The Racing Week That Was 12-1-20


Monday, we start at Ayr. The battle for the jockey's championship continued at pace. There was a double for Brian Hughes with Dunly and Castle Rushen. Richard Johnson had struck earlier in the card with Miss Aloud. The bottom line is Hughes is one ahead now. At Chepstow, there were doubles for Robbie Power and Colin Tizzard with Lieutenant Rocco and Beaufort West. At Wolverhampton, Global Giant was a very impressive winner for John Gosden.


Tuesday, we start at Taunton. The feature race went to Our Merlin. It was good news for our members Our Merlin was advised to our members (1pt win) at 13/2. There was a double for Philip Hobbs with Masters Legacy and Earth Moor. At Lingfield, Anthony Honeyball can begin to dream big after Sam Brown left his injury problems behind to make a winning debut over fences on his first start in 750 days. At Southwell, there was a double for Karl Burke with Astro Jakk and Little India.


Wednesday, we start at Ludlow. There was a double for Philip Hobbs with Dolphin Square and Kalooki. There was a very impressive win for Mick Pastor who looks a smart juvenile for Paul Nicholls. I think this could be a Fred Winter horse for Nicholls. At Newcastle, the last two races got abandoned. There were a couple of very decent races prior to that which went to Good Effort and Another Touch. At Kempton, Miss Thoughtful was on target for Jamie Osborne.


Thursday, we start with the news that. Protektorat’s connections have been successful in their appeal against the Cheltenham stewards’ New Year’s Day decision to demote the Dan Skelton-trained gelding from first place in the Listed Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. Another day to forget for the BHA. Once a year racegoers not getting paid out on the winner. Waiting Patiently has been ruled out of his planned run at Ascot next week after chipping his ankle. It will be operated on in the next few days and he will probably miss the rest of the season. At Meydan, Multiple Group One winner Benbatl predictably outclassed his rivals on his return to action. 

On the track, Leicester was abandoned. At Clonmel, there was a double for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend with Tiger Tap Tap and Lord Royal. At Catterick, Pileon was on target for Richard Johnson. At Newcastle, there was a double for Ben Curtis with London Arch and Clareyblue. At Chelmsford, Bright Melody was on target for Adam Kirby and Godolphin.


Friday, we start at Thurles. There was a treble for Gordon Elliott with Elwood, Tronador and Ard Abhainn. At Dundalk, our own trainer Damian English got up and running for 2020 as Lapilli took the opener. This was a great training performance to get Lapilli back in the winner's enclosure. The bleeding issues Lapilli has had have been well documented. Well done Damian and team. There was a double for Adrian McGuinness with Bowerman and Eglish. The brilliant start to 2020 continued for John McConnell as Beleagurement was on target under a good ride from Rory Cleary. There was also a victory for Dundalk stalwart Mulzamm. Well done to the Hilltop boys and the other connections involved. At Sedgefield, Instant Replay took the feature for Brian Ellison. At Lingfield, Sean Davis was on target with Reeves. At Wolverhampton, Breguet Boy was on target for Keith Dalgleish.


Saturday, we start at KemptonGoa Lil moved a step closer to being part of Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Cheltenham Festival team with a front-running success in the Juvenile HurdleBryony Frost and Frodon returned to winning ways with a typically game performance in the Unibet Silviniaco Conti Chase. Frodon controlled it from the front and he will be a massive player in the Ryanair. Paul Nicholls completed a double with Saint Xavier. Frodon was advised to our members (3pts win) at 7/4. Burrows Edge was the winner of the Unibet Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle for Nicky Henderson it was an incident-packed finish with two fallers at the last. Burrows Edge was advised to our members (1pt each way) at 13/2. Henderson completed a double with Never Adapt.

At Warwick, Two For Gold marked himself as a serious staying prospect when producing a game display to land the Hampton Court Novices’ Chase for Kim BaileyMossy Fen outstayed his rivals to win the Ballymore Leamington Novices’ Hurdle for Sam and Nigel Twiston Davies. Kimberlite Candy stayed on stoutly to foil a brave front-running performance from Captain Chaos in the Classic Handicap Chase for Richie McLernon and Tom Lacey. At Wetherby, there was a double for Jonjo O'Neill with Annie Mc and Maridadi. At Lingfield, there was a double for David Loughnane with Dream Magic and Fizzy Feet. At Chelmsford, Asdaa was on target for Mark Johnston. At Fairyhouse, the Dan and Joan Moore 100 grand chase went to Conor McNamara doubled his Fairyhouse score this afternoon, with success in the featured on Charlie Stout (12s into 10s).McNamara won the opening four-year-old winner’s hurdle, on Wolf Prince for Gavin Cromwell, and he was aboard Charlie Stout for Shane Nolan. There was a double for Willie Mullins with Annamix and Five Bar Brian.


Sunday, we start at PunchestownCarefully Selected maintained his unbeaten record over fences with a dominant front-running display for Willie Mullins in the Killiney Novice ChaseAndy Dufresne got back on the winning trail with a hard-fought success in the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle. Andy Dufresne really had to work for this even though he jumps very quick I am not convinced about this Andy Dufresne yet. Derek O'Connor is in his 21st year as a jockey and the experience gained in riding in no less than 4,842 point-to-points helped gain him victory in the Total Event Rental (Q.R.) Handicap Chase at Punchestown today on the James Dullea trained Rocky's Silver. A winning Sunday for the members as Rockys Silver was advised to our members (2pts win) at 7/2.  A quiet Sunday in the UK saw Big River bounce back to form at Kelso. At Southwell, there was a double for Ben Curtis with Al Suil Eile and Blowing Dixie.