The Racing Week That Was 15/5/16


Monday, we start at Brighton . The mile handicap saw Richard Hughes and Timmy Murphy as Wordismybond won by 2 and a half lengths. Wordismybond landed some nice bets (15/2 - 5/1). This was good and Wordismybond may be up to winning again. At Musselburgh , division 1 of the mile handicap went to Ellal . This was a cracking race with a short head, a neck, and a head between the first four horses. The victory of Ellal was good news for our members who had a (1pt each way bet at 9/2).  The division 2 of the mile handicap went to Tellovoi who ran out an impressive winner by 2 and a half lengths. There was nothing of note at Wolverhampton, likewise at Towcester. The meeting at Windsor was abandoned after three races. At Roscommon there was a double for Pat Smullen with Ailshan and Queen Alphabet. The concluding beginners chase went into Go Darsi Go who won by 14 lengths.I think this horse is pretty decent Go Darsi Go was unfortunate at the Punchestown festival where he was beaten by a head in a competitive handicap hurdle. Go Darsi Go can pay his way over the summer.


Tuesday, we start at Beverly the one mile two furlong handicap went to Livella Fella for Keith Dalgleish who is having a great time of it. Livella Fella stuck at it well seeing off The Major who looked all over the winner but hung across the track which was vital with a margin of 3 parts of a length in the end. The one mile four furlong handicap went to Scarpeta for Mark Johnston. At Wincanton there were wins for the powerhouse yards of Nicholls, Henderson and Fry with Moabit, Sugar Baron and Golden Birthday. They are all horses to take forward. At Sedgefield there were two winning odds on favourites in San Benedeto for Paul Nicholls, Mr Kit Cat was the other one for Evan Williams. At Chepstow, Regal Monarch won the one mile four furlongs handicap for Mark Johnston landing some nice bets (9/2 - 11/4). At Southwell there was an interesting novice chase which saw Keltus who was impressive on debut. The race went to Crosspark (5/1 -7/2) for Caroline Bailey beating Keltus by four and half lengths. There was nothing of note at Tipperary.


Wednesday, the Dante meeting at York is where we start. The Musidora stakes a group 3, was the feature. The race went to John Gosden and Frankie Dettori with So Mi Dar who was a very impressive four lengths winner. So Mi Dar will go to the Epsom Oaks with a very good chance now. Dettori ended up with a double the other winner was Castle Harbour giving Gosden a double also. Appeared won the one mile four furlong handicap, I like this horse and think he can go in again soon. At Lingfield there was nothing of note.At Bath, Johnny Murtagh sent over a horse to win in the shape of Sister Bladina in the one mile handicap. At Worcester, Miss Crick won the mares maiden hurdle for Alan King. I was impressed by this performance. At Perth, Mister First won the two mile seven furlong  handicap chase. There was a decent card at Naas, where Cuff was a good winner of the maiden for Aidan O'Brien. The Fishery Lane went in really impressive style to Psychedelic Funk who won by 6 lengths for Ger Lyons.Psychedelic Funk will now head to Royal ascot with a live chance. There was a double for Dermot Weld . The first leg came in The Blue Wind stakes as Zhukova bolted up by 7 and a half lengths from Pretty Perfect. The second leg of the Weld double saw Ebediyin beat the favourite Kellstorm by 2 lengths. This was impressive. I think both Weld horses will go on to much better this season.


Thursday, day 2 of the Dante meeting at York. The Dante itself went to Wings Of Desire for Frankie Dettori and John Gosden. Wings of Desire held off Deauville by a neck. Aidan O'Brien will be happy with the way Deauville went here considering The Derby candidates he has at home. The five furlong handicap went to Duke Of Firenze who held off the favourite Brando. Duke Of Firenze who has been showing signs of improvement all season will most likely head back to the Epsom Dash on Derby day. At Salisbury, there was a double for Andrew Balding  and David Probert with Dancing Star and Bohemian Flame. At Perth, there was a treble for Richard Johnson , who rode a double for Gordon Elliott with John Monash and Tullyglush. The horse that provided the Johnson treble was Mister First who had won here the previous day. At Newmarket the fillies maiden race went to Summer Icon who was well supported (7/4 -5/4). At Fontwell it was hunter chase evening nothing really to talk about here to be honest. At Tipperary, Spider Web followed up  his previous win in the 2 miles 4 furlongs handicap hurdle. Winter Magic won the 2 miles 1 furlong handicap chase in good style from Nimdani and The Conker Club.


Friday, day 3 of The Dante festival. The feature race was the Yorkshire Cup it went to Clever Cookie for Peter Nevin. The race was a thrilling race as Clever Cookie held off Curbyourenthuisiasm and Second Strip by a half length and a neck. Clever Cookie will now head for The Ascot Gold Cup with a live chance. The concluding 1 mile 4 furlongs handicap went to Master Blueyes for Alan King who is getting lots of winners at this time. At Newmarket the apprentice handicap went to Upavon in impressive fashion. I reckon Upavon will be turned out again soon. At Newbury there was major interest in Cunco in the two year old maiden. The first offspring of the mighty Frankel to hit the racecourse. This was a case of like father like soon as Cunco got the job done and won by 3 parts of a length. The 1 mile 2 furlong maiden went to Ulysses who won by 8 lengths for Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore despite being a 4/11 shot this was good. There was a decent card at Aintree. The 3 mile handicap chase went in really impressive fashion to Al Co who was winning his first race since the Scottish Grand National. Al Co travelled very well here , it was 9 lengths to Bucking The Trend and 15 lengths to Presenting junior. The 3 mile handicap hurdle went to Alzammaar the penny seems to have dropped now for this horse who showed promise earlier in the season. The five year old Goodbye Dancer ran very well in second , this horse will surely get his turn soon.

At Hamilton ,Sindarban took the race for the red hot Keith Dalgleish as well as for owners Paul and Clare Rooney. Sindarban win was good news for our members who had a (1pt each way bet at 6/1).At Dundalk, Specific Gravity who made all and nicked 3 lengths off the home turn. Elusive in Paris ran on but the bird had flown. There was a double for Charles O'Brien with Drillmaster and Santa Monica. At Kilbeggan, Delegate finally got his turn in the maiden hurdle for Bryan Cooper and Gordon Elliott. I think Delegate has a lot of ability, he could go on from here. The two mile maiden hurdle went to Jamie Sommers  for Michael Bowe. Jamie Sommers is a daughter of the brilliant Solerina, it was another win for Rachael Blackmore who is doing really well since going pro.


Saturday,we start at Newbury were the Lockinge was the feature race. The race went to Belardo for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni, it was a notable victory for Godolphin also.  Euro Charline and Endless Drama both tried hard but never looked like getting to Belardo. Limato was never really a threat in fourth.The Aston Park Stakes saw the return of Eagle Top it was not to be his day and Astonereus took the contest by 1 and 3 parts of a length. At Newmarket, Desert Encounter won the 1 mile 6 furlong handicap under Jamie Spencer, Poyle Thomas and Hardstone by a short head and a neck. There was an interesting one further back as Wolfcatcher has gone back to Godolphin from Bloomfields this is a decent horse. The King Charles II listed race went to Thikriyaat for Michael Stoute and Ted Durcan. At Bangor, Tara View took the mares bumper for Alan King by 7 lengths. There was nothing to note at Thirsk. At Doncaster, the two year old novice race went to Lawless Louis (11/4 - 15/8) did well to hold off Bourbonisto and Dubai Knights by a neck and a nose. The concluding seven furlong handicap, I thought Jordan Sport ran really well he is worth another chance. There was nothing to note at Uttoxeter.  There was a nice card at Punchestown the three mile handicap hurdle went to Bye Bye O Bye who has been on a real role getting up under Davey Russell by a short head to chin Clontarf. The two mile handicap went to Mrfiftyone who had run very well behind Bright New Dawn at the festival a couple of weeks ago. Mrfiftyone's victory was good news for our members who had a (1pt each way bet at 7/2). I thought Draycott place ran well in second. The beginners chase went to tearaway Chatham House Rules for Bryan Cooper and Gordon Elliott he galloped his rivals into the ground to win by 8 and a half lengths from Phils Magic and odds on favourite Marchese Marconi.


Sunday, we start at Navan. The five furlong listed stakes went in very good style to Washington DC who stayed on very well to win by 2 and a half lengths. Washington DC will no doubt head back to Royal Ascot where he should be competitive. The five furlong handicap went to Ardhoomey for Ger Lyons by a neck. Ardhoomey has improved for his winter breathing operation. I reckon he will be turned out again soon, I like this horse. The victory of Ardhoomey was good news for our members who had a (1pt each way bet at 3/1). Bondi Beach took the feature race the Vintage Crop Stakes at (1/9), we learned little about Bondi Beach here and he will now head on to the Ascot Gold Cup. At Killarney , the mares hurdle went to Missy Tata who won very well by 4 and half lengths. I have been a big fan of Missy Tata ever since I saw her in the flesh at Down Royal, she could be a Galway hurdle horse. I thought The Nutcracker and The Brock inn ran well both horses are of interest over hurdles and the flat for the summer months. The Ladbrokes Ireland handicap hurdle went to Ancient Sands in good style by a length and a half foiling a major gamble on Time For Mabel (12/1 -11/2) in the process. Ancient Sands deserved a turn after an excellent run at Punchestown. Pyromaniac ran well in third and will have Galway on his radar. Gambling Girl landed the beginners chase by 9 and a half lengths for Jessica Harrington whose horses continue to run really well. Harrington suffered a reversal in the very next race as Sandymount Duke was turned over at 4/11 by The winkler a length and a half the winning margin. Sandymount Duke was 32 lengths clear of the third horse so compensation should await soon.

At Ripon there was a double for Sylvester De Sousa with Zig Zag Girl and Sagely. There was also another winner for Keith Dalgleish with Glenrowan Rose getting up late on to win with a little bit in hand. At Market Rasen, For Goodness Sake finally got her head in front she may get a handicap. The feature race went to Tom George and Paddy Brennan with Sir Valentino  beating Turn Over Sivola by 8 lengths. It was another day to forget for the one time smart Johns Spirit who could never get competitive, no doubt he will pop up again but this was a disappointing effort.At Stratford, there was another winner for Alan King as The Barbury Queen  won the 2 mile 6 furlong handicap hurdle by a length and a half. King has his team in top form.Pawn Star won division 2 of the 2 mile 6 furlong handicap hurdle by a neck. Pawn Star had threatened to do this after a very good run at Southwell last time out. The victory of Pawn Star was good news for our members (1pt each way 7/2 , small rule 4), this also meant we landed a (0.5pt each way double) with  Ardhoomey who won earlier at Naas.