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01
OCT

Diamond Dougal wins at Ripon
A comfortable 2 1/4 lengths (photo courtesy of Ripon Tweet)

DIAMOND DOUGAL WINS AT RIPON

Diamond Dougal gave his owners a well deserved win in the Class 2, Ripon Cathedral City Of The Dales Handicap over 6f.  Dougal was wearing a first-time visor, which Mick thought would just sharpen him up and make him focus and it did just that.

His draw in stall 1 could have been tricky but he was well ridden by Kieran O'Neill to collect the £15,000 pot.

This win proved his ability, he's been running well throughout the season and typical of these sprint races was going close in some decent finishes.  It was definitely time for it to be his turn.

13
JUL

Happy Owners with their Winner
Along with jockey, Callum Shepherd and proud Katy!

JUNGLE JUICE HAS A DOUBLE OF WINS AT CHEPSTOW

Jungle Juice made it look easy on the first of these two successes.  She was always travelling in the first few and whilst there was excitement when a loose horse nearly hampered her in the last half furlong, she scored by a comfortable 2 lengths under jockey, Callum Shepherd. 

Mick had made a further entry for the following week back at Chepstow and as the handicapper raised her 7lb for this win, he thought it worth taking her chance with the 6lb penalty partially relieved by Scott McCullough's claim of 5lb.  The decision proved right as, whilst she didn't break quite as well and therefore travelled more in the rear, when Scott asked her to pick up, she literally flew and went onto score by an even easier 2 3/4 lengths.

She is a pleasure to have in the syndicate, is so game and honest and always gives 100%.

17
JUN

Jungle Juice Wins at Salisbury
A super win for her owners

JUNGLE JUICE WINS AT SALISBURY

Having run consistently in all her races this season Jungle Juice deserved to get her head in front, and she did it with relative ease at Salisbury.

It was especially exciting as it was an Apprentice "Hands and Heels" race and young jockey George Bass gave her a lovely ride and secured his first ever winner.

Jungle Juice broke well and George had her going forwards nicely, getting to the front with relative ease and staying there.  It was over a shorter trip of 6f, but on soft ground which proved an ideal combination.

 

09
APR

Diamond Dougal wins at Windsor
Making his way back to the Winners Enclosure

DIAMOND DOUGAL GETS SEASON OFF TO A FLYER

Diamond Dougal put up a really pleasing performance in his first outing of the season at Windsor in a competitive 6f handicap.  Dougal needs to get his toe in and the drying ground had been a concern, however, feedback from jockeys said it was on the slow side of good which suited him perfectly.  Given a confident ride by Charlie Bishop, he travelled comfortably throughout, was perhaps a little keen mid-race was brought to the outside to make his challenge about a furlong out and nearly got to the front too soon!

Mick was confident the horse has strengthened up through the winter and provided the ground is right, he could give his owners a lot of fun through the season.

14
JAN

Diamond Dougal
In chilled mode!

AN EARLY GET TOGETHER IN 2019

Our 3 horses have all just returned from their winter holiday and we thought it a good excuse to get everyone together.

The horses are still in their winter woolies, although Flag Syndicate's DIAMOND DOUGAL, has been in slightly longer and is clipped.  He is on very good terms with himself and Mick is hopeful, as long as we get some needed rain, he could be in for a good season.

Ribbon Syndicate's JUNGLE JUICE and SWISS PHILLY were exceedingly hairy, having just come back in, but it was really pleasing to see how Swiss Philly has levelled out and looks a nice scopey filly.  We will know more about her when she hits the gallops.  Jungle Juice, showed her willingness and toughness last year, attributes we think bode well for a promising season ahead.

01
NOV

Diamond Dougal
Returning to the Winners Enclosure

THE SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE

Happily our record of a winner every season continues, with both runners making first spot!

JUNGLE JUICE was a joy.  Of her 7 runs she only missed to make the Winners Enclosure on two occasions, typyfying her will to win and her wonderful temperament.  She remains in training for next year.

Mick, decided to leave our other 2 year old filly, SWISS PHILLY, until next season.  Whilst showing promise on the gallops, she kept growing and as a result was a little weak.  

DIAMOND DOUGAL also won on his first outing of the season.  The dry summer did not play to his strengths as he needs soft ground, so after an excellent start to the season, he enjoyed more of an Autumn campaign.  In addition to his win he has two seconds, in which he was beaten a head and a short head, so could be considered unlucky.

We look forward to 2019 with all 3 horses.

20
JUL

Jungle Juice

JUNGLE JUICE SECURES HER FIRST WIN

JUNGLE JUICE has been a joy so far this season, having had 3 runs and 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.