The Racing Week That Was 17/7/16


Monday, we start at Ayr where there was yet another winner for Keith Dalgleish who is having a real hot streak. Roc De Prince made nearly all the running building up a big lead. Roc De Prince was staying on very strongly to win by 2 and half lengths never really challenged in truth. I suspect Roc De Prince will appear again soon. At Chelmsford, the Mark Johnston trained Lonely the brave landed the two year old novice race by 2 lengths.  At Windsor, jockey Jim Crowley had a treble for 3 different trainers. The horses were Crowning Glory, Against the odds and Predergast hill.  There was nothing to note at Wolverhampton to my eyes. At Killarney, David Wachman remarkably had his first winner of the turf season with Hidden Oasis. The mares maiden hurdle went to Screaming Rose  for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh in good style. The Ger Lyons bandwagon rolled on as the two year old auction race went to Boyfriend Brian by 3 parts of a length.


Tuesday, we start at Bath where the 3 year old 5 furlong handicap went in impressive fashion to Kassla for Mick Channon by 1 and a quarter lengths. At Beverley, the 2 mile handicap went to St Michel for Sir Mark Prescott by 7 lengths.  I think St Michel could run up a sequence. Toffee Apple took the 1 mile 2 furlongs handicap for Keith Dalgleish following up on the recent Hamilton win. At Thirsk , Ingleby Hollow took the 2 mile handicap for David O'Meara by 1 and a half lengths. At Worcester, the novice handicap chase went to Boss Des Mottes for Dan Skelton by 9 lengths. Boss Des Mottes has always had ability he can go on to better things from here. At Dundalk , the 5 furlong handicap was €15,000 to the winner it went in really good style to Chiclet who made all the running. The margin of victory for Chiclet was 2 and 3 parts of a length, Go kart ran well in behind to finish in third. At Killarney,the 1 mile 6 furlong flat race went to jumps veteran Hidden Cyclone who beat Affinisea the 8/13 fav by a short head. Hidden Cyclone no doubt will go to Galway from here. The 2 mile 6 furlongs novice chase went to the well backed Sandymount Duke (3/1 -9/4). I am not totally convinced about Sandymount Duke over fences, Galway should tell us more.



Wednesday, we start at Catterick where Queen Kindly upheld her very good Royal Ascot run with a smooth success in the 5 furlong fillies Novice stakes.  At Lingfield ,Sir Mark Prescott keep up his recent healthy strike rate with another winner as Red Box took the 7 furlong classified stakes. At Uttoxeter,Degooch finally got his head in front in the handicap chase winning by a neck for Johnny Farrelly and Noel Fehily. Chato bolted up in the bumper for Alan King to win by 9 lengths. At Sandown, there was a second winner on the day for Sir Mark Prescott as Mystique Heights took the 1 mile 6 furlong handicap. Sir Roderic won his fifth race of the season capturing the 1 mile handicap in good style by a length from El Hayem. The victory of Sir Roderic was good news for our members who were advised a (2pt win at 5/2).  At Yarmouth there was a double for Andrea Atzeni with Zain Arion and FolO'yasmine.

At Downpatrick, there was a treble for Gordon Elliott with Carrig Cathal out-battling Master of verse in the novice hurdle. The second leg of the treble saw Blessed king take the maiden hurdle by 16 lengths. The final leg of the treble saw Westinmare take the bumper under Nina Carberry. At Killarney, there was a remarkable effort from Pat Smullen who despite a fully slipped saddle managed to steer Xsquared to victory. This was a great display of horsemanship. Oathkeeper bolted up for Joseph O'Brien  in the maiden hurdle confirming his smart reputation . The 2 mile 6 furlongs handicap hurdle went to Westerner Lady who dictated from the front to win by 3 lengths for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. There was plenty of trouble in behind sadly Santo Prince losing his life in the process. The victory Of Westerner Lady was good news for our members as they were advised a (1pt each way bet at 4/1).


Thursday, we start at Chepstow where there was a treble for trainer Ed de Giles. The horses were , Carcharias Quantum dot and Panko. Jim Crowley rode two of the winners to give him a double on the day.At Hamilton , there was a double for Kevin Ryan with Whirl me round and Bay Mirage. Keith Dalgleish had another winner with Robinnielly who was a very impressive winner of the 1 mile 1 furlong handicap. At Leicester, Great Order won the 1 mile 1 furlong maiden for Godolphin and Saeed Bin Suroor. At Doncaster , the 1 mile 2 furlongs went to Shakopee for Luca Cumani and Jamie Spencer.I think Shakopee could win again. At Epsom , there was a double for Sylvester De Sousa who was getting back on the trail following his lengthy whip ban.

At Killarney, the novice hurdle went to Tessaract for Joseph O'Brien and Barry Geraghty. There was plenty to be impressed with the way Tessaract knuckled down. The disappointment of the race was Penhill who is surely better then he showed here. The 2 mile 1 furlong handicap hurdle went in impressive style to Time for Mabel for Edward O'Grady. Time for Mabel who traveled really well through the race, putting it to bed quickly to win well from Cliff House and Ancient Sands. The victory of Time For Mabel was good news for our members who were advised a (1pt each way bet at 7/1). Akito won the beginners chase , however Mick Thonic was surely a very unlucky loser having tanked to the front two fences out. Mick Thonic capsized at the second last and that was the way it went. Supreme Vic was a very good winner of the handicap chase , he looks a horse to keep on the right side of. At Leopardstown, there was a winner for David Wachman who has endured a wretched time. The horse was Intern ,Wachman may finish the season well. The Group 3 Meld stakes went to Decorated Knight for Roger Charlton who saw the well backed Portage off by 2 lengths. Arya Tara won  the 1 mile 6 furlongs listed stakes, winning her fourth race on the spin for Joseph and Anastasia O'Brien. A remarkable effort from  Arya Tara, a horse that has now gone up over 20 pounds in this sequence.


Friday, we start at Newbury where there was a double for Hughie Morrison with Sweet Selection and Field game both could be up to winning again. At Haydock, there was a double for Richard Hannon with Glance my way and Snan. There was also a double at Haydock for William Haggas with Dutch Destiny and Fastnet tempest . The fine week for Ed De Giles continued as Wakame won at Nottingham for the in form trainer in division 1 of the 1 mile handicap. At Pontefract , Final venture bolted up in the 5 furlong handicap for Graham Swinbank and Neil Farley. Final Venture ran out a easy 6 length winner having made all the running. At Newmarket, the old firm of Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore who had a winner in the 1 mile handicap. Rostova got up late on to win by a short head. At Hamilton , Richard Fahey got his third winner of the day with Royal Connoisseur at 3 different tracks.  The feature race at Hamilton, was the Scottish Stewards cup this went in impressive style to Orions Bow who won by three and a quarter lengths from the consistent Hoof it. The soft ground brought out the best in the consistent, Falcons Fire and Henpecked who both picked up deserved wins. At Kilbeggan, the midlands national was the feature it went to Noel Meade and Jonathan Moore with Tulsa jack. The winning margin was a remarkable 16 lengths back to Carriganog the 4/1 fav in second , with Tom Horn a further 6 lengths back in third. Tulsa Jack won the Cork National last November and races like these are bound to targets again.


Saturday, we start at Newbury where the Weatherbys super sprint was the feature race. This went to Mrs Danvers by a comfortable 1 and a quarter length for trainer Jonathan Portman. Stormy Clouds and Clem Fandango ran well in second and third. The Group 3 Hackwood Stakes went to The Tin Man by a head from Divine. The Tin Man was value for a little more for trainer John Fanshawe. At Newmarket, Charlie Appleby had a winner in the shape of Trenches to go with his winner at Newbury. At,the Curragh  it was Irish Oaks day. The Group 2 Sapphire stakes saw Mecca's angel looking to get back on the trail after a very disappointing run at Royal Ascot. Mecca's angel did just that winning easily by 3 lengths, this race once again demonstrated the grip the Uk raiders have on Irish sprint races. The Anglesey stakes a Group 3 has been good to Aidan O'Brien down the years and it was again here. Peace envoy took the race in good style by 1 and 3 parts of a length from Psychedelic funk. Peace envoy seems to have strengthened or matured since Royal Ascot. The Irish oaks went to Aidan O'Brien with Seventh Heaven a 14/1 shot, despite the SP there looked to be no fluke here. Seventh Heaven was 2 and 3 parts lengths clear at the line. Architecture ran well in second. Even Song a Royal Ascot winner in the Ribblesadale was very disappointing in seventh. Aidan O'Brien stated afterwards he may have over-trained the horse for the Ribblesadale. I think the Ribblesadale has worked out poorly so far from a form perspective.

At Ripon , there were doubles for Mark Johnston with,  Soldier in Action and Huntlaw. Joe Fanning doing the steering on both. There was also a double at Ripon, for John Quinn with, The Nazca lines and Spirit Of Zebedee. I did most of my betting at Market Rasen, on Saturday which had an excellent card. The summer handicap hurdle was a good race which went to, Red Tornado for Dan and Harry Skelton. Gwafa ran really well in third but just could not give 16 pounds to Red Tornado. They are two very decent horses as is the second place finisher Minellaforleisure. The Summer plate also went to Dan and Harry Skelton with Long House Hall who had shown a lot of promise behind Diamond King at the Cheltenham festival in March. Long House Hall won by 8 lengths from Ballynagour in an incident packed finish . Barry Geraghty got his arm broken in a fall at the last, now misses Galway. The victory of Long House Hall was good news for our members who were advised a (1pt each way bet at 6/1) . This combined with an earlier each way single on Gwafa and an each way double meant a good day. The Skelton's completed a treble on the day with Ulis De Vassy winning the handicap chase. At Cartmel ,Gordon Elliott picked up a double with Western Home and Eshtiaal. There was nothing of note at Haydock to my eyes . At Lingfield, there was a double for Richard Hughes with One big surprise and Dltripleseven.


Sunday, we start at The Curragh. The Group 2 Minstrel stakes went to the popular veteran Gordon lord Byron who held off , Sovereign debt and Toscanini by a half length and 1 and a quarter lengths respectively. The Kilboy estate stakes a group 2 went to Bocca Baciata for Jessica Harrington who has her horses flying still. The 2 mile handicap went to Asbury boss ,for Michael Halford who made all the running to win by a length and a quarter. The victory of Asbury boss was good news for our members who were advised a (1pt each way bet at 6/1). At Newton Abbott , there was another winner for Paul Nicholls as Bagad Bilhoue won the maiden hurdle by 15 lengths. The 2 mile novice chase saw War Singer get up for, Johnny Farrelly and Nick Scholfield at the death to defeat Keltus. At Redcar, Richard Fahey and Mark Johnston picked up a winner each respectively with Andok and Lido Lady. At Stratford, there was a double for Dr Richard Newland with No win No Fee and and Blagapar. The 2 miles 6 furlong handicap chase saw, Ballykan run out at the last fence when in with a great chance.The finish saw Set List for Emma Lavelle just hold Relentless dreamer by 3 parts of a length. At Tipperary , Marinero won the 3 mile hurdle for Henry De Bromhead on his first run since switching from Tony Martin. The feature chase saw Joseph O'Brien get another winner with King Leon , holding off ColdstonesoberSupreme Vic was a very good winner of the handicap chase following up his win at Killarney on the 14-7-16.