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19/07/2024 Summer is finally here and a myriad of racing today. At Newbury the Charlie Johnston trained (and Friars Ings bred) Attila The Honey landed the 25,770 UHY Ross Brooke Fillies' Handicap and the Karl Burke trained Jungle Drums was second in the Rose Bowl Stakes L. Haydock saw winners for David O'Meara and Julie Camacho. Evening racing at Hamilton saw a winner for Ruth Carr whilst Karl Burke's Caviar Heights was third in the Glasgow Stakes L and stablemate Silky Wilkie was second in the 17,523 Stewards' Cup Handicap, in which Julie Camacho's First Folio was third. David O'Meara had a winner at Newmarket whilst Kevin Ryan (a double), Mick & David Easterby, Tim Easterby, Charlie Johnston and Richard Fahey all scored at Ponty.
14/07/2024 No flat racing in the UK this Sunday .... possibly in Bastille Day sympathy .... ! Not to worry though, today's big race in France saw a Yorkshire 1-2 with Karl Burke's Arabie coming home ahead of the Richard Fahey trained (and Branton Court Stud bred) Shadow Army. Shadow Army was formerly owned by the Branton/Parkin associated 'Bronte Collection' before being sold to Wathnan Racing prior to his poor Royal Ascot run last time out.
13/07/2024 One of the busiest weekends of the season, with black type races at four different courses. At Newmarket hot favourite Inisherin could only manage fifth in the July Cup G1, but Karl Burke's Swingalong was beaten only a neck into second, the bridesmaid again, and Tim Easterby's Art Power was fourth, a neck out of third. Karl Burke's Lethal Levi was second in the 51,540 Bunbury Cup, with David O'Meara's old-timer Summerghand a decent third whilst Richard Fahey's Columnist was fourth in the Superlative Stakes G2, only a head out of third. At York the Branton Court Stud bred Starlust took the City Walls Stakes L and the Karl Burke trained Al Qareem was second in the John Smith's Silver Cup G3, whilst David O'Meara's Blue For You took the 23,193 John Smith's Racing Handicap but no local showing in the John Smith's Cup (still the Magnet Cup to me!), Kevin Ryan and Tim Easterby landed supporting races. At Chester John & Sean Quinn's Breege was second in the City Plate Stakes L and there was a double for Declan Carroll. Karl Burke had a winner at Ascot and also at Hamilton where Alan Brown and Julie Camacho also scored.
11/07/2024 Day One of the Newmarket July Meeting sees the Kevin Ryan trained Sergeant Wilko comfortably land the 51,540 Bet Boost At bet365 Heritage Handicap. Sergeant Wilko's stablemate Ain't Nobody flopped in the July Stakes G2, but that race did see the Theakston Stud bred Billboard Star finish a strong second. Charlie Johnston, Ann Duffield, Karl Burke, Gemma Tutty and Tim Easterby all had winners at Carlisle whilst Tim Easterby and Ruth Carr scored at Doncaster. Away from the course Branton Court Stud took home the TBA Silver Salver (Flat Special Merit Award) from the TBA Flat Breeders' Awards on Wednesday night, and well deserved too for this relatively new operation.
09/07/2024 More first black type today, this time at the Deauville of Yorkshire .... Ponty .... when Ed Bethell's Elim is a decent third in the Pipalong Stakes L. Kevin Ryan won the primary supporting race with Room Service and Paul Midgley took the last.
08/07/2024 Karl Burke's Assertively gained his first bit of black type at Deauville this afternoon when second in the Prix Roland de Chambure L. Charlie Johnston had a decent winner at Chelmsford in the form of Wadacre Gomez and Philip Kirby had a winner at Market Rasen.
06/07/2024 At a curtailed Haydock Charlie Johnston's Align The Stars landed the 51,540 bet365 Handicap, in which Tim Easterby's Flickering Halo is third. Tony Coyle & Kaine Wood landed what transpired was the last race. Sandown saw Karl Burke's Holloway Boy finish a decent second in the 50,960 Coral Challenge Handicap. Richard Fahey provided the sole local winner at Beverley. Over at Deauville Karl Burke's Kaadi was second in the Prix Yacowlef L. Evening racing saw a Karl Burke treble at Carlisle where Ann Duffield also had a winner. Tim Easterby had a winner at Leicester.
01/07/2024 One of the 'Tattersalls 40,000' GBB Incentive races at Pontefract goes to Karl Burke's Unpsoken Love, collecting 20,616 in the process, Ed Bethell, Mick & David Easterby and Roger Fell & Sean Murray also have winners. Charlie Johnston takes the opener on Wolverhampton's evening card.
30/06/2024 Some good Yorkshire placings at the Curragh with Kevin Ryan's The Strikin Viking putting up a good show when second in the Railway Stakes G2. Additionally Karl Burke's Arabic Legend was second in the 'From The Horses' Mouth Podcast' Premier Handicap whilst Lethal Nymph and JM Jungle were third and fourth in the Rockingham Premier Handicap for Paul Midgley and John & Sean Quinn respectively. Ben Haslam struck at Cartmel and Adrian Keatley did likewise at Uttoxeter.
29/06/2024 Brian Ellison, based in Malton but a proud Geordie, and born on plate day, finally landed the 81,000 Northumberland Plate Handicap with Onesmoothoperator, in course record time to boot. Following the victory of Anglers Crag in the Eider Chase earlier in the year this means Ellison has landed Tyneside's biggest flat and biggest jumps race in the same year. Kevin Ryan landed the 17,010 novice with Against The Wind and Karl Burke took the 18,900 Pertemps Handicap with Bystander. Karl Burke's Bright Thunder made the trip to Chantilly to handily land the Prix de Bagatelle L. Evening racing sees winners for Richard Fahey, David O'Meara and Ed Bethell whilst Charlie Johnston scored at Lingfield.
28/06/2024 The usual 'eve of Plate' meeting at Newcastle sees Kevin Ryan's Bergerac keeping on well to land the 25,770 Gosforth Park Cup whilst Karl Burke's Darnation was second in the Hoppings Fillies' Stakes G3. Other winners on the card were provided by Paul Midgely and Philip Kirby. The later named had scored earlier at Cartmel where Ben Haslam had a double. It was Richard Fahey who landed a double at Doncaster, where Paul Midgley also had a winner whilst David O'Meara scored at Yarmouth.
23/06/2024 To further increase the symmetry the last day of Royal Ascot, like the opening day, saw no Yorkshire winners but, also like the opening day, there was a runner-up spot in a Group One sprint, this time courtesy of Karl Burke's Swingalong, who led most of the way but was eventually beaten by half a length. In the annual cavalry charge that is the Wokingham Burke's Lethal Levi was a decent fourth. Burke also had a winner at Newmarket and the local wins at Redcar were supplied by Ollie Pears, Grant Tuer, Nigel Tinkler, Kevin Ryan and Philip Kirby. Evening racing at Ayr saw Karl Burke's Beautiful Diamond dead heat for the Land O'Burn Fillies' Stakes L and also a winner for David O'Meara whilst O'Meara and Grant Tuer scored at Haydock.
21/06/2024 Two winners a day with something in between is fast becoming a theme ... but it stepped up a level today when the 'machine' Inisherin put up an electrifying performance for Kevin Ryan to easily land the Commonwealth Cup G1. The second winner was supplied by David & Nicola Barron with Pilgrim landing the 56,694 Palace Of Holyrood House Handicap by half a length from Gemma Tutty's Blue Storm. David O'Meara again provided the 'in between' performance with Epic Poet occupying the runner-up berth in the 56,694 Duke of Edinburgh Handicap. Local winners at Redcar were provided by a Tim Easterby double as well as Roger Fell & Sean Murray, Kevin Ryan and Adrian Nicholls.
20/06/2024 Two Royal Ascot winners ..... again. Like yesterday Karl Burke took the opener, this time with Shareholder in the Norfolk Stakes G2, but today we didn't need to wait until the last for our second winner with Ed Bethell's (Hong Kong bound) Mickley making it three in a row when running in the central group of three en route to landing the 61,848 Britannia Stakes, in which Karl Burke's Native Warrior was third. The 'in between notable placing' this time came from David O'Meara's Lava Stream, only beaten by a neck when second in the Ribblesdale Stakes G2. A double for Richard Fahey and winners for Tim Easterby, Karl Burke, Paul Midgley and Craig Lidster at Ripon. Charlie Johnston had a winner at Chelmsford whilst evening racing saw winners for Roger Fell & Sean Murray and Paul Midgely at Wolverhampton and Lingfield respectively.
19/06/2024 Day two at Royal Ascot and Yorkshire took the first and last races. Karl Burke's 22-1 shot Leovanni was victorious in the opening Queen Mary Stakes G2, in which Adrian Nicholls' Maw Lam was a creditable third, only a neck out of second. The finale saw Kevin Ryan's Ain't Nobody nicely land the Windsor Castle Stakes L. 'Our' best performance in the middle part of the card came from Burke's Royal Rhyme who was fifth, only a neck out of fourth, in the Prince of Wales' Stakes G1. Karl Burke and Charlie Johnston struck at Hamilton whilst evening racing saw Ripon winners for David O'Meara, Ed Bethell and Kevin Ryan.
18/06/2024 No Yorkshire winners on Royal Ascot Day 1, but Ed Bethell's Regional was 'our' star of the day, finishing best of the Europeans when second in the King Charles III Stakes G1 to take his lifetime earnings well over the half million mark. The prior race saw Richard Fahey's Columnist involved in the finish of the day when a nose and head third in the Coventry Stakes G2, whilst David O'Meara's old timer Get Shirty was fourth in the Ascot Stakes. At equally glamourous Catterick there were winners for Brian Ellison, Bryan Smart, Geoffrey Harker and Ed Bethell.. Evening racing at Beverley saw huge variety with the first three races at 7.5 furlongs, the next two at 8.5 furlongs and the last at 10f , the local winners were trained by Adrian Keatley, Ed Bethell, Tim Easterby, Ruth Carr and Brian Ellison.
16/06/2024 The Karl Burke bandwagon continues to roll ; today taking the Prix du Bois G3 at Chantilly with Arabie. A valuable card at Thirsk where there were winners for Kevin Ryan, David & Nicola Baroon, Charlie Johnston and Roger Fell & Sean Murray whilst David O'Meara, Kevin Ryan and John & Sean Quinn all scored at Doncaster.
15/06/2024 Ascot next week, but still a busy Saturday. At York Craig Lidster's (who had a good winner yesterday when Alfa Kellenic took the 18,039 Supporting Racing With Pride Fillies' Handicap) Almarada Prince is a decent second in the 51,540 Macmillan Sprint Handicap. Brian Ellison, Kevin Ryan and David O'Meara all had good winners. At Sandown David O'Meara's Nighteyes is a decent third in the Scurry Stakes L. Chester sees doubles for Tim Easterby and Charlie Johnston and a winner for Adrian Keatley. Paul Midgley has a winner at Bath. Evening racing at Hexham sees wins for Mark Walford, Sam Englan and Brian Ellison.
09/06/2024 A strong showing by the Yorkshire raiders at Goodwood today with David O'Meara's Lava Stream (a half sister to yesterday's winner Iron Lion) taking the 39,697 Agnes Keyser Fillies' Stakes L by a neck from Kevin Ryan's Bolsena and Charlie Johnston landing two Class 3 handicaps with Finn's Charm and Tenerife Sunshine.
08/06/2024 The Epsom -> Ascot lull, but actually two valuable Northern cards at Beverley and Haydock. On the Westwood Yorkshire horses took both the big races with Brian Ellison's Perfect Part coming home ahead of Adrian Nicholls' Maw Lam in the 25,770 Hilary Needler Trophy and Karl Burke's Shareholder carrying the 25,770 bet365 Two Year Old Trophy by a short head from Moving Force for the in-form Richard Fahey with John & Sean Quinn's JM Jingree in third (although all the runners were 'local' ;so this was nailed on!). Craig Lidster, Charlie Johnston and Mick & David Easterby provided the other local winners. At Haydock David O'Meara's Iron Lion landed the 25,770 Betfred 'Plays Fred's 5 Million' Handicap from the Charlie Johnston duo of Knightswood and Struth, Karl Burke's Korker was third in the Achilles Stakes L and Ed Bethell's Point Lynas fourth in the John Of Gaunt Stakes G3. At Catterick there was a double for Craig Lidster (so three for the day) and winners singular for Gemma Tutty, Adrian Nicholls and Tim Easterby,
02/06/2024 Adrian Keatley's Francisco's Piece started favourite,and duly obliged, in the Prix la Fleche L on Chantilly's Derby card today, with Karl Burke's Kaadi back in third. Domestically Richard Fahey, Kevin Ryan and Grant Tuer have winners at Hamilton, with Bryan Smart likewise at Nottingham.
01/06/2024 Derby Day, and no Yorkshire runners in the Blue Riband but John & Sean Quinn's Breege, so often running close in this sort of company, is a convincing three length winner of the Princess Elizabeth Stakes G3. There is a also a strong show in the supporting handicaps with the 38,655 Betfred 3yo 'Dash' going to Gemma Tutty's Blue Storm and the 38,655 JRA Tokyo Trophy Handicap to David O'Meara's always dependable Misty Grey. The action at Musselburgh results in winners for David O'Meara, Karl Burke and David & Nicola Barron. Late afternoon / early evening racing at Hexham gives winners for Mark Walford, Brian Ellison, Sam England, Ben Haslam and Micky Hammond whilst Charlie Johnston has a winner at Lingfield.
31/05/2024 Day One of the Derby meeting at Epsom sees a valuable double for the in form Karl Burke with Teej A taking the 38,655 Woodcote Stakes and Bolster the 50,960 Betfred Nifty 50 Handicap. David O'Meara also got in on the action with Rhoscolyn keeping on to take the 38,655 Molson Coors Handicap whilst Richard Fahey's Native American was second in the Surrey Stakes L. Elsewhere Micky Hammond and Kevin Ryan had winners at Carlisle whilst evening racing saw a treble for Tim Easterby at Carlisle, where Philip Kirby also had a winner whilst at Doncaster there were winners for Richard Fahey, Ed Bethell and Jedd O'Keeffe.
26/05/2024 Somewhat less busy than yesterday but .... wow ! At Dusseldorf Karl Burke's Darnation runs out a comfortable winner of the German 1,000 Guineas G2. Less than an hour later stablemate Fallen Angel, homebred by Branton Court Stud (and amazingly by the same sire ; Too Darn Hot!) led nearly all the way to land the Irish 1,000 Guineas G1. This is the first Yorkshire trained English/Irish/French classic winner since Laurens (also trained by Karl Burke) took the Prix de Diane G1 in 2018, and, breeding wise, the first since 1997 when the Garrowby Stud bred Classic Park also landed the Irish 1,000 Guineas G1 (and the Copgrove Hall Stud raised Peintire Celebre took the Prix du Jockey Club G1). Fallen Angel might go for the Diane in preference to Ascot, which would allow Darnation to run in the Coronation .... ! And let's not neglect to mention that Adrian Keatley took the bumper at Kelso.
25/05/2024 A busy Saturday. At Haydock Kevin Ryan's Inisherin confirmed his Guineas form when running out the convincing winner of the Sandy Lane Stakes G2, Royal Ascot, presumably, beckons. Karl Burke's Alaskan Gold finished fourth, earlier Ryan's Apiarist was third in the 51,540 Betfred Silver Bowl Handicap whilst Declan Carroll's Emiyn occupied the same position in the 25,770 Hell Nook Handicap. At Goodwood Charlie Johnston's Francophone appeared to have progressed from her York form slightly when landing the Height of Fashion Stakes L and also is presumably Ascot bound. Stablemate Candle Of Dubai was a promising second in the 25,770 Darley British EBF Fillies' Restricted Novice Stakes. At the Curragh Ed Bethell's stable star Regional made his seasonal reappearance when second in the Greenlands Stakes G2, with Tim Easterby's Art Power fourth. At Chester Richard Fahey's Columnist took the 15,288 British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes and David O'Meara had a double. Karl Burke had a winner at York where Paul Midgley's Lethal Nymph and Tim Easterby's Copper Kinght were respectively second and third in the 25,770 Wm Hill Extra Place Races Daily Handicap. A no doubt packed late afternoon/early evening meeting at Cartmel saw a winner for Sam England.
23/05/2024 It's all happening or, in one case, not happening. Evening racing at Sandown saw Karl Burke's Royal Rhyme land his first group win when taking the Brigadier Gerard Stakes G3. Later on the card stablemate Ice Max was fourth in the Heron Stakes L. Over at Longchamp Adrian Keatley's Flying Finn got her all important black-type when third in the Prix Finlande L. Locally Paul Midgley, Bryan Smart, Declan Carroll, Mark Walford and David & Nicola Barron all had winners at Catterick. It has been announced that the Copgrove Hall Stud bred Economics will not be supplemented for the Derby and, indeed, may be kept at ten furlongs this term. Finally Thornton Park Stud (or more specifically the whole estate) is back on the market, this time with 633 acres and a price tag of 9.75m.
22/05/2024 Charlie Johnston's Madame Ambassador, who needs every yard of today's ten furlongs, finally, aged five, got her black type win when taking the EBF Rothesay Stakes L at Ayr, David O'Meara took the next. Evening racing at Kempton yielded another winner for Charlie Johnston.
18/05/2024 A big race double at Newbury for Karl Burke with Elite Status impressive when winning the Carnarvon Stakes L and Lethal Levi putting up another strong performance to take the 38,655 HKJC World Pool Handicap. Adrian Nicholls, Paul Midgley and Ed Bethell all had winners at Thirsk, albeit the later's was 'only' a dead-heat. Evening, or more accurately, late afternoon racing saw a winner for Jedd O'Keeffe at Bangor and at Doncaster for Grant Tuer and David O'Meara.
17/05/2024 Less local glory on the final day of the Dante Meeting, however David O'Meara took the penultimate contest with Riot , Karl Burke's Miss Lamai was second in the Marygate Fillies' Stakes L (in which Mick & David Easterby's Glorious Kitty was an eye-catching fourth on debut), Kevin Ryan's Bolsena was a head third in the Michael Seely Memorial Fillies' Stakes L whilst Karl Burke's Al Qareem fourth in the Yorkshire Cup G2. Evening racing yielded a Hamilton winner for Richard Fahey.
16/05/2024 The best Derby trial of the season, and it's won impressively by a Yorkshire bred horse .... who was recently been withdrawn from Epsom to 'remove the tempatation' ! Yes, the Dante Stakes G2 at York was won by the Copgrove Hall Stud bred Economics, trained by (the also Yorkshire bred!) William Haggas. A six length victory over the favourite would imply this was a 'true' run and not a fluke but the winner did seem to run a trifle green and he's a big galloping type, hence the decision to swerve the Epsom switchbacks and undulations ... albeit he could be supplemented for 75,000. Irish Derby anyone ? It was a good day for a tiny corner of Yorkshire as Copgrove's (literal) neighbour Branton Court Stud landed the 15,462 Frank Whittle Partnership Novice Stakes by a short head with Andesite. Earlier on the card Ed Bethell had landed the 38,655 Hambleton Handicap with Point Lynas, Karl Burke's Looking For Lynda was second in the 25,770 Lindum York Handicap, and Richard Fahey's Dark Vintage third in the Westow Stakes L. Micky Hammond had a double at Perth.
15/05/2024 The Dante meeting at York marks, to some, the start of summer, although not on the evidence of the weather today. Charlie Johnston's Francophone was, arguably, a surprising second in a slowly run Musidora Stakes G3. Kevin Ryan's Aleezdancer was a convincing winner of the 25,770 Churchill Tyres Handicap, Richard Fahey's Shadow Army landed the 20,616 Novice Stakes by a short head which was also the distance that Mick & David Easterby's Digital Resdev prevailed by in the 12,885 Conundrum HR Consulting Handicap. Further placings included Kevin Ryan's Washington Heights finishing a nose and two necks fourth in the Duke of York Stakes G2 and Adrian Keatley's Kihavah second in the 33,501 Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Jorvik Handicap, with Ed Bethell's Chillingham third.
12/05/2024 On the all-weather today at Newcastle David O'Meara's Misty Grey, who has already had a good start to the season, landed the 38,655 Download The Racecourse App Raceday Ready Handicap. O'Meara had an additional winner on the card, as did Roger Fell & Sean Murray . At Longchamp the French 2,000 Guineas, more properly the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches G1, saw the Sir Robert Ogden bred Kathmandu finish second, beaten only a head. Quite how Yorkshire bred he actually is remains to be seen, but I'm claiming it for the White Rose county, at least for now !
11/05/2024 Yorkshire's best result today came at Ascot with Grant Tuer's Bellarchi landing the 23,193 Peroni Nastro Azzurro 0.0% British EBF Fillies' Handicap and Richard Fahey's Ramazan a head second in the Victoria Cup Heritage Handicap. Richard Fahey and David & Nicola Barron both had winners at Haydock.
10/05/2024 No winners on the final day at Chester, but Declan Carroll's Emiyn collected a useful 40,613 for second in the feaure Chester Cup. Charlie Johnston took the last as Ascot, whilst at Market Rasen Mick & David Easterby took the opener but the extended family had a shock later on the card with William Easterby (son of Tim) suffering a bad fall and taken to hospital. Evening racing saw Paul Midgely take the last at Nottingham, a Sam England winner at Sedgefield and winners for Adrian Keatley, Tim Easterby, Danny Brooke, Richard Fahey, Mick & David Easterby and Tony Coyle & Kaine Wood ; a Yorkshire full house.
09/05/2024 Another quiet day for Yorkshire at Chester with the highlight coming from Karl Burke's Teej A when she landed the 20,384 EBF Maiden Stakes. Philip Kirby had a winner at Stratford.
08/05/2024 Day one of Chester's May Meeting was not without it's sadness, but Richard Fahay's Garfield Shadow took the 15,288 CAA Stellar Handicap and Mick & David Easterby's Knicks the 15,288 tote.co.uk Saddle-Up For More Than Racing Handicap, Karl Burke's Golden West was fourth in the, ultimately tragic, Chester Vase G3, albeit some way behind the unfortunate winner. Patrick Neville saddled the winner of the second race at Kelso.
04/05/2024 2,000 Guineas Day, and the Second Coming of Pegasus didn't happen ; best placed of the Yorkshire runners was Kevin Ryan's Inisherin in a promising sixth. Earlier on the card Karl Burke's Liberty Lane took the 51,540 Suffolk Heritage Handicap, with Charlie Johnston's Dutch Decoy in second whilst Karl Burke's Beautiful Diamond was third in the Palace House Stakes G3, a head and a short head behind the winner. At Thirsk John & Sean Quinn's Titan Rock took the 25,770 Thirsk Hunt Cup by a head from Gemma Tutty's Look Back Smiling whilst the other local winners were supplied by Kevin Ryan, Adrian Keatley, Roger Fell & Sean Murray, Tim Easterby and a David O'Meara double. At Goodwood Charlie Johnston's Qitaal was a neck second in the 25,770 Wm Hill Epic Boost Handicap. Micky Hammond had a winner at Uttoxeter as did Brian Ellison at Hexham.
03/05/2024 Day One of the Guineas meeting at Newmarket sees Karl Burke's Caviar Heights run out a four (and then eleven) length winner of the Newmarket Stakes L .... a Yorkshire 'trial' winner that DOES have a classic (Derby) entry. Kevin Ryan's Volterra takes the closing 15,462 mile handicap. Bryan Smart and Brian Ellison had winners at Musselburgh whilst evening racing at Newcastle saw winners for Kevin Ryan, Grant Tuer, Harriet Bethell, David O'Meara and Philip Kirby.
20/04/2024 Another classic trial win for a Yorkshire trained horse .... with no classic entries .... when David O'Meara's Esquire holds on well to land the Greenham Stakes G3 at Newbury. Karl Burke's Al Qareem starts off 2024 the same way he finished 2023 ; with a second place in a Newubry group race, this time in the John Porter Stakes G3, Julie Camacho takes the last. Obviously in good early season form David O'Meara has a double at Thirsk where Karl Burke and Mick & David Easterby also have winners, the later with the Theakston Stud bred Two Brothers. Sue Smith had a winner at Bangor whilst Geoff Harker took the last on Nottingham's evening card.
18/04/2024 Another good day at the Craven Meeting with Kevin Ryan's Washington Heights running out the 33-1 winner of the Abernant Stakes G3, in which Karl Burke's Spycatcher was third, and the later's Poet Master taking the 25,770 Consign With The National Stud Handicap. Ben Haslam landed a double at Ripon where Karl Burke, Tim Easterby, Adrian Keatley and Liam Bailey all had winners whilst Charlie Johnston had a double on Chelmsford's evening card. At Cheltenham Ruth Jefferson's Lavida Adiva was a good second in the 26,015 Catesby Estates Mares' Challenger Series Final Handicap Hurdle.
17/04/2024 The Craven Meeting at Newmarket marks the end of the phoney war and the start of the flat season proper. And it went well, with a minor shock in the Nell Gwyn Stakes G3 with Richard Fahey's Pretty Crystal holding on gamely by a neck at 18-1. Not entered for the English Guineas, initial indications are that she may be next aimed at the German equivalent, although if the second wins at Newmarket they may rue that decision ! Kevin Ryan's Hi Royal was a decent head third in the Earl of Sefton Stakes G3 whilst Karl Burke's Caviar Heights, at 50-1, occupied the same position in the Feilden Stakes L. Kevin Ryan's Bolsena landed the fillies' maiden by three lengths and David O'Meara's Aberama Gold was a decent third in the 25,770 Weatherbys Global Stalllions App Handicap. Beverley was abandoned.
01/04/2024 Yorkshire's first European Group winner of the season today when Karl Burke's Making Dreams, who was running in sellers last summer, hacks up by six lenghths in bottomless ground in the Prix Penelope G3 at Saint-Cloud. Ruth Carr had a double at Wolverhamtpon and Patrick Neville had a winner at Huntingdon.
29/03/2024 Quite why the big All Weather day comes six days after the start of the turf season is .... beyond me, but still, here we are. All Weather Champions Day at Newcastle sees Karl Burke's Cuban Tiger hold on gamley to land the Burradon Stakes L by a neck, whilst David O'Meara's Misty Grey was a good second in the 77,310 BetUK All-Weather Sprint Handicap. No winners at Lingfield (or Chelmsford for that matter) but Julie Camacho's Dingle was a neck second in the 33,501 BetMGM All Weather Vase Mile Handicap, with Ed Bethell's Quandary finishing in the same position, and at the same distance, in the 23,193 BetMGM All-Weather Vase Fillies' Handicap whilst David O'Meara's Barenboim was third in the BetUK All-Weather Vase Marathon Handicap.
24/03/2024 Unfortnately it was announced today that John Quinn's Highfield Princess had succumbed to the fracture she suffered earlier in the week and had been put down. Karl Burke also revealed that yesterday was his first visit to the racecourse since last summer, having been recovering from cancer in the interim. On the track there were winners at Donnie for Gemma Tutty, Charlie Johnston, Karl Burke and Adrian Nicholls.
23/03/2024 At last, the start of the Flat Turf Season, at it's traditional Doncaster venue. Pride of place goes to Gemma Tutty's Look Back Smiling who landed the 38,655 Spring Mile Handicap, with Tony Coyle & Kaine Wood's Thunder Roar back in second. In the 77,310 Lincoln Handicap Julie Camacho's new recruit Lattam was a strong second whilst the Karl Burke trained, and Highbank Stud bred, Marshman was second in the Cammidge Trophy L , stablemate Holloway Boy was fourth in the opening Doncaster Mile L and David O'Meara took the penultimate race on the card. All-weather wise Jedd O'Keeffe, Nigel Tinkler and Kevin Ryan scored at Newcastle whilst Ed Bethell had a winner at Wolverhampton.
18/03/2024 Not content to wait for the start of the British flat season Karl Burke made a raid on Chantilly this afternoon and was rewarded with Got To Love A Grey landing the Prix Ronde de Nuit L nicely. Evening racing at Newcastle yields wins for Jedd O'Keeffe, Tim Easterby, Bryan Smart, Antony Brittain and David O'Meara.
15/03/2024 A quiet Cheltenham for Yorkshire, but some glory on the final day with Sine Nomine taking the 24,445 Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase for Fiona Needham , who also took this race as a jockey. Micky Hammond had a winner at Fakenham whilst evening racing on the flat yielded wins for Charlie Johnston, Nigel Tinkler, Philip Kirby and David O'Meara at Newcastle. Meanwhile it has been announced that John Quinn's Highfield Princess has been retired having picked up a 'serious and concerning' injury in her stable on Tuesday.. She is currently at Malton's Rainbow Equine Hospital and it is to be hoped she can be saved for a broodmare career.
09/03/2024 Today at Wolverhampton David O'Meara's new recruit Misty Grey, formerly with Mark Johnston by way of Tom Dascombe, was a good second in the Lady Wulfruna Stakes L whilst Charlie Johnston's Benacre was third in the 25,770 Lincoln Trial Handicap.
01/03/2024 Charlie Johnston's Dear My Friend landed his third valuable win of the year this afternoon at Lingfield (where Karl Burke took the opener) when taking the 23,193 BetMGM AWC Mile Trial Handicap by an easy two and a half lengths.
25/02/2024 After a quiet period things really kicked off today. At Newcastle Brian Ellison's Anglers Crag made it four in a row since switching to Ellison from David Pipe when landing the 41,624 Eider Handicap Chase by a neck. Ben Haslam had a winner later on the card and Karl Burke struck at Southwell. Evening racing saw a winner apiece for Charlie Johnston and Liam Bailey at Chelmsford. The real excitement however happened in Saudi Arabia where Richard Fahey's Spirit Dancer landed another valuable victory when taking the 944,882 Howden Neom Turf Cup G2 by a length. This pushes Spirit Dancer's lifetime earnings to just over 1.7m, meaning he enters the 'Yorkshire Millionaire's List' with a bullet .....Highfield Princess needs to get a move on !
Horse Trainer Amount Best Performances
The Grey Gatsby Kevin Ryan 2,728,203 Prix du Jockey Club G1, Irish Champion Stakes G1, Dante Stakes G2, 2nd.Juddmonte International Stakes G1, Dubai Turf G1, Prince Of Wales's Stakes G1, Princess of Wales's Stakes G2, Champagne Stakes G2, Craven Stakes G3, Acomb Stakes G3
Ribchester Richard Fahey 2,641,499 Queen Anne Stakes G1, Lockinge Stakes G1, Prix Jacques le Marois G1, Prix du Moulin G1, Mill Reef Stakes G2, Jersey Stakes G3, 2nd.Queen Elizabeth II Stakes G1 (twice), Sussex Stakes G1, Gimcrack Stakes G2, 3rd.2,000 Guineas G1, Sussex Stakes G1, Dubai Turf G1
Collier Hill Alan Swinbank 2,317,161 Irish St Leger G1, Hong Kong Vase G1, Candian International G1, Gerling-Preis G2, Stockholm Cup International G3 (twice), Elnadim H, Old Newton Cup H., 2nd.Dubai Sheema Classic G1, Deutschlandpreis Preis G1, 3rd.Dubai Sheema Classic G1, Rheinland-Pokal der Sparkasse KolnBonn G1 etc.
Lord Glitters David O'Meara 2,161,776 Queen Anne Stakes G1, Jebel Hatta G1, Singspiel Stakes G2 (x2), Strensall Stakes G3, Bahrain International Trophy G3, Balmoral Handicap, 2nd.Queen Anne Stakes G1, Summer Mile G2, Strensall Stakes G3, Ben Marshall Stakes L, Lincoln Handicap, 3rd.Dubai Turf G1, Sussex Stakes G1 etc.
Highfield Princess John Quinn 1,852,945 Flying Five Stakes G1, Prix de l'Abbaye G1, Nunthorpe Stakes G1, Prix Maurice de Gheest G1, Duke Of York Stakes G2, King George Stakes G2, Queen Charlotte Fillies' Stakes L, All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championships Conditions Stakes, Buckingham Palace Handicap, 2nd.Nunthorpe Stakes G1, King's Stand Stakes G1, City of York Stakes G2, Duke Og York Stakes G2, 3rd.Oak Tree Stakes G3, October Stakes L, 3rd.Jubilee Stakes G1
Laurens Karl Burke 1,765,488 Prix de Diane G1, Prix Saint-Alary G1, Fillies' Mile G1, Sun Chariot Stakes G1, Matron Stakes G1, Prix Rothschild G1, May Hill Stakes G2, 2nd.1,000 Guineas G1, Lockinge Stakes G1, City Of York Stakes G2, Prix du Calvados G3
Spirit Dancer Richard Fahey 1,707,530 Howden NeomTurf Cup G2, Bahrain International Trophy G2, Strensall Stakes G3, William Hill Epic Boost Racing League Race 21 Handicap (Racing League), 2nd.Sky Bet Finale Handicap, 4th.Jebel Hatta G1
Suedois David O'Meara 1,373,293 Shadwell Turf Mile G1, Boomerang Stakes G2, 2nd.July Cup G1, Duke Of York Stakes G2,Lennox Stakes G2, Supreme Stakes G3, John of Gaunt Stakes G3, Aliyah Hcap, 3rd.Sprint Cup Stakes G1, Prix de la Foret G1, Shadwell Turf Mile G1, Greenlands Stakes G2, Lennox Stakes G2, Summer Mile G2, City Of York Stakes G3, 4th.Breeder's Cup Mile G1
Mondialiste David O'Meara 1,188,218 Arlington Million G1, Woodbine Mile G1, Strensall Stakes G3, Pomfret S L, 2nd.Breeders' Cup Mile G1, York Stakes G2 (twice), Lincoln Handicap, 3rd.Earl Of Sefton Stakes G3 etc.
Brando Kevin Ryan 1,145,495 Prix Maurice de Gheest G1, Abernant Stakes G3 (x2), The Sprint Stakes G3, Ayr Gold Cup, 2nd.Sprint Cup Stakes G1, Prix Maurice de Gheest G1, July Cup G1, Duke of York Stakes G2, Sapphire Stakes G2, Wokingham Handicap, 3rd.July Cup G1, British Champions Sprint Stakes G1 etc.
Shakespearean Mark Johnston 1,001,241 Goffs Million Mile, Solario Stakes G3, 3rd.Superlative Stakes G3
04/02/2024 The return to form of Dear My Friend continues today at Lingfield when Charlie Johnston's charge lands the Tandridge Stakes L quite handily. Evening racing at Newcastle sees a winner for Bryan Smart.
27/01/2024 A good day at both Donnie and HQ today. At Doncaster the stand out local performance came from Ruth Jefferson's Kerryhill who landed the Albert Bartlett River Don Novices' Hurdle Gd2 by over 7 lengths. In addition Ollie Pears' Max Of Stars was second in the SBK Fillies' Juvenille Hurdle L, Sue Smith's Rich Spirit was a good second in the 15,843 SBK Handicap Hurdle and Peter Niven's Malystic third in the 26,405 SBK Handicap Chase. Meanwhile at Cheltenham Patrick Neville's The Real Whacker put up another strong performance when second in the Cotswold Chase Gd2, staying on well. Newcastle yielded wins for Charlie Johnston, Adrian Nicholls, David & Nicola Barron, Geoff Oldroyd (with the Yapham Mill homebred Pocklington) and Liam Bailey. Yesterday Richard Fahey's Spirit Dancer was a decent fourth in the Jebel Hatta G1 at Meydan. Meanwhile Hedgeholme Stud has recruited a new stallion in the form of Land Force who had 21 first crop winners, covered 130 mares last term and will stand at 2,500.
01/01/2024 A good start to the year for Charlie Johnston with one-time Derby contender Dear My Friend returning to form when landing the 24,300 BetMGM: It's Showtime Handicap at Newcastle by two lengths from Julie Camacho's Symbol Of Light. Karl Burke's Bazball is a decent second in the 24,300 Best Racing Odds Guaranteed At BetMGM Handicap. Micky Hammond also had a good kick-off with a double at Catterick where Brian Ellison also had a winner.

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