Monday we start at Fontwell. There was a double for Harry and Dan Skelton with Roksana and Get On The Yager who brought up a century of winners for Harry Skelton. A horse who is in excellent form is Our Merlin, he duly bolted up for Robert Walford and Harry Cobden by eleven lengths.It was good news for our members. Goosen Maverick 115 Fontwell (NR)& Our Merlin 245 Fontwell (1/1) advised to our members 2.5pts win double landed the bet. At Southwell, on the flat. There were doubles for trainer Phillip Kirby and jockey Jamie Gormley with Mr. Carbonator and Good Time Ahead.
Tuesday, there was only one meeting in the UK due to the bad weather. There was a remarkable treble for Milton Bradley, the 82-year-old trainer who drove the horsebox to the races. The winners were Indian Affair, Compton Prince, and Temple Road. The one-mile two-furlong race went to Emenem. It was good news for our members. Emenem was advised to our members 1pt each way at 7/2. Crest 255 Ayr (NR) & Emenem 135 Lingfield (7/2) advised to our members 0.5pt win double landed the bet.It made a good day for us keeping a strong start to December going.
Wednesday, it was a case of all-weather racing only in the UK. We start at Lingfield, Take-Two landed some good bets (10/1 - 9/2) when taking the one-mile furlong handicap. Take-Two saw off Miss Liguria and Volpone Jelois in a tight finish. Volpone Jelois advised to our members 0.75pt each way at 7/1. At Wolverhampton, Keith Dalgleish was on target with Jack Blane. At Kempton, Kim Bailey was on the mark with Sunblazer. The talented however unreliable Song Light refused to race he looks a horse to avoid right now.
Thursday, the weather played havoc with two meetings abandoned Newcastle and Warwick. No runners for us today with the abandonment. At Taunton, there was an excellent win for Top Notch in the rescheduled Peterborough chase winning by three and a half lengths from his stablemate Josses Hill. I would say Top Notch looks a real live contender for the Ryanair at the festival. There was a double on the day at Taunton for Harry Cobden on board Brahms De Clermont and Our Merlin who made it two wide margin wins in the week. At Tramore, there was a double for Paul Townend on board Laurina and Terrible Beauty. At Chelmsford, there was a winner on the flat for Nicky Henderson with Bardd.
Friday, we start at Cheltenham there was a double for Colin Tizzard with Robinsfirth and Sizing Tennesse. The cross-country chase went to popular veteran Bless The Wings for Davy Russell and Gordon Elliott. The concluding handicap hurdle went to the really progressive Arthurs Gift this horse may not be finished winning yet and could make a Pertemps contender.At Doncaster, there was a winner for Jonjo O'Neill Jnr and senior as The Tailgater put it together to win. The novice chase went to Paul Nicholls with Peter The Mayo Man. The class 3 handicap hurdle went to Value At Risk for Dan and Harry Skelton. At Bangor, there was a double for Donald McCain with Waterlord and Tawseef. It actually made it a treble on the day for McCain who had a winner at Doncaster with Dark Sunset. At Chelmsford, Ivan Furtado was on target again with Gembari. At Dundalk, there was a double for Anthony McCann with Chicago School and Togoville. In both cases, our own trainer Damian English was on the wrong side of two tight finishes with Bluesbreaker and Geological. There was a double for Pat Smullen with Adaliya and Repare Mon.
Saturday, we start at Cheltenham. The Caspian Caviar Gold cup was the feature race. The race looked about to announce the arrival of Starchitect as a top chaser. Starchitect had jumped brilliantly and powered into a 10 length lead on the run to the second last. There was the cruelest of twists as Starchitect broke his leg on the flat. It was a sickening and distressing sight for everyone. Guitar Pete claimed something of a hollow victory following the death of Starchitect in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup. There were two small bright spots in the incident. The conduct of the Cheltenham crowd was magnificent as was that of winning jockey Ryan Maho. This was Mahon's biggest moment in the saddle and as soon as he was interviewed his first thoughts were for the stricken Starchitect. The International hurdle a Grade 2 saw some old favorites in The New One and My Tent Or Yours, take on the younger brigade in Melon. The race would see My Tent Or Yours claim victory from The New One with Melon who ruined his chances by pulling too hard back in third. The class 2 handicap chase went to Gino Trail who jumped brilliantly to beat Bun Doran. This could be a race to follow as I think Bun Doran will come on for the run. I think if Gino Trail turned up in the Castleford Chase at Wetherby that could be a lot of fun.
At Doncaster, there was a double for Nicky Henderson Countister and We Have A Dream who bolted up in the Grade 2 Juvenile Hurdle by 10 lengths. The class 2 handicap hurdle went to Irish Roe seeing off Mohaayed and Amour De Nuit who was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2. There was a rare Saturday card for Hereford. There were two good winners in Stamp Your Feet and Work In Progress. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for David Barron and Ben Curtis with Swift Emperor and Twin Appeal. At Newcastle, there was a winner for John Gosden, it was Without Parole who did the business. At Fairyhouse, there was a double for Willie Mullins with Colreevy and a breathtaking effort from Stormy Ireland who won by 58 lengths on hurdling debut. I have rarely seen anything like this display. This Stormy Ireland could be a very good horse.
Sunday, we start at Navan. There was a treble for Gordon Elliott with Blow By Blow and Rapid Escape, both Gigginstown horses look like future three-mile chasers. The treble for Elliott was completed by Diamond Cauchois. The Grade 2 Navan novice hurdle went in spectacular style to Next Destination who looks a horse with an incredible amount of gears. Willie Mullins looks to have a really good one on his hands, Next Destination put Cracking Smart away by five and a half lengths. At Thurles, Fitzhenry got his head in front deservedly for Paul Nolan and JP McManus. Fitzhenry was advised to our members' 4pts win at 11/8. There were two very impressive winners on the card in Koshari and High School Days. The next target for High School Days is the Boylesports hurdle, I am a big fan of this horse. High School Days 240 Thurles (9/2), Without Limites 230 Navan(7/4) & Next Destination 1250 Navan (11/8) advised to our members 0.75pt win Trixie landed 2 of three legs. There was a bit of history at Thurles as Killahara Castle won at the largest recorded SP of 200/1. I was impressed with Rhinestone in the bumper who won by 19 lengths for Joseph O'Brien.
At Southwell, there was a double for Jamie Snowden and Gavin Sheehan with Midnight Silver and Oscar Star. At Chelmsford, Ivan Furtado was on target with Huddersfilly Town, Furtado continues to impress.