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.
Two weekend winners for Multiplex with Lofgren an easy winner today at Kelso Racecourse and Positively Dylan winning again at Ffos Las yesterday. LOFGREN is trained by Donald McCain and his win couldnt have been more impressive - he jumped superbly and was totally in command approaching the last, going on to win by an impressive 12 lengths. POSITIVELY DYLAN had won over course and distance earlier in the month, and under a penalty this time, he managed to concede weight all round. Wel done to trainer Evan Williams and jockey Adam Wedge.
We are delighted to see this fine young colt all grown up now, and doing his breeders proud! Bred by Mickley Stud in partnership with Lady Lonsdale, HAVANA GREY grabbed the rail and made all under PJ MacDonald to win the Listed National Stakes at Sandown, to add to his win earlier in the month. Havana Grey was bought from Mickley Stud at the December Foal Sale for 42,000 gns by Crimbourne Stud. We are absolutely delighted for trainer Karl Burke and all connections.
We saw two winners today who were bred at Mickley Stud, with Multigifted winning at Newbury, while up at Hamilton El Hombre, bred with Joy Macmahon, earned his second career success. The sprint handicap at Hamilton was won in spectacular style by a 3yo colt by Camacho who seems to be going places. EL HOMBRE had looked to be the type to improve when 2nd at Ayr last week and he ran a cracker today. He hit the front a long way out and produced an imperious display. This was his second win from six starts so more improvement is likely and should go on to even better things for trainer Keith Dalgleish. At Newbury, MULTIGIFTED arrived in form off a feasible mark back on turf and got the job done in testing conditions. The Michael Madgwick trained filly acts on soft and stays further, so she was able to gamely see off this opposition in the final furlong. It was a resolute winning performance under a positive ride from George Wood.
Three more winners for Multiplex in the last few days with Paddyplex and Lucymai both winning on the flat, and Positively Dylan enjoying success over hurdles. LUCYMAI stayed on powerfully to win cosily at Chelmsford on Monday, getting a great ride from Robert Winston. Placed over a mile on her last start three months ago, she was returning to what is probably her optimum trip and now has won twice for trainer Dean Ivory. She doesnt have many miles on the clock, so hopefully there will be more to come. PADDYPLEX had only had three unplaced runs in bumpers for trainer Keith Dalgleish but relished the drop in trip to a mile and a quarter for the maiden race at Ayr on Tuesday and took the market by surprise, winning at odds of 14/1 on his Flat debut for rider Phillip Makin. He travelled nicely and saw his race out well, and his trainer expects he'll get another couple of furlongs. At Ffos Las yesterday, POSITIVELY DYLAN won a competitive handicap for Evan Williams and jockey Adam Wedge. He had previously shown ability in bumpers, and was unlucky at Lingfield on his previous start. Yesterday he took the lead two out, and stayed on well, nicely in control towards the finish.
Speedy 2 year old HAVANA GREY won in impressive fashion at Ayr racecourse today, streaking clear under P J McDonald to win by five lengths in the Summer Weddings At Western House Hotel Novice Stakes. Bred by Mickley Stud in partnership with Lady Lonsdale, this was only his second start and he readily confirmed the promise shown when a close second on his debut at Nottinghamin April. After demolishing the opposition today he looks to have a bright future, with trainer Karl Burke already considering Royal Ascot and the Coventry Stakes a possible target.
Captain Gerrard had his first two-year-old winner of the season at Redcar today when POPSI, in first-time cheekpieces, landed the spoils for trainer Jo Hughes and connections. The filly set the standard for the race, based on her three previous outings in France, and duly delivered a very decent performance, making virtually all the running under Franny Norton, staying on well towards the finish and showing plenty of courage to hold on under pressure.
Another son of Multiplex landed the apprentice handicap at Windsor yesterday. PICKET LINE was squeezed out at the start but got a good enough pace to chase and earned his first turf win to add to a couple of previous all-weather successes. He beat Viva Verglas, a winner twice at Southwell this year, by the narrowest of margins, but suffered badly from interference coming out of the stalls so Cameron Noble gave him a super ride in the circumstances, keeping a cool head and with no signs of panic. Picket Line had previously run well in a 0-80 on turf at Ascot last year so trainer Geoff Deacon always thought there would be a race for him on the surface. Well done to all connections!
By Multiplex, and bred by Mickley Stud, DIAMOND LADY won the Lyons O'Neill Fillies' Handicap over 6f at Lingfield tonight for trainer William Stone. She relished the strong gallop set by a speedy front-runner, and settled well, within striking distance of the leader. Starting her challenge 2f out, she made the race her own inside the final furlong, winning by nearly 2 lengths, under an excellent ride from Adam Beschizza. Diamond Lady is a previous C&D winner and was coming back off a five-month break to record her sixth career win.