At Beverley, the Heeraat gelding OLLIVANDER, who made all over this C&D in June, this time had to settle for a stalking trip in lane 2, from the widest draw, and his rider dropped the reins in the final furlong, but the horse travelled well and he found plenty. He was just a bit more progressive than his rivals.
Another Heeraat 2yo winner today at Carlisle, in the Novice Median Auction Stakes. ABERAMA GOLD wasn't the best away, which wasn't ideal down a furlong in trip, but he picked up well and showed a decent attitude to get off the mark at the third attempt. He's improved with each run and will be heading for nurseries now.
Fantastic result today for Phil and Barbara Wilkins, owners and breeders of Liberty Beach who ran an awesome race in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot to finish 4th and leader of her group drawn on the far side. She’ll definitely have her day on the big stage - Born and raised at Mickley Stud!
What a gutsy filly SHANI is! Well done to Dave Evans for training the 2yo, and our co-breeder Mark Winsor. What a battle! Shani came out on top in the Class 3 Incubex Wellchild Selling Stakes at Goodwood, with P J McDonald riding for the David Evans team. The filly was snapped up in the sale afterwards, so will head to a new yard, where we hope she will enjoy further successes. Good luck to new connections!
Another 3yo winner for Heeraat at Lingfield today, and HEROIC, having his first outing of the year, certainly doesn't lack for heart. He found plenty off the front end to repel a strong challenge from his two main rivals. He seems to have improved over the winter like so many of Heeraat's progeny. Well done to trainer Charles Hills, jockey Kieran Shoemark, and owner Mrs J K Powell.
MOTAKHAYYEL, a 3-1 winner on AW at Lingfield on his debut in November, quickened up well in a decent novice event at Doncaster to seize the initiative under a penalty on his return, and always looked like he was going to hold on. This 100,000gns colt, by our stallion Heeraat, has now won 2 from 2 starts and has plenty of scope to go on and make his mark.
The 3yo son of Heeraat, OLLIVANDER, had been getting closer to winning in his last three starts, so he deserved his success in the Advertiser Ladies Day Handicap at Southwell. Soon close to the pace, he had to dig deep in what became a three-horse war over the last 2f, but showed the right attitude. Well done to connections, rider Conor McGovern and trainer David O'Meara.
The aptly named HEER WE GO AGAIN bolted in at Bath, winning by an emphatic four lengths to give HEERAAT yet another impressive 2 year old winner! The David Evans trained colt comfortably made all and gave jockey Rossa Ryan a quick double on the day. He was in control from halfway and fairly skipped off the firm surface - a well deserved success. Well done also to breeders Dalwhinnie Bloodstock.