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.
Rider Patrick Mullins got off the mark for the week at Punchestown on MR ADJUDICATOR, in the Grade B Ballymore Handicap Hurdle. The Willie Mullins trained gelding was held up off the pace, raced with enthusiasm, and picked up well to lead between the last two, disputing the lead on the run-in until staying on best to lead again near the finish. Bred by Mrs L N Harmes, and sired by Camacho when he stood at Mickley Stud for the 2013 season, he's a very classy individual who has now won five races including the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Former Luca Cumani colt Harbour View repaid connections handsomely when making an exciting debut at Warrnambool in Australia. Charlie Gordon-Watson went to 68,000gns to secure him from Mickley Stud as a yearling in the Tatts October Book 2 sale. Connections have been patient and have now been rewarded as the big gelding delivered a huge sprint result after being held up. Harbour View winning first time out and Ickymasho winning the Gr3 Bewitch Stakes in Keeneland U.S.A, makes it a phenomenal few days around the globe for Mickley resident broodmare Icky Woo. The mare is currently carrying a cover to first season stallion Massaat here at Mickley Stud - what a prospect that is!
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, the mare was bred by Allseasons Bloodstock, and sold from 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!
Great results today with an across the card double for Mickley-bred graduates! TOBEFAIR won the Class 2 Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle in fine style at Cheltenham and PACINO gave Heeraat another 3yo winner, running on strongly for his success at Beverley for the Richard Fahey stable. These make it six winners in as many days for horses bred at Mickley Stud! Well done to all connections! Well done also to the best operator around - Mick_Channon! Owner, Trainer and Breeder of BIRKENHEAD, who provided Captain Gerrard with his first two year old winner of the year at Beverley!
CENOTICE won the Maiden Hurdle at Ballinrobe for trainer Noel Meade in pretty convincing fashion and had it wrapped up a fair way from the finish. He went into a clear lead about three out and never looked like being pegged back, winning by an impressive 12 lengths. Bred by Mickley Stud, and sold as a foal at the Goffs December Mixed Sale, he has the potential to improve.
The three year old Magical Wish displayed a really game attitude to get up and win at Lingfield for Richard Hannon and rider Tom Marquand! He showed plenty of resilience, and refused to give way in the bobbing finish. That's yet another winner for Heeraat, purchased by top judges Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock!
Heeraat's first crop are shaping up to be nice three year olds and Tony Carroll's Awa Bomba fairly bolted up by 3 1/2 lengths this evening at Southwell to give our popular stallion yet another winner! After an eye-catching third last time out, he travelled strongly and turned in his best effort to win with plenty in hand on his Fibresand debut. He'll be up in the weights for this but should be able to win again. Well done to breeders Liam & Jenny Norris and all connections.
HOUSE ISLAND went off at a bigger price than his record deserved, having twice finished runner-up and ahead of 12-1 shot Madiba Passion last time, and he battled gamely to land the Listed bumper at Newbury for Paul Webber and Owners Economic Security 1. Having tried to make all he was overtaken by the strong-travelling Nobby, with his winning chance seemingly gone, but rallied pluckily and outstayed his rival. He rates a useful hurdling prospect. He was purchased at the November 2018 Sale from Mickley Stud - congratulations to all involved.