Tweenhills Farm & Stud

Havana Gold's Chipotle Strikes For Windsor Castle Triumph

Eve Johnson Houghton trainee Chipotle (GB) (Havana Gold {Ire}) annexed Doncaster's Mar. 27 Brocklesby on debut before making light of a three-pound penalty in an Apr. 28 conditions test over Ascot's five-furlong strip, but was compromised by soft conditions when relinquishing his perfect record in Sandown's May 27 Listed National S. last time. The Tattersalls Ascot yearling, purchased by Johnson Houghton for a bargain 10,000gns, went postward at odds of 22-1 for Wednesday's Listed Windsor Castle S., but was off script at the break and left trailing on the far...

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Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy Reaches 1,000-Winner Mark

Qatar Racing colourbearer Perfect Sign (Ire) (Charm Spirit {Ire}) gave pilot Oisin Murphy his 1,000 winner. The reigning champion jockey and retained rider for Qatar Racing teamed up with the juvenile filly for trainer Michael Dods at Southwell. The 25-year-old Irishman, who was the champion apprentice in the UK in 2014, was appointed number one Jockey for Qatar Racing in 2016. On board Qatar Racing's Kameko (Kitten's Joy) he gained his first Classic success in the 2020 G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas. Murphy told Sky Sports Racing: "I ride for great...

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Hot Streak's A Case Of You Triumphs in the Anglesey

John McConnell's A Case Of You (Ire) (Hot Streak {Ire}), who  improved off an Aug. 26 debut third at Bellewstown to garner a Sept. 4 Down Royal maiden last time, stepped forward to claim a career high in Sunday's rescheduled G3 Jebel Ali Racecourse & Stables Anglesey S. at The Curragh. The well-backed 6-1 chance, who also 'won' a July 29 Dundalk barrier trial, powered forward from a mainly level break to race on the front end after the initial steps of this black-type bow. Coming under pressure soon after...

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Harbour Watch's Pyledriver Causes an Upset In the King Edward VII

In the midst of some predictable results on Royal Ascot's opener, there was the shock of a hammer blow to some big reputations as the 18-1 shot Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) took the G2 King Edward VII S. without any hint of fluke. Largely disregarded despite flashing talent at two and when runner-up in the June 3 G3 Classic Trial at Kempton, Guy and Hugh Leach and Roger Devlin's bay was also low-profile in the race itself, anchored towards the rear early by Martin Dwyer along with the 10-11...

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The Importance of Mentors: Alice Thurtle

Who has been the biggest inspiration in your career and why? AT: Tough question. There are so many inspirational people within the industry. For my own career, my parents are definitely responsible for my passion for horses and racing. I was riding before I could walk and spent most of my childhood bringing on and selling ponies. That [background] taught me so much from assessing conformation and ability, to breaking in and educating youngsters. At university, my lecturer at the time, Annie Bishop, was a massive influence. She had been...

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