Monday, we start at Musselburgh. There was a treble for Iain Jardine with Never Dark, The Gloaming and Kats Bob. At Yarmouth, John Gosden was on target with Samburu. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Rossa Ryan with Hello Me and Thunder Queen. At Kempton, Lion Face was an impressive winner for Roger Charlton.
The day finished with the sad news of the death of the wonderful Trevor Hemmings. A man who has done so much for National Hunt Racing. Famed for his big-race victories in his famous yellow, green and white colours, Hemmings was also the owner of Preston North End Football Club, buying the then financially-troubled Lancashire outfit in 2010. A statement from the club on Monday night read: “Preston North End Football Club can sadly confirm the devastating news that its owner Trevor Hemmings CVO has passed away this evening 11th October 2021.“A further statement will be made in the coming days but in the meantime, his family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.”
Hemmings first won the National in 2005 with the Willie Mullins-trained Hedgehunter, before Donald McCain’s Ballabriggs added a second Aintree triumph in 2011 and Many Clouds ran out victorious in 2015. Trabolgan was a Hennessy Gold Cup winner for Hemmings, with other popular names to carry his colours including The Last Fling and Albertas Run.
Tuesday, we start at Leicester. There was an impressive win for Able Kane who was on target for Oisin Murphy. It was good news for our members who were advised (0.75pt each way) at 11/2. At Hereford, Chester and Jane Williams were on target with Honneur D'ajonc. At Huntingdon, Any Given Sunday was on target for Jonjo O'Neill JNR and SNR. At Newcastle, Top Table was on target for John Gosden. At Punchestown, Ballyadam made his chasing debut it lasted one fence he got a dreadful fall. The race went to Cape Gentleman for Emmet Mullins who could be decent over fences.
Wednesday, we start at Wetherby. Flight Deck was on target for Jonjo O'Neill JNR and SNR. The finale went to Take It Easy for Pam Sly it was good news for our members who were advised (1.5pts win) at 3/1. At Bath, Nader was on target for Saeed Bin Suroor. At Nottingham, there was a double for William Buick with Zebelle and Raasel. At Kempton, there was a treble for Adam Kirby with Sovereign Slipper, Harry Three and Run To Freedom. At Punchestown, there was a very decent card. My Mate Mozzie produced a smart performance. The winning point-to-pointer, who landed a bumper at the festival here in April, made all and jumped really well on his first start over hurdles. The Grade 3 novice chase went to Embittered who was impressive for Joseph O'Brien. There was a winning return for Galvin who made it six wins on the spin for Gordon Elliott.
Thursday, we start at The Curragh. A real heartwarming afternoon at The Curragh as our Stanhope ran a blinder to finish third. They went a real gallop early on, I mean mayhem gallop. Stanhope was out of his ground he looked in trouble for the first two furlongs he worked his way into it. Stanhope began ticking off rivals. Stanhope hit overdrive at the one-furlong pole flying home to be third. The distance was a half-length and a half-length. Shane Foley and Stanhope have struck up a great bond. It was hard not to feel a little gutted as we would have won with another 50 yards. That said the overwhelming feeling was pride in Stanhope. As our real good horses get older and the end gets closer to their careers. You are left with gratitude and pride. As Stanhope came back in it was just a wonderful feeling. We have had a tough week and a very tough spell. Just when we needed one of the old guards most Stanhope delivered.
On the rest of the Curragh card, Sissoko was a really impressive winner for Donnacha O'Brien. At Tramore, there was the first double in the career of jockey Mark McDonagh with Coolnacritta and Nell's Well. At Wincanton, See The Sea was on target for Donald McCain. At Carlisle, there was also a treble for Donald McCain with Hart of Steel, Malpas and Armattiekan. At Brighton, there was a double for Gary Moore with Big Bard and Breezy Storm. At Chelmsford, William Buick and Oisin Murphy continued the battle for the jockeys' title. They traded winners with Typical Woman and Notions.
Friday, we start at Dundalk. No luck with Mokhalad. He never really got into it. Despite being only beaten just over four lengths, finishing eight. Siobhan Rutledge tried everything he never really had a cut at it. We know we are near the end with Mokhalad. We will attempt Galway one more time at the Bank Holiday weekend and review it at that point. Mokhalad's record at Galway is 335 so it makes sense to try. On the rest of the Dundalk card, there was a double for Ronan Whelan with Kalaroun and Skontonovski.
At Redcar, Mr Curiosity was a wide margin winner under Rossa Ryan. At Haydock, Oisin Murphy is taking nothing for granted – but looks virtually assured of retaining his jockeys’ championship crown after he stretched his lead to three thanks to a double at Haydock, with only one day of the season remaining. At Fakenham, there was a double for Olly Murphy with Italian Spirit and Eaglehill. At Uttoxeter, Geromino was on target for Donald McCain. At Newcastle, there were doubles for Keith Dalgleish and Callum Rodriguez with Donizetti and Bringitonboris.
Saturday, we start at Ascot for UK Champions day. Creative Force completed his progression from handicaps to the top level by taking the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot in the hands of William Buick. Hitting the front in the final furlong, the Godolphin runner kept up the gallop to hold off Glen Shiel by a length. Minzaal stayed on from some way back to fill third place on what was just the second start of his three-year-old campaign, with favourite Art Power a head away in fourth. Eshaada (16-1) just edged out Albaflora in a thrilling finish to the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes. The two protagonists pulled away from Aidan O'Brien’s odds-on market leader Snowfall, who was disappointing in third.
Trueshan (Evs Fav) justified strong market support to record back-to-back victories in a rough race for the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup. Baaeed maintained his unbeaten record as he lowered the colours of Palace Pier in a top-class renewal of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. Cedric Rossi's Sealiway struck for France in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot. Fifth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 13 days earlier on the back of a long absence, Sealiway bettered the form he showed when runner-up to St Mark’s Basilica in the French Derby to lift the mile-and-a-quarter showpiece. The three-year-old son of Galiway, trained by Cedric Rossi and ridden by Mickael Barzalona, was made to fight all the way by the William Haggas-trained Dubai Honour, who only went down by three-quarters of a length. Mac Swiney ran a big race in third place, a length and a half away. Mishriff was a length back in fourth.
Oisin Murphy admitted relief was his overriding emotion after he was crowned champion jockey for the third successive season on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot. The Killarney-born rider looked set for a comfortable defence of his title a few weeks ago, but a late charge from William Buick set up a tight finale. Buick closed the gap to just one on a couple of occasions earlier in the week, but a double at Haydock on Friday meant Murphy started the final day with a decisive three-winner lead. Buick struck early on Champions Day with Creative Force in the big sprint to give himself renewed hope – but defeat for Adayar in the Champion Stakes put paid to his gallant season-long pursuit of Murphy.
At Leopardstown, Glounthaune showed great resilience to win the Group Three Richmond Homes Killavullen Stakes at Leopardstown just seven days after running in the Dewhurst Stakes. The Aidan O'Brien-trained youngster chased the leaders in the early stages and was delivered by Seamie Heffernan to hit the front in the final furlong. The 5-1 winner took the spoils by half a length from Pennine Hills, with I Am Magic the same distance away in third. Georgeville (4-1JF) won for the first time since joining the Ger Lyons stable when taking the Listed honours in the Manguard Plus Trigo Stakes. At Ffos Las, it was Welsh Champion Hurdle day. The race went to Glory and Fortune for Tom Lacey.
Sunday, we start at Kempton. Sceau Royal capped a memorable weekend for Alan King when coming out well on top against Silver Streak in the Unibet Hurdle. Isolate made it a double on the day for Alan King. At Sedgefield, there was a double for Donald McCain with A Different Kind and Minella Trump. The feature race The Durham National went to Irish Trainer Shark Hanlon with Hewick.
At Naas, Noel Meade and Chris Hayes dominated at Naas as Elysium won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Garnet Stakes and Lady Of Inishfree landed the Irish EBF Auction Series Race Final. Elysium was bought by George Strawbridge having won a Group Three last season, but things had not gone to plan for her this campaign. Off the track until Ascot in July, she was last of seven there, before finishing down the field at both Gowran and Cork. Emphatic Answer kept her honest close home but Elysium won by half a length as a 9-1 shot. Lady Of Inishfree (7-2) broke her maiden in the best possible fashion when winning the valuable sales race. Ridden confidently by Hayes, Meade’s youngster travelled with great fluency through the race, but so did Ger Lyons’ Corporal Violette. It soon became clear the winner would come from those two and it was Lady Of Inishfree who proved the stronger, holding off the favourite by half a length. Seeingisbelieving was two and a half lengths away in third. At Cork, there was a double for jockey Ian Power with More Wine Lilly and Sweet Street.