Another 3yo winner for Heeraat at Lingfield today, and HEROIC, having his first outing of the year, certainly doesn't lack for heart. He found plenty off the front end to repel a strong challenge from his two main rivals. He seems to have improved over the winter like so many of Heeraat's progeny. Well done to trainer Charles Hills, jockey Kieran Shoemark, and owner Mrs J K Powell.
MOTAKHAYYEL, a 3-1 winner on AW at Lingfield on his debut in November, quickened up well in a decent novice event at Doncaster to seize the initiative under a penalty on his return, and always looked like he was going to hold on. This 100,000gns colt, by our stallion Heeraat, has now won 2 from 2 starts and has plenty of scope to go on and make his mark.
The 3yo son of Heeraat, OLLIVANDER, had been getting closer to winning in his last three starts, so he deserved his success in the Advertiser Ladies Day Handicap at Southwell. Soon close to the pace, he had to dig deep in what became a three-horse war over the last 2f, but showed the right attitude. Well done to connections, rider Conor McGovern and trainer David O'Meara.
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, for whom she won eight races, the mare was bred by Allseasons Bloodstock, bred and sold by 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.