The Racing Week That Was 18-11-18


Monday, we start at Carlisle. Vindication made it 5 wins from 5 starts for Kim Bailey getting the better of Uncle Alastair in a race that will work out well in my view. Uncle Alastair was advised to our members(1pt each way) at 7/1. The feature race went to Highway One O One in a dramatic conclusion. Paul Nicholls had a 50% strike rate at Carlisle since 2010, it looked set to improve as Dolos swept to the front. It's a long way home at Carlisle despite trading at 1/50 in running Dolos got done by Highway One O One. I thought Chesterfield ran a lovely race in third, he could be one for something like the Close brother's novice chase at Cheltenham. There was a double for Harry Skelton on board Clondaw Anchor and Hidden Dilemma.

At Kempton, there was a treble for Nicky Henderson with Epatante, Kupatana and Reigning Supreme. There was a notable milestone as Byrony Frost rode out her claim with a victory on Marienstar. The Pertemps qualifier saw Kim Bailey complete an across the card double with Younevercall. At Thurles, Shark Hanlon and Rachael Blackmore teamed up for a quickfire double as Whatsinthecorner added to a Downpatrick win earlier this year in the Thurles Handicap Chase. The well-backed 5/2 favorite quickly followed on the heels of the opening race success of Mighty Stowaway, and completed a tremendous 48 hours for the Bagnelstown trainer who has sent out six winners and a second from just eight runners between point-to-points and under rules. Blackmore, now on the 53 winner mark for the season and just three behind championship leader Paul Townend. At Southwell, there was a double for Mark Johnston with The Last Debutante and Victoria Drummond. There was also a winner for the electric Gavin Cromwell with Earl Of Bunnacaurry.


Tuesday, we start at Hereford. The feature race went to Touch Kick for Paul Nicholls who got back up late on in a thriller. At Huntingdon, the feature race went to Mystic Sky under Maxime Tissier. There was another winner for Kim Bailey as By The Boardwalk took the veterans chase. At Lingfield, over the jumps, there was a double for Richard Rowe and Andrew Glassonbury with Remember Forever and Celma Des Bois. At Chelmsford, the lights literally went out as racing was abandoned due to a power failure.


Wednesday, we start at Ayr. Once again Gordon Elliott was on target in Scotland with Cold Shoulder this time. At Bangor, there was a double for Donald McCain and Will Kennedy with The Some Dance Kid and Thyne For Gold. At Exeter, there was a four-timer for Colin Tizzard with Watcombe Heights, The Russian Doyen, Norse Legend and Russian Hawk. At Kempton, Alan King was on target with Caspar The Cub. At Fairyhouse, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Poli Roi and Monbeg Worldwide. The opening race saw Rachael Blackmore at her brilliant best as she galvanized Ellie Mac to get up late on in the novice chase. Ellie Mac was advised to our members(1pt each way) at 5/1.


Thursday, we start at Clonmel where it was Clonmel Oil chase day. The feature race went to Kemboy for Willie Mullins who completed a double with Camella De Cotte. There was a double for Gordon Elliott with Roaring Bull and Acronym. I was impressed with Thermistocles for Joseph O'Brien in the three-mile handicap hurdle. At Taunton, there was a double for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden with Southfield Stone and Braquer D'or. At Ludlow, there was another winner for Kim Bailey with Diamond Gait continuing a fine week for Kim Bailey. At Kempton, Rectory Road bolted up by six lengths for Andrew Balding. At Chelmsford, there was a double for John Gosden with Spanish Aria and Dolcisimmo. At Southwell, Kabrit made it an across the card double for Andrew Balding.


Friday we start at CheltenhamThe Young Master continued his recent revival with a game front-running success in the Markel Insurance Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase. The Young Master advised to our members(1pt each way) at 9/2. Nigel Twiston-Davies predicted a bright future for Count Meribel after he maintained his unbeaten record over fences in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase. Grand National winner Tiger Roll ran a promising race in fourth on his return to action in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, which was won once again by Josies Orders. Coolanly finally delivered on his promise when staying on stoutly to win the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham to give Paddy Brennan a treble on the opening day of the November Meeting. Bun Doran had got a deserved win for Paddy Brennan earlier in the day.

At Dundalk, our syndicate horse Mokhalad ran a fine race last night no more no less. The front 3 got away and we never really got into it. There were a couple of good types in the race to be fair. The race was a rated race we were wrong at the weights with a few rivals despite Stephens claim. We know Mokhalad is very capable at Dundalk in six races over seven furlongs he has earned prizemoney. Damian and the team will work on a plan. We will go from that point. Mokhalad earned some prize money came back in one piece so far from a disaster. There was a deserved win for Amanaat for Denis Hogan and James McCauley. Geological ran a cracker in second for the English family an incredible racehorse. Shane Crosse who rode Amanaat to victory completed a double with Equitant. There was a double for Michael Halford and Colin Keane with Massif Central and Lady De Vesci.

At Newcastle, a card with very few runners did nothing for me I have to say. At Lingfield, the feature race went to Lacustre for David Lanigan. At Wolverhampton, there was a dead heat in the finale between Felix The Poet and Trolius.


Saturday, we start at Cheltenham. There was a double for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden with Quel Destin and Ibis Du Rheu. There was a double for Ian Williams and Tom O'Brien with First Assignment and Speedo Boy. There was a bounce back to form with Rock The Kasbah for Philip Hobbs who took the three and a half mile chase. The feature race the Bet Victor Gold Cup went in spectacular fashion to Baron Alco for Gary and Jamie Moore. Baron Alco galloped on resolutely to win an incident-packed race for the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham.The seven-year-old kept out of trouble close to the front, as several horses crashed out along the way, to lift the valuable prize for trainer Gary Moore and his son, Jamie, who was a late replacement for another son, Josh, in the saddle.

At Uttoxeter, Jockey Harry Skelton continued his stellar season by landing a 277-1 five-timer at Uttoxeter. Four of them — Beakstown, Tokay Dokey, Molly The Dolly and Premier Rose — were trained by his brother, Dan, while Caroline Bailey provided the other with Crosspark. Skelton’s nap-hand took his tally to 109 as he tries to keep tabs on the leader and current champion, Richard Johnson, in the jockeys’ title race.“It’s brilliant. It’s my first five-timer and obviously it takes a lot of doing, so it’s something special,” the jockey told Press Association Sport. At Wetherby, Captain Zebo landed a few decent bets (11/2 - 13/2). At Lingfield, the Listed Churchill Stakes went to Master The World. At Wolverhampton, Swift Rose and Star Of Bengal were impressive winners for Saeed Bin Suroor and John Gosden respectively.

At Punchestown, Voix du Reve made a couple of mistakes on the way round but when Paul Townend needed him he was good over the last two as Voix du Reve (2/1 into 6/4 ) triumphed in the Grade Two Craddockstown Novice Chase. Ruby Walsh brought an unusual 15-ride winless spell to an end with success on Stormy Ireland (5/4 favourite) in the Listed Frontline Security Grabel Mares Hurdle at Punchestown. Completing a double for her trainer Willie Mullins after the Craddockstown success for Voix du Reve, Stormy Ireland was impressive from the front under Walsh. Commander Of Fleet made it two on the day for Gordon Elliott at Punchestown when justifying odds of 1/5 in the Kildare Now Maiden Hurdle. Ben Dundee (Keith Donoghue) earlier impressed for the Cullentra House Stables trainer in the beginners' chase,.


Sunday, we start at Cheltenham. Nietzsche was a surprise winner of the Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle for trainer Brian Ellison and in-form conditional jockey Danny McMenamin.The five-year-old, without a win over jumps in 11 starts since January 2017, reserved his best for the biggest stage at Cheltenham as he stayed on with great determination to foil Silver Streak's hat-trick bid by a neckLalor was a heartening and hugely promising winner on his debut over fences in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase at Cheltenham. Kayley Woollacott's six-year-old stable star transferred all his ability from hurdles to fences as he jumped with great accuracy to run out a seven-length winner from Dynamite Dollars. Champion jockey Richard Johnson allowed Lalor to bide his time in a select field of five as favorite Claimantakinforgan and then Pingshou made much of the early running in the two-mile Grade Two contest. But Lalor took over three out and then stayed on emphatically to win with ease at 11-2. The winning trainer took over from her husband, Richard, after he died in January and on the gelding's second subsequent run, he won the Grade One Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree. I think all race fans will be behind Lalor all season

Sceau Royal made a winning start to his new season with a hard-fought two-and-a-quarter-length success in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham. Alan King's six-year-old, racing for the first time since a suspensory injury curtailed his novice season after a win at Doncaster in January, had to dig deep under Daryl Jacob to see off outsider Simply Ned. The Supreme trial went the way of Colin Tizzard with Elixir De Nutz beating Itchy Feet by a length and a half both could be very useful in my view.

At Punchestown, With the decision not to run both Samcro and Supasundae, plenty of the shine was taken off the feature race, the Grade 1 Unibet Morgiana Hurdle. Sharjah turned over stablemate and favorite Faugheen to cause a minor surprise. Faugheen needs to go back up in trip in my view. The Willie Mullins trained Some Neck put in a career-best performance to beat Blow By Blow in the Grade 2  Florida Pearl Novice Chase. It brought up a double for Willie Mullins. Malone Road booked his Festival ticket with a comfortable win in the bumper Gordon Elliott has set his sights on Cheltenham in March with Malone Road now going straight to Cheltenham.  Malone Road looks special to me. There was a new potential cross country star for Enda Bolger as My hometown bolted up. Ballyboker Bridge advised to our members(1pt each way) at 16/1 placed in the race. At Cork, the feature race went to All The Answers for Joseph O'Brien. Blast Of Koeman advised to our members(1pt each way) at 7/1 placed in the race. It was not a bad day for our members, Ballyboker Bridge 1205 Punchestown (16/1) & Blast Of Koeman 305 Cork (7/1) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. At Fontwell, the Southern National went to Leighton Aspell on board Shanroe Santos.