The Racing Week That Was 19-1-20


Monday, we start at Lingfield over the jumps. Stan Sheppard enjoyed a day to remember as he teamed up with his dad and trainer Matt to ride out his claim aboard Kestrel Valley. The feature race on the card went to Finnegans Garden under Paige Fuller. It was good news for our members, Finnegans Garden was advised to our members (1pt win) at 9/2. At Southwell, there was a double for Robyn Brisland with Navajo Dawn and Harbour Front. At Wolverhampton, Rainbow Dreamer booked his ticket to All-Weather Championships Finals Day with a convincing victory in the Betway Conditions Stakes for Alan King. The meeting at Punchestown was abandoned but will be now run on Wednesday.


Tuesday, we start at Fairyhouse. Castle Oliver landed a morning price gamble to win the Easter Tickets Now On Sale Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse today as the J.P. McManus owned gelding further enhanced the form of Bapaume's beginners' chase win at Naas on December 16. Naas straggler Castle Oliver, beaten 71L into 14th by Cheltenham festival fancy Bapaume, is now the fifth of the beaten horses to win a race on subsequent start. There was an impressive winner of the bumper in Stattler for Willie Mullins. This horse looks a chaser in the making. Nico de Boinville and Nicky Henderson teamed up for a double to cheer hardened racegoers at a wet and murky Doncaster. The winners were Global Society and Craigneiche. There was a winner for Rebecca Curtis with Financial Outcome. The finale went to Hawthorn Cottage who bolted up, Storm Goddess was advised to our members (0.5pt each way) at 7/1 placed in the race. The meetings at Exeter and Chelmsford were abandoned.


Wednesday, we start at Punchestown. Column Of Fire was an impressive winner by thirteen lengths for Gordon Elliott. At Newbury, there was a treble for Nico De Boinville with Your Darling, Shishkin and Bond's Lover. Shiskin moved up the pecking order at Nicky Henderson’s yard and thrust himself into the picture for the Cheltenham Festival when forming the highlight of a treble for Nico de Boinville on the day. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for David Loughnane with Ghaith and Wanaasah. At Southwell, there was a winner for Mark Johnston with Lion Tower. The meeting at Plumpton was abandoned. For the members betting wise. Just the couple of bets for the members today The Church Gate 305 Punchestown (0.5pt each way) 4/1 placed Notachance 325 Newbury (0.5pt each way) 4/1 placed 0.25pt each-way double placed.


Thursday, we start at Meydan. Our superstar stablemate Geological stepped n to the carnival. We know Geological like our own horses there was huge pride for everyone connected with the stable in seeing him do his thing. Geo (as we all call him) ran a blinder to finish eight of sixteen it was a proud day for all the English family. Rock on Geological you are a superstar. Magic Lily justified the decision of connections to keep her in training when lifting Group Two honours in a thrilling renewal of the Cape Verdi at Meydan. At Market Rasen, Willie Mullins struck gold with his very first runner at Market Rasen as Panic Attack made a hugely impressive debut in the Alan Swinbank Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. At Ludlow, there were doubles for Nicky Henderson and Nico De Boinville with Hijack and Allart. There was also a double for Rebecca Curtis with Oscar Asche and Legends Gold. At Newcastle, Jonboy took the feature race for David Brown.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. Wild Shot made it a fifth win at Dundalk for owner  Cathal McGuckin, a man who puts a lot into the game. Cathal has been a good friend to the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate since we got involved well done Cathal a well-deserved success. John Ess and Arcanears both landed punts on the night. There was a tremendous battle between Parkers Hill and Shawaf in the 700. Parkers Hill getting the verdict by a half-length. At Lingfield, there was a double for Adam Kirby with Merhoob and Passing Nod. At Chepstow, the talented Vision Des Flos got off the mark over fences for Colin Tizzard in a match. At Musselburgh, there was a double for Tony Martin and Philip Enright with The Mouse Doctor and Good Time Jonny. At Newcastle, there was a double for Ben Curtis with Tommy De Vito and Venturous. 


Saturday, we start at Ascot. Goshen continued his relentless march towards the Triumph Hurdle when extending his unbeaten record with facile front-running success in the Juvenile Hurdle. Olly Murphy saw his decision to put the chasing career of Thomas Darby on hold rewarded with a tenacious success in the Matchbook Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle. Magic Of Light took the next step towards a return outing in the Randox Health Grand National with a second successive victory in the bet365 Mares’ Hurdle for Jessica Harrington and Robbie PowerDefi Du Seuil showed his superiority at the business end of proceedings to reinforce his Cheltenham Festival claims in the Clarence House Chase. This was a really top-class performance. Defi Du Seuil looks to have a brilliant chance in the Champion Chase in my view.

At Taunton, Yala Enki took the feature race in fine style under Byrony Frost. At Haydock, Ballyandy got up in the final stride to deny Pentland Hills in a dramatic finish to The New One Unibet Hurdle. Vintage Clouds returned to his best to make most of the running and provide jockey Danny Cook with a fourth win in the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase. At Navan, there was a double for Rachael Blackmore and Henry De Bromhead with Punitive and Minella Indo. I was really impressed by Minella Indo he goes straight to the RSA if the race was tomorrow he would carry my money. At Lingfield, there was a treble for Hollie Doyle with Lalania, Portugeseprincess and Famous Dynasty. At Chelmsford, Dylan Hogan was on target with Nigel Nott.

It was a very good betting day for our members. The Members had, 3 winners from 4 selections Alfa Mix 155 Navan (1pt each way) 6/1 placed Vintage Clouds 240 Haydock (0.5pt each way) 8/1 won 0.25pt each-way double (placed). Yala Enki 250 Taunton (3pts win) 13/8 won Falco Blitz 405 Ascot (2pts win) 2/1 won 0.5pt win double (won). 


Sunday, we start at ThurlesElimay maintained her unbeaten record over fences with an ultimately authoritative success in the Coolmore N.H. Sires Capri Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase for Willie Mullins and Mark Walsh. Earlier in the card Monkfish bolted up in the novice hurdle for Willie Mullins. The Mullins treble was completed by Real Steel who defeated stablemate Footpad by fourteen lengths. Our only members bet today was a non-runner. At Ayr, Brian Hughes rode a double onboard Mayo Star and Glinger Flame. This meant Brian Hughes drew level with Richard Johnson in the battle for the jockey's championship. At Wolverhampton, Prompting was on target for Olly Murphy.