The Racing Week That Was 14/5/17


Monday, we start at Stratford where Dan and Harry Skelton got on the board yet again . This time it was Free Stone Hill who took the handicap hurdle by seven lengths from Kayf Blanco. The feature race went to Nicky Henderson and Nico de Boinville with Days Of Heaven who made all the running for a comfortable win over Yorkist in second. Yorkist was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2. At Southwell, there was a double for John Gosden and James Doyle with Mark Of Approval and Pealer both horses started heavy odds on. At Ayr, Duncan Of Scotland was most impressive in taking the Six Furlong handicap making all at a strong pace. At Chelmsford , there was a treble for Jim Crowley on board Mishko, Plucky Dip and Alnaas. At Windsor, Rumpole was an impressive winner of the maiden for Hughie Morrison and Adam Kirby.At Roscommon, Act Of Valour was a really impressive winner of the maiden over one mile two furlongs winning by five lengths. Bottleofsmoke was a very impressive winner of the One Mile Four Furlong Handicap.


Tuesday,we start at Ayr. There was a double for trainer Jim Goldie and jockey Sam James with Euchen Glen and Tommy G. At Fakenham,  Nicky Henderson ad Nico de Boinville continued their good run with Tales Of The Tweed who claimed the Novice Hurdle. At Ffos Las, Nicky Henderson made it a double on the day with Storm Of Intrigue who took the bumper. The former Stayers hurdler winner Cole Harden ran in the beginners chase, however had to settle for second behind Sir Ivan for Noel Fehily and Harry Fry. At Exeter, Brahms De Clermont, a Cheltenham bumper winner got off the mark over hurdles for Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston- Davies. At Leicester, there was a double for trainer Hughie Morrison with Private Mission who saw off Ejaaby with Il Sicario back in third. Il Sicario was advised to our members 1pt each way at 5/1 placed there was a (Rule 4 Deduction of 20%). The Morrison double was completed by Pursuing Steed in the finale.


Wednesday, we start at Chester.The May festival at Chester is a meeting I really enjoy. The Cheshire Oaks has been dominated by Aidan O'Brien he missed out this year as Enable took the race for John Gosden by one and three parts of a length from Alluringly. It was a very good piece of riding from Frankie Dettori lifting the tempo at just the right time. The Chester Cup was the feature on day one it went to Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy as Montaly held Yorkidding by a neck with Fun Mac and Who Dares Wins right there at the finish as well. If you were off the pace here you could have binned your ticket the front seven stayed the same all race pretty much. I thought  Who Dares Wins was a little unlucky meeting some trouble. Montaly was very brave and stuck his neck out and took the few gaps very bravely. Who Dares Wins was advised to our members 1pt each way at 11/2.

Newton Abbott laid on a card with decent prize money £90K in total. There was a double for Paul Nicholls with Southfield Vic who bolted up by 24 lengths. The second leg of the Nicholls double was Capitaine who took the beginners chase by ten lengths. The feature race went to Harry Fry with Henryville , who followed up a recent Cheltenham win with a commanding win here by five lengths. At Kelso, there was a winner for Jack Kennedy and Gavin Cromwell as King' s Wharf won by 23 lengths. There was a double on the card for Iain Jardine and Ross Chapman with Heart O Annadale and Golden Jeffrey. At Bath, there was a double for David Probert on board Mister Musicmaster and Poweful Dream. At Chelmsford ,Graham Lee was thinking of the Ascot Gold Cup for his winner Harrison post race. Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy completed an across the card double on the day with Drochaid who got up late on to take the £25K handicap. At Dundalk, Declarationofpeace was a very impressive winner of the five furlong maiden. Declarationofpeace looks sure to be an Aidan O'Brien two year old for Royal Ascot. Aidan O'Brien completed a double with Smoulder in the seven furlong maiden. There was also a double on the night for Chris Hayes on board Fasuba and Coreczka. The finale was a very competitive two mile handicap. It went to Colla Pier who got up late on to beat Rubenesque by a head, Mydor ran a nice race in third. Colla Pier was advised to our members 1pt each way at 10/1.


Thursday, we start at Chester it was another day of triumph for Aidan O'Brien. There was a double for Aidan O'Brien as Deauville took the Group 3 Huxley Stakes, winning by a neck from Poet's Word. The Chester Vase a race O'Brien has won the last four years made it five win five years here. Aidan O'Brien had the 1-2-3 as Venice Beach saw off Wings Of Eagles and The Anvil. The fast finishing Wings Of Eagles held his head a little high, it is hard to know how genuine he is. Venice Beach was very good here and completed a double for Ryan Moore. The Diamond handicap went to Mutawatheb under Jim Crowley staying on really well by a length and a quarter from Marsham StarMutawatheb was advised to our members 1pt each way at 5/1, continuing my good start to May. At Catterick, the featured Fillies handicap went to Bahamian Bird who won by four lengths from Courier .At Worcester, there was another double for red hot Dan Skelton with Whatzdjazz and Cobra De Mai.

At Carlilse, Rockalzaro took the bumper in good style for Donald McCain winning by eight lengths. At Tipperary, Snugsborough Benny took the two miles four furlongs handicap hurdle for Liam Cusack by three and a half lengths. Snugsborough Benny can win again in my view. The beginners chase went in good style to Top Of The Town for Charles Byrnes, this horse will probably go handicapping now.Royal Tara was a really impressive winner of Novice Hunter Chase.There was a double to conclude the card for Patrick Mullins on board Dunhallow Gesture and Fabulous Saga.


Friday, we start at Chester. The Dee stakes is always an informative race, Aidan O'Brien has won it 3 of the last 5 years prior to this race. The race went again to Aidan O'Brien with the highly touted Cliffs Of Moher who won one and half lengths from Bay of Poets who I thought ran a nice race in second. The Diamond Ormonde Stakes a Group 3 went to Wetern Hymn who got up right on the line to deny US Army Ranger by a short head. This was the first leg of a double for John Gosden and Frank Dettori. The second leg of that double was Gymnaste who was a good winner of a Fillies maiden.The conditiions stakes over five furlongs went in spectacular fashion to Judicial who bolted up by four lengths for Julie ComachoJudicial was advised to our members 3pts win at 2/1. At Market Rasen, Mohaayed won at an eye watering 1/33 for Dan and Harry Skelton. At Lingfield,  David O'Meara and Josh Doyle captured the feature race with Edward Lewis  who returned a well backed favourite at 9/4.

At Ripon , the feature race went to Sands Chorus for James Given and Paul Mulrennan. At Ascot, the AGV handicap went to Winning Ways who traveled powerfully through the race to run out a three and a half length winner from Rusumaat. I thought Bacchus ran a nice race in third. The fillies maiden went in impressive style to Mori for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. At Nottingham, there was a double for Fran Berry with Maid To Remember and Nathan Mayer. At Dundalk, Elusive In Paris continued his love affair with Dundalk taking the claimer. The concluding six furlong handicap went to Duncan Of Scotland who was impressive at Ayr on Monday, again racing from the front winning well for trainer Lee Smyth on a raid from the UK. At Kilbeggan,  there was a double for Paul Towend and Willie Mullins with Nessun Dorna and Robin Des Foret who hung badly , however clearly has a massive again. The feature handicap chase went to Riviera Sun for Henry De Bromhead. This horse has always had a lot of a ability and could have a decent summer in my view.


Saturday, we start at Haydock for Swinton Hurdle day. The race went in emphatic fashion to John Constable who ran out a fourteen length winner for Evan Williams and Davy RussellJohn Constable was advised to our members 1pt each way at 15/2. The listed Spring Trophy went to Oh This Is Us who has already had a fine season getting the better of Absolutely So by a neck. At Hexham, Beyondtemptation kept up her good record winning by 59 lengths. At Lingfield, there was a double for Frankie Dettori with Shaiyem and Hertford Dancer. The Derby trial went to Best Solution who was a very impressive winner for Godolphin making all the running. At Ascot, the Victoria cup went in good style to Fastnet Tempest who was a really well backed winner going off 5/1 for this ultra competitive contest. Appeared took the opener and having being gelded could have a very good season potentially.

At Warwick, there was a double for Harry Fry and Noel Fehily with Black Mischief and Golden Birthday. The opening novice hurdle went to Blairs Cove for Dan and Harry Skelton winning by nine lengths. I think Blairs Cove will be a useful prospect. At Nottingham, the six furlong maiden went to Silvestre De Sousa on board Merlin. At Thirsk, there was a double for Richard Fahey with Noah Amor and Scofflaw. At the Curragh, there was a bit of history. Top jumps- trainer Gordon Elliott proved his versatility as he recorded a first ever two-year-old winner as Beckford made a successful debut. There was a double for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane with Black Sails and Elegant PoseTurret Rocks recaptured her sparkle to claim Group Three honours in the Blue Wind Stakes for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning.


Sunday, we start at Killarney. Asthuria took the listed mares hurdle in good style for Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins winning by four lengths from Good Thyne Tara. The feature race the Redweld handicap hurdle went to St Stephens Green who was a very easy winner by just over three lengths from Chambord Du Lys. I thought Swamp Fox ran a big race in fourth. Chambord Du Lys was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/1 placed. Champagne Harmony took the novice chase by five lengths and now may go for the Galway plate. At the Curragh, all eyes were on Acapulco making her debut for Aidan O'Brien she delivered. Acapulco won well by a half length from Ardhoomey. It was the first leg of an Aidan O'Brien and Donnacha O'Brien double the other winner being Actrees who won the fillies maiden and could be a Royal Ascot horse. There was a treble for Pat Smullen on board Dabulena ,Tandem and Not A Whisper. The first two winners for Smullen formed a double for his boss Dermot Weld. The one mile race went in impressive style to Irishcorrespondent who will now go for the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

At Ludlow, Dan and Harry Skelton had another winner on this golden run they are on. Azzuri took the novice hurdle and now looks likely to go chasing. There was a double for Kim Bailey and David Bass with Robin The Raven and Dandy Dan. At Plumpton, there was another winner for Dan Skelton's Too Many Diamonds took the handicap hurdle.