The Racing Week That Was 19/8/18


Monday, we start at Ballinrobe. There was a double for Adrian McGuinness with Military Hill and Final Treat. The meeting was abandoned after three races due to unsafe ground. At Ayr, there were two winners for Irish trainers. John Feane took the seven-furlong handicap with Curly Girl. There was also a winner for Gordon Elliott as Markhan bolted up in the mile handicap. Markhan advised to our members(1pt each way) at 6/1. At Ripon, there was a double for David O'Meara with Beryl The Petal and Viggeee Le Brun. At Windsor, there was a double for Richard Hannon with Aim Power and Batsheba Bay. At Wolverhampton, the feature race went to Pensax Bay under Liam Jones


Tuesday, we start at Ffos Las where Sweet Pursuit made it three wins in a row at Ffos Las. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Ryan Moore on board Unmalnar and Mudallel. At Nottingham, the feature race went to Tarboosh under Luke Morris. At Thirsk, the finale went to Keith Dalgleish and Handsome Bob this horse can win again


Wednesday, we start at Gowran. There was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Facethepuckout and Pedisnap. At Salisbury, there was a boil over in the novice stakes with Flashcard taking it at 33/1. Tin Hat advised to our members(1pt each way) 9/2 placed in the race. At Newton Abbot, there were two short price winners in Cracker Factory and Beat That. At Beverly, the love affair with the track continued for Our Little Pony for Faye McManoman. At Worcester, there was a winner for Dan and Harry Skelton with Holryale. At Kempton, I was really impressed with Quiet Endeavour who bolted up making it a four-timer.


Thursday, we start at Leopardstown where our syndicate horse Alfirak was in action. To say it did not go to plan with Alfirak would be an understatement. There was a heavy shower of rain before the first race which turned the ground on the yielding side. Alfirak must have quick ground. It did not end there though before the race Alfirak became very upset leaving the parade ring rearing up twice. On the second occasion Alfirak thew Stephen over his head Stephen landed head first on the Leopardstown horse walkway.  It was a horrendous incident. The doctor had to attend Stephen in the parade ring. Alfirak then left the parade ring without Stephen, who was then cleared to ride. The pair were reunited on the track. Alfirak was reluctant to go in the stalls and in truth, his chance was gone before he even started. Alfirak seems to have an issue with Leopardstown (he acted up a bit last week also) as he has never behaved like this anywhere else. We will change a few things around with Alfirak and get him back to Dundalk. We are just glad Stephen is ok and also happy Alfirak did not injure a spectator or himself. Our number one priority is the safety of our jockeys, horses, those who work with our horses and spectators.

On the track at Leopardstown, there was a double for Jessica Harrington and Colm O'Donoghue with Pincheck and Dance Emperor. At Tramore, there was a double for Rachael Blackmore on board Statistical and Mysloegin. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Richard Fahey on board Axe Axelrod and Pacino. At Beverly, the feature race went to Ed Dunlop and Ben Curtis with Dagueneau. At Salisbury, there was a four-timer for Oisin Murphy on board Belated Breath, Highland Pass,Lorelina and Concella. The feature race the Group 3 Sovereign Stakes went to Plumatic for Andre Fabre. At Yarmouth, there was a treble for James Doyle with Pentland Hills, Leigh's Law and Bella Ferrari. At Chepstow, there was a double for Richard Kingscote with Jenoow and Starcaster.


Friday, we start at Dundalk there was not long to get over Alfirak's adventures at Leopardstown as were on duty with Mokhalad at Dundalk. 24 hours to forget for our syndicate horses was capped with the defeat of Mokhalad last night. Mokhalad could never really get involved from the wide draw. We now know for sure six furlongs at Dundalk is no good for him. We won't do this again. Mokhalad has been waiting for some softer ground we really had to go last night. Mokhalad will be freshened up and most likely head to Listowel or the Curragh. This is part of owning horses and we will dust ourselves down. Its a measure of how far we have come that we are disappointed with the last 24 hours.

There was a double on the card for Ronan Whelan on board Geological and Cappadocia. At Tramore, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Hammerstein and Global Jackpot. At Newbury, the feature race went to Shumookhi under Oisin Murphy. At Nottingham, the feature race went to Godolphin with Asoof. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for David O'Meara and Martin Harley with Macho Lady and Laubali. At Newmarket, there was a treble for John Gosden for Argentello, Whitlock, and Waldstern. At Catterick, Triggered took the nursery for Joe Fanning. At Chelmsford, there was a treble for Silvestre De Sousa on board Lovin, Oakley Mimosa, and Dazzling Rock.


Saturday, we start at Newbury. Hamada continued his winning spree with a clear-cut victory in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Geoffrey Freer Stakes. Hamada looks a top staying prospect for Godolphin. The feature race the Hungerford Stakes saw Sir Dancealot who has been in tremendous form bolt up even being eased down. Gustav Klimt never looked like winning. Mark Johnston became the joint winning-most trainer in British racing history after Dr. Richard Kimble won the final race at Ripon on Saturday. St Wilfrid is always a highlight at Ripon. It went to Gunmetal who put them to the sword from the front David Barron and Joe Fanning winning by two and three parts of a length. At Newmarket, there was a double for Andrea Atzeni on board Saunter and Dubawi Prince. Gordon Elliott and Richard Johnson teamed up to claim a 98-1 five-timer at Perth. The horses were Make My Heart Fly, Galvin, Kings Song, Cubomania and Carrie Des Champs. At Market Rasen, there was a double for Olly Murphy with Angel Of Harlem and Perfect Man. There was nothing that caught my eye at Chepstow. At Doncaster, the feature race went to Breanski for Jed O'Keeffe. At Tramore, the feature race went to Like An Open Book for trainer John Burke.


Sunday, we start at Pontefract. There was a double for Kevin Ryan Armandihan and Knighted. At Southwell, the feature race went to Harry Fry with Voix D'eau who saw off Too Many Diamonds. At Tramore, there was a double for Willie Mullins with Karl De Grosse and Getareason. There was also a fourth win in six weeks for Gordon Elliott with Mill Quest.