The Racing Week That Was 13/1/19


Monday, we start at Musselburgh. There was a double for Brian Hughes on board Alright Sunshine and Henry's Joy. At Chepstow, Venetia Williams continued her hot streak with a double. The two horses were Top And Drop and Cloudy Glen. The aforementioned Cloudy Glen hardly got out of second gear, he should be up to winning again soon. At Wolverhampton, there was a successful raid for Irish trainer Adrian McGuinness with Taceec. The feature race went to Jamie Osbourne with Hathal.


Tuesday, we start at Ayr. The feature race went to Stuart Crawford and JJ Slevin with Apache Jack. At Bangor, Collooney was on target for Olly Murphy and JP McManus. At Newcastle, the feature race went to Outrage.


Wednesday, we start at Doncaster. The form of La Bague Au Roi got a boost as Talkischeap took the opener. The story of the day was Diggin Deep who won for 23-year-old Curragh trainer Stephen Michael Hanlon. It was good news for our members as Diggin Deep was advised to our members (1pt each way) 9/2. At Taunton, Romain De Senam got back in the winner's enclosure for Paul Nicholls. There was also a winner for Dan Skelton as Not That Fuisse took the handicap hurdle. At Lingfield, John Gosden was on target with Court House. At Kempton, the feature race went to Keystroke. The day finished with the news that Samcro has been found to be suffering from a lung infection and plans for the rest of the season are on hold as a result.


Thursday, we start at Leicester. The powerful combination of Neil King and Byrony Frost combined to win with Regulation. The Dan Skelton team continued their fine run with Desireable Court. At Catterick. Rex Dingle is a jockey who has been riding plenty of winners he had a double with Uno Mas and Mistress Massini. At Meydan, there was a form boost for our syndicate horses Stanhope. The reason for this was Alfredo Arcano who ran a blinder to finish fourth in Meydan. Stanhope finished second to Alfredo Arcano on 14-12-18 at Dundalk. It was encouraging to see the run of Alfredo Arcano. At Southwell, Three Weeks took it for David O'Meara. At Chelmsford, Your Band won by fourteen lengths for Jamie Osbourne. At Clonmel, Henry de Bromhead notched a double at Clonmel this afternoon when Capuccimix made a winning debut in the Monroe Maiden Hurdle. The double was completed by Daybreak Boy who justified favoritism in fine style when claiming the featured Munster Hurdle at Clonmel this afternoon. Rachael Blackmore sent her mount into the lead turning for home and he was followed through by Count Simon. It was good news for our members. Daybreak Boy was advised to our members (2pts win) at 13/8 won.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. A 92/1 treble was completed with Ado McGuinness' third runner of the night at Dundalk, All's Quiet (Rory Cleary up) coming out on top in the Get A Run For Your Money With BetVictor Handicap. Following on from his stable companions Ken's Sam's (Shane Foley) and Georgian Bay (Tom Madden) earlier, All's Quiet got the job done too. Tom Madden completed a double on board Calling Time. There was a dead heat between Donagh O'Connor and Killian Leonard. The horses were Victorious Secret and Nisior Donn. At Wolverhampton, Jamie Osbourne was on target again this week with Arabic Culture.

At Sedgefield, there was a treble for Brian Hughes on board I'm To Blame, Instant Replay and Beast Of Belstane. The 12-hour round trip was rewarded for Christian Williams as Sideways took the long-distance handicap chase. At Huntingdon,  the feature race went to Prabeni for Charlie Mann. At Lingfield, the feature race went to Keyser Soze for Richard Spencer. The day finished with the sad news that Willoughby Court, winner of the 2017 Neptune Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham for trainer Ben Pauling and owners Paul and Clare Rooney, has been put down due to the effects of a post-surgical leg infection.


Saturday, we start at KemptonJonjo O’Neill junior celebrated the biggest winner of his career with a victory aboard Big Time Dancer in the Unibet Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle. Top Notch bounced back to his best to put away a decent if a small field in good style. Top Notch was advised to our members (3pts win) at 6/4. Glen Rocco was a really impressive winner of the three-mile handicap chase. This is a horse going places over staying trips. At Warwick, OK Corral put up a superb display to take the novice chase. It seems like the four milers at Cheltenham will be the target having Derek O'Connor over to do the steering here. In this mood, it will take a good horse to stop Ok Corral. There was an impressive winner of the Leamington novice hurdle in Beakstown. This race has a serious role of honor. The New One and Willoughby Court both captured this on route to Ballymore glory at Cheltenham. The Classic Chase went to Impulsive Star who finished fourth in last years four-miler at Cheltenham. Impulsive Star will head back to that event as he broke his maiden tag over fences here. Sam Whaley Cohen will be on board as he was here. Keeper Hill took the Pertemps qualifier bolting up by five lengths, this qualifier is always one that works out well. Keeper Hill must gon on all Pertemps shortlist for Cheltenham.

At Wetherby, Charles Byrnes landed a nice punt with Thosedaysaregone, who was 7/2 overnight and returned 11/10. Manwell was a very impressive winner of the handicap chase for Sam and Johnathan England. At Lingfield, Olly Murphy had a winner on the flat with Dutch Uncle. At Newcastle, Tough Remedy was on target for Keith Dalgleish. Run Wild Fred (4/7f) completed a treble for owner Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud and trainer Gordon Elliott when landing the concluding bumper. The treble was kicked off by Surin who took the juvenile hurdle. Duca De Thaix led home a 1-2 for trainer Gordon Elliott in the featured Grade A BetVictor Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse today, as the Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding scored under Champion Jockey Davy Russell.


Sunday, we start at Punchestown. The Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle went to Felix Desjy who bounced out and made all. This was a return to form for Felix Desjy, I am far from certain how good this race was. After winning the featured race half an hour earlier, Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud quickly doubled-up with Vision D'honneur. I thought this horse looked very decent. Se Mo Laoch made it two wins in three starts. Snugsborough Hall advised to our members (1pt each way) 9/2 placed in the race. The concluding mares handicap hurdle went to Robin On The Hill who made all. It was good news for our members. Robin On The Hill was advised to our members (1pt each way) 13/2. The members also had Snugsborough Hall 220 Punchestown 9/2 Robin On The Hill 350 Punchestown 13/2 advised to our members (0.5pt each way double) both placed. I was really impressed with Winter Escape who gave a stone and a beating to the smart A Plus Tard. At Kelso, Encore Champs was a good winner of the novice hurdle. Choochoobugaloo won for Sam and Johnathan England who are going well. At Southwell, Alan King was on target with Long Socks. King is getting his share of winners on the flat at the moment.