Monday, we start at Ayr it was yet another day to remember for jockey Brian Hughes who rode a treble on board Daytripper, Titian Boy and Marlee Massie. The last two winners formed a double for trainer Nick Alexander. At Lingfield, there was a treble for jockey John Egan on board Van Huysen Gracious Tom, and Gracious John. The last two named horses formed a double for trainer David Evans. The meeting at Ludlow was abandoned due to frost.
Tuesday, we start at Fontwell where Rainbow Dreamer took the juvenile hurdle for Alan King landing hefty market support (9/4 -10-11) in the process. Rainbow Dreamer boosted the form of Cliffs Of Dover in the process. Adam De Breteau took the 3 miles 1 furlong handicap chase for Jonjo O'Neill and Aidan Coleman in good style. The former jockey of Denman, Sam Thomas trained the winner of the 2 miles 3 furlongs handicap chase with Jamrham winning in great style. At Uttoxeter, David Pipe's smart hurdler Champers on Ice got off the mark at the first time of asking over fences winning by 27 lengths jumping well from the little we could see in the fog. There was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Applesandpierres and Return Flight. At Southwell, there was a double for Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote with Captain Revelation and Anton Chigurth.
Wednesday, we start at Hexham . The story of the day was Henry Brooke who celebrated his first winner since return to riding after injury. The story of Henry Brooke has been well documented having been in a coma after a fall.Henry Brooke got Munaab up to win by a head this was marvelous stuff. Brian Hughes can do nothing wrong at the moment he had another winner on board Clan Legend in the novices handicap chase by 10 lengths. At Uttoxeter, David Pipe completed an across the card double as Rathealy won for Pipe following on from the earlier victory of Great Tempo at Hexham. Donald McCain achieved the same feat as Gray Day won at Uttoxeter following McCains victory with Lastbutnotleast at Hexham. The card at Lingfield was a flat one there was a double for Luke Morris on board Ride The Lightning and Forceful Appeal. At Kempton, Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote kept up the fine run this week combining to win with Fire Diamond.
Thursday, we start at Newcastle doubles and trebles were the order of the day. Danny Cook rode a treble on board Ballycrystal , Maxed Out King and Groomed. The last two mentioned horses formed a double for Sue Smith. There were also doubles for Malcolm Jefferson and Brian Hughes with Mayo Star and Waiting Patiently. I think Waiting Patiently will make up into a serious racehorse , he travels well , jumps well this was a good performance. At Taunton, jockey James Best had a double with Winning Spark and Astre De La Cour. Andrew Thornton edged close to the 1,000 career winner milestone with victory aboard Laugharne. At Warwick, there was a mares novice chase of interest worth £14K to the winner. The race saw Briery Belle come out victorious for Henry Daly and Tom O'Brien a ready winner by 6 lengths over a very decent field of mares. The 2 mile 5 furlong maiden hurdle saw former decent bumper horse Willoughby Court run out a tenacious winner by 3 parts of a length over Tommy Rapper. Willoughby Court was advised to our members 1pt each way at (7/2) continuing a steady start to November for us.
At Chelmsford, there was nothing that caught my eye. At Clonmel, Crack Mome arrived to the races with a tall reputation as well as being prominent in the betting for the Supreme at Cheltenham. Crack Mome got the job done in decent style it will be interesting to see where he goes next. Clondaw Warrior completed a Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh double when readily winning the Thre mile hurdle by an easy 5 and a half lengths from Val de Ferbert. The Mullins team suffered a reversal in the finale as Pylonthepressure was turned over at 1/3 by Noel Meade's Kagney.
Friday, we start at Cheltenham. Theatre Guide bounced back from a run in the Hennessy to get up late on here to deny Perfect Candidate by a nose. Bally Longford ran well in third giving the Tizzard team a 1-3 . The Cross Country race once again advertised the talents of Enda Bolger at revitalizing horses. The horse this time was Cantlow who has looked truculent in the past, however Bolger has sweetened him up. Cantlow was a convincing winner by 9 lengths here. Cantlow was advised to our members 3pts win at (7/4). The two mile seven furlong handicap hurdle went to Coolmore and Jonjo O'Neill as Call To Order readily saw off For Good Measure by four and a half lengths. For Good Measure was advised to our members 1pt each way (13/2). At Doncaster ,doubles were the order of the day . Nicky Henderson had a double with Post War and Might Bite who formed part of a Daryl Jacob double the other leg being Midnight Jazz. There was also a double for jockey Tom Cannon on board Two Swallows and Midnight Cowboy.
At Bangor, Nicky Henderson had another winner as Kayf Grace won the novice hurdle. There was a double for Donald McCain with Desert Cry and Raise A Spark. There was an excellent debut over fences for the talented A Hare Breath who won by five lengths from Gala Ball. At Newcastle, there was a double for Tony Carroll with Suni Dancer and Monsieur Paddy. At Dundalk, there was a treble for trainer John Feane with BulgadinLady, Secret Existence and Power Grid. The last two horses being a double for Kevin Manning.
Saturday, we start at Cheltenham where the rain changed the going as the day went on. The Triumph hurdle trial went in good style to Defi Du Seuil readily asserting. JP has a good few options for March, however Defi Du Seuil has done nothing wrong to date. The 2 Miles 4 Furlongs novice chase went to one time smart hurdler Whisper who picked up the brave Baron Alco at the back of the last to win by two and a half lengths. Different Gravey was very disappointing here not having a cut at his fences at all. I think this horse does not fancy the track at Cheltenham at all. The feature race of the day the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup saw Frodon become the second four year old to win the race. Frodon ran on courageously up the hill to deny Aso and Village Vic by one and a half lengths and a head with Quite By Chance who ran a remarkable race after a serious mistake in the country. This was a remarkable effort from Frodon, I must admit he would not interest me for the festival in March. Village Vic was advised to our members 1pt each way (8/1) placed in third. Wholestone continued his love affair with Cheltenham winning the Albert Bartlett novices hurdle in determined fashion from Ami Desbois. I actually think Wholestone will take a bit of stopping in March in the Albert Bartlett. Wholestone was advised to our members 3pts win (9/4). The International hurdle saw The New One claim his fifteenth Grade 2 or below race from 16 attempts. This race only served to illustrate the lack 0f a credible UK champion hurdle candidate . The New One landed a decent punt (7/2 overnight to 13/8) . The New One controlled the race from the front under Richard Johnson to see off My Tent Or Yours by three and a half lengths. The victory of The New One meant a double for Nigel Twiston- Davies after the earlier victory of Wholestone.
At Doncaster, there was a treble for Paul Nicholls the 2 mile handicap hurdle went to All Set To Go. The Grade 2 December Novices Chase went to Present Man who saw off Potters Legend and O O Seven. Cliffs Of Dover took his tally over jumps to six when leading from start to finish in the bet365 Summit Juvenile Hurdle completing the Nicholls treble. No Duffer is a possibility for the Grand National with a gutsy success from Long Lunch in the Handicap Chase over 2 Miles 7 Furlongs. At Lingfield, over the jumps there was a double for Emma Lavelle with Buster Thomas and Onderun. The 2 Miles 3 Furlongs handicap hurdle went to Jaleo who overcame a nightmare run to win cosily in the end. I think Jaleo will go on to better things. There was nothing to catch my eye at Newcastle. At Wolverhampton, there was a treble for David O'Meara and Daniel Tudhope the horses were New Signal, Mythical Madness and Coquine. There was a deserved win for Major Valentine under Timmy Murphy. At Navan, the two mile maiden hurdle went in very taking style to Any Second Now trained by Ted Walsh and owned by JP McManus. Any Second Now looks very good, I will be intrigued to see what he does next. Briar Hill had to settle for second place as Attribution claimed Grade Three honours in the Klairon Davis Novice Chase. The Foxrock handicap chase went in really impressive fashion to Oscar Knight who won by six and a half lengths from Ball D'arc. I was very impressed with the last two winners Our Duke who took the beginners chase by 11 lengths. Our Duke was really well backed from (7/1 - 4/1). I was very impressed with Dr Wallace who took the bumper in good style.
Sunday, we start at Punchestown. It was a day to remember for Willie Mullins as he had a four timer. Come To Me was and impressive winner of the bumper to complete the Mullins four timer. The other three winners were ridden by Ruby Walsh. The first of the three winners was Turcagua made all of the running to justify even-money favouritism in the maiden hurdle. American Tom was a good winner of the two mile beginners chase, despite running green, American Tom looks a good prospect. The feature race the John Durkan chase went to Djakadam who was very good except for one mistake down the back straight. Djakadam saw off to race fit rivals in Outlander and Sub Lieutenant who both ran excellent races. I think Djakadam has an outstanding chance in the Gold Cup. I also really like Sub Lieutenant for the Ryanair. Djakadam was advised to our members 3pts win at (11/8).The other winner on the card that really impressed was Sunni May who took the two mile novice hurdle in commanding style by five lengths. Sunni May was really well backed (9/2 -2/1). Kansas City Chief took the three mile one furlong handicap from Space Cadet who ran with credit in his first handicap. Space Cadet was advised to our members 1pt each way at (4/1).
At Cork, Dinaria Des Obeaux made an impressive jumping debut when storming to victory in the 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle. A 29 length winning margin was a very fair reflection. The rest of the card belonged to Paul Townend who rode four winners. The first leg was Douvan who was at his imperious best winning by 22 lengths. The truth of it is Douvan had lots in hand over his rivals. After the race "I can't see any reason to move Douvan up in trip," says Willie Mullins. The Grade 3 novice chase went to Listen Dear for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend. Misty Lady ran very well in second , her day will come over fences. The last two Townend winners were Knockraha Pylon and Logical Song. Rathnure Rebel (9-2) made all the running to win the Grade 3 Novice Hurdle by 11 lengths for Noel Meade.At Carlilse, there was a double for Aidan Coleman with Above Board and Millborough. At Southwell, over the jumps there was a double for Gavin Sheehan with Lemon's Gent and Ruby Yeats.