The Racing Week That Was 12/11/17


Monday, we start at Southwell over the jumps. The good run for Ben Pauling and Nico De Boinville continued as Marten took the novice hurdle by Sixteen Lengths from Sky Pirate. At Plumpton, there was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Roksana and Parthenius. At Kempton, there was a double for Hugo Palmer and Josephine Gordon with Gulliver and Express Lady.


Tuesday, there is only one place to start Flemington, Melbourne Australia for the race that stops a nation the Melbourne Cup. I am delighted to say it was a triumph for Irish horse racing. The Melbourne cup went to Joseph O'Brien with Rekindling who saw off Aidan O'Brien's  Johannes Vermeer with the third place going to the  Willie Mullins trained Max Dynamite. This was a brilliant training performance by Joseph O'Brien as Rekindling had run in the Derby, St Leger and won the Ballysax stakes this season. The run in the Melbourne Cup was the seventh of the season for Rekindling, to keep bringing the horse back to peak was remarkable from Joseph O'Brien and his team. The victory for Rekindling was a fitting tribute to the sadly departed stallion High Chaparral. The result in Flemington clearly illustrates Ireland as a country are world leaders in horse racing. It is about time our own government realized that and backed the industry up.

At Exeter, it was a day to remember for Sam Twiston- Davies with a four-timer. The horses were Norse Light, Ballyoptic, Politologue and Dynamite Dollars. The victory of Politologue in the Haldon Gold Cup was striking as he was in control for most of the race. Politologue got a bit weary after the last however was two and a half lengths clear of San Benedeto who ran a blinder.It was an eye-watering twenty-five length back to the third horse Gino Trail with lots of good horses further back. Politologue is good no question, however, I can not see him getting near Altior or Douvan. San Benedeto advised to our members 1pt each way at 8/1. I was really impressed with Ballyoptic who won really well in the novice chase. I think Ballyoptic looks a real four-mile type for the festival. 

At Redcar, Keith Dalgleish was on the mark with Up Sticks And Go.At Wolverhampton, there was a double for George Wood on board Al Kout and Top Offer. At Kempton, not content with winning the Melbourne Cup Joseph O'Brien was winning on the night with Grey Waters who has already won two three-year-old hurdles races in Ireland. Grey Waters now has a flat win at Kempton. At Fairyhouse, there was a double for Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power with Magic Of Light and Jetz. The Fairyhouse hurdle went to Chateau Conti for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh.


Wednesday, we start at Nottingham there was a double for David Allan and Mick Easterby with Quick Look and Perfect Pasture who took the feature race on the card. Perfect Pasture saw Clem Fandango off in the style of a good horse. Clem Fandango was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2. At Musselburgh, it was back over the jumps. There was a winner for Jim Dreaper with Mullaghmurphy Blue. At Chepstow, there was a double for Evan Williams with The Last Day and Chooseyourweapon. At Kempton, there was an outstanding performance by Cecchini who was backed from a high of 16/1 overnight into 9/4.  Cecchini bounced out and broke the track record making all the running. The former head of the BHA Peter Savill has a very smart prospect on his hands. At Dundalk, there was a double for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane with Palariva and Beckoning.


Thursday, we start at Newbury there was a treble for Philip Hobbs with Poppy Kay, Strong Pursuit, and Tidal Flow. At Market Rasen, Mias Storm slammed a field of good mares by Thirteen lengths.It was impossible not to be impressed with the way Mias Storm here. Alan King has a really good chaser on his hands. There was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Nube Negra and Pretty Reckless. At Ludlow, there was a double for Kim Bailey with Dandy Dan and Vinndication. It is great to see Kim Bailey doing well again. At Chelmsford, there was a winner for John Gosden with Photographer. At Thurles, there was a short-priced double for Willie Mullins with True Self and Brahma Bull. The star of the show at Thurles was Daly Tiger who was really impressive in taking the bumper for Noel Meade and Nina Carberry.


Friday, we start at DundalkMokhalad ran a very good race at Dundalk to finish third, Mokhalad got a fright when a horse lost his footing beside him. Donagh reported when Mokhalad gathered his composure he showed great determination to get involved in the finish. We were delighted with the run, Mokhalad is taking his racing really well, he seems to be thriving and enjoys life at Damian English's as well as his routine. Mokhalad will probably go again while he is in good form.We will work it out with Damian over the weekend. I will go and visit Mokhalad on Sunday. We are grateful for all the good wishes and interest in Mokhalad he is gathering his own little fan club. The rest of the Dundalk card saw a double for Oisin Orr on board Timia and Commander Won. There was also a double for Pat Smullen on board Menelik and Platinum Warrior.

Away from Dundalk, it was a remarkable day for our members as we won 29 points on the day. This great day was kicked off at Warwick as One For Billy took the two-mile handicap hurdle. One For Billy advised to our members 1pt each way at 12/1. Our members also had One For Billy 220 Warwick (Won at 12/1) & Red Avenger 700 Dundalk (Non-Runner) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double land the bet. The rest of the Warwick card saw another winner for Philip Hobbs with Ozzie The Oscar. The good run of Kim Bailey continued with a second double of the week with Station Master and Diamond Gait. At Fontwell, there was a double for trainer Anthony Honeyball with Don Lami and Tacenda who took the beginners chase. Tacenda was part of a double for Noel Fehily which was completed by talented mare Lady Of Lamanver. I really like Lady Of Lamanver who won despite a lay off of over 550 days for the west country wizard Harry Fry, to win by six lengths. Lady Of Lamanver advised to our member's 3pts win at 5/2. Lady Of Lamanver completed a Friday to remember for our members. At Hexham, Keith Dalgleish was on the mark with Niceandeasy. At Newcastle, John Gosden was on target with Pouvoir Magique.


Saturday, we start at Doncaster for the end of the turf flat season in the Uk. There was a treble on the day for Jim Crowley on board Tallow, Dream Of Dreams and Saunter who took the November handicap. At Kelso, Keith Dalgleish picked up another winner with Senor Lombardy. There was a double for Donald McCain with the talented Tawseef and Federici who surely has Aintree as a long-term target.At Wolverhampton, there was an impressive winner for Marcus Tregoning with Silver Link who won by five lengths.

It was a day to remember for our members again on Saturday. We start at AintreeLouis Vac Pouch took the handicap hurdle despite some sloppy jumping under an inspired Richard JohnsonLouis Vac Pouch ran out the winner by just over two lengths. Louis Vac Pouch was advised to our member's 3pts win at 5/2. There was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Hear No Evil and Captain Chaos. I was really taken with Hear No Evil who moved through the race powerfully to win by an easy five lengths. Hear No Evil is owned by John Magnier. It was a case of another win for UnowhatImeanharry as he took the two Mile Four Furlong hurdle in good style.  The feature race went the way of Evan Williams as his horse On Tour picked up from the back of the last to win easy. The placed horses Mister Dee and Ballyboley both ran fine races in defeat. Ballyboley was advised to our members 1pt each way at 6/1.

At Wincanton, Harry Fry was at it again as Lamanver Odyssey who was unlucky in the mares final at Newbury last season.  Lamanver Odyssey traveled superbly through the race to win by two and a half lengths. Lamanver Odyssey was part of a double for Harry Fry which was completed Caribert in the finale.Modus continued his education over fences with a comfortable win. The win for Modus kicked off a double for Paul Nicholls who took the feature race the Badger Ales chase as well. It went to Byrony Frost on board Present Man holding off Final Nudge by a neck. Byrony Frost was following her father Jimmy Frost who won this very race 21 years ago. The Elite hurdle was the other feature race on the card it went the way of the very talented London Prize. A winner of the Imperial cup over hurdles as well as second in the Cesarewitch. I thought London Prize was the one to be with and so it proved. London Prize won this off 134 he could have a very lucrative time with big handicap hurdles. London Prize bossed this race from three hurdles out and from that point, it was never in doubt. London Prize was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2.  Our members also had Ballboley 215 Aintree (Placed at 6/1) & London Prize 300 Wincanton (Won 9/2) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double to land the place part of the bet.It capped a really good day for our members.


Sunday, we start with Mokhalad. I went to visit Mokhalad yesterday he was in great form and has taken his race really well. Mokhalad has taken to the regime at Damian English's yard really well. The team of Damian, Craig, Roisin, Megan and all the other staff are doing an incredible job with Mokhalad. We are all looking forward to the next time Mokhalad races, at the same time we are delighted with the progress Mokhalad has made. The main thing is Mokhalad's confidence has gone up. Mokhalad has been very fortunate in his life to date having been well looked after as a younger horse by Sir Michael Stoute and his team. Mokhalad now is with a team at Damian English's who care not only about the physical health of the horses but also the mental health of the horses they train. Mokhalad with this care and support has every opportunity to enjoy his life as a racehorse. If anyone is considering getting involved as an owner go and visit Damian English he ruins a great operation. The owners feel really part of it as well as really welcome, the attention to detail is unbelievable.

On the track, it was Navan which had a good card in Ireland. The day belonged to Gordon Elliott who had a four-timer (how much more Sundays this season will I write that?). The Grade 3 For Auction novice hurdle went to Mengli Khan who readily outgunned Stratum. There were plenty of people looking to take on Apples Jade in the Lismullen hurdle a Grade 2. Apples Jade bounced out kept it simple and won by two lengths. The Fortria chase has fallen a long way since the days of Moscow Flyer winning it. Gordon Elliott won't care about that as his Clarcam took the Fortria. It made it a treble on the day for Jack Kennedy. The Elliott four-timer was completed by Invincible Cave in the bumper. I thought the performance of the day was that of Footpad who took the beginners chase in spectacular fashion for Willie Mullins and Daryl Jacob.  Footpad was really good at Navan over fences economic and quick.I thought this was a very decent performance. The Arkle is not full of top hurdlers Footpad is a massive player at a double-figure price in my view. Footpad was winning the same beginners chase the magnificent Vautour took on his route to chasings top table.

At Sandown, Might Bite was back in action. Might Bite was fine in my view jumping quickly and economically at times. Might Bite threw a few bigger leaps. I do not think Sandown would be a track for Might Bite in any event. I suspect Might Bite will be seen to excellent effect at Kempton and destroy the field in the King George. The run of Nigel Twiston- Davies continued with a gutsy win for Jameson in the novices handicap chase. Jameson advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2. The two-mile handicap hurdle went in good style to Marias Benefit who may have been fortunate. Marias Benefit clattered the last, just as Fidux was mounting a challenge the swinging hurdle from Marias Benefits mistake caused Fidux to fall. The popular veterans series saw a winner for Venetia Williams as Houblon Des Obeaux got the better of Third Intention. At Ffos Las,  Nigel Twiston- Davies made it an across the card double with Angels Antics. The handicap hurdle saw Prime Venture land some good bets for Evan Williams.