The Mickley-bred SIZE MATTERS won the first division of the 7 furlong Handicap at Ayr on Monday. Jointly owned by R Kent & M D Eddery, the Captain Gerrard 3yo was dropping back in trip and this was his first victory after a few decent placed performances. This fellow is out of the Mark of Esteem mare Icky Woo, so he is a half-brother to Jonathon Portman's prolific ICKYMASHO, an eight-time winner who was placed in a Listed race at Deaville on her last outing. Jason Hart had the ride and was able to dominate from off the home turn. Size Matters led from 3f out and maintained a narrow lead entering the final furlong, then extended his advantage resolutely over the last 150yds. Let's hope Size Matters can go…
Last time out at Market Rasen, CHEBSEY BEAU got off the mark for the year when tried over fences for the first time only 3 weeks ago, and last night added yet another win to the tally for the offspring of the versatile Multiplex. Chebsey Beau earned this success in the "Lucky Last" at Ayr last night, with a battling win in the fading light, being ridden to lead inside the final furlong, and staying on well for rider Jason Hart. Well done to trainer John Quinn on achieving this follow up for happy connections!
Captain Gerrard 2yo HUNNI ran into a decent horse when second last time at Windsor but franked that form with a win at Newmarket today. In the Class 2 handicap for 2yos, HUNNI was the first under pressure, but she responded gamely to lead with 150 yards to go. The return to 6f helped and this was a nice race for her to break her duck in. Her attitude should bring her and trainer Tom Clover more success. Well done to rider Kieran O'Neill and connections.
Rocket man Havana Grey added a Group 3 win to his 2 listed wins, absolutely hosing up in the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood. Bred by Lady Caroline Lonsdale and Mickley Stud, Havana Grey (by Havana Gold) goes on every surface. That takes his tally to two Listed wins (good to firm) and now a Group 3 (soft) and who knows where it will end? HAVANA GREY had won three of his last four, the one disappointment coming in the Norfolk Stakes, and turned in a career-best effort on ground he'd never previously faced, grabbing the favoured stands' rail and galloping on strongly to win with a bit in hand. He's a top sprinting 2yo and will apparently head for the Morny now
A BIG congratulations to the shrewd Lady Lonsdale - a long standing friend and supporter of the stud - who had 2 winners and a 2nd from thr horses in training within the space of 24hrs including a listed winner with the Mark Johnston trained 2 yr old Izzy Bizu who landed the Prix Six Perfections at Deauville. Jockey Ioritz Mendizabal is seen here along with connections, including former BHB chief Peter Savill
Sold by us at Goffs Silver sale, the 2yo DOUBLE REFLECTION, by Whitsbury Manor stallion Showcasing, won the Bathwick Tyres Cardiff Novice Auction Stakes at Chepstow for trainer Karl Burke. Sold by Mickley Stud to the Ontoawinner racing syndicate, we are sure there were plenty of celebrations for this success. DOUBLE REFLECTION was fourth at Hamilton on her debut last month and was always prominent before showing a good attitude to hold off a finisher on the far side of the track. There was a lot to like about this performance and she seemed to benefit from a step up to 6f. This scopey filly should continue to progress and is a half-sister to an Italian 1m-1m2f winner.
A lovely job by the Mickley Stud bred Chebsey Beau, by Multiplex, winning first time over fences at Market Rasen yesterday for long time supporter Mary Greaves and trainer John Quinn. He was racing off his last winning hurdles mark for this chasing debut. Ridden patiently, he made good progress and had too much speed for the favourite, was shaken up to lead last 200yds, and eased in the closing stages to win by 2.5 lengths.
The Captain Gerrard gelding AMY BLAIR, back to a venue he loves having been unsuccessful at Chester last time, bounced back in style to make it a fifth course victory at Hamilton last night. He set a sound pace and kept enough in the tank to hold off the challengers. There should be plenty more opportunities back at this track in the second half of the season for trainer Keith Dalgleish to aim at.
A good week with Peggy's Angel winning at Windsor on her 2nd start & Heartstone romping up at Chepstow last night, in addition to four further winners abroad! Another 2yo winner for Captain Gerrard as PEGGY'S ANGEL took the honours at Windsor on only her second start. This Jo Hughes trained filly set the form standard based on her fifth on debut over this 6f trip at Haydock, and raced in touch towards the near rail, coming through to lead about 1f out and held off the favourite for a deserved success at odds of 9/2. The second home cost 160,000gns in May, so this was a decent performance and she should become a decent filly for the future. HEARTSTONE, trained by David Evans and owned by Richard, showed a…
Bred by Mickley Stud in partnership with Lady Lonsdale, and sold by us for only 42,000gns at the December Foals Sale, HAVANA GREY is now 2-2 after an an impressive display to win the Listed Dragon Stakes at Sandown Park this afternoon. The two-year-old defied a 3lb penalty to win the 5f Listed Race, after a previous Listed race success over course and distance in May. He was ridden with more restraint in a Group 2 at Royal Ascot, which didn't suit him, and returned to more positive tactics here with a convincing performance, blitzing his rivals and doing better than the winning margin implies. He's likely to head to either the Molecomb or Robert Papin next.