Multiplex continued his great run today with an across the card double, as two of his offspring landed the spoils - Ickymasho taking her total up to seven wins and Surround Sound winning his 4th race. ICKYMASHO recorded her 7th career win when stepping up in class at Chelmsford and defied a 6lb rise in the weights to record back-to-back wins at the Essex course for trainer Jonathan Portman and jockey Richard Kingscote. She was able to hold off a host of challengers after quickening early in the straight to win by 1/2 length. A great result for connections and over £12,000 to the winner for this Class 2 contest. Very well done to all connections. SURROUND SOUND, placed in all three starts since returning in January, benefitted from a change of tactics under Rachel Richardson, and she got things spot on at wolverhampton today, making sure there was no chance of him leaving it too late by circling the field to hit the front before reaching the home straight and winning easily. This was his fourth win, and no reason why he can't win again for Tim Easterby with similar tactics.
Following on from the success of Royal Marskell, another son of Multiplex, the four year old Multideal, bred by Mickley Stud, won the Prix du Roussillon at Saint-Cloud at the juicy odds of 25-1. Always in the leading group, jockey Ronan Thomas kicked on and led well to win by 1 3/4 lengths for trainer P Marion.
Now a nine-time winner, Royal Marskell, a son of Multiplex trained by Gay Kelleway, got back on the winning trail at Lingfield in the Class 3 Stayers Handicap. The gelding still had ground to make up when coming under pressure approaching the home bend, but he responded well under a brilliant ride from David Egan and stuck at it to collar the favourite near the line. He has plenty of ability and could be heading to Newcastle next.
MEDICINE HAT was strongly supported in the market and kept the leader in his sights throughout the stayers Handicap at Newcastle. He got first run on the closers in the straight, and has proved he is well suited by the 2 mile trip. Phillip Makin gave this son of Multiplex an assured ride, tracking the leader until taking the lead on the bit 2f out, then staying on to win quite comfortably by 1 1/2 lengths, becoming the only winning favourite of the day. He's a progressive stayer who can go on to have more success with trainer Marjorie Fife. Well done all.
ICKYMASHO, a 5yo daughter of Multiplex, down in trip, led the pack in pursuit of the two leaders in the Class 4 winner.co.uk Cheltenham Extra Places Every Day Handicap at Chelmsford on Monday night. Travelling well turning in, she quickened up in good style and was always holding the favourite in the closing stages. A great result for Jonathon Portman and rider Richard Kingscote, and well done to connections. She can hopefully cope with a rise in the weights after winning here by 2 lengths.
As part of the build up to the Cheltenham Festival, Martin Stevens has written a very good article in the Racing Post about the Mickley Stud bred Tobefair, a leading fancy to take on the big boys at the Festival. Tobefair has won all seven of his races over hurdles since moving to trainer Debra Hamer, and has become something of a phenomenon. The seven year old had a handicap rating of 134 for his last win at Newbury, and has since gone up to 143. It's the stuff that dreams are made of and it all started right here at Mickley Stud. Contact us if you want to breed a star of the future!! You can read the whole article in our "In The Press" section.
RAISE A SPARK, third in a Class 2 event last time, left his opponents trailing from the foot of the hill at Carlisle today to win by 8 lengths. He is yet another winning son of Multiplex, trained by our good friend Donald McCain, and given a nice ride by Harry Stock. The gelding was clearly suited by a stiff test of stamina, was not inconvenienced by the heavy ground, and may run without a penalty at Sedgefield next Tuesday. Bred at Mickley Stud, that was his fourth win and there will hopefully be more to come. Less than an hour later, another tough nut from Mickley Stud added to his tally at Southwell when LUV U WHATEVER racked up his 10th career win. Sired by our former stallion Needwood Blade, the 7yo gelding won by 8 lengths under a confident ride from Andrew Mullen. Michael Attwater's charge has an impressive record at the track and took advantage of a good opportunity to register an eaasy eighth success on Fibresand.
Ginger McCain's legacy lives on, as LASTBUTNOTLEAST won the Listed Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Doncaster today. Bought by Ginger as a foal, on the advice of Mickley Stud's Richard Kent, LASTBUTNOTLEAST made it three from three over hurdles, with a game effort from the front to win by 3¼ lengths. She had previously enjoyed success in a National Hunt Flat race and an Irish PTP, so this took her tally of wins to five. There was plenty to like about the way she travelled, and she battled bravely up the straight to maintain her unbeaten record over hurdles. She is a resolute stayer who looks progressive and should be a nice prospect for connections.