The Racing Week That Was 16/9/18


Monday, we start at Brighton. There was a treble for Silvestre De Sousa on board Arcanista, Riveria Nights and Kachumba. The victory for Kachumba was good news for our members. Kachumba was advised to our members(1pt each way) at 9/2. At Chelmsford, Night Story was on target for Godolphin. Night Story was advised to our members(1pt each way) at 7/2. Kachumba 305 Brighton 9/2 & Night Story 815 Chelmsford 7/2 advised to our members in a 0.5pt each way double both won. At Perth, there was a double for Gordon Elliott and Richard Johnson with Global Jackpot and Carrie Des Champs. At Newton Abbot, there was a double for Philip Hobbs with Leapaway and Roll The Dough. At Listowel, Aidan O'Brien had a double with Astronomer and Mount Tabora.


Tuesday, we start at ListowelLe Richebourg completed a treble at Listowel for Joseph O'Brien and JP McManus, as he comfortably took the John F McGuire Beginners Chase on his debut over fences. O'Brien and McManus earlier combined with Gold Seal, while they took the first two races separately, with Bay Hill (trained by Padraig Roche and owned by McManus) and Beautiful Citi respectivelyGold Seal was awarded the feature at Listowel this afternoon, the Grade B Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue Hurdle, completing a double on the card for Joseph O'Brien.The 5/1 favourite Kuiper Belt finished was first passed the post under Denis O'Regan for Gordon Elliott, but he veered across in front of Gold Seal approaching the second last, causing interference.

At Catterick, there was a double for Rachel Richardson on board Boudica Bay and Airplane. There was also a double for Danny Tudhope with Prince Elzaam and Firby. At Leicester, there was a double for Jim Crowley on board Mukalal and Naqaawa. At Worcester, there was a double for Richard Johnson on board Present In Court and Contented.


Wednesday, we start at ListowelMokhalad gave his all at Listowel he ran a grand race. The race was a very rough race and we did not get the breaks at the vital moments. If Mokhalad comes out of today well, he may well take his chance at Irish Champions weekend at the Curragh for the 150,000 Bold Lad sprint over six furlongs. Mokhalad will show Damian if he can take it on. Mokhalad will not be risked if he is not 100%. Snow Falcon clung on grimly to claim top honors in a thrilling renewal of the Guinness Kerry National. It got tight at the end as Saturnus closed rapidly. Snow Falcon survived a stewards inquiry. It was great news for our members. Snow Falcon was advised to our members(1pt each way) at 7/1. The maiden hurdle went in good style to Quick Grabim for Willie Mullins. Our members were in clover again. Quick Grabim was advised to our members(3pts win) at 6/4.

At Carlisle, the feature race went to Sir Mark Prescott with Buckman Tavern. At Doncaster, the feature race went to Global Applause for Robert Cowell. At Uttoxeter, there was a double for Dr. Richard Newland with Mr. Caffrey and Mauricio. At Kempton, Godolphin was on target with Moving Forward.


Thursday, we start at Listowel. There was a double for Willie Mullins with Exchange Rate and Orion D'Aubrelle. The Ladbrokes hurdle went to Ballyoisin who was well in on his chase mark. Voix Du Reve advised to our members(1pt each way) at 14/1 placed in the race. At Doncaster, the feature race the Weatherbys Bank two-year-old stakes went to The Great Heir for Kevin Ryan. The Park Hill Stakes went to God Given for Luca Cumani and Jamie Spencer. At Ffos Las, the feature race went to Beyond Equal under Fran Berry. At Hamilton, Beauty Filly made the journey count for William Haggas.


Friday, we start at Listowel. There was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Rattling Jewel and Baby Pink. At Doncaster, Andrew Balding was on target with Dancing Star. The Doncaster Cup saw Thomas Hobson get the better of Max Dynamite a 1-2 for Willie Mullins on the flat. Thomas Hobson was advised to our members(2.5pts win) at 2/1. At Sandown, Andrew Balding was on target with Absolutely So. At Chester, there was a treble for Andrew Balding and David Probert with Twin Star, Intransigent and Indomitable. At Salisbury, Andrew Balding and Jason Watson enjoyed a double with Silver Swift and Foxtrot Lady. It meant a remarkable seven winners on the day for Andrew Balding.


Saturday, we start at Doncaster for St Leger day. The Champagne Stakes saw Too Darn Hot enhance his tall reputation. A very convincing win by one and three parts of a length. The feature race went to Kew Gardens for Aidan O'Brien it was hard to believe Kew Gardens went off 3/1. Lah Ti Dar started off favorite which was puzzling to my eyes. Kew Gardens took the bull by the horns kicked on and was in charge all the way to the line. Kew Gardens was advised to our members(3pts win) at 3/1Kew Gardens could go for the Arc now. At Leopardstown, it was day 0ne of Irish Champions weekend. In the Pentingo handicap, it was a 1-2 for Willie Mullins. The race went to Limini who saw off Law Girl in a great battle. Limini was advised to our members(1pt each way) at 11/2. The Group 2 juvenile went to Madhmoon. The Matron stakes saw the brilliant Alpha Centauri in action. It was the end of the road for Alpha Centauri who got injured in the race finishing second. Laurens stuck at it really well to win for Karl Burke. The Irish Champion Stakes saw Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior clash again. They served up a brilliant horse race as Roaring Lion ran down Saxon Warrior by a neck late on who got first run. There was a sad postscript to the race as Saxon Warrior damaged a tendon and his career is now over.

At Listowel, there was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Petit Tartare and Triplicate. There was also a double for Willie Mullins with Robin Des Foret and Queens Boulevard. At Chester, there was another winner for Poppy Bridgewater on board Ravenous. At Chelmsford, there was a winner for Godolphin with Victory Wave. At Lingfield, there was another winner for Godolphin with Dubai Blue. At Bath, Daira Prince who took the feature for Roger Varian. At Musselburgh, there was a double for Joe Fanning with Blame Roberta and Lang Toun Lady.


Sunday, we start at the Curragh for day two of Irish Champions weekend. When you are a kid and you get into a sport you always hope you will be involved in the sports really big days. Mokhalad took his chance in the Bold Lad. It was a great occasion but that's all you could say about it in truth. As for Mokhalad our gamble to run for the big money did not pay off. We have had a tough week at two major festivals (if you can call that tough). We will get back to basics and look for something more suitable for Mokhalad then yesterday. We have lots of options trip wise and look forward to a big autumn for Mokhalad, he is a remarkable horse and we are very grateful for the last week with him. Mokhalad gave us a great day out at The Curragh. He gave his all, we will get back to basics and leave the festival roller coaster behind now.

Havana Grey ensured Karl Burke celebrated a Group One double on Irish Champions Weekend when winning the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five StakesQuorto emulated his sire Dubawi when winning the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes seeing off Anthony Van Dyck in a great finish. Skitter Scatter continued her rise through the ranks with a clear-cut success in the Moyglare Stud Stakes. Skitter Scatter advised to our members(1pt each way) at 4/1. Flag Of Honour made it a Leger double over the weekend for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore with an all-the-way win in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger. Flag Of Honour was advised to our members(2.5pts win) at 2/1. A brilliant weekend for our members was capped with two winners from two selections on the day. The weekend is summed up by, Alpha Centauri and Saxon Warrior both retired this afternoon... such a shame, but a reminder to enjoy the brilliant performances from these elite horses in the moment.