Ronan rocks as Mr Snoozy seals hat-trick

Baltic Knight ridden by Richard Hughes (right, yellow cap) wins the Ian and Kate Hall Mcmillan Ganton Stakes at York Racecourse, York. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2013. See PA story RACING York. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Baltic Knight ridden by Richard Hughes (right, yellow cap) wins the Ian and Kate Hall Mcmillan Ganton Stakes at York Racecourse, York. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 15, 2013. See PA story RACING York. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

We enjoyed a busy two days of racing at Doncaster on Friday afternoon and Saturday evening; and there were plenty of top equine performances, too – not just the cracking show from Ronan Keating!

Mr Snoozy made it a hat-trick of victories under Jason Hart on Friday. He was a popular winner and a well-backed favourite.

After racing prominently throughout, the gelding kicked on at the three-furlong pole and from that point on, the bird had flown and he scored by four lengths.

It was a good day for the Champion Jockey Richard Hughes as well, who rode a magnificent three winners and three seconds from seven rides.

His wins were aboard Malachim Mist and Intrigo, for his boss and father-in-law Richard Hannon, but he was also successful for trainer Peter Chapple Hyam aboard Cape of Hope in the opening race.

The colt showed a fantastic attitude to fend off Lulu The Zulu, the latter of whom is sure to be winning soon.

Lady Cecil and Tom Queally were also in the winners enclosure with a 16/1 scorer in the shape of Missed Call, who won in good style on her third start for prominent jumps owner Malcolm Denmark.

As for Saturday night, Ronan Keating was the star attraction performing live after racing, but the equine talent was at its most prominent in the 7.45pm race, a mile handicap for horses rated 0-90.

It went to the top-weight Storm King who had run much better than expected in Listed company last time out at York, and defied the welter burden to score impressively here for the first time on turf.

He will possibly go back into Pattern company now.

It was a good night for jockey PJ McDonald, who rode a double aboard Chant for Ann Duffield and Dark Castle for Micky Hammond.

Chant was winning his second race in a row after dead-heating at Carlisle; and again showed a willing attitude to score here narrowly.

Dark Castle was recording his first win on grass and his first for Micky Hammond and could continue in good form on his already dangerous mark.

By far the toughest performance of the night was El Bravo, who dug extremely deep to make all in the opening mile-and-a-half handicap under Neil Farley.

He is trained in Clumber Park by Shaun Harris - who has a really good strike rate on Town Moor - and owned by Nottinghamshire Racing.

He followed that dogged victory up with a fine second at Pontefract on Monday.

We race every week throughout July and have just launched two exciting new initiatives which give local residents the chance to come and enjoy an evening of fantastic racing entertainment on July 18 and 25.