MARK JOHNSTON has enjoyed a fine season with his staying types and the Middleham-based trainer looks to hold another strong hand in the Listed feature of Saturday at York, the Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup. Johnston saddled three of the first four home in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes at Sandown last month, with Dee Ex Bee landing the spoils as Austrian School and Making Miracles finished third and fourth respectively. Both Austrian School and Making Miracles are set to lock horns again on the Knavesmire, which will be their fourth clash of the season. The score currently stands at two-one to Austrian School, who put eight and a half lengths on his stable companion in the Queen’s Cup at Musselburgh, although Making Miracles comprehensively reversed that form when romping hom... (Read More)
The Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars series was introduced in 2013 as a competitive way to highlight the up-and-coming young riders who will be the stars in the future,
The 10-race series begins at Doncaster in March and ends on the same course in November with rounds at every Yorkshire racecourse in between. In each race, riders score 18 points for a winner, nine for second, six for third, three for fourth, two for fifth and one for sixth.
The apprentice with the highest points total at the end of the season wins a cash prize of £1,000, a sponsorship from Go Racing In Yorkshire for the following season worth £500 and a new saddle from series supporter White Rose Saddlery of Malton.
The 2019 Future Stars Apprentice Series, supported by White Rose Saddlery
30 March – Doncaster
18 April – Ripon
1 May – Pontefract
30 May – Wetherby
25 June – Beverley
21 July – Redcar
9 August – Thirsk
8 Sept – York
19 October – Catterick
Final – 9 November – Doncaster
ROUND FOUR- WETHERBY, MAY 30
With four of the top five apprentices in this season’s Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars competition in action, this race looked to have the potential to allow one of them to steal a march on the rest.
In the event, competition leader Toby Eley, joint second and defending champion Kieran Schofield and fourth-placed Harry Russell all finished out of the first six placings which left the contest tighter than ever as a result.
Harrison Shaw, riding in the competition for the first time this season, equalled his 2017 points tally by bringing home the 25-1 shot Maid In Manhattan for Stockton trainer Rebecca Menzies after lying much nearer last than first early on.
Maid In Manhattan had been beaten over hurdles on her debut for the yard and had only been placed once in her previous 18 starts on the Flat, but she came with a steady run in the straight to wear down General Allenby by half-a-length. Shaw moves into joint second overall.
The runner-up was ridden by William Carver, who had started this year’s series with a third place on the opening day at Doncaster and so moves up to joint fifth with Russell, just 12 points behind Eley, who remains the overall leader despite his Wetherby blank.
Third at Wetherby was The Fiddler, who netted six points for rider Dylan Hogan on what was his debut ride in the Future Stars competition.
FUTURE STARS – Round 3, Pontefract May 1
Toby Eley built on his splendid ride at Ripon by winning round three of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars competition and take the lead overall.
Riding Peggie Sue for Adam West, Toby rode a cool race to complete a 55-1 double on the day, having earlier won on the Adam West-trained Regular Income in the Doncaster Equine College Handicap.
Harry Russell looked set to spreadeagle the field on Rickyroadboy as he led the field by three lengths on the turn for home, but he had no answer when Eley came through with his challenge in the closing stages.
Back in third was the 11-4 favourite Foxtrot Knight, ridden by Ella McCain for trainer Ruth Carr, but the partnership was comfortably held by the leading pair.
FUTURE STARS – Round 2, Ripon April 18
Defending champion Kieran Schofield began his attempt to become the first dual winner of the competition with a terrific performance to win the second round at Ripon on Canford Bay in the Mandale Homes Apprentice Handicap.
Sporting his ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ sponsorship logo on his breeches after claiming the crown in 2018, Kieran sparkled on the Antony Brittain-trained five-year-old.
Earlier in the day, the sprints had been won by horses going to the far rails, but Kieran had no option but to stick to the stands side from his stall 12 draw and though Canford Bay was a bit slow into stride, once the race began, he was brought through smoothly to have matters well in hand entering the final furlong.
The win puts Kieran joint top with Doncaster winner Cameron Noble ahead of Toby Eley, second at Ripon on Nibras Again and Seamus Cronin, who rode the runner-up at Doncaster.
Seamus had the opportunity to take the lead in the competition as he rode another Antony Brittain-trained runner Drakefell at Ripon, but the colt led the group in the centre of the track before fading out of contention and out of the points in seventh place.
FUTURE STARS – Round 1, Doncaster March 31
Progression is a brilliant thing for any apprentice jockey and for Cameron Noble it led to a first win in the Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars competition when the 2019 series got underway at Doncaster.
Third on his only ride in 2017 and second when he had just a solitary ride in the series last season, Noble marked the start of this year’s competition with a winner on the Ian Williams-trained Central City.
It was a cool ride from Noble, who was out the back for most of the way as former Future Stars series winner Gary Mahon set a blazing gallop on Staplegrove and as they reached the four furlong marker, Central City still had most of the field ahead of him.
Up front, Seamus Cronin had moved Apache Blaze in first-time cheek pieces to challenge for the lead, but no sooner had she gone on than Central City, who was not lacking for fitness after a couple of wins on the all-weather, began to pick up ground hand over fist and came to join her a furlong out.
The two drew clear in the closing stages with Central City a comfortable winner from Apache Blaze with the favourite Consultant and William Carver taking third place.
The big challenge for Noble now will be to improve still further on the previous two years by having more rides in the series. If he does, he is likely to be a big player for the prize worth £2,000 that is on offer.
ROLL OF HONOUR
2018 Kieran Schofield (attached to Brian Ellison)
2017 Callum Rodriguez (attached to Michael Dods)
2016 Rowan Scott (attached to Tim Easterby)
2015 Josh Doyle (attached to David O’Meara)
2014 Megan Carberry (attached to Brian Ellison)
2013 Gary Mahon (attached to Tim Easterby)
Table after round 2
Toby EleyPoints 27
Cameron NoblePoints 18
Kieran SchofieldPoints 18
|Harrions Shaw||2nd =||18|
|Harry Russell||5th =||15|
|William Carver||5th =||15|
|Ella McCain||8th =||6|
|Zak Wheatley||10th =||3|
|Daragh Keenan||10th =||3|
|Connor Murtagh||10th =||3|
|Josh Quinn||10th =||3|
|Cieren Fallon||14th =||2|
|Izzy Clifton||14th =||2|
|Jonathan Fisher||14th =||2|
|Paula Muir||14th =||2|
|Ben Sanderson||18th =||1|
|Thomas Greatrex||18th =||1|
|Pierre Louis Jamn||18th =||1|
|Jessica Cooley||18th =||1|