The Racing Week That Was 11-11-18


Monday, we start at Hereford. There was a double for Richard Johnson with Tight Call and Roll The Dough. At Plumpton, the veteran Turban got his head in front. At Kempton, the 50K listed race went to Kasperenko for Brendan Powell.


Tuesday, we start at Flemington for the Melbourne Cupit saw a 1-2-3 for the UK raiders. Cross Counter captured the race that stops a nation for Godolphin, Charlie Appleby, and Kerrin McEvoy. At Exeter, the Haldon Gold Cup was the feature it went for a second time to God's Own who saw off Ozzie The Oscar. I was impressed with Coup De Pinceau in the novice chase. I thought this was a very neat round of jumping. At Fairyhouse, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Jaunty Thor and Monbeg Worldwide. At Redcar, Keith Dalgleish produced a nice looking horse called I Could Do Better to win on debut. At Kempton, there was nothing that caught my eye. At Wolverhampton, Given Choice was an impressive winner of the finale for Simon Crisford.


Wednesday, we start at Nottingham. There was an impressive win for Space Blues in division 2 of the maiden for Godolphin. The feature race the Lady Cecil handicap went to Copper Knight under Paul Hanagan. At Musselburgh, Chica Buena made it two wins in a week for Keith Dalgleish and Brian Hughes. At Chepstow, Tom Lacey is rarely one to rush into grand plans, but he is considering a tilt at Grade One glory for Kateson after his debut win over hurdles. Django -Django landed a few decent bets for Jonjo O'Neill (8/1 -10/3). At Newcastle, there was a double for Danny Tudhope with Star Cracker and Casterbridge. At Chelmsford, her majesty the Queen had a winner with Flarepath who looked a nice prospect. At Dundalk, there was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Too Precious and Vhagar.


Thursday, we start at Newbury. There was a double for Nicky Henderson with French Crusader and Lust For Glory. There was a really good novice which saw La Bague Au Roi got the better of Lostintranslation in a very good finish these look like two nice horses. At Market Rasen, Rons Dream took the listed Mares chase. I think Rons Dream was a fortunate winner as Drinks Interval looked sure to be involved when crashing out at the third last and trading at 1/7. At Sedgefield, there was a double for Brian Hughes with I'M To Blame and Grow Nasa Grow. At Chelmsford, the feature race went to David O'Meara with Primero. At Thurles, there was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Silk and Sand and Los Alamos.


Friday, we start at Warwick. Kalashnikov made a successful start to his career over fences in the £50 Risk Free On Racing With Smarkets Novices’ Chase. Kalashnikov did it well but there will be stiffer tests ahead. At Hexham, Little Bruce was an impressive winner of the Novices handicap chase. Geronimo advised to our members(1pt each way) at 6/1 placed in the race. At Fontwell, Alan King was on target with Giveaway Glance. At Newcastle, Island Of Life took the feature race for William Haggas. At Dundalk, the Winter Series is in its infancy but already Champion Apprentice Jockey Shane Crosse has laid down a marker and completed a treble at the venue this evening in the concluding Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Handicap on the Joseph O'Brien trained Too Precious. Crosse partnered 11 winners in the month of October to help secure his Championship and today swiftly moved to the five winner mark for the new Winter Series, as today's treble was added to a double at Wednesday's curtain-raiser. Trainer O'Brien supplied Crosse's first winner today with Kiss For Luck before the 17-year-old rider partnered Ahundrednotout to win for trainer Johnny Feane. Too Precious was then delivered with perfect timing to get up close home and defeat Rips Dream by half a length.


Saturday, we start at Wincanton. There was a five-timer for Paul Nicholls. The winners were, Grand Sancy, Capeland, If You say Run, Present Man and Filic Ou Voyou. There was a treble for Harry Cobden and a double for Byrony Frost. I thought the ride Frost gave Present Man was outstanding especially as regards Byrony judged the pace. There were a couple of other big races on the card the future stars novice chase went to Bags Groove for Harry Fry. The Elite hurdle went to Nicky Henderson with Verdana Blue who could be a player in a champion hurdle on a decent surface. At Doncaster, it was the end of the turf flat season in the UK. Royal Line capped John Gosden’s remarkable season with a record sixth victory for the trainer in Doncaster’s November Handicap. At Kelso, Finian O’Toole is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after fracturing in his pelvis in a fall. Aye Aye Charlie finally got off the mark over hurdles under Paddy Brennan.

At Aintree, Abolitionist could return to Aintree for the Randox Health Becher Chase next month after winning on his belated first run for trainer Dr. Richard Newland. The Organist advised to our members(1pt each way) at 6/1 placed in the race. Wholestone was a good winner of the Grade 2 hurdle. War Sound bolted up in the handicap chase for Philip Hobbs. Romain De Senam advised to our members(1pt each way) at 9/2 placed in the race. At Naas, Espoir D’Allen took advantage of the fall of Saldier at the final flight to land Grade Three honours in the Fishery Lane Hurdle. Hot favorite Footpad departed at the final fence as Saint Calvados made all the running in a dramatic race for the Poplar Square Chase. Willie Mullins believes the setback suffered by Footpad at Naas on Saturday might cost the star chaser around a “week or 10 days” – but should “not interfere” with his next start.


Sunday, we start at Navan. I was in attendance myself along with a decent crowd. Aramon looks set to try his hand in Grade One company after running out an impressive winner of the For Auction Novice Hurdle. The favorite Felix Desjy ran no race at all. Ballyoisin outclassed his rivals in the Fortria Chase. He made all and tanked along for Barry Geraghty as the pair jumped from fence to fence. Apple’s Jade successfully defended her crown with an impressive display in the Lismullen Hurdle. Jezki ran a good race in second. It was great to see my old mate again smashing horse. At Sandown, Elegant Escape warmed up for a tilt at the Ladbrokes Trophy with a winning return in the 188Bet Future Stars Intermediate Chase. Getting the best out of horses in the twilight of their careers is a craft Charlie Longsdon is a master of, as Loose Chips highlighted in the 188Bet Pete The Feat Veterans’ Handicap Chase. At Ffos Las, Cheltenham Festival hero Kilbricken Storm made a successful start to his chasing career with a narrow victory in testing conditions.