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Twinkle, twinkle little star

Midnightly broke her maiden in style on her second outing last night at Chelmsford. Having got the hang of things at Lingfield a month ago, she dug in and really held her ground, leading from the start and finishing strongly. This home bred of owners Chris and Lesley Mills comes from a family of sprinters, many of which Rae has trained including Group 3 and Listed winner Miss Anabaa. We hope we have a future star in this willing and able little filly.

A very promising start

Midnightly gave a very pleasing performance for her first time out. She was a bit green but got the hang of things to deliver and very convincing second. We anticipate good things from this lovely home bred of Chris and Lesley Mills. She is from a family Rae knows well, having trained the dam and five of her siblings to win, most notably Group 3 and Listed winner Miss Anabaa and Mina, the dam of Listed winner and Ayr Gold Cup second Mina Lisa.  

Comfortable win for Martin Racing’s Maiden Filly

Berryessa put in another good performance after her eye-catching debut run last month. She won The 32Red Maiden Stakes at Lingfield comfortably on Saturday. She obviously learnt a lot from her first run and we expect her to keep on improving. Congratulations to connections Mr & Mrs Perry Martin in the US. It’s great to have our first winner for @martinracingUS from the first runner in this syndicate @raeguestracing 

Farewell to a good frend

John Wilsoncroft finally called it a day on Friday. He's been a loyal member of the team and good friend to Chestnut Tree Stables. "He was the first person I employed when I started out as a trainer and I couldn't have done it without him". says Rae. "I know it's a cliché, but they don't make them like they used to and John proves that theory. John was a big help to me with his experience of feeding and looking after legs. He taught me so much". 

John has been a brilliant stable man and a natural teacher and mentor to the staff. Many have gone on to great things. His abilities and achievements have been recognised by the industry. In 2005 he was a runner up in the Senior Staff category of the Godolphin Stable Staff Awards and then a year later at the HWPA 40th Derby Awards he was joint winner of the Blue Square Stable Staff of the Year Award alongside Clifford Baker.

Later the same year he was presented with The Racing Post's 'Lifetime in Racing' award by Brough Scott who said "Racing will always depend hugely upon the linchpins in the stable. John has been exactly that for years".

He will be greatly missed but we wish him well in his retirement and hope he will drop by regularly and make us all jealous with tales of boat trips and family achievements. 

Berry berry good

Berryessa ran a cracking race on her first time out. She was a bit distracted in the stalls and consequently missed the break but soon got into a good stride and had plenty in the tank at the end. This was a great start for her connections Mr & Mrs Perry Martin (California Chrome) who are part of the RGRL Syndicate 2. Perry felt the filly "showed a lot of class at the finish". We look forward to seeing great things in the future from her. #californiachrome @MartinRacingUS