The Racing Week That Was 10-11-19


Monday, we start at Plumpton. There was a double for Paul Nicholls with Calva D'auge and Dan McGrue. There was a treble for Nick Scholfield with Crossley Tender, Shintori, and Two Sams. At Kempton, Young Rascal was an impressive winner for William Haggas. At Hereford, Cuban Pete was on the mark for Venetia Williams who has started to hit form. At Newcastle, Reassure made it an across the card double for William Haggas.


Tuesday, we start at Exeter for the Haldon Gold Cup day. Janika defied top-weight to win the Coral Haldon Gold Cup. I'm not sure this was a good race, to be honestSporting John looked a potential future star as he made his rules debut an impressively triumphant one in the D & S Commissioning Novices’ Hurdle. Frankie Dettori was banned for eight days following his ride aboard Master Of Reality in the Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington. The race went to Vow And Declare. The meeting at Fairyhouse was abandoned due to waterlogging. At Kempton, First View was on target for Saeed Bin Suroor. At Southwell, Goobinator bolted up for Donald McCain.


Wednesday, we start at Dundalk. There was a double for Chris Hayes with Count of Carabass and Lily Lily-Rose. At Nottingham, there was a double for John Gosden with Moonlight In Paris and Mishriff. At Musselburgh, Golden card was on target for Keith Dalgleish. At Chepstow, Silver Hallmark was on target for Fergal O'Brien. At Kempton, Show Stealer took the feature race. At Wolverhampton, Ishebayorgrey was on target for Iain Jardine.


Thursday, we start at Thurles. Everlastingpromise took the handicap chase for JP McManus and Enda Bolger. At Newbury, Champ looks set to take high rank over fences this season after putting in a near-perfect round of jumping in the KKA-Highpoint Beginners’ Chase. Diablo De Rouhet continued his rags to riches tale after forming the middle leg of a treble for Nicky Henderson in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle. The treble was completed by Son Of Camas in the bumper. At Market Rasen, there was a double for Fergal O'Brien with Pride Of Lecale and Crossgalesfamegame. At Sedgefield, Len Brennan was an impressive winner for Tim Vaughan. At Chelmsford, Dubai warrior was on target for John Gosden. At Southwell, Ventura Destiny bolted up for Keith Dalgleish.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. A night of mixed emotions for us at Dundalk. Trading Point ran an excellent race traveling powerfully through the race. Unfortunately for us and for Trading Point, he had no luck in running getting checked in his run several times. Oisin Orr did not have his best night in our view, however, hold up rides are difficult and you need the splits as well as good decision making. The good news is that Trading Point belongs at this level he showed it in the race. The other positive is Trading Point produced two good runs back to back the first time he has done this for us. We will look for another race soon but we will leave it to Damian and the team. There are many positives to take from last night. The ups and downs are part of this great sport. Inaanmorare was a good winner on the night Trading Point probably would have been a good second with a clear run. I thought Tartlette was a really impressive winner of the last.

At Warwick, Allmankind, and Maire Banrigh formed a double for the Skeltons. At Hexham, Ribble Valley bolted up for Brian Hughes. At Fontwell, Early Morning Rain was on target for Jamie Snowden who completed an across the card double following Thomas MacDonaghs win at Hexham. At Newcastle, there was a double for Callum Rodriquez with Summer Daydream and Brunch. At Chelmsford, Jeanie B was on target for Mick Channon completed an across the card double with Society Guest at Newcastle.


Saturday, we start at Aintree. Riders On the Storm proved a hit for local owners Carl Hinchy and Mark Scott when making a winning debut for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies in the Virgin Bet Handicap Chase. This a potentially a very nice horse in my viewTop-Notch warmed up for the Peterborough Chase with a determined effort to claim the Bet And Watch At Virgin Class 2 Hurdle. At Naas, there was a double for Willie Mullins with Tornado Flyer and Cilaos Emery who made a pleasing return to action in the Poplar Square Chase.

At Wincanton, Paul Nicholls landed his 10th Badger Beer Silver Trophy Handicap Chase as Give Me A Copper provided part-owner Sir Alex Ferguson with a famous win. Fusil Raffles landed short odds with a workmanlike performance in the Unibet Elite Hurdle for Nicky Henderson. This looks like an ideal Christmas hurdle horse to me. At Kelso, the feature race went to Well Above Par for Lucinda Russell winning by seven lengths. The meeting at Doncaster was abandoned. At Southwell, there was a double for Michael Appleby with Clipsham Tiger and Zapper Cass.


Sunday, we start at Navan. Ballyoisin successfully defended his crown in the Fortria Chase at Navan. The jumping of Ballyoisin was electric, I thought a Plus Tard ran well for a long way as did Hardline. The Arkle winner Duc Des Genievres was well beaten in the end he ran better than the better result. Bacardys inflicted a shock defeat on star mare Apple’s Jade in the Lismullen Hurdle. Abacadabras maintained his unbeaten record over jumps with an impressive display in the For Auction Novice Hurdle. A lovely part of the Andy Dufresne story - Camilla Sharples sold the son of Doyen for £330,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham Festival Sale Today, Camilla lead up the exciting gelding as he made a winning debut over hurdles. Andy Dufresne was an impressive winner completing a double for Gordon Elliott. The opener went to Theatre World for Ross O'Sullivan who landed some lovely bets (10/1 -7/2). It was good news for our members Theatre World was advised to our members (1pt each way) at 10/1.

At Sandown, Santini survived a major scare to keep his career on track with a hard-fought victory in the Virgin Bet Future Stars Intermediate Chase.  It was a strange one the race did not suit Santini at all, he could be a horse who just needs Cheltenham. I think Henderson should send Santini to Leopardstown at Christmas, King George just will not suit. Houblon Des Obeaux was a popular winner of the veteran's chase. There was a double for the red hot Fergal O'Brien with Lord Of The Island and Totterdown.