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Aramis Grey claims third win

On Saturday evening The Musketeers syndicate enjoyed a third win of the season from their tough filly Aramis Grey.

This was her eighth run of the campaign and her record boasts three wins, four seconds and a fourth place finish. This is a filly who absolutely thrives on her racing and her owners are delighted with her progress. She is an ideal horse for a syndicate as she runs regularly and never disappoints. This most recent success at Lingfield followed up her two previous wins at Kempton and Chelmsford, and similarly was also on the all weather which she seems to enjoy.

The Peter Crane Memorial Fillies' Handicap attracted a small field of only five runners but all came with a decent level of form and therefore it proved a competitive race run just over 6f. Breaking from stall 4 she raced at the rear of the field during the early part of the race and as they turned into the straight she travelled ominously on the inside behind the three in front of her. Jockey Callum Shepherd was hoping to angle out to move alongside the two horses on the rail but the Godolphin runner Tomouh moved up to close the gap and he found himself having to come around the outside to make his run. Aramis Grey rallied well and came storming down the outside to beat the Godolphin trained Tomouh by a neck.

It was an exciting finish and we are sure there was a great deal of noise from the Musketeers as they roared her home ! 

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Land of Winter gets off the mark

Land of Winter improved on his third place finish at Beverley last month by winning the 2 mile handicap at Ripon last night.

This five year old son of Epsom Derby winner Camelot is out of the winning mare Gaselee, who Rae also trained. She was also placed in Listed company and is from the Niarchos family of Group 1 winners Hernando and Johann Quatz.

It was a struggle to find Land of Winter's favoured soft ground at this time of year and so he headed off to Ripon where the ground was at least good. Ridden by David Allan he was drawn widest of the seven runners and was ridden strongly from the gates to get across to the rail. He led throughout and was headed by Nakeeta a furlong out but battled back and finished strongly to win by half a length.

Congratulations to Paul Smith and Rae who share joint ownership of him and thank you to David Allan for a great ride. Not forgetting a well done to David Brooks who looks after him at home. Land of Winter also holds an entry in the Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket in October so Rae has his eyes on a bigger prize further down the line !

Another win for Jewel In My Crown

Eamonn Duggan's homebred filly Jewel In My Crown notched up her third win of the season last night in this extended mile and a quarter fillies handicap at Nottingham.

This consistent three year old obviously likes the track as her last win was here back in June. Under top weight she went off the even money favourite and made easy work of her rivals. Rossa Ryan stepped in to ride her at the eleventh hour as Adam Kirby had to give up his rides due to illness. She was held up at the rear of the field for most of the race and from two furlongs out she made steady progress on the outside. A furlong out she hit the front and saw off the challenge of Golden Dove to win by half a length.

This progressive filly is giving her owner a lot of enjoyment and out of her five runs this year she has racked up three wins and been placed second and fourth. Let's hope she can keep improving and pick up a few more races along the way. Congratulations to Eamonn and well done to Anna who looks after her at home.

Lycetts Leadership and Team Champion Awards 2021

We are proud to announce that this week we have been awarded Gold Accreditation for our entry in this years Lycetts Leadership and Team Champions Awards for the second year running.

The awards celebrate racehorse training yards which cultivate the best team ethos and management qualities. Our Gold Accreditation this year was gained for our entry in the Inclusive Recruitment and Effective Induction Category which is part of the Lycetts Leadership Award for which Rae was nominated. This category is looking for trainers who have lawful and inclusive recruitment practices to encourage job applicants from a diverse pool of people. The trainer must provide good induction training for new staff members to make them feel welcome and part of the team. The induction process must also include pre-employment checks to ensure the safety of staff and horses before staff ride or operate machinery. Finally, they should provide an induction process which ensures existing staff are clear on the roles and responsibilities of each new starter.

The Gold Accreditation is only awarded to those trainers who submit very strong/excellent entries so well done to Rae and the team !