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|Some reasonable results over jumps today with Sam England's Glory and Honour taking the £18,210 bet365 Novices' Limited Handicap at Doncaster where John Quinn's First Impression was second in the £26,015 bet365 Handicap Hurdle. At Cheltenham Ruth Jefferson's Kerryhill was fourth in the Bristol Novices' Hurdle Gd2. Newcastle saw wins for Karl Burke, Grant Tuer, Mick & David Easterby and Gemma Tutty whilst evening racing at Wolverhampton yields a win for Charlie Johnston
|John Quinn's Highfield Princess
could only manage sixth in the Hong Kong Sprint G1
at Sha Tin this morning, albeit that still
garnered a more than useful £55,378. Philip
Kirby had a winner at Wolverhampton. We haven't
had the 'Yorkshire Millionaires' list (formerly the
Yorkshire Top 10 List) for a while (all year!) so here it
|Sue Smith's Burrows Diamond was second in the Houghton Mares' Chase L at Aintree today, albeit seventeen lengths behind the winner. Wetherby was abandoned (hardly surprising .... it's just a little damp) but Charlie Johnston, Craig Lidster, Richard Fahey and Peter Niven all had wins at Newcastle.
|Snow beckons in Yorkshire but Karl Burke's Clochette, freshly transferred from Andrew Balding's yard, made the trip to Deauville to be a decent second in the Prix Miss Satamixa L. Sue Smith took the opener at Wetherby, where the locals otherwise drew a blank.
|Some black-type performances today with Karl Burke's Exalted Angel third in the Golden Rose Stakes L at Lingfield and Philip Kirby's Micks Jet also third in the Karndean Designflooring Mares' Open National Hunt Flat Race L at Cheltenham. Sue Smith had a winner at Wetherby whilst Karl Burke and Mark Walford scored on Wolverhampton's evening card.
|Boom ! In Bahrain today Richard Fahey's Spirit Dancer capped an excellent season when landing the £500,000 Bahrain International Trophy G2 under a cool ride from Oisin Orr. At somewhat cooler Newcastle there were winners for Tim Easterby and Kevin Ryan whilst Wolverhampton's evening card yields yet more glory (!) for Richard Fahey.
|Jedd O'Keeffe's Fairfield Ferrata was a decent third in the Rhino.Bet Bud Booth Mares' Chase L at Market Rasen today, albeit 12 lengths behind the second placed horse. Ruth Jefferson had a winner earlier on the card. David O'Meara had a winner at Chelmsford whilst Philip Kirby took the last at Sedgefield.
|Doncaster relocated to Newcastle (and thus the all-weather) sees Brian Ellison's Onesmoothoperator lead home a Yorkshire 1-2-3 in the £36,078 November Handicap with Charlie Johnston's Struth a neck back in second and Julie Camacho's Beraz third. The other Yorkshire winners on the card came courtesy of Richard Fahey, Mick & David Easterby and Karl Burke whilst Ruth Jefferson took the opener at Kelso.
|A hump day in November is no barrier for Richard Fahey who's Admiral D today landed the £41,232 Unibet London Sprint Series Final Handicap by a short head. Sam England had a winner later on the card whilst Adrian Keatley scored at Musselburgh.
|Big day, but no Yorkshire involvement in the Breeders' Cup. At Newmarket Karl Burke's Molten Rock is third in the Montrose Fillies' Stakes L and Charlie Johnston's Madame Ambassador fourth in the James Seymour Stakes L whilst Mick & David Easterby landed the Nursery.
|The delayed and relocated St.Simon Stakes G3 at Newmarket sees Karl Burke's Al Qareem finish a decent enough second. At Newcastle there is a double for Nigel Tinkler and winners for Alan Brown (having by far his best season) and David O'Meara. Wetherby was abandoned, but the weather was quite benign today, so fingers crossed for tomorrow.
|Brian Ellison's Tashkhan, back from his lucrative diversion into handicap company, puts up his best performance of the season when third in the Prix Royal-Oak G1 at Longchamp this afternoon.
|The (flat) end is nigh. At Donnie today Adrian Keatley's Ballymount Boy finally got his just desserts when landing the Doncaster Stakes L by half a length from Karl Burke's Alaskan Gold, after a far from straight forward trip. Next up was the £25,770 Wm Hill Farewell Handicap in which Yorkshire horses occupied the first four places with David O'Meara's Aberama Gold victorious from Grant Tuer's Glorious Angel, Richard Fahey's Vintage Clarets and Tim Easterby's Manila Scouse. Richard Fahey, Gemma Tutty and Tony Coyle took the last three races. Evening racing at Chelmsford sees winners for Craig Lidster and Charlie Johnston.
|There may have been a Frankie Dettori double on Champions Day at Ascot, but there was also a Yorkshire treble ! First up a Tim Easterby stable stalwart, the six year old Art Power, took his first ever Group One victory when landing the British Champions Sprint Stakes G1 by a neck, with the Karl Burke duo of Spycatcher and Swingalong respectively third and fourth. Just over half an hour later and the Karl Burke trained, and Doncaster bred, Poptronic (entered in the December Sales) also took the win by a neck, this time in the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes G1. Finally Charlie Johnston took the closing £103,080 Balmoral Handicap with The Gatekeeper. A very good day indeed ! At equally glamorous Catterick Richard Fahey's money-spinning Vintage Clarets took the £20,616 Catterick Dash Handicap, there was a Tim Easterby double and wins from John Quinn, Roger Fell & Sean Murray and Charlie Johnston. Evening racing at Wolverhampton yields a win for Ollie Pears.
|The last day of 2023 racing at York sees the consistent Hellwood Stud (jointly) bred Purosangue land the Rockingham Stakes L with David O'Meara's Esquire second and Kevin Ryan's Jehangeer third. Julie Camacho's Significantly put up another good performance when second in the £51,540 Coral Sprint Trophy whilst there was also a winner for Richard Fahey, making him the Knavesmire's leading trainer of 2023. At Newmarket Brian Ellison's Tashkhan puts up another good performance when a gallant top-weighted third in the £103,080 Cesarewitch Handicap, Grant Tuer's Sophia's Starlight is a head second in the Boadicea Stakes L, with Kevin Ryan's Silent Words third whilst Richard Fahey's Spirit Dancer is fourth in the Darley Stakes G3. Micky Hammond has a winner at Hexham and Charlie Johnston likewise at Chelmsford.
|Today at York Kevin Ryan's Apiarist, previously a maiden, took home £50,960 by landing the British EBF £100,000 Final, with Richard Fahey's Sailthisshipalone (not a maiden!) taking home £23,890 for second. Charlie Johnston's Dream Adozen was third in the Wm Hill Finale Heritage Handicap and there was a second winner for Kevin Ryan and also wins for David & Nicola Barron, Ben Haslam and Tony Coyle. Newcastle's evening card yielded doubles for both Jacqueline Coward and Richard Fahey and a winner singular for Alan Brown.
|A good day at Ascot for the Yorkshire raiders. Karl Burke's Al Qareem, continuing his recovery, stayed on nicely to land the Cumberland Lodge Stakes G3. Earlier Emaraaty Ana showed his normal late season surge for Kevin Ryan by landing the Rous Stakes L, with Karl Burke's Korker second, the Breeders Cup beckons. Later Julie Camacho's Badri took the £23,193 ABF The Soldiers' Charity Handicap, John Quinn's Breege was second in the October Stakes L and David O'Meara's Pearle d'Or third in the £92,772 Howden Challenge Cup Heritage Handicap. At Newmarket Charlie Johnston's Madame Ambassador was a good winner of the £36,078 British EBF Premier Fillies' Handicap. Locally Richard Fahey's Ramazan was second in the Guisborough Stakes L and there were under-card winners for Karl Burke, Kevin Ryan, Grant Tuer and Nigel Tinkler. Ollie Pears had a winner on Wolverhampton's evening card. Over the channel there was another good run for Karl Burke's Dawn Charger who finished second in the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte G2 at Chantilly.
|Arc day sees the John Quinn trained Highfield Princess (who has been running well all season without quite hitting the same levels as last year) defy her draw to land the Prix de l'Abbaye G1 by a length; her fourth Group One victory. Next best of Yorkshire's Arc day runners was Karl Burke's Darnation, fifth in the Prix Marcel Boussac G1. Burke also landed Yorkshire's only winner at Epsom's meeting this afternoon.
|Arguably Europe's biggest weekend of racing kicked off today. At Newmarket Charlie Johnston's Sacred Angel put up a decent performance to be third, beaten a head out of second, in the Cheveley Park Stakes G1. Later on the card David O'Meara's Bopedro was a strong third in the Cambridgeshire Handicap, with Ed Bethell's Oviedo a head back in fourth, Kevin Ryan took the last with Catch The Paddy. At Chester Brian Ellison's Tashkhan, dropped down from Group company, justified favouritism to land the £40,768 Watergate Cup Handicap, Charlie Johhnston and Brian Ellison also had wins. Up the road at Haydock Charlie Johnston had a double and there were wins for Karl Burke and Tim Easterby. Local winners at Ripon for Adrian Nicholls, Tim Easterby, Richard Fahey and Paul Midgley. National Hunt wins at Market Rasen for Ollie Pears and Peter Niven whilst Chelmsford's evening meeting gave Charlie Johnston his fourth winner of the day.
|A busy day, but the highlight was undoubtably the victory of Julie Camacho's Significantly in the £92,772 Ayr Gold Cup, with Richard Fahey's Ramazan a neck second. Earlier Adrian Keatley's Wobwobwob (?!?) took the 'consolation' £33,501 Ayr Silver Cup, in which Richard Fahey's Admiral D was third. Not to be left out Karl Burke's Royal Rhyme continued his ascension through the ranks when landing the Doonside Cup L. David O'Meara and Charlie Johnston took the last two races on the card. At York Richard Fahey had a win when Vintage Clarets took the feature £30,924 vickers.bet Handicap, with Ben Haslam's Wen Moon a neck back in second and Tim Easterby's Manila Scouse a short head adrift in third, other local winners came from Charlie Johnston and Mick & David Easterby. Adrian Nicholls and Charlie Johnston had winners at Newmarket, as did David O'Meara at Newbury. Finally Catterick had local wins for Tim Easterby, Antony Brittain, Brian Ellison, Ed Bethell and Tim Easterby. James Horton has finally got fed up of the John Dance fiasco and will relocate to Newmarket next term, you'd have to presume that the horses (currently stabled at Brecongill) will be disposed off this autumn, given the alleged deficit involved, but who knows , I mean Manor House isn't on the market, and Laurens et al have not been sold, it could take quite a bit of unpicking.
|The Western Isles Meeting at Ayr really got going today, and there were five Yorkshire winners. Four of the five runners in the Harry Rosebery Stakes L were Yorkshire trained, and the fifth was Yorkshire bred, so we were guaranteed success and it was eventually Karl Burke's Beautiful Diamond who ran out the comfortable winner, Purosangue (jointly) bred by Hellwood Stud (but 'Southern' trained) was second and Richard Fahey's Bombaby Bazaar was third. The next was the Arran Scottish Sprint EBF Fillies' Stakes L in which Karl Burke's Secret Angel was second and Richard Fahey's Marine Wave third. David O'Meara had a 1-2 in the £18,039 Ayr Bronze Cup, with Ascot Adventure first, and there were also winners for Richard Fahey, Michael & David Easterby and Jacqueline Coward.
|It's not often we have reason to mention Swedish racing, but happy to make an exception today with Kevin Ryan's Washington Heights running out the 5 length winner of the Bro Park Sprint Championship L at, erm, Bro Park. Closer to home at Donnie Karl Burke's Poet Master landed the £25,770 City of Doncaster Handicap, Karl Burke's Silky Wilkie was third in the Scarbrough Stakes L and David & Nicola Barron took the nursery. Another good day at Musselburgh with winners for Richard Fahey, Tim Easterby, Bryan Smart and Charlie Johnston.
|Another good day for Karl Burke therefore, Royal visit to Doncaster notwithstanding, we start at Chantilly where Burke's Dawn Charger hung on by a neck to land the Prix Eclipse G3. At Doncaster Burke's Liberty Lane took the £25,770 Hippo Pro 3 Sealant Handicap by a nose and stablemate Spycatcher was a slightly disappointing third in the Park Stakes G2. Also a Donnie Julie Camacho's Significantly was short head second in the £51,540 Portland Handicap. Not finished yet ... at Chester Karl Burke's Al Qareem, off the track for 175 days, took the opening Stand Cup Stakes L, stablemate Bazball scored later on the card and there was also a winner for Adrian Keatley. At a somewahat less exaulted level Charlie Johnston had a treble at Lingfield as well as a winner at Bath whilst Yorkshire nearly went through the card at Musselburgh with a double for Tim Easterby (one of which, War Defender, was bred by Tibthorpe Stud), and winners for Adrian Nicholls, Roger Fell & Sean Murray, Grant Tuer and Declan Carroll.
|A good result at Doncaster for Adrian Keatley with Legendary Day holding on by a short head to land the £30,924 Betfred Mallard Handicap. Earlier Richard Fahey's Malc was fourth in the Flying Childers Stakes G2 and later Julie Camacho's Raatea was a decent third in the sprint handicap. A good win at Sandown for David O'Meara's Azano and a double at Chester for Tim Easterby where John Quinn also had a winner.
|Soft ground on Day One of the St Leger meeting at Doncaster was no bar to success for the locals with Karl Burke's Darnation an easy three length winner of the May Hill Stakes G2 and Kevin Ryan's Room Service comfortably picking up £147,540 by landing the Weatherbys Scientific £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes. Evening racing at Chelmsford leads to winners for Ruth Carr and David O'Meara.
|Yet more Branton Court/Karl Burke success, this time at the very highest level, with Fallen Angel comfortably landing the Moyglare Stud Stakes G1 on Irish Champions Weekend, which, as usual, switches to the Curragh for Day 2. This is Branton Court's first homebred group one winner, in it's short existence, although more seem certain to follow. In the following race, the e147,500 Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes, the Ricard Fahey trained Native American, unseen since bolting up at York in May, runs out the comfortable 2 1/2 length winner. Highfield Princess only manages fifth in the Flying Five G1, although stablemate Mr Wagyu is third for John Quinn in the EBF 'Bold Lad' Sprint Premier Handicap. At York Kevin Ryan's Emaraaty Ana is third in the Garrowby Stakes L and there are winners for Charlie Johnston, Richard Fahey, Roger Fell & Sean Murray and Karl Burke.
|The King Is Dead, Long Live The King. Shaquille suffered his first loss in over a year when finishing dead last in the Betfair Sprint Cup G1 at Haydock this afternoon ..... but Ed Bethell's ultra-progressive Regional picked up the baton with a neck victory to give his trainer his first ever Group One win, Karl Burke's Swingalong was fourth. In fact this was actually Regional's first group win; albeit he had picked up a listed race earlier this term. Earlier Bethell's Point Lynas was fourth in the Superior Mile G3 whilst Adrian Nicholls' Tees Spirit was second in the £33,501 Be Friendly Handicap. Irish Champions Weekend Day 1, at Leopardstown, saw more success for both Clipper Logisticis and Karl Burke with (non-homebred) Flight Plan a comfortable winner of the Dullingham Park Stakes G2. Thirsk saw a double for Richard Fahey and winners for Karl Burke, Grant Tuer and John Quinn. Ollie Pears scored at Stratford whilst evening racing at Wolverhampton led to a winner for Ruth Carr.
|Karl Burke's Dorothy Lawrence (homebred by Branton Court) put up another good run today when a short head second in the Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes G3 at Salisbury. Grant Tuer took the last at Haydock. 'Racing League' action at Wolverhampton saw a winner for Karl Burke whilst at Carlisle there were winners for Adrian Nicholls, Chris Fairhurst, Karl Burke and Tim Easterby. It was announced today that Edward Hide, 16 time 'Cock of the North' jockey, and a former breeder, has died at the age of 86. Until being overtaken by Joe Fanning he was the winningmost jockey not to be champion with 2,593 domestic winners including classics with Morston (Derby), Cantelo (St Leger for Charles Elsey), Pia (Oaks for Bill Elsey), Waterloo (1,000 Guineas for Bill Watts), Mrs.McArdy (1,000 Guineas for Mick Easterby) and Julio Mariner (St Leger) as well as memorable victories with Lochnager (for Mick Easterby), Tudor Melody, Henry The Seventh (Bill Elsey), Fearless Lad (Dick Peacock), Blue Cashmere, Don (Bill Elsey), Tolmi et al.
|(Yorkshire) Result of the day came at Chester with Richard Fahey's Master Zoffany taking the £25,480 Contact Company Handicap. Branton Court bred Divine Jewel was second in the Chester Stakes L and there were additional wins from Charlie Johnston and Declan Carroll. At Beverley Karl Burke's Silky Wilkie was second in the Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes L and there were winners from Paul Midgley, Richard Fahey and Harriet Bethell. Richard Fahey took the opener at Sandown whilst evening racing yielded wins for Charlie Johnston at Chelmsford and for Ollie Pears at Wolverhampton.
|Racing League action at Newcastle this evening sees David O'Meara's Alligator Alley, strongly placed in his last few outings, finally land one whe lifting the feature £51,540 Wm Hill Enhanced Odds Every Day Racing League Race 28 Handicap, in which Julie Camcho's Badri is second. Craig Lidster also has a winner whilst Brian Ellison's Onesmoothoperator places well. Earlier there were two black type placings for Karl Burke trainees at Longchamp with Dawn Charger a neck second in the Prix d'Arenberg G3 and Quick Change occupying the same position in the Prix de la Cochere L. Karl Burke, Ed Bethell and Richard Fahey all score at Carlisle and Brian Ellison takes the last at Chelmsford and the first at Stratford.
|The highlight of a good day for Charlie Johnston is his second (solo) group winner with Carolina Reaper getting up by a neck to land the Zukunfts-Rennen G3 at Baden-Baden. Johnston also had a double at Musselburgh where John Quinn also had a winner. Locals winners at Catterick come from Ed Bethell (with the Garrowby Stud homebred Big Cheese), Craig Lidster, John Quinn and Sam England whilst Jedd O'Keeffe scored at Uttoxeter. Evening racing at Kempton saw Charlie Johnston get his fourth winner of the day.
|Today as Naas Karl Burke's Secret Angel put up another decent performance when third in the Ballyogan Stakes G3. At Goodwood Charlie Johnston's The Gatekeeper finished second, but was awarded first, in the £25,770 City of Chichester Handicap, whilst stablemate Benacre was third in the £20,936 William Hill Handicap. Beverley sees wins for Kevin Ryan, Craig Lidster and Nigel Tinkler.
|Final day of the Ebor meeting and again two local winners. The ongoing progression of Richard Fahey's Spirit Dancer continues apace, today was his first 'black type' run and he duly annexed the Strensall Stakes G3 by a length with the Karl Burke duo of El Drama and Flight Plan second and third. David O'Meara's talisman, the nine years young Summerghand, actually dead-heated for the Sky Bet Constantine Heritage Handicap, but still picked up £37,855 for his efforts. The last saw Ed Bethell's Oviedo finish second in the £51,540 Sky Bet Finale Heritage Handicap.There were also two major winners at Goodwood with Karl Burke's promising Darnation landing the Prestige Fillies' Stakes G3, in which Richard Fahey's Pretty Crystal was fourth, and another big win for David O'Meara with Rhoscolyn taking the £38,655 William Hill Handicap. At Newmarket Kevin Ryan's Emaraaty Ana was a neck second in the Hopeful Stakes L. On home soil at Redcar there are winners for Tim Easterby, David O'Meara, Paul Midgley and Roger Fell & Sean Murray whilst Sam England had a winner at Cartmel.
|The locals best day thus far at this year's Ebor, albeit the 'most likely to succeed' fell slightly short. There were two local winners today with Kevin Ryan's Marhaba The Champ landing the £61,848 Sky Bet Heritage Handicap, in which Adrian Keatley's Legendary Day is third and Mick & David Easterby's Reach was victorious in the £51,540 Assured Data Protection EBF Fillies' Heritage Handicap. Yorkshire's darling Highfield Princess fell just short when second for John Quinn in the Nunthorpe Stakes G1, Ed Bethell's Regional was fifth, a head out of fourth. Later on the card Kevin Ryan's Catch The Paddy was second and Grant Tuer's Bajan Bandit third in the £51,540 Sky Bet Mile Heritage Handicap whilst Adrian Keatley's Thanks Forever was third in the £51,540 Convivial Maiden Stakes. Hamilton's evening card led to winners for Karl Burke, Roger Fell & Sean Murray and Ed Bethell.
|No local winners at the Ebor Meeting today, but there were some good placings in the main supporting races with Richard Fahey's Ziggy's Condor picking up a useful £59,040 when second in the Goffs UK Harry Beeby Premier Yearling Stakes (in which David & Nicola Barron's Pilgrim was a decent fourth) and Ed Bethell's Point Lynas only beaten into second by a head in the £77,310 Clipper Heritage Handicap, with Charlie Johnston's Spirit Catcher back in third. In the black type races the best performance came from Karl Burke's Dorothy Lawrence, fourth in the Lowther Stakes G2. Elsewhere Ruth Carr took the last at Chepstow.
|Day One of the Ebor Meeting at York, "where the yobs meet the nobs" as someone memorably once said. There is one local winner with Kevin Ryan's Forza Orta, owned and bred by Highbank Stud, landing the £51,540 Sky Bet Stayers Heritage Handicap. Yorkshire performance of the day came from Adrian Keatley's Ballymount Boy, the bridesmaid again when second in the Acomb Stakes G3. Yorkshire horses made up 8 of the first 9, but not the winner!, in the £61,848 Sky Bet and Symphony Group Heritage Handicap with David O'Meara's Alligator Alley a neck second and John Quinn's Jm Jungle a further head back in third. Richard Fahey's Marine Wave was third in the £51,540 IRE Incentive, It Pays To Buy Irish Fillies' Heritage Handicap whilst Kevin Ryan's Room Service occupies the same position in the £51,540 Sky Bet Nursery Handicap. Grant Tuer, Nigel Tinkler and John Wainwright each have winners at Carlisle and David O'Meara takes the last on Leicester's evening card.
|At Deauville today Charlie Johnston's Sacred Angel is a reasonable fourth in the Prix Morny G1. John Quinn, Charlie Johnston and Mark Walford score at Ponty, whilst Roger Fell & Sean Murray, Alan Brown (who is quietly having his best ever season with nineteen wins to date) and Charlie Johnston have wins at Southwell.
|Highlight of the day comes at Ripon where Grant Tuer chalks up his biggest win to date when Sophia's Starlight lands the £51,540 Great St Wilfrid Handicap by a head from David O'Meara's Summerghand, with Adrian Keatley's Wobwobwob back in third. Nigel Tinkler's Roundhay Park lead home another Yorkshire 1-2-3 when taking the 'consolation' £12,885 Silver Trophy Handicap, whilst a Charlie Johnston double and a winner from Tim Easterby round out the local wins. At Doncaster there are winners for Kevin Ryan, Nigel Tinkler, James Horton and Seb Spencer. Grant Tuer also had a winner at Newmarket, as did Charlie Johnston. Under hunt rules Adrian Keatley lands the opener at Perth.
|Another 'Racing League' card (this time at Windsor) and another bumper payout for Richard Fahey with Spirit Dancer landing the £51,540 Wm Hill Epic Boost Racing League Race 21 Handicap and stablemate Show Me Show Me the £16,750 Wm Hill Extra Place Races Daily Racing League Race 17 Handicap. Craig Lidster, Charlie Johnston and David O'Meara had winners at Beverley, as did Karl Burke at Wolverhampton. Ayr's evening card yields winners for Grant Tuer and Charlie Johnston.
|Fallen Angel, trained by Karl Burke and Branton Court bred and owned, provided the highlight today running out a convincing winner of the Sweet Solera Stakes G3 at Newmarket. Charlie Johnston also had a winner at HQ (although arguably that would be the Rowley Mile, not the July Course). No Yorkshire trained winners on the Shergar Cup card at Ascot, but there were some decent placings with Richard Fahey's Wootton'Sun a short head second in the £39,344 Shergar Cup Challenge and Charlie Johnston's Struth a head second in the £39,444 Shergar Cup Classic. Haydock saw Karl Burke's new recruit El Drama a neck second in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes G3 with Richard Fahey's Midnight Mile back in third, Julie Camacho and Tim Easterby took the last two races on the card. Chris Fairhurst, Ollie Pears and Tim Easterby had winner apiece at Redcar. Richard Fahey had a winner on Ayr's evening card.
|A good 'Racing League' day at Chepstow with Richard Fahey's Ramazan landing the £51,540 Wm Hill Bet In-Running Racing League Race 14 Handicap (in with a bullet for worst race name of the season), with David O'Meara's Pearle D'or in third and Tim Easterby's Manila Scouse the £25,770 (Wm Hill Epic Boost League Race 13 Handicap (erm...). Ed Bethell had a nice double at Nottingham, where Nigel Tinkler and Mick & David Easterby also had winners.
|A valuable placing for Kevin Ryan with Jungle Mate picking up £53,097 when second in the EBF Ballyhane Stakes at Naas this afternoon. Ripon saw doubles for both Tim Easterby and David O'Meara and a winner singular for Tony Coyle whilst Charlie Johnston lands the opener at Ayr.
|Arguably a bad case of seconditis today for Karl Burke .... but they were pretty good seconds ! At Deauville Burke's Spycatcher was a very narrow second in the Prix Maurice de Gheest G1, with stablemate Cold Case back in fourth. There was another Spigot Lodge second at Deauville with Secret Angel runner-up in the Prix Moonlight Cloud L. The third 'black type' runner-up for Burke came at Chester with Fast Response a length behind the winner of the Queensferry Stakes L ..... OK, so Burke did also win the Nursery on Deeside, and John Quinn won the last two races. On the 'Sunday Series' card at Haydock Tim Easterby took both the first and last races whilst at Market Rasen there were winners for Mick & David Easterby, Sam England and Paul Midgley.
|A curtailed final day to Glorious Goodwood (unsafe ground) sees Yorkshire trained horses take 5 of the first 6 places in the £128,850 Stewards' Cup Handicap (which, it transpired, was the last race) with David O'Meara's Aberama Gold landing another big race and Kevin Ryan's Bielsa running on well to finish third. Earlier Richard Fahey's Monsieur Kodi held on to land the £38,220 'Consolation' Stewards' Sprint Handicap, despite drifting. Fahey also had a good day at Newmarket with Flaccianello taking the £20,616 EBF Fillies' Nursery Handicap. At Thirsk David & Nicola Barron's Another Batt landed the £15,702 Summer Cup Handicap from Richard Fahey's What's The Story whilst Fahey's Maywake took the £10,800 seven furlong handicap and there were additional winners for Geoff Oldroud and Charlie Johnston. Mick & David Easterby and David O'Meara had winners at Doncaster. At Deauville Karl Burke's World Of Darcy put up another decent performance to be third in the Prix de la Vallee d'Auge L. Evening racing sees winners at Hamilton for Tim Easterby and Philip Makin.
|She's back, after some good runs, but no wins this term, John Quinn's Highfield Princess was a very impressive winner of the King George Stakes G2 at Goodwood today, with Karl Burke's White Lavender back in second. This win takes her career earnings painfully close to £1.5m. Earlier Charlie Johnston had a 2-3 in the £77,310 Golden Mile Heritage Handicap with The Gatekeeper keeping on well to finish in front of stablemate Dutch Decoy in third whilst Philip Kirby's Robert Johnson was second in the opening £38,655 Goodwood Handicap. Simon Whitaker had a winner at Wolverhampton whilst Ollie Pears and Ruth Carr took wins on the evening card at Musselburgh.
|A good start to proceedings at Goodwood today with Karl Burke's Royal Rhyme landing the opening £51,540 Coral Kincsem Handicap by over 6 lengths from Richard Fahey's Have Secret in second. Next was the Richmond Stakes G2 in which Adrian Keatley trained outsider Ballymount Boy was second, one length behind the winner, but five in front of the next. Richard Fahey's Gamraan was a good second in the £30,924 Jaeger-Lecoultre Nursery Handicap whilst John Quinn landed the closing £18,039 World Pool Handicap with JM Jungle. Paul Midgley and Richard Fahey each had wins at Nottingham whilst evening action at Newcastle saw a double for Gemma Tutty and wins for Mick & David Easterby, Bryan Smart, Geoff Oldroyd and Grant Tuer.
|John Quinn's Breege started favourite but found one better when second in the Oak Tree Stakes G3 at (somewhat less) Glorious Goodwood today. In the Molecomb Stakes G3 Karl Burke's Kylian was a reasonable third, but the second placed horse, Purosangue, a TDN 'Rising Star', was (jointly) bred by Hellwood Stud. There was a Yorkshire 1-2-3 in the closing £18,039 World Pool Handicap with David O'Meara's Rhoscolyn the winner from Adrian Keatley's Wobwobwob and Nigel Tinkler's Isla Kai. Redcar was rained off but there were winners at Leicester for Gemma Tutty, Karl Burke and David O'Meara.
|Glorious Goodwood started well with the John Quinn trained Lord Riddiford landing the opening £30,924 Coral Handicap, in which David O'Meara's Alligator Alley was third. It petered out a little thereafter although Richard Fahey's Golden Mind was fourth in the Vintage Stakes G2 whilst Grant Tuer's Sophia's Starligh was a decent second in the £18,039 World Pool British EBF Fillies' Handicap. Beverley saw a Richard Fahey double and a winner for Ollie Pears.
|Karl Burke landed yet another group win today with Elite Status victorious in the Prix de Cabourg G3 at Deauville. Domestically Burke's Flight Plan was second in the Pomfret Stakes L at Pontefract where Burke also landed the opener and other winners were provided by Jedd O'Keeffe and Tim Easterby.
|Charlie Johnston landed his first (solo) group win today at Ascot when Sacred Angel took the Princess Margaret Stakes G3 by 3 lengths from Richard Fahey's Pretty Crystal in second. Later on the card Julie Camacho's Significantly was second, and Bryan Smart's Bond Chairman third, in the £30,924 Whispering Angel Handicap. At York David O'Meara's Aberama Gold was the neck winner of the £33,501 Sky Bet Dash Handicap from Tim Easterby's Manila Scouse. O'Meara had already taken the opener whilst there were also wins for Richard Fahey, Kevin Ryan and Grant Tuer. O'Meara also took the last at Newmarket where Kevin Ryan's Dream For Gold was a neck second in the £25,770 Visit racingtv.com Handicap. O'Meara also scored at Newcastle where Brian Ellison, Alan Brown and Tim Easterby also had winners. Adrian Nicholls took the opener on Windsor's evening card.
|A good evening at York for Richard Fahey with Midnight Mile returning to form when landing the Lyric Fillies' Stakes L easily and then stablemate Spirit Dancer taking the following race. There were also winners for Karl Burke and Tim Easterby. Daytime racing saw a winner for David O'Meara at Ascot, for Micky Hammond at Uttoxeter and for Ruth Carr, Karl Burke, Gemma Tutty and Declan Carroll at Thirsk.
|The Karl Burke trained, and Branton Court bred and retained Fallen Angel was a decent second in the Star Stakes L at Sandown this afternoon, on only her second start. Doncaster saw wins for Kevin Ryan and Tim Easterby.
|A good day at the Curragh for former brothers-in-law Richard Fahey and Tim Easterby. Easterby's Art Power made it five-for-five in Ireland when comfortably landing the Sapphire Stakes G2 whilst Fahey's Strike Red took the £53,097 Scurry Premier Handicap. At Newmarket Karl Burke's Novakai returned to form when landing the Aphrodite Stakes L by just under five lengths, and there was a valuable double for Charlie Johnton (in the week that it was announced that stable star Subjectivist has been retired) and a winner for Tom Tate, meaning Yorkshire took all the first four races at HQ. At Ripon Tim Easterby's Mr Curiosity headed Ed Bethell's Chillingham to take the £20,616 Ripon Bell-Ringer Handicap with supporting winners from Richard Fahey, David & Nicola Barron and Adrian Nicholls. No wins at Newbury but James Horton's Phantom Flight and Ed Bethell's Oviedo were second and third in the Steventon Stakes L, Karl Burke's Cold Case was third in the Hackwood Stakes G3 whilst stablemate World Of Darcy was fourth in the £122,925 Weatherbys Super Sprint. Evening racing at Doncaster yielded wins for David O'Meara and Richard Fahey and at Haydock for Gemma Tutty and Charlie Johnston.
|Julie Camacho's Shaquille (bred at Star Cottage Stud and Battlefield Stud ) is the real deal. Despite, again, doing everything wrong in the opening stages (rearing, dawdling, pulling) he still returned a convincing winner of the July Cup G1 on Newmarket's July Course, with Tim Easterby's Art Power a respectable fourth. At York Karl Burke's Silky Wilkie was second, and Richard Fahey's Great State third, in the City Walls Stakes L. Brian Ellison's Tashkan was third in the Silver Cup Stakes G3 whilst there were valuable 'subcard' winners for David O'Meara, Charlie Johnston, Philip Kirby and Nigel Tinkler. Chester sees Karl Burke's Fast Response finish second in the City Plate Stakes L and Declan Carroll and David O'Meara also have winners. Ascot's premier handicap of the day is the £51,540 Ascot/1711 Learning To Work Bake-Off Competition Heritage Handicap (!?!?!? .... surely these names put people off even entering !?!) in which Ruth Carr's Badri is second and Richard Fahey's Vintage Clarets third. Evening racing at Hamilton yields wins for Philip Makin, David O'Meara and Ed Bethell.
|At York today Karl Burke picked up yet another group win when Swingalong was a neck victorious in the Summer Stakes G3, Tim Easterby also had a last-two-races double. At Newmarket Charlie Johnston's Killybegs Warrior sprung back to form when landing the £51,540 6 Horse Challenge At bet365 Heritage Handicap nicely and Adrian Keatley's Kihavah was good second in the £51,540 bet365 Trophy Heritage Handicap. Evening racing at Chester saw wins for Mark Walford and Tim Easterby.
|Opening day of Newmarket's July Meeting and there are under-card winners for Charlie Johnston (Sacred Angel in the £15,462 maiden) and David O'Meara (Darkness in the £15,462 Boodles Handicap). Sledmere Stud are credited as joint breeders of New Endeavour, who finished third in the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes L. Over at Leopardstown the Branton Court bred Divine Jewel was a head second in the Stanerra Stakes G3. Mark Walford had a double at Carlisle where Tim Easterby, Grant Tuer and John Wainwright were also represented by winners. Tim Easterby also scored at Doncaster, as did David O'Meara.
|At Ponty today Charlie Johnston has a winner but, more importantly, Espressoo gains some valuable black type when second in the Pipalong Stakes L. Other winners come from Mick & David Easterby, Tim Easterby and Ed Bethell. Evening racing sees a winner (The African Queen, bred at Friar Ings Stud) for Charlie Johnston at Brighton and for Ruth Carr at Wolverhampton.
|Karl Burke's Deauville raid today yielded a convincing victory in the Prix de Ris-Orangis G3 for Spycatcher, a third in the Prix Goldikova L for Quick Change and a fourth in the Prix Jean Prat G1 (in which Kevin Ryan's Hi Royal was disappointing) for Indestructible. On home ground Kevin Ryan had a winner at Ayr and Adrian Keatley and Tim Easterby scored at Market Rasen.
|A good day at Haydock where Karl Burke's ultra-consistent Poptronic rallied well to land the Lancashire Oaks G2 by a neck and Richard Fahey's Wootton'Sun won the £77,310 Old Newton Cup Handicap, Fahey then followed up with Ramazan victorious in the £27,000 Price Promise At bet365 Handicap. Charlie Johnston's Struth was third in the £51,540 bet365 Handicap, with John Quinn having landed the opener. At Sandown Charlie Johnston's Dutch Decoy was third in the £50,960 Coral Challenge. Karl Burke had a double at Beverley where Nigel Tinker, Gemma Tutty and Grant Tuer also scored, whilst Richard Fahey had a win at Leicester. Evening racing at Carlisle saw another Karl Burke double whilst James Horton, Tim Easterby, David O'Meara and Mick & David Easterby also had wins.
|Karl Burke's Kylian put up a strong performances at Sandown this afternoon to easily land the Dragon Stakes L by six lengths. Evening racing sees wins for Karl Burke, Kevin Ryan, Mick & David Easterby, Charlie Johnston (who's Dubai Mile was sold this week), Paul Midgley and Tim Easterby whilst Kevin Ryan had a double at Haydock where Karl Burke and Richard Fahey also scored.
|A busy day, but not much joy, relatively speaking, for the Yorkshire trainers. Performance of the day comes on Plate day at Newcastle with Karl Burke's Spycatcher is a neck second in the Chipchase Stakes G3, only just beaten on the line. Later on the card Richard Fahey's Adeb is a decent winner of the £13,608 Pertemps Network Handicap. Charlie Johnston took the last at Chester. Erm, that's about it !
|If we've just had Royal Ascot, it must be almost time for the Northumberland Plate, and Newcastle's traditional 'eve of' meeting this evening sees Richard Fahey's Vintage Clarets land the £25,770 Gosforth Park Cup Handicap by just over a length from Karl Burke's Korker. Tim Easterby, Ed Bethell and Brian Ellison provide the other Yorkshire winners on the card. Daytime racing saw Ben Haslam and Sam England score at Cartmel whilst Nigel Tinkler landed a double at Doncaster, where Declan Carroll also had a winner.
|Last day of Royal Ascot and no new Yorkshire winnners ..... but I think we'll settle for 2 x Group One's ! Four days on and John Quinn's Highfield Princess is out again, this time finishing third in the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes G1. Earlier Richard Fahey's Golden Mind was a decent third in the Chesham Stakes L and Karl Burke's Holloway Boy (victorious in the Chesham last year) was fourth, only 2 x necks out of second, in the Jersey Stakes G3. Later Charlie Johnston's Lion Of War was second in the Golden Gates Stakes. Up at Ayr Adrian Keatley's Kihavah took the £21,600 stayers handicap and Richard Fahey's Marine Wave picked up more black type when second in the Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes L, Kevin Ryan having landed the opener. Grant Tuer had a winner at Newmarket whilst local winners at Redcar came from Roger Fell & Sean Murray, Tjade Collier, Tim Easterby, Paul Midgley and Declan Carroll. Evening action saw winners at Haydock for Karl Burke and David O'Meara.
|The penultimate day of Royal Ascot. It's unusual for everything to go wrong, and you still win. Even more so in a Group One sprint at Royal Ascot .... but that's pretty much what happened to the Julie Camacho trained Shaquille in the Commonwealth Cup G1 today but even after rearing in the stalls and, therefore, being plumb last in the early stages he managed to rally considerably to land this top sprint prize. This was Camacho's first Group One winner and first Royal Ascot winner, the horse was bred by Martin Hughes (part owner) and Michael Kerr-Dineen who board their stock at the Camacho's Star Cottage Stud and Battlefield Stud has also been involved in it's upbringing. Karl Burke's Swingalong also ran well to be third. Later on the card John Quinn's Breege was second in the Sandringham Stakes L and Charlie Johnston's Dubai Mile fourth in the King Edward VII Stakes G2. The local winners at Redcar were provided by Ollie Pears, John Wainwright, Mick & David Easterby and Richard Fahey. Evening racing saw a Charlie Johnston winner at Goodwood, and another at Newmarket whilst Liam Bailey and Karl Burke scored at Musselburgh.
|Another winnerless day at Royal Ascot, but an improvement on yesterday with the standout being Charlie Johnston's Subjectivist showing that, whilst he might not quite be the force he was a couple of years ago, he is still more than capable of competing at the highest level with a decent third in the Gold Cup G1. Stablemate Urban Sprawl was third in the Britannia Stakes whilst Richard Fahey's Malc and Karl Burke's Elite Status were second and third respectively in the Norfolk Stakes G2. Tim Easterby, Karl Burke, Paul Midgley, Kevin Ryan, Roger Fell & Sean Murray and Grant Tuer all had wins at Ripon, albeit the later in a dead-heat !
|No winners at Royal Ascot today, and only one placing with Karl Burke's Beautiful Diamond starting as favourite but finishing third in the Queen Mary Stakes G2. John Quinn, David O'Meara, Kevin Ryan and Nigel Tinkler all had winners at Hamilton. Evening racing saw winners for Adrian Keatley, Charlie Johnston and Sam England at Ripon and for Karl Burke at Newcastle.
|Royal Ascot couldn't have started any better with Kevin Ryan's 33-1 shot Triple Time running out an impressive winner of the opening Queen Anne Stakes G1 on his seasonal debut, having suffered from a bout of colic earlier in the season. With only a Longchamp 'blip' since losing his maiden tag it looks like it could be a very exciting season for Hambleton Lodge ! The day's Yorkshire Hot Pot was Highfield Princess who duly started as 7/4F in the King's Stand Stakes G1 but was badly baulked in the closing stages by the winner and could only manage second, albeit that's another £134k in the bank for the Highfield Millionaire. Karl Burke's Indestructible was a reasonable fifth in the St James's Palace Stakes G1 whilst Ed Bethell's Chillingham was fourth in the closing Copper Horse Handicap. Elsewhere Thirsk sees winners for James Horton, Richard Fahey, Tim Easterby and Roger Fell & Sean Murray , in addition Branton Court have a homebred winner. Evening racing at Beverley yields winners for Craig Lidster (with the Burns Farm Stud bred Catena) and a Mark Walford double.
|At Sandown Karl Burke's Australian bred Lady Hamana puts up a career-to-date best performance when landing the Scurry Stakes L with Richard Fahey's Great State back in third, earlier Charlie Johnston's Dutch Decoy was second in the £20,616 Aspall Cyder 1728 Handicap. At York Kevin Ryan's Washington Heights is a head second in the feature £51,540 Oakmere Homes Supporting Macmillian Sprint Heritage Handicap and Adrian Keatley landed the opening £12,222 Queenn Mother's Cup with Kihavah and John Quinn landed the valuable maiden. Charlie Johnston had a winner at Bath whilst Richard Fahey scored at Chester. Over sticks Philip Kirby and Adrian Keatley had a winner apiece at Hexham.
|The pre-Royal Ascot tension is building up nicely. York today saw David O'Meara's Azano finished third in the Ganton Stakes L whilst their were decent winners for Michael & David Easterby, Ollie Pears, Karl Burke and Nigel Tinkler. Evening racing at Goodwood sees a winner for Charlie Johnston.
|Good results at Haydock and Beverley today. In Lancs Ed Bethell has some ambitious targets for Regional after the five year old landed the Achilles Stakes L quite comfortably. Karl Burke had two third places in the group races ; Poptronic in the Pinnacle Stakes G3 and El Caballo in the John Of Gaunt Stakes G3 whilst Julie Camacho took the £16,200 Sky Bet Reverence Handicap with Raatea. At Beverley Richard Fahey will be dreaming of yet more Royal Ascot success after landing both the main races ; the £20,616 Hilary Needler Fillies' Conditions Stakes with Midnight Affair and the £20,616 bet365 Two Year Old Trophy with Bombay Bazaar, John Wainwright and Adrian Nicholls provided the supporting winners. Catterick saw wins for David O'Meara, Simon Whitaker, Charlie Johnston, Ollie Pears and Ann Duffield whilst O'Meara also had a winner on Lingfield's evening card.
|Over to Chantilly, for French Derby day. Karl Burke takes a strong team and Marshman, bred by Highbank Stud, starts favourite but is only third in the Prix du Gros-Chene G2 whilst stablemate Dorothy Lawrence, bred by Branton Court, is likewise third in the Prix La Fleche L. Mick & David Easterby have a winner at Nottingham (with the very inbred Reach).
|No Yorkshire joy in the Derby. Again. There was a winner at Epsom however with the Ruth Carr trained Badri landing the closing £38,655 JRA Tokyo Trophy Handicap in which John Quinn's Mr Wagyu was third. In the £50,960 'Dash' Karl Burke's Silky Wilkie was second whilst Mick and David Easterby's Miss Brazen was also runner-up in the £30,924 3yo 'Dash', in which Craig Lidster's Dickieburd was third. At Musselburgh Charlie Johnston's Lion Of War took the £20,616 Edinburgh Cup Handicap, with stablemate Venetian third, there was also a double for David & Nicola Barron and wins for Karl Burke, Ollie Pears and Declan Carroll. Mick & David Easterby and Ian McInnes had winners at Doncaster whilst Mark Walford, Micky Hammond and Ben Haslam scored at Hexham. Evening racing at Lingfield yields a winner for Charlie Johnston.
|Oaks Day at Epsom sees Karl Burke's Bright Diamond finish a reasonable fifth in the Epsom Oaks G1 itself. Charlie Johnston had a 1-2 in the £38,655 Racehorse Lotto Handicap with Austrian Theory and Dutch Decoy respectively whilst David O'Meara's Darkness is a decent second in the £38,655 Winners Wear Cavani Handicap. There are winners at Carlisle for Richard Fahey, Bryan Smart, Tim Easterby and Charlie Johnston while David O'Meara had a winner at Chepstow. Evening racing sees a double at Catterick for Paul Midgley and a winner for Richard Fahey with Roger Fell and Charlie Johnston having winners at Doncaster.
|Another Guineas placing with Charlie Johnston's Finn's Charm second in the Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen G2 (German 2,000 Guineas) at Cologne, albeit six lengths behind the winner, stablemate Benacre was fourth. Somewhat closer to home Ed Bethell's Oviedo landed the £24,300 Zetland Gold Cup, with David & Nicola Barron's Baryshnikov back in third. Other Teeside winners came from Tim Easterby, David O'Meara, Harriet Bethell and Roger Fell whilst Nigel Tinkler took the opener at Windsor. At Cartmel Ben Haslam trained Aramax took the £18,210 Tony Connell Memorial Handicap Hurdle and Jedd O'Keeffe also had a winner.
|Crikey, where to start? ..... OK, Ireland. Whilst Kevin Ryan's Hi Royal was beaten into third in the Irish 2,000 Guineas G1 he has certainly proven that he's not a soft ground only performer, and he was also the best placed non-O'Brien finishers. Earlier Tim Easterby's Art Power, as widely predicted, bounced back to form when landing the Greenlands Stakes G2. Meanwhile at Haydock the Karl Burke trained, and Branton Court bred (and owned) Dramatised was a very decent winner of the Temple Stakes G2, whilst the Charlie Johnston trained Themaxwecan was third in the £27,000 Hell Hook Handicap and Tim Easterby landed one of the supporting races. Down the road at Chester Tim Easterby's Boardman took the £25,480 tote.co.uk Bet £5 Get £20 Handicap, with David & Nicola Barron's On A Session in second and Charlie Johnston's Austrain Theory third whilst Johnston's Politico looked useful in the valuable maiden race, and Johnston also had another winner later on the card. Goodwood saw a very nice Charlie Johnston double with Urban Sprawl landing the £38,655 Wm Hill Harroways Handicap and stablemate Good Morals the £26,170 British EBF 40th Anniversary Fillies' Handicap, the John Dance owned horses are now able to run (albeit under different names) and the James Horton trained Phantom Flight was third in the Festival Stakes L. At York there were winners for Geoff Oldroyd and Richard Fahey and Anthony Brittain's Mondammej was second in the £25,770 Wm Hill Epic Boost Handicap. Cartmel on a Bank Holiday weekend is always fun, and yielded wins for Sam England and Justin Landy today.
|Charlie Johnston's Hadrianus was a reasonable third in the Cocked Hat Stakes L at Goodwood today, although arguably juvenile debutante stablemate Barwell Boy, a clear winner of the earlier Novice Stakes, was the more impressive performer. Karl Burke had a winner at Haydock. Evening racing at Ponty saw a double for Paul Midgley and wins for David O'Meara, Ed Bethell and Tim Easterby.
|A strong 1-2 from Karl Burke in the National Stakes L at Sandown this evening with Elite Status coming home five lengths ahead of stablemate World Of Darcy. Earlier Craig Lidster, Alan Brown, Grant Tuer and Ruth Carr all scored at Catterick, whilst Charlie Johnston and Brian Ellison had Wolverhampton winners. Adrian Nicholls and Brian Ellison had a winner apiece on Chelmsford's evening card.
|An interesting route to the course, but Julie Camacho's progressive Shaquille comes up trumps when landing Newbury's Carnarvon Stakes L by a comfortable two lengths. Some nice placings at Newmarket with Kevin Ryan's Washington Heights second in the £25,770 Aspall Suffolk Draught Cyder Handicap and David & Nicola Barron's Persuasion third in the £25,770 Apsall Blush Cyder Handicap. Tim Easterby and Geoff Harker took the two main races at Thirsk where John Quinn, Charlie Johnston, Ruth Carr and Richard Fahey also had winners. Evening racing at Doncaster sees wins for Charlie Johnston and Bryan Smart.
|The final day of York's Dante meeting sees a Karl Burke one-two in the Marygate Fillies' Stakes L with Got To Love A Grey triumphing over Dorothy Lawrence, whilst Kevin Ryan's Marhaba The Champ is successful in the £18,039 Knights Solicitors Handicap and Mick & David Easterby land the penultimate race with Eligible. Evening racing sees a nice victory for Sam England at Aintree whilst Kevin Ryan and Grant Tuer strike at Hamilton.
|Richard Fahey's progressive Great State made it three in a row today when landing the Westow Stakes L on York's Dante day card, Karl Burke's Pillow Talk was a decent second. Earlier Ed Bethell's Regional kept on well to land the £18,039 Lindum York Handicap whilst atablemate Point Lynas was a head second in the £25,770 Hambleton Handicap whilst Karl Burke's Poptronic put up an odds-defying performance when a 25-1 third in the Middleton Stakes G2.
|Dante Meeting Day One sees John Quinn's Highfield Princess showing that, at age six, she has lost non of her enthusiasm when a decent second in her seasonal reappearance in the Duke Of York Stakes G2. The next is the Musidora Stakes G3 in which Karl Burke's Novakai is a decent second, four lengths behind the winner, but ahead of the favourite, with Richard Fahey's Midnight Mile only a short head out of third. The biggest local win of the day came from Kevin Ryan's Bielsa who landed the £20,616 Churchill Tyres Handicap whilst stablemate Mon Na Slieve took the valuable novice race and Adrian Keatley took the last with Kihavah.
|The day before the Dante meeting and a potentially good omen for Kevin Ryan with Captain Winters landing the Heron Stakes L on Sandown's evening card. Afternoon action saw Richard Fahey, Paul Midgley and Roger Fell all score at Beverley whilst Ben Haslam had a fantastic NH treble at Newcastle, where Philip Kirby and Micky Hammond also had winners. Further evening racing at Wetherby saw winners for Kevin Ryan, Tim Easterby and Mark Walford.
|Karl Burke's White Lavender bounced back at Longchamp today to easily land the Prix de Saint-Georges G3. At Hamilton there was a valuable (for the race grade) 'Sunday Series' card which saw wins for Kevin Ryan, Richard Fahey and David O'Meara
|The flat season is now in full swing, and no one is really thinking about the NH Game ...... today's biggest winner came at Haydock where Mark Walford's Willaston took the £26,015 Pertemps Network Long Distance Handicap Hurdle. Also at Haydock David O'Meara's Escobar was fourth in the Spring Trophy L and Ed Bethell's James McHenry took the £13,500 Pertemps Network Handicap. Lingfield was switched to the all-weather and Charlie Johnston's Ferrari Queen was a decent third in the Oaks Trial L whilst Karl Burke's Secret Angel was fourth in the Chartwell Fillies' Stakes G3 and Burke had another fourth at Ascot with Spycatcher in the Victoria Cup. Nottingham yields wins for Declan Carroll, Tim Easterby, Harriet Bethell and Mark Walford who made it three for day at Hexham, where Jedd O'Keeffe also had a winner. Ed Bethell (three winners from last three runners) and Tony Coyle score on Leicester's evening card.
|Chester May Meeting Day One. Charlie Johnston's Hadrianus is third in the Chester Vase G3, albeit over 16 lengths behind the winner (but 97 lengths in front of the fourth!) whilst stablemate Sirona is fourth in the Chester Vase L.
|Another promising guineas fifth for Kingsley Park when Dance In The Grass finishes an odds-defying (200-1) fifth in the 1,000 Guineas G1 for Charlie Johnston, who's Crackovia had earlier also outrun expectations when fourth in the Pretty Polly Stakes L. Later on the card Karl Burke's Royal Rhyme took the £15,462 Howden Bloodstock Handicap. Hamilton sees a Michael & David Easterby double and also a winner for Kevin Ryan.
|Kevin Ryan's 125-1 shot (and appropriately named for Coronation Day) Hi Royal is a somewhat unexpected second in the 2,000 Guineas G1 today, all the more creditable given that he probably ran eight and a half furlongs, Royal Ascot beckons. Charlie Johnston's Dubai Mile was next best of the Yorkshire runners in fifth, and will possibly head for the Dante prior to the Derby. Later on the Newmarket card Ryan's Washington Heights was second to Julie Camacho's Shaquille who landed the £25,770 Howden Insurance Handicap. Thirsk saw winners for John Quinn, Ollie Pears, Richard Fahey and Declan Carroll. Evening racing saw yielded at Doncaster winner for Karl Burke whilst Peter Atkinson took the last two at Hexham, where Jedd O'Keeffe and Joanne Foster also had winners.
|A good (portentous?) Day One of the Guineas meeting for Charlie Johnston with wins for The Gatekeeper (£25,770 Nyetimber Handicap) and Outbreak (£15,462 Race Horse Lotto Handicap) and a good placing from Benacre when second in the King Charles II Stakes L. Musselburgh sees wins for Tim Easterby, Grant Tuer and Ben Haslam. Roger Fell, Ann Duffield, Brian Ellison and Antony Brittain have wins on Newcastle's afternoon card, where the Garrowby Stud homebred Moogie wins on her course debut.
|The Karl Burke group-winning bandwagon continues today with Cold Case comfortably landing the £45,368 Commonwealth Cup Trial Stakes G3 at Ascot. Burke also had a winner at Pontefract, as did Ruth Carr, Craig Lidster, Kevin Ryan and Roger Fell whilst David O'Meara struck at Wolverhampton.
|Today Richard Fahey's Marine Wave is third in the Chelmer Fillies' Stakes L at Chelmsford, with Kevin Ryan's Glenlaurel a neck back in fourth. Beverley sees a Charlie Johnston double with further winners from Craig Lidster and Tim Easterby
|Charlie Johnston's progressive Hadrianus is a decent second in the Blue Riband Trial L at Epsom today and the Kingsley Park/House team also had a winner on Wolverhampton's evening card.
|At Newbury today Philip Kirby's new recruit Farhan was a decent 40-1 second in the John Porter Stakes G3 and Karl Burke had another good result with Swingalong third in the Fred Darling Stakes G3. At Ayr Peter Niven's Malystic put up yet another good performance when landing the £22,780 Scotty Brand Handicap Chase. Locally the highlight at Thirsk came courtesy of Karl Burke's Spycatcher taking the Michael Foster Conditions Stakes and the other local winners were provided by Kevin Ryan, Richard Fahey, Ed Bethell, Julie Camacho and Declan Carroll. The Tibthorpe Stud bred Secret Handsheikh was a winner at Brighton and John Quinn had a winner at Bangor-on-Dee whilst Karl Burke scored on Nottingham's evening card.
|Third and final day of the Craven meeting sees Yorkshire win the, erm, Craven Stakes G3 when Karl Burke's new recruit Indestructible, formerly with Michael O'Callaghan (when twice group placed), comes home clear and looks a decent prospect for the 2,000 Guineas. Ed Bethell has a double at Ripon and there are also winners for Tim Easterby, Roger Fell and Adrian Keatley. Adrian Nicholls and Brian Ellison have wins on Chelmsford's evening card.
|Day Two at the Craven sees Karl Burke's Secret Angel finish an odds-defying third in the Nell Gwyn Stakes G3 and Charlie Johnston's Killybegs Warrior occupy the same position in the Feilden Stakes L. At Cheltenham Mark Walford's Willaston lands the £13,007 Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle whilst at Beverley there is a double for Mick & David Easterby and winners singular for Craig Lidster, Ruth Carr, Richard Fahey and Chris Fairhurst.
|Newmarket Craven Meeting, Day One, sees David O'Meara's Bopedro land the £20,616 Close Brothers Handicap with John Quinn's Empirestateofmind a good second and Roger Fell's Toshizou third. Alan Brown has a winner on Southwell's evening card.
|Flat racing kicks off in earnest this week and it's a good start to the week with Karl Burke's Marshman, bred by Highbank Stud, a very promising winner of the Prix Sigy G3 at Chantilly. At Redcar there are wins for Ben Haslam and Karl Burke whilst Cherry Coward and Ruth Jefferson score at Kelso. For good measure Karl Burke also has a winner at Windsor.
|The highlight of Grand National Day (and indeed the whole meeting) from a Yorkshire perspective when Patrick Neville has another Group One performing chaser when Fusain is third (albeit 43 and 27 lengths behind the winner) in the Maghull Novices' Chase Gd1. Arguably the better performance came later on in the Freebooter Handicap Chase in which Sam England's Kinondo Kwetu was also third. Peter Atkinson and Micky Hammond both have wins at Newcastle.
|Up to Musselburgh, and Karl Burke's Silky Wilkie strikes to take the £23,193 Scottish Sprint Cup very nicely from Richard Fahey's Vintage Clarets. Earlier Charlie Johnston's Finn's Charm landed the £12,885 Royal Mile Handicap, heading a Yorkshire 1-2-3-4. Richard Fahey had a winner later on the card.At Haydock Brian Ellison's Tiger Jet took the £25,720 snappily named cavani.co.uk Challenger Stayers Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle and Sue Smith had a winner at Carlisle. Antony Brittain and Harriet Bethell took the last two on Wolverhampton's evening card.
|All-Weather Champions day, and only one Yorkshire winner ... anywhere ... but it's a good one with Charlie Johnston picking up his first (solo) 'black type' winner when Dear My Friend, twice listed placed last term, picks up the £56,710 Burradon Stakes L at Newcastle, with Karl Burke's Flight Plan a neck back in second and Benacre, a stablemate of the winner, in fourth. The winner is Derby bound, via the Dante, whilst the second is Guineas bound , both of which seem optimistic on currently known form but hey, you've got to be an optimist ; ask John Dance ..... later on the card David O'Meara's Barenboim is third in the BetUK All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes and Karl Burke's Lord Of The Lodge is fourth in the Spreadex All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes. At Lingfield Julie Camacho's Qaasid is second, ahead of Charlie Johnston's Outbreak in the third, in the BetUK All-Weather Vase Middle Distance Handicap. Earlier Camacho's Dingle was third in the Spreadex Sports All Weather Vase Mile Handicap with Adrian Paul Keatley's Shalaa Asker occupying the same position in the BetUK All-Weather Vase Sprint Handicap. Finally, at Bath, Nigel Tinkler's Exceed is second in the £13,608 Truespeed Ultrafast Broadband Handicap.
|Hurrah, start of the flat seaon proper. And the first Yorkshire trained winner is also 'our' biggest winner of the day with Roger Fell's Harswell Duke holding on by a neck from Julia Camacho's new recruit Titian to land the £38,655 Spring Mile. Later on the card Karl Burke's Fast Response is second in the Cammidge Trophy L, with James Horton's Asjad back in fourth. At Kempton James Horton's Phantom's Flight is third in the Magnolia Stakes L. Evening racing at Chelmsford sees Charlie Johnston's Killybegs Warrior finish third in the £51,540 Woodford Reserve Conditions Stakes and winners for Alan Brown and Adrian Keatley.
|Charlie Johnston's Subjectivist continues his recovery, running much better than his prior outing, when third in the Dubai Gold Cup G2 on World Cup night at Meydan. Still running, arguably, over-enthusiastically he seems to be heading in the right direction, and has now taken his career earnings over £800k. Micky Hammond had a winner at Bangor.
|Finally Cheltenham Festival glory, and not just a winner .... but a Grade One winner ! Patrick Neville's The Real Whacker just held on to land today's Brown Advisory Novices' Chase Gd1 (aka The Broadway Novices') by the shortest of short heads, a real triumph for the (relatively) small team. Winners at Newcastle for Ben Haslam, Alan Brown, Ruth Carr and Tony Coyle.
|David O'Meara's Get Shirty puts up a career best performance in Saudi Arabia when running third in the Red Sea Turf Handicap G3, picking up a useful £208,333. Charlie Johnston's Subjectivist, off the course with injury for over 18 months, led for much of the way, but faded in the closing stages. At Lingfield John Quinn's Miss Nay Never got her first black type when third in the Hever Sprint Stakes L whilst Charlie Johnston had a winner. Newcastle saw winners for Brian Ellison and Mark Walford.
|Good placing sees the Sam England trained Kinondo Kwetu finish third, of three, in the Reynoldstown Novices' Chase Gd2 , a mere 56 lengths behind the runner up ! This ends his six run unbeaten sequence in lesser company. Up at Haydock Mark Walford's Johnson's Blue is a decent winner of the £16,338 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle. Charlie Johnston takes the last at Lingfield whilst Kevin Ryan, Richard Fahey, Antony Brittain and Paul Midgley all score onNewcastle's all-weather, which also saw the continued return of Joe Fanning who had a ride yesterday, and three today.
|Lingfield sees Karl Burke's Exalted Angel finish third in the Kachy Stakes L with David O'Meara's Summerghand in fourth. In the next Burke's Lord Of The Lodge is also third, this time in the Tandridge Stakes L, Charlie Johnston had a winner earlier on the card. At Musselburgh the best result is Adrian Keatley third in the £20,812 Scottish County Hurdle, whilst Mark Walford had a winner at Wetherby.
|.... and more, Ruth Jefferson's Sounds Russian was a very promising second in the Cotswold Chase Gd2 at Cheltenham this afternoon ..... still bound for the Gold Cup !? Meanwhile at Doncaster Brian Ellison's Salsada was a good, if distant, second in the Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle Gd2. Jedd O'Keeffe had a winner at Uttoxeter. Over to Gulfstream Park where the Branton Court bred (and owned) Lady Rockstar, an all-weather maiden winner for William Haggas in 2021, was a solid third in the Pegasus World Cup Filly & Mare Turf Invitational G3.
|Almost the end of January and we finally have some NH success to report from Doncaster with Peter Niven's Malystic landing the £26,405 class 2 Sky Bet Extra Places Every Day Handicap Chase and Brian Ellison's Cianciana a decent third in the Sky Bet Fillies' Juvenile Hurdle L. Evening racing at Wolverhampton yields wins for Charlie Johnston and John Quinn.
|Shelir goes one better for David O'Meara when finishing a decent second in the Zabeel Mile G2 at Meydan. On the home front Karl Burke has a winner at Southwell whilst the late afternoon card at Newcastle yields wins for Mick & David Easterby, Ed Bethell and Grant Tuer.
|Racing at Meydan sees David O'Meara's Shelir finish a short head third in the Al Fahidi Fort G2 whilst Nigel Tinkler's Acklam Express is a neck and a short head out of second when finishing fourth in the Ertijaal Dubai Dash L. Domestically Mick & David Easterby have a winner at Southwell. The stats show that Charlie Johnston's first three 'solo' runners have resulted in two wins and a fourth, business as usual !
|An excellent start to the year for Leyburn handler Patrick Neville with The Real Whacker landing the Dipper Novices' Chase Gd2 at Cheltenham ... the festival beckons ! Sue Smith had a double at Catterick, whilst Roger Fell scored at Musselburgh. On the flat David O'Meara and Antony Brittain scored at Southwell.
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