The Racing Week That Was 10/7/16

4-7-16

Monday, we start the day with the sad news that Kieren Fallon  has been forced to retire due to mental health issues. During a meteoric career, Fallon was a six-time champion jockey in Britain, won the Epsom Derby on three occasions, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe twice, and earned international acclaim as one of the world’s great riders. Fallon will be really missed by punters despite all the controversy through his career , Fallon remained a man punters wanted to be with. The racing show went on at Ayr. The two year old maiden went to Town charter for Mark Johnston by 4 and a half lengths. The feature race the 5 furlong handicap went to Dark Defender for Keith Dalgleish who won by 2 lengths . Dark Defender looked a very decent horse here and should be kept on side. At Worcester, the in form stables of  Neil Mulholland , Dan Skelton and Nicky Henderson. The horses were Kalondra, Alcock and brown , and Barman. At Ripon, there was a double for Mark Johnston with Montsarrat and Furiant.

At Windsor, there was a double for Andrea Atzeni with Fool to cry and Bashiba. There was also a double for trainer Andrew Tinkler with Bashiba and Etienne Gerard. At Roscommon, Colin Keane had a double with Savannah Storm and Multiculture. The 1 mile 3 furlong handicap went to Arya Tara who won a third race on the spin for Joseph O'Brien and Anastasia O'Brien.

5-7-16

We start at Pontefract, a visit from Frankie Dettori is always of interest to this track. Frankie left with a double. The horses were, On her toes and Trainnah it was also a double for trainer William Haggas. At Wolverhampton, there was a treble for Luke Morris. The horses were Bayston hill, Hardy black and Certified. At Brighton, the 1 mile 3 handicap went to Nigel, for Richard Hughes. Nigel looks a horse to keep on side. At Uttoxeter, the conditional jockey novices hurdle went to Hassle for Dr Philip Newland who has his horses running well. The 2 mile handicap chase went to CanIcallyouback for Evan Williams , this horse looks good. Neil Mulholland had another winner with Whatsthatallabout who won the mares handicap hurdle. At Roscommon, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Delegate who survived a howler of a mistake at the last hurdle to win the Novice hurdle. The other winner was Steamboat Bill who won the 3 mile handicap hurdle.

6-7-16

Wednesday, we start at Catterick. The 2 year old nursery went Springforth for trainer Richard Fahey holding off The Nazca lines by a half length. I thought this was an odd race. I would not trust the form for the future. The 6 furlong handicap went to First Wheat who got up right on the line to beat Rose Eclair by a head. The feature of this race was Geno who was punted heavily (11/4 overnight - Evens) going off at a pace as if the devil himself was chasing him. Geno gave way in the last 100 yards. I reckon Geno will win a 5 furlong race soon with a little more petrol saved in the run. At Lingfield, Palisade for Sir Mark Prescott won the 1 mile 2 furlongs handicap by 6 lengths. Palisade  looks as if he will run up a sequence potentially in typical Sir Mark fashion. At Yarmouth, there was another winner for Mark Johnston as Yorkindred spirit won the 1 mile 2 furlong. At Bath , I was impressed by Blue Top who took the 1 mile 5 furlongs handicap. Surprise us had set a very strong pace however Noel Garbutt the young jockey reacted quickly,out maneuvering the other jockeys superbly. At Kempton it was average stuff , however Mark Johnston had a 20/1 winner with Kelvin Hall.

7-7-16

Thursday, we start at Newmarket which saw the start of  the July cup meeting. The July stakes a group 2 went in good style to Mehmas by a half length under Frankie Dettori who held off Intelligence Cross who ran a little green in second. The Sir Henry Cecil stakes went to Lumiere who got back on the road after a bad run in the 1,000 Guineas. Lumiere won by 6 lengths here although a listed race surely Lumiere will be heading back to group company again. The Princess of Wales Group 2 stakes went to Big Orange who saw off The Grey Gatsby by 2 and a half lengths. Exosphere ran a little better in third then in the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot. The 6 furlong Heritage handicap went to Dancing Star for Andrew Balding. Dancing Star was winning his third race of the season on various grounds.  The race was tight with Priceless, Bounce and Projection the winning distances were 3 parts of a length, 3 parts of a length and a head. These three horses are all worth watching for the future. At Carlilse, there was a double for Mark Johnston and Franny Norton, with Yorkee Mo Sabee and Freight Train.  The two horses won in good style by 3 and 4 lengths , they can go on from here. At Doncaster, I was impressed by Waqaas who won the 6 furlong maiden by 2 and a quarter lengths.

At Epsom, The lady riders amateur went to Tapis Libre who was winning the race for the second time. The course form angle comes up time and time again at Epsom. The win was a family affair as cousins Jacqueline Coward combine and Miss Joanna Mason. The 1 mile 2 furlong handicap went to, Sixties Groove who was a really impressive by 7 lengths for Jeremy Noseda and Jim Crowley. There was nothing that caught my eye at Newbury. The Leopardstown card, belonged to Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning who had an incredible 4 timer winning the first 4 races at combined odds of 1,259/1. The first leg went to Radio Silence who won the 7 furlong maiden in good style by 2 lengths. Radio Silence was well backed as well returning the 9/10 market leader. The second leg was Cirin Toinne at 12/1. The third leg was Brontide again at an eye watering 16/1 in a 7 runner race. Qatari Hunter made it 4 wins on the spin by taking the 1 mile 2 furlongs handicap. The 1 mile 5 furlong handicap went Botany Bay who won in good style for Charles O'Brien. Botany Bay can go on to better things from here.

8-7-16

Friday, we start at Newmarket. The duchess of Cambridge stakes was a competitive race it went the way of Roly Poly for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore. Roly Poly after hitting the front kept on well inside the last furlong,  holding off Magical fire by a half length.  Roly Poly has now won twice since being defeated in 8th place by Lady Aurelia at Royal Ascot. This gives us some idea that not only was  Lady Aurelia visually impressive, that form line is also starting to stack up. The Falmouth Stakes a group 1 saw Usherette look to back up her win from Royal Ascot. It was not to be for Usherette , I think she may not have handled the quicker ground. The race went to Alice Springs who had looked unlucky at Royal Ascot behind Qemah. Alice Springs was well backed on the day (9/2 -5/2) . The writing was on the wall that the money would not be misplaced just after the two-furlong pole as Ryan Moore hit the front on the Aidan O’Brien-trained filly and the pair scorched to an impressive victory, breaking the course record in the process. At Ascot, there was a double for John Gosden with Seven heavens and California. At York, doubles were the order of the day. William Haggas had a double with Naafer and Istanbul Bey. There was also a double, for Mark Johnston with Yorkidding and Dawaa. I thought Dawaa had been showing a bit prior to this, I think this horse can win a few races before the season ends.

At Musselburgh , there was a double for trainer Jim Goldie with Classey Anne and Rasaman. I was impressed with Livella Fella for Keith Dalgleish  in the fillies handicap. I think this horse has a good level of ability. There was nothing to take from Chepstow for my eyes. At Chester, there was a winner each for Mark Johnston and William Haggas. Aardwolf took the 7 furlong nursery for Johnston by 5 lengths. Al Neksh won the 1 mile 2 furlongs handicap for Haggas, completing a fine day for both trainers. At Navan , Giselle's Charm won the 5 furlong maiden in great style by 4 lengths . The race Giselle's Charm had competed in at Fairyhouse the last time out had looked a good contest.  Giselle's Charm can go on to better things from here. At Cork, there was a double to gladden the heart for Robbie McNamara who was having his first runners as a trainer on the night. McNamara who had his riding career so tragically cut short, started training recently. The first runner for McNamara was Chadic in the 2 mile maiden hurdle, Chadic jumped a little big early on but travelled smoothly into the race to win by 2 lengths. The second leg of the McNamara double was Rathcannon who moved through the bumper like a really smart horse to win by 5 and a half lengths. The 2 mile 4 furlong conditions hurdle saw the empire strike back as Simenon made all to win for Willie Mullins. Simenon better known as a flat horse these days can win another one of these type of hurdle races. This was a smart ride tactically by Ruby Walsh making use of the proven stamina of Simenon. Shanpallas wasn't over busy in fourth , this should put him spot on for the Galway Plate.

9-7-16

Saturday, was jam packed with racing. We start at Newmarket, where it was July cup day. The July cup itself went to Limato who ran out a really impressive 2 length winner despite hanging across the track. Limato who is a gelding so will keep racing, looks to have lots of options for the future as he is trip versatile. The horses in behind Quiet Reflection ran very well in third a return to soft ground should see improvement, autumn looking like a potentially good time for Quiet Reflection. The same could apply to Profitable in fourth. Magical Memory is going back to 5 furlongs. Sole power travelled well getting checked a few times. Air force blue was checked as well but its very hard to see where that horse goes from here. The group 2 Superlative Stakes went to Boynton for Adam Kirby and Charlie Appleby holding off War decree. There was a double on the card for Ralph Beckett with Pleaseletmewin and Gold Faith. The Bunbury cup was the big handicap on the card it went to Golden Steps for Marco Botti and Frankie Dettori, with the admirable, Heavens guest 3 parts of a length back in second. At YorkRalph Beckett also had a double with Pamona who won the silver cup listed stakes. The second leg of the double was Magic steps who won the Stayers handicap by an impressive 2 lengths. The John Smiths heritage handicap worth £124, 000 to the winner went the way of Educate for trainer Ismail Mohammed and jockey Thomas Brown . As you would expect for the prize money involved.The finish was a tight one with Educate prevailing by a half length to Elberth, with a half length to Earth Drummer and a nose to Gold trail.

At Ascot there was a big card as well. The totescoop6 handicap over 5 furlongs was worth £62,000 to the winner. The race was fought out between two of the co favorites. Royal birth got up right on the line to nail Robot boy by a head, with Lexington Abbey running a cracker in third. Richard Hannon had a double on the card winning both divisions of the 7 furlong maiden with Geneva convention and Paulownia. The Fred Cowley a group 2 mile race went in superb fashion to Mutakayyef who ran out an impressive 2 lengths winner from Dutch ConnectionMutakayyef was winning for William Haggas  who has his string in excellent form. At Chester, there was a treble for Richard Fahey. The horses were Birchwood , Right touch and Sunnua. There was also another winner on the day for Ralph Beckett with Hereawi. At Hamilton , there was another winner on the day for Richard Fahey. The star of the show at Hamilton was Keith Dalgleish who had a treble with Reckless Serenade , Rio Deva and Toffee Apple who was especially impressive winning by 8 lengths. At Salisbury, Isomer got off the mark having run really well at royal ascot , Isomer can go on from this having landed the odds at 1/5 here. At Tipperary ,the 2 mile grade 3 Grimes hurdle  saw a victory for the talented Ivan Grozny who made all to win for Willie Mullins. Ivan Gorozny can win another one of these type of hurdle races. This was a smart ride tactically by Ruby Walsh making use of  Ivan Grozny to make all the running  to win in dominant fashion,in the knowledge he can be very keen in his races. The victory of Ivan Grozny was good news for our members who were advised a (3pt win bet at 7/4).

10-7-16

Sunday, we start at Perth where Gordon Elliott and Richard Johnson enjoyed a double with John Monash and Le Grand Chene. The duo surely would have had a treble but for a last fence fall from Western Home who was well in command of the race prior to falling. Wicked Spice picked up the pieces to win , however he was an extremely fortunate winner. There was also a double on the card for trainer Stuart Crawford and Andrew Lynch with Important Moment and Toberdowney. At Southwell, Saint Charles got the better of Swansea mile in a novice chase which had a lot of fences omitted. Sam Twiston -Davies had a double. The first leg was The Outlaw for Paul Nicholls. The second leg was Harristown for Charlie Longsdon. At Stratford , the 2 mile handicap hurdle went to Instant Karma who saw off the progressive Brotherly Company by 3 and a half lengths.

At Fairyhouse, there was a treble for Ger Lyons and Jockey Colin Keane. The horses were Noivado , Queen Catrine and Lustrous Light. Ger Lyons could have had ,a 4 timer only for Greek canyon was run down late on when looking all over the winner a furlong out. Fast in the wind won the race. At Sligo, Rathmuck native won a maiden hurdle in Cork on Friday,she was turned out again here to win a mares novice hurdle by 7 and a half lengths. The Mad well captured the 2 mile 4 furlong handicap hurdle in smooth style following up a course victory in May. The bumper, went to Bobarlee for Willie and Patrick Mullins by a comprehensive 15 lengths.