The Racing Week That Was 18/9/16


Monday, we start at Brighton where Jim Crowley kept his title challenge up with a double on board Upstaging and Noble Act. At Kempton, there was a double for jockey Adam Kirby with Finelcity and Don't Blame Me. At Listowel, Jealika won this race for the second year in succession getting up late on to beat Enter The Red by 2 lengths. Enter The Red was advised to our members 1pt each way (5/1) placed in the 300 at Listowel there was a  (Rule 4 deduction 15%). Gavin Cromwell had a winner with Famous Milly , Cromwell is one to watch having got a influx of horses. At Wolverhampton, Silvestre De Sousa fired a treble in on board Precious Plum, Highland Lotus and Abrahams Blessing. At Worcester, there were winners for David Pipe with Red Square Revival and Neil Mulholland with Peter The Mayo Man. The handicap hurdle went to Ablazing ,Nautical Nitwit advised to our members 1pt each way (7/1) placed in that race. This result combined with Enter the Red & Nautical Nitwit advised to our members (0.5pt) e/w double both placing made it a good day.


Tuesday, we start at Carlilse an unbelievable day for Tim Easterby who trained a four timer on the day. The horses were Southern Strife, Appointed, Kenny The Captain and Alpine Dream. At Chepstow, Jim Crowley picked up another winner with Trading Punches at 25/1. At Laytown, the annual racing on the beach. There were some notable winners with Burren View Lady winning for Denis Hogan. Korbous just held on under Katie Walsh to win for Richard Brabazon. Jamie Osbourne saddled a couple of runners and left with a winner as Room Key under Kate Harrington. At Listowel, the seven furlong handicap went to Stamp Of Authority, Ecoeye advised to our members 1pt each way (4/1) placed in this race there was a (Rule 4 deduction 20%). The 2 mile handicap the Liam Healy memorial handicap hurdle went in impressive style to Swamp Fox by 11 lengths this was a superb performance. I firmly believe Swamp Fox can take a hand in some very decent handicap hurdles in the autumn. I also thought Plain Talking ran well in third this horse will be of interest when stepped up in trip again. Swamp Fox was advised to our members 1pt each way at (6/1). This result combined with Ecoeye & Swamp Fox advised to our members (0.5pt) e/w double both placed made it a very good day.


Wednesday, we start at Beverley Tim Easterby had another winner with Icefall. There was also a dead heat between with Amabilis and Dubara , the trainers were Ralph Beckett and Luca Cumani. At Kelso, it was a quiet day however Richard Johnson and Tim Vaughan got another winner with Theligny. At Listowel, there was a double for Dermot Weld with Love In The Sun and Timiyan. There was also a double for Gordon Elliott with Carrig Cathal, however the second leg was the winner of the Kerry Grand National. The race went to Wrath Of Titans who was a very impressive winner from Rightville Boy, Gas Line Boy and Three Kingdoms. It was a fairy tale day for Lisa O'Neill with her finest hour in the saddle as Wrath Of Titans gave Lisa a day she will never forget. Wrath Of Titans had a similar campaign to Lord Scoundrel prior to that horse winning the Galway plate. I think this angle with Gigginstown horses can pay off in top Irish handicap chases like the Munster National and the Troytown. The bumper went to Dorans River in very impressive style by 8 lengths. At Sandown, there was nothing that caught my eye. At Yarmouth, there was a double for William Haggas with Fastnet Tempest and Al Neksh. The double formed part of a Frankie Dettori treble as So Di Mar also won for Dettori.The Arc meeting beckons for So Mi Dar after this smooth win.


Thursday, we start at Ayr it was the start of  The Ayr Gold Cup meeting. There was a double for Karl Burke with Sister Dude and Sporty Yankee.There was another winner for Tim Easterby with Silvery Moon. At Chelmsford, De Sousa and Crowley crossed swords again. Jim Crowley had a double with Blushes and Curriculam. Silvestre De Sousa won on board Johnny B Goode. At Listowel, there was a treble for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen with Araqeel, Hidden Universe and Aydoun. The win of Aydoun was by 5 lengths , it was noteworthy as Aydoun was very well supported (4/1 overnight to 11/10) on the day. Garri Rua took the 3 mile handicap hurdle easily by 7 lengths. At Pontefract, there was another winner for Tim Easterby with Medina Sidonia. Queen Of The stars also won for William Haggas who also picked up a winner at Yarmouth with Battered. There was a dead heat between Notice and Taffeta Lady, David Simcock and Lucy Wadham the trainers involved.


Friday, we start at Ayr where Andrew Balding was on the mark with Naval Warfare. The listed Roseberry Stakes saw Clem Fandango run out a convincing winner by 3 and 3 parts of a length. The William Hill Bronze cup went the way of Classic Seniority by a half length to Fendale. The 2 miles 1 furlong handicap went to the talented Impulsive American who got up to beat Mijhaar and Always Resolute by a neck and a half length. Always Resolute was advised to our members 1pt each way (6/1). At Hexham, Formidableopponent followed up a recent win at Perth with another win here. Dursey Sound got back on the trail with a 20/1 winner this horse has had a lot of ability in the past. At Listowel, Zafayan continued a great week at Listowel for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen when claiming the feature race on day six at the Kerry festival. The John Ryan-trained Kylecrue produced a determined front-running performance to land his second pot of the week at Listowel. The Game Changer ran an odd race after drifting markedly in the betting. Garri Rua  made it two wins in two days in the 3 mile handicap hurdle.Today's crowd of 29,278 at Listowel is the biggest crowd ever at the track and up from 28,659 in 2015 At Newbury, there was an unreal amount of rain the night before leading to a mass of non runners. I would treat the form with extreme caution. At Newton Abbott , there was a double for Paul Nicholls with Beau Phil and Frodon.


Saturday, we start at Ayr where it was Gold Cup day. The Silver cup was first up this went to Roudee for Tom Dascombe and a syndicate containing former England footballer Michael Owen. Roudee has done well all season , holding Get Knotted, Nuno Tristan and Eccleston off by a half length a head and a length respectively. The Gold Cup itself went to Brando who gave Kevin Ryan his fourth victory in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup. Brando traveled superbly arriving through on the inside. Brando went on to to win by 1 and a quarter lengths from ante post plunge Growl with Hoof it and G Force back in third and fourth. Brando will surely move into group 1 sprints from here. There was yet another winner for Tim Easterby with Snoano. At Catterick, it was average stuff , there were winners for Sir Mark Prescott with Law Power and Tom Dascombe with Four Dragons. At Listowel, smart bumper horse Aspen Colorado made an encouraging hurdling debut to win for Joseph O'Brien. Penhill seems to be getting the hang of hurdling running out an impressive winner of the novice hurdle. Penhill won by 7 lengths and 6 lengths from Bel Sas and All the Answers , two decent yardsticks. Emcon landed a touch in the handicap hurdle. Curragh Golan bolted up in the handicap chase under Paul Townend. Snow Falcon took the 1 mile 6 furlong flat race after a protracted battle with Hidden Cyclone by 1 and 3 parts of a length.Snow Falcon was advised to our members 3pts win  at (6/4) . Snow Falcon will pay his way in conditions hurdles over the winter.

At Newbury, the ground was again very testing. The Dubai Duty Free Group 3 race saw a great battle between Algometer under Jim Crowley and Dartmouth owned by her Majesty The Queen . There was 3 parts of a length in favour of Algometer, however Dartmouth lost little in defeat. I think both horses will go on to better things. The Mill Reef a group 2 went to Harry Angel who was an impressive 2 and a half lengths winner, this horse looks very classy to me. Baydar took the 1 mile 2 furlong handicap to give the talented Josephine Gordon a big race win for trainer Hugo Palmer. At Newmarket, there was a treble for William Buick on board Sobestu, Dubka and Penglai Pavillion who took the Cesarewitch Trial in impressive style by 3 lengths. At Wolverhampton, there was another winner for Jim Crowley on board Kiringa to keep the momentum in Crowley's jockey title challenge.


Sunday, we start at Gowran there were doubles on the day for Johnny Murtagh and Dermot Weld. It has been for Johnny Murtagh  his best season, numerically at present to date and his Pacodali’s took the concluding maiden by a length from the well backed Tipstaff. The Group 3 Fillies race over 1 mile 1 furlong was the second leg of the Murtagh double. Duchess Andorra got the better of Laganore in a great battle to the line. There was a short head in it at the line. The Dermot Weld double saw Queen Anne's Lace take the fillies maiden over a mile by a really impressive 4 and a half lengths. The second leg of the double was Massayan who took the 1 mile 1 furlong rated race by a head from MoonmeisterMassayan showed a really willing attitude here. Massayan was advised to our members 1pt each way (10/3). At Uttoxeter, the division two of the 2 mile 3 furlong handicap hurdle saw a great battle go to Vic's Last Stand over QuebecJuwireya advised to our members 1pt each way (8/1) placed in third. This result combined with Juwireya & Massayan advised to our members (0.5pt) e/w double who both placed in the 310 Uttoxeter & 520 at Gowran respectively. It meant a decent day for our members. Gabrial The Great won the 2 mile 4 furlong handicap chase in good style for David Pipe. Fayette County once again attracted money (8/1 -9/2) but could only come second.

At Plumpton , the 1 mile 7 furlong handicap hurdle went the way of talented Irish mare Colla Pier who traveled superbly through the race. I think Colla Pier will be heading for the UK again soon. The 3 mile handicap chase went in very good style to Take A Bow by 7 lengths for trainer Lawney Hill. Mr Burgees has a massive engine for David Pipe, however he was very hard on himself and made a few bad mistakes. The Pipe team will 100% get a race out of Mr Burgees possibly after a drop back in trip. The Juvenile Hurdle went to Gary Moore with East Indies who has ability having formerly been trained by Sir Michael Stoute. Listen and Learn won the 3 mile handicap hurdle with plenty in hand for Jonjo O'Neill , JP McManus and Aidan Coleman. Listen and Learn will be winning again this season.