's Masham Star was third in the closing 24,900 Toronado Handicap. At Thirsk there was a double for Roger Fell with further local winners provided by David Griffiths, Richard Fahey and David O'Meara. Doncaster's evening card started well with wins for Mark Johnston and Kevin Ryan in the opening two races, Ryan later making it a double courtesy of Highbank Stud's homebred Bielsa.
17/05/2019 It's a long time till the Ebor Meeting. The final day of York's Dante Meeting yields under-card winners for David O'Meara (with Sir Robert Ogden homebred Agincourt) and Mark Johnston. Richard Fahey's maiden Mighty Spirit is a good second in the opening Marygate Fillies Stakes L and Mark Johnston's Mildenberger is third in the Yorkshire Cup G2. Peter Atkinson strikes at Aintree whilst Richard Fahey and Ann Duffield provide the winners of the last two events on Hamilton's evening card.
16/05/2019 Day Two at York sees Tim Easterby's Copper Knight, high in the handicap, landing the opening 18,675 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap, later on the card the Kevin Ryan debutante Repartee is an impressive 5 length winner of the valuable maiden. In between the Kingsley House runners are faintly disappointing in the two group races (especially Nyaleti) whilst David O'Meara's Firmament is second in the 31,125 Hambleton Handicap, ahead of Rebecca Bastiman's Hayadh in third. Richard Fahey grabs a winner on Nemmarket's evening card.
15/05/2019 Day One of York's Dante Meeting and we had to wait till the last for our sole winner, supplied by Jedd O'Keeffe's Starcaster. Although there were a scattering of places in the supporting races the best local performance of the day was from Kevin Ryan's Major Jumbo who ran well to be second in the Duke Of York Stakes G2.
12/05/2019 A good performance from Kevin Ryan's East sees her join Lord Glitters as our second (flat) Group One placed horse of the season when she is a decent third in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches G1 at Longchamp this afternoon, possibly Royal Ascot beckons, or maybe the Irish equivalent or the Diane.
11/05/2019 The weekends are getting busier, summer must be getting close. Today's best performance came, arguably, and unusually, at Nottingham where Kevin Ryan's Queen Jo Jo took the EBF GSB Kilvington Stakes L, which hopefully bodes well for stablemate East tomorrow, Yorkshire's other winner on the card was provided by Declan Carroll. John Quinn had a good day at Haydock with Safe Voyage landing the Spring Trophy Stakes L and Project Bluiebook, gaining with every stride in the closing stages, finishing second in the Swinton Handicap Hurdle Gd3, Mark Johnston also had a winner later on the card. At Ascot David Barron's perennial bridesmaid Kynren was, naturally, a neck second in the 65,362 Victoria Cup, with Nigel Tinkler's lowly weighted Kaeso third. It was even closer at Lingfield where David O'Meara's Perfection was second by a mere head in the Chartwell Fillies' Stakes G3. Micky Hammond took the opener at Hexham. Evening racing at Thirsk saw a stream of local winners thanks to the combined efforts of John Quinn, David O'Meara, Tim Easterby, Brian Ellison, Kevin Ryan and Nigel Tinkler.
10/05/2019 The Chester glory was spread out a little more today, although not much more with Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey dominating. The opening 21,165 Earl Grosvenor Handicap saw Fahey's Gabrial The Saint finish second in front of Brian Ellison's money-spinning Baraweez in third. Next up was the Huxley Stakes G2 which fell to Richard Fahey's Forest Ranger who ran a great race with Johnston's Matterhorn in second. Next was the 21,165 Boodles Diamond Handicap, won by Johnston's Aquarium with Tim Easterby's Aasheq back in the third. The fourth race was the historic 92,385 Chester Cup which fell to Mark Johnston's front-running Making Miracles who came home six lengths clear in the sludge. Later on the under-card yielded second places for David Griffiths' Duke of Firenze and David O'Meara's Saryshagann. Micky Hammond took the bumpter at Market Rasen whilst evening racing saw wins at Ripon for Richard Fahey, Rebecca Bastiman and Antony Brittain whilst Declan Carroll struck at Nottingham.
09/05/2019 It seems that of the Yorkshire trainers only David O'Meara can win on the Roodeye at the moment, today taking the valuable maiden with Full Authority. However Tim Easterby's Copper Knight was second in the opening 21,165 Gateley PLC Handicap, with Kevin Ryan's Ayutthaya occupying the same position in the last. Ruth Carr took the final race on Chelmsford's evening card.
08/05/2019 A good start to the Chester meeting for David O'Meara with Great Dame landing the opening 14,490 Lily Agnes Stakes and stablemate Leodis Dream making it five in a row when landing the days feature handicap, the 21,165 Boodles Diamond Handicap. On the breeding front the Theakston Stud bred Future Investment took the valuable three-year-old maiden. At Kelso Will Easterby took the Hunters' Chase and Micky Hammond the bumper. David O'Meara's good run carried over to Wolverhampton's evening card where he had a winner, as did Mick Easterby.
05/05/2019 Yet another excellent day for Mark Johnston with Baghdad taking the opening 31,125 Qatar Racing Handicap on 1,000 Guineas Day at Newmarket and stable-mate Nayef Road leading home a team 1-2 in the closing 12,938 Qipco Supporting British Racing Handicap, in between times Nyaleti, one of his stars of last term, was a dogged second in the Dahlia Stakes G2 and I'll Have Another was third in the Pretty Polly Stakes L. Also getting in on the action at HQ was David O'Meara who's Summerghand was second in the 31,125 Longholes Handicap. At Hamilton Jedd O'Keeffe's Rare Groove landed the 13,695 Buttonhook Handicap and there were also winners for Julie Camacho and David O'Meara.
04/05/2019 2,000 Guineas Day at Newmarket, and whilst Yorkshire's two classic runners did not shine it was nevertheless a good day for the Yorkshire raiders. The opening 31,125 Spring Lodge Handicap saw a second place for Jedd O'Keeffe's bottom weighted Jazeel whilst Kevin Ryan's Major Jumbo was a decent third in the following Palace House Stakes G3. Next up was the Jockey Club Stakes G2 which saw Mark Johnston's Communique put a disappointing run last time last time behind him to land the spoils, with stablemate Mildenberger also running well to grab third. Later on the card another Johnston runner Perisan Moon was arguably slightly disappointing when third in the Newmarket Stakes L. Thirsk saw a revamped 24,900 Thirsk Hunt Cup, now sponsored by the Cliff Stud, go to Rebecca Bastiman's Hayadh with Kevin Ryan's Commander Han in second. The other local winners at Thirsk came courtesy of Karl Burke, Richard Fahey, Stef Keniry, Tim Easterby and Julie Camacho. Not much of a Yorkshire presence at Goodwood but Mark Johnston's Love Dreams was second in the 31,125 Unibet Handicap. David O'Meara and Jedd O'Keeffe both registeredd wins on Doncaster's evening card.
02/05/2019 Mark Johnston's Chapelli put up a good performance this evening to be just denied by a nose in the Chelmer Fillies' Stakes L at Chelmsford , with David O'Meara winning the following race. Richard Fahey had a double at Musselburgh where Paul Midgley also scored, Bryan Smart and Roger Fell won at Redcar and David Barron, Brian Ellison and Mick Easterby did so at Southwell.
01/05/2019 Mark Johnston's Derby runner-up of last term, Dee Ex Bee, looks to have morphed into a leading staying candidate (despite disappointing in last year's Leger) judging by his performance today when handily taking the Sagaro Stakes G3 at Ascot on his seasonal reappearance. Earlier on the card Richard Fahey's Ventura Rebel had landed the Royal Ascot Two-Year-Old Trial Conditions Stakes. Local winners at Pontefract were provided by Richard Fahey, David Barron and Les Eyre. Team Johnston also struck on Bath's evening card as did Karl Burke at Brighton.
27/04/2019 John Quinn's Safe Voyage took the honours today when landing the 28,012 Betway Old Boston Handicap at Haydock, with Richard Fahey's Great Prospector back in third, Lawrence Millaney also provided a winner. At Leicester Mark Johnston's Cardsharp, out again, was third in the King Richard III Stakes L whilst Richard Fahey took the last. Locally there were doubles at Ripon for both Mark Johnston and Ruth Carr whilst Daid O'Meara also struck and Chris Fairhurst and Mick Easterby took the last two on Doncaster's evening card.
26/04/2019 Mark Johnston's Persian Moon finished third in today's bet365 Classic Trial G3 at Sandown where David O'Meara's Suedois was fourth in the bet365 Mile G2 and stablemate Leodis Dream took the 12,450 bet365 Handicap. Julie Camacho provided the sole local winner at Doncaster.
24/04/2019 Yorkshire trained horses put up a good show in Epsom's 31,125 City & Suburban Handicap today with Mark Johnston's Aquarium second, Tim Easterby's Aasheq third and David O'Meara's Mythical Madness fourth. Brian Ellison took the last at Perth
20/04/2019 Another good day for Mark Johnston with Austrian School landing the days feature, Musselburgh's 62,250 Queen's Cup Heritage Handicap. It was actually a good day all round in Scotland for the Yorkshire raiders with a double for Richard Fahey (including Coolagh Forest in the 18,675 Royal Mile Handicap) and wins for David O'Meara and Kevin Ryan as well as Paul Midgley's Final Venture finishing second in the 31,125 Scottish Sprint Cup Handicap, even the seller winner was bred by the late Guy Reed ! Also 'up North' we had a trio of winners at Carlisle courtesy of Sam England, Philip Kirby and Micky Hammond. Les Eyre claimed the last at Nottingham's evening meeting.
19/04/2019 And boom ! In a heartbeat Mark Johnston chalks up around 250k of prize money with three decent wins. At Lingfield it is All Weather Championships day and Johnston's Watersmeet comfortably lands the 93,375 Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes whilst Richard Fahey's George Bowen is second in the 93,375 Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes. Then Johnston wins the days feature, the 124,500 Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes with Matterhorn, recording his sixth win from his last seven starts. Meanwhile at Bath Johnston's Living Legend takes the 31,125 Value Rater Racing Club Is Free Handicap. Oddly we didn't do too well up at Newcastle with Johnston's Marie's Diamond only managing fourth in the Burradon Stakes L whilst stablemate Baghad was third in the 54,986 Betway Live Casino Handicap, but no Yorkshire winners on Tyneside.
18/04/2019 The final day of the Craven meeting sees Richard Fahey's Forest Ranger finish a decent second in the Earl Of Sefton Stakes G3 with Mark Johnston's Elarqam again slightly disappointing in fourth. A double for Tim Easterby at Ripon where David O'Meara, Karl Burke, Mark Johnston and Anthony Brittain also scored, whilst Johnston also had a win on Chelmsford's evening card.
17/04/2019 The second day of the Craven meeting started OK with Kevin Ryan and Mark Johnston claiming minor honours in the opener. Whilst Kevin Ryan's Brando's effort to finish third in the Abernant Stakes G3 might look disappointing he was only beaten a head and a neck, and he is now seven, it'll probably take him a while to get going in his old age ! Beverley saw winners for David O'Meara, Mark Johnston, Richard Fahey, Kevin Ryan, Brian Ellison and Ruth Carr with Fahey's Pacino landing the race named after the late Laura Barry the most emotional result of the day. Tim Easterby had winner on Southwell's evening card.
16/04/2019 Day One of a slightly rejigged Newmarket Craven meeting (something to do with TV crews and Easter, ie the All-Weather Championships on Friday....) and not too much joy for the Yorkshire runners in the classic trials, although Richard Fahey's Space Traveller did well to make second in the European Free Handicap L , with the Mark Johnston pair of Victory Command and Arctic Sound in fourth and fifth respectively. Karl Burke's Kadar could only manage fourth in the Feilden Stakes L and we had no joy at all in the Nell Gwyn Stakes G3. Places for the David O'Meara and Richard Fahey runners in the supporting races either side of the main fayre provided some hope. David Barron had a winner on Wolverhampon's early evening card.
13/04/2019 The flat season is hotting up, but not much to write home about today, our best effort in the Newbury classic trials came from Kevin Ryan's Hello Youmzain, fourth in the Greenham Stakes G3, after being badly hampered. In the next Richard Fahey's Borodin was third in the Spring Mile for breeder Sir Robert Ogden . At Chantilly Karl Burke's True Mason was likewise fourth in the Prix Sigy G3, albeit only a short head off third. No joy in the big races at Ayr, although Philip Kirby took the closing bumper. There were local winners galore at Thirsk however with Mark Johnston (a double), Richard Fahey, Kevin Ryan, David O'Meara and David Griffiths all striking. Michael Herrington and Ruth Carr both scored on Wolverhampton's evening card.
10/04/2019 A day of mixed fortunes for Mark Johnston with Guineas entry Marie's Diamond only managing fifth at Maisons-Laffitte on his seasonal debut, but stablemate Elegiac claming the Further Flight Stakes L at Nottingham, where Jedd O'Keeffe also had a winner. The other Yorkshire winners today came at Lingfield courtesy of Marjorie Fife and Michael Herrington.
06/04/2019 No joy at Aintree, our faintest glimmer coming in the closing 30,950 Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle in which Brian Ellison's Nietzsche was third. Result of the day came at Milan where the Highbank Stud bred Mission Boy continued on from last season when landing the Premio Gardone L by over three lengths. Micky Hammond had a double at Newcastle whilst there were wins for Mark Johnston, David Barron and David O'Meara on Wolverhampton's evening card.
05/04/2019 Day Two at Aintree and again no winners, but there are two Grade One placings at consolation. First up Philip Kirby's Top Ville Ben is a decent third in the Mildmay Novices' Chase Gd1, only denied second in the closing strides. The next race is the JLT Chase Gd1 which sees Ruth Jefferson's Waiting Patiently finish third, albeit some 29 lengths behind the winner. Elsewhere Richard Fahey has a double at Leicester where Roger Fell and Mark Johnston also get in on the action and Jo Foster and Mick Easterby score at Sedgefield. David Griffiths provides Yorkshire's only winner on Wolverhampton's evening card.
04/04/2019 Grand National Meeting, Day One sees Philip Kirby's mare Lady Buttons run into second in the Red Rum Handicap Chase Gd3. Ruth Carr had a winner at Chelmsford.
30/03/2019 The start of the proper flat season, and Dubai World Cup night. Domestic news first ; at Doncaster there was only one local winner with Richard Fahey's Show Me Show Me taking the Brocklesby but David Barron's Kynren ran well to be second in the 62,250 Lincoln Handicap, Kevin Ryan's Major Jumbo was second in the opening Cammidge Trophy L and Richard Fahey's money-spinning Gabrial, now ten, was third in the Doncaster Mile L. At Kempton meanwhile Mark Johnston took the opener and Richard Fahey's George Bowen took the 15,562 Better Odds With Matchbook Handicap. At Meydan David O'Meara's Lord Glitters ran a blinder to pick up 472,440 for finishing third in the Dubai Turf whilst Richard Fahey's Sands Of Mali had to make do with a mere 31,496 for running into sixth in the Al Quoz Sprint G1. Karl Burke had a winner on Southwell's evening card.
15/03/2019 And so Cheltenham ends with no Yorkshire winners, Definitly Red appeared to be running OK when brought down in the Gold Cup whilst Forest Bihan was fourth in the Grand Annual Challenge Cup Gd3. Mark Johnston had a winner at Lingfield.
14/03/2019 That's more like it. OK, so still no Cheltenham 2019 winner, but Jedd O'Keeffe's Sam Spinner bounced back into form when second in today's Stayers' Hurdle Gd1 , which he flopped in last season when starting as favourite. The day had started well for O'Keeffe with Lord Yeats taking the opener at Hexham where Micky Hammond's possibly-politically-named Dontdelay was also a winner. Ruth Jefferson similarly landed the opener at Market Rasen. David Griffiths had a winner on Southwell's evening card.
13/03/2019 Day two at Cheltenham, and no joy at all. Mark Johnston's Cardsharp turns out for the second time in four days and lands Lingfield's feature, with David Griffiths also scoring.
12/03/2019 Cheltenham 2019, Day One and no wins for Yorkshire although Sue Smith's Vintage Clouds goes close when second in the Ultima Handicap Chase Gd3, one place better than last term. Later on the card Philip Kirby's Lady Button's is fourth in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle Gd1, some way behind the main protaganists. On the level there are wins for Grant Tuer, Kevin Ryan and Paul Midgley at Southwell and for Mark Johnston at Wolverhampton.
09/03/2019 I may over been over-optimistic about Spring .... ! Anyway a good day at Wolverhampton with David Barron's Above The Rest landing the Wulfruna Stakes L with Mark Johnston's Cardsharp back in third. Earlier Richard Fahey's Third Time Lucky was third in the 31,125 Lincoln Trial Handicap and David O'Meara took the last. Richard Guest took the opener on Kempton's evening card.
02/03/2019 Cheltenham getting closer, almost time for the Flat season proper to commence, spring has sprung ! As proof it was the Spring Cup L at Lingfield today in which Mark Johnston's Deep Intrigue was a useful second, stablemate King's Advice having landed the opener. At Kelso Brian Ellison's Windsor Avenue was second in the Edinburgh Gin Premier Kelso Novices' Hurdle Gd2 whilst Peter Niven's Brian Boranha was third in the 34,408 Grimthorpe Handicap Chase at Doncaster.
16/02/2019 Panic over, racing back on. Ruth Jefferson's Waiting Patiently came back to Ascot in pursuit of a second consecutive victory in the Ascot Chase Gd1 but could only manage a brave but well beaten second place. Stablemate Mega Yeats was third in the olgb.com Mare's Hurdle L at Haydock where Sue Smith also had a winner. On the level Mark Johnston and David O'Meara both had winners at Lingfield.
26/01/2019 Philip Kirby's rising star Lady Buttons made it four in a row when just holding on in the OLBG.com Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle Gd2 at Doncaster this evening, earlier Brian Ellison's Ravenhill Road was third in the Owlerton Sheffield Lightning Novices' Chase Gd2. Meanwhile down at HQ Ruth Jefferson's Buster Valentine lost his unbeaten tag but nevertheless ran well to be second in the Bayllmore Novices' Hurdle Gd2. Roger Fell scored on Chelmsford's evening card.
20/01/2019 A quiet few weeks, but today Sue Smith landed her second Grade Two of the year when Wakanda at Haydock landed the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase Gd2 at the age of 10. Philip Kirby took the opener on the card whilst Rebecca Bastiman took the last on Wolverhampton's evening card.
03/01/2019 Yorkshire racing legend Bill Elsey died last night at the age of 97. He took over the licence at Highfield from his father Charles in 1961 and had classic winners in both 1967 (Pia in the Oaks) and 1973 (Swinton Grange bred Peleid in the St Leger). Amongst his other major winners were Black King (Queen's Vase), Henry The Seventh (Eclipse Stakes, Cambridgeshire), Sostenuto (Ebor), King Of Babylon (Champagne Stakes), Lucaya (Sun Chariot Stakes), Alignment (Ebor), Tantivy (Queen's Vase), Double Cream (Lincoln), Don (St James's Palace Stakes and Lockinge), Line Slinger (Yorkshire Cup), Past Glories (Welsh Champion Hurdle, 2nd.Triumph Hurdle), K-Battery (Earl of Sefton and Lincoln) and Linpac West (John Porter Stakes). That his earlier owners included Jim Joel, Sir Tatton Sykes (of Sledmere), Sir Victor Sassoon (who owned Thornton), Marcus Wickham Boynton (Burton Agnes) and Phil Bull and that, later in his career, he was entrusted with some Khalid Abdullah horses shows the high esteem in which he was held.
Mick Easterby and Karl Burke scored at Southwell whilst David Barron's Above The Rest was fourth in the Dubawi Stakes G3 at Meydan.
01/01/2019 The year gets off to an excellent start when Sue Smith's Midnight Shadow puts up a strong performance to land Cheltenham's Relkeel Hurdle Gd2 by two and a quarter lengths. John Quinn scored at Musselburgh and John Balding did likewise at Southwell.

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