Monday we start at Chelmsford there was another winner for Jim Crowley with Wakame. Sky Bet have starting paying out on Jim Crowley as champion jockey. At Salisbury, there were doubles for Richard Hannon with Billesdon Boss and Bigger And Better. There was a double for John Gosden with Crazy Horse and Icepire, the final double on the card went to trainer David Loughnane with Coolcalmcollected and No Refund. At Windsor, Jim Crowley had a double on board Broadhaven Honey and Eljeemi. At Yarmouth , there was a double for Joe Fanning with Hope Against Hope and Primobella. At the Curragh, there was a real end of season card. There were doubles on the day for Billy Lee and Shane Foley. The Billy Lee double came on board Texas Rock and Wild As The Wind. The Shane Foley double came on board Doonard Prince and Grandee. Full Shilling was advised to our members 1pt each way (8/1) placed in the 245 at the Curragh.
Tuesday, there was a really good card at Galway. There was a treble for Noel Meade. Le Martalian took the maiden hurdle in tremendous style by 17 lengths. The second leg of the Meade double came as Monksland got up in the shadows of the post, it was cruel on Marinero who ran a cracker. The final leg of the Meade treble came in the bumper as Moulin A Vent got back up to beat Brelade in a driving finish. The novice hurdle saw Joshua Lane lower the colours of Aspen Colorado. Mighty Concorde advised to our members 1pt each way (10/1) placed in third. The two mile handicap hurdle went to All The Answers who had won a maiden hurdle at the festival. Copy print advised to our members 1pt each way (5/1) placed in third. Eiri Na Casca took the 2 miles 2 furlongs handicap chase. Cavite Beta advised to our members 1pt each way (9/1) placed in third. Copy Print & Cavite Beta advised to our members (0.5pt) e/w double both placed in the 325 Galway & 500 at Galway respectively to make it a decent day. The highlight of the day at Galway came with the debut of Diamond King over fences who was incredibly impressive winning by 14 lengths. I think this horse has buckets of potential.
At Huntingdon, there was a double for Richard Johnson on board Sarpech and Theligny. I was pretty impressed with Keep In Line for Alan King in the maiden hurdle who was very brave at times at the hurdles but very quick. At Leicester , Jim Crowley had a winner with C Note. At Muuselburgh, Keith Dalgleish had a treble with Tor , Showdaisy and Circuitous. Keith Dalgleish has had a great season turning into a superb trainer in the process. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa on Ali Bin Nayef and Precious Plum.
Wednesday, we start at Bath there was a double for James Doyle with Twitch and Beatbybeatbybeat. At Nottingham, there was a double for Andrew Mullen with Katebird and Appleberry. At Wetherby, Ballybolley took the novice chase just about for for Nigel Twiston- Davies who saw of Shear Rock by a neck. I thought Shear Rock ran very well and can get a race soon. The 2 miles 5 furlongs handicap hurdle went to Nautical Nitwit who got up late on to get the better of Marquis Of Carabas. At Kempton, Jim Crowley had a winner with Bazzat. At Punchestown, there was a four timer for Gordon Elliott the horses were, Zanjabeel, Fire In His Eyes, Baby Twig and Cecil Corbett. The other winners of note on the card were Hidden Cyclone who took the conditions hurdle from Rashann and The Game Changer (who must have traded very short) having moved very well in the race. Hidden Cyclone has been a great servant to Shark Hanlon and no doubt will pick up a race over hurdles or fences later in the season. The Beginners chase ended up being a match it went to Some Plan for Henry De Bromhead who could have a good season. I think Some Plan has above average ability.
Thursday, we start at Brighton there was a double for trainer Tony Carroll with Admirable Art and Evanscent. At Carlilse , there were doubles for Malcolm Jefferson and Donald McCain. The Jefferson double was Double W's and Ryedale Racer. The McCain double came with Derintoher Yank and the admirable Bourne who is in great form right now. Jonjo O'Neill claimed his 2,000th British jumps winner at Uttoxeter as Centuro secured a dramatic victory in the Juvenile Maiden Hurdle. Red Hot Chilly unseated Robbie Dunne close home. Donald McCain got his third winner of the day as Thyne For Gold won the handicap hurdle over 2 miles 3 furlongs. There was a double on the card for Nigel Twiston-Davies with Yanmare and Bring Back Charlie , Jamie Bargary on board both. Bring Back Charlie was advised to our members 1pt each way (3/1). At Chelmsford , there was a treble for Silvestre De Sousa with Claire's Secret, Voice Of Truth and Foie Gras. At Punchestown, there was a decent card. Henry de Bromhead completed a Grade 3 Punchestown double with Sadler's Risk and Three Stars. The Buck House Novice Chase went to Three Stars who did this really well winning by two and a quarter lengths from Ball D'arc. There was a poor run from Lieutenant Colonel who pulled up. The feature race the Irish Daily Star Chase went to Saddler's Risk who did this really well seeing off Lord Scoundrel by 5 lengths. I think this may have been Saddler's Risks day, I think he may be hard to place from here.
Friday, turned to be a day of triumph for Paul Nicholls who would saddle five winners on the day. We start at Fakenham,Paul Nicholls had a double with Keltus and Pilansburg. There was a treble for Dan Skelton and Harry Skelton with Its'AFreebee who made a pleasing chase debut. Al Reesha took the concluding novice hurdle. Throthethatch took the opening handicap hurdle. I reckon Throthethatch has lots of ability and Dan Skelton could have a well handicapped horse back over fences. At Haydock, there was a treble for Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote with Four Dragons, Eartha Kitt and Brogan. At Redcar, there was a treble for Paul Hanagan with Baashiq, Khamaary and Gun Case. At Wincanton, there was a treble for Paul Nicholls with Cliffs Of Dover, Present Man and Rouge Devils. It was a great day for our members Cliffs Of Dover was advised as a 3pts win (2/1) won the 225 at Wincanton (Rule 4 deduction of 30%). Present Man was advised to our members as a 3pts win (2/1) won the 300 at Wincanton. The day was completed by Cliffs Of Dover (2/1) & Present Man (2/1) being advised to our members in a (1pt) win double. The interesting thing about the start Nicholls has made to the season is that he seems to be very determined to start fast possibly trying to secure a big lead in the trainers title race.
At Newcastle, Josephine Gordon who is about to be crowned champion apprentice jockey got a winner on Right Rebel. At Downpatrick, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Ballela Boy and Dounikos. At Dundalk, there was a double for trainer Johnny Murtagh and Pat Smullen with Hawke and Lunada.
Saturday, We start at Ascot for British Champions Day. The long distance cup was the first race down for decision, it went the way of Sheikhzayedroad who came home strongly to win by a half length from Quest For More exactly the way they finished in the Doncaster Cup. Order of St George took an age to get going again in fourth but in truth he was a shocking price on the day at 4/6. The Champion Sprint went to The Tin Man who got a deserved turn here. In the run up to the race there was plenty of positive chat for The Tin Man, who did it well a length and short head clear of Growl and Brando. The Fillies and Mares Stakes went to Journey in great style who went one better then last year. Journey was a very impressive winner winning by 4 lengths from Speedy Boarding and Queens Trust. The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over a mile went to the wonderful Minding winning her seventh Group 1 at just 3 years of age. Minding committed 2 furlongs out , she was hanging on a bit in the last furlong as Ribchester tried really hard to get on terms. Minding won by a half length from Ribchester with a length back to Lightning Spear. Minding is a superb race mare end of story.The feature was up next the Champion Stakes it saw Almanzor bidding to confirm the excellent impression made in The Irish Champion Stakes, Found was looking to back up her Arc triumph. The race itself was run at a slow pace , Almanzor was switched two furlongs out once again showing the devastating turn of foot displayed at Leopardstown .Almanzor powered away to win by 2 lengths from Found with Jack Hobbs a length and 3 parts away in third.Almanzor advised to our members 5pts win (13/8) (Rule 4 deduction of 10%). The finale the Balmoral handicap went to Yuften who had threatened to win one of these. Yuften won by a length from Remarkable and a half length to Firnament in third.
At Catterick, there was a winner for Keith Dalgleish with Ce La Vie who took the Fillies maiden in good style. At Ffos Las, it was Welsh Champion hurdle day. The day was a triumph for Philp Hobbs and Richard Johnson who had a treble with Defi Du Seuil , Copper Kay and Garde Le Victoire. The Welsh Champion Hurdle went to Garde Le Victoire who made all to win it in very good style by a length and 3 quarters. Garde Le Victoire will no doubt have targets over fences , however this was a good start. There were doubles for Peter and Sean Bowen with Minella Daddy and Forever My Friend. At Market Rasen, there was a double for Brian Ellison with Viens Chercher and Ravenhill Road. At Stratford , there was a winner for Gordon Elliott with Shan Dan Na Ngall who defeated stablemate Tajseer in the selling hurdle.At Wolverhampton, there was nothing that caught my eye. At Cork, there was a double for Harry Rogers with Gentil J and Zero Euro.
Sunday, we start at Cork which had a decent card. The novice hurdle over three miles went in good style to Blood Crazed Tiger who made all and saw Oathkeeper off by 2 lengths. Blood Crazed Tiger was the first leg of a Gordon Elliott double along with Morgan who won the bumper. There was also a double on the day for Ruby Walsh who was fresh from winning the American Grand National. Ruby steered The Fitz Lady and New Kid In Town to victory. The feature race The Kinsale Handicap Chase went to the very talented Draycott Place who was 4 lengths too good for Another Rebel. Tell Us More went off favourite on debut for Gordon Elliott. I don't think Tell Us More enjoyed going right handed at all. Draycott Place is very talented and can win again. Draycott Place was advised to our members 2pts each way (9/2). At Naas, The Birdcatcher went to Childhood for William McCreery and Godolphin who held off Spy Ring by a head. Sir Michael Stoute captured the Garnet Stakes with Intimation who won by 4 lengths. The finale saw Renetti return to form in spectacular style with a 14 length victory for Willie Mullins. At Kempton, there was a double for Paul Nicholls as Cliffs Of Dover made it two wins in three days. The second leg of the Nicholls double was Black Corton who took the two mile novice listed hurdle by 10 lengths. The Betfair exchange hurdle saw a great battle between Hargam and Court Minstrel go the way of Hargam. The disappointment was the non appearance of My Tent Or Yours, Nicky Henderson admitting he got cold feet deciding not to run the horse. At Newcastle, there was nothing that stood out in my view.