Monday, a bank holiday in the UK and Ireland. We start at Naas. The all-conquering Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore combination produced a treble on the day. The winners were Fairyland, Van Beethoven and Cliffs Of Moher. I thought Cliffs Of Moher won well, however, the eye was drawn to the tender ride that stablemate Yucatan got in the closing stages. Yucatan will be of serious interest at Royal Ascot. The winner of the Tetrarch stakes Imaging could hardly have been more impressive for Dermot Weld. The turn of foot Imaging showed was breathtaking. At Down Royal, there was a double for Andrew Lynch with Canardier and Ejayteekay. The feature race the Daily Mirror handicap chase went to Drumconnor Lad for Adrian Keatly. Tisamystery advised to our members' 1pt each way at 8/1 placed in the race. At Warwick, there was a double for white-hot trainer Dan Skelton with Gortroe Joe and Bandsman who landed some nice bets on the day.
At Kempton, it was over the jumps. There was a double for Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston- Davies with Amour De Nuit and Secret Investor. There was also a double for Richard Johnson with Eskendash and Imperial Presence. At Beverley, there was a double for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan with Society Red and Wasnt expecting that. At Windsor, there was a double for Andrea Atzeni on board Voi and Medburn Fream. At Ayr, over the jumps. There was a treble for Olly Murphy and Aidan Coleman with Weebill, Miles To Milan and Finawn Bawn. At Bath, there was a treble for jockey Charles Bishop on board Barbill , Tricksy Spirit (both for Mick Channon) and King Crimson.
Tuesday, we start at Thirsk. There was a winner for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan with Militia. At Brighton, Esspeegee made it 6 wins from his last 7 starts. It was good news for our members as Esspeegee advised to our members' 1pt each way at 5/1. At Fakenham, Ascendant took the Selling Hurdle. At Ludlow, there was a double for Nicky Henderson with Monbeg Legend and Lust For Glory. At Exeter, Paul Nicholls produced a nice prospect to win as Rhythm is a Dancer took the bumper. At Roscommon, Momus took the two and a half mile bumper for Noel Meade who has his horses in great form.
Wednesday, we start at Chester. The Cheshire Oaks went to Magic Wand who bolted up for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore. There was a double for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan with Gabrial The Saint and The Feathered Nest. At Kelso, former high-class flat racer High Jinx took the novice hurdle. At Newton Abbot, Desirable Court was a very impressive winner of the novice hurdle for Alan King and Daryl Jacob. At Fontwell, Dr. Richard Newland was on target with Stole The Show. At Wolverhampton, Mischief Managed won for Tim Easterby. At Gowran, there was a double for Jim Bolger with Dream Of Words and Aiseolas. There was also a double for Joseph O'Brien with Irish Minister and Camile.
Thursday, we start at Worcester. There was a double for jockey Robbie Dunne with Cropley and Fifty Shades. At Chester, A Moment Of Madness took the opening five-furlong handicap from Powerallied in a good finish. Powerallied advised to our members' 1pt each way at 8/1. The Dee Stakes went to Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore with Rostropovich who bolted up by three and a half lengths. Rostropovich advised to our members' 2pts win at 3/1. The O'Brien team completed a double with Idaho. There was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Another Batt and Wedding Date. At Huntingdon, there was a double for Sam Twiston - Davies with Kings Temptation and Capitoul. At Wincanton, Colin Tizzard was on target with Gentleman Jon. At Chelmsford, talented hurdler Elgin was on target for Alan King. The Class 2 conditions race went to Weekender for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. At Tipperary, Famous Saying won for Noel Meade.
Friday, we start at Chester for Chester cup day. The big race went to Magic Circle for Ian Williams and Fran Berry who won by 6 lengths. At Market Rasen. there was a double for the Skelton team who are on a great run. The horses were Maire Banrigh and Tokay Dokey. At Lingfield, the feature race went to Rebecca Rocks for Henry Candy. At Nottingham, John Gosden was on target with Raa Atoll. At Ascot, there was a double for John Gosden with Stream Of Stars and Dreamfield. At Ripon, there was a double for jockey Kevin Stott on board Reputation and On Fire. At Kilbeggan, there was a treble for David Mullins with Tornado Watch, Redhotfillypeppers and Steel Wave. There was a treble for Willie Mullins with Sancta Simona, Redhotfillypeppers and Steel Wave. There was also a double for Mark Walsh on board Plouios and Minella Times. I was really impressed with Net D'Ecosse who won for Noel Meade. At, the Curragh there was a double for Richard O'Brien with Alans Pride and Maths Prize.
Saturday, we start at Haydock. The Swinton hurdle was the feature it went for the third time in five years to Evan Williams with Silver Streak. The race changed course at the second last when Act Of Valour crashed out sadly losing his life. This left Chesterfield in front jumping the last, however, Silver Streak ran him down late on. Chesterfield was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 7/1. There was a double on the card for Sean Bowen on board Beggars Wish and Robbing The Prey. At Hexham, Irish trainer Noel Kelly was on target with Dolly's Destination in the bumper. Dolly's Destination was advised to our members' 2pts win at 4/1. At Lingfield, it was Oaks and Derby trial day. Richard Kingscote did not let the rain dampen his spirits after riding a treble at Lingfield – highlighted by the victory of Knight To Behold in the Betfred Derby Trial. Knight To Behold saw off the Aidan O'Brien trained Kew Gardens. The other two winners for Richard Kingscote were Ashazuri and Mancini. The Oaks trial went to Perfect Clarity. I thought Ceechini ran well in second.
At Nottingham, Pretty Baby took the feature race for Paul Hanagan and William Haggas. There was a double for Kevin Stott on board Scottish Summit and Knighted. At Ascot, just like Saturday racing was blighted by fighting in the stands and on the streets. When will the BHA act? On the track, the Victoria Cup went to Ripp Orf for Hayley Turner and David Elsworth. At Warwick over the jumps, there was a double for Nicky Henderson with Christmas In April and Cultivator. There was also a double for Alan King with Deyrann De Carjac and Nobby. At Thirsk, the feature race went to Stonific for David O'Meara. At the Curragh, there was a double for Aidan O'Brien with Land Force who really impressed me and Bye Bye Baby.
Sunday, we start at Leopardstown it was Derby trial and 1,000 Guineas trial day. The Derby trial went to Hazapour for Dermot Weld. Hazapour looks a well-balanced horse who should handle Epsom. The 1,000 Guineas trial went to Ger Lyons with the talented Who's Steph. The one-mile four-furlong handicap saw Sea The Lion land some good bets. Clongowes was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 13/2 placed. The concluding maiden went in style to Southern France for Aidan O'Brien. At Killarney, Stormy Ireland put it together for Willie Mullins to take the mares hurdle. Mullins enjoyed a treble on the day as Up For Review and Yukon Lil both won. The victory of Yukon Lil was good news for our members. Yukon Lil 500 Killarney (1/1) & Southern France 515 Leopardstown (8/11) advised to our members 3pts win double both won. The feature race at Killarney went to Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power with Neverrushacon. The victory completed a double for Power as he had won earlier on Magnium.
At Ludlow, there was a double for Richard Johnson on board Lygon Road and Back On The Lash. The feature race went for the second year in a row to Jonjo O'Neill and Festive Affair. At Plumpton, Nicky Henderson was on target with Brave Eagle which kicked off a double for James Bowen who completed the double on King Cool. At Southwell over the jumps. There was plenty of doubles. There was a double for Tom George with Minella For Me and Truckers Lodge. The Dan Skelton team are flying, it was another double this time with Spader and Born Survivor. The card was completed with a double for Jonjo O'Neill with The Flame and Kitikat.