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20
JUL

Jungle Juice

JUNGLE JUICE SECURES HER FIRST WIN

JUNGLE JUICE has been a joy so far this season, having had 3 runs so far with finishing positions of 2nd 3rd 1st.  She has such a lovely attitude and you know she's a real trier.

She was only beaten a head on debut at Goodwood in the middle of June and she did nothing wrong in finishing third at Wetherby only a week later but she stamped her authority in the seven furlong median auction maiden at Wolverhampton and ran out convincingly in a fast run event under Franny Norton.

She had a handy draw in 2, broke well, and Franny got the lead he was hoping for.  He coaxed her into the race and when asked the question she picked up well to win by a comfortable 1 3/4 lengths.

It was good to get a win under her belt and with her size and scope it is thought she can only improve.,

23
APR

The Winning Connections
All smiles

DIAMOND DOUGAL GETS SEASON OFF TO A FLIER

DIAMOND DOUGAL made his racecourse debut at Bath's very same meeting as a juvenile twelve months ago and whilst he finished third in his maiden that day, the jarring conditions saw him away from the track until August. That setback however saw him truly flourish in the autumn, winning two races and being placed on three other occasions.

Whilst he clearly benefitted from that enforced absence, he's certainly done well over the winter and took the Class 4 five and a half furlong three year old handicap in fine style under Charlie Bishop. Always in touch behind the leaders, he was asked for an effort at the two pole and extended away to win by over two lengths.

Mick was delighted for all concerned.

"That was brilliant for Tina Dawson and all of her owners in this syndicate. This is a very brave competitor who came right at the back end of the season and it was great to hit the ground running this time around.

"The ground was perfect and he didn't half go well. He'll obviously go up from his current mark of 77 for that but as long as it's not firm ground I expect him to still be competitive in a higher grade. 

13
APR

2018 SYNDICATE HORSES NAMED

The 2 fillies that make up the 2018 Ribbon Syndicate have now been named.

Owners came up with suggestions and the final selection is:

Bungle Inthejungle ex Riymaisa - JUNGLE JUICE

Cacique ex Vespasia - SWISS PHILLY

Both fillies are taking a little time to come to themselves mainly due to the lack of warmth and sunshine you would hope to have at this time of year.  However, what questions that have been asked of them so far, they have responded well to and signs bode well for the season.

 

 

02
OCT

Diamond Dougal and David Egan
Before the Off

ANOTHER SEPTEMBER WIN FOR DIAMOND DOUGAL

Diamond Dougal did his owners proud when taking the Class 2 Nursery Handicap at Haydock Park on ground classed as heavy.

It was a step up in grade for the gelding, but Mick got it right in that off a light weight (8st 2lb) with jockey David Egan's 3lb claim on testing ground, it was worth "having a go".

David rode a very intelligent race, taking his time early on, but then easing into the race about 2f out, when he couldnt believe how well he was going.

Diamond Dougal went clear of the field and won by a cosy 2 1/2 lengths.

It was a nice race for the syndicate to win with a £9,000 first prize.

05
SEP

The Winners Enclosure
Happy Connections

DIAMOND DOUGAL WINS AT BRIGHTON

Diamond Dougal scored a well deserved first victory in the Marathonbet Live Casino Nursery at Brighton.

Given a confident and good ride by Charlie Bishop, he was held up and in touch, travelling well when getting a bit tight for room, but went for a gap about a furlong out, and his win never really looked in danger. He won cosily.

Charlie said "that will have done his confidence the world of good.  He wasn't quite sure about going through the gap, but once the penny dropped he enjoyed himself".

Abdul the groom, also deservedly won the best turned out prize, so all in all a good day!

 

 

 

19
JUL

Aquadabra
In the Winner's spot at Bath

AQUADABRA WINS AT BATH

Aquadabra scored her first win in the 5f Afi-Uplift Nursery Handicap at Bath yesterday.  Given a great ride by Andrea Atzeni, she slightly missed the break, but he didn't panic, let her travel into the race nicely, finding a small gap about a furlong out and picked up well to score by a neck.  Andrea commented "she's a nice filly with a high cruising speed.  She idled slightly in front and I think she's better than the small margin".  

Mick was thrilled as she has yet to finish out of the first four, doesn't know how to run a bad race, but has just come up against what has turned out to be very useful opposition.  "He said onwards and updwards now.  The filly and the owners really deserve that and I'm thrilled for everybody".

19
APR

DIAMOND DOUGAL
Enjoying the attention

FLAG SYNDICATE HORSES ARE NAMED

Both syndicate horses have been named with input from the Flag Syndicate Owners.

Co-incidentally magic seems to be a common denominator with the Born to Sea ex Amazing Win filly being called AQUADABRA and the Zebedee colt ex Blue Saphire being named DIAMOND DOUGAL (the connection being Magic Roundabout).

Both horses continue to look immensely promising and hopes are high for a magical season.

23
FEB

Gold Award
Making his way home after an easy canter

2017 HORSES WORKLOAD & EDUCATION INCREASED

Having had a small break at the end of the 2016 turf season, Gold Award is now back in full work.  Whilst he never shows too much at home, he looks really well and still seems to make everything look very easy.  

This year's two year old syndicate horses are showing all the promise you hope for at this time of year.  They both have good attitudes, are learning fast and so far have taken everything in their stride.  (See pictures in the Gallery).

11
OCT

GOLD AWARD WINNING IN STYLE
Gold Star for Gold Award!

GOLD AWARD WINS ON DEBUT AT GOODWOOD

Gold Award delighted his Medallion Syndicate owners when winning his maiden at Goodwood. Under a superb ride by Silvestre de Sousa, he was green early on but Silvestre gave him time, and when he asked him to get involved the colt responded well and scored by a cosy length going away at the finish.

Mick has always liked the colt and has done a brilliant job with him. He's always been a big, backward type and needed plenty of time, and Mick assured the owners the wait would be worth it! He was proved right and the colt, who is probably still a little weak, will be put away until next season and the Medallion team can dream!

30
AUG

Knight of the Air

KNIGHT OF THE AIR WINS AT CHEPSTOW

After a frustrating nose defeat at Bath last week, Knight of the Air put up another game performance at Chepstow yesterday taking the first division of the 7f handicap.

Under an excellent ride from Oisin Murphy, he was settled at the back of the 14 runner field and then coaxed into the race with about 3f to run.  He didn't get the clearest of runs, but Oisin didn't panic and produced the Knight to score by a neck. 

Mick said "he's such a game horse, but needs producing at just the right time which is why he's hit the woodwork a good few times.  I'm delighted for everyone".