The Racing Week That Was 15/10/17


Monday, we start at Pontefract. The feature race went the way of The Grape Escape who ran out a two and a quarter lengths winner from Me Too Nagasaki. At Salisbury, there was a double for Eve Johnson Houghton with Caiya and Vixen. At Windsor, there was a double for Harry Bentley on board Solar Voice and Dragons Voice. At Musselburgh, the feature race a listed race went to  Mabs Cross who finished with a rattle to complete a four-timer in the EBF Musselburgh Fillies' Sprint Stakes. At Kempton, there was a double for Andrea Atzeni on board Augenblick and Sergio Leone.


Tuesday, we start at Catterick. There was a double for Richard Fahey with Fool For You and El Chappo. There was a winner for David O'Meara with Short Work. At Leicester, Richard Fahey completed an across the card treble with Indomeneo . There was also a completion of an across the card double David O'Meara with Rapid Ranger. At Brighton, there was a double for Adam Kirby with Move To The Front and Wordismybond. At Newcastle, there was a winner for Graham Lee on board Magellan.

At Galway, there was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Persistent who followed up on a recent Tipperary win. The O'Brien double was completed by The Gunner Murphy. There was also a double for Noel Meade with The Rory Story and A Genie In A Bottle. Navan's Troytown Chase emerged as a likely target for A Genie In A bottle after Noel Meade's charge made a successful reappearance at Galway. I was impressed with A  Genie In A bottle here, I have always liked the horse. I think A  Genie In A bottle can have a very good season. A Genie In A bottle was advised to our member's 3pts win at 5/2. The other horse I also liked on the card was Shanning who moved through the novice hurdle like a very good horse for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh on route to victory.


Wednesday, we start at Nottingham. There was a treble on the card for Silvestre De Sousa with Alwasmiya, Merlin Magic, and Ship Of The Fen. The one-mile handicap saw some great work from Harry Bentley, his mount Rosarno got very upset in the stalls. Rosarno got the job done in the race seeing off Mikmak and Pacific Salt by a neck and a head. Pacific Salt advised was to our members 1pt each way at 4/1, there was a (Rule 4 deduction 30%). At Gowran, the Irish flat jockeys title battle continued there was a double for Colin Keane on board World War and Inscribe taking Keane three clear of Pat Smullen. The finale saw a competitive handicap it went in impressive fashion to Laid Back Luke who plowed a lone furrow on the rail. Laid Back Luke was in effect ignored by the rest of the field coming home eight and a half lengths clear of Prospectus with Highland Fling a further one and three parts length back in third. Highland Fling advised to our members 1pt each way at 6/1. It capped a winning day for us as our members also had. Pacific Salt 350 Nottingham (4/1) & Highland View 530 Gowran (6/1) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed.

At Ludlow, it was the day one for Bryan Cooper having been confirmed as the new first-choice rider for Alan Potts' British-based string. There was no luck for Bryan Cooper on the day. The feature race a £20K STG handicap chase went to Braquer D'or for Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston Davies. At Towcester, there was a winner for Nicky Henderson with Cool Macavity. At Kempton, Silvestre De Sousa made it a personal four-timer on the day as steered Solomon's Bay to victory. The most impressive winner at Kempton was, Glendevon who bolted up for Richard Hughes and Jamie Spencer by five lengths in the seven-furlong novice stakes.


Thursday, we start at Worcester. The card was decimated by nonrunners as the anticipated rain did not arrive. There was one race that most horses stood their ground the mares novice chase. The race went in really impressive style to Rene's Girl who bolted up by eleven lengths for Harry and Dan Skelton. At Exeter, the big west country yards flexed its muscles. Harry Fry unleashed a good novice hurdler in  If The Cap Fits for Paul and Clare Rooney. The other big west country trainer is, of course, Paul Nicholls he was on the mark with Coastal Tiep who ground it out in the three miles beginners chase. Coastal Tiep looks a real staying chase who just does enough and no more. At Ayr, there was a double for Karl Burke with Wax And Wane and Jay Kay. At Thurles, Fairymount Boy made it two wins in a row for Michael Hourigan. This horse is delivered late so is hard to catch up with and could win again in the next few weeks. The bumper went in great style to Holding Pattern for Jessica Harrington, winning well by five lengths.


Friday, we start at Newmarket. The Group 2 seven-furlong went to Limato who bounced back to form taking the race by three and a half lengths from Massaat. The Group 0ne fillies mile went to Laurens who saw off September by a nose. At Newton Abbot, there was a decent card. The class 3 novice chase went to Dan and Harry Skelton with Shantou Rock who won well from The Unit and Diego Du Charmil. The class 2 handicap hurdle went to Beer Googles who saw off Sir Mangan by three parts of a length. Whataknight whipped round at the start did very well to finish third. Whataknight interfered with Winnintry and Connetable at the start. The intermediate chase went to Paul Nicholls with Black Corton who landed some decent bets (3/1 - 11/8).  Black Corton won easily here and could go on to have a good season from here. At York, there was a £100 K handicap for three-year-olds it went to Ralph Beckett and Richard Kingscote with Brinham Rocks. At Kempton, there was nothing that caught my eye in truth.

At Downpatrick, there was a treble for Gordon Elliott with Monkshood, Poormans Hill, and Canny Tom. The first two horses were a double for Jack Kennedy. At Dundalk, the battle for the jockeys title continued. The night was to see Colin Keane keep his lead at three winners. Pat Smullen and Colin Keane had a winner each with Andesh and Ben Rumson respectively.


Saturday, we start at Newmarket. The Dewhurst was the feature and it was a triumph for Aidan O'Brien as he saddled the first four home. The Dewhurst was won by Us Navy Flag under a no-nonsense Ryan Moore ride who broke smartly bagged the rail and away they went to win by two and a half lengths. The placed O'Brien horses were Mendelssohn, Seahenge and Threeandfourpence. The favorite for the Dewhurst Expert Eye completely blew out and finished last. The Cesarewitch is a race I love having a tilt at this year was no different. The place terms were incredible this year with most firms offering seven places and two offering eight places. I was not the only one having a tilt as Withhold stormed clear in Cesarewitch for Roger Charlton and Silvestre de Sousa to land a big gamble (10/1- 5/1). It was a really good performance from Withhold who could be called the winner a long way out. It was a good race for our members. Lagostovegas was advised to our members 1pt each way at 11/1 placed. Swamp Fox was advised to our members 1pt each way at 16/1 placed (Place Special).

At Chepstow, for many, it is the start of the UK jump season for real. Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston Davies have started the season like they mean business. They had a double in the opening two races with Dynamite Dollars and If You Say Run. The eagerly awaited chasing debut of Finians Oscar was up next, he got the job done but in truth, we learned little. Alcala was still going well when slipping up on the home turn we were robbed of a more informative contest. There was a very valuable double for Evan Williams and Mitchell Bastyan with Silver Streak And Court Minstrel. The victory of Court Minstrel was his second in the valuable Silver trophy. The places were filled out by Sam Spinner, Peak to Peak and Wholestone. This is always a race to follow and will produce lots of winners. Wholestone was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2. The £30K class 2 handicap chase saw Richard Johnson at his brilliant best as he motivated Rock The Kasbah to get up for what looked for a lot of the contest an unlikely two-length victory. I think Rock The Kasbah would be a good candidate for the Three and a half mile handicap chase at the open meeting at Cheltenham. Rock The Kasbah was advised to our member's 2pts win at 3/1. Our members excellent day was completed by  Lagostovegas (11/1) & Swamp Fox (16/1) 340 Newmarket, Wholestone (9/2) 410 Chepstow & Rock The Kasbah (3/1)445 Chepstow who were advised our members 0.25pt Comb E/W Trixie all placing. It gave our members a profit of 21.42 points on the day.

At York, it was the last meeting of the year. There was a double on the day for Kevin Ryan with Terentum Star and Mount Kinabulu. At Hexham, there was a double for Keith Dalgleish with Senor Lombardy Niceandeasy. At Kempton, it was a black night for horse racing. A man in his 50s has died in as yet unexplained circumstances following an incident in the stable yard at Kempton's all-weather fixture on Saturday evening, Surrey Police said.Surrey Police said it was called to the Sunbury circuit following a report of a ''sudden death''.An investigation is underway into the incident that prompted Kempton clerk of the course, Barney Clifford, to abandon the fixture with two races on the card remaining. ''Surrey Police were called to Kempton Park racecourse in Sunbury-on-Thames following a report of a sudden death around 9.20pm on Saturday, October 14,'' a force spokeswoman said.''A man in his 50s was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The death is currently being treated as unexplained and inquiries remain ongoing.''Clifford told the Press Association that a person had suffered ''a serious injury in the stable yard''. Our thoughts are with the man's family.

At Cork, Colin Keane moved five clear of Pat Smullen in the battle for the flat jockeys championship. It was a double on the day for Colin Keane on board Celebration and Brendan Bracken who captured the feature race. It was the third year in succession that Brendan Bracken won the Navigation listed Stakes.


Sunday, we start at Chepstow it was a great card for a Sunday in the UK. There was a double for Richard Johnson on board Kateson in the bumper and Gumball who took the opening juvenile hurdle. There was also a double for Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston Davies with Romain De Senam who was really impressive and looks a horse to follow. The double was completed in division 2 of the bumper by Mont Des Avaloirs. The feature race The Persian War novice hurdle went to Poetic Rhythm who saw off Amour De Nuit in a really good finish. I must admit I will be taking Amour De Nuit out of the race I have rarely seen a novice hurdler jump as efficiently or quickly. I think when Amour De Nuit goes into a handicap he could be very good. The last horse on the card to really impress me was Mia's Storm who jumped like a cat in the novice chase. Mia's Storm then put the race to bed in very good style for Alan King.

At Naas, it was another great day for Colin Keane as he bagged a treble on board Elegant Pose, Mustajeer and Moonlight Bay who took the birdcatcher. The day for Pat Smullen saw him get one winner on board Yullong Gold Fairy. The momentum seems to be with Keane in the battle for the Irish champion flat jockey. At Cork, Donie McInerney was at it again with a double on board Granny Biddy and Ballyoisin. There was also a double for Sean Flanagan with Moyross and Broder. At Goodwood, there was a dead heat Istanbul Sultan and Loxley.