The Racing Week That Was 14/1/18


Monday, we start at Fontwell. The Anthony Honeyball excellent run continued as My Dance took the maiden hurdle. The handicap chase over three miles one furlong went to Greyed A who survived an X rated mistake when down on his nose to win for Dr. Richard Newland and Sam Twiston -Davies. It was a good result for ourselves. Greyed A advised to our members' 3pts win at 11/10. The handicap hurdle over two miles three furlongs saw De Rasher Counter fulfill his early promise in his first handicap start. De Rasher Counter took it for Emma Lavelle and Nick Scholfield by three and a quarter lengths and nine lengths. De Rasher Counter was advised to our members' 2pts win at 11/4. Our members day was capped Greyed A 215 Fontwell ( 11/10) & De Rasher Counter 245 Fontwell (11/4) advised to our members' 0.5pt win double both won.At Wolverhampton, there was an unbelievable day for Oisin Murphy who had a four-timer. The horses were Maximinus Thrax, Jack Bear,  Victory Bond and Veena.


Tuesday, we start at Doncaster. There was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton. with Tommy Rapper and Rene's Girl in a class 1 mares chase. Rene's Girl was very impressive here. At Taunton, there were winners for Harry Fry with Canelie. There was also a winner for Sam and Nigel Twiston Davies with Wicked Willy.At Southwell, there was a double for Andrew Mullen on board Epitaph and Laydee Victoria.


Wednesday, we start at Ludlow. There was a double for trainer Graeme McPherson and Kielen Woods with Dahills Hill and Hey Bill. The amateur riders handicap hurdle saw a dead heat between Virginia Chick and Flashjack. The feature race a three-mile one-furlong handicap hurdle went the way of TB Broke Her. It was incident packed with a couple of fallers late on. It was good news for our members as TB Broke Her was adviced to our members 1pt each way at 4/1. At Lingfield, Calliandra was on target for Godolphin. At Kempton, Fran Berry made it an across the card double onboard Sovereign Duke having earlier won on Los Comanchos at Lingfield.


Thursday we start at Clonmel it was very foggy and the last two races were abandoned due to fog. The feature race was the Munster hurdle it went to Beyond The Law who was an impressive twenty-two lengths winner from Draconien. I think Mouse Morris and the Potts family have a really nice horse on their hands. At Catterick, there was a double for the excellent Brian Hughes on board Dresden and Crakdeloust. There were two impressive novice hurdle winners on the card Chu Chu Percy and Hear No Evil. I think both horses can take a few more races as the season moves on. At Leicester, there were winners for Harry Fry and Nigel Twiston- Davies with Acting Lass and My Antolini. At Newcastle, there was a winner for Godolphin with Flag Festival. There was also a double for Joe Fanning with Mambo Dancer and Three Weeks. At Chelmsford, there was a treble for Adam Kirby with Good Business, Western Way, and Espresson Fredo.


Friday, we start at Sedgefield. There was another winner for Donald McCain with Wazowski who took the handicap hurdle over two miles three furlongs. Wazowski was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 9/2. At Sedgefield, there was a double for trainer Brian Ellison with Instant Replay and Windsor Avenue. The three miles two-furlong handicap chase went to The Hedgeinator by a length over Kings Eclipse in what was a good race. Wazowski 110 Sedgefield (9/2) & Kings Eclipse 310 Sedgefield 2/1 advised to our members' 0.5pt each way double both placed. At Huntingdon, there was a treble for Nicky Henderson with Turtle Wars, Terrerfort, and The Vocalist. At Lingfield, there was a treble for Oisin Murphy with Star Story, Swift Approval, and Dutiful Son. There was also a win for Irish raider Complicit for Donagh O'Connor and John Levins. At Newcastle, there was a winner for Keith Dalgleish for Tough Remedy. At Dundalk, it was Congratulations Damian English on the win for Bluesbreaker, I was delighted for the team at Grougha Stables.  Bluesbreaker will be better back on the soft ground on turf. Captain Joy took the all-weather qualifier for Lingfield booking a ticket for the second year in a row. Geological finished third for Damian English taking his career earnings to €120,000 some going for a horse bought for €800. Guanabara Bay second to our pride and joy Mokhalad on 21-12-17 won the 730 at Dundalk giving our form a little boost.


Saturday, we start at Kempton. It was a memorable day for Nicky Henderson as it was his wedding day. On the track at Kempton, he had a great day with a treble. The first leg of the treble was Chef Des Obeaux in the novice hurdle who won by nineteen lengths. The Lanzorate handicap hurdle went to William Henry who did it well on a return for Henderson giving him a double. The Henderson treble was completed by the mercurial Jenkins wearing first-time blinkers with a five-length win. There was a welcome win over fences for Fountains Windfall who won very well by 9 lengths. I still think Fountains Windfall can make up into an RSA horse. The performance of the day went to Waiting Patiently who made it five from five over fences for Malcolm Jefferson. I think Waiting Patiently can be a Queen Mother horse or a Ryanair horse. I am sure he will be a massive player in either race. At Warwick, Nicky Henderson made it a four-timer on the day as Mr. Whipped took the Leamington novice hurdle. This is a good trial for the Ballymore novice hurdle with The New One and Willoughby Court doing the double in recent times. There was a big Saturday double for Malcolm Jefferson as Black Ivory took the Pertemps qualifier in good style. The Betfred classic chase went in great style to Milansbar who destroyed the field from the front under Byrony Frost who is having a season of seasons. Cogry ran well in second and Aintree could suit having placed in a Scottish national last season. I was really taken with the performance of Ms. Parfois who took the class 1 novice chase in great style for Anthony Honeyball. I think Ms. Parfois is a horse going places, she could be very interesting in an RSA or the four-miler at the festival.

At Wetherby, there was a four-timer for Richard Johnson. The horses were Noble Robin, Hogan's Height, Westend Story and Newberry New. At Punchestown, there was a treble for Willie Mullins. The horses were Invitation only who really impressed me and looks a JLT horse. I was really impressed with Getabird who took the Moscow Flyer novice hurdle by nine lengths. This is a path that Willie Mullins has used before. Getabird is a massive player in the supreme now. The third leg of the Mullins treble was in the bumper as Relegate won. At Lingfield, there was a double for Martin Harley on board Reflektor and Karam Albaari. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for jockey Rossa Ryan on board Global academy and Mr. Carbonator.


Sunday, we start at Fairyhouse. There was a double for Gordon Elliott. The first leg of the Elliott double was Mitchouka who took the juvenile hurdle in good style by 8 lengths. The second leg of the Elliott double was Doctor Phoenix who took the feature race the Dan Moore chase. It is a rag to riches story Doctor Phoenix was bought for 10K during the summer and has now won 84K in prize money. Doctor Phoenix is entered in the Queen Mother I cannot see that angle, however. The recurring story of the season was Acapella Bourgeois who once again was smashed in the betting going off odds-on and once again failing to compete starting odds-on. There was a double for Willie Mullins with Saternus and Tornado Flyer. At Kelso, I was impressed with Clondaw Castle who took the novice hurdle. The handicap hurdle worth went 25K Stg went to Mirsaale for Keith Dalgleish who is doing really well still. At Southwell, an all-weather flat fixture. Keith Dalgleish completed an across the card double as Ray Purchase won.