The Racing Week That Was 18-10-20


Monday, we start at Kilbeggan. Dark Spark impresses in the finale 9/4 second favourite Dark Spark left his eight rivals for dead from a furlong and a half out in the concluding Kilbeggan INH Flat Race. Taken out of a couple of recent engagements as connections waited for suitable ground, the Presenting 4-year-old out of crack hurdler Voler La Vedette rewarded that patience with an emphatic fifteen length debut win. It was a near 60/1 treble on the day for winning trainer Gordon Elliott the other two winners were Soldier At War and Santana Plessis.  At Yarmouth, Oisin Murphy was on target on Opera Gift. At Musselburgh, Marshal Dan took the feature race. At Windsor, there was a double for Rossa Ryan with Rome Imperial and Shanghai Rock. At Wolverhampton, Klopp was on target for Harry Russell.


Tuesday, we start at Punchestown. Champion Hurdle third Darver Star made a more than pleasing transition to fences in the opening beginners' chase. The 8/13 favourite jumped well after settling into his task on chasing debut and readily closed on a hard at work Star Max after the third last. Gordon Elliott looks to have a more than useful prospect on his hands in Quilixios who ran away with the Ladbrokes 3YO Hurdle. Rachael Blackmore grabbed a Punchestown double on Midland Millie, having won earlier on  Baptism Of FireMare Quimby won with a good deal in hand for Noel Meade on debut in the concluding mares' bumper. Meade also struck on the card with Sixshooter giving the in-form trainer a double.

At Cork on the flat. Colin Keane doubled up at Cork onboard 9/4 favourite Starlight Dream having won the opener on Sir Lucan. At Huntingdon, there was a double for Brian Hughes with Champagne Noir and Innisfree Lad. At Hereford, Paul Nicholls was on target with Oscars Moonshine. At Leicester, Ventura Diamond took the feature under Silvestre De Sousa. At Newcastle, Island Nation was on target for Oisin Murphy.


Wednesday, we start at Punchestown. Eskylane makes winning debut over hurdles. The Cheltenham bumper fifth was prominent throughout and travelled and jumped well. I really liked this performance I am going to back this horse for the Ballymore 25/1 looks big to me. The K Club Handicap Hurdle saw a decisive winner in the shape of Red Gerry (11/4) for Noel Meade who came home five lengths clear of Humm Baby (15/2). With a race fitness edge over several of his main rivals, the 2/1 favourite The Storyteller was an emphatic winner of the Irish Daily Star Salutes Our Frontline Heroes Chase (Grade 3).

At Wetherby, I was blown away by Shan Blue on chasing debut for Dan Skelton. I just loved the way  Shan Blue jumped, this horse could be very good. At Nottingham, Dakota Gold was on target for the second time in the week. At Bath, the feature race went to Traisha for Joseph O'Brien. There was another winner for Paul Nicholls with the talented Quel Destin under Pauls daughter Megan.


Thursday, we start at the CurraghFlor De La Luna (7/2) outclassed her rivals to win the Equilux Costs Less Than 2 A Week Maiden and give Shane Foley a treble on the day. Foley is now on 80 winners for the season and he currently trails Colin Keane by threeThefaithfulindian (9/2) was an eased-down winner of the Try Equilux Risk-Free Handicap to give Colin Keane a double at the Curragh. At Tramore, there was a double for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend with Hopefully and Wearapinkribbon. At Carlisle, there was a double for Fergal O'Brien with Stoner's Choice and Peking Rose. There was also a double for Donald McCain, with Bannixton Glory and Mackenberg. At Lingfield, First Smile was impressive for Godolphin winning by four lengths. At Wincanton, Celestial Force was on target for Paul Nicholls. At Southwell, Mr Excellency was on target for Mark Johnston. At Chelmsford, Fundamental bolted up by five and a half lengths for John Gosden.


Friday, we start at Leopardstown. A mixed bag of a day for us with our syndicate horses at Leopardstown. Trading Point ran a very good race to finish fourth in a really competitive race. Trading Point has been rock solid in his recent runs. Adrian and the team will make a plan it looks most likely that Trading Point will run at Dundalk on November 6th over a mile. Mokhalad was in a good position but faded quickly, it appears something is not right with Mokhalad right now he will be fully checked by our vets on Monday. For some reason, racehorses cannot be scoped at the track with COVID restrictions. Mokhalad will most likely head to Naas before his usual winter break. As a youngster going racing Leopardstown is a track that means a huge amount to me personally. I was thrilled with Trading Points run. Trading Point gets called a few names by the experts in the Racing Post, they can say what they want we couldn't care less actually. Trading Point has given us some great days, there is a big day in this lad. Angel Palanas and Luke McAteer go from strength to strength and they combined for a third success on the bounce at Leopardstown.

Following on from Day Dreamin’at Leopardstown and Ela Katrina at Dundalk, Colin Keane made it three on the day aboard Crystal Dawn in the second division of the 45 to 65 Handicap at Dundalk. There was a strike back for Shane Foley in the finale as Shawaf trained by Damian English got a deserved turn in the winner's enclosure. Shawaf could be one to follow through the winter at Dundalk especially over six furlongs. At Uttoxeter, there was a treble for Dan and Harry Skelton with Third Time Lucki, Wilde About Oscar and Cabot Cliffs. At Haydock, there was a double for Mark Johnston Kings Price and Trumpet Man. At Fakenham, Here Comes Johny was on target for Olly Murphy. At Redcar, there was a double for Richard Fahey, with Hong Kong Harry and Shark Two One. At Newcastle, there was a double for Oisin Murphy and Andrew Balding with Henrik and Round Six.


Saturday, it was champions day at AscotHollie Doyle broke new ground in another remarkable season, as she became the first female rider to win a race on British Champions Day with a runaway success aboard Trueshan in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup. Doyle was at it again race 2 as she landed her first Group One success when snatching the verdict on Glen Shiel in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes. The Revenant went one better than 12 months ago with a game display to claim the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Addeybb overcame his wide draw to get his revenge on Magical in the Qipco Champion Stakes. Tom Marquand completed a Qipco British Champions Day double at Ascot with victory on Irish challenger Njord in the Balmoral Handicap.

Poetic Flare staked his claim for top honours next season by landing the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes in decisive fashion at Leopardstown. Lobo Rojo pulled one back for Shane Foley in the jockeys title race. At Ballinrobe, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Zanahiyr and The Sliding Rock. At Stratford, Byrony Frost had a double onboard Bogoss Du Perret and My Way. At Market Rasen, Le Patriote, turned over Pic D'orhy seemingly with no real excuses for the talented Paul Nicholls horse on the day.


Sunday, we start at KemptonSilver Streak set up a return to Grade One company by securing back-to-back victories in the Racing TV Hurdle. Alan King’s Sceau Royal made a triumphant return to action in the Potter Group Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las. At Naas, Ecliptical produced a memorable performance to come from last to first as he pulled off a long-term plan in the valuable Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race Final – to complete a Naas double for connections. It was a good punting Sunday for our members. 3 bets Sceau Royal 310 Ffos Las (won) Barrington Court 415 Naas (won) each way double (won). The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Bluebell Stakes saw 15/8 favourite Barrington Court enhance her progressive record on the Flat as Shane Foley brought her through from off the pace to lead over a furlong out. The Durham National at Sedgefield went in emphatic style to Red Giant for trainer Jennie Candish.