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07/08/2022 Boom ! Yorkshire's second group one win of the year comes over at Deauville where John Quinn's Highfield Princess lands the Prix Maurice de Gheest G1 convincingly, somewhat ironically Yorkshire's other Group One winner, Perfect Power, finished in the pack. Her tenth win takes her career earnings over the 500k mark. Domestically Karl Burke, Jedd O'Keeffe, Tim Easterby and Richard Fahey each win 15,462 'Sunday Series' Handicaps at Haydock and Charlie & Mark Johnston had a winner at Windsor.
06/08/2022 A very good day for the Yorkshire raiders at both Newmarket and Ascot. At HQ Karl Burke's Bright Diamond put up a suitably sparkling performance to land the maiden fillies' race by nine lengths and there was then a treble for Charlie & Mark Johnston culminating in a hard fought victory for Lakota Sioux in the Sweet Solera Stakes G3. Shergar Cup day at Ascot kicked off with David O'Meara's Orbaan putting yet more cash into his Weatherby's account by landing the opening 24,590 Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Classified Stakes. Next up was the 36,885 Shergar Cup Dash in which Julie Camacho's Judicial was second and Tim Easterby's Lampang third. Next was the 36,885 Shergar Cup Stayers which fell to Charlie & Mark Johnston's Themaxwecan with stablemate Golden Flame third. The 36,885 Shergar Cup Challenge saw David O'Meara's Charging Thunder second and Brian Ellison's Onesmoothoperator third before Richard Fahey's Admiral D was third in the closing 36,885 Shergar Cup Sprint. David O'Meara had a winner at Haydock whilst Grant Tuer and Richard Fahey provided the only winners at Redcar. Evening racing at Ayr yielded another winner for David O'Meara and a double for Tim Easterby (both homebred by Habton Farms).
31/07/2022 Richard Fahey's Ventura Diamond was a decent third, only a neck out of second, in the Queensferry Stakes L this afternoon at Chester, where Brian Ellison took the last. Over at Galway David & Nicola Barron's On A Session was a strong second in the Ahonoora Premier Handicap. Closer to home at Market Rasen there was a double for Sam England and wins for Sara Ender and Justin Landy.
30/07/2022 The final day of Glorious Goodwood sees Ed Bethell's Regional finish a strong third in the Stewards' Cup, picking up 30,225 for his efforts and Charlie & Mark Johnston's I'm A Gambler lands the 18,039 Medallia Handicap. At Newmarket Charlie & Mark Johnston's Rose of Kildare is a decent second in the Chalice Stakes L whilst they also have a winner later on the card. Thirsk sees wins for Karl Burke, John Quinn (Empirestateofmind in the 15,702 Summer Cup), Tim Easterby, Ben Haslam and Bryan Smart. Declan Carroll takes the last two races at Doncaster where there are also winners for Nigel Tinkler, Julie Camacho and Bryan Smart. Evening racing at Hamilton sees winners for Roger Fell, Kevin Ryan and Tim Easterby.
29/07/2022 David O'Meara fired five bullets at the 77,310 Golden Mile Handicap at Goodwood today ; and two hit the target with Orbaan winning and Blue For You picking up 36,255 for second place. Declan Carroll, Brian Ellison and Ruth Carr had wins at Wolverhampton. Evening racing at Musselburgh yielded winners for Philip Makin, Bryan Smart, David & Nicola Barron, Ruth Carr and Peter Niven whilst Mick & David Easterby had a double at Southwell.
28/07/2022 No Yorkshire winners at Goodwood today and the best result was a fourth place, albeit in a Group One with Kevin Ryan's Fonteyn occupying that place in the Nassau Stakes G1, after seeming to run a trifle green. David & Nicola Barron had a winner at Nottingham and Sam England likewise at Stratford.
27/07/2022 Just the one winner on day two of Glorious Goodwood with Richard Fahey's The Platinum Queen four lengths victorious in the 25,770 Alice Keppel Fillies' Conditions Stakes, in which David O'Meara's Star Of Lady M is third. Later Charlie & Mark Johnston's Value Theory is third in the EBF Fillies' Handicap. Micky Hammond has a winner at Perth whilst Nigel Tinkler, Tim Easterby, Ed Bethell, Declan Carroll, Peter Niven and David & Nicola Barron all score at Redcar.
26/07/2022 Day one, race one of Glorious Goodwood sees Charlie & Mark Johnston's Forest Falcon land the 38,655 Chesterfield Cup, In the next Karl Burke's Holloway Boy, the hot favourite , is 'only' second in the Vintage Stakes G2, which at least proves that his Royal Ascot performance was no flash in the pan. Yorkshire's second winner comes in the 18,039 Nicholson Gin Handicap courtesy of John Quinn's Lord Riddiford and there are good placing in the two fillies handicaps from Charlie & Mark Johnston's Rainbow Colours (second in the mile) and Karl Burke's Favourite Child (third in the sprint). Beverley sees wins for Micky Hammond, Craig Lidster, James Horton, John Quinn, Brian Ellison, Paul Midgley and Geoffrey Harker whilst Micky Hammond scores at Yarmouth and Peter Niven on Perth's evening card.
24/07/2022 The calm between the storms. Roger Fell's Marie's Diamond was a decent second in the Pomfret Stakes L at Pontefract where there was a double for Charlie & Mark Johnston and a winner for Micky Hammond. The Johnston's also had a winner at Chelmsford.
23/07/2022 Not the most successful of days but Karl Burke's Lethal Levi garnered another big win when landing the 25,770 Glenn Roeder Race Day Handicap at Newmarket, where Kevin Ryan took the last. A big day at Ascot but Yorkshire's only noteworthy performance came from John Quinn's Breege , a decent third in the opening Princess Margaret Stakes G3. At York there were winners for Paul Midgley, Kevin Ryan, Philip Kirby and Nigel Tinkler. Brian Ellison landed a treble at Newcastle where Grant Tuer and John Quinn also had wins.
22/07/2022 A busy day ahead of a busier weekend and Goodwood next week. Ascot saw decent winners for Gemma Tutty (Mostly Cloudy in the 10,308 Brown Jack Handicap) and Micky Hammond (Carnvial Zain in the 10,266 Ascot Lady Amateur Riders' Trophy). At Thirsk there were wins for Peter Niven, Karl Burke, Philip Kirby and Charlie & Mark Johnston. Evening racing at York sees Karl Burke's Poptronic put up another solid performance when second in the Lyric Filies' Stakes L, and there was a double for Richard Fahey and wins for Mark Walford, Julie Camacho and Kevin Ryan. Charlie & Mark Johnston had a double on Newmarket's evening card.
21/07/2022 Charlie & Mark Johnston's Dance In The Grass made it two from two today when tidily landing the Star Stakes L at Sandown .... hopefully this is an indicator of a Glorious Goodwood for Team Kingsley Park. Evening racing at Doncaster yielded wins for Tim Easterby, Ed Bethell and David O'Meara.
16/07/2022 John Quinn's Mr Wagyu landed another big handicap today when coming home a head in front in the 50,420 Scurry Premier Handicap at the Curragh. Just a short hop over the Irish Sea to Chester where Julie Camacho's Look Out Louis took the 33,501 Beck's Handicap. At Newmarket Charlie & Mark Johnston's Rose Of Kildare returned to better form when second in the Aphrodite Stakes L and David O'Meara had a winner. Local winners at Ripon with a double for Tim Easterby and wins for Philip Kirby and Ben Haslam. No doubt it was packed at Cartmel where Brian Ellison, Mark Walford and Mark Weatherer (his first winner) all struck, whilst Micky Hammond had Yorkshire's only winner at Market Rasen. Evening racing at Doncaster yields wins for Richard Fahey and Karl Burke.
09/07/2022 Super/Sizzling Saturday with black-type races at Ascot, Chester, Newmarket and York, not to mention three 'Heritage' handicaps.But, actually, it didn't go brilliantly for Yorkshire. Obviously Newmarket (sorry York!) was the main meeting ; but nothing really went to plan for the Tyke raiders. Slightly better at York with Antony Brittain's Mondammej second in the City Walls Stakes L just in front of Karl Burke's Korker in third and Julie Camacho's Makanah in fourth. In the 103,080 John Smith's Cup Richard Fahey's Spirit Dancer was best placed of the locals in fourth whilst Charlie & Mark Johnston's Thunderous was third ...... of three ..... in the John Smith's Silver Cup G3. Supporting races saw a double for Karl Burke. In the 51,540 Betfred Heritage Handicap at Ascot Bryan Smart's Bond Chairman was a strong second, losing by only a nose, with David & Nicola Barron's Zarzyni back in third. At Chester Karl Burke took the opener and Richard Fahey the last. Evening racing saw wins for Mick & David Easterby and Charlie & Mark Johnston at Hamilton. Later still at Belmont Park Charlie Johnston's (joint trainers are not allowed in the US!) Royal Patronage was a reasonable fifth (beaten only a head and two necks out of second) in the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes G1, his last run for Team Kingsley Park, as he is remaining in the US. I neglected to mention that David O'Meara's Lord Glitters, after a career that can only be described as ... glittering ... has been retired aged nine with career winnings of over 2.2m.
08/07/2022 Another good day for Middleham at the Newmarket July Festival with Charlie & Mark Johnston's Soapy Stevens landing another big handicap when first in the 51,540 bet365 Trophy Heritage Handicap. In addition James Horton's Phantom Flight was a decent third in the bet365 Handicap (which is a different race, honest). York sees wins for Kevin Ryan, Richard Fahey and Ann Duffield whilst there are winners on Chester's evening card for Micky Hammond, Charlie & Mark Johnston, Harriet Bethell, Mick & David Easterby and Jedd O'Keeffe.
07/07/2022 Day One of the Newmarket July meeting goes quite well for Yorkshire. Or rather Middleham. First up Karl Burke's Al Qareem is a career best second, by a head, in the Bahrain Trophy G3 which, for some reason, was worth twice as much as the Group Two later on the card meaning connections took 43,000 home. In the 51,540 Bet Boost At bet365 Heritage Handicap Burke's Lethal Levi comes home in front, with Richard Fahey's Admiral D in second. In the Princess Of Wales's Stakes G2 Charlie & Mark Johnston's Living Legend returned back to his best level to be second. At Carlisle Charlie & Mark Johnston had a double and there were also winners for Grant Tuer, Karl Burke and Tim Easterby, whilst Karl Burke and Ann Duffield had wins at Doncaster. Evening racing at Epsom sees another winner for Team Johnston.
05/07/2022 After numerous attempts and close calls with both David O'Meara and previous trainer Ken Condon O'Meara's tough filly Thunder Beauty finally got her nose (or rather her five lengths) in front at the line in a black-type race to take the Pipalong Stakes L at Pontefract today. Other Ponty winners were provided by Karl Burke, Tim Easterby, Richard Fahey, Ed Bethell and Nigel Tinkler.
03/07/2022 David O'Meara's Improvised again put up a good black type performance when third in the Queen Charlotte Fillies' Stakes L at Chelmsford, another strong broodmare prospect for Branton Court. At Ayr there is a double for Karl Burke and Mick & David Easterby took the last. It was a good day for Middleham as Micky Hammond had a treble at Market Rasen.
02/07/2022 Haydock today saw David O'Meara's Get Shirty land yet another big handicap when he prevailed in the 77,310 Old Newton Cup Handicap, with Charlie & Mark Johnston's Enfranchise (having just her 13th run of the year!) a decent second. Richard Fahey provided the only other winner at Haydock. At Beverely the locals chalked up four wins courtesy of Bryan Smart, Paul Midgley, Mick & David Easterby and Tim Easterby. Meanwhile John Quinn took the last at Leicester and also the opener at Carlisle's evening meeting where Nigel Tinkler, Julie Camacho, Roger Fell, Ruth Carr and Tim Easterby also had wins, Yorkshire's sole winner on Notttingham's evening card came courtesy of Mick & David Easterby.
26/06/2022 A fantastic day, over jumps!, for Ben Haslam with Jerrysback landing the 42,712 Summer Cup L at Uttoxeter and Dr Sanderson taking the 21,124 Oakmere Homes Handicap Chase at Cartmel. Both winners are owned by J.P.McManus, who has a long history with the stable, but they are also both by the stallion Jeremy. In addition Haslam had another winner at Cartmel, also owned by McManus , whilst Philip Kirby had a winner at Uttoxeter.
25/06/2022 Not a particularly successful day for Yorkshire, big race wise, with probably the best performance coming from the Kevin Ryan trained, and Highbank Stud bred, Bielsa who was third in the Chipcase Stakes G3 at Newcastle on 'Plate' day, Julie Camacho's Ainsdale being fourth. Camacho had a winner earlier on the card with Raatea taking the 15,462 Pertemps Network Handicap and winners for Richard Fahey and James Horton later on the card. At Chester there was a a double for Declan Carroll whilst evening racing at Doncaster yielded wins for Grant Tuer, Charlie & Mark Johnston and Nigel Tinkler. It was announced that the Johnston star Royal Patronage will probably have one more run for Kingsley Park ; in the Belmont Derby, before being transferred to Graham Motion.
24/06/2022 Another day, another big win for Karl Burke with Poptronic making it three in a row, and a big jump in class, when staying on well to land the Hoppings Fillies' Stakes G3, on Newcastle's traditional 'eve of Plate' meeting. Earlier Julie Camacho's Makanah was a decent third in the 25,770 Gosforth Park Cup. Tim Easterby, Richard Fahey, Ann Duffield and Grant Tuer (a dead heat) provided the other Tyke winners on Tyneside. Doncaster had earlier seen Adrian Nicholls take the last whilst Sam England and Micky Hammond each had a winner at bucolic Cartmel. The other evening meeting at Chester gave up wins for Charlie & Mark Johnston and John Quinn.
22/06/2022 Carlisle's biggest meeting of the year sees Karl Burke's Invincibly land the 16,416 Carlisle Bell, with Julie Camacho's Makeen back in third. Richard Faheys' My Little Queens was second in the 16,416 Cumberland Plate Handicap with Karl Burke's Honey Sweet occupying the same position in the Eternal Stakes L in which Ed Bethell's Eidikos claimed third. Supporting winners were provided by Kevin Ryan and David & Nicola Barron.
18/06/2022 The Yorkshire raiders at Royal Ascot seem to like the openers, and today it was the turn of Karl Burke's 40-1 debutante Holloway Boy who, despite running green, landed the Chesham Stakes L cosily with the Charlie & Mark Johnston duo of Lakota Sioux and Finn's Charm occupying third and fourth respectively. Not much to report afterwards, although John Quinn's Mr Wagyu was fourth in the Wokingham Handicap. That wasn't the end of the big wins for Spigot Lodge though with Burke's Guiled taking the Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes L at Ayr (having also taken the opener) where Tim Easterby's Dark Jedi landed the 21,600 Weddings At Western House Hotel Handicap and there were also wins for Adrian Keatley, John Quinn and Roger Fell. At Redcar there were wins for James Horton, Tim Easterby, Les Eyre, David O'Meara, Paul Midgley and Mick & David Easterby whilst Adrian Nicholls scored at Newmarket. Evening racing at Haydock yields wins for Edward Bethell, Charlie & Mark Johnston and Karl Burke.
17/06/2022 Boom ! Richard Fahey's Perfect Power bounced back from his Guineas effort to run out the authorative winner of the Commonwealth Cup G1, his third Group One win, not to mention his second Royal Ascot win ! In the next David & Nicola Barron's Contact was a good third in the 51,540 Duke of Edinburgh Handicap whilst Kevin Ryan's Copgrove bred Peggy Sioux also put up a creditable performance to be third in the 51,540 Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap. At Redcar there are wins for David O'Meara, Tim Easterby, Tony Coyle and Nigel Tinkler whilst Micky Hammond scored at Market Rasen. Evening racing sees wins for Roger Fell and Grant Tuer at Ayr and for Charlie & Mark Johnston at Newmarket
16/05/2022 Again Yorkshire won the opener at Royal Ascot, but this time it was somewhat more controversial. Richard Fahey's The Ridler landed the Norfolk Stakes G2 (at record odds of 50-1) and looked the best on the day, but hung badly in the closing stages and hampered some of the other runners. To add to the intrigue the jockey was Paul Hanagan, having his first ride for Fahey for two weeks. The upshot was that, after a Stewards' Enquiry, the horse kept the race, but Hanagan got a ten day ban. Charlie & Mark Johnston took the opener at Chelmsford whilst evening racing at Ripon almost saw the locals go through the card; only to be stymied in the last, the successful trainers being a double for Richard Fahey (both ridden by Oisin Orr...!) and wins singular for Tim Easterby (daughter Emily up), Chris Fairhurst, Ben Haslam and Kevin Ryan.
15/06/2022 Day two at Royal Ascot opened with a bang when the Branton Court homebred Dramatised, trained in Middleham by Karl Burke, landed the opening Queen Mary Stakes G2 in authorative style. She looks the best two year old filly we've seen thus far and potentially the sky is the limit, which also bodes well for David O'Meara's third placed Maria Branwell, owned by a syndicate that includes Steve Parkin; owner and breeder of the winner ! It was a worthwhile trip to Berkshire for O'Meara as his Thunder Beauty was a decent second in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes G2. Hamilton saw wins for David O'Meara, Phillip Makin and Kevin Ryan. Evening racing at Nottingham gave up winners for Ruth Carr and Gemma Tutty and at Ripon for Tim Easterby and Karl Burke.
14/06/2022 The opening day of Royal Ascot and we have to wait till the last before a Yorkshire winner appears in the form of David O'Meara's Get Shirty, who held on strongly to take the 51,540 Copper Horse Handicap. Arguably though the performance of the day came in the King's Stand Stakes G1 where Nigel Tinkler's Acklam Express was third, at 200-1, only a head out of second. At Thirsk Kevin Ryan's Glenlaurel earned a TDN 'Rising Star' tag (or curse !) when running out the comfortable winner of the Fillies' Novice Stakes, Ryan also took the last and other winners came from Micky Hammond and Julie Camacho. Evening racing at Beverley results in wins for Charlie & Mark Johnston, Brian Ellison, Richard Fahey, Roger Fell and Ann Duffield.
11/06/2022 The calm before the Royal Ascot storm sees Charlie & Mark Johnston's Soapy Stevens land the 30,924 Edinburgh Gin Boyzlife Handicap at Chester where Tim Easterby (Copper Knight in the 15,462 Ebinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Handicap), Roger Fell and Philip Kirby also had winners and Karl Burke's Bullet Force was a decent third in the 51,540 Extra Places Every Day At Betway Handicap. At York Grant Tuer's Lion Tower took the 20,616 JCB Handicap and there were supporting winners from Karl Burke and Lawrence Mullaney. Yorkshire's sole winner at Sandown came courtesy of Jedd O'Keeffe whilst Sam England, Mark Walford, Micky Hammond and Danny Brooke all scored at Hexham. Evening racing at Leicester yielded a promising first time out winner for Charlie & Mark Johnston in the form of Lion Of War in the opening maiden and there were also winners for Richard Fahey and Tim Easterby.
05/06/2022 Sunday Series racing at Musselburgh, and Karl Burke's Snooze N You Lose picked up her first black type win when landing the Sky Bet Sunday Series Queen Of Scots Stakes L by two lengths from David O'Meara's Improvised. Roger Fell's Sophie's Star took the 13,176 Sky Bet Sunday Series 3yo Sprint Handicap and Charlie & Mark Johnston's Finn's Charm was an impressive eight and a half length winner of the 10,800 Maiden. Derby day at Chantilly sees Karl Burke's White Lavender finish a neck third in the Prix du Gros-Chene G2.
04/06/2022 Well, Royal Patronage didn't do a 'Workforce' and land the Derby after finishing second in the Dante, but Yorkshire still had quite a good day at Epsom. The highlight was Tees Spirit providing Adrian Nicholls with his biggest win to date when taking the 50,960 'Dash' Heritage Handicap; a race won many times by his father 'Dandy', this was Tees Spirit third win in as many outings this term. Later on the card John Quinn's old timer Mr Waygu held on to land the 38,655 JRA Tokyo Trophy Handicap by a short head, in between (apart from the small matter of the Derby) Charlie & Mark Johnston's Soapy Stevens was third in the 38,655 Northern Dancer Handicap. At Musselburgh Charlie & Mark Johnston's Explicit was 'bought in' after landing the 10,800 Inchs Cider Selling Stakes, other wins were provided by David O'Meara, Kevin Ryan and Tim Easterby whilst Julie Camacho's Makanah was touched off by a neck to be second in the 25,770 Inchs Cider Scottish Sprint Cup. Doncaster saws wins for Declan Carroll, Roger Fell and Kevin Ryan (and a double for Sir Michael Stoute .... who's mind was probably elsewhere!) and Charlie & Mark Johnston's Achnamara was second in the 25,480 Doncaster Racecourse Celebrating The Platinum Jubilee Handicap.
02/06/2002 Amidst the Jubilee celebrations Charlie & Mark Johnston's Forest Falcon landed the 24,700 Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar by two lengths this afternoon, with David & Nicola Barron's Baryshnikov back in third. Liam Bailey, Tim Easterby, Roger Fell, Gemma Tutty and Michael & David Easterby provided the other local(ish) winners on Teeside. Up at Hamilton Lawrence Mullaney (Snazzy Jazzy in the 15,462 Platinum Jubilee Celebrations Clyde Handicap) and John Quinn had wins. Oisin Orr seems to be the primary beneficiary of the (amicable) parting of Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan , not sure what Tony Hamilton thinks about that !
28/05/2022 David O'Meara's Star Of Lady M took the 20,616 Hilary Needler Trophy Fillies' Stakes at Beverley this afternoon, and Charlie & Mark Johnston had a double. At an eventually curtailed Chester Tim Easterby's Boardman landed the odds to take the 23,193 ICM Stellar Sports Handicap and Ben Haslam also had a winner. Haydock saw David & Nicola Barron's Contact a good winner of the 21,600 Betfred Double Delight Handicap and Karl Burke took the last. Catterick saw wins for Paul Midgley, Simon Whitaker and D&N Barron.
26/05/2022 Evening racing at Sandown sees David O'Meara's Maria Branwell run out a neck winner of the National Stakes L whilst C&M Johnston's Thunderous is a head out of third in the Henry II Stakes G3. Earlier Tim Easterby landed a treble at Ripon where Julie Camacho and Nigel Tinkler also had winners. Haydock saw wins for Grant Tuer, Karl Burke and Kevin Ryan. The evening card at Carlisle saw another winner for Grant Tuer (who is on a bit of a roll both in terms of winners and prize money) as well as for C&M Johnston and Philip Kirby.
22/05/2022 A decent winner at York for freshman James Horton today with Asjad landing the 25,770 Sky Bet Sunday Series Sprint Handicap for patrons John & Jess Dance. Grant Tuer and Karl Burke also left the Knavesmire with a winner apiece whilst Harriet Bethell struck at Fakenham.
21/05/2022 Yorkshire wise the result of the day came at Haydock with Karl Burke's El Caballo making it six in a row, and a first group win, when landing the Sandy Lane Stakes G2 by a hard fought neck. There were also good placings for Antony Brittain's Mondammej and C&M Johnston's Golden Flame. At York Grant Tuer had the biggest win of his career to date when Illusionist prevailed by a neck (from Tim Easterby's Sunday Sovereign) in the 25,770 Wm Hill Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap . David O'Meara's old hand Esobar took the 15,462 Wm Hill Play Responsibly Handicap whilst John Quinn, Edward Bethell and Richard Fahey provided supporting winners. Musselburgh saw Jedd O'Keeffe's Hilts take the 25,770 Edinburgh Cup Handicap and Alan Brown also had a winner. At Goodwood Charlie & Mark Johnston's West End Charmer was second in the Festival Stakes L.
14/05/2022 A relatively subdued day, following the fun of the Dante meeting. One noteworthy result was James Horton obtaining his first piece of 'black type' when Sam Maximus (group placed for Tom Dascombe last term) was third in the Carnarvon Stakes L at Newbury. Thirsk saw a double for David O'Meara and wins for David & Nicola Barron, Tim Easterby and Alan Brown. Evening racing yielded a win for Nigel Tinkler at Doncaster.
13/05/2022 The final day of the Dante Meeting at York went .... spectacularly .... for the locals taking six of the seven races. First up there was a Karl Burke 1-2 in the Marygate Fillies' Stakes L with Pillow Talk overcoming Yahsat by a neck and the pair well clear of the next. Next up Kevin Ryan's Fonteyn, who went to the start as a maiden, landed the Oaks Farm Stables Fillies' Stakes L by a head, with David O'Meara's Love Interest in third. Tim Easterby's Bollin Joan took the 18,039 Paddy Power 'I Love Steak' Handicap, with Charlie & Mark Johnston's Love Is Golden in third. Yorkshire didn't prevail in Yorkshire Cup G2, which went to Stradivarius (long the thorn in Kingsley Park's side!) but Charlie & Mark Johnston's Thunderous (last seen only 8 days previously!) was best of the rest in second ahead of Brian Ellison's Tashkhan in third. Subsequently James Horton had his biggest winner to date and Karl Burke landed two more races to make it a treble. John Quinn took the last at Newmarket whilst evening racing saw Jack Teal have a winner at Wetherby and David O'Meara likewise at Hamilton.
12/05/2022 Dante Stakes G2 day sees Charlie & Mark Johnston's Royal Patronage finish a good second to the new Derby favourite. Remember Workforce was second .... although connections seem unsure whether to go to Epsom or Chantilly next. Karl Burke enjoyed a 1-2 in the Westow Stakes L with Last Crusader (owner Steve Parkin of Branton Court Stud celebrating so much he injured himself !) triumphing over stablemate Guilded, Kevin Ryan's Boonie was fourth. Earlier Tim Easterby's Cruyff Turn was the winner by a head in the 25,770 Hambleton Handicap. Evening racing sees Charlie & Mark Johnston and Ed Bethell land the opening two races at Newmarket.
11/05/2022 Day one of the Dante Meeting at York sees a Yorkshire 1-2 in the Duke of York Stakes G2 with John Quinn's Highfield Princess prevailing over Karl Burke's Spycatcher. Earlier there were good runner-up performances from Kevin Ryan's Forza Orta and Julie Camcacho's Makanah whilst Adrian Keatley and Kevin Ryan land the last two. Ann Duffield and Guy Brewer had winners at Perth whilst Charlie & Mark Johnston scored at Bath.
07/05/2022 The best results today came over hurdles at Haydock with Ann Duffield's N'golo comfortably landing the Swinton Handicap Hurdle Gd3 and Sue Smith's Romeo Brown the 26,015 Pertemps Long Distance Handicap Hurdle. It was the traditional mixed meeting so the supporting winner was on the flat for Tim Easterby. At Lingfield David O'Meara's Thunder Beauty was third in the Chartwell Fillies' Stakes G3 and there was a double for Charlie & Mark Johnston. Gemma Tutty and Adrian Nicholls had a winner apiece at Nottingham whilst Jedd O'Keeffe had a winner at Hexham. Evening racing yielded wins at Thirsk for Karl Burke, Tim Easterby and Richard Fahey.
06/05/2022 The third and final day at Chester sees David & Nicola Barron's Baryshnikov land the 20,616 Deepbridge Handicap. A whole three evening meetings with Karl Burke and Nigel Tinkler scoring at Nottingham and Ollie Pears at Wolverhampton. The locals were rampant at Ripon with a double for Ben Haslam and winners singular for Richard Fahey, Paul Midgley, Simon Whitaker and Tim Easterby.
05/05/2022 Day Two at Chester was an improvement on Day One with Julie Camacho's Look Out Louis, formerly trained by Tim Easterby, prevailing by a head in the 20,616 ICM Stellar Sports Handicap from Count D'Orsay trained by, erm, Tim Easterby. Ouch. Later on the card C&M Johnston's Thunderous improved on his prior run to be a good second in the Ormonde Stakes G3. Chelmsford's evening meet saw winners for D&N Barron and C&M Johnston.
30/04/2022 Perfect Power and Royal Patronage finished together in midfield in the 2,000 Guineas G1 today, not a disgrace and, arguably, promising, but not quite what we'd had in mind. Otherwise it was actually quite a good day at HQ with Richard Fahey's Umm Kulthum landing the opening Kilvington Stakes L by a neck and David & Nicola Barron's Contact taking the 25,770 Read Tony Calvin's Tips On Betting.Betfair Handicap, stablemate to the later, Zarzyni, was a promising fourth in the Palace House Stakes G3. There were also good placings for Karl Burke's Bullet Force, C&M Johnston's Spirit Catcher and Kevin Ryan's Anadora in supporting races. On home soil at Thirsk D&N Barron's On A Session was second in the 25,770 Thirsk Hunt Cup and there were winners for Lawrence Mullaney, Ollie Pears and Micky Hammond. Kevin Ryan provided the only local winner on Doncaster's evening card whilst Mark Walford, John Quinn, Jedd O'Keeffe and Adrian Keatley all had winners at Hexham.
29/04/2022 The press was all over the Appleby/Buick combo for day one of the Guineas Meeting at Newmarket, carefully side-stepping that the Charlie & Mark Johnston trained Living Legend landed the main race of the day, the Jockey Club Stakes G2, albeit he probably had a significiant fitness advantage over Breeders' Cup winner, and odds-on favourite, Yibir who he beat by one and three-quarter lengths ..... albeit Yibir was second in the Sheema Classic a month ago, so he can't have been that unfit. Karl Burke's Honey Sweet stepped up from her last run when a good second in the King Charles II Stakes L , albeit six lengths back. Stablemate Wizard D'Amour was second in the 25,770 Betfair Daily Rewards Handicp, with David & Nicola Barron's Another Batt in third. The opening maiden at Newmarket was taken in eye-catching style by Karl Burke's Dramatised, home bred by Branton Court Stud. Harriet Bethell had a win at Wolverhampton whilst evening racing at Newcastle saw wins for Ruth Carr, Bryan Smart and John Wainwright.
28/04/2022 Charlie & Mark Johnston's Tippy Toes never looked anything other than the winner when landing the Chelmer Fillies' Stakes L at Chelmsford this evening, earlier the same team had landed the opener at Chepstow, looking good for the Guineas meeting ....... Day time racing saw winners for Karl Burke, Micky Hammond, John Quinn and Liam Bailey. Redcar saw a David O'Meara double whilst Adrian Keatley took the last. Spare a though for Ed Bethell who had two seconds at Redcar ..... in fact his last four runners have finished second !
22/04/2022 Kevin Ryan's Juan Elcano was third (and last!) in the Gordon Richards Stakes G3 at Sandown today, albeit the forth place of David O'Meara's Rhoscolyn in the subsequent bet365 Mile G2 at arguably a better performance. Doncaster saw a double for David O'Meara and wins for Ruth Carr and Richard Fahey, Mark Walford had a win at Perth.
18/04/2022 James Horton, currently renting from Sally Hall at Brecongill pending the Dance's conversion of Manor House Stud, had sent out five for zero prior today. Today however he saddled four runners ; the three at Redcar all won, and the one at Wolves was second ! John Wainwright, and Nigel Tinkler also had wins at Redcar whilst Alan Brown took the penultimate race at Wolverhampton.
16/04/2022 So is Richard Fahey's Perfect Power an incredibly fast miler, or a sprinter who might stay a mile ? Who knows ? But one question is now answered ; he's certainly trained on, proven today when he ran out a convincing winner of the Greenham Stakes G3 at Newbury. Personally I'd say ; there's only one Guineas (.... although, obviously, there isn't!). It was a good day at Newbury for Fahey as his largely unfancied Barbanera was also a decent fourth, only a nose out of third, in the Fred Darling Stakes G3. Up at Musselburgh David & Nicola Barron's Zarzyni took the 25,770 Betway Holyrood Handicap from Kevin Ryan's Justanotherbottle and Charlie & Mark Johnston's Spirit Catcher landed the 15,462 Betway Royal Mile Handicap from Grant Tuer's Dirtyoldtown. Tim Easterby's Dark Jedi was a good second in the 51,540 Betway Queen's Cup Heritage Handicap and Karl Burke and Julie Camacho had winners later on the card. Over jumps the best performance came from John Quinn's First Impression, third in Haydock's 25,720 Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final Handicap. Whilst Mark Walford and Sue Smith had a winner apiece at Carlisle. Evening racing saw a winner for David O'Meara at Lingfield whilst Richard Fahey and Ed Bethell scored at Nottingham.
15/04/2022 It may well have been Middleham Open Day today, but things went quite well on the track today .... to say the least ! It was All-Weather Championship Day at Newcastle and the first result of note was Karl Burke's Spycather who was third (by two short heads) in the 77,310 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes. Next up Burke's El Caballo, the favourite, landed the 77,310 Coral 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes by, appropriately, a short head. John Quinn got in on the action with Highfield Princess (joint favourite) keeping on nicely to land the 77,310 Coral All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championships Conditions Stakes. In the 77,310 Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes Brian Ellison's Onesmoothoperator was a decent third before Charlie & Mark Johnston's Living Legend took the days feature, the 103,080 Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes nicely. But wait .... it was also 'Vase' day on the A-W at Lingfield .... here Brian Ellison got his winner with Pallas Dancer in the 23,399 Betway All-Weather Vase Apprentice Handicap, and another third ; this time with Fair Star in the 33,501 Betway All-Weather Vase Marathon Handicap. Team Johnston had another winner with If You Dare in the 33,501 Betway All-Weather Vase Sprint Handicap, in which Karl Burke's Shallow Hal was second. Burke's Aasser landed the 23,399 Coral All-Weather Vase Three-Year-Old Handicap and David & Nicola Barron's On A Session was second in the 33,501 All-Weather Vase Mile Handicap.
14/04/2022 All eyes were on Newmarket today, but at Bath Karl Burke's new recruit White Lavender provided Yorkshire with it's first domestic flat black type win of the year by easily landing the Whitsbury Manor Stud / British EBF Lansdown Stakes L. Meanwhile at the aforementioned HQ Charlie & Mark Johnston's Austrian Theory was third in the Feilden Stakes L. The locals swept the board at Ripon with wins for David O'Meara, Tim Easterby, Ben Haslam, Philip Kirby, Richard Fahey, Charlie & Mark Johnston and John Quinn.
13/04/2022 Day two of the Craven Meeting sees a Yorkshire winner with Kevin Ryan's Anadora landing the 16,200 bet365 Handicap gamely. Beverley saw wins for Richard Fahey, Tim Easterby and a dead-heat between Nigel Tinkler and Richard Fahey (now that's a race I'd pay good money to see!) in the last.
12/04/2022 Craven Meeting time.It's getting serious. The best result for Yorkshire was Karl Burke's Almohandesayh finishing second in the Nell Gwyn Stakes G3, at 28-1. The same team's Honey Sweet, a French listed winner last term, was fourth in the European Free Handicap L. Kevin Ryan's Bergerac was a nose second in the 16,200 Weatherbys Bloodstock Pro Handicap, with Julie Camacho's Raatea a decent third. Karl Burke had a winner on Wolverhampton's evening card.
02/04/2022 Some OK results up at Ayr with Peter Niven's Malystic second in the opening Scotty Brand Handicap Chase L and Ruth Jefferson's Sound Russian likewise second in the 26,015 CPMS Novices' Champion Handicap Chase , Jefferson's Autumn Return took the last.
01/04/2022 Brian Ellison's Nietzsche is a decent third in the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase L at Ayr this afternoon. Charlie & Mark Johnston and Roger Fell come home from Southwell with a winner.
31/03/2022 A good start to the season for Kevin Ryan with Dark Moon Rising landing this evening's 51,540 Woodford Reserve Cardinal Conditions Stakes (Road To The Kentucky Derby) at Chelmsford. Only the fourth best prospect according to the betting he comfortably held the favourite, whether he heads for Churchill Downs remains to be seen ! The freshly minted partnership of David & Nicola Barron landed the following race. Earlier Ryan had a winner over hurdles at Wetherby where Micky Hammond, Joanne Foster and Andy Crook also had wins.
26/03/2022 The wait is over, 'proper' (get to the back of the queue to flame me) racing started today at Doncaster, as per tradition. The only local winner came in the last courtesy of Tony Coyle although Antony Brittain's Mondammej was a decent third in the Cammidge Trophy L and John Quinn's Empirestateofmind was third in the Spring Mile. Actually a bit better at Kempton with Charlie & Mark Johnston's largely unheralded Living Legend landing the Magnolia Stakes L by a nose, they doubled up later on the card, although this was tempered somewhat with The Last Lion suffering a fatal injury in the sprint handicap after a career which saw him retired to stud after landing the Middle Park Stakes G1 at two, proving to be sub-fertile and then returning to training. Sue Smith had a double at Kelso including Romeo Brown in the 15,609 Schloss Roxburghe Go North Cab On Target Handicap Hurdle, Tim Easterby's Betty Baloo was third in the 26,015 Herring Queen Series Final Mares' Novices' Handicap Hurdle. Evening racing at Wolverhampton saw another double for Charlie & Mark Johnston , to make it four for the day.
12/03/2022 A quiet Saturday, with just a David Griffith winner at Lingfield. Earlier in the week Sir Robert Ogden of Sicklinghall Stud passed away at the age of 86. Three times leading NH owner with such luminaries as Voy Por Ustedes, Exotic Dancer, Kingsmark, Marlborough and Star de Mohaison he had returned to the flat in more recent times, most notably with the David O'Meara trained homebred Amazing Maria; winner of the Falmouth Stakes G1 and Prix Rothschild G1 in 201, and Sans Frontieres, winner of the Irish St Leger G1 in 2010.
05/03/2022 With our runners in Dubai running below par it was time for National Hunt to come to the fore and, yet again, Brian Ellison delivered ; this time with Cormier landing the 51,440 Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso, running on well to win nicely. There was a good result on the flat though with Karl Burke's progressive El Caballo landing the Spring Cup L at Lingfield. Mick & David Easterby took the opener on Southwell's evening card.
26/02/2022 Not much joy over sticks or abroad, but Mel Brittain's Mondammej puts up an excellent performance when a neck second in the Hever Sprint Stakes L at Lingfield.
20/02/2022 Remember back in the Eighties when all the Yorkshire 'big results' at this time of year were over sticks ?? Today Ed Bethell's Regional put up a career best performance when finishing second in the Dukhan Sprint (Local Group 3) at Doha, earning 40,740 for connections. Kevin Ryan's Chrysos looked a potentially useful sort when landing the Novice race at Lingfield and Alan Brown had a winner at Newcastle.
18/02/2022 Another good result in Dubai when Nigel Tinkler's Acklam Express is second in the Blue Point Sprint G2 at Meydan. Domestic racing is struck by storms, but Ruth Jefferson has a winner at Kelso.
11/02/2022 The machine that is David O'Mears's Lord Glitter struck tonight at Meydan, landing the Singspiel Stakes G2, from last in running, for the second year in a row. Another ~150k and he'll overtake Collier Hill in the 'all time' Yorkshire list to move into third place !
05/02/2022 A busy day on the flat and over fences, needless to say Yorkshire did somewhat better on the flat ! At Lingfield Karl Burke landed a 1-2 in the Kachy Stakes L with Spycatcher taking the spoils by a neck from stablemate Lord Of The Lodge. In the Winter Derby Trial L Charlie & Mark Johnston's Living Legend was a neck third. At Wetherby Micky Hammond landed the Class 2 Handicap Chase with favourite Schiehallion. Earlier in the week it was announced that the Johnston trained stayer Subjectivist wasn't likely to return until 2023.
29/01/2022 Brian Ellison's Windsor Avenue came up trumps today (yes I had a rare bet!) when landing the 56,950 Sky Bet Handicap Chase L at Doncaster this afternoon, at odds of 40-1, unfortunately Sue Smith stalwart Midnight Shadow suffered a fatal injury in the same race. Also at Donnie Ann Duffield's The Real Whacker was a good second in the Albert Bartlett River Don Novices' Hurdle Gd2, 14 lengths in front of the third, Sue Smith won the last and also scored at Uttoxeter. It was a good day for Ellison as his Cormier landed the opener at Cheltenham's 'Trial' meeting.
28/01/2022 Roger Fell's Marie's Diamond, a recent recruit from the Johnston stable, puts up a good performance at Meydan when second in the Zabeel Turf L. Philip Kirby has a winner at Doncaster whilst Karl Burke and Charlie & Mark Johnston score at Lingfield. The late afternoon / early evening card at Wolverhampton yields wins for the newly-recovered Harriet Bethell as well as Karl Burke, Antony Brittain and Richard Fahey.
21/01/2022 Philip Kirby's Top Ville Ben started his year in good fashion when landing today's 26,015 Cazoo Hurdle at Lingfield ; his first run over hurdles since April, having being placed third in the Rowland Meyrick Gd3 last time out ! At Meydan David O'Meara's stable stalwart Lord Glitters, starting favourite, could 'only' manage fourth in the Al Rashidiya G2, but hopefully this will put him on song for bigger challenges over the next few weeks. David O'Meara and Karl Burke scored at Southwell whilst evening racing at Newcastle saw winners for Antony Brittain (a double), Richard Fahey, Peter Niven and Alan Brown.
03/01/2022 That didn't take long then, a small bit of history today with the Mark Johnston winner tally having been frozen at close of business on the 31st December the Charlie & Mark Johnston tally was kicked off today when Golden Sands landed the odds at Wolverhampton with, presumably, many many more to follow ! David O'Meara scored at Lingfield

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