The Racing Week That Was 14-3-21


Monday, we start at Leopardstown. Trainer Willie Mullins completed an opening race treble when 1/6 favourite Eurotiep accounted for his three rivals in the RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Novice Hurdle. Elite Charbonniere and Grand Bornand took the opening two races for Mullins. Meet And Greet and Johnny Barry just thwarted the late surge of Top Bandit and Jamie Codd by a nose. After Fox Fearless at 28/1 in race four, Meet And Greet completed a 173/1 double for winning trainer Oliver McKiernan.

Dan and Harry Skelton continued their excellent form ahead of the Cheltenham Festival with a 35-1 four-timer at SouthwellRonan McNally has admitted defeat in his bid to have Dreal Deal back on-song and ready for next week’s Cheltenham Festival. Nicky Henderson has announced that his dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air will not bid to regain his crown next week. Buveur D’Air, successful in the Cheltenham Festival showpiece in 2017 and 2018, will instead head for the Aintree Hurdle instead next month.


Tuesday, we start with a referral hearing into a video of Irish amateur jockey Rob James sitting on a dead horse will take place on Wednesday, after the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board concluded its investigation. At Exeter, A short-priced double in spring-like conditions at Exeter fuelled hopes that Colin Tizzard’s yard is returning to form just in time Cheltenham next week. The Tizzard winners were Killer Kane and Amarillo Sky. At Newcastle, there was a double for Neil Mulholland with Molly Carew and Mongol Emperor. At Southwell, Sezina won in great style under Ben Robinson. At Clonmel, Hilltop Supreme came out best in a thrilling three-way battle for honours in the Kilmolash Handicap Hurdle. It was three wins out of four runs for Hilltop Supreme. In the one Hilltop Supreme did not win he was brought down!


Wednesday, we start at WexfordDenise Foster saddled her first win since taking over at Cullentra Stables while Gordon Elliott serves his suspension when Defi Bleu took the Tomcoole Farm Ltd Beginners Chase. At Fontwell, there were doubles for Venetia Williams and Charlie Deutsch with Realm Keeper and Kapga De Lily. At Lingfield, there was a double for Adam Kirby with Pride Of England and Weloof. At Catterick, Fire Away made it 3 wins on the spin for Laura Morgan. At Kempton, there was a treble for Ben Curtis with Dancing King, Khatm and Trepidation. 


Thursday, we start at Thurles. There was a double for Henry De Bromhead with Sean Hogan and Viscount Gort. At Carlisle, Venetia Williams continued her excellent run of form as Crypto took the Novices handicap chase. At Southwell, Sezina made it two wins in three days for Brian Ellison. At Wincanton, Neon Moon was on target for David Pipe. At Newcastle, there was a double for Hollie Doyle with Dragon Symbol and Made In Italy.

Off the track. Colin Tizzard concedes he is ready to hand the licence at Venn Farm Stables to his son and assistant Joe, a development he expects to happen by the autumn.


Friday, we start at DundalkHarpocrates (15/2) took the Follow Us On Twitter @DundalkStadium Race to complete doubles for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley after they teamed up with claimer winner Oh Say earlier in the evening. Grandmaster Flash showed his versatility in terms of distance when winning the Handicap. It was a third success for the 5-year-old all of which have come at Dundalk and the addition of a tongue-tie for his last two starts seems to have done him no harm at all. It was good news for our members Grandmaster Flash was advised to our members (2pts win) at 11/4. 

The steady improvement shown by rider Siobhan Rutledge has been one of the features of the winter season and she executed another well-judged ride to win the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Apprentice Handicap on 9/2 chance Wild Shot. This was just his second start for winning trainer John McConnell who remarked: “It was nice because we've had a tough run of things with a lot of seconds and maybe the horses weren't firing. It's nice to get one on the board anyway.“It was a very good ride by Siobhan, she took her time and produced him nicely.“He's been very straight-forward since I got him. The change of scenery always seems to make a difference.“We thought he'd run very well today, we fancied him, and I'm delighted to get his head in front. The owner (Cathal McGuckin) is a very nice man and I'm delighted for him.” Well done to Cathal who has been a great friend to Galaxy since we started owning horses.

At Gowran, Montagne D'argent got off the mark at a perfectly opportune time, as he landed the feature at Gowran this afternoon, the Grade B Holden Plant Rentals Shamrock Handicap Chase. Trained by Harry Kelly, the son of Stowaway had been ultimately disappointing so far in his career, but ran well on his previous two starts, suggesting that a win was in the offing. Henry de Bromhead and Patrick Mullins combined to take the 'Doc's Bumper' Point-To-Point INH Flat Race for the third year in-a-row. Journey With Me completed a double for De Bromhead following the earlier victory of Full-time Score. At Sandown, David Pipe had a double with Gericault Roque and Sexy Lot. 

At Leicester, Venetia Williams completed an across the card double with Tango De Juilley following the victory of Frero Banbou at Sandown. At Lingfield, there was a double for Hollie Doyle with Going Places and Crimson King. At Wolverhampton, Sea The Shells was on target for Mark Johnston.


Saturday, we start at SandownLanger Dan kicked off what could be an excellent few days for Dan and Harry Skelton when cruising to victory in the Paddy Power Imperial Cup. Beauport, running in the famous Corbiere colours, ploughed through the Sandown mud to win the European Breeders’ Fund Paddy Power ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Final. Five Star Getaway was an impressive winner for Christian Williams. At WolverhamptonMums Tipple finally fulfilled some of his immense early promise when landing an emphatic success in the Bombardier Lady Wulfruna Stakes. At Ayr, Grand Morning took the feature race for Lucinda Russell and JP McManus. At Hereford, Financier took the feature race for Kerry Lee.

At Navan, Ted Walsh hailed a 'career best' effort from his Cheltenham Festival hero Any Second Now, winner of the Webster Cup Chase at Navan today, as the trainer readies J.P. McManus' gelding for next month's Aintree Grand National. Pulled up on his previous run in the Thyestes Chase in January, Any Second Now today showed all his old ability, and some more, in beating last year's winner Castlegrace Paddy easily by ten lengths. Owner McManus and winning jockey Mark Walsh were each completing trebles on the day, having had earlier success with the Denise Foster trained pair Coqolino and Gars De Sceaux.


Sunday, we start at Naas. Owner J.P. McManus had six of the fourteen runners in the featured Leinster National Handicap Chase and ended up with a 1-2-3 as Scoir Mear landed the first prize under Simon Torrens. It was good news as Scoir Mear was advised to our members (1pt each way) at 17/2. The Bar One Racing Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle proved a great triumph for the Swan/Hyde family as On Eagles Wings landed the Grade 3 prize for teenage amateur Harry Swan. Conflated recorded a fourth career win and first at Graded level when taking full advantage of a good opportunity in the Bar One Racing Directors Plate Novice Chase at Naas.

At Limerick, there was a brilliant success for our friends at Hilltop. Hurdling debutant Behind The Wall sprang a 50/1 shock in the opening Murroe 4-y-o Hurdle. Winning owner/trainer James McAuley said: “He is a grand horse and we only started schooling him two weeks ago."He blew the start at Dundalk last week and we only ran him over two miles to see would his stamina last and he stayed on really well. He'll be better on better ground and Conor (Maxwell) said he'd also be better in a truer run race. Congratulations to everyone at Hilltop. This was a really nice performance. Scarlet And Dove gained consecutive weekend Graded wins today as Limerick as the Joseph O'Brien trained, Gigginstown House Stud owned mare landed the featured Charleville EBF (Mares) Novice Chase under jockey Donagh Meyler.