Monday, we start at Brighton where Jim Crowley kept the heat on in the jockeys title race with a double on board Colibri and Buteo Bai. Crowley is getting good support from trainers across the board which is really helping him sustain a challenge. At Perth, it was an average meeting in truth there was a double for jockey Sean Quinlan on board Theflyingportrait and Formidableopponent. At Windsor, there was a double for jockey Tom Queally with Fire Jet and Tom's Rock. At Galway, Honor Oak the 1 mile handicap under an enterprising ride from Chris just holding off the luckless Cairdiuil by a rapidly diminishing head. Cairdiuil was advised to our members 1pt each way (13/2). Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen had a double on the night. The first leg of the double was Almela who was really impressive winning the fillies listed stakes by 5 lengths. The second leg of the double came courtesy of Massayan who won the 1 mile 4 furlong maiden just holding off Burning Sword by a neck. Massayan was advised to our members 1pt each way (3/1) ,there was a (rule 4 20% deduction) however. It was a good day for our members who also had Cairdiuil & Massayan advised in a (0.5pt) each way double both horses got placed in the 505 & 735 at Galway respectively.
Tuesday , we start at Leicester. It was to be a great day for Silvestre De Sousa who had a treble with Hay Chewed , Chevalier du Lac and Faithful Mount. At Perth, there was a double for Gordon Elliott and Richard Johnson with Mountain King and Blake Dean. At Redcar, there was a treble for trainer Michael Dods with Kings Gift, Aprovado and Transpennine Star. At Worcester, Solstalla ran out an impressive winner of the maiden hurdle. It was good news for our members advised 1pt each way (3/1) (Rule 4 deduction 10%) however. At Galway, there was a really impressive winner in Tocororo who won the Grade 3 novice chase by a bloodless 16 lengths from stablemate Tiger Roll. I must say Tocororo got a very easy lead, that said it was impossible not to be impressed.
Wednesday, the racing at Sligo was abandoned due to water-logging. It was day one at Doncaster for the St Leger festival. The Scarborough stakes went to Priceless under Silvestre De Sousa holding Thesme off by 3 parts of a length. At Carlilse, there was a double for the in form Keith Dalgleish with Eez Eh and Euro Nightmare. There was also a double at Carlilse for Andrew Balding with Loaded and Wynford. At Uttoxeter , it was a very average card the beginners chase over 3 miles went to In The Rough for Jonjo O'Neill and Aidan Coleman. At Kempton, nothing much stood out except the maiden fillies stakes winner Eyeshine who bolted up by 8 lengths for Frankie Dettori and John Gosden.
Thursday, we start at Doncaster it was day two of the St Leger festival. It was to prove a great day for Ralph Beckett who had a double. The fillies Group 2 race went to Rich Legacy who held off Grecian Light by 3 parts of a length. The DFS Park Hill Stakes a Group 2 for Fillies went to the previous seasons St Leger winner Simple Verse who came from an impossible looking position to nail Pretty Perfect on the line.There was also a double on the card for William Haggas with Glitter Girl and Mubtasim. At Epsom, Sarangoo took the 7 furlong handicap seeing off Pacolita by 2 lengths. Pacolita was advised to our members 1pt each way (9/2). Alberta took the Jump Jockeys Derby handicap by a half length from Jupiter Custos .Our members were advised a 1pt each way (7/2) on Jupiter Custos. The day was decent at Epsom for our members who were also advised Pacolita & Jupiter Custos in an (0.5pt) each way double.
At Chepstow, William Haggas picked up his fourth winner on the day (Shufoog had won at Epsom along with the two winners at Doncaster). The Chepstow winner for Haggas was Russian Finale who took the maiden Fillies Stakes. At Chelmsford, Silvestre De Sousa had a double with Salamah and Free Bounty. At Clonmel, Wakea made all the running winning easily for trainer Karl Thornton in the maiden hurdle. War of the Pennys landed a bit of a touch (20/1 -9/1) when winning the 3 mile handicap hurdle seeing Manuka off by a half length. Manuka was advised to our members 1pt each way (7/1), completing a good day for us.
Friday, we start at Doncaster for day 3 of The St Leger festival. There was a double on the day for Andrea Atzeni with Spangled and Normandy Barriere. The Flying Childers stakes a Group 2 for two year olds went the way of Ardad for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. Ardad saw off Legendary lunch and the Last Lion (who dead heated for second) by 3 parts of a length. The Last Lion was advised to our members 1pt each way (11/2), another place for us on a slightly frustrating run. The 1 mile 6 furlong handicap went to the three year old Wall Of Fire for Hugo Palmer, this horse looks progressive. I thought First Mohican ran well in third. The Group 2 Doncaster cup went to Sheikhzayedroad who got up late on to deny Quest For More. The three year old St Michel ran a cracker in third but never looked like winning in truth. At Chester, there was a double for Sir Michael Stoute (giving Stoute three on the day he had earlier had a winner at Doncaster). The Stoute double came via Playful Sound and Canonbury. Also at Chester, Arc Royal won the nursery over 7 furlongs, however Thomas Cranmer clipped heals at a vital point falling when looking sure to be involved. Our members were on Thomas Cranmer this was really frustrating, however it was just one of those things.The frustration for us would continue in the very next race as our members selection Viscount Barfield (1pt each way 11/4) was nailed in the last 50 yards by Penwortham.
At Sandown, there was a double for trainer Roger Charlton with Cloudberry and Pure Fantasy. Pensax Lad impressed me in the 5 furlong handicap picking up from stall 10 to out battle Jaarih by a head . There is a card at Sandown on 14-9-16 , Pensax Lad is entered and would be of interest to me if turning up for that. At Salisbury, Jim Crowley had a double with Shamsaya and Fun Mac keeping Crowley's jockey championship challenge alive. At Down Royal, Billy Lee had a treble with Childhood, Gusty Rock and Modern Tutor. There was also a double for Colin Keane with Accalia and Twist of Magic. The drama at Down Royal also contained a dead heat in the 1 mile 4 furlong apprentice handicap between Rolanna and Tempo Mac.
Saturday, we start at Doncaster for St Leger day. The day turned into a triumph for Andrea Atzeni who rode a remarkable 4 timer on the day. The winners were Rivet,Breton Rock, Khalidi and Bess Of Hardwick. The feature, The St Leger itself saw a dramatic incident as Idaho took a false step forcing Seamie Heffernan to fall off. It was too far out to say how Idaho would have gone. The race itself went to Harbour Law who got up inside the final furlong to see off Ventura Storm and Houseofparliament by 3 parts of a length and a short head. Harbour Law was of course a surprise winner who had been beaten by plenty of horses in this field already this season, that's racing however. At Chester , there was a double for Mark Johnston with Rainbow Rebel and Haley Bop. At Bath, there was nothing of note on a moderate card. At Lingfield , Jim Crowley kept the heat on in the jockeys title race by riding a four timer. The horses were Unforgetable Filly, Salateen, He's no saint and Sweet Dragon Fly. At Musselburgh, Falcon's Fire won for Keith Dalgleish continuing both horse and trainers fine season.
At Leopardstown, it was Irish Champion stakes day. The feature race went to Almanzor for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, to consign Found to the runner-up spot in the Leopardstown feature for the second year running.Found's Ballydoyle stable companion Minding finished two and three parts of a length back in third. Harzand the dual Derby winning market-leader never fired and eventually came home in eighth place. Alice Springs came back to her best to blitz the opposition in the Group 1 Matron Stakes. Dermot Weld's Zhukova (5/2) got the better of 8/11 favourite Us Army Ranger to land the Group 3 KPMG Enterprise Stakes at Leopardstown. Us Army Ranger has become a dream for layers regularly getting turned over as a favourite these days. Irish 2000 Guineas hero Awtaad won his first race since that big day at the Curragh in May when winning convincingly under Chris Hayes in the Group 2 Clipper Logistics Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown.
Sunday, we start at The Curragh. Record-breaking National Hunt trainer Willie mullins struck at Classic level as Wicklow Brave (11/1) overturned the form with the 2015 victor Order Of St George to win the Group 1 Irish St. Leger at the Curragh. This was a brilliant piece of race riding from Frankie Dettori from the front , a role were Dettori is often seen at his best. Willie Mullins continues to amaze as a trainer this was another flag day for Mullins, when he actually paraded his National Hunt Artilery at The Curragh. Joseph O’Brien saddled his first Group 1 winner and his younger brother Donnacha recorded his first success at the top level as Intricately landed the Moyglare Stud Stakes. Hydrangea trained by Aidan O'Brien and Intricately fought out a great tussle inside the final furlong with just a short-head separating the pair at the line. Aidan O’Brien saddled the winner of the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes for the eleventh time as Churchill justified his position as odds-on favourite with a commanding victory .The 4/5 market leader got involved in a bit of a bumping match with English raider Mehmas around two furlongs out clearing right away under Ryan Moore inside the final furlong. Churchill was the only winning favourite all weekend from sixteen races during Irish Champion stakes weekend. Oxygen masks required for favourite backers.
At Bath, Silvestre De Sousa had a double with Storm Melody and Niblawi to keep the pressure on Jim Crowley. At Chelmsford, Jim Crowley fired back with a double with Aventinus and Vale Of Flight. At Ffos Las, Jamie Spencer rode a treble on Party Nights, High Hopes,and Pacharana. There was also a double for jockey Rob Hornby with Scorching Heat and Diminutive. At Listowel, the Shark Hanlon had a double with Hidden Cyclone and Diamond Dame. The 2 mile 4 furlong mares novice chase went in impressive style to Westerner Lady for Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins. Kylecrue continued his love affair with Listowel, making all the running to run out an impressive 5 lengths winner.