We are still buzzing from the success of Liberty Beach in the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood - and delighted that the Racing Post published an article featuring the breeder Philip Wilkins who had some very kind things to say about Mickley Stud which we appreciate and are very pleased about his once in a lifetime success. That said its the second Molecomb winner we have been associated with in the last three years, so lets hope we have continued success in the race! The full Racing Post article can be read AT THIS LINK [siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Slider_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget]
She did it again!! LIBERTY BEACH wins the Molecomb G3 at Glorious Goodwood. She got stuck in a bit of traffic but when she got the gap, she pressed the turbo and won it in style. A great day for owner/breeder Phillip & Barbara Wilkins and family, and great training achievement by John Quinn. Don’t get many days as glorious as this!
OLLIVANDER, winner of a Beverley handicap last time out, ran to a similar level at Catterick to land his 4th career success. This Heeraat gelding has done all his winning at 3 years of age, and is showing now that he was worth being patient with. Taking over in front heading into the bend and brought up the middle up the track in the straight, he galloped on well and was always holding the runner-up. Many congratulations to owners York Thoroughbred Racing and trainer David O'Meara.
MOTAKHAYYEL, already shown to be a talented son of Heeraat, was just denied on his recent handicap debut at Yarmouth, but looked capable of better returned to 1 mile, and won comfortably in a useful 3yo handicap at Newmarket to make it three wins from five starts. He was well positioned in the race, showing himself to be a progressive and smart handicapper with a big pot in him. This son of Heeraat will no doubt be aimed at Listed/Group 3 level further down the line.
International success to report today as the seven year old ICKYMASHO (by Multiplex) landed the Gr.3 Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland for trainer Roger L. Attfield. Formerly trained in the UK by Jonathan Portman, for whom she won eight races, the mare was bred by Allseasons Bloodstock, bred and sold by Mickley Stud as a yearling. This was her 9th career success, and she has been placed a further 13 times, from 36 starts, earning £206,141 - what a star!
Mickley Stud took our new boy MASSAAT to The TBA Stallion Parade at Tattersalls February Sale this week. This winner of the Hungerford Stakes, who was also second in both the 2000 Guineas and Dewhurst Stakes, had a Timeform rating of 122 and is a brother to Gr1 winner Eqtidaar. He attracted lots of attention at the parade, with Angus Gold, Racing Manager of Shadwell Stud, said of the Stallion that “he possesses class and speed.” We cant disagree! The son of Teofilo will stand for £5,000. Also "on parade" was Finn Kent, eldest son of Mickley Stud owner Richard, who was interviewed about the stallion on the day - you can see him in the video below.
We were delighted to see our Havana Gold colt sell for 95,000gns on Day 2 of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale today, becoming another sale-topper from Mickley Stud! This gorgeous colt is a half brother to dual Group winner KIYOSHI, and was knocked down to the Japan-based Paca Paca Farm. Congratulations to them and good luck to new connections!
Hungerford Stakes winner Massaat has been purchased by Richard Kent and will stand at Mickley Stud from next season, in a deal brokered by John Walsh Bloodstock. The five-year-old son of Teofilo competed at the highest level at two, three and four and broke his maiden at the second time of asking when winning by almost four lengths at Leicester. His career best run came at four, winning the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury, for which he earned a Racing Post Rating of 118. A Shadwell Stud homebred, Massaat Massaat is a half-brother to Eqtidaar, winner of the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot this year, and is closely related to Group winners Scottish and Royal Empire, both by Teofilo. His dam is Madany, a winning daughter of Acclamation, who…
There was a dramatic outcome in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York when it took a photo finish to determine that ALPHA DELPHINI had prevailed by the narrowest of margins, in the process becoming our stallion Captain Gerrard's first Group 1 winner. ALPHA DELPHINI has been running well in defeat all season at Listed/Group 3 level, including when just under 1l behind Mabs Cross at Newmarket in the spring, and he gained his revenge here on the most important day. Nibbled at in the betting, but still sent off a big price, he was never far away racing centre-field and showed a cracking attitude to take the prize after it had looked as if the filly would get past him. He may be seven, but is clearly at the peak of…