The Racing Week That Was 12/6/16


Monday,it was a bank holiday in Ireland we start at Ayr where doubles were the order of the day. Joe Fanning had a double with Masham star and Cymraeg Bounty, the other jockey to have a double was Paul Mulrennan with Nicholas T and Testa Rosa. There was one notable defeat the winning run of Millefiori came to an end having won the last races prior to this in the process going up 23 pounds. Millefiori placed third behind Cymraeg Bounty. At Pontefract, there was a double for Mark Johnston ,with Teofonic who ran out a comfortable five length winner and Renfrew street giving Franny Norton a double also. At Brighton, Nigel ran out a good winner of the the 1 mile 2 furlong handicap for Richard Hughes this horse might will win another race soon. At Windsor, there were doubles for trainer Chris Wall with Oasis Spear and First sitting, jockey James Doyle also had a double on board First Sitting and Bin Battuta.

In Ireland, there were two meetings, both meetings featured Joseph O'Briens official debut as a trainer. We start at Gowran , where Joseph O'Brien landed a double with Justice Frederick and Zig Zag. There were also impressive winners for Jim Bolger and Dermot Weld for the old guard. Jim Bolger turned  Qatari Hunter out under the penalty following the facile win at the Curragh, Qatari Hunter won easily again here. Balliyka took the concluding fillies maiden for Dermot Weld. At Listowel, we had a jumps card. There was another Joseph O'Brien double here. Mai Fitzs Jack took the two mile maiden hurdle. The O'Brien double was completed by Oathkeeper who was a good winner of the bumper. The victory of Oathkeeper was good news for our members who had a (3pts win at 13/8). The winner on the card that caught my eye was Stellar Notion who recently arrived from Paul Nicholls to Henry De Bromhead. Stellar Notion has ability and could be a Galway plate type of horse. The day in Ireland belonged to Joseph O'Brien with a four timer over the two tracks, a remarkable achievment for a remarkable young man.


Tuesday, we start at Salisbury. The fillies handicap over 1 mile 1 furlong went to White Poppy in impressive fashion. The result was good news for our members who had a (1pt each way bet at 3/1). I think White Poppy is capable of winning another one of these type of races. There was a double on the card for Andrea Atzeni with Open N Shut and Blenheim Warrior. There were problems at Lingfield with the turf races being abandoned. At Fontwell, Quadriller won the 2 mile 1 furlong handicap chase for Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson by 8 lengths. At Southwell, it was jumps as well . Aidan Coleman has been riding for Jonjo O'Neill regularly, the combination had another winner here with Strongly Suggested winning the 2 miles 4 furlongs handicap chase by 11 lengths.  The 2 mile 7 furlongs handicap hurdle went to Bon chic for Dan Skelton, Mr shantu ran well in second. I think both of these horses are pretty useful and can pay their way during the summer and autumn.


Wednesday, we start at Haydock. There was a double for Frankie Dettori . The Dettori double came on board Al Neksh and Snan. I think Dettori is riding better then he was ten years ago. Frankie will need to be watched at Ascot next week closely. On that note of people to watch, Ryan Moore who had a treble with Fair Eva, Forth Bridge and Galvanize. There was a double for trainer Richard Hannon with George William and Snan. At Beverly , there was a treble for David O'Meara with Lincoln Rocks, Jackbequick and Bond Bombshell. Our members selection Falcons fire placed at Beverly also. There was nothing to catch the eye at Yarmouth. At Hamilton, there was a double for Michael Easterby with Ancient Cross and Bajan Rebel. Lady wotton placed at Hamilton for our members , combined with Falcons fire earlier at Beverly made it a good day for our members. At Kempton, Morning suit was an impressive winner of the two year old race for Mark Johnston. At Fairyhouse, the Fallon factor was in evidence as the great man had a double on board Magical Fire and Blairmayne. Andy Oliver had a double with The Eyes have it and Grey blue sky. I thought Grey blue sky was really impressive he has massive cope and could make up into a nice horse.


Thursday, we start at Newbury. The fillies listed race went to Abingdon for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore by a half length. Snow moon was sent off odds on favourite ran a bit keen and faded into a well beaten third. At Nottingham, I was impressed by Staunch in the maiden stakes over one mile, despite breaking slowly Staunch arrived on the scene a furlong out. Staunch went away to win by just over 3 lengths landing a few bets as well (12/1 -8/1). The form looks solid as evens favourite Perigee was back in second. At Yarmouth there was a double for Martin Harley with Soul Silver and Urban fox. There were also doubles on the day for trainer Charlie Fellowes and Stevie Donohoe with Zain emperor and Mia Tesoro. At Haydock, we saw another offspring of Frankel make his debut as Frankuus made a winning debut. Frankuus was well on top of the line , trainer Mark Johnston nominated Royal Ascot as the next stop which will clearly be interesting. Major Pusey made all to win the 5 furlong handicap. This was a frustrating result for our members as they had a (1pt each way bet at 3/1) on Lexington Place who was a fast finishing second.

At Leopardstown ,Orcia who finished third in the Glencairn listed stakes was our other members bet (1pt each way 7/1) that combined with an each way double with  Lexington Place at Haydock made it a decent day for us. The rest of Leopardstown was dominated by two trainers. Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning combined for a treble. Oh Grace was a 5 and a half length winner of the 7 furlongs fillies maiden Royal Ascot was nominated as the next target. The other two Bolger and Manning winners were An caillin orga and Mandatario who did very well to win the 1 mile 7 furlongs handicap with 10 stone on his back and a scorching gallop to chase. I thought Face value ran well in third in that race. The other trainer who was in form was Dermot Weld who combined with Pat Smullen for a double. The two horses were Currency Converter who won the 7 furlong maiden at 20/1 by 2 and a quarter lengths. The feature of this race was a monster of a gamble on Douglas Macarthur for Aidan O'Brien (7/4 overnight - 2/5) he is surely better then his last of six finishing position. Foxtrot Charlie won the Glencairn listed stakes well from Tennessee Wildcat and Orcia. At Uttoxeter, Red Tornado won his fourth race on the spin for Dan Skelton in the novice hurdle. There was another winner for the Jonjo O'Neill and Aidan Coleman blossoming  combination, as Easy street took the Novices handicap chase.


Friday, we start at Sandown where Ryan Moore had a treble for three different trainers. The horses were Somebody to love, Bermondsey and Shabbah. There was a double with Desert Haze and Another Boy for Ralph Beckett. At York, there was another winner for Adam McNamara with Mayfair Lady. The 1 mile 6 furlong handicap went to useful dual code horse Shrewd with Nicky Henderson's Sign Of a victory back in third. At Goodwood, I was impressed with Mistime for Mark Johnston who won the two year old Novices auction race by  2 and a half lengths. At Newton Abbott, I was impressed with Ivor's queen who won the mares novice hurdle by four lengths from Avispa.  Ivor's queen pulled very hard early on but really motored home under Richard Johnson. If  Ivor's queen can learn to settle she could be decent. At Chepstow, the one mile four furlongs fillies maiden went to Sir Michael Stoute with Dubka who won by 2 lengths.

At Aintree, there was yet another winner for the Jonjo O'Neill and Aidan Coleman blossoming  combination, as Allelu Alleluia who won the maiden hurdle by 3 quarters of a length. I thought Great Hall ran an eye catching race in thee two mile handicap hurdle his time could be coming. The two mile handicap chase went to Parsnip Pete, Sir Note ran well for our members in third who had a (2pts each way bet at 10/3). At Clonmel it was a moderate card there was another winner for Joseph O'Brien with Oh me oh my in the maiden hurdle. On Fiddlers Green easily won the Beginners chase by 21 lengths for Davey Russell and Henry de Bromhead.


Saturday,we start at York there was a double for Richard Fahey for Mr Lupton and Marie of Lyon. At Sandown, there was a double for Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute  Mutamakkin and Autocratic. At Chester there was a double for Richard Fahey with Celebration which was good news for our members who had a (1pt each way bet at 5/1). The other leg of the double was Lexis Hero. At Bath, there was a double for George Baker with Ginzan and Gratzie who is talented an could win again. At Musselburgh, the William Hill Scottish Sprint was the feature . Duke Of Firenze and Kimbrella had run very well in the Epsom dash lined up both placed. The race went to Hoofalong  who did it well winning by a length and a half. The 2 mile stayers race saw Impulsive american go off a hot favourite he could never get a blow in finishing fourth, the race going to the Hughie Morrison trained Sweet Selection.

At Hexham ,Miss Conway won the 1 mile 7 furlong handicap chase travelling well and could win again soon. Apache pilot saw of Odds on Dan by a neck in a protracted battle. I think Apache Pilot could win again soon probably at Hexham. There was nothing that caught my eye at Leicester likewise at Lingfield. The card at Limerick was a jumps card, the Coral novice hurdle went to the Charles Byrnes trained Black warrior who saw off Master of verse by 2 and a half lengths. The bumper saw Joseph O'Brien unleash a potential smart horse in Aeglos he had to settle for second as Aeglos ran a bit green. The race went to Takeittothelimits by 4 lengths for, Gordon Elliott they could be two decent horses as it was 12 lengths back to the third horse.At Navan ,King Electric bolted up in the two year old Auction race by 4 and a half lengths conceeding weight all round. There were winners on the day for Dermot Weld with Karalara , Aidan O'Brien with General Mcarthur and Jim bolger with Ceol Na nog. There was a double for Kevin Condon with In Salutem and Shanghai beauty.


Sunday, we start at Cork where I was in attendance myself. The ground had eased overnight. The 5 furlong listed sprint saw ,Spirit quartz get the better of a good battle with Ardhoomey by a half length. I think the softening of the ground went against Ardhoomey in the end. The win of Spirit Quartz was another example of Uk trainers winning 5 furlong races in Ireland, it is a good betting angle.The Munster Oaks was up next Shamreen for Dermot Weld was all the rage, however Shamreen had to settle for second. The race went Pretty Perfect under Colm O'Donoghue under a superb attacking ride from the front. Pretty Perfect strung them out all over Cork and ran out a comfortable 3 lengths winner. The Munster Derby, saw Dermot Weld supply another favourite in Alveena. On this occasion it went very much to plan for the Weld team as Alveena won well by 2 lengths. This was good news for our members who had a (2pt win bet at 5/2). Alveena looks decent to me and can go on from here.

At Salisbury, Momentofmadness just edged out our members selection King Crimson (1pt each way 6/1) by a neckKing Crimson can win soon. At Doncaster, Calare was a good winner for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby by 2 and half lengths. At Downpatrick, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Lake Malwi and Blue empyrean. I thought Floral Fantasy was impressive for Enda Bolger and JP McManus in the mares handicap hurdle , this horse could be up to winning again.