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Middleham Racing Tours
GRAND NATIONAL EVENING TUESDAY 1ST APRIL

We are delighted to announce that Middleham Racing Tours are hosting a Grand National charity evening in aid of MacMillan cancer on Tuesday 1st April, five days before this years famous race!
We have already had a great response with winning jockeys Gerry Scott, Graham Lee and Jason Maguire (if recovered from injury) hoping to be in attendance as well as as people from RUK (Leanne's husband Niall, at a guess!) and a commentator on the race (Darren Owen) will be present along with many other local trainers, jockeys and other well known friendly racing people!
WHY? The reason we are staging this fun evening is that on Saturday 14th June, our very own Leanne Hannity will be taking part in a charity horse race at York to help raise money for this fantastic cause.
WHERE? Our evening of fun will take place in the Buck Inn, Thornton Watlass (between Masham and Bedale and not far from Middleham itself!).
TICKETS can be purchased on the night, will be ten pounds for adults, and include chicken and chips!
We are hoping to help Leanne raise lots of money for her race, so the night will incorporate a special Grand National race night, with a sweepstake looking back at some of the best National's along with a preview of this years race and another sweepstake!
We also have a FANTASTIC raffle and a SUPER auction with lots, and lots, of quality prizes including-

RAFFLE PRIZES

1 Three course meal for two at Prima Pizzeria in Ripon

2 Sunday lunch for two at the Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton

3 Racing print by local Equine Artist Pippa Porley

4 Two Premier tickets to Newcastle's Northumberland Plate Day

5 Two badges into Ripon Races on any meeting this season

6 Middleham Racing Tour for two people on a date of your choice

7 Four fantastic 'Pick of the Premier' Package tickets at Wetherby Racecourse, to include refreshments and betting voucher

8 Sunday lunch for 2 at The Milbank Arms, Well

9 Evening meal for 4 in The Buck Inn, Thornton Watlass

10 Two family tickets for the Forbidden Corner

11 A delicious home cooked meal from Bright Meals

12 A Case of Carling

13 Bottle of Glenlivet 12yr old Single Malt Whiskey

14 Food Hamper donated by Premier Designs

Plus many more on the night!

AUCTION

Grand National jockeys breeches, worn and signed by Jockey Graham Lee when onboard Amberleigh House

Four badges for the Friday of York's prestigious Ebor meeting, including access to a private box with all your food and drink covered! Kindly donated by SkyBet

2006 John Smiths Grand National racecard, signed by all 40 Jockeys

Overnight stay in The Richard III Hotel in Middleham plus breakfast and evening meal.

Two tickets into any meeting at Catterick this season with a meal in their lovely restaurant

If you are interested in joining in the fun please contact us on 07857379880.
If you cannot attend but would still like to make a contribution, you can do so by visiting Leanne's just giving page at www.justgiving.com/LeanneHannity

Tuesday 16th July 2013

The Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival returns for its 6th year this Saturday, and with the hot weather set to last, it should be bigger and better than ever, and we hope to do our bit with a special offer!
Ripon gets the show underway and the Festival continues until a week on Sunday when it concludes at Pontefract.
Listed below is the fixtures over the eight days and we here at Middleham Racing Tours are offering a fantastic package, come (In the glorious sunshine!) on a morning tour (whenever suits you!) and go racing on ANY one of the fixtures throughout the Festival for only £25 per person!
Saturday 20th Ripon, Sunday 21st Redcar, Monday 22nd Beverley, Wednesday 24th Catterick, Thursday 25th Doncaster, Friday 26th Thirsk and York, Saturday 27th York and Sunday 28th Pontefract.
Yes, you and friends can enjoy or unique experience on the Middleham gallops visit a yard or two at your leisure before heading off to the race meeting of your choice with your entrance tickets for £25 per person.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch and ask any questions, we can sort out accommodation, breakfast, lunch and much, much more!
Email us on middlehamracingtours@yahoo.co.uk or ring on 07857379880 / 07857379878

Wednesday 9th July 2013

Trainer Mark Johnston is as hot as the weather at present, the winners streaming in nearly on a daily basis, quality and quantity.
Last Saturday the Middleham handler enjoyed a one-three in the prestigious Old Newton Cup at Haydock, the winner being Star Lahib who stayed on the best under Franny Norton and afterwards Johnston said: "Star Lahib was in the sales but she started to come good and they withdrew her - thank goodness they did. I have taken her out a couple of times because the ground was too firm and I was very tempted to take her out today, but it was a £100,000 race. I thought she wanted a mile and a quarter and cut in the ground - it just shows that there are no rules and you can never tell."
Later in the afternoon Johnston had a winner over at Beverley when Sandys Row made all the running to take the fillies' handicap.
Staying at Beverley, Just Paul took the extended seven furlong handicap for Philip Kirby and jockey Declan Cannon who is now three from three on the gelding.
Afterwards Kirby said: "Just Paul is only just learning about racing but he only just does enough. He should stay further."
Later in the evening Carlisle staged a six race card and one of the more impressive winners at the meeting was True Pleasure, coming home clear in the nine furlong handicap to win at 20-1 for trainer James Bethell and jockey Dale Swift.
Mark Johnston capped a fine day at the office by taking the feature race at Carlisle, the Stobart Group Silver Plate with Sennockian Star who battled on gamely and after travelling up from Haydock the winning trainer said: "He´s consistent enough but has been revitalised by blinkers."
The final race of the night at Carlisle went the way of the Michael Dods trained Elle Woods who followed up her recent course success under Paul Mulrennan and looks set for a rise in class.
Pontefract raced on Tuesday and the stand out performance for me was Dark Castle in the six furlong handicap for Micky Hammond and the inform rider PJ McDonald.
Following up on his Doncaster success, Dark Castle looks a smart sprinter and will be of interest wherever Hammond sends him next.
Not much jumping at this time of the year but a Special mention must go to Middleham trainer Simon West who produced Lovey Dovey to win at Uttoxeter under Harry Derham after a five hundred day absence.
Catterick raced on Wednesday and the feature staying handicap went the way of Dr Irv, who was following up on his recent Musselburgh success.
Trained by Phil Kirby, he travelled smoothly for useful apprentice Declan Cannon, he shot up the rails and put the race to bed in a matter of strides.
"I think that was a big step up today and he's done it well," said Kirby.
"I thought he looked impressive, and he appears to be going the right way, anyway.
"He might be quite nice. There's plenty of races around for a horse like him and he goes around both ways just as well, too."
A massive weekend with a two day fixture coming up with a two day fixture at York getting underway this afternoon.
David Simcock is looking forward to running Montaser in tomorrow's feature, the John Smith's Silver Cup.
Dr Marwan Koukash's four-year-old made the best possible start to his 2013 season when winning the Jigsaw Sponsorship Services Stakes over the same course and distance in June.
He showed a sharp turn of foot that day, an asset that shall stand him in good stead now he steps up to Listed handicap company on Saturday.
Simcock said: "I was delighted with Montaser's last run. The race was a good starting point for his season. "He is not a horse to run back too quickly and the timings are right from his last run to this Saturday's race.
"York suits him and he loves fast ground. It looks a competitive race, a good race - which it should be. But I would like to think that he can take the step up in his stride - he is no back number."

Thursday 27th June 2013

DERBY HOPES!
Another massive weekend of racing ahead, especially for Middleham team of Elaine and Karl Burke.
Libertarian, second in the Epsom Derby, will run his last race for the inform team in tomorrow evenings Irish Derby at the Curragh.
The son of New Approach, who has been supplemented for the race, has been bought by Godolphin and will be trained in Newmarket afterwards.
William Buick, aboard for Libertarian's Dante win and Derby second, will again be in the saddle according to Burke's husband Karl, who added that their stable star had improved since Epsom.
Speaking from his yard earlier in the week, he said: "He's definitely come on from Epsom and goes to Ireland with a big chance.
"It would be fantastic for him to win, and we will miss him when he leaves us afterwards, we will just try and find the next star which won't be easy!"
The star colt faces eight rivals and the flatter track should suit well, we wish him and all the team the very best of luck.

WINNERS!
Closer to home, Redcar also raced last Saturday and the highlight was Maska Pony galloping to victory in the staying handicap for George Moore.
The likeable grey, running in the colours of Diane 'Rusty' Russell stayed on the best and the winning trainer said: "He ran into one better at Newcastle last time and it´s nice to get a win into him on the Flat. He was a useful hurdler but the owners decided they didn´t want to risk him over jumps any more."
Pontefract raced on Sunday, the highlight, coming again, in the staying event when Herostatus came home in front for Middleham trainer Jason Ward, who was delighted at the performance, saying: "I really fancied him today. I had hoped to get him into the Ascot Stakes and this was Plan B. My horses have just turned the corner, we have had two winners and a second from our last four runners."

CONGRATULATIONS!
There was good news for Middleham-based owner-breeder Sally Bethell who topped the poll in this year's Racehorse Owners Association council election and will take her place alongside second-placed Professor David Silk.
Bethell, wife of trainer James Bethell, was a clear winner of the poll with 815 votes and becomes a new member of the 16-strong council.
They replace Dena Arstall and Peter Cundell, who have both reached the end of their latest four-year terms.
ROA president Rachel Hood said: "I would like to offer my congratulations, and warmly welcome Sally Bethell to the council for the first time and it is pleasing that we now have another northern-based owner on board."

TV CAMERA'S
Great to watch Racing UK this week, in which the latest instalment of 'This Racing Life' featured life in Middleham. Presenter Niall Hannity, who worked in Middleham for several years, interviewed Jock Bennett at Mark Johnston's yard, before catching up with Jockey Joe Fanning and our very own Chris Thornton before speaking to Karl and Elaine Burke.
If you missed you can catch tomorrow (Friday) at 12pm and during Sunday's Racing Breakfast's show!
Dont forget if you fancy a visit to Middleham to see its equine stars in action, or for something more relaxing, contact us and we can arange your perfect break

Monday 13th May 2013

The famous and prestigious Dante Meeting at York commences this week on Wednesday and runs until Friday.It is bursting with top class horses, jockeys and trainers.
The meeting is one of the highlights of the racing calendar hosting trials for The Derby and The Oaks and is supported by other top class racing. The powerful Middleham yard of Mark Johnston holds a real live chance in The Dante with Windhoek who is unbeaten in his three starts to date. The training centre may be doubly represented in the race as Karl & Elaine Burke hold an entry with Libertarian. The whole meeting is bursting with excitement.
The winners have kept flowing from Middleham and within the last week have been recorded by the yards of Micky Hammond, Karl Burke, Patrick Holmes, Ben Haslam, John Weymes, Mark Johnston and also George Moore who deserves a special mention. Last week he was responsible for saddling his 900th winner as a trainer when Wolf Shield scored at Hexham, a real achievement to savor.
Aside from York, local meetings take place this week at Doncaster today, Beverley (Tuesday), Doncaster & Thirsk (Saturday) and Ripon on Sunday.
If you would like to see what occurs behind the scenes of the famous training centre of Middleham, where all these winners are produced, and get up close to the action please do not hesitate to contact us we can take care of the rest.

Monday 18th Feb 2013

With spring just around the corner Middleham seems to be blossoming. Following the move of Philip Kirby Racing in January, the thriving training centre is now delighted to welcome Patrick Holmes who is currently taking up the reins at Little Spigot which is ideally situated between the High and Low Moor Gallops. This brings the total number of trainers under the umbrealla of Middleham to 15 and consists of James Bethell, Elaine Burke, Andy Crook, Chris Fairhurst, Sally Hall, Patrick Holmes, Philip Kirby, Micky Hammond, Ben Haslam, Mark Johnston, George Moore, Jedd O'Keefe, Simon West, Jason Ward and John Weymes.
The recent snow at the end of January created havoc throughout the country but, through the dedication of the staff within the yards and the gallops men on Middleham Moor they were able to keep the show on the road and the training of the horses did not suffer, although the racing did. The work has been rewarded as there have been a bandwagon of winners over the past couple of weeks from Middleham. The most impressive of all was Only Orsensenfoolsies for Micky Hammond, following his victory at Catterick earlier in the year he built on this further to win the prestigious Victor Ludorum at Haydock on the 16th February. Through this success he looks to have booked his ticket for either Cheltenham or Aintree and remains an exciting prospect.
Philip Kirby continues to shine from his new base and has been successful under both codes. Over the jumps the yard has scored with Ancient Times at Ayr under conditional jockey Adam Nicol on the 13th February and with Picks Milan scoring well on his hurdling debut at Carlisle on the 18th February under Richie McGrath. On the AWT Golden Jess was on the board at Wolverhampton on the 31st January.
Other trainers on the board on the AWT have included James Bethell who scored with the Little Bob in game fashion at Southwell on the 13th February under Graham Lee. The powerful yard of Mark Johnston continues in great heart and have recorded success at all four AWT tracks, the tough filly Broxbourne has proved a shining light winning three on the bounce with her latest success been at Wolverhampton on the 14th February, while Simon West had a good winner with Turjuman at Wolverhampton on Monday, and is handicapped to win again.
On a slightly different note the yard of Elaine & Karl Burke have been represented by Tepmokea in St Mortiz, Switzerland. The White Turf meeting consists of races run on snow on top of a frozen lake which occur through the month of February and is a real spectacle. Tepmokea has run well finishing 3rd and 6th and gained prizemoney for his efforts.
The countdown to Cheltenham has begun and the preveiw evenings have started to be announced. Wetherby host an exciting panel on the 4th March headed by our own Niall Hannity, top class jockey Graham Lee, Cheltenham winning trainer Malcom Jefferson and leading commentator Darren Owen to find out further details visit http://www.wetherbyracing.co.uk
In other news from Middleham, Jock Bennett who has worked for Mark Johnston Racing for over 15 years has made the final three of the Dedication to Racing Award in the Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards. He is due to travel to London for the final judging at the beginning of March where the winner will be announced. It is a great initiative and allows for those behind the scene's to shine.

Thursday 17th Jan 2013

The cold snap has certainly arrived in Middleham. The snow has fallen and although it does look very picturesque it is putting pay to the jumps racing in the North with Newcastle and Market Rasen already playing victim to the weather.
This is a great shame as since the turn of the year the winners have been flowing out of Middleham with Philip Kirby, Micky Hammond, Karl & Elaine Burke, James Bethell and Jason Ward already on the board.
New to the Middleham training ranks is Philip Kirby who has joined forces with Kate Walton on the 1st January 2013. Since taking over the license at Sharp Hill Farm he could not really have wished for a better start with winners under both codes and a number of horses running well. Phil is a young ambitious trainer who has been impressed with the excellent facilities in Middleham which he believes can only aid his success further.
Micky Hammond Racing looks to have a smart prospect on their hands as Only Orsenfoolsies scored decisively at Catterick last week. Although he has been consistent on the level he certainly has adapted to hurdling well and he beat a couple of very smart recruits from the flat, he looks to have a bright future ahead of him over the obstacles.
On the winter AWT circuit there has been success at Wolverhampton for Charlcot (James Bethell) and Romanticize (Jason Ward) and at Lingfield for Restless Boy (Karl & Elaine Burke)
The powerful force of Mark Johnston Racing is flying the flag for Middleham in Dubai as they have a team of four participating in the valuable winter carnival. The quartet is made up of Pure Excellence, Universal and the duo of Es Que Love and Ithoughtitwasover who are due to run at Meydan this evening.
Fingers crossed that the weather retaliates and that the winners continue to flow from Middleham as racing in the North is scheduled for next week from Wetherby, Catterick, Doncaster and Sedgefield. If you would like to see what goes on behind the scenes at the thriving training centre of Middleham why not book a tour we can show you the gallops, facilities and the opportunity to visit a yard with an experienced guide. We can arrange everything for you so don’t hesitate to call.

Tuesday 8th Jan 2013

Highlights of 2012
What a year for sport 2012 has been. Below I've highlighted the very best the Sport Of Kings has delivered over the last twelve months, 2013 has a lot to live up to!

Star Flat Horse Frankel
We always want more, buts its highly unlikely we will see the likes of Frankel for a year or two, personally I don't expect to see a horse of his natural ability again in my lifetime. Trained to perfection by Sir Henry Cecil and ridden with supreme confidence by Tom Queally, the star colt was unbeaten in all fourteen starts, ten of them were Group 1 events, which is a record for the most top-level victories on the Flat in Britain. His last nine races were all Group 1, so he beat Rock Of Gibraltar's record of seven consecutive top-level wins in 2001-02.

Leading Jump Horse Big Buck's
The greatest three-mile hurdler of all time, Big Buck's set a world record for the longest winning sequence over jumps. The record was 16 wins in a row by the great Sir Ken over hurdles between 1951 and 1953. Big Buck's equalled it with a unique fourth win in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham on March 15 and broke it with his fourth Liverpool Hurdle victory at Aintree on April 12.
The Paul Nicholls-trained nine-year-old, who has still not received the credit he deserves, started his winning sequence in January 2009 and extended it to 18 races at Newbury this month. Unfortunately injury has got in the way for the rest of the season, but fingers crossed he will be back for next term.

Top Flat trainer Richard Hannon
Trainer Richard Hannon is a master of his craft and the victory of Viewpoint at Wolverhampton recently enabled Richard Hannon to equal his own record for the most Flat wins by a trainer in a calendar year in Britain.
It was his 218th domestic Flat win since January 1, and he therefore equalled the record he set last year. This is his fourth record in this category. His first two were 182 wins in 1993 and 189 in 2008; Middleham trainer Mark Johnston scored 216 in 2009.

Top jumps trainer Nicky Henderson
Henderson, like Hannon, is used to quality and quantity and he set no less than three Cheltenham Festival records in March - for the most wins at the meeting by a trainer in a career, the most in a year, and the most in a day.
The master of Seven Barrows equalled Fulke Walwyn's career record of 40 festival victories (set between 1946 and 1986) when Sprinter Sacre won the Arkle Chase on the Tuesday, and broke it with Simonsig the next day.
He had five more winners during the meeting, and his score is therefore now 46.
Henderson's seven festival winners in 2012 beat Paul Nicholls' record of five in 2009, and on the Wednesday he became the first trainer to win four races on one festival card, as Simonsig, Bobs Worth, Finian's Rainbow (Queen Mother Champion Chase) and Une Artiste all obliged.

Flat Jockey
While it was fantastic to see Richard Hughes being crowned champion for the first time after a super season which included a seven timer at Windsor in October I can't help Graham Lee's achievement was simply stunning.
The Grand National winning jockey decided to switch codes and despite missing the first month of the season managed to boot home over 100 winners.
Among the winners was a Group winner along with the prestigious Stewards Cup. Ultra dedicated and equally as talented, Lee is in single figures to be champion jockey next year with most bookmakers.

Wednesday 5th Dec 2012

Winter Bites
There has been a real winter feel the last couple of weeks with some fixtures falling victim to the weather however, Newcastle Racecourse managed to beat the elements on Saturday to host their most featured jump race of the year the Fighting Fifth. This is often seen by many racing professional's as a stepping stone towards the Champion Hurdle and was won in fine style by the talented Countrywide Flame. Trained in Malton by John Quinn his first win over obstacles came at Cartmel in a Juvenile Hurdle,and he has not looked back since. Cinders and Ashes did not look suited by the ground and will be seen in better light during the season. On a bumper day of racing Bob's Worth trained by Nicky Henderson also galloped to victory to score at Newbury in The Hennessey.
Closer to home, Wetherby hopes to resume back to racing action on Saturday following their last fixture being abandoned due to waterlogging and they look set to host a competitive seven race card. A number of Middleham trainers look to be represented on the day and an exciting day is promised with the first race due off at 12.10 p.m. if you would like to come and see the horses on the gallops and what occurs behind the scenes prior to racing please do not hesitate to contact us.
On the jockeys front, Bedale based jockey Graham Lee recorded his 100th winner on the flat yesterday, following the switch of codes earlier this year he has never looked back. A great achievement and he is proving to be as effective on the flat as he was over the sticks.
Christmas is just around the corner and we are offering the perfect solution for you to beat the chaos of the shops, why not buy a Middleham Racing Tours Voucher an ideal present for that racing enthusiast, we can tailor the package to suit your needs.

Monday 12th Nov 2012

The final curtain came down on the 2012 flat turf season on Saturday at Doncaster Racecourse and saw the crowning of Richard Hughes as champion jockey, John Gosden as champion trainer, Godolphin as champion owner and Northern Based Amy Ryan been the first girl to win the apprentice title outright.
Closer to home Middleham based Joe Fanning was crowned as "Cock of the North" for the the first time which is the equivalent of the Northern Champion Jockey and is very well deserved for this hardworking and talented jockey.
The 2012 flat season will probably be remembered best for the sheer brilliance of Frankel and the level of talent which we have been lucky to witness. The winter will bring trips to Dubai, Hong Kong, Japan and other far reaching destinations for a number of horses, jockeys and trainers as a number of valuable prizes are still to be won but within the UK the attention is now switched to focus on the jumps as the top forces have started to show their hands.
The first highlight came last weekend at Wetherby when Silviniaco Conti put in a faultless display to win the Charlie Hall Chase convincingly. He looks a real class act and could be the one to follow in the foot steps of the great Kauto Star and Denman, Nicholls doubled up on the day. winning the John Smiths Hurdle aswell with Tidal Bay.
Overturn demonstrated his star quality earlier in the week taking to chasing like a duck to water and looks like he will make as much as an impact over fences as he has already on the flat and over hurdles he really has been taken to the hearts of the British racing public.
Racing takes place this week in the North with good cards at Sedgefield tomorrow, Newcastle on Friday and Wetherby on Saturday.
With Christmas around the corner why not take the hassle out of shopping and purchase a Middleham Racing Tours voucher an ideal gift for the Racing Enthusiastic.

Friday 2nd Nov 2012

By 3.30 p.m. tomorrow the puzzle will be unraveled,and the winner of Yorkshire's Premier Jump Race,the Charlie Hall Chase will be known. A quality field goes to post to fight out this valuable contest held at Wetherby Racecourse and seen by many as an early Gold Trial.
The race is contested by leading trainers Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson and horses such as Midnight Chase,Silviniaco Conti and Time For Rupert.
The supporting card is just as mouth watering,with champion hurdle runner up Overturn due to make his chasing debut he has been a credit to his connections and can continue to flourish over fences.The card gets underway at 12.35 p.m.
Earlier in the week the racing world acknowledged the retirement of a legend as Paul Nicholls announced Kauto Star had run his last race. He is classed by many as the greatest Chaser of all time and will be sorely missed by many. A winner of 23 races and earning over 2 Million in prize money he made the King George his own and will never be forgotten for his Gold Cup dual's with another great in the shape of Denman.
With Christmas just around the corner why not purchase your loved ones a voucher to get up close and see behind the scenes of the racing centre of Middleham - see the gallops, visit the yards, enjoy a spot of lunch and even go to the races.
We can tailor vouches to suit your needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
AN EASY WAY TO GO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!!

Monday 22nd Oct 2012

As one season draws to an end another season begins.....
The end of the flat season is soon approaching with only a couple of weeks left.
This weekend saw the wonder horse Frankel bow out on top exactly where he belongs when he stretched his unbeaten record to 14. Regarded by many as the best flat racehorse of all time we have been lucky to witness his sheer brilliance during the past couple of years.
Although the season is drawing to a close there is still plenty to sink our teeth into.
Middleham trainer Mark Johnston will be represented by the exciting Steeler in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy on Saturday a winner of a Group 2 last time out he will try to build on this further and looks to hold every chance.
As one door closes another opens and the jumps season is starting to get into full swing with many top names starting to appear.
The prestigious Charlie Hall Meeting is only around the corner on the 2nd & 3rd November, held at the Premier Yorkshire track of Wetherby it is often seen as an early trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and attracts many top names and trainers. It is a really great meeting with a good atmosphere and will see a number of horses trained in Middleham in the supporting card.
If you would like to make a full day and experience what occurs behind the scenes, why not incorporate a tour of the training centre of Middleham before visiting the races?
We can arrange all this for you.!

Tuesday 21st Aug 2012

Frankel Fever has hit York on the eve of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival which runs from Wednesday 22nd August until Saturday 25th August.
Frankel is the equine equivalent of Usain Bolt and is the main attraction of the meeting as he tackles The Juddmonte International on the first day of the festival. Unbeaten in 12 races he is regarded by many as the greatest horse of all time and will tackle 10 furlongs for the first time. An emotional atmosphere is promised as his trainer Sir Henry Cecil is anticipated to make his first racecourse appearance to saddle him since undergoing medical treatment.
The Ebor festival consists of no less than 10 group races aswell as many valuable handicaps,culminating in the Ebor itself, on the final day of the festival.
The Ebor is steeped in history and was first run in 1843.It is currently the richest handicap in Europe.
Over the years The Ebor has been won by trainers in Middleham, with Sam Hall winning the race three times and Mark Johnston winning with Quick Ransom in 1992. On Saturday Middleham look set to be represented by Hurricane Higgins who is guaranteed a run and Media Hype who may struggle to make the cut.
The festival is really the crème de la crème of the Horseracing season and attracts the top horses within the country and beyond. Middleham Racing Tours are helping a number of people enjoy the whole experience of the festival as they are able to get up close and see behind the scenes with a tour in the morning before the thrill and excitement of the racing in the afternoon.

Monday 30th July 2012

Another beautiful day here in North Yorkshire, and another successful tour this morning.
We have been having some great feedback from everyone who has been on one of our tours, and have even managed to give them a few winners along the way, after visiting some of the stables in the town.
If you fancy a morning on the gallops and maybe an afternoon at the races, why not give us a ring?

Tuesday 17th July 2012

We are pleased and excited to announce that Middleham Racing Tours are now the proud sponsors of Kelly Harrison one of the leading lady riders in the country. Middleham born and bred, Kelly was destined for a career within racing as her father was a trainer now turned jockeys agent and her late mother was also a successful lady jockey. Kelly has been surrounded by horses all her life developing through the pony club ranks before riding as a lady amateur and then progressing to become a professional. Kelly’s career is going from strength to strength and in the past week she has been placed in the valuable Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury at the weekend for her boss William Haggas, aswell as riding Sentali in the Group 3 at York.
On the Racing front the countdown has started for the Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival. Commencing at Ripon this Saturday, the festival runs over 8 days concluding at Pontefract on Sunday July 29th. The leading trainer and jockey of the festival will receive hampers from The Yorkshire Hamper Company, based in the Yorkshire Dales. If you would like to join in the festival fun why not contact us, We can organise your afternoon racing and if you would like to make a full day of it why not come and see behind the scenes, on a tour of Middleham, the horseracing centre of the North. Please see below for the festival dates;
Festival dates Sat, July 21 – Ripon; Sun, July 22 – Redcar; Mon, July 23 – Beverley (evening); Wed, July 25 – Catterick; Thurs, July 26 – Doncaster (evening); Fri, July 27 – Thirsk; Fri, July 27 – York (evening); Sat, July 28 – York; Sun, July 29 – Pontefract.

Tuesday 3rd July 2012

The new week kick started in the best possible way for Micky Hammond, although it was not so punter friendly, with Pertuis coming home in front in the amateur riders handicap at Pontefract at 40-1!
Pertuis was given a very confident ride by Becky Smith, who works full time on the yard, and hopefully the six-year-old is at the right end of the handicap to win again.
Hammond's fine run of form continued on Tuesday with Alsahil, who stormed clear in the one mile three furlong handicap in the hands of Gary Whillians.
Any of the readers of this, who has RUK, can tune into tomorrow at 1.00pm to watch Micky's Trainer File!
Back at Hamilton and Ann Duffield was also on the score sheet with Sovereign Street, who took the concluding handicap under the excellent Paul Mulrennan.
The weather is not great but plenty of local racing to go at, starting at Catterick tomorrow at 2.20pm.
After a couple of months into our tours, we've been delighted with the way the bookings are going and we've met some great people and, more importantly, they've all had a fantastic time and given us some fantastic feedback!

Tuesday 12th June 2012

On the whole,the Middleham trained horses have been running well, and we are looking forward to Royal Ascot next Week. Before then, there are a couple of cracking fixtures at York this Friday and Saturday.
On Saturday it is Macmillan Charity Day and it will see the inaugural Macmillan Charity Race, a chance for twelve supporters to "ride the dream" as they participate in a nine furlong race around the famous Knavesmire. Each has pledged £2,500 to the charity and you can help them beat this target by visiting their donation pages on just giving. Aged from twenty to sixty four the mixed group also represent many walks of life as two vets, a television presenter and dentist all feature, with the insider pressure falling on Thirsk Racecourse's Marketing Manager and a trainer.
The TV personality is Sky Sports News presenter David Craig and he will be donning the silks in public for the first time and riding Pleasant Day for Richard Fahey in the inaugural running of the Macmillan Charity Race.
It has meant months of hard work in the gym and the gallops of North Yorkshire but as the big day approaches, our man is relishing the opportunity.
"I've got to say a big thank-you to Richard for allowing a complete novice like me to go up to his yard and ride out. All the guys and girls who work at the yard have been brilliant in giving me help and advice, there's a world of difference from riding horses as a kid like I did to being on machines like racehorses," he said.
Back in Middleham the RUK cameras have been up filming plenty of late. Firstly they paid a visit to Ann Duffields yard and that programme can be seen on Thursday at 1pm on Sky channel 432. On Tuesday morning the crew called in to Micky Hammonds yard to record a 'Trainer File' which will be shown in a few weeks.

Thursday 7th June 2012

Racing continues in full flow over the forthcoming days at the Yorkshire tracks with lots to look forward to.
Catterick kicks off proceedings tomorrow afternoon with an exciting card consisting of seven races which get underway at 2.00 p.m. Many of the stables from Middleham are represented with George Moore, Jedd O'Keeffe, John Weymes and Mark Johnston all having runners. If you fancy a bite to eat following racing The Nags Head at Pickhill sponsor one of the races on the afternoon and has a great reputation for food.
However, if you are still hungry for racing a short trip south see's racing at Doncaster on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Good quality action is guaranteed where many of the big guns are out in force over the two days. The action on Saturday will be followed by music after racing on the Capital FM Champagne Lawn by Contraband.
To round off proceedings Pontefract host their singles night on Monday evening which consists of a singles bar, speed dating and the famous traffic light sticker system, a huge success in the past, a great night is promised. The feature race on the card is the Tony Bethell Memorial stakes over 2 Mile 1 Furlongs which is part of the stayers series. The Middleham trained Mr Crystal holds an entry in the race and is currently the joint leader.
The winners from Middleham have continued to roll in over the past week with Elaine Burke, Micky Hammond and Mark Johnston all being on the board. With Royal Ascot just under two weeks away attention will be turning towards this important fixture during the next 10 days.
If you would like to come and see what happens behind the scenes why not come and have a tour of the premier training centre of Middleham we can arrange everything for you, so please dont hesitate to contact us.

Saturday 2nd June 2012

What a great performance by Camelot, who set up the mouthwatering prospect of a Triple Crown bid, with a superb victory in the Investec Derby at Epsom.
Not since the mighty Nijinsky in 1970 has a colt won the 2000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger, but that could all change after Aidan O'Brien's 8-13 favourite completed two thirds of the magical treble in style.
The trainer's son, Joseph, 19, was happy to sit towards the rear for much of the mile-and-a-half journey, beginning to make headway on the outside of the field rounding the home turn.
For a moment it appeared his stablemate Astrology had stolen a march on his rivals, but Camelot mowed him down heading towards the final furlong and finished strongly to secure a five-length success.
The David Lanigan-trained Main Sequence narrowly denied O'Brien a one-two, getting up on the line to edge out Astrology.
Camelot rounded off his juvenile year with a mesmerising performance in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, and came from a long way back to make a winning return to action in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket last month.
O'Brien junior showed nerves of steel to hold on to his mount for so long, timing his run to perfection to secure his first Derby triumph.
It was a third win in the Epsom Classic for the Ballydoyle trainer and his first since High Chaparral took Flat racing's greatest prize a decade ago.
O'Brien has now saddled the winner of all four Classics run in Britain this season.
Away from Epsom and Mark Johnston enjoyed a fine afternoon with an across the card double, with winners at Musselburgh and Beverley.
Up at Musselburgh Martin Lane steered Scatter Dice to victory in the valuable tote pool.com Edinburgh Cup while Irish rider Fran Berry flew over to partner Landaman, who followed up Wednesdays success in easy style.

Tuesday 29th May 2012

Great news this week for Elaine and Karl Burke with Wayne Rooney's buying a share in a two-year-old who should be in action fairly shortly.
The Manchester United footballer has bought a majority share in a Dutch Art two-year-old with his former teammate and fellow racing enthusiast John O'Shea.
Rooney and his wife, Coleen, have not made the greatest start to their exploration into ownership with Cheshire trainer Tom Dascombe training their first runner, Pippy,who finished last on his debut at Chester and their second, Tomway, has not done much better.
This colt was bought by Burke's husband and former trainer, Karl.
Elaine Burke said: "He's going to be named very soon - there have been a few names put forward and we're looking at them at the moment.
"He'll be ready to run soon and he's a nice horse.
"You'd think he'd win races watching him work, but you never know with babies.
"It's exciting to have the owners in the yard and it's thanks to the new pupil assistant, Julian Williams, for bringing them in."

This Saturday Catterick will celebrate the Royal Diamond Jubilee with a patriotic display of bunting and flags, along with a host of attractions for young racegoers in the Course Enclosure including face painting, bouncy castles and roundabout. There's also the opportunity to meet a retired racehorse, courtesy of New Beginnings - the Yorkshire-based enterprise which provides a safe environment for former racehorses.
In addition, the action from Epsom during the afternoon, including the Investec Derby, will be shown on the giant screen and Closed-circuit television system and local band, 'Trio Gitan' provide the musical entertainment.
The seven-race programme begins at 1-55 p.m. and the entire card is sponsored by totepool, with the feature race being a Handicap contest over seven furlongs offering increased prize money of £15,000.

Fancy going to Catterick after a fantastic morning on the gallops (including getting to see Wayne Rooney's two-year-old in action) just give us a shout as we have some great deals on. The ideal present for friend, family or just a treat for yourself!

Thursday 24th May 2012

As the sun beams down on Middleham the winners have kept flowing over the past week with many impressive performances.
Last Friday was a red letter day for the powerful stable of Mark Johnston Racing which recorded five winners on the day, the highlight being Ithoughitwasover in the Listed Braveheart Stakes at Hamilton Racecourse.
He looks a progressive type and should continue to build further on this success.
The Dante Fixture at York Racecourse is a key meeting of the year and the in form stable of Mrs Elaine Burke recorded success there on the final day in a competitive handicap with Media Hype ridden by the talented Phil Makin.
This success looks to be a stepping stone to Royal Ascot as Karl Burke, husband of the trainer stated afterwards that the Wolferton Handicap may be on the cards.
A special mention must be given to Almaty Express who won his 17th race this week at Wolverhampton Racecourse for his trainer John Weymes, this is a real credit to the whole team and he must be a real pleasure to own.
Both the stables of Ben Haslam and Micky Hammond found Redcar races a happy hunting ground on Monday as both recorded success.
With the glorious weather arriving why not experience a morning on the gallops and get up close to see what happens behind the scenes of the premier training centre of Middleham, if you would like to make it a full day's adventure why not visit one of the local racecourses on the afternoon. All you need to do is pick up the phone and we can do the rest.

Monday 14th May 2012

A very busy week for Yorkshire racing kicked off at Redcar on Monday and despite not many runners two of the six races went the way of Middleham trained runners.
In the opening race Priestley's Reward get off the mark for the campaign in the Hambleton Racing Supports Barney's Challenge Handicap.
Elaine Burke's 5-1 chance was shaken up to go clear by Robert Winston a furlong out and despite being eased close home, he still passed the post with a length and a quarter in hand.
The winning trainer's husband, Karl, said "I'm very pleased and the visor has obviously helped him".
"He worked in the visor at Southwell last week, giving a decent horse a lead, and went really well".
"He's done it well today and he should improve for it".
"He'll get a penalty that should get him into a handicap at York on Friday and that would be the plan."
Later in the afternoon Chris Fairhurst's Poppy Bond made a winning debut in the GR Racing Is Backing Barney Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
The 16-1 shot looked to have lost all chance with a very slow start, but came home well to beat favourite Liber by half a length.
"We thought she had a lot of ability but she's been slow out of the stalls at home and I thought she'd probably blow her chance at the start," said Fairhurst.
"She was slow away and she's done well to win, so we're delighted".
"She'll learn to break better with a bit more practice, but I don't like to do it too much with them at home as they get sick of it".
"We'll see how she comes out of it before making any plans".
Tomorrow Beverley stage a seven race card due underway at 2.00pm before York's prestigious Dante three day fixture starts rolling on Wednesday afternoon.
The racing week is far from over as Thirsk race on Saturday afternoon before Doncaster follow suit later in the evening.
And last but not least Ripon stage a seven race fixture this Sunday, with the first race due off at 2.10pm.

It's quality and quantity all week, a very busy but enjoyable week for us here at Middleham Racing Tours. What better way to start off with a morning on the gallops, fancy it? Give us a shout and we will do the rest!

Wednesday 9th May 2012

The bandwagon of winners keeps rolling from Middleham with the fillies stealing the limelight with listed success for Boastful for Mrs Elaine Burke at Goodwood on Saturday and Good Morning Star for Mark Johnston at Chester today.
A recent recruit to the Burke team Boastful is a half sister to Lesson In Humility who did so well for the stable previously. Taking a keen hold during the race she dug deep and found plenty in the closing stages to gain valuable black type. She looks a classy recruit to their team and looks like she could progress from here.
It is very rare to see a winner from the powerful stable of Mark Johnston Racing return at 50-1 but this is the price which Good Morning Star returned as she galloped to success in the Cheshire Oaks. Her owner Dr Koukash has a love affair with Chester and was keen for the filly to take her chance in the race. This gamble paid dividends, and under a powerful ride from Franny Norton she arrived late on the scene to score by a short head.
The week ahead sees racing locally at Ripon, Thirsk and Redcar aswell as the prestigious Dante Meeting at York. Why not sit back and relax, we can arrange a whole day's racing for you and can tailor packages to meet your needs. To complete the racing experience why not come and see behind the scenes at what actually occurs in the training centre of Middleham

Thursday 3rd May 2012

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The wet weather has played havoc with racing over the past week but it failed to put a dampener on the Middleham runners at Sedgefield on Tuesday evening with both Jedd O Keefe and Andy Crook on the board.
Along Came Rosie was successful under Dougie Costello in the 2 Mile 4 Furlongs Handicap Chase afterwards winning trainer Andy Crook said "Its only Along Came Roise's third run in a chase and that was a good effort from a novice. She's very game" .
An hour later Highland Lover followed Suit by winning the 2 Mile 4 Furlongs Handicap Hurdle under a strong ride from Brian Harding for the O'Keefe stable.
Pontefract passed a precautionary inspection yesterday and went ahead with a six race card on ground described as Heavy, soft in places. Middleham yards were well represented with Mark Johnston, George Moore, Jedd O'Keefe and Micky Hammond all having runners. Although no winners were recorded there were some very pleasing placed efforts.
The Middleham trainers were out in force today with runners spread across the country, from as far south as Brighton to as far North as Musselburgh, and the miles paid off for James Bethell who had a winner with Bradbury in the 1m4f handicap under Graham Gibbons

Saturday 28th April 2012

Saturday=Winners!
Middleham trained horses had a fine day on Saturday with five winners and many more placed. Local track Ripon had to pass an inspection before it went ahead, and little doubt that Gulf Of Naples was the most impressive winner in the two mile handicap. Trained by Mark Johnston, Gulf Of Naples lead all the way under Silvestre De Sousa.
Afterwards the winning trainers wife,Deirdre,said "We loved Gulf Of Naples last year and when Franny Norton won on him at Catterick we thought he was a serious horse. Silvestre said the undulating track didn't really suit him."
Much lower grade, but Ollon ran away with the seller for the inform team of Elaine Burke who trains in the famous Spigot Lodge yard.
Sent off the 5/4 favourite, Ollon was retained without a bid afterwards and can easily win in this grade again.
Later in the evening, over at Haydock Johnston and Burke were, again, on the mark.
Sir Graham Wade took the staying maiden, Magic Destiny coming home in front in the fillies maiden.
The one mile handicap at Haydock was run at a solid pace but in the end Thackeray powered home for the popular Chris Fairhurst and Kelly Harrison who was born and bred in the racing town.
A winner at Pontefract last time out, Thackeray is really coming to himself and looks the type to win again.
While the rain is dragging on a bit now, it certainly isnt slowing down the Middleham horses!

Tuesday 24th April 2012

Catterick Wednesday 24th
Looking forward to an eight race card at Catterick on Wednesday, due underway at 2.05pm.
The first race is a seller for the two-year-olds and George Moore's Red Koko could get involved. A big rangy filly, she will improve for her Musselburgh debut run and could well be in the mix under PJ McDonald.
The Condition Stakes at 3:45pm is a small field, but a very interesting runner is the Mark Johnston trained Bordoni. Rated 88, the lightly raced colt could take some beating in the hands of the excellent Joe Fanning.
Another competitive handicap at 4.15pm and a close eye on the betting is recommended with Burns Night. Formally trained by Mark Johnston and Geoff Harker, Burns Night is well treated on some old form and makes appeal on his first start for Keith Dalgleish, with that man Joe Fanning on board!

Monday 23rd April 2012

Micky Hammond enjoyed the best possible start to the week saddling an across the card double at Pontefract and Hexham. Mr Crystal registered his third course success at the West Yorkshire track when staying on the best in the 2m 5f event, the longest race in the calendar year on the flat!
Up at Hexham the lightly raced Rosairlie gained her second win at the track in the hands of Joe Colliver in the 2m 4f handicap hurdle. Owned by The Bay Horse Masham, there might a party in there this evening!

Racing week
You'll need your coat, but loads of local racing this week if you fancy a day out! Catterick race on Wednesday, an eight race card due underway at 2.05pm.
Beverley race on Thursday, their action due to start at 2.10pm.
The Yorkshire action continues at Doncaster on Friday with their two day fixture starting at 2.10pm before racing again on Saturday evening at 5.05pm.
Many of the jockeys in action at Doncaster on Saturday evening will have travelled on from Ripon's afternoon card which is due to start at 2.25pm.
If that's not enough for you, Wetherby kick start the new jumps season this Sunday with a family fun day, less than twenty- four hours from Sandown who bring down the curtain on another fantastic jumps campaign!

Welcome Approach
The low point of last week on the equine front was the loss of Welcome Approach, who suffered a fatal injury at Wolverhampton last Saturday evening. The nine-year-old was the winner of twelve races, the last of them coming at Kempton last month. Well handled throughout his career by John Weymes, our thoughts are with him, his owners T A Scothern & Tag Racing and all of the staff at his yard.

Thursday 19th April 2012

Ripon
The weather wasn't very kind to us at Ripon on Thursday but there was still a big crowd on show, and a couple of Middleham winners to report.
We thought Hajras might well be handicapped nicely for Mark Johnston and so it proved, running away with the Ripon "Cock o’ North" Handicap in very easy style, in the hands of Joe Fanning.
Afterwards the trainers wife Deirdre said: "He did well really as he was an experienced horse racing on testing ground. "He's a half brother to Awzaan but he's a very different type as he's a big scopey type."
Later in the afternoon Elaine Burke had a nice surprise when Hawaiian Storm took the one mile maiden at 50-1!
Unfortunately we cant say we backed it but, clearly, the Burke team have their horses in top form and there horse always need a second look.

Saturday
Loads of quality racing today with the Coral Scottish National taking centre stage up at Ayr. Closer to home, Thirsk stage an eight race card, due underway at 2:10pm. Staying at Thirsk, good luck to Graham Lee who has his first ride as a flat jockey this afternoon on Red Hot Mamma in the seven furlong at 3:15pm.
Lee, a Grand National winning jockey, is to focus fully on the flat and has been riding out for many top trainers, including Kevin Ryan, is looking forward to the new challenge: "I'm very fit and really looking forward to it. I walked the track earlier in the week and it's beautiful.
"It will be hard riding at all the new courses,a big challenge, but a challenge I'm up for!"
Go for it G Lee!

Wednesday 18th April 2012

The weather wasn't very kind to us on Wednesday but it didn't stop some quality action taking place at Newmarket and Beverley. Mark Johnston has a very smart filly on his hands in the shape of Baileys Jubilee who continues to impress as one of the speediest two-year-olds seen this season as she made it two-from-two in the equestrianart.com Conditions Stakes at headquarters.
"She's very sharp," said Johnston. "It's strange because I didn't think I was doing anything different with our two-year-olds but two of the first three have won."
Asked if she was of Royal Ascot quality, the trainer said: "Possibly, but she'll run in the fillies' Listed race at York first, and then we'll see."
Johnston enjoyed a double at Newmarket when Es Que Love ran out an easy winner in the 6f handicap.
At Beverley Johnston was also on the mark, this time it was Smart Step who ran out a ready Winner 10f fillies handicap under Joe Fanning.
Thursday sees Ripon get their season underway and we could do with the weather brightening up for their cracking seven race card which gets underway at 2:10pm.

Tuesday 17th April 2012

Check out Wednesdays racing! What a day, you've the home of National Hunt racing, Cheltenham, staging a very competitive seven race card, the small matter of the Craven Stakes is the highlight of Newmarket's first meeting of the season, while closer to home Beverley springs their new season into life with a eight race card, first race due underway at 1:40pm!
There are plenty of Middleham runners taking their chances, fingers crossed a few shall even get to the winners enclosure!

Monday 16th April 2012

A Busy week with the flat stepping up a gear with the Craven two day meeting getting underway at Newmarket on Wednesday.
With Beverley staging an eight race card on Wednesday, Ripon on Thursday and Thirsk on Saturday there are plenty of chances to go racing in Yorkshire this week.
We here at Middleham Racing Tours are looking forward to Thursday evening where we will be helping our friends www.royalssporting.com launch their new product.
Royals Sporting aim is to promote county sports and tourism in the Yorkshire Dales, whether it is a day on the grouse moor, a days fishing or a horse racing break, in which we can help provide a fantastic insight to the racing world.
They've some great deals with local Hotels, B&B'S, restaurants and we are looking forward to working alongside them. Hopefully more to follow!

MONDAY
On a really quiet day, Mark Johnston had a winner with Always Eager at Wolverhampton under Mr Reliable Joe Fanning!
The only other meeting on Monday was Windsor and Elaine Burke went close with her only runner, Priestley's Reward finishing a close second.
On Tuesday Burke sends two over to Maisons-Laffitte. Burke has done well on her French raids, the prize money is great, results to follow........

Sunday 15th April 2012

Ready to kick start the new week and plenty of Yorkshire racing as Beverley (Wednesday), (Ripon) Thursday and Thirsk (Saturday) all get their season underway.
With the Craven meeting on at Newmarket, a two day fixture at Cheltenham and the Scottish National meeting at Ayr on Friday and Saturday it really is a busy week!

Dont forget,if you fancy coming to Middleham for a look around the gallops and yards, meet the horses, trainers and jockeys just get in touch.
Any queries or questions just drop us an email!

Friday 13th April 2012

Aintree Day 2

Great to watch the Topham Chase at Aintree and what a true star Always Waining is, making history winning the race for the third year in a row!
The 11-year-old started his career in Middleham with Mark Johnston, winning three races when based in the Kingsley House yard.

Brilliant Burke's!

While many people where watching Aintree, Elaine and Karl Burke kept up their fine run of form with another winner at Leicester. Ficelle was the horse in question, running out an easy winner of the seller. However, the winner was sold afterwards and now joins Ron Harris's yard.

Ripon

Entries closed on Friday afternoon for Ripon's first meeting of the new season next Thursday. No less than 146 horses are spread over the six races which is due to get underway at 2:10pm.

Thursday 12th April 2012

Aintree Day One.

It was like a amtch to petrol,Big Bucks winning the first race at Aintree didn't half get the crowd off on the right note when coming clear from Crack Away Jack, and in doing so registered his seventeenth straight win.
Trained by Champion jumps trainer Paul Nicholls and ridden by regular partner Ruby Walsh, it's hard to believe he is a chronic box walker, which makes his achievements all the more meritorious.

Thanks for all your kind messages regarding our tip we put up earlier in the afternoon. Anyone who follows us on Twitter(@MiddlehamTours ) will have seen we fancied Follow The Plan, who won the Grade 1 Betfred Bowl Chase at 50-1, he was 66-1 when we put him up!

Wednesday 11th April 2012

Catterick
On Wednesday Catterick kicked off their Flat season, however looking at the driving rain you would have thought it was mid winter!
The weather, however, couldn't dampen James Bethell's spirits after watching Alive And Kicking come home in front in the six furlong maiden. Off the track since last May, due to a chipped bone in a knee, he looks sure to improve and strikes as a type to win again,with a very workable mark of 70.
A special mention must go to Hi Dancer who ran a solid race to finish second in the staying handicap. A winner of fourteen races, it looked an ideal opportunity for Ben Haslam's charge to land his third win in a row (last two over hurdles) but found Golden Future to strong. There is plenty of life left in Hi Dancer yet!

Aintree
Today sees the first day of the Grand National fixture and what a way to kick start the meeting with Big Bucks looking for his seventeenth win in a row. By midday we will also know the final line-up for The Grand National on Saturday, what do you fancy? Let us know by emailing us My Grand National Winner and see if you can work out the worlds greatest horse race!

Pontefract got their season underway yeasterday, and what a fine day for Middleham supporters, as the local trainers sent out an amazing four winners on the day.
Mark Johnston got the ball rolling with Es Que Love, who cut out most of the running under Silvestre Du Sousa.
Elaine Burke looks primed for a big season and saddled a fine double on the day with Lisiere and Media Type, both look the type to win again.
A fine day was rounded off in the best way as the Chris Fairhurst trained Thackeray ran out an easy winner for Middleham born jockey Kelly Harrison.

Catterick Preview
Today see's Catterick get their term underway, and lets hope the good run of the Middleham trainers continues!
In the 3:30pm, Kate Walton saddles Embsay Crag, who was a solid fourth at Doncaster on his latest start. In the 4:00pm, Alive And Kicking looks to have a good chance on his first start after a break. His trainer,James Bethell, has had a couple go close of late and this four year old should go well.
One of the most popular horses on show all day is High Dancer who takes his chance in the 4:30pm. After winning his first two starts over hurdles he is back on the level, looking for his fifteenth career success for trainer Ben Haslam.

Tuesday 10th April 2012

Well, we finally have our website up and running!
We will be updating our latest news page everyday, to bring you all the news from Middleham and the wider racing world. So make sure you check it out!

We hope you all managed to make it to Middleham for the annual Open Day on Good Friday, there was a great turnout, and everyone looked to really enjoy themselves, so thank you to everyone who helped to organise such a fantastic day.
The jockeys show jumping certainly went down well, with a massive crowd of people staying to watch Amy Ryan take the 1st place rosette.
For more news and pictures of the day visit www.middlehamstablesopenday2012.co.uk

Our locally trained horses are all running great at present,but a special mention must go to Mark Johnston who sent out three winners last Saturday, two up at Musselburgh, and one at Kempton.
The Kempton winner, Baileys Jubilee, being the trainers 50th of the year. Quite remarkable!

Tuesday 3rd April 2012

The Latest News page does exactly what it says on the tin! We will update this page as close to daily as we can, previewing what's coming up at the local tracks and all the latest gossip from Middleham itself!

We here at Middleham Racing Tours are very excited about launching our new venture on this special week of the year, with Middleham Open-Day on Friday. As you will see with some of the pictures on the site, Middleham is truly a beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales and for horseracing fans it's a must visit. On Friday the stables are open to the public between 9:30am-1:00pm.
After that the action gathers momentum up on the Low Moor when there are numerous activities including a chance for the public to air there views on any racing topic in a Questions and answers session with Mark Johnston, Ex trainer Patrick Haslam, Ex jockey George Duffield and RUK presenter Niall Hannity. On the back of this several high profile jockeys, including Silvestre De Sousa, Kieren Fallon and Phil Makin, will compete with the local Pony Club in a fascinating Show-Jumping competition. We hope you can make it to Middleham either this Friday or in the near future where you will be guaranteed a warm welcome.
For more details about Open-Day on Friday check out www.middlehamstablesopenday2012.co.uk

After Middleham's Open Day on Friday and Bedale's Point-to-Point on Saturday there is a chance to go racing on Easter Monday at Redcar. The first race is due off at 2:00pm and the tracks general manager Amy Fair is looking forward to the day, saying: "Our traditional Easter Monday fixture is a great day for families and friends to get together. Alongside the racing, we've got lots of free entertainment for families, while racegoers have the chance to enter the competition in the racecard to win a VIP day out on Zetland Gold Cup Day on Bank Holiday Monday, June 4th."

A busy week ahead for the Yorkshire tracks as Pontefract get their season underway on Tuesday, the first of sixteen meetings at the course this year. The first race at Pontefract is due off at 2:20pm.

Catterick also get their Flat campaign underway this Wednesday, with a seven race card due underway at 2:00pm.