A great bit of training by Dave Evans, and a terrific ride by Adam Kirby aboard Mia Cara at Lingfield Park today. She was jointly bred by Mickley Stud and Lady Lonsdale and the 3yo filly continues to be owned by the partnership. Dropped back in trip, and still 4lb higher than when winning at Wolverhampton in January, Mia Cara did well from the draw, was kept handy, and was always going to win after being driven clear inside the last. She is a typically tough customer from the Evans yard and more races will be won with her.
RAISE A SPARK chalked up another win for Multiplex when winning the 2 mile Handicap Hurdle this afternoon at Catterick. Jockey Will Kennedy made a race-winning move, coming wide to the stands rail off the home bend, and the gelding put in a guts performance off top weight. The ground suited him today, with plenty of cut underfoot, and trainer Donald McCain has plans for the 7 year old to try his luck over fences before too long. Part-owned by Richard Kent in partnership with co-breeder R Pattinson, the gelding was recording his third win and looks sure to build on this success.
Earlier this afternoon, THINGS HAPPEN, a son of Captain Gerrard, lost his maiden tag over the extended 9 furlongs at Wolverhampton. Jointly bred at Mickley Stud by Richard Kent and trainer David Evans, the 3yo was suited by a step up in trip, and got a great run against the inside rail into the straight. Adam Kirby gave him a great ride, staying on well to record the gelding's first win for owners Paul & Clare Rooney. Well done to them, who are very much appreciated as great supporters of the sport and the breeding industry, and of course another brilliant training performance from the irrepressible David Evans.
The famous silks carried to victory by triple Grand National winner Red Rum were in the winners enclosure again at Carlisle on Wednesday, after Lastbutnotleast, the last horse bought by Red Rum's trainer Ginger McCain, and trained by his son Donald, gave him his third winner from the first three races at the course. McCain said: "She's a bit special, she's the last horse Dad bought me, hence the name. We think plenty of her, she's going to want three miles in time." McCain explained how his father had purchased the mare, saying: "He bought her as a foal and Dad was normally a £500 man with foals. Richard Kent from Mickley Stud rang him and said, 'I've seen this mare', and they gave good solid money for her as a foal." Red Rum's colours may once again have some big days ahead given the significant promise Lastbutnotleast has shown.
We are excited to announce that we have acquired Proconsul, a brother to the legendary Frankel and fellow Group 1 winner Noble Mission, and undoubtedly the best-bred new stallion in Britain in 2017. The four-year-old son of Galileo was purchased from his breeder Juddmonte Farms and will stand at Mickley Stud with an introductory fee of £3,500.
As if to celebrate the achievements of Multiplex, on the very day he left us to take up stallion duties abroad, up popped his son STRICTLY CARTER, winning over 6 furlongs at Wolverhampton. Bred by Mickley Stud & Mr D Mossop, the 4yo gelding had been off the track since August, but returned with an improved performance, picking up strongly inside the final furlong to get up on the line for jockey David Probert. Well done to owner and trainer Alan Bailey.
It was a sad day today, as we said goodbye to Multiplex, who is off to start the next stage of his stud career when he resumes his duties in Bahrain. The place really won't be the same without him, but hopefully he will be as lucky for his new owners as he has been for us. We are very grateful for what he has achieved at Mickley Stud, and for all the winners he has produced. We now look forward to following his progress with the "ladies" in the Persian Gulf!