The Racing Week That Was 19/2/17


Monday, we start at Catterick there was a double for Brian Hughes with Kauto Riko and Milly Baloo. There was also a double for Donald McCain and Will Kennedy with Same Circus and Raise a Spark. At Plumpton, there was a winner for Noel Fehily and Anthony Honeyball with Act Now who won by eighteen lengths in the three mile handicap hurdle. At Wolverhampton, there was a winner for Adam Kirby on board Things Happen.


Tuesday, we start at Ayr there was a double for Brian Hughes on board Elusive Theatre and Plus Jamais. At Fontwell, Richard Johnson got of his flu bed to ride a double for his old ally Philip Hobbs. The horses were Kayf Adventure and Casper King. At Newcastle, there was a winner for Mark Johnston with Spinwheel.


Wednesday, we start at Newcastle over the jumps. There was a double on the card for Tim Vaughan and Alan Johns with William Money and Chakisto. At Towcester , there was a double for grand national winning jockey Liam Treadwell. The first leg of the double was supplied by Venetia Williams with Buttercup. The second winner for Treadwell came on board Snowball. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for trainer Andrew Balding with Haines and Alhajjal. At Kempton, it was a great night for two really promising female jockeys. Hollie Doyle rode a double on board Moayadd and Henry Grace. The other lady to star was Josephine Gordon who rode a treble on board Zabdi ,Tractive Effort and Alejandro. A real case of Ladies night at Kempton, with these two talented jockeys respective stars continuing to rise.


Thursday, we start at Clonmel there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Monkshood in the bumper and Runfordave in the conditions hurdle. Elliott mentioned Runfordave as a candidate for the Martin Pipe or the Coral cup at Cheltenham, I think this is a horse to keep on side for these races. Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh had a double with Kate Appleby Shoes and Chambord Du Lys ,who of course was most unlucky at Fairyhouse last time out. At Kelso, Saphir Du Rheu, did what was expected and captured the Ivan Straker memorial chase in bloodless fashion. The Morebattle hurdle went to Cyrus Darius by seven lengths. It way well have been different if Born Survivor had not fallen two out . I still think Cyrus Darius would have won to be honest. There was a double on the card for trainer Nicky Richards with Reivers Lad and Takingrisks.

At Leicester there was a double for Tom George, with Song Sea and Olofi. Aidan Coleman gave Champagne At Tara a great ride to get him up late on nailing the hat trick seeking Un Prophete on the line. Aidan Coleman also came to my attention for his ride on Mad Jack Mytton in the two mile four furlongs handicap chase. I have long thought Mad Jack Mytton will be aimed at the last race on Day one of the Cheltenham festival. I saw nothing to change my mind here. Mad Jack Mytton will carry my money on the day.At Lingfield, adam Kirby got a winner with  Mia Cara. At Chelmsford, talented hurdler Duke Street won the two mile race for Dr Richard Newland. This looks a sharpener for Cheltenham and should be noted. The last item to mention was the appearance of Phil Smith on Ask The Handicapper on ATR. A very arrogant man who clearly has no respect for Irish handicapper Noel O'Brien, not a good vibe from Smith at all. 


Friday, we start at Sandown. There was a magical moment on the day as Captain Guy Disney won in a fairy-tale story in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup success at Sandown. Captain Guy Disney who lost his leg in the Afghan conflict. This was a story to melt the coldest of hearts fair play to Captain Guy Disney an inspirational story. The Grade 2 mares hurdle went in really impressive style to Colin's Sister who made it four out of four for the season. Colin's Sister beat Happy Diva by nine lengths. Colin's Sister was advised to our members 5pts win at (1/1). At Fakenham, there was a double for jockey Harry Skelton with Edward Elgar and Whatzdjazz. At Newcastle, there was a double for Joe Fanning on board Sutter County and Codeshare. At Wolverhampton, Dr Richard Newland had another winner on the all weather with Vosne Romanee. Adam Kirby was on the mark as well with a winner on School Run. At Dundalk, there was a treble for Joseph O'Brien . The horses that did the business were Remember The Days, Ligeti and Song Of Love.


Saturday, we start at Ascot where Cue Card swept to his ninth Grade One triumph with a tremendous performance in the Betfair Ascot Chase at the Berkshire course. This wonderful racehorse who has been racing since a four year old, once again showed all his class. Cue Card was up with the frantic gallop set by Royal Regatta  who stopped to a walk trying to fend off a rampant Cue Card. The distance of fifteen lengths at the line over Shantou Flyer could not have been any more convincing. Cue Card will go for Gold now at Cheltenham, although most logic dictates he will not win nobody would begrudge Cue Card if he is successful. The opening Neptune novice hurdle saw Beyond Conceit book his ticket to the Cheltenham Festival with victory. The finish itself was thrilling with Beyond Conceit , Topofthegame and De Dollar Man having a neck and a nose separating them. Beyond Conceit must be a fair horse as he pulled very hard early and still had enough to win. The Reynoldstown novice chase went to Bigbadjohn for Rebecca Curtis and Jonathan Moore in a driving finish beating Flintham by a neck. Arpege D'alene was heavily backed however could only manage fourth he appeared not to enjoy going right handed. I think he could still potentially win a big pot going left handed if he gets over this quickly enough. I would say a Scottish National perhaps.

The Swinley chase went in breathtaking fashion to Tenor Nivernais for Venetia Williams and Liam Treadwell who won by thirty lengths. Tenor Nivernais went off at a blistering gallop , the rest of the field just could not cope. Tenor Nivernais was advised to our members 1pt each way (8/1). Tenor Nivernais is available at 50/1 for the Grand National, I will chance some of that later in the week I think. The handicap hurdle over two miles three furlongs went to Air Horse One for Harry Fry and Noel Fehily who saw off Divine Spear by a length and a half. I think you could see both of these in the Coral Cup.

At Haydock, there was a very good card. Zarkandar won his first race for over two years when leading home a Paul Nicholls-trained one-two in the Rendlesham Hurdle at Haydock. Zarkandar was well handicapped at 149 it will depend on what the handicapper does where Zarkandar goes next. Vieux Lion Rouge heads the Grand National betting after winning the Grand National trial. Vieux Lion Rouge battled it out with Blaklion up the Haydock straight there was three and half lengths between the two at the line.I am not convinced this race will have much bearing on the Grand National this race has not produced a Aintree winner ever. The Two Mile Three Furlong Novice handicap chase saw Captain Redbeard and Aqua Dude fight out a tremendous finish . Captain Redbeard got the verdict by a short head there was twenty lengths back to the third horse. Aqua Dude was advised to our members 1pt each way at (4/1). The Worlds End ran out a very impressive winner of the Albert Bartlett Grade 2 novice hurdle.

At Wincanton, there was the usual double for Paul Nicholls with Persian Delight and Dreamcatching. All eyes were on the Kingwell Hurdle as Yanworth looked to cement his claims for the Champion Hurdle. Yanworth did what he does took ages to wind up with his run and then beat Ch'tbello by a length with Sceau Royal a length and a half back in third. I am not a Yanworth man , so am happy to look elsewhere in the champion hurdle for the winner. It is hard to see Yanworth out of the frame however with his run style. At Gowran, it was disappointment for the Jezki fan club of which I am president. The apple of my eye was defeated by Tombstone by four lengths.  Tombstone further boosted last seasons supreme form line here.I was never happy with Jezki from three out he did not seem to enjoy the ground. I always feel the most dangerous run after a break of over a year is the second run back. I think Jessica Harrington knew this as well, hence why Jezki ran here. Jezki will now surely go for the stayers hurdle when given a dry week and decent ground he will still have an outstanding chance in my view. Ballycasey ran out a determined winner of the Grade Two Red Mills Chase, Ballycasey is what he is a very solid Grade two horse. The handicap hurdle over two miles four furlongs saw two horses slip up on the corner Nowhatiam and Toubaloo. The race went to Mine Now who deserved a turn in the winners enclosure. Mine Now was advised to our members 1pt each way at (7/1). There was nothing that caught my eye at Lingfield or Kempton.


Sunday, we start at Navan where I was in attendance for a very good days racing. Ball D'arc took the Grade 3 Flyingbolt chase by nineteen lengths from Tully East. It might have been different if Ballyoisin had not fallen at the third last. Ball D'arc will not go to Cheltenham. The Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle went to Sutton Place wore down stable companion De Plotting Shed to claim the race. Sutton Place is a serious horse who has a turn of foot, he is a really impressive looking horse who is a chaser in the making. Renneti ran an interesting race practically refusing to race and running on well in the straight. I think Renneti could be of interest in the Coral Cup or County HurdleSutton Place was advised to our members 5pts win at (8/11)Acapella Bourgeois produced a remarkable front-running performance in Navan's Ten Up Novice Chase. I think the other jockeys need to look at themselves hard as they conceded a massive advantage to Acapella Bourgeois, in truth the field never saw him again.The only horse and jockey to emerge with any credit were Bryan Cooper and Road To Respect who were just about brought down by the departing Edwulf. Cooper got Road To Respect going again to take second. Road To Respect was advised to our members 1pt each way at (12/1).

At Ffos Las , viewing was very difficult in the fog. It was a good day for Peter and Sean Bowen who had a double on the day. The first leg was Potters Story who took the novice hurdle after the 2/5 favourite Aintree My Dream crashed out. Pearl Swan completed the double for the Bowen team taking the Two Mile Seven Furlong Handicap Chase in great style with top weight. At Market Rasen , it was average stuff Fields Of Glory impressed in the handicap chase winning well under Richard Johnson.