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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. Michael Herrington and Harriet Bethell had winners 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, Nigel Tinkler and Michael Herrington 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.
Phew.
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 ! Domestically Michael Herrington took the last at Southwell.
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. Michael Herrington, David O'Meara and Karl Burke all 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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