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JUNE

Hello <<First Name>>, 
We hope you've had a fantastic month, here is the Middleham Park Racing recap for the month of June.
In This Issue:
 
Monthly Stats
Winners
Richard Hannon's 1000 winners
Racing Breaks
Danny Tudhope 1000 winners
Royal Ascot 2019
Ventura Rebel
Stable Visits
New Horses
Under The Radar
Meet One Of Our Owners
Coming in July
We are ahead of last year on both Prize Money and Winners!

Winners

Mulligatawny - 01/06/19
Musselburgh - Roger Fell


Four days after his win at Ayr, Mulligatawny lined up at Musselburgh under a penalty. He was given a super ride by Ben Sanderson, who had to take a wide path and come over the top of the field. ’Soupy’ prevailed by 1/2 length to continue his fine start to the season. 
Cold Stare - 08/06/19
Haydock - David O'Meara


It was an extremely wet day at Haydock, the heavy going was no hindrance to Cold Stare though, as he won the competitive 6f handicap in good style with Harry Bentley in the saddle! He was held up in the 15 runner field, the pair made headway 2 furlongs out to “forge clear”, by over 2 lengths - his second win at the track.
Beechwood Jude - 17/06/19
Carlisle - Keith Dalgleish


This was BEECHWOOD JUDE’s first win, he was part of a 5-timer on the day for trainer Keith Dalgleish. Having played with his trip this season, it seemed that 1m 3f suits him very well.  He took keen hold, but Shane Gray managed to hold on to him until 3f out when he asked him to quicken. The pair made headway pulling to the outside of the field just over 1f out and went on to lead inside the final furlong, staying on well.
Southern Rock - 19/06/19
Haydock - David O'Meara


SOUTHERN ROCK is looking like a very good £30k HIT purchase for us, he won once again over course and distance at Hamilton. He sent ourselves and his owners on a roller-coaster ride in the feature race though; “Close up, led after 2f, headed over 2f out, soon outpaced, rallied and regained lead inside final furlong, kept on strongly.” He is now 2 from 2 since joining David O’Meara and looks like he will give his owners a fun season.
Myklachi - 19/06/19
Ripon - David O'Meara

We had two runners in the Apprentice Selling Handicap at Ripon: VENTURA BAY for Richard Fahey and MYKLACHI for David O’Meara. At the 3 furlong pole, Ventura Bay had the lead, but couldn’t sustain his run and at the 1 furlong pole, couldn’t quicken, which left the door open for the fast-finishing Myklachi under a great George Bass ride to pass him and win, with Ventura Bay holding on to 2nd. We always love a Middleham Park Racing 1-2!
Star Of Southwold - 20/06/19
Chelmsford - Michael Appleby


STAR OF SOUTHWOLD made virtually all at Chelmsford under a great ride by Alistair Rawlinson for Mick Appleby. He stole the race off the bend, quickening nicely 3f out to take the race on the line. He has had a great year with 8 runs producing 2 wins, three 2nd places, a 3rd and a 4th place. LEXINGTON EMPIRE was back in 2nd for another MPR 1-2 in the space of 2 days.
Wedding Date - 22/06/19
Newmarket - Richard Hannon


WEDDING DATE, won the feature Class 2 Heath Court Hotel handicap at Newmarket. It was a fabulous ride by Apprentice jockey Thore Hammer Hansen and saw her win for the fourth time. She earned another £12,900 for her owners.
Father John - 23/06/19
Hexham - Nicky Henderson


FATHER JOHN took keen hold early in the race, with Nico keeping him prominent, his inexperience showed in running, he needed to be niggled along briefly. He responded to his rider’s urgings and showed a hugely willing attitude, especially 3 furlongs out as Nico got to work, but he rallied nicely to take the lead over 1f out, staying on well in the final furlong, with his ears pricked on the line.
One Hart - 27/06/19
Hamilton - Mark Johnston


8 days after making his debut at Hamilton One Hart and Franny Norton were back. There was a well-fancied newcomer in the field, but One Hart broke well and tracked the leader. Franny pulled him out, and he responded well to pressure to pull 5 lengths clear. He picked up a plus 10 bonus cheque for his owners too! 
Star Shield - 28/06/19
Doncaster - David O'Meara


Star Shield had been very consistent heading into this run at Doncaster. The man of the month Danny Tudhope was back in the plate for this ride. Star Shield was held up in the race and needed every inch of the 1m trip to reel in the leader. They had to be separated by the judge in a photo finish, but it was Star Shield who had just got his nose in front.
Sesame Birah - 28/06/19
Chester - Richard Hannon


Danny Tudhope made the trip across from Doncaster to take the ride on Sesame Birah. She had run well on debut, to finish second but had been given an awkward wide draw at Chester. She made light work of the draw breaking well and getting a good position. It was another strong drive from Danny to get her over the line a neck in front of the favourite! A double on the day for Danny and Middleham Park Racing.
Waarif - 29/06/19
Windsor - David O'Meara

It is a long journey from Yorkshire to Windsor but Waarif made it a worthwhile trip. Jockey Robbie Downey rode a great race, going forward, but not taking on the free going leader, instead opting to just sit in behind. Waarif isn't too keen on being passed though and 2 furlongs out, when Robbie asked him to quicken, he did just that to battle, put his head down and lead in the last 100 yards, to ecstatic scenes from his owners. Well done to them and thank you to Robbie for a great ride.

Places


2nd Lexington Law - 03/06/19
2nd Elixsoft - 04/06/19
2nd Enchanted Linda - 07/06/19
2nd Ventura Knight - 08/06/19
2nd Ventura Flame - 11/06/19
2nd Clay Regazzoni
2nd Admirality - 15/06/19
2nd Sesame Birah - 17/06/19
2nd Ventura Royal - 18/06/19
2nd One Hart - 19/06/19​
2nd Ventura Bay - 19/06/19​
2nd Lexington Empire - 20/06/19
2nd Gold Arch - 20/06/19
2nd Waarif - 22/06/19
2nd Star Of Southwold - 26/06/19
2nd Ice Cold In Alex - 29/06/19
2nd Copper Knight - 29/06/19
3rd Ventura Gold - 08/06/19​
3rd Star Shield - 10/06/19
3rd Mensen Ernst - 13/06/19​
3rd Magical Wish -15/06/19​
3rd Ice Cold In Alex - 16/06/19
3rd Ventura Knight - 27/06/19

In Other News...

Richard Hannon


Congratulations were in order for the teams at the Herridge and Everleigh Stables last month. Richard Hannon sent out his 1000th winner as a trainer! It was Anna Nerium, who got the 1000th win, in the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes on Derby day at Epsom. It is a fantastic achievement in such a short period of time. We have had a brilliant relationship with the team at Richard Hannon’s yard and we thought we would look back at a couple of our horses that have helped him reach that magnificent total!

Toormore

Toormore’s career started under the watchful eye of Richard Hannon Sr but the training licence was taken over by Jr in 2014, just in time for Toormore’s 3-year-old season. He won the Group 3 Craven Stakes at Newmarket en route to the first classic of the season. Looking back at the race you can really appreciate what an achievement this was as finishing behind Toormore that day was: The Grey Gatsby, Postponed and Anjaal.

Kool Kompany


We made a fabulous start to our partnership with the new man at the helm of the Hannon empire in 2014. Not only did we have Toormore flying our flag in the biggest races around Europe we uncovered an exceptional 2-year-old. Kool Kompany won his first 3 starts for us including a Listed race at the Curragh. He would go on to finish the year with 5 wins including two Group 2’s, he missed out on a Group 1 by 1/2 a length! Kool Kompany now stands as a stallion in Spain. 

Great Page


In 2015 it was our filly by first season sire Roderic O’Connor that shone brightest. Great Page was another top 2 year-old racking up 3 wins in her debut season. She ran in multiple groups races and managed to win the Group 3 Longines Prix du Calvados in Deauville.  

Ventura Storm

We have been lucky enough to win a Group 1 together courtesy of Ventura Storm. He was very close to being a double Group 1 winner but unfortunately, he was beaten 3/4 of length in the St Leger in 2016. His Group 1 win came just over a month later in the Gran Premio Del Jockey Club in Italy. Ventura Storm contributed 5 wins in total to the tally whilst in our ownership.

Raymond Tusk

Raymond Tusk is the only horse on this list still trained by Richard. He has a had a stunning career so far, running in some of the top races in the U.K. he has managed two wins so far, one of which was the Group 2 Gran Premio del Jockey Club in Italy. On his most recent start, he finished 7th in the Gold Cup at Ascot. There will be plenty more top racing for Raymond Tusk and hopefully a few more wins to help Richard on his way to 2000!

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe - £25 off
October 5th - 7th 2019

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Danny Tudhope


Richard Hannon wasn’t the only one celebrating 1000 winners last month! Danny Tudhope also reached the milestone as a jockey. Danny has ridden plenty of winners for us over the years including one particularly special winner that he was reflecting on in this Racing Post Article:

Royal Ascot


We were well represented again this year at Royal Ascot with four runners! Ventura Flame in the Queen Mary, Raymond Tusk in the Gold Cup, Clay Regazzoni in the Chesham and Marie's Diamond in the Jersey all carried the orange and blue silks at the meeting. Plenty of our owners joined us at the Royal meeting to experience the exceptional hospitality on offer.

You can read the full recap of the week here:
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Ventura Rebel

Unofficially we had a 5th runner at Royal Ascot. Ventura Rebel, who has recently been sold by his syndicate, took up the challenge of the Norfolk at Ascot. He was running in the colours of Mr Abdullah Menahi his new owner. He ran an unbelievable race to finish a closing second, denied by just a neck. We want to wish Ventura Rebel, Richard Fahey and his new connections all the best for the remainder of the season!

Click below if you would like to read more about Ventura Rebel:

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Stable Visits

 
We visited three of our trainers in the month of June: we made the trip to Middleham first, to see our string of horses at Mark Johnston’s. We enjoyed a lovely breakfast in the hanger next to the infamous Johnston plane. The rain held off long enough for us to see the first gallops of Fiveandtwenty and Marie’s Gem, the whole string looked in fine form.
We headed to Ann Duffield's afterwards to see one of the newer additions to the syndicate, Yorkshire Grey! He had only just arrived at the yard so we didn't see him in full action, but his lovely nature still captured a few peoples interest. As a result, his syndicate is nearly complete. 
A couple of weeks later we were in Malton at Richard Fahey's yard. We were treated to another breakfast on the gallops as we waited for horses to canter. Having already provided us with one of the outstanding 2 year-olds of the season, the other Fahey juveniles have proven very popular. Back in the yard, we had a procession of MPR horses including the recently departed Ventura Rebel. Hopefully, we have seen plenty of winners during our visits!
We have a stable visit to Richard Hannon's booked for July 27th! To book your place to come and see our NEW SIYOUNI colt email Charlotte at: charlotte@middlehamparkracing.net

2019
Prize Money Leaderboard

Halfway through the year and we have 7 horse who have already earned over £20,000 for their owners! Legal History sits at the top of our prize money leaderboard, and we purchased him for £40,000 in November last year. He has already earned a whopping £54,364, see our new national hunt prospects below!

New Horses

Crillon ex Similaresisoldofa

This elegant, yet strong, filly was our “walk of the week,” meaning she was the individual of all the 435 lots, whose movement impressed us the most. Given her pedigree, her looks and her gait, we were determined to give her our very best shot, at bringing her home to Seven Barrows for Nicky to train, hopefully into another Crillon Champion. Our filly hails from a fabulous family and if she’s anything even close to her close relation, Buveur D’Air, we should be in for some very exciting times on the track, in Bumpers, in the early part of 2020 and beyond, when she heads over hurdles and ultimately fences, as she matures and gains experience.

Our three, most recent “Store purchases” for Nicky Henderson to train, from Ireland, have all won on their debut for us (El KaldounMarie’s Rock and Father John) and we see no reason why this wonderfully bred filly won’t continue in that vein. Furthermore, being a filly, any successes on the track she may experience, especially if they occur on black type races, will secure an excellent residual value for her, as a broodmare, once her racing days are over.

She’s a very exciting recruit to the MPR National Hunt ranks for the 2019/2020 season and beyond.

More Info

Montmartre ex Vanille D'Ainay 

There can be no denying the prevalence of the French-bred horse in British and Irish National Hunt racing. Ever since the turn of the millennium, more and more of our top races are being dominated by the French-bred horse.

The real beauties of the French-bred horse are their precocity and their agility. French horses are tutored from a very early stage, often from being yearlings and 2yo’s to canter, gallop and jump adroitly. This horse is a perfect case in point; he’s been broken in, schooled and prepped to be a racehorse already, even though he is only a 3yo. Most Irish store horses are wrapped up in cotton wool until the time of their sale, through the ring, as a 3yo. Combine the active preparation of the typical French horse with the precocious and active French gene pool, and it pretty much explains why French-bred horses, tend to come to hand, much sooner than their GB or Irish bred counterparts.

Our Montmartre 3yo gelding stands at a substantial 16.2 hands high. He’s already big enough to jump a fence and has been schooled over numerous obstacles at home, both loose schooling (without a jockey) and with a jockey on board too.

We purchased him in June, for €23,000, from the Arqana Lumet Show Sale and we’ve brought him across to Micky Hammond's Middleham yard, to summer and strengthen, and then to prep for junior bumpers (National Hunt Flat races) this Autumn (hence, the monthly training fees are not payable until October 1st). We’d very much hope to see him racing once or twice, this side of Christmas. Our gelding hails from the Grade 1 and Grade 2 French winning family of LOUPING D’AINAY and SIRENE D’AINAY, and being by Montmartre, the sire of Labaik, Bigmartre, Petite Parisienne and Capitaine, no less, he is very much bred to excel over hurdles and fences; we can’t wait to see his schooling and tutelage being used, as he matures and progresses, through the variety of disciplines that National Hunt Racing has to offer. 

This 3yo gelding affords his owners a long-term project, but offers almost immediate NH action and therefore sits as a great opportunity for the first time National Hunt owner, to “jump aboard!” Shares start at £712.50 and his French registered name can be changed, so naming rights are available with a 15% share purchase.

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Under The Radar

Woodside Wonder


Keith Dalgleish has been gradually bringing Woodside Wonder to fitness with every run this year. As a result, the handicapper has been dropping him accordingly. He now has a mark of 78 on the turf and should be ready to strike in the coming month. 

Meet One Of Our Owners

Hello All MPR syndicate members and followers.

My name is Stephen but more commonly called Fuzzy by friends and work colleagues. Once a keen sportsman but now a sports fan, I am a lifelong supporter of Ipswich Town and a North Stand season ticket holder of many years, having missed only 10 home games in the last 52 years. I was present at two of Town’s greatest triumphs, the FA Cup final in 1978 and the UEFA Cup final in 1981. But the game that stands out in my mind was the 5-3 play-off semi-final win over Bolton which had it all, penalties scored and missed,
 extra time and two players sent off and still, the ex-Bolton manager complains about the referee that night.

There are not many football grounds that I have not been to over the years but as football fans all know after 62 years in the top two divisions Ipswich have been relegated. It won’t be Leeds away next season but Rochdale, oh well; I might just have to go to more race meetings.

I’ve worked as an accountant for the past 43 years but I’m not as “boring “as you might think, although some may say otherwise. All of these years I have worked for the same employer in Bury St Edmunds. From tea boy to manager in just a short period of time! 
I am married to Susan, who, after our syndicate horse has been declared often says “I’m not going all that way in a day”. A bit of persuasion and “we’re off”, even on the 750 mileround trip to Musselburgh and back.
We’ve always enjoyed going to the racing at Newmarket, our local racecourse which is only 20 minutes away. Working so close to Newmarket, I was often asked by my clients “how do you make a small fortune out of horses”. We always said would it not be fun if we owned a racehorse and be able to go into the parade ring.

So, in 2015 whilst looking for a horseracing syndicate to join, I found Middleham Park Racing. After a discussion with Tim, I took the plunge, a small share in a horse called Ventura Falcon. Unfortunately, the horse was diagnosed with wobbler disease, a condition in which the spinal cord becomes compressed. A rare condition that MPR had not seen before. However many months later she eventually made her racecourse debut and on the 16 June 2016 with an official rating of 54, she won a race at Lingfield. It might have only been a Class 6 race and a short racing experience but that win was nevertheless exciting.
I continued being involved with other MPR syndicates but the injuries kept coming. Eventually *luck*changes and along comes the mighty Timoshenko.

We then come to 2018, and what a season I had, being involved in a total of nine wins from three horses. These winning moments may not have been at the big festivals but you still get great enjoyment whatever the race or racecourse; even at Wolverhampton in the 9.15 p.m. on a wet Friday night in the winter. Of these, Revich had one win but he has taken us for days out to Ascot and Chester, the oldest racecourse in operation. Lexington Empire shook off his injury and managed three wins as a three year old and is now steadily moving through the classes. Timoshenko, a giant of a horse, went to the racecourse five times and with all that *luck* won five times. From Chepstow to Ayr to Lingfield to Musselburgh, what a journey he took us on, winning the Class 2 Archerfield Cup along the way.
Courtesy of a Timoshenko win, the season ended with an invitation to join MPR and fellow owners at the Racing Staff Week Winners Dinner held at the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket, where we were introduced to the PrincessRoyal. My ‘carriage’, in the form of Susan, arrived at 11.00 p.m. only to be asked by the doorman “are you his driver”. I’m not sure that went down too well!

So into 2019, we go with the same three syndicate horses and out comesLexington Empire to win his first race of the season. We eagerly await the 2019 return of Timoshenko, can he possibly run in the Cesarewitch or even win it? Over to you, Sir Mark and team to make this happen. I have now added shares in two additional 2-year-old horses — Longsider trained by David Lanigan and Theheartneverlies with Sir Mark Prescott. If the latter goes on to win the Epsom Derby, I can say I was there when he had his first canter up Warren Hill.

If you ever get a horse declared at Chester, every owner should go, it is a great experience but maybe my most memorable racing day is yet to come. Ultimately owning my own racehorse or a winner at Royal Ascot would be my racing dream.

During my time with Middleham Park Racing, I have visited many places and met some really interesting people, made new friends and finally got the answer to the question “how do you make a small fortune out of horses” …………………………….. “start with a large fortune.”

Happy racing to you all.

Thank you, Stephen, good luck with all of your horses for the season!

📆 Coming up in July!


Racing Welfare Racing Staff Week 29/06/19 - 06/07/19
Arqana Deauville Summer Sale 02/07/19 - 03/07/19
The Coral-Eclipse at Sandown 06/07/19
Tattersalls July Sales 10/07/19 - 12/07/19
Newmarket July Festival at the July Course 11/07/19 - 13/07/19
John Smith's meeting at York 12/07/19 - 13/07/19
Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury 20/07/19
King George Weekend at Ascot 26/07/19 - 27/07/19
MPR Richard Hannon Stable Visit 27/07/19
Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood 30/07/19 - 3/08/19
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