We've just seen a great result in Doha for the Mickley Stud bred Gerrards Quest, who came second in the QATAR DERBY (GROUP 1) yesterday and took his earnings to £121,285.84. Bought as a foal for only 7000gns, what great value!! He is pictured here winning a previous race in Qatar, when he put in a dazzling display to win the Umm Al Afai Cup, a Class 2 race which was the highlight of the races at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) back in March.
Oldgrangewood, by our former stallion Central Park, took down the Class 3 188BET.CO.UK NOVICES' LIMITED HANDICAP CHASE at Wetherby today for trainer Dan Skelton, ridden by his brother Harry. The gelding won at Kempton in November, before being brought down off today´s 10lb higher mark at Aintree last time, and gained a deserved victory today, his fourth win from eight starts, including one PTP. Well done to connections.
Mickley bred, and part-owned, the 5yo mare Miss Mash (by Multiplex, who else?) added to the fun of the staff Xmas party at Bangor Races, winning as she liked by 12 lengths in the Alpha Wrexham Windows Mare's Handicap Hurdle Race. Thanks to trainer Henry Daly and champion jockey Richard Johnson for the icing on our Christmas Cake!! :-)
A daughter of Multiplex, Lady Valeur, ran the others down in the straight to win the valuable $50,000 Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in California yesterday. Jockey Ricardo Gonzalez rode her patiently over the extended mile, brought her to the front in the straight, and then held off the others with a driving finish. Snapped up for the American market after just one promising run in Ireland at 2 years, the filly was also placed in a Group 2 at Del Mar earlier in the year and there is sure to be more to come.
Captain Gerrard kept up his impressive strike rate of winners to runners with Suni Dancer at Newcastle Races yesterday! The mare hadn´t won on the All-Weather before, but followed up on her win at Brighton last time out, taking down the 6 furlong handicap in fine style for trainer Tony Carroll. She came through from off the pace to win well and this track seemed to suit her. Back from 57 days off, Suni Dancer also provided Tony's 3lb claimer George Downing with a double on the day.
RAISE A SPARK, a 6yo gelding by MULTIPLEX, kept the pot boiling with another win for our popular stallion who has winners at all distances and under both codes! Today's success came for trainer Donald McCain in a handicap hurdle at Bangor-On-Dee, and was the gelding's second win. He went off a well-deserved favourite and was firmly in command from a long way out, winning by 19 lengths.
The 3yo Multiplex filly SUNSHINEANDBUBBLES made all to repel the favourite in the Median Auction Maiden at Lingfield yesterday, with George Downing getting the better of Adam Kirby in a tight finish. She has gone close before this, and her trainer said that she works a lot better than her current rating so the win was overdue. Sold by Mickley Stud as a yearling after being bred and raised here, she is out of a dam who has always produced multiple winners, so connections are more than hopeful she can build on this success. Syndicate Manager David Allan said, "It's not the first time Richard Kent has pointed me in the direction of a half-decent filly, and hopefully it wont be the last!!"
Dream Team, son of Captain Gerrard, made it two on the bounce when winning the first race at Southwell today for Paul Mulrennan and Michael Dods, emerging through the fog to stay on well in the final furlong. He really seems to have appreciated the step up to a mile, and is now unbeaten at the trip! On the same card, another Mickley Stud graduate certainly took to the Fibresand surface on his first try, with VROOM living up to his name when winning the 0-70 Claimer for Gay Kelleway. He travelled strongly throughout and pulled away in the straight. One for the notebook over the winter.
The 5yo Medicine Hat, a son of Multiplex, returned from a 322 day break to win most impressively at Wolverhampton on Saturday, making his debut for the Marjorie Fife yard . He had been successful on his last Flat start in October 2015, and returned with a vengeance, quickly putting the race to bed entering the turn for home. This win, over 2 miles, was his third from 14 starts and reinforced the diversity of his sire, who can produce both sprinters and stayers! Medicine Hat has now won on turf, the all-weather, and over hurdles. Well done to connections.