The Racing Week That Was 10/12/17


Monday, we start at Southwell, the feature race was a six-furlong handicap. It went to Mujassam for David O'Meara and Patrick Vaughan. At Plumpton, there was a double for Dan Skelton with Solomon Grey and Optimus Prime both horses looked decent prospects. At Fakenham, there was a double for Olly Murphy and Richard Johnson with Saucysioux and Oxford Blu. The day was a winning day for our members with Optimus Prime 110 Plumpton (8/11) & Saucysioux 230 Fakenham (8/13) advised to our members 3pts win double both winning.


Tuesday, we start at Southwell over the jumps. There was a double for Robert Dunne with Corner Creek and Rif Raftou. There was a double for Kim Bailey with Station Master and Two For Gold. There was another winner for Dan Skelton with Red Rising who was an authoritative winner over Raz De Maree by nine lengths.  Raz De Maree was advised to our members 1pt each way at 8/1. At Lingfield, over the jumps, there was a winner for Gary and Joshua Moore with Clayton who got the better of Sea Wall by a short head. There was a winner for Colin Tizzard and Harry Cobden with Grand Vision in the veterans chase.  At Wolverhampton, the feature race went to Captain Navarre for Charlie Fellowes.


Wednesday, we start at Dundalk. Our syndicate horse Mokhalad ran a grand race. Mokhalad showed plenty of quality through the race and just got done for a bit of toe in the last furlong. The six furlongs was on the sharp side, Mokhalad will have learned plenty yesterday. We will look for a race before Christmas. Rory Cleary was really pleased with Mokhalad, we will what the handicapper does with Mokhalad on Monday. On the rest of the card, it was trainer Pat Murphy who had a double with Koybig and No Approval. At Newcastle, there was a double for Jim Goldie with Thello and Star Cracker. At Lingfield, Frankie Dettori had a double with Mordin and Toast Of New York.

At Haydock, Jonjo O'Neill junior and senior were on the mark with Pop Rockstar. There was a winner each for David Pipe and Donald McCain with Eamon An Cnoic and Whisky Chaser respectively. At Ludlow, David Pipe completed an across the card double as Red Square Revival bolted up by ten lengths in the novices handicap chase. It was great news for our members. Red Square Revival 100 Ludlow (5/1) & Pop Rockstar 1250 Haydock (7/2 ) were advised to our members 0.75pt each way double both winning. The old saying when a mare is in form keep backing her certainly applies to Marias Benefit who took the field apart from the front to win by seven lengths. Marias Benefit was advised to our member's 2.5pts win at 2/1. Another horse on a roll is Audacious Plan he was on target again at Ludlow taking the 18K Stg handicap chase. Audacious Plan was advised to our member's 2.5pts win at 5/2. The good news did not end there for our members.Marias Benefit 130 Ludlow (2/1) & Audacious Plan 205 Ludlow 5/2 were advised to our members 0.5pt win double both won. The day ended with 4 selections 4 winners for our members and a profit of 37.30 points on the day.


Thursday, we start at Clonmel. Jack Kennedy put himself well and truly in the frame for the ride of the year when making a miraculous recovery aboard Robin Des Mana before going on to land the Clonmel Racecourse Supporters Club Only 90 Euros Beginners Chase.The main drama occurred just before halfway at the final fence with a circuit to run where the Gordon Elliott trained gelding was in front when making a mistake that looked sure to unseat Kennedy. However, the talented teenager hung on for dear life and wrestled himself back into the saddle after about 100 yards.The 7/2 chance was soon back in the lead, and later got the better of Kiera Royale on the run-in by half a length.The drama at Clonmel was not confined to just that race as in the feature race long odds-on favorite Coquin Mans slipped up on the flat handing victory to Admiral Brian. I was very impressed with Draconian who took the concluding maiden hurdle for Willie and Patrick Mullins. This Draconian is a horse going places and was very good at his hurdles. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Martin Harley onboard Mercury and Global Academy.

At Wincanton, Anthony Honeyball continued his excellent run of form as Midnight Tune and Acey Milan. At Leicester, Nigel Twiston -Davies and Olly Murphy have been amongst the winners recently. The two trainers were on target with Lagavara and Cliffside Park. There was a double for Robin Dickin with Vocaliser and Dontminddboys. At Market Rasen, the two easiest winners of the day were Sunshade and Barney Dwan winning by 14 lengths respectively. It was good news for our members as Sunshade 1250 Market Rasen (8/13) & Barney Dwan 155 Market Rasen (4/5 ) were advised to our members 3pts win double.


Friday, we start at Exeter there was a double for Evan Williams with Virginia Chick and De Dollar Man. There was a double for Colin Tizzard with The Russian Doyen and West Approach who had Modus beaten when that horse departed taking a fall. Flemcara took the handicap hurdle for Emma Lavelle who is going well just now. Watcombe Heights and Saffron Wells filled out the places. It was a decent day at Exeter for our members. The Russian Doyen 100 Exeter (11/2) & Saffron Wells 135 Exeter (7/1) advised to our members 0.75pt each way double both placed. At Sandown, there was a very impressive winner of the novice hurdle with On The Blind Side who took the Grade 2 by nine lengths for Nicky Henderson. This On The Blind Side is a very good horse my view. The novice handicap chase went to Touch Kick for Paul Nicholls. At Sedgefield, there was another double for Donald McCain with Midnight Walk and Viserion. At Chelmsford, there was a double for jockey Charles Bishop with Tangramm and Ertidaad. At Dundalk, Medal Of Honour got off the mark for Joseph O'Brien. Elishpour ended the winning run of Clear Skies who was checked in her run at a vital time. There was a boost in the form of Mokhalad as Pivotal Connection saw off Dhafeera by a neck, Mokhalad has finished close to both horses in recent races which are positive signs for Mokhald's prospects.


Saturday, we start at Sandown. The Pertemps qualifier went to Holly Bush Henry who in a great finish up the Sandown hill saw off the very brave Connetable by a neck. The Henry VIII novice chase went in great style to Sceau Royal who traveled really well. Sceau Royal put the race to bed in easy style by eleven lengths from North Hill Harvey. The 60K STG handicap hurdle went to A Hare Breath who completed a double for Daryl Jacob on the day.The feature race was the Tingle creek it went to Politologue staked his Queen Mother Champion Chase claims as he presented Paul Nicholls with his 10th win in the Betfair Tingle Creek at Sandown. Ar Mad set a testing gallop, however, Politologue saw off Fox Norton by a half-length. There was a lot of talk about Douvan and Altior afterward which was unfair on the horses that ran here. The Tingle Creek is a big race in its own right and Politologue was a worthy winner. The London national concluded the card and it went to Benbens for Nigel Twiston- Davies.

At Aintree, Play The Ace made it four wins on the spin for Peter and Sean Bowen. The Becher chase was the feature race it went for the sixth time to Nigel Twiston-  Davies as Blaklion eased to a win by nine lengths. Definitly Red took the Many Clouds chase by seven lengths. The Sefton handicap chase also over the National fences saw Gas Line Boy win well. It was a well-deserved Gas Line Boy and Blaklion will surely be back here in April for the National. At Wetherby, there were lots of non-runners. There was a second win a few days for Jonjo O'Neill junior and senior who were on the mark with Pop Rockstar. At Chepstow, there was a dead heat in the first race between Bill and Barn and Rhaegar the trainers were Kim Bailey and Paul Nicholls.  At Wolverhampton, Never Back Down qualified for all weather finals day for Hugo Palmer and Josephine Gordon. At Navan, it was a case of doubles all round as Mark Walsh had a double on board Speak Easy and A Hardy Nailer. There was a double for Gordon Elliott with Tombstone and  Defi Bleu. That last double on the card went to Willie Mullins as Polidam and Invitation Only both won.


Sunday, we start at Punchestown. There was a double on the card for Willie Mullins with Getabird and Hollowgraphic who Willie Mullins mentioned as a potential Cheltenham bumper horse.The two-mile four-furlong handicap saw Aa Bee See beat Arctic Pearl and Mary Frances in a race it could pay to follow the form from. Mary Frances advised to our members 1.5pts each way at 7/1 .The feature race the John Durkan went in Imperious fashion to Sizing John who came home seven lengths clear of Djakadam with Sub Lieutenant back in third. Jessica Harrington stated afterward "First run of the year you are always nervous. I wasn't worried about the heavy ground going two and a half miles but he was super."The mistake at the second fence woke us all up and he jumped super after that. He's a super jumper and it's the first time he's made a mistake in all the races that I've been training him."He doesn’t mind heavy ground, not going two and a half miles, it's just going three miles would bottom him out a fair amount. I don't know where he will go next. It's always one race at a time and I'll have to talk to a few people before we decide where we go next. "The one place he will turn up all things being equal is in March, and what we do between now and March will depend on the horse. We might go to Leopardstown or the King George or we might miss Christmas all together."

At Cork, the going was horrendous and racing abandoned after five races. There was a double for Noel Meade and Sean Flanagan with Vision D'ete and  Atheanean. There were two Grade 3 contests on the card they went to Fabulous Saga and Shattered Love in bloodless fashion. The feature race the Hilly Way went to Un De Sceaux  who won by 25 lengths. In truth we learned little we did not know already. The victory Of Un De Sceaux completed a double for Danny and Willie Mullins following the earlier win of Fabulous Saga.