Team Woodway have hit the 20 winner mark for the season and the horses are running well.
June was a great month with 10 winners featuring a double and another treble following the previous one back in April. Granary Queen and Rage Of Bamby brought up the double - Granary Queen won under a great ride from Saffie Osborne at Brighton, where Granary has a record of 2 wins from 5 starts . She normally has to be produced with a late run as she can prick her ears when hitting the front and start pulling herself up! Rage of Bamby scored on debut at Newbury for her owners Hot To Trot Racing and Mrs Antoinette Kavanagh. She had been showing up well on the gallops so it was brilliant to she her replicate her good work on the racecourse. The treble was courtesy of Due A Rum, Greased Lightning and Streets Of Gold. Due A Rum came with a late run up the rails under a shrewd ride from Cieren Fallon at Brighton to the delight of his owner-breeders The Nigel Bennett Partnership. This was their first home bred winner so it was very special and their trip over from the Isle Of Wight was well worth it! It was then over to Chepstow for the next 2 legs of the treble as both Greased Lightning and Streets Of Gold scored on their debuts.
We had a couple of runners at Royal Ascot with Jumby running a blinder to be 3rd in the Wokingham, he now heads to the Bunbury Cup on Saturday so fingers crossed he can get his head in front there.
This year's crop of two year olds are really coming along nicely and we have already had 6 individual winners with 4 of those winning on their debuts. We still have a few unraced ones waiting in the wings to run in the coming weeks so I'm sure we'll be adding to our tally!
Over the past couple months we have taken part in two charity races and our riders and managed to win both time raising a good amount of money for Charity. Danville won the IJF Charity race at Newbury back in April ridden by Eve's friend Isabelle Spearman who made it second time lucky as she took part in the Magnolia Cup at Goodwood last year. Last week Uncle Dick won the charity race at Newton Abbot run during Racing Staff Week in aid of Racing Welfare. Our very own Imogen Levick (who has been a part of Team Woodway for the past year and a half) steered him to an impressive win and she has aspirations of getting her apprentice license very soon.
Recently we have welcomed two new young riders to our team, Mia Nicholls & Olly Carmichael and both are aiming to become jockeys. Mia has a great racing pedigree as her grandfather Dandy Nicholls trained many a sprinting star and her father trains too. Olly came along to one of our open days last year and hasn't really left since and he's been a great addition to our yard!
Nynke Schilder who has been at Woodway for the past 7 years has begun a new career working for an IT security company. Nynke was lucky enough to look after 2 Royal Ascot winners in her time here - Chipotle and Accidental Agent and in the past year was one of our travelling staff. We wish her the best of luck with her new job.