The Racing Week That Was 10/9/17


Monday, we start at Windsor. There was a treble on the card for Jamie Spencer on board Take Me With You, Simpson and Romanor. The last two named horses formed a double for trainer Ed Walker. At Brighton, Mick Channon kept his good run with a winner in the shape of Diamond Dougal. At Ripon, there was a double for Tim Easterby with Life For Rent and Hope Solo. The feature race saw Tarboosh get the better of Muatadel with Arzaak back in third. Muatadel was advised to our members 1pt each way at 15/2. At Roscommon, there was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Sebastiano Ricci and Detailed who continued a purple patch.


Tuesday, we start at Laytown for the annual racing on the beach.  There was a double for Colin Keane on board Red All Star and Silk Cravat. At Goodwood, there were winners for Mark Johnston and Mick Channon with Showroom and Neola. The both of these yards in great form right now. At Hamilton, there was a double for Pat Shanahan and Rowan Scott with Souls In The wind and What Wonders Weave. At Hexham, there was a double for Richard Johnson on board Champagne Chaser and Gettysburg Address. At Kempton, there was a winner for Sir Mark Prescott in the one -mile seven-furlong race as Cartwright got the job done.


Wednesday, we start at Lingfield. There was a winner for Silvestre De Sousa on the card on board Global Exceed. At Southwell, over the jumps, there was a treble for Richard Johnson. The horses to oblige were Rococo Style, Braavos and Ozzy Thomas. At Chepstow, Rigoletto is a very decent horse with some cut in the ground, this trend continued as Rigoletto won by four lengths. At Kempton, the feature race went to Royal Reserve for David O'Meara and Martin Harley. At Gowran Park, there was a last three race treble for Declan McDonagh the horses were Upgraded, Birds Of Prey and Iolani. The first two mentioned horses were a double for John Oxx. Upgraded was winning five days after a debut run. Birds Of Prey won last time out at Gowran and saw Sister Blandina off by a length. Sister Blandina was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/1  there was a (Rule 4 10% deduction)


Thursday, we start at Salisbury. There was a double on the card for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby with All Jellaby and Move To The Front. The feature race a Group 3 fillies race went to Richard Hannon with Anna Nerium at an eye watering 40/1. At Haydock, there was a double for Richard Kingscote and Tom Dascombe with the really well backed Ginbar and Heaven's Rock.  The feature race went to Marmajuke Bay with Azari who took a while to finding running room back in second. Azari was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2. At Sedgefield, the feature race a class 3 handicap hurdle went to Our Kylie for Brian Ellison. Our Kylie was advised to our members 1pt each way at 11/2.  Our Kylie 410 Sedgefield (11/2)) & Azari 435 Haydock (9/2) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. It completed a good day for our members.There was a double for Donald McCain with Welsh Bard and Midnight Walk. At Chelmsford, there was a winner for Mark Johnston with Sunbreak. At Clonmel, there was a double for Willie Mullins with Blixt and Sois Gentil.


Friday, we start at Ascot. There was a treble on the card for Ryan Moore on board Speak In Colours, Herculean and Reverand Jacobs. At Newcastle, the feature race the one-mile nursery went to Sir Mark Prescott and Luke Morris with Codicil. At Haydock, there was a double for Hugo Palmer and Josephine Gordon with Pulitzer and Hyperfocus. At Musselburgh, there was a double for Keith Dalgleish with Dark Profit and Hamidans Girl.  At Kempton, there was a treble for Charlie Appleby with Morlock, Symbolization and Poetic Charm. At Down Royal, there was a double Oisin Orr with Path Of Silver and Our Rachael. At Kilbeggan, there was a double for Charles Byrnes and Donie McInerney with Rosie Alice and Rock On Fruity.


Saturday, we start at Leopardstown for Irish Champion Stakes day which was the showpiece on day 1 of Irish Champions weekend. There was a double on the day for Aidan O'Brien with Nelson who took the group 3 and the group 1 Matron Stakes with Hydrangea. The victory for Hydrangea saw the winning sequence of Winter end. Winter lost little in defeat going down by a head. The feature race saw Churchill look to win the Irish Champion stakes it was not to be. The race was fought out between Decorated Knight and Poet's Word both horses swept around the outside of the field in a great finish. Decorated Knight got the better of Poet's Word by a half length with Eminent back in third. Poet's Word was advised to our members 1pt each way at 10/1. At Haydock, it was sprint cup day. There was some doubt about the participation of the favorite Harry Angel due to the ground. In truth favorite-backers never had any worry as Harry Angel bolted up by four lengths. Harry Angel is a top class sprinter. The group 3 race over a mile saw Ballet Concerto make light work of the field winning by a length and a quarter.

At Ascot, there was a double for Hollie Doyle on board Ice Lord and Pettochside. At Thirsk, there was a double for Joe Fanning on board Che Bella and Caravella. At Kempton, there was a double for Oisin Murphy on board Chemical Charge and Fabulous Red. At Wolverhampton, I was impressed with Gold Star who took the class 3 handicap for Godolphin.


Sunday, we start at the Curragh for day two of Irish Champions weekend. There was a treble on the day for Aidan O'Brien. Caravaggio bounced back to form vindicating Aidan O'Brien who said all along that dropping back in distance was the way to go. Happily made it a double for Aidan O'Brien when taking the Moyglare Stakes. The O'Brien treble was completed as Order Of St George bolted up in the Irish St Leger by nine lengths from Torcedor with Mount Moriah a further four and a half lengths back in third. Torcedor was advised to our members 1pt each way at 14/1. The Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes went in great style to Verbal Dexterity who was three and a half lengths too good for Beckford. I thought Verbal Dexteritywas really good here. Verbal Dexterity was advised to our members 1pt each way at 13/2 (Rule 4 Deduction 55%). The opening 150K sprint went to Ice Age from Al Qahwa, Blairmayne with Tithonus filling the places in fourth. Tithonus was advised to our members 1pt each way at 10/1. Our members day was to get even better as Tithonus 200 Curr (10/1), Verbal Dexterity 415 Curr (13/2) & Torcedor 450 Curr(14/1) advised to our members 0.25pt E/W Trixie, all placed.

At Listowel, Kylecrue took the feature race making it four runs over fences at Listowel and four wins.  Kylecrue is in the Kerry National on Wednesday and will be hard to stop if getting in. At York, there was a double for Kevin Ryan with Tommy Taylor and Major Jumbo. At Fontwell, Dan and Harry Skelton took the feature race with Workbench. At Chantilly, there was a success for two star UK based horses in Cracksman and Ribchester.