The Racing Week That Was 1-3-20


Monday, we start at Wolverhampton. There was a double for Hollie Doyle with Dancing Feet and Beau Geste. The feature race went to Silvestre De Sousa and Concierge. It was good news for our members one bet for the members today and it's a really well backed one Concierge (1pt win) 7/2 he returned 13/8. At Southwell, Straitouttacompton was on target for Ivan Furtado.


Tuesday, we start at Catterick, there was a double for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden with Ashutor and Saint Sonnet. There were also doubles for Sam & Jonathan England with Mamoo and Ask Paddy. At Lingfield, Auchterarder took the feature race for Mark Johnston.


Wednesday, we start at Musselburgh. The finale went to Pammi under Brian Hughes who stretched his lead to twenty in the race for the jockeys' title. Richard Johnson returns tomorrow so its very much game on. At Market Rasen, Archie Brown was on target for Paul Nicholls and Byrony Frost. At Wincanton, there was a double for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden with Fidellio Vallis and Ask For Glory. At Southwell, Queen of All was an impressive winner for Richard Hughes. At Kempton, Punctuation bolted up for her Majesty The Queen with Silvestre De Sousa doing the steering.


Thursday, we start with the news Nicky Henderson will keep a close eye on Epatante over the weekend after revealing an untimely scare with the Unibet Champion Hurdle favorite. At Musselburgh, there was a double for Richard Johnson with his on two rides on the card Made For You and Dubai Guest. At Clonmel, there was a double for Willie Mullins with Marajman and The West Awaits. At Ludlow, Red Risk was on target for Paul Nicholls. At Newcastle, Pappa Power was on target for Silvestre De Sousa. At Chelmsford, the feature race went to Fantastic Flyer under Sophie Ralston. At Meydan, Charlie Appleby had a four-timer with Well Of Wisdom, Star safari, Secret Advisor and Velorum.


Friday, we start with the news that Un De Sceaux has been retired after sustaining an injury. Willie Mullins described Un De Sceaux as a “once-in-a-lifetime horse” as he confirmed the multiple Grade One-winner’s retirement following injury. The career-ending problem was discovered after the 12-year-old worked on Thursday morning. Un De Sceaux finished outside the first two just once in 21 completed runs over fences — the majority of which were in Grade One company.“Right up to the end, he was trying to impersonate a four-year-old,” said Mullins.“He worked great yesterday morning, but you could see on pulling up that he wasn’t right, and it was confirmed this morning that he had a ligament injury.”

Un De Sceaux has been among the brightest stars at Mullins’ powerhouse stable since arriving from France seven years ago. The champion Irish trainer added: “He’s been a huge star in our yard and he’ll be hugely missed.“You can’t replace horses like him — it’s impossible. He was a once-in-a-lifetime horse, and we were very lucky to have him.“It was incredible how sound he was, because he was so hard on himself, and every day he gave his best in racing and in training.“He had a huge following. The owners (the O’Connell family) have Bachasson to go to the (Cheltenham) Festival with this year in the Coral Cup, and hopefully, they can look forward to that.”Un De Sceaux ends his career, having won 23 of 34 races under Rules and more than £1,500,000 in prize money. He ran at five Cheltenham Festivals, winning the Arkle in 2015 and the Ryanair in 2017.

My own thoughts are. I just wonder about the early career for Un De Sceaux he did tend to avoid, Hurricane Fly, Faugheen and Vautour. Could he have won more Gradeones I guess we will never know? That said it is the longevity of Un De Sceaux that defines his greatness. He just came back year after year. Go well Un De Sceaux for you gave much.

On the track at Dundalk, Trainer Joseph O'Brien completed a treble at Dundalk and, having registered a 1-2 in the Listed Patton Stakes, finished a good evening's work with Funny Little Ways. The daughter of Gutaifan carries the colours of owner/breeder Kevin Blake, who works as O'Brien's race planner, and later said “I was hoping once she broke well. I said to Mikey beforehand if she breaks well then goes forward and if you’re caught wide not to worry as I felt she needed to be forward. The O'Brien treble was completed by San Andreas. Crossfirehurricane led home a 1-2 for trainer Joseph O'Brien in the featured Listed Woodford Reserve Patton Stakes.

At Doncaster, the feature race went to Miah Grace. At Newbury, there was a double for Nicky Henderson with Monte Cristo and Gran Luna. At Lingfield, Healing Power bolted up for Ivan Furtado. At Newcastle, Mark Johnston was on target with Mountain Brave.


Saturday, we start at Riyadh. The richest horse race ever run took place. Maximum Security toughed it out in Riyadh to win an epic first running of the Saudi Cup. Dark Power caused a 66-1 shock in the stc 1351 Cup as Frankie Dettori timed his run to perfection to collar Mubtasim in the dying strides in Riyadh. The meetings at Navan and Newbury were abandoned. At Doncaster, Cill Anna showed great determination to take Listed honours in the 888Sport Take ‘Em On Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle for Paul Nicholls. Captain Chaos finally had his day in the sun as he landed a deserved success in the 888Sport Grimthorpe Handicap Chase for the Skelton's. At Kelso, Definitly Red completed his Grand National preparations with a dour staying performance in the William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Premier Chase. At Lingfield, Malotru produced a stylish display to capture the Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost Spring Cup Stakes for Marco Botti.


Sunday, we start at Leopardstown. Gun Digger bounced back to form to land a nice pot in the TRI Equestrian Handicap Chase at Leopardstown.Gordon Elliott's charge just sneaked into the handicap proper after the withdrawal of top-weight Anibale Fly and was supported from 25/1 into 7/1. Grand Partner swept clear on the run-in to claim the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase in fine style at Leopardstown.Sean O'Keeffe produced his mount to challenge travelling well going to the last in the two-mile-one contest. Trainer Tom Mullins said, “He lost third place in the last 50 yards at Thurles and I wasn’t that hopeful today for that reason but I had to run him because the race really suited him and he’s won four times here before.“It’s his track so I couldn’t not run him. I’m thrilled with that and obviously he’s a lot better here. He could come back here for something on the Flat.” Charli Parcs overcame a long absence to make a winning start for Aidan Howard at Leopardstown this afternoon. The JP McManus-owned gelding was making his first start since finishing well held in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham in November 2018. At Sedgefield, two old stagers bounced back to form in Rock On Fruity and Federici