The Racing Week That Was 17-11-19


Monday, we start at Kempton. There was a double for Jack Quinlan with Really Super and Fleur Irlandaise who caused a 100/1 surprise in the Pertemps Qualifier. At Carlisle, Windsor Avenue continued hos progression over fences winning by twelve lengths. This looks a really talented horse.


Tuesday, we start at Fairyhouse. Honeysuckle continued her progression by maintaining her unbeaten record for Henry De Bromhead bolting up by eleven lengths. At Huntingdon, the feature race went to Highly Prized. At Lingfield, there was a double for Leighton Aspell with Northern Poet and Pres. At Hereford, Valdez took the feature race for Alan King.


Wednesday, we start at Bangor. There was a double for Donald McCain with Chti Balko and Navajo Pass. There was also a winner for Alan King with Alsa Mix. There was more good news for Alan King as Notachance completed an across the card double at Exeter. At Ayr, River Frost bounced back to form for Ben Haslam and JP McManus.


Thursday, we start at Clonmel. A sight to warm the hearts of all racing fans. Douvan made his long-awaited return to action. This horse has a freakish amount of ability. The only question was how much of that ability would still be intact. The answer was emphatic plenty of talent remains. Douvan made a sloppy jump at the second last on the first circuit. Paul Townend sensibly kicked on instead of restraining Douvan, the result was never in doubt from that point. Douvan powered to a nine and a half-length victory. Apart from a little error at the last Dovan was absolutely deadly in my view. Willie Mullins stated afterward

"To me, he looks to have a lot of the speed that he had before."I imagine Christmas will be fine (for his next run) and I'm happy to have him here today and to finish well and we'll have to see how he comes out of the race over the next few days."Chacun Pour Soi has to run yet and I'm not making any plans but am delighted he put in that performance today. I wouldn't be looking for three miles after that performance and what he showed me today was he is more at home at a shorter trip."I'm much happier today than I have been for the past 569 days and I was happy to get here and to run. If he finished second or third we could build on that but he came out today and did way more than I expected so he liked like the old Douvan."

Mullins completed a four-timer on the afternoon The other Mullins winners on the afternoon were Vis Ta Loi (Danny Mullins) and Tactical Move rounded off an excellent session for the Closutton team. Patrick Mullins was bringing up a personal double here, in the Gold Cup-winning colours of Joe and Marie Donnelly. The record-breaking amateur rider won the opener aboard Kalanisi Og. There was a return to form for Shattered Love who took the Mares Chase by 34 Lengths. It was good news for our members Douvan 250 Clonmel (6/4) & Shattered Love 320 Clonmel (5/4) (rule 4 deduction) advised to our members 3pts win double both won.

Brewin’upastorm confirmed his place in Sandown’s Henry VIII Novices’ Chase next month when taking his unbeaten record over fences to two at Taunton. At Sedgefield, it was a punters bonanza with five market leaders obliging. The good run for Donald McCain continued as Minella Trump impressed in the Novice hurdle. At Ludlow, Anthony O'Neill was on the mark for dad Jonjo onboard Bhutan. Away from the track, the first afternoon of Cheltenham's three-day November meeting has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track – and Saturday’s high-profile card must pass a 3 pm inspection on Friday. Horse Racing Ireland has announced all registrations of horses under the ownership of Supreme Horse Racing Club have been voided following a persistent failure to provide requested information.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. Trainer Michael Halford and stable jockey Ronan Whelan combined for a treble at Dundalk. The horses were Spelga, Sampers Seven and Arcanears. The ride on Arcanears demonstrated Whelan's brilliant talent coming through on the inside ice-cool no panic. Just the one bet for us today Nigg Bay 545 Dundalk advised to our members (1pt each way) at 8/1 placed. At Southwell, Dan Skelton had a double with Very First Time and The Mulcair. At Newcastle, Dan Skelton completed an across the card treble with Mr. Love. Off the track Officials at Cheltenham have given the go-ahead to racing this weekend, which will feature the BetVictor Gold Cup on Saturday. Connections of dual Grand National hero Tiger Roll are hopeful he will make the Boyne Hurdle at Navan in February after undergoing a procedure to remedy a chip in a joint. I am sure everyone wishes Tiger Roll a speedy recovery.


On Saturday, this blog will focus on Cheltenham and Punchestown we start at Cheltenham. Happy Diva stayed on gamely up the Cheltenham hill to provide trainer Kerry Lee with a welcome return to the big time in the BetVictor Gold Cup. Brelan D'as ran a cracker in second and will surely be aimed at the festival. Slate House was going very well when falling two out. It would be hard to be certain as to what would have happened as the front two stayed going very well. Belami Des Pictons got a strange ride instead of his normal front running tactics he was dropped in a way off the pace picking up the bits for fourth. Belami Des Pictons maybe one to watch over three miles. There is no doubt Happy Diva deserved her turn here she is wonderfully consistent.

The rest of the Cheltenham card had lots of pointers also. I thought Wholestone was very good in the novice chase he got tired towards the end in the terrible ground. I would love to see Wholestone comeback for the Ultima at the festival on the decent ground I think this would really suit him. Wholestone traveled really well here with his Cheltenham experience he would be a massive player in a handicap like the Ultima. Thyme Hill boosted the Champion bumper form with a ready success in the opener for Hobbs and Johnson. The bumper is really working out with all the first three having won over hurdles already this season. Hobbs made it a double with Jatiluwuh. Allmankind was a very impressive winner of the juvenile hurdle he is very free going, however, he has a huge engine clearly for Dan Skelton. There was finally a day in the sun for West Approach in the long-distance chase for Colin Tizzard and Robbie Power.

At Punchestown, Faugheen survived a couple of jumping blunders to run out a convincing winner on his chasing bow. I am not really sure what connections are trying to here. It took a miraculous recovery from Paul Townend to stay in the race. In fairness, Faugheen has some engine. It remains to see what happens next. Blue Sari made a successful start over obstacles as he claimed the Kildare Now Maiden Hurdle. I was not blown away by this I thought it was workmanlike. I think Blue Sari will go back in trip to two miles myself. I do think this is a very strong crop of novice hurdlers in Ireland this season. Willie Mullins won a 10th Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown as Saldier emerged the best of his three runners. This was good from Saldier no question, Danny Mullins really wound his horse up to chase down Klassical Dream who is surely better than this he could only manage third.

I have never been mad about the Morgiana Hurdle its history is full of turn ups. I think Klassical Dream will have to settle better and drop the bridle. It opens up the Champion Hurdle market though. The thing that jumps out the Supreme winner does not tend to win the champion hurdle the next season no winner in over 30 years that I can see. Brave Inca won the Supreme in 2004, however, he was the champion in 2006. Willie Mullins completed a personal four-timer with the Big Getaway in the finale. The Craddockstown is always a very informative novice chase. This year's renewal was no different as Notebook put in an electric round of jumping to win. Henry De Bromheads horses are always expertly schooled, however, Notebook is a really slick jumper. Notebook looks like an Arkle horse to me.


Sunday, we will again focus on Cheltenham and Punchestown. We start at Cheltenham, Hang In There made most of the running to win for the second time over the smaller obstacles in the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle for Emma Lavelle. I did not think much of this race, to be honest. Put The Kettle On produced a brave front-running performance to see off her three rivals for a surprise win in the Racing Post #responsiblegambling Arkle Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase. This was a good performance Henry De Bromhead will be delighted with his weekend from his novice chasers. Harambe bounced back to form with a game display to land the Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle . Alan King has been in very good form it continued here. Defi Du Seuil came out on top in a thrilling four-horse race for the Shloer Chase. This was good from  Defi Du Seuil he will now head for the Tingle Creek. I think he is a player in this two-mile division. 

At Punchestown, Battleoverdoyen kept his unbeaten record over fences intact with a dour staying victory in the Liam & Valerie Brennan Memorial Florida Pearl Novice Chase. I thought this was excellent from Battleoverdoyen he jumped well. The issue of a number of fences been taken out meant he could not use his jumping. At the end of the day, he beat a Kim Muir winner well. The Cheltenham debate can wait for another day lets see how Battleoverdoyen at Christmas. Stormy Ireland was back in the winner's enclosure for Willie Mullins. Yanworth won over the Cross Country fences, he is very highly rated for this and could absolutely clean up in this discipline.

At Cork, there was a treble for Joseph O'Brien and JJ Slevin. The horses were Front View, Midnight Run, and Top Moon. At Fontwell, the Southern National went to One Of Us for Nick Williams. It was a remarkable day for JP McManus who had six winners on the day Yanworth, Drop The Anchor, Front View, Top Moon, Duc De Beauchene and Defi Du Seuil.