The Racing Week That Was 14-2-21


Monday, we start at Fairyhouse Choungaya took the beginners for Joseph O'Brien. At Newcastle, there was a double for Dan Skelton with King D'argent and Gylo. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Ivan Furtado with Broken Rifle and Byford.


Tuesday, we start at Kempton for a jumpers bumper card. There were doubles for Nicky Henderson and Nico De Boinville with Balco Costal and Hooper. There were also doubles for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden with Ecco and Southfield Stone. At Southwell, Legal Reform kept up the good week for Ivan Furtado.


Wednesday, we start at Wolverhampton. The feature race a Class 2 handicap went to Revolutionise under Marco Ghiani. The meetings at Newcastle and Ludlow were abandoned.


Thursday, we start at Wolverhampton. Host was on target. At Kempton, it was jumpers bumper card Tomorrow Mystery was on target for Paul Nicholls. At Newcastle, Sherbert Lemon was on target for Hollie Doyle. At Meydan, Star Safari, Secret Protector and Zakouski formed a treble for Charlie Appleby and William Buick.


Friday, we start at DundalkSiobhan Rutledge is making notable progress in her career in recent months and the apprentice jockey received high praise from Tony Martin today as she steered her second winner for the trainer when Drakensburg. At Southwell, Requinto Dawn took the feature for Richard Fahey.


Saturday, we start at Naas. Joseph O’Brien will be hoping lightning can strike for the third time in the case of Druid’s Altar. The previous two winners of the Naas Rated Novice Hurdle, Band Of Outlaws and Aramax, have gone on to win the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Elimay booked her ticket to the inaugural running of the Mares’ Chase at Cheltenham with victory in the BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Mares Chase at Naas as she highlighted a treble for Mark Walsh. The other Walsh winners were Gentleman de Mee and Minella Till Dawn.

Ryan Moore is a fairly rare visitor to Lingfield at this time of year – but he once again advertised his class in the saddle when winning on four of his five rides at the Surrey venue. The Moore winners were Ahdab, Gurka Girl, Crackling and Convertible.


Sunday, we start at PunchestownThedevilscoachman continued his progression with a fourth win from five career starts for Noel MeadeThe Big Dog opened his account over fences after coming out on top in a thrilling climax to the Punchestown Grand National Trial. The Big Dog held off Screaming Colours (who was advised 1pt each-way at 9/1 to our members). Second market-choice Ballyboker Bridge pulled up before halfway and it was left to strong favourite, J P McManus’ Shady Operator (7/4 into evens), to shine in the P.P. Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase. At Exeter, Wilde About Oscar returned to form with a bang to take the Listed spoils in the Bet At Novices’ Hurdle. The Dan Skelton-trained gelding had looked a smart recruit when winning both his novice hurdles in the autumn, only to come unstuck in the Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury when stepped up to Grade One company.