The Racing Week That Was 11/2/18


Monday, we start at Newcastle. There was a double for Danny Cook and Sue Smith with Smooth Stepper and Absolutely Dylan who took the finale. Smooth Stepper took the feature race and made it three from three in handicap chases at Newcastle over the distance. Smooth Stepper was advised to our members' 2pts win at 10/3.  At Southwell over the jumps. There was a treble for Ben Pauling with Two Swallows, Boreham Bill and Global Citizen. At Wolverhampton, Arcanada made it three wins on the spin when taking the feature race for Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote.


Tuesday, we start at Sedgefield which was abandoned because of snow. On the track, it was Market Rasen. The week has gone well for Ben Pauling already, the trainer was on target again with Oistrakh Le Noir. At Southwell, Star Ascending lived up to his name with another win at Southwell. It was good news for our members. Just the one bet for us today Star Ascending (3pts win) at 4/5.


Wednesday,  Ludlow, and Fakenham were abandoned. On the track, we start at Fairyhouse. It was another great day for Gordon Elliott who had a treble. The horses were Commentarious, Lackaneen Leader, and Graineyhill. The last two named horses formed a double for Davy Russell. The victory for Lackaneen Leader was good news for our members. Lackaneen Leader 215 Fairyhouse ( won 3/1) & Nigh Or Never 345 Ludlow (non-runner) advised to our members' 1pt each way double made it a winning bet. At Chelmsford, there were doubles for Jamie Spencer and William Carson. The Spencer double came on board Dragon Mail and  Volturnus. The Carson double came on board La Fortuna and Mossy's Double. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Now Children and American Patrol.


Thursday, we start at Thurles. There was a treble for in form Davy Russell on board Or Juane De Somoza, Last Man Standing and Goodthynemilan. There was a double on the card for Henry De Bromhead with Or Juane De Somoza and Mount Hanover. The win for Mount Hanover was good news for our members. Mount Hanover advised to our members' 2pts win at 11/4. The day got even better as Mount Hanover 315 Thurles (11/4) & Lady Karina 255 Towcester (non-runner) advised to our members' 1pt win double made it a winning bet. The card at Thurles also a double for Willie Mullins Pylonthepressure and Clinton Hill.

At Huntingdon, there was a very decent card. It featured the Sidney Banks Novice hurdle which went to Vinndication for Kim Bailey and David Bass. The class 2 handicap hurdle went to Azzerti for Alan King. At Towcester, Dan Skelton was on target with Tommy Rapper. At Doncaster, the great week for Ben Pauling continued as Gowiththeflow took the novice hurdle The resurgence of Nigel Twiston-Davies continued as Another Frontier won the opener. At Newcastle, Alan King was on target with Lexington Law giving King an across the cards treble. At Chelmsford, there was another winner for William Carson on board Monarch Maid. At MeydanWinter Lightning produced a smart performance to comfortably land the UAE 1000 Guineas.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. Our syndicate horse Mokhalad ran a brilliant race last night to finish second. We were really pleased with the run. Mokhalad will have a break now and return at Cork over Easter on the turf. The young jockey of Mokhalad Stephen Mooney gave Mokhalad a tremendous ride. Stephen kept Mokhalad on the bridle who traveled really well for him. Mooney delivered Mokhalad perfectly, however, Storm Ryker got the first run. It was a very good run from Mokhalad. We could not have been happier with Mokhalad and Stephen. Mokhalad heads back to the turf now we have a nice campaign mapped out for Mokhalad. The rest of the Dundalk card saw a double for in-form trainer Pat Martin as Reckless Lad and Easy Boy landed the victories. I was very impressed with the Fergal Birrane trained Rock On Dandy who looks a stayer with a nice future.

At Kempton, JP McManus had a double as Ok Corral and Modus landed their respective contests in good style. It was good news for our members as. Ok, Corral 150 Kempton (11/10) & Modus 225 Kempton (8/11) advised to our members' 3pt win double both won. There was another winner for Nigel Twiston- Davies with Bigbadjohn. At Bangor, the fine week continued for Alan King as Good Man Pat won. The Mares chase went to Happy Diva and Kerry Lee. At Chelmsford, probably the most impressive winner of the day anywhere was Commander Han for Kevin Ryan who won by seven lengths. At Newcastle, a real stalwart of the flat game Heavens Guest stormed to victory.  Heavens Guest is a great bit of stuff.


Saturday, we start at Newbury. There were doubles on the day for Nicky Henderson and Nico De Boinville with Whatswrongwithyou and the brilliant Altior. It was hard not to be very impressed with both Whatswrongwithyou bolted up by nine lengths in the two-mile novice hurdle. The return of Altior was much anticipated it did not disappoint. Altior put Politologue away pretty much as he liked. Altior has all the attributes you need as a racehorse. Altior has all the attributes a racehorse must have, courage, ability, temperament and a will to win. Altior is a freak he has it all as well as an incredible stride and an electric turn of foot. Altior has smashed a race fit rival in Politologue who won the Tingle Creek. I think Altior is the best horse I have ever seen at this stage of his career. Altior obviously has to kick on and do more, however the potential looks to be boundless.

The Denman chase saw another national hunt stalwart return in Native River. I thought even though this was a weak race Native River was really good here winning by twelve lengths. I have Native River high on my short list for the Gold Cup. I really like this horse. The feature race the Betfair Hurdle. This is always a very good race. This year's renewal looked very competitive, it turned out not be so. The impressive novice Kalashnikov bolted up for Amy Murphy and Jack Quinlan by four and a half lengths from Bleu Et RougeKalashnikov could go on to the supreme from here. The class one bumper always an excellent contest went in really good style to Acey Milan by eleven lengths for Anthony Honeyball.

At Warwick, it was the Kingmaker which attracted the most interest. This race has proved a good Arkle trial in the past. It went in spectacular style to Saint Calvados by 22 lengths for Harry Whittington. I think Saint Calvados looks to have loads of ability. There was a double on the card for Harry Whittington as The Dubai Way took the finale. At Uttoxeter, there was another winner for Sam Twiston -Davies. At Naas, I was really impressed with Cartwright who took the maiden hurdle by sixteen lengths. I also liked the performance of Wishmoor who stuck it out well to win. The Opera Hat mares chase went to Benie Des Dieux who won very well from Asthuria and Dinaria Des Obeaux. At Lingfield, Made Of Honour won for Karl Burke.At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Luke Morris with Orvar and Reckless Wave.


Sunday, we start at PunchestownAuvergnat led home a 1-2-3 for owner JP McManus and trainer Enda Bolger in the P. P. Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase. The card featured a treble for Gordon Elliott with Hardline, Folsom Blue, and Getaway John who took the bumper.  Folsom Blue took the Grand National trial in courageous style by a length and a half. Gilgamboa took the hunters chase under Nina Carberry. At Ayr, there was a double for Brian Hughes on board Just Don't Ask and Progress Drive. At Exeter, there was a treble for Colin Tizzard with Golden Sunrise, Vision De Flos, and Elegant Escape. I was really impressed with Vision De Flos who is starting to live up to his £270,000 price tag. The Colin Tizzard team are hitting form at the right time.