The 6.20 race at Salisbury last night was a strongly run handicap that set things up nicely for PICKET LINE, a six-year-old gelding by Multiplex who was bred at Mickley Stud. He had dropped to a mark 7lb lower than when he was successful last year, and rider Trevor Whelan got a great tow into the race up the inside, and the gelding found enough when switched to the middle of the track to get his head in front close home. This was a resolute performance, and his fourth career success for trainer Geoffrey Deacon. Picket Line is also the full brother of another former Mickley Stud graduate, Sunshineandbubbles, who has won five times recently, so hopefully Picket Line can kick on again from this success. Well done to connections!
We were delighted to help celebrate British-bred success during the 2017-18 National Hunt racing season, recognising outstanding achievements at the TBA’s National Hunt Celebration Dinner in Doncaster on Monday. A total of ten awards were presented to breeders at the Goffs UK sponsored event in the Mount Pleasant Hotel. Among those awards was one very important to us, The Mickley Stud Trophy for the Leading Hurdles Mare. This went to COLIN’S SISTER, who is owned & bred by Caroline Beresford-Wylie, and this season won the Grade 2 Bet 365 Hurdle at Wetherby, and was also 4th in the Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham. Richard Kent was on hand to present the trophy, and we send a hearty congratulations to all the winners!
Great win for Doctor Thea (by Multiplex) at Market Rasen today on her handicap debut! She was homebred, by Mrs A M O'Sullivan, so we are sure that makes the victory all the sweeter! The Jedd O'Keeffe trained mare has options as a novice and looks perfectly capable of winning again over the summer.
At Beverley, the 3 year old BAHUTA ACHA did really well to recover from a tricky start to land his second win. He improved vastly for his comeback here last month, where he did well after being stuck behind a wall of horses, and has to be rated value for further than the bare margin. Hopefully he can defy another rise in the weights, as Shropshire-based trainer David Loughnane has always thought a bit about him. Elsewhere, in a competitive race at Bath, nothing could get near to the winner KING CRIMSON. He went scorching off and had opened up a big lead by halfway, but he had enough in the tank to hold on in the closing stages. His last two starts suggested that he was ready to cash…
Bred, owned and trained by Mick Channon, 2yo filly COTUBANAMA became the first winner for our freshman sire Heeraat yesterday at Salisbury, landing a Plus10 bonus for connections in the process, on top of some decent prize money. Among the past winners of this particular race are Tiggy Wiggy, who went on to land the Cheveley Park Stakes, and Zoffany's daughter Illuminate, who followed up in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot on her next start. Only four of Heeraat's progeny have had their racecourse debuts so far, and Cotubanama got the ball rolling with her win in a 5 furlong Class 3 event yesterday, after coming a promising third over the same trip in her debut outing at Newmarket earlier this month. She made smooth progress from halfway, launched…
The 8yo STARPLEX, by the versatile Multiplex, racked up another win for trainer Keith Dalgleish at Thirsk today, this time with Graham Lee in the saddle. That was the gelding's second win from only five attempts on the flat. STARPLEX hasn't had many starts for his age, but has also managed to win a bumper, and over hurdles. He made progress all the way up the straight at Thirsk, and as a 2m4f hurdles winner, a step up in trip might not go amiss.
Bred at Mickley Stud,the Multiplex mare SUNSHINEANDBUBBLES has been in tremendous form recently and she defied yet another career-high mark at Wolverhampton, with rider Rossa Ryan injecting some pace around the home turn that put all of her rivals in immediate trouble. This was her first win at 1m 4f and her sixth career success. She is in the form of her life right now for Staffordshire based trainer Jennie Candlish and connections the Amazing Racing syndicate.
THE DELRAY MUNKY, a credit to her sire Overbury, was shouldering an extra 4lb in her bid to land a four-timer, and was down in trip again for the Class 2 Handicap Hurdle at Haydock. She would have won it cleanly if she had not been hampered and stopped in her run by the winner after the last, but finished second in running. She ran on strongly and despite the interference still nearly got up to get her nose in front, and it was no surprise when she was awarded the race in the stewards room. A great training performance from Scottish handler Iain Jardine.
Sired by Multiplex, and bred by the Chester Racing Club, BALLEA FOX won comfortably at Limerick in the 3m hurdle, ridden by B Foley. The winner was supported from 66-1 down to 16-1 and won very cosily, with the outcome never in doubt the whole way up the straight. Well done to trainer Seamus Spillane and connections.