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.
A number of trainers have said that Heeraat's offspring look like they will be impressive three year olds, and he has certainly started the year strongly with a second, a third, and now a winner, from his first three runners. On the 18th Jan, NOT SO SHY ran a solid race at Lingfield to come second, beaten by only a head, for trainer David Evans and jockey Nicola Currie. Then yesterday at Chelmsford HANBURY DREAMS, still showing signs of greenness, defied odds of 33/1 to take third spot over 7 furlongs for jockey Martin Dwyer and trainer Tom Clover, who might have gone closer with the benefit of a clearer passage through the race. Later on the same Chelmsford card, DAHAWI, a 100,000GBP yearling, did even better, winning on his…
The new year continued in good style for our stallion Captain Gerrard as CAPTAIN RYAN, penalised for his win in a race at Wolverhampton just five days earlier, won again for trainer Geoffrey Deaco and connections over the same C&D. Jockey Kieran O'Neill was on board once again and had a good tow into the race, with the gelding picking up well to settle matters. The gelding is now 3-3 over this C&D on Tapeta and that was his eighth career success.
VLANNON became the latest winner of the New Year for Captain Gerrard, and a fairly rare one for him over jumps! Michael Madgwick's charge had been tried on the flat without success, but got off the mark in the Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton Park with Marc Goldstein in the saddle. His trainer is of the opinion he'll make a nice stayer in time, rightly pointing out that all the family have won. He thinks Vlannon is a good horse who is only going to get better - a three-miler in the making. Congratulations to connections, who include his breeder Mrs L N Harmes.
The good run continues for our stallions with Captain Gerrard getting his third winner of the year - this time with a four year old gelding at Southwell in the apprentice handicap. GORGEOUS GENERAL had run well at the course two starts ago and, following a blip at Newcastle last time, bounced back here in brave style to just edge home. He clearly likes it on the Fibresand, with course form figures of 4331, and his attitude is a big plus. Congratulations to trainer Lawrence Mullaney and connections.
A nice start to the new year for Captain Gerrard with the first win for his progeny in 2019, as his son CAPTAIN RYAN gained another victory in a competitive handicap at Wolverhampton today over the minimum trip. The 8yo gelding hadn't won for some time but that was his seventh career win and he had had enjoyed previous course and distance success. The first-time cheekpieces appeared to have a positive effect on this drop back to 5f, and he got the job done nicely in the end. Well done to trainer Geoff Deacon, jockey Kieran O'Neill, and owner R J Douglas.
An across the card double today to start of the new year with a bang for one of our former stallions! Multiplex gelding THE HERDS GARDEN saw the form of his Bangor second boosted when the winner struck again at Uttoxeter just before Christmas and, despite being nudged up 3lb, he showed that he's in great heart by finding plenty up the straight to win at Catterick for trainer Donald McCain and jockey Abbie McCain. Up at Musselburgh, another Multiplex gelding delivered the goods in the 2m 4f Handicap Hurdle for trainer John Quinn, with Dan McMenamin on board. CHEBSEY BEAU is an old stalwart and favourite at the yard - with eight wins to his credit you can understand why! Back over hurdles, and in a first-time tongue tie,…
A nice winner for stallion Yorgunnbelucky at Chelmsford! LUCKY'S DREAM didn't have things work out for him at Wolverhampton on his last start, but he'd been a cosy winner over this C&D the time before and was racing off just 4lb higher. He was always going well just off the pace, made his move up the middle of the track swinging for home, and gamely held off a late challenge from the well-backed favourite. Well done to owner/breeder Roger Brookhouse, jockey Martin Dwyer and trainer Ian Williams.