Monday, we start at Ayr where there was a double for trainer Keith Dalgleish and jockey Philip Makin with Whatsthemessage and Robinnielly. In last weeks blog, I highlighted that Amanda Perrett's horses were coming back to form, Perrett was on the mark with Bunce who got up late on to deny Catwilldo. The result was unfortunate for our members who had been advised a 1pt each way bet (4/1). At Wolverhampton, I was impressed with Shawaahid who won for Richard Hannon, despite flashing his tail and being bumped in the latter stages still managed to win by 1 and a half lengths.At Ffos las , Andrew Balding had another winner with the brilliantly named Swashbuckle who won the 1 mile 4 furlong handicap by 2 lengths. At Windsor, Permian took the 1 mile nursery for Mark Johnston very easily by 4 lengths.Permian looks a horse to follow. At Ballinrobe, there was a winner for Gordon Elliott with Walkabout in the handicap hurdle. Karl Thornton got the talented but to this point frustrating Round Tower to win a maiden Hurdle, who will now go novice chasing. The bumper went to Willie Mullins with Borboleta who won very well by 9 lengths. The upbeat nature of Willie Mullins afterwards would suggest to me there is more to come from this horse.
Tuesday, we start with the news that Paul Carberry was forced to retire. Carberry for me was the most talented jockey I have seen. A wonderful way of getting horses to travel as well as a superb tactical rider. Carberry had plenty of controversy in his career , as a punter I was always happy to be with him. There are two rides that stand out for me. The ride giving to Monbeg Dude to win the Welsh Grand National. The second ride was giving to Harchibald in the Christmas hurdle at Kempton, Rooster Booster blazed into a 30 length lead, Carberry never panicked and reeled the Rooster in from what looked an impossible position. I for one will miss Carberry, I have been lucky enough to meet Carberry a few times a very nice bloke as well. I loved him on Florida Pearl as well , whom he told me was a really top class horse.
The racing itself was average stuff. We start at Chepstow,where Perfect Quest was a good winner of the 1 mile 2 furlongs handicap by 2 and a half lengths under Adam Kiirby for trainer Clive Cox. At Thirsk, the 1 mile handicap went to Hijran who held on by a neck from Whitkirk. The result was unfortunate for our members as Whitkirk had been advised as a 1pt each way bet at (6/1). At Lingfield, there were winners for two in form trainers Zwayyan won the 7 furlong maiden for William Haggas. Sir Mark Prescott took the 1 mile 2 furlong handicap Cartwright who looks as if he will improve again for a step up in trip. At Nottingham, there was a heartwarming story as the 11 year old Kingsgate Native took the 5 furlong conditions race.
Wednesday, we start at Salisbury where Takatul continued to progress well winning the 1 mile handicap impressively by a length and a half. Takatul is now unbeaten in all three career starts. At Beverley, Mark Johnston had another winner with Space Mountain in the 1 mile 4 furlongs handicap. The division one of the 5 furlong handicap witnessed a blistering pace. The race went to Bosham, who won by a neck and a head from Geno and First Bombardment. Geno was advised to our members 1pt each way (6/1), it was another case of a horse running well for me and just not closing it out. The UK jumps season reemerged from its slumber at Newton Abbott. The script was the same however, as Richard Johnson rode a double with Taper Tantrum and Canton Prince. At Bath, there were doubles for Sylvester De Sousa and Adam Kirby. De Sousa was on the mark with Molly Jones and Exoteric. Adam Kirby's double was on board Go On Go On Go On who looks a very progressive horse , being a horse to side with until beaten. I was really impressed with the attitude of Go On Go On Go On. The other Kirby winner was Totally Committed.
At Kempton, there was a double for Richard Hannon with Soldiers Girl and Northern Thunder. It gave Hannon a treble on the day following a earlier winner at Bath. There was another winner for Amanda Perrett at Kempton with Gibster. As highlighted earlier in this blog the Perrett team are coming back to form, Perretts horses are worth factoring in right now. At Gowran, I was impressed with My Direction who won the valuable 1 mile 4 furlong handicap. My Direction is shaping up into a useful dual purpose horse. The Fillies listed stakes went to Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen with Adool winning by a half length from Santa Monica. Adool has now won 2 of her 3 career starts.
Thursday, we start at Salisbury there was another winner for Sylvester Kirk with Gravity Wave who took the 6 furlong maiden auction stakes by a short head from Carducci. At Beverley, there was a double for trainer Tom Dascombe with Muirsheen Durkin and Top of the Rocks. There was also a double for jockey Ben Curtis with Top Of The Rocks and Big Time Dancer being the horses. At Worcester, What Happens Now took the novices handicap chase in good style for trainer Donald McCain. What Happens Now jumped well jumping slightly to his left at times , he looks a decent prospect. What Happens Now, was advised to our members 1pt each way (6/1). At Tramore , it was the first day of a 4 day festival. Tempo Mac got off the mark over fences for Gordon Elliott. Old Castletown won the 2 mile handicap chase for the second consecutive year for Ruby and Ted Walsh. Coolfighter continued his rapid progression taking the novice hurdle by a half length now winning four of his last five starts. The lady riders flat maiden went in good style to Glendine River who likes it a Tramore. Glendine River landed some nice bets (12/1-7/1). Do Try Dolly was advised to our members 1pt each way (5/1) placed in the contest. This result combined with What Happens Now (who won at Worcester) & Do Try Dolly in a 0.5pt each way double, advised to our members made it a very nice bet.
At Stratford, Luccombe Down carried his multiple penalties to victory at Stratford. Luccombe Down traveled superbly through the race this was a really good effort to carry 12 stone 5 pounds to victory. Luccombe Down was advised to our members 4pts win at (4/5). At Leopardstown, there was a good card Captain Power was unfortunate to be disqualified at Naas last time out. Captain Power made amends here getting up late on to win the 6 furlong handicap by a neck from Great Wide Open. Captain Power was advised to our members 2pts win (5/2). This result combined with Captain Power & Luccombe Down (who won at Stratford) advised to our members 0.5pt win double made it a great punting day. Holy Cat landed a monster punt for the Michael O'Callaghan team backed at all rates from 16/1 to 11/4 fav winning by 4 and a half lengths. Holy Cat looked a serious prospect in so doing.The Leopardstown card also saw the return of, Hit it a Bomb a breeders cup winner. It looked to be all going to plan for Hit it a Bomb until just under a furlong out ,when Tribal Beat and Cougar Mountain went by Hit it a Bomb. Tribal Beat was well on top at the line winning by 1 and 3 parts of a length. I reckon Aidan O'Brien will be pretty happy with Hit it a Bomb even though he was beaten. The finale saw Sharliyna win in impressive style for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen.
Friday, at Newbury there was another winner for the in form Andrew Balding as The Graduate took the 1 mile 5 furlong handicap. At Newcastle, there was a double for Sylvester De Sousa with Devil's Bridge and Saxagogo. There was also another winner for Sir Mark Prescott with Palisade in the 1 mile 2 furlong handicap. At Nottingham, Ravenous sprung a surprise winning the 1 mile 6 furlong handicap at 25/1. Who Dares Wins was advised to our members 1pt each way (4/1) placed in this contest. At Catterick, one of the great characters of the sprint scene got his head in front as Salvatore Fury won the 5 furlong handicap. At Newmarket , there was a double for Frankie Dettori. The second leg of the double was Predilection which gave Frankie his 3,000 career winner. It is a great achievment for Frankie Dettori who is a great ambassador for racing who is well known to the general public. I was impressed with Highly Sprung who won the 6 furlong handicap for Mark Johnston, I think Highly Sprung is a talented horse.At Tramore, there was a second win in 24 hours for Glendine River who won the mares maiden hurdle. Glendine River was following up a flat win 24 hours earlier.
Saturday, we start at Newbury the 7 furlong listed Singer Stakes went in taking style to Escobar . Frankie Dettori bounced Escobar out and in truth the result was never in doubt as Escobar won comfortably by a length and a half. There was a double on the card for Pat Smullen and Sir Michael Stoute with Partita and Kings Fete. It was the Geoffrey Freer Group 3 stakes that went to Kings Fete, who made all the running and stayed on really well for a 1 and a half length success. I really like Kings Fete, I think he can go on to better things from here. Kings Fete was advised to our members 5pts win (1/1). The finale at Newbury went in very impressive style to Cosmeapolitan by 10 lengths for Alan King. Cosmeapolitan had looked like his turn was coming, prior to this however it is always dangerous to take to literal a reading of a ladies amateur riders race form. At Newmarket, there was a double for Mark Johnston with Rich and Famous and Fire Fighting. The Andrew Balding bandwagon rolled on with Summer Chorus winning for the red hot trainer.
At Ripon it was there big day St Wilfrid Stakes day. The consolation race for the St Wilfrid was a cracking race. The contest went to Roudee who held off Mishaal and Rex Imperator by a neck and a short head. Pea Shooter and Shipyard ran well in behind also. This was a good effort from Roudee who normally saves his best work for Chester, that said Roudee is 2 from 2 at Ripon now. The main event itself the St Wilfrid went to Nameithwhatyoulike by a neck and a neck from Intisaab and Baccarat. I thought George Dryden ran well in fifth. At Doncaster there was another winner on the day for Sir Michael Stoute with Fidaway who won the 1 mile 2 furlong handicap under Graham Lee. At Lingfield, there was another winner for in form Sylvester Kirk with Spinners Ball who took the 1 mile 4 furlong handicap. At Market Rasen, there was a double for Richard Johnson with Birch Hill and Beat the tide. The other item of interest on the card was a debut win over fences for Hammersly Lake by 12 lengths. The Nicky Henderson trained horse took a keen hold , however this was a good start for Hammersly Lake over fences. At Tramore , there was a double for Michael Halford with Gabardine and Paddy the Celeb. My Direction followed up his impressive win at Gowran on 10-8-16 with another win here by a short head. The day finished at Arlington in Chicago where Mondialiste ran out a game winner of the Arlington Million for David O'Meara and Danny Tudhope. The other highlight was Clondaw Warrior finishing second in the American St Leger.Willie Mullins is hoping to continue the incredible story of Clondaw Warrior with a run in the Melbourne Cup.
Sunday,we start at Pontefract where Mark Johnston and Franny Norton had a double with Huntlaw and Regal Monarch. At Southwell, it was over the jumps as the Skelton team fired a warning shot to all comers with a double for Dan and Harry with Stephanie Frances and Mr Moss. Sonneofpresenting jumped into the back of Mr Moss at the last fence which may have been decisive in a half length verdict. I thought Mr Moss was idling close home. Ballykan has really got his act together since running out at Stratford and ran out a game winner of the feature race. I thought Ballykan did this well Presenting Arms ran well in third. Nigel Twiston -Davies should get a few more races out of Ballykan. No Ceiling took the concluding handicap hurdle in devastating style for Trainer Ian Williams winning by 8 lengths and 14 Lengths from Deserter and Vital Evidence.
At Dundalk, Swish deservedly got off the mark in the 5 furlong maiden. Swish was advised to our members 5pts win (1/1). Moviesta got back on track winning the feature race the 6 furlong Mourne Handicap by a length and a half from The Happy Prince. David Wachman who has had a disaster of a season continued his recovery with Winter winning the 7 furlong Fillies maiden. At Tramore, it was day 4 of the festival. Tocororo won the mares beginners chase by a staggering 55 lengths for Gordon Elliott. Old Castletown followed up his victory at Tramore on the 11-8-16 to take the 2 mile 6 furlongs handicap chase, for Ruby and Ted Walsh. This was only part of the story as Ruby produced a gravity defying recovery.Old Castletown to all purposes had fallen Ruby picked Old Castletown off the floor. Ruby then switched his horse off giving him time. It was a brilliant piece of riding to win the race by 2 and half lengths in the end. At Deauville, Ribchester won the Jacques Le Marois a group 1. The Godolphin-owned colt looked unlucky when finishing like a proverbial train in the Sussex Stakes and backed up that view by comprehensively turning the tables with Galileo Gold who, according to Frankie Dettori, ran too freely. It was Andre Fabre’s Vadamos that proved the biggest obstacle to overcome for William Buick and Ribchester, but they did so with a smart change of gear to seize the advantage inside the distance and score going away by three parts of a length.