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Monday, 10 December, 2018

The best and worst of the weekend's racing

Paul Midgley: doubled his earnings for the year at Musselburgh on Saturday
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Performance of the weekend

All those involved in the Macmillan Charity Support raceday at York which raised a staggering £500,000.

Ahead of a week of Royal Ascot this meeting was all-inclusive right from the start with the local success of Jo Mason in the Queen Mother Cup for lady amateur riders' through to the charity race won by trainer's wife Belinda Keighley, who personally raised £25,000 in sponsorship.

It is hard to believe this charity day, started by Timeform 46 years ago, has gone from strength to strength and is getting on for £8 million raised in that time.

Disappointment of the weekend

Hollie Doyle breaking her collarbone at Goodwood on Friday evening.

While it does not rule Richard Hannon's apprentice out of following Josephine Gordon into the record books as champion apprentice, it has halted her strong start to her title tilt.

Seven weeks into their season Doyle tops the standings on 13 winners.

Shock of the weekend

Teams come and go but there was shock at the ending of Fran Berry's job as stable jockey to Ralph Beckett after little more than a year together.

The good news is British racing is not going to lose the talent that is Berry as the Irishman is staying as a freelance and has top jockeys' agent Tony Hind in his corner to suggest he will not struggle for winning rides in the coming months.

Picture of the weekend

On a weekend of wall-to-wall sunshine the shirt-sleeved crowds turned out in force for the charity raceday at York on Saturday

Biggest climber of the weekend

That accolade goes to Yorkshire trainer Paul Midgley who bagged both the Musselburgh sprints to move to number 31 in the trainers' charts with his haul of over £100,000 just over doubling his earnings this year.

Marching to a new tune

Trevor Whelan rode his first winner on the Flat at Chepstow on Friday and so nearly made it a sensational double when caught close home in the £100,000 Scottish Sprint Cup on Harry Hurricane.

Whelan made light of swapping three-mile chasers for five-furlong flying machines to show he can become the latest chapter in the trading places story.

While Whelan, better known for his partnership with Lil Rockerfeller over hurdles, is following the likes of Jim Crowley, Graham Lee and Timmy Murphy in testing the Flat waters, he made it known he has no plans to turn his back on his winter job.

Quote of the week

"William Derby said they didn't want to lose it as he thought it might have gone abroad, which would have been a great loss to British racing. The jacket is like me, it'll be around forever."

Mick Easterby on parting with his prized green jacket which was bought by York racecourse in the charity auction for £500.

Seven weeks into their season Doyle tops the standings on 13 winners, one ahead of David Egan.
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