We were delighted to see this fine lad make €60,000 at the Tattersalls Derby sale today. He's the first 3 yr old sold by Yorgunnabelucky, and is a half brother to The Liquidator, who was so successful for David Pipe, and we hope the fellow will be as lucky for connections. Bred at Mickley Stud out of the Alhaarth mare Alikat, our stallion Yorgunnabelucky represents outstanding value!!
STRICTLY CARTER, now joining the ranks of multiple winners by Multiplex, had been running well in defeat in recent outings, and got his head in front at Brighton under a good ride from Joshua Bryan, staying on under pressure to lead well inside final furlong and earning his second career success for trainer Alan Bailey. He can hopefully remain competitive off a higher mark.
ICKYMASHO (pictured on the left) won a very decent Class 3 handicap at Chelmsford over 1m 2f, jockey Luke Morris ensuring that she saw off a warm favourite to land the spoils at juicy odds of 14/1 for trainer Jonathan Portman. This Multiplex mare has proved a progressive sort over this course and she turned in her best effort to date after travelling noticeably strongly. She's a very useful sort who is capable of winning again.
Another 2yo winner today for Captain Gerrard, as David O'Meara's UNDERCOVER BROTHER lost his maiden tag at Hamilton on only his second racecourse appearance, in the process landing a valuable £10,000 Plus10 bonus for his owner and breeder. He had finished third on his debut at Catterick 11 days earlier, and today showed plenty of speed to lead from the gates and battled bravely inside the final furlong. He looks capable of better, so well done to connections.
Multiplex mare DARK CRYSTAL achieved a quick follow up on her success at Hamilton only five days ago with a win at Ayr today. She anticipated the start, and was in the air when the gates went back, but she was soon into her stride, never worse than third, and she stayed on best of all. She was defying a penalty for her Hamilton win but Lewis Edmunds took a welcome 5lbs off, earning her sixth course success and ninth career win overall. Well done to the Linda Perratt stable.
Another success for Multiplex today at Chepstow where MULTIGIFTED showed she was in the form of her life, having landed a 14-runner handicap at Newbury (1m4f, soft) last month. Up 4lb to a career-high mark, she travelled very sweetly and George Wood eased her to the front with 3f to race before quickly putting it to bed. In the end, she won eased down for a wide-margin success. Her dam Attlongglast, has produced 4 winners who have now won 20 races between them. What a great family, and we are delighted that our former stallion Multiplex is still proving so successful - especially for owner and breeder Mrs L N Harmes. Well done to trainer Michael Madgwick and connections.
DARK CRYSTAL relished the ground at Hamilton and came through to win the Alex Fergusson Memorial Handicap with something in hand. This 6yo Multiplex mare has now won 8 races, seven of them since moving to Linda Perratt as a 2yo, and is sure to remain competitive under similar conditions.
At Lingfield last night, DIAMOND LADY triumphed in the early battle for position and kept finding more for her rider Hollie Doyle to hold off the persistent challenge of the runner up. That was the Multiplex mare's first win on turf since 2014, but she won on Lingfield's all weather track back in April and this was her seventh career success. She should continue to run well for trainer William Stone, who has been having a good 2017 with his small string. Well done to him and all connections in the "Going Great Guns Partnership".
What do you know? Another winner broken at Mickley Stud for Paul & Clare Rooney. TITI MAKFI won by four lengths today at Hamilton. After being placed in four of her five starts as a 2yo, Titi Makfi lost her maiden tag at the first time of asking on making her seasonal reappearance. She travelled smoothly in front and put the race to bed in a matter of strides for jockey Joe Fanning. She can improve for that and hopefully win a few more for the Mark Johnston yard. In the very next race at Hamilton, the Captain Gerrard gelding AMY BLAIR gained compensation for his recent short head defeat. That was over today's course and distance, but he saves his best for the track and he dug deep inside…