The Racing Week That Was 11/3/18


Monday, we start at Kempton who hosted a jumpers bumper card. There was a treble for Harry Fry with Sir Ivan, Onefortheroadtom, and General Ginger. At Lingfield, back over the jumps, there was a double for Nicky Henderson with Kupatana and Maestro Royal. At Southwell, over the jumps, there was a double for Colin Tizzard with Brynmawr and Queen Of The Wind. At Wolverhampton, the feature race went to Mount Tahan for Kevin Ryan.


Tuesday, just the one meeting at Southwell. There was a double for trainer Julia Feilden with Go On Gal and Limerick Lord.


Wednesday, we start at Catterick. The novice chase went to Cracking Find who got the better of a less then straightforward Verni in the finish. There was a good punt landed by Irish horse The Jam Man backed from a high of 20/1 into 9/2.At Lingfield, the talented hurdler Cliffs Of Dover took the finale for Paul Nicholls. There was a double for Oisin Murphy on board Captain Lars and Warrior's Valley. At Fontwell, there was a double for Richard Johnson with Reikers Island and Dicosimo. There were also doubles for Neil Mulholland and Noel Fehily with Irish Odyssey. At Kempton, there was a double for Jamie Spencer with Strategic Heights and Gronkowski.


Thursday, we start at Wincanton. There was a double for Tom Scudamore with Two Smokin Barrels and Storm Home. At Carlisle, Sue Smith was on target with Red Danaher. At Thurles, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Synopsis and Goodthynemilan. There was also a comeback win for Ruby Walsh on board Lareena which formed part of a double for Willie Mullins completed by Voix De Tiep. There was a double for trainer Martin Hassett with Mary Frances and The Conditional. It was bittersweet for me as Mary Frances was a notebook horse for us earlier in the season, however, I did not back her today. At Southwell, Mark Johnston was on target with Poet's Prince. At Newcastle, Night Castle was an impressive winner for Godolphin.


Friday, we start at Sandown. There was a double for Nicky Henderson with Soul Emotion and Baden. At Ayr, there was a double for Brian Hughes on board Snougar and Our Lucas. At Leicester, there was a winner for Tim Easterby with Bollin Ace. At Newcastle, Richard Fahey was on the mark with Mabo. At Leopardstown, there was a return to the winner's enclosure for Jezki. As somebody who has always been in the corner of Jezki, it was lovely to see him win. There was a double for Thomas Mullins with Grand Partner who may still go for the County Hurdle at Cheltenham. The double was completed by Spider Web who saw off Uncle Danny and Blast Of Koeman who was advised 1pt each way at 4/1 to our members. There was a very good winner of the bumper in Sizing Pottsie for Jessica Harrington who completed a double following the earlier win of Jezki. At Dundalk, it was an incredible experience to see Aidan O'Brien's team working. We had the pleasure of meeting in talking with the great man. We were there for Mokhalad who was working before racing he went well and we are happy with him. On the track, there was a double for Wayne Lordon with Plough Boy and Highly Approved. The listed Patton Stakes saw a 1-2-3 for Aidan O'Brien with Mendelssohn, Three and fourpence and Seahenge.


Saturday, we start at Gowran. There was an ominous warning shot fired by Willie Mullins who had a five-timer at Gowran. The horses were Saglawy, Epicurius, Pairofbrowneyes, Up For Review and Derby. The win for Pairofbrowneyes came in the rescheduled Leinster national now stepped up in a trip this horse has a lot of options. At Sandown, it was Imperial cup day. The race went to Mr. Antolini who held off Call Me Lord by a neck. I thought  Mr. Antolini was lucky to keep the race personally as Call Me Lord was badly hampered in my view.The victory for  Mr. Antolini formed a double for Nigel Twiston- Davies which was completed by Crievehill. There was a great result in the three-mile handicap chase as fourteen-year-old Pete The Feat saw off all comers to win.

At Ayr, there was a double for Lucinda Russell with ImJjoeking and Haul Us In. The feature race a handicap hurdle saw Captain Redbeard better known as a chaser grind out a victory. Captain Redbeard was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 11/2. At Hereford, there was a flag day for Sean Bowen who rode a four-timer. The horses were Colt Lightning, Misty Mai, Lord Bryan and Beau Bay. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Ryan Moore on board Intern and Second Thought. There was also a double for Luke Morris on board Captain Lars and Big Country.


Sunday, we start with the news that Douvan could switch to the Ryanair. There was also a lot of rain at Cheltenham which means the ground will be heavy and the softest we will start the meeting within this century. At Market Rasen, the feature race went to Aaron Lad for Dr. Richard Newland and Brian Hughes. The good form of Nigel Twiston-Davies continued as Milanstorm took the bumper at Warwick.