The Racing Week That Was 10/3/19


Monday, we start at Leopardstown who brought the curtain down on its jump season. The novice hurdle went in brilliant style to Zero Style who looks one to follow for Emmett Mullins.  The novice chase went in equally taking fashion to Snugsborough Hall for Liam Cusack. It was good news for our members. Zero Ten 200 Leopardstown (11/10) & Snugsborough Hall 335 Leopardstown(2/1) (rule 4 deduction 10%)advised to our members 3pts win Double both won. Lady Writer made it two wins in a row for Denis Hogan. At Fakenham, the excellent spell for Christian Williams continued as Fifty Shades took the handicap chase. It was another winner for the Byrony Frost and Neil King combination as Canyon City got up late on to take the money. At Southwell, over the jumps, Good Boy Bobby bolted up for Nigel Twiston - Davies by 44 lengths. At Wolverhampton, John Gosden was on target with Questionare.


Tuesday, we start at Exeter. There was a double for Paul Nicholls with Truckers Lodge and Danny Whizzbang. At Newcastle, Song Saa was an impressive winner for Tom George. It was good news for our members' Truckers Lodge 245 Exeter (3/1) Song Saa 330 Newcastle (2/1) advised to our members 2.5pts win Double both won. At Wolverhampton, Endlessly was on target for Olly Murphy.


Wednesday, we start at Fontwell. Away For Slates made it 3 wins on the spin for Milton Harris. At Catterick, the feature race went to Halcyon Days. At Lingfield, the trainer boycott continued. At Kempton, Matterhorn was an impressive winner for Mark Johnston. At Dundalk, there was a winner for our good friend James McCauley as Mulzamm deservedly got his head in front. Drackensburg made it two wins on the bounce for Tony Martin.


Thursday, we start at Thurles. There was a double for Willie Mullins with Cash Back and Golden Spread. The feature race went to Smoking Gun for Joseph O'Brien who was winning his fourth race in five starts. At Wincanton, there was a treble for Paul Nicholls with Miranda, Storm arising and Trevelyns Corn. At Carlisle, Venetia Williams was on target with Jurys Out. At Southwell, there was a winner for trainer Mandy Rowland with Jazz Legend. At Chelmsford, the feature race went to Amade.


Friday, we start at Sandown. Two familiar faces made a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure at Sandown after Le Reve provided Lance Bombardier Jody Sole with a third success in the Grand Military Gold Cup.  Le Reve 340 Sandown (4/1) & Darebin 410 Sandown (9/2) advised to our members 1pt each way double both placed. At Dundalk, Ronan Whelan bagged a treble at Dundalk today as he steered the Richard O'Brien trained, 66 rated Cautious Approach. The treble was completed by Annabelle Rock and Bellick. There was a record eleventh win for Togoville at Dundalk. At Leicester, there was a double for Dan Skelton with Hatcher and Cobra De Mai. At Lingfield, Affluence was a really impressive winner. At Newcastle, the feature race went to Another Angel.


Saturday, we start at SandownMalaya continued the fine form of Paul Nicholls with victory in the Matchbook Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle. Malaya tanked through the race and could turn out for the County next Friday and the bonus prize at the festival. Malaya was advised to our members (1pt each way) 7/1.  There was a winner for Venetia Williams as Commodore made all the running to see off Vinnie Lewis and Horatio Hornblower. It was good news for our members. Horatio Hornblower 335 advised to our members (1pt each way) 8/1 placed. The members also had Malaya (7/1) & Horatio Hornblower  (8/1) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. Harry Fry conceded that “bragging rights” in his household now belong to his wife Ciara after Misty Whisky came with a storming late run in the EBF Stallions/TBA Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. Confusion reigned in the EBF Matchbook VIP “National Hunt” Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Final at Sandown, with the judge incorrectly calling One For Rosie as the winner instead of Third Wind. This is just not good enough on any level. The excellent Lydia Hislop put Chief steward Will Hudson through his paces in an excellent interview. I must say Will Hudson was trying to excuse the inexcusable fair play to him for fronting up, however, the whole thing was a shambles.

At Ayr, Brian Hughes was at the double, as he won onboard Charmant and Glittering Love. It was good news for our members as Glittering Love advised to our members (2.5pts win) 11/4.  At Hereford, there were doubles for Charlie Deutsch and Venetia Williams with Top And Drop and Cuban Pete. The Venetia Williams team are in a really good moment right now. At Wolverhampton, the Lincoln trial went to Zwayyan for Andrew Balding. There was nothing that caught my eye at Kempton. At Gowran, there was a double for Willie Mullins, with Voix Des Tiep and Burrows Saint. The feature race went to Ex-Patriot for Ellmarie Holden. Finally, on Saturday, Ante-post favorite Presenting Percy heads a list of 20 horses left in the Magners Gold Cup at the confirmation stage, as he seeks to win at the Cheltenham Festival for the third successive year.


Sunday, we start at Naas. The Leinster National went to Willie Mullins who saddled a 1-2-3. The race was won by Pairofbrowneyes who bolted up under Paul Townend by 5 lengths. Mullins and Townend completed a double with Chacun Pour Soi. There was also a double for trainer Alan Fleming with Espanito Bello and Mount Pelier. The Grade 3 novice chase went to promising staying novice chaser Kaiser Black. It was good news for our members. Kaiser Black was advised to our members (3ptswin) 15/8 won.  At Musselburgh, an old friend Mixboy took the feature race. At Warwick, Flash the steel was on target for Dan Skelton.