The Racing Week That Was 16/7/17


Monday, we start at Ayr. The card saw a double for in form Keith Dalgleish as Dark Defender and Showdaisy. The Royal Ascot form got a boost as Another Batt who finished eight in the Windsor Castle showed the merit of that form here. Another Batt  defied a seven pound penalty and gave a one and a quarter length beating to Cosa Nostra. At Worcester, there was a double for Aidan Coleman with Utility and Stonecoldsoba. There was a winner for Dan and Harry Skelton with Whatzdjazz who bolted up by eleven lengths from Three Star General, with It's A Steal twenty two lengths back in third. At Windsor, Mick Channon has getting plenty of winners recently was on the mark with Kiruna Peak.  At Ripon, there was yet another double for Silvestre De Sousa with Cape Coast and Sands Chorus. The novice auction saw an impressive winner as newcomer Capomento got the better of Lady Anjorica. At Roscommon, the great run of Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning continued as they completed a double with Panstarr and Slaney Street. An interesting winner in the shape of Powersbomb took the concluding maiden by six and a half lengths. I think Powersbomb could be interesting at Galway if turning up at Ballybrit.


Tuesday, we start at Wolverhampton. There was a double for the in form Ruth Carr and Jack Garrity with Bogsnog and Favourite Treat. At Pontefract, there was yet another double for Silvestre De Sousa on board Sheepscar Lad and Robero. There was also a double for jockey Daniel Tudhope with Lincoln Rocks and Edgar Allen Poe. At Brighton, the weather was unpleasant the last race went to in form trainer Richard Hughes with Delfie Lane. At Uttoxeter, there was a double for Aidan Coleman with Bestwork and Terry The Fish. At Roscommon, there was a treble for Willie Mullins with Law Girl, Robin Des Foret and Vittorio. The victory of Robin Des Foret came in a very decent novice hurdle for the time of the year.Robin Des Foret won by seven lengths from Clara Sorrento with Cook Islands back in third. Clara Sorrento advised to our members 1pt each way at 6/1.


Wednesday, we start at Yarmouth. There was a double for Josephine Gordon with Cool Team and Avenue Des Champs. At Catterick, there was a double for trainer Mark Johnston with Faithful Promise and Addicted To You who won the feature from Project Bluebook. I thought Project Bluebook ran a lovely pipe opener for the Galway hurdle. There was a double for jockey Jason Hart on board The Stalking Moon and Chickenfortea. There was another winner for in form Ruth Carr with Just For The Craic. At Lingfield, there was a double for one of the rising stars of the weighing room as Kieran Shoemark steered home Fitenze Rosa and Bernardo O'Reilly. At Kempton, there was a winner for Sir Mark Prescott with Scala Regia. At Bath, Saeed Bin Suroor was on target with Dowayla. At Dundalk, there was a double for Aidan O'Brien with Nutcracker Suite and Diodorus.


Thursday, we start at Carlilse. There were winners on the day for Keith Dalgleish and Mark Johnston with El Hombre and Poetic Steps. At Doncaster, there was a double for jockey Tom Queally with Tribute Act and Kasperenko. At Newmarket, it was the start of the July cup meeting. The Group 3 Bahrain Trophy Stakes went to Raheen House who will head to Doncaster for the St Leger. The race saw Atty Persee totally blow out and finish last. The Group 2 July Stakes went to Cardsharp for Mark Johnston and James Doyle.  Cardsharp was well on top seeing off U S Navy Flag by a length and three quarters with Rajasinghe the Coventry winner back in third. The Princess Of Wales Arqana Stakes a Group 2 was a really good race on paper and so it proved. The race went to the really well backed Hawkbill (7/1 -7/2) who made all the running. Hawkbill saw off his fellow Godolphin owned horse Frontiersman by three parts of a length. Frontiersman did not look the most willing in the finish yet again hanging.  Hawkbill is rock solid and a real nice racehorse with a great attitude.

At Newbury, Le Rav was a very impressive winner for Luca Cumani and Jamie Spencer. At Epsom , John Gosden and Kieran Shoemark  were on the mark with Pealer. At Downpatrick, there was a double for Willie Mullins and Patrick Mullins with Blixt and Exchange Rate. At Leopardstown, there was a welcome winner for Dermot Weld as Tandem captured the Nasrullah handicap. This was a very nice prize of 59,000 Euros to the winner. It was Dermot Weld's 30th winner of the season not the position he would like to be in . It will be interesting  to see how it goes for team Weld from here.


Friday, we start at Newmarket. It was to be prove to be yet another tremendous day for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore who both enjoyed a double. Clemmie a full sister to Churchill took the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes in very good fashion. Clemmie quickened up smartly to readily outgun Nyaleti by one and three parts of a length. Nyaleti ran well however simply had no answers to Clemmie. The Group 1 Falmouth Stakes was the second leg of the O'Brien/ Moore double. Roly Poly won in taking fashion by a length and a quarter from WuheidaRoly Poly was winning on the July course for the second year in succession. At York, there was a double for Tim Easterby with Mukhayyam and Excessable.

At Ascot, there was a double for William Haggas and Martin Harley with Dawn Horizons and Addeybb. At Chepstow, Silvestre De Sousa made the dash down to Chepstow pay as Swilly Sunset took the one mile handicap. At Musselburgh , Joe Fanning rode a treble on board Cape Bunting, Dominating and Manomime. The first two mentioned horses formed a double for Mark Johnston. The feature race went to Chemical Charge who followed up an excellent run at Royal Ascot behind Idaho. At Carlilse, Tim Easterby and Mark Johnston made it personal trebles on the day with Brother McGonagall and Ventura Knight. There was also a winner for Donald and Ella McCain with Dark Confidant. At Saint Cloud, Permian was just denied a richly-deserved Group One success by Shakeel in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris. At Navan, Ger Lyons and Colin Keane were target again as Buffalo Blues won. At Cork , there was a treble for Sean Flanagan on board Abraham,Major Destination and Rashann. The trainer of  Rashann Colin Kidd stated Rashann will never race left handed again following his blow out at Tipperary last time out. Rashann heads to Galway next were he will be very competitive I imagine.


Saturday billed as Super Saturday. There is only one place to start Newmarket for the July Cup. The race went to Harry Angel in spectacular fashion who tracked Intelligence Cross early on and at the two furlong pole set sail for home. In truth the result was never in doubt from that point. Limato stayed on into second with Brando sticking on for third. The favourite Caravaggio was a well beaten fourth having reared in the stalls again. Caravaggio just takes a while to get organized and hit top gear in his races. This proved decisive on the July course which on average times is two seconds quicker then Ascot. There was no show from The Tin Man and Tasleet These horses are a tremendous set of horses, I have no doubt they will serve up another great race again this season. Harry Angel was advised to our members 1pt each way at 6/1. The Bunbury cup looked for a long way like it would go to Godolphin and Steady Pace. The stamina ran out for Steady Pace in the last furlong as Above The Rest and Sir Dancealot ran Steady Pace down late on. Above The Rest getting the verdict from Sir Dancealot by a half length. Steady Pace was advised to our members 1pt each way at 8/1.

At the Curragh it was Irish Oaks day. There was a treble for Aidan O'Brien with Air Supremacy completing it in the finale earlier in the day, Actress provided Aidan O'Brien with an 11th victory in the e Anglesey Stakes. Those two horses were a double for Seamie Heffernan . The horse that kicked off the Aidan O'Brien treble was The Pentagon who bolted up by eight and a half lengths in the Seven furlong maiden. The feature race the Darley Irish Oaks saw a very easy victory for Enable by five and a half lengths for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. Enable was mentioned as being in the frame for the Arc later in the season. The 100k Scurry handicap went to Tithonus. The Ladies derby went to Lisa O'Neill and Miles To Memphis. At Ascot , it was no day to be a layer the first five of an eight race card all going the way of the market leaders. The £100K tote scoop 6 handicap went to Silvestre De Sous and Michael Appleby with Danzeno. The feature race the Group 2 Fred Cowley went to Mutakayyef  for William Haggas and Dane O'Neill.

At York, there was a double for James Doyle as Rare Rhythm took the Silver cup stakes for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin. James Doyle completed his double as Ballet Concerto took the £2ooK John Smiths Handicap for Sir Michael Stoute by a nose from Big Country. The listed City Walls stakes went to the veteran Take Cover who held off Final Venture by a half length. At Chester, there was a double for Richard Fahey and Connor Murtagh with The Wagon Wheel and Boundsy. At Salisbury, there was a double for jockey with Beringer and Dandy Flame. At Hamilton, there was a treble for jockey Andrew Mullen on board Camacho Chief, Dutch Dream and Archi's Affaire . There was also a double for Graham Lee on the card with Brimham Rocks and Manshood.


Sunday, we start at the Curragh. It was another big race double for Aidan O'Brien. Elizabeth Browning took the group 2 Kilboy Estate stakes by one and three parts of a length from Wilamina. The second leg of the Aidan O'Brien double came in the group 2 Minstrel stakes as Spirit Of Valor who won by  one and three parts of a length from So Beloved. At Sligo, the feature race went to Peter Casey and Eight Till Late winning by four lengths from Jefferson Davis. At Perth, Tom Scudamore completed a 26-1 four-timer with his only four rides at the Scottish track. The horses were Cesar et Rosalie, Urtheoneiwant, Ballyvic Boru and Scottsdale. At Stratford, Irish trainer Gavin Cromwell picked up another Stratford winner with Scripturient . There was a winner for Olly Murphy with Sky Of Stars in the two mile two furlong handicap hurdle. Dan Skelton was on the mark with Honkytonktennessee in the handicap chase. At Southwell,Dan Skelton and Olly Murphy completed across the card doubles with Azzuri and Pershing. It was a first double as a trainer for Olly Murphy.