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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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