The Racing Week That Was 12-3-17


Monday , we start at Lingfield over the jumps. Noel Fehily celebrated the news of securing the rides on Buveur D'Air and Unowhatimeanharry at the Cheltenham festival with a winner. Fehily steered The Big Bite to victory in the bumper. Sea Wall likes Lingfield and was winning again here when taking the concluding handicap chase. Venetia Williams has been banging in the winners, Venetia's Eminent Poet captured the feature race. Eminent Poet was always up with the pace staying on very well to win by three lengths from Disputed who looks a bit of a twicer. Eminent Poet was advised to our members 2pts win at (9/4). Grand National winning jockey Nigel Hawke is a good trainer.Nigel Hawke was on the mark with Point N Shout taking the handicap hurdle over Two Miles Seven Furlongs. Point N Shout initiated a across the card double for Hawke. The second leg of that double came at Southwell over the jumps. Pearl Royale captured the handicap hurdle at Southwell by Fifty lengths. Overawed took the mares handicap hurdle by Thirty Eight Lengths for Tom George and Adrian Heskin. At Wolverhampton, Lacan took the claimer for Fran Berry and Ralph Beckett.


Tuesday, we start at Exeter . Warren Greatrex has his team firing just now, Carnspindle took the mares novice hurdle by Seven lengths.At Newcastle,Brian Hughes was on target again this time on board Plus Jamais who saw off Whiskey Chaser by a half length. Two Smokin Barrels took the mares handicap chase for Michael and Tom Scudamore . The task was made easier for Two Smokin Barrels early on as market rival Caraline went wrong and had to pull up. At Southwell, there was another winner for Silvestre De Sousa as Dusty Blue took the five furlong handicap.


Wednesday,we lost Fontwell to water logging after very heavy rain. At Catterick, Brian Hughes had another winner with Sky Full Of Stars. There was another winner for Micky Hammond who has endured a tough time but has picked up two winners in as many days. Becky The Thatcher took the mares novice hurdle for Hammond. At Lingfield, Adam Kirby was on the mark with Solajan. At KemptonSilvestre De Sousa was on the mark again as he won on board Secret Lightning. The big festival news was that Willie Mullins decided not to supplement Limini for the champion hurdle. Gordon Elliott followed the same path and chose not to supplement Tombstone.


Thursday, we start at Carlilse. Nigel Hawke has his team in very good form there was a double on the day for Hawke and Jockey Danny Cook. The horses were Johanos and Ouro Bronco. There was another win for Evan Williams as Present Times took the Novices handicap hurdle. At Wincanton, there was a double for trainer Simon Hodgson with Daytime Ahead and General Glaring. The Three Mile One Furlong handicap chase went to Dawson City.At Southwell ,there was a double for jockey Andrew Mullen with Padleyourowncanoe and Luv U Whatever. There was a double for Andrew Balding with Dungannon and He's A Lad. At Newcastle,there was nothing that jumped out.At Thurles, Knockraha Pylon won for Paul Townend and Adrian Maguire. The luck for Paul Townend did not last, Freeway Space had the maiden hurdle in the bag when taking an X rated fall. The only positive from this incident was that Paul Townend and Freeway Space live to fight another day. Diamond Cauchois took the Two Mile Seven Furlong handicap hurdle from Raz De Maree in impressive fashion. Raz De Maree was advised to our members 1pt each way at (5/1).


Friday, we start at SandownCaptain Guy Disney - the first rider to win a race under Rules in Britain with a prosthetic leg - pulled off a military Gold Cup double on board Rathlin Rose for David Pipe. There was a welcome winner for Nigel Twiston Davies with Goodbye Dancer. There were winners for Alan King, Nicky Henderson and Philip Hobbs all positives with next week in mind. At Ayr, there was a treble for trainer Nick Alexander the horses were Marlee Massie, Gold Opera and Another Mattie.Also at Ayr, there was a double for Sam and Stuart Colthard with Hurricane Rita and Surprise Vendor.At Leicester ,Nicky Henderson had a winner with Bivouac in the beginners chase. At Dundalk , there was a double for Pat Smullen with Hailstone and Another Story.There was also a double for Oisin Orr on board with Try Again and Specific Gravity. I was very impressed with Allography who took the One Mile Maiden in good style. At Newcastle, Josephine Gordon continued her fine strike rate as she steered Blushing Red to victory. The day finished with the news Don Poli has had a setback and will miss the Cheltenham Gold Cup.


Saturday, we start at Sandown where there was a treble for jockey Leighton Aspell. Gregarious kicked it off with a gutsy win from the front in the juvenile hurdle. Hanroes Santos brought up the double also giving trainer Lucy Wadham a double. The treble for Aspell was brought up by Morning Reggie in the concluding handicap chase.The Imperial cup has sadly fallen a long way in terms of quality, that said it went to a potentially nice horse in London Prize who saw Fix Le Kap off by a length. The EBF final went to Harry Fry with Minella Awards in the same ownership as Neon Wolf. I reckon many people would like to see those colours flying up the hill this week. The mares listed bumper went to Cap Soleil who saw Peticoat Tails off by a half length. The Irish challenge was easily brushed aside in this contest.

At Gowran ,the feature was the Holden Plant Handicap Chase. The race was competitive it went to Kilcarry Bridge who saw off Black Zero in a good finish. Black Zero was advised to our members 1pt each way at (7/1). There were two short priced winners on the card with General Principle and Foxrock landing the odds. At Hereford , there was a £25K two mile chase it went the way of Somchine in an attrition filled race. There was a double for Brendan Powell and Johnny Farrelly with Crown Hill and Zero Grand. At Ayr, there was a treble for Brian Hughes with Desert Cry, Lochnell and Callix Delafayette. At Wolverhampton, the seven furlong listed stakes went to Salanteen who beat Keystroke by a nose. At Chelmsford, Mark Johnston had a winner with Mailshot.


Sunday, we start at Naas. The listed novice hurdle saw a great battle as Bleu Berry got the better of Outspoken by a short head. Outspoken was advised to our members 1pt each way at (7/2). There was a good handicap hurdle over Two Miles Three Furlongs . Rathpatrick got up to deny Carrig Cathal with Chain Gang back in third. Chain Gang was advised to our members 1pt each way at (10/1)Ball D'Arc came out on top as four Gigginstown House Stud-owned horses battled it out for the Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase. The ultra-consistent Abolitionist enjoyed his day in the sun with victory in the Ladbrokes Leinster National at Naas. Abolitionist held off Folsom Blue by one and three parts of a length. At Market Rasen, there was a treble for Sue Smith and Danny Cook . The horses were Just Minded, Karisma King and Flemerina. At Warwick, there was a treble for Venetia Williams the horses were Grand Turina, Buttercup and Shivermetimbers. The powers of Venetia Williams are often in evidence at Cheltenham , Venetia Williams is to be watched closely next week in this type of form.