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19/04/2021 John Dance, owner of Laurens, announced that he was the purchaser of Manor House Stud . The plan is to develop the property to provide a) a base for his yearlings and b) a private training yard to be headed up by James Horton, currently assistant to Sir Michael Stoute. Sounds exciting although I'm sure Dance also bought Fair Winter Farm, and last time I passed by it seemed to be have overrun with ..... alpacas. Winners at Pontefract for Roger Fell, Antony Brittain, Philip Kirby, Kevin Ryan and Paul Midgley. Over jumps Sue Smith, Jedd O'Keeffe and Micky Hammond all had winners at Hexham whilst Mark Walford and Sam England did likewise at Market Rasen.
18/04/2021 On the Scottish Grand National card at Ayr today Peter Niven's Malystic was second in the Future Champion Novices' Chase Gd2 with Philip Kirby's Whoshotthesherriff in third, Mark Walford had a winner later on the card.
16/04/2021 At Newbury Mick Easterby's Elysian Flame landed the 18,039 Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd Silver Bar Handicap (with Mark Johnston's Rochester House back in third). Up at Ayr Brian Ellison's Nietzsche took the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase L by a neck. The Racing Post reports that the Craven Breeze-Up Sales purchasing charts were topped by Middleham's own Manor House Stud, which was sold last year to an as-yet unidentified buyer. The stud signed for eight lots totalling 1.035m guineas including sons of Kingman and Churchill for 335,000gns and 135,000gns respectively and a daughter of Iffraaj for 110,000gns.
15/04/2021 Even better today at the Craven Meeting with David O'Meara's Summerghand running on well to land the Abernant Stakes G3, with Kevin Ryan's Emaraaty Ana back in third, only a head off second. Karl Burke's Significantly had earlier finished runner-up in the second race on the card. The locals took all but one of the races at Ripon courtesy of Richard Fahey, Sam England, Mark Johnston, Ed Bethell, Adrian Nicholls and Roger Fell. Evening racing at Newcastle sees a double for first-season-trainer Ed Bethell (making it three for the day and four from his last six runners!) as well as a winner for Nigel Tinkler.
14/04/2021 Ah, the Craven Meeting at Newmarket, which southerners claim is the true start of the Flat Turf Season. Hhhhhmm. Anyway, a good start with the opening race won by a colt bred by Steve Parkin's nascent Branton Court Stud. Mark Johnston's Marie's Diamond ran well to be second in the Earl Of Sefton Stakes G3. Closer to home there were local winners at Beverley for Richard Fahey (a double), Kevin Ryan, Mark Johnston, Harvey Bastiman (his first winner since taking over from sister Rebecca), David O'Meara and Mick Easterby. Evening racing at Kempton saw Richard Fahey land a double double and Mark Johnston also had a winner.
08/04/2021 Day One of the Aintree Festival saw no Yorkshire winners and Waiting Patiently doing just that .... when pulled up. However Sally Hall's homebred Miss Lamb, trained by Jedd O'Keeffe was a decent third in the (deep breath) Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race Gd2. On the level Southwell saw a double for Mark Johnston and winners for Kevin Ryan, David Barron, Karl Burke and Roger Fell.
07/04/2021 The busiest day of the nascent flat season so far with four meetings. At Nottingham Mark Johnston's Sir Ron Priestley, off the track for 577 days and last seen finishing second in the St Leger G1 of 2019, made a return to the track to tidily land the Further Flight Stakes L , the stable then took the last race as well. Catterick saw wins for Nigel Tinkler, Kevin Ryan, David O'Meara, Tim Easterby and Philip Kirby, there was no joy at Lingfield. Evening racing at Newcastle yielded a fantastic treble for Grant Tuer and a win singular for Jedd O'Keeffe.
03/04/2021 An excellent day at Musselburgh for Mark Johnston who landed four of the first five races including Themaxwecan in the 38,655 Queen's Cup Heritage Handicap (stablemate Hochfeld in third) and Naamoos in the 15,462 Royal Mile Handicap (stablemate Forest Falcon in second). David Barron's Zarzni was a good short head second in the 15,462 Scottish Sprint Cup Handicap. At Haydock Sue Smith's Small Present took home 18,004 in the snappily named Betway Challenger Stayers Hurdle Seriesl Final Handicap Hurdle. Evening racing saw Wolverhampton wins for Antony Brittain and Philip Kirby.
02/04/2021 Yorkshire got it's All-Weather champion with David O'Meara's Summerghand taking the 38,655 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championship Conditions Stakes at Lingfield by a head from Karl Burke's Exalted Angel with Richard Fahey's Brian The Snail back in third. Karl Burke took the closing 12,885 All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap with Lord Of The Lodge, Mark Johnston's Lucky Deal with third in the Marathon, and Johnston was second in the All-Weather Trainers Championship, with Richard Fahey in third. Newcastle meanwhile saw a double for Kevin Ryan and wins for Mark Johnston and Roger Fell.
27/03/2021 Dubai started well with Mark Johnston's Subjectivist laying out his Champion Stayer credentials early in the season with a fantastic display to land the Dubai Gold Cup G2, always in the front two he then forged ahead under Joe Fanning with over five furlongs left to run and eventually won by nearly six lengths, in course record time. Later on the card Nigel Tinkler's Acklam Express was only beaten out of second by a neck when third in the Al Quoz Sprint G1, picking up 72,992 for his efforts. David O'Meara's standard bearer Lord Glitters could 'only' manage sixth in the Dubai Turf G1, but such was the prize money on offer he still took home 58,394. Doncaster saw the start of the domestic turf season, the locals only had one winner with first-season trainer Ed Bethell landing the 23,193 Spring Mile Handicap with Artistic Rifles. David O'Meara's Hortzadar was a decent third in the 51,540 Lincoln Handicap , whilst the Cammidge Trophy L saw some old favourites with Kevin Ryan's Emaraaty Ana second, Kevin Ryan's Brando third and David O'Meara's Summerghand fourth. Mark Johnston had a winner at Kempton and Micky Hammond took the bumper at Kelso and Grant Tuer had a winner on Wolverhampton's evening card.
21/03/2021 Wetherby trainer Rebecca Bastiman has passed away at the age of 40 after a long illness. Trainer of over a hundred winners since taking over from her father Robin in 2015 her best horse was probably Hayadh who won five including the Thirsk Hunt Cup. Mick Easterby had a winner at Carlisle.
16/03/2021 Crikey, Cheltenham Day One and a Yorkshire winner already with Sue Smith's old favourite Vintage Clouds, finally landing, after five attempts, the Ultima Handicap Chase Gd3 at the age of 11, pulling clear by five and a half lengths after being one length ahead at the last. Joanne Foster took the last at Sedgefield whilst Philip Kirby took the opener at Southwell. Evening racing at Newcastle sees wins for Mark Johnston, Richard Fahey, Grant Tuer and Jedd O'Keeffe.
13/03/2021 A good day at Wolverhampton for Karl Burke with Born To Be Alive landing the 18,675 Lincoln Trial Handicap (with David Barron's new recruit On A Session in second) and Lord Of The Lodge second in the Lady Wulfruna Stakes L. Richard Fahey took the opener whilst Mark Walford had a winner at Ayr.
06/03/2021 Well that didn't take long. Early March and Yorkshire already has it's first Group One winner courtesy of David O'Meara stalwart Lord Glitters landing the Jebel Hatta G1, almost last to first, at Meydan this afternoon at the ripe old age of eight. He's now closing in rapidly on Laurens who is fourth placed in the Yorkshire all-time winningmost list ! Nigel Tinkler's Acklam Express also put up a sterling performance in Dubai, finishing third in the Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint G3. Closer to home another old-timer was in fine form at Lingfield, eight-year-old Ornate landing the 11,972 Betway Handicap for David Griffiths. Sue Smith had a winner at Doncaster and John Quinn likewise at Kelso. Philip Kirby and Ruth Carr score on Southwell's evening card. Yesterday it was announced that the former David Barron trained Group winning sprinter Pearl Secret would be relocating to Norton Grove Stud, a valuable addition indeed to the somewhat depleted Yorkshire stallion ranks, not to mention a very useful outcross for many mares.
27/02/2021 A good day under both codes today. At Newcastle Brian Ellison's Sam's Adventure followed up on his Tommy Whittle win in December when taking the 43,792 Eider Handicap Chase nicely , Micky Hammond took the Conditional Jock's handicap hurdle later on the card. It was a Yorkshire 1-2 in the Hever Sprint Stakes L at Lingfield with John Quinn's Lord Riddiford hanging on by a neck from Edward Bethell's (getting his first bit of black type) Moss Gill, David Griffiths' Ornate was fourth.
20/02/2021 Mark Johnston's Mildenberger might have finished 'only' sixth in the 1m Red Sea Turf Handicap at Riyadh, but still picked up 36,496 for his efforts. At Haydock Brian Ellison's Tupelo Mississippi was third in the Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices' Hurdle Gd2 and there was a winner for Philip Kirby. Winners at Newcastle were provided by William Bethell, Richard Fahey, Mark Johnston and Peter Niven.
18/02/2021 Nigel Tinkler's Acklam Express put up the performance of his (short) career to date when second, at 20-1, in the Meydan Sprint G2 at, erm, Meydan. Mark Johnston had a winner at Chelmsford.
13/02/2021 Overnight Royal Performer, bred at Scampston Hall Stud by Lady Ledgard, took his first black type race, at the first attempt and the age of eight when landing the Herbie Dyke Stakes G1 at Te Rapa (New Zealand). Karen Tutty, Karl Burke and John Quinn (Lord Riddiford in the 11,827 Betway Handicap) all had winners on Wolverhampton's evening card.
11/02/2021 David O'Meara's Lord Glitters was a decent third, only a nose out of second, in the Al Rashidiya G2 at Meydan today. Slightly closer to home at Newcastle Edward Bethell registered his first win since taking over at Tupgill from his father James when Mudawwan struck in the apprentice handicap and there were also winners for Philip Kirby, Richard Fahey and Bryan Smart.
06/02/2021 Wetherby is cancelled , Karl Burke's largely unheralded Exalted Angel landed the Kachy Stakes L at Lingfield today at 20-1. Pat Buckley, formerly first jockey to Captain Neville Crump in Middleham died this week at the age of 77. He won the Grand National in '63 (albeit not for Crump) as well as numerous other top races including the Whitbread Gold Cup and Scottish Grand National. After his Yorkshire based career in the saddle he was instrumental in setting up racing industries in Oman and Abu Dhabi, and was then heavily involved in setting up the Dubai World Cup.
23/01/2021 Ruth Jefferson's Waiting Patiently was arguably a little disappointing when 'only' third in the Clarence House Chase Gd1 at Ascot, but still a Grade One placing isn't to be sneezed at and it bodes well for the future. Patrick Haslam had a winner over fences at Haydock at and then doubled up on the all-weather flat at Newcastle where Phil Kirby, Alan Brown and Mark Johnston had winners and Antony Brittain landed a double.
21/01/2021 The moneyspinner that is Lord Glitters registered his first win since June 2019 when landing the Singspiel Stakes G2 for David O'Meara at Meydan today, coming home clear by a comfortable three lengths. Richard Fahey had a win at Lingfield and then promptly doubled up on Newcastle's evening card when Julie Camacho had a double and there were also winners for Roger Fell and Kevin Ryan.
16/01/2021 Jedd O'Keeffe's Miss Lamb (owned and bred by landlady Sally Hall) is a decent second in the Alan Swinbank Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race L at Market Rasen this afternoon. Mark Johnston took the last on Kempton's evening card.

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