The Racing Week That Was 16/4/17


Monday we start at Windsor. There was a double on the day for Ryan Moore on board the giant Captain Peacock who saw off the diminutive Safira Menina. The second leg of the Moore double was Commodity who took the One Mile handicap. There was also a double at Windsor for Oisin Murphy on board Who Told Jo Jo and Sir Plato. At Redcar , there was a treble for trainer Richard Fahey. The horses were Sir Reginald Brown, Noah Amor and Invioable Spirit. There was also a double on the card for Mick Easterby with Torrid and Miss Sheridan. At Kelso, Whitsundays continue his upward curve by taking the Two Mile Five Furlongs handicap chase for Donald McCain. The Three Miles Two Furlongs handicap chase saw a committed front running performance from Scotswell who readily outpointed last years winner of this contest Nakadam. The Grand National winner One For Arther paraded at Kelso on the day where he will start his season next October. At Tramore , it was an average card. There was a winner for Gordon Elliott and Jamie Codd as they chase their respective titles. Presenting Julio took the Two Mile Five Furlong handicap chase for the aforementioned Elliott and Codd.


Tuesday, we start at Exeter. There was a winner apiece for Jonjo O'Neill with Ultimate Fream and Dan Skelton with Free Stone Hill. The both of these stables are flying right now. At Pontefract, Saaed Bin Suroor was on the mark with Above Normal who was impressive in winning the 1 Mile 4 Furlong maiden by four lengths. Richard Fahey has his string in excellent form as well , Brian The Snail made it a double on the day for Godolphin. The card was rounded off with a winner for Mick Easterby who has also hit the ground running Easterby's, Gulf Of Poets was on target by just under four lengths. At Lingfield, Oisin Murphy was on the board with Corinthia Knight. At Tipperary, OnenightIdreamed continued Fozzy Stacks good start to the season with a win in the 7 Furlong race. It was a welcome winner for myself after a quiet spell for me. OnenightIdreamed advised to our members 3pts win at 5/4 . (Rule 4 with a 25% deduction)


Wednesday, we start at Nottingham. The Further Flight Stakes was the feature, a small but select field . Elidor came out on top by a nose from Wall of Fire, with Moonrise Landing running a comeback race filled with promise in third. Richard Hannon and Ryan Moore continued there respective brisk starts to the season as they combined for George William to win the 1 mile handicap. At Fontwell, Dan and Harry Skelton kept up the good run with another winner as Gibson Park took the maiden hurdle. At Catterick, Richard kept his good run going as Bahamian Bird took the 7 furlong handicap. At Kempton, Trechard took the classified stakes for John Gosden and Adam Kirby. At Dundalk, there was a treble for Aidan O'Brien . The first leg was War Secretary who took the Patton Listed stakes by a neck from Noivado. I thought Ambassadorial in third got a very average ride.The other winners in the Aidan O'Brien treble were Key To My Heart and San Remo.


Thursday, we start at Wetherby Dan and Harry Skelton have been on a real charge lately.They were on the mark again here with Applesandpierres who took the 2 miles 3 furlongs handicap hurdle by a neck from Guitar Pete. The Skelton's made it a double with Master Jake in the 3 miles handicap chase. There was also a double for trainer Mark Walford with Bankhall and Mr Snoozy.  Jonjo O'Neill was on the mark again this time with For Instance in the novice hurdle. For Instance was advised to our members 4pts win at 8/11. At Towcester, there was a double for trainer Charlie Longsdon with Seraching For Gold and Masterplan. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Ryan Moore with Son Of The Stars and Poet's Ward.


Friday, we start at Lingfield for all weather finals day. Convey took the Easter Classic under Ryan Moore winning in good style by one and three parts of a length from Absolute Blast with Allez Henri back in third. Absolute Blast was advised to our members 1pt each way at 7/1 . Richard Fahey kept up his excellent form as Kimbrella took the All Weather sprint championship by a half length from Gracious John.  Sovreign Debt captured the one mile Conditions stakes for Ruth Carr it was to be part of a great day for Carr.At Newcastle, Ruth Carr had a double on the day with Art Collection and Chaplin Bay giving Carr an across the card treble. Wild Hacked took the £85 K handicap under Frankie Dettori. At Bath, there was a double for Richard Hannon with Hushood and Oh This Is Us.


Saturday, we start at Haydock. Jonjo O'Neill continued his good run with another double with Kelvingrove and Mustmeetalady. There was also a double for Daryl Jacob with Ballyboley and Secret Door. At Newton Abbott, there was a double for Philip Hobbs with Theatre Rouge and Little Miss Poet. At Carlilse, Nigel Hawke who has had a great season was on the mark again with Lord Ballim. At Kempton, Ryan Moore had a double on board Khafoo Shememi and Aljazzi. There was also a double for Jim Crowley with Plunger and Solar Flight. At Cork, Jessica Harrington had a remarkable day with a treble. The first leg was Lady Derrynane who is for sale actually. The second leg was Caherdaniel and the third leg was Light That. Jessica Harrington is a really great trainer , todays effort advertises once again Jessies versatility and range as a trainer. The Noblesse Listed stakes went to Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen with Zhukova who will no doubt go on to better things.

At Musselburgh, Carbon Dating took the inagrual Queens Cup a £100K handicap.   Richard Fahey's excellent start to the season con by capturing the Royal Mile with Cullingworth. At Stratford, Warren Greatrex had a double with Little Chunk and Potters Approach. Dan Skelton was on the mark as Ashoka bounced back to form to win by 11 lengths.At Brighton , there was a double for Jim Crowley given him four winners on the day. The horses were Tafaakhor and Pernickety .


Sunday, we start at Fairyhouse. The Grade 1 mares novice hurdle saw a great battle between Augusta Kate and Let's Dance both trained by Willie Mullins. Augusta Kate came out on top by a half length despite jumping moderately in the majority of the race. Augusta Kate is a tough horse it will be interesting to see what she does in the coming eighteen months. The Ryanair Gold Cup saw Yorkhill bid to keep his unbeaten record over fences. Yorkhill jumped violently to his left all race conceding a massive amount of ground. As Yorkhill faced the last he almost went through the wings of the last fence losing a lot of ground. Road To Respect ceased his chance, hitting the front. Yorkhill galvanized himself ran on losing out by a fast diminishing neck. Yorkhill threw the race away, he in my view should never race right handed again. I would not go along with him going back to hurdles, however Willie Mullins seems to be leaning that way. Road To Respect has a lot of ability and deserved his Grade 1 win. The €100K bumper saw Red Jack take the prize for JP McManus and Noel Meade. Red Jack could be a serious prospect for novice hurdles next season.

At Cork,the Grade 3 DR Vincent O'Brien Centenary Chase went to Val De Ferbert who saw off A Toi Phil by twelve lengths. The bumper went to Willie Mullins with a smart looking prospect in Minella Beau. At Plumpton, there was a double for Paul Nicholls with Peak To Peak and Tommy Silver who took the Sussex champion hurdle. At Ffos Las, there was a double for Nicky Henderson with Jenkins and and Lough Derg Farmer. There was also a double for red hot Dan Skelton with Sir Mangan and The Bay Oak. There was a sad postscript to the victory of The Bay Oak who dropped dead on the way back into the winners enclosure.