MISS Mirasol travelled down from Yorkshire on Saturday to land the Empress Stakes, a Newmarket Listed race and a first win at the course for trainer Kevin Ryan.

The trainer had expected the filly to win at Haydock recently and said he'd been upset when she didn't. He was pleased with the Saturday success, which came thanks to jockey Joe Fanning.

Ryan, who trains at the top of Sutton Bank, has already passed last year's total and is now likely to go well past his best ever previous tally of 31.

Platinum Duke took his fifth win in a row at Wolverhampton last Friday as part of a Ryan-Fergal Lynch double. The winner had a fractured knee last year and looked unlikely to race again, but he healed well to make this year's sparkling comeback.

For Platinum Racing Club, this was the 13th win this year from the nine horses they have in training. Lynch did the business for the club and trainer again next day at Newcastle, partnering Uhoomagoo to victory.

The trainer sent out another useful-looking filly at Pontefract when Miss Takeortwo won under this season's flying apprentice, Paul Hanagan.

Hanagan, who is attached to Richard Fahey's yard, has only a couple more rides before he loses his apprentice's weight claim.

He partnered Oldenway to win at both Chester and Musselburgh for his guv'nor, adding a double with Alan Swinbank's Blair, following up last week's win.

Miss Opulence, trained by Brian Ellison and owned by former trainer Vicky Haigh, was another follow-up success for the lad.

Charlie Poste, Fahey's newer apprentice, was also on the mark for him at Chester, partnering Sir Sandrovich.

The youngster had a winner for an outside yard at Musselburgh when partnering Oriental Empress for Chris Thornton, last week's Ayr winner.

Tim Easterby continued flying form with two winners at Newcastle, one at each of Doncaster's cards and a splendid Newmarket win by Fayr Jag. This could be because he chose two of the best senior jockeys - Kieren Fallon and Richard Quinn.

Keith Dalgleish, fresh from his first Ascot victory, won for Mark Johnston at Yarmouth and Catterick. Another footnote to Ascot: Johnston sailed past the £1m prize money mark again. Joe Fanning travelled to Hamburg on Tuesday to win for him on Double Honour.

His other senior jockey, Kevin Darley, and Middleham senior rider Tyrone Williams, together with David Nicholls' apprentice Tony Hamilton, were injured in a Hamilton pile-up on Tuesday. Darley and young Hamilton gave up their Wednesday rides, but Williams rode at Catterick.

He was out of luck win-wise, though, as Tony Culhane had a flying day to land four - a feat he previously achieved at Musselburgh before he went to Hong Kong in 2000.

One was for his long-time supporter David Chapman, on old favourite Sharp Hat.

Earlier in the week, Culhane also partnered Redoubtable to win for the Stillington handler at Musselburgh and at Doncaster's evening meeting for Mary Reveley on Loop The Loup.


Thursday last week. - No DST area winners at Carlisle, Salisbury.

Friday. - Wolverhampton AW: (6f hcp) Noble Locks (trained by Kevin Ryan, at Hambleton; owned by Paul J Dixon), ridden by Fergal Lynch; (7f hcp) Platinum Duke (Kevin Ryan; Platinum Racing Club Ltd), Fergal Lynch.

Newcastle*: (10f men amtr hcp) Scramble (Brian Ellison, Norton; Keith Middleton), Mr Jamie Moore (claiming 5lbs); (6f sllr) Rutters Renegade (Alan Swinbank, Melsonby; S V Rutter), Kevin Darley (no bid after).

Saturday. - Newcastle: (6f hcp) Ragamuffin (Tim Easterby, Great Habton; Mrs Jennifer E Pallister), Richard Quinn; (6f mdn) Cumbrian Venture (Tim Easterby; Cumbrian Industrials Ltd), Kieren Fallon; (7f hcp) Uhoomagoo (Kevin Ryan; Platinum Racing Club Ltd), Fergal Lynch.

Newmarket: (6f Lstd) Miss Mirasol (Kevin Ryan; Mrs Margaret Forsyth), Joe Fanning;(6f rtd) Fayr Jag (Tim Easterby; T E F Freight (Scarborough) Ltd), Willie Supple.

Chester: (12f hcp) Oldenway (Richard Fahey, Butterwick; Exors of the late T P Staunton), Paul Hanagan (appr claiming 3lbs); (5f hcp) Sir Sandrovitch (Richard Fahey; W G Moore & G Winton), Charlie Poste (7).

Doncaster*: (10f mdn) Derwent (James Bethell, Middleham; M J Dawson), Kevin Darley; (14f hcp) Loop The Loup (Mary Reveley, Lingdale; Mr and Mrs J D Cotton), Tony Culhane; (7f hcp) Freya's Dream (Tim Easterby; Sue Tindall and Hazel Lowrey), Kieren Fallon.

Sunday. - Doncaster: (8f hcp) Style Dancer (Tim Easterby; I Buckley L Cross P Dixon), Richard Quinn.

Uttoxeter NH: (nov hcp hdl) Were Not Stoppin (Robin Bastiman, Cowthorpe; I B Barker), Harvey Bastiman (2nd hampered, awarded the race by stewards).

Monday. - Pontefract: (5f mdn) Miss Takeortwo (Kevin Ryan; Crewe and Nantwich Racing Club), Paul Hanagan (3); (6f fillies' hcp) Bint Royal (Brian Ellison; Mrs Andrea M Mallinson), Richard Mullen; (10f appr hcp) Noble Cyrano (Jedd O'Keeffe, Coverham; Wetherby Racing Bureau), Leanne Kershaw (5).

Musselburgh: (16f appr hcp) Oriental Empress (Chris Thornton, Middleham; Hb, Mrs C Wilson), Charlie Poste; (7f mdn) Middleham Peacock (Patrick Haslam, Middleham; J Millican), Lee Enstone (5); (14f hcp) Blair (Alan Swinbank, Melsonby; Leading Star Racing), Paul Hanagan (3); (9f clfd) Oldenway (Richard Fahey, Butterwick; Exors of the late T P Staunton), Paul Hanagan (3); (7f hcp) Redoubtable (David Chapman, Stillington; trainer), Tony Culhane.

Tuesday. - Hamilton: (6f mdn) Diamond Orchid (Les Eyre, Hambleton; Diamond Racing Ltd), Darren Williams (3); (5f hcp) Regal Song (Tim Etherington, Norton; J Brierley), Carl Lowther; (9f hcp) Miss Opulence (Brian Ellison; Miss V Haigh), Paul Hanagan (3).

Yarmouth: (7f cnds) Gateman (Mark Johnston, Middleham; Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds), Keith Dalgleish.

Hamburg, Germany: (16f Lstd) Double Honour (Mark Johnston; the 4th Middleham Partnership), Joe Fanning.

Wednesday. - Catterick: (5f hcp) Sharp Hat (David Champan; Miss N F Thesiger), Tony Culhane; (12f hcp) Scott's View (Mark Johnston; Great Escape Partnership), Keith Dalgleish.

Yarmouth*: (8f clmr) Arpeggio (David Nichols, Sessay; H E Lhendup Dorji), Kieren Fallon