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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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