The Racing Week That Was 2/12/18


Monday, we start at Kempton. In the opener Crooks Peak conceding the winner's penalty turned over odd on fav Danny Kirwan who is turning into a bookmakers friend. The second race saw Chesterfield get off the mark over fences. As far as I would be concerned its job done for Chesterfield and he should be aimed at the Grand Annual or Close Brothers. I would give Chesterfield a few runs over hurdles and protect a mark hopefully in the early 140s. Mia's Storm took the feature listed mares hurdle. the race was still in the balance when If You Say Run did exactly what she did at Wincanton hanging across the track. The collision with the rail was probably decisive. It worked out well for our members. Chesterfield 130 Kempton (4/7 ) & Mias Storm 205 Kempton (4/6) advised to our members 4pts win double both won. At Ludlow, Sternrubin got the show back on the road with a five-length victory. There was a debut win for Thomas Campbell over fences for Nicky Henderson. At Newcastle, Keith Dalgleish and Brian Hughes grabbed a double with Glorious Lady and Born For War.


Tuesday, we start at Sedgefield. The feature race went to Kilfinichen Bay under Brian Hughes. At Lingfield, Nicky Henderson’s El Kaldoun was a landmark win for racehorse ownership syndicate Middleham Park Racing at Lingfield as it brought up their 1000th success. There was a double for Lucy Wadham and Leighton Aspell with The White Mouse and Shantung. At Southwell, Fly True was on target for Ivan Furtado.


Wednesday, we start at Wetherby. There was a double for Gavin Sheehan with Encore Champs and Shantewe. At Hereford, there was a winner for Paul Nicholls with Danny Whizzbang. At Wolverhampton, Heavenly Holly won by ten lengths for Hugo Palmer. At Newcastle, Daarik was on target for John Gosden. At Punchestown, Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud recorded a four-timer at Punchestown today as Battleoverdoyen made his debut for the owner when landing the concluding Bumper. The owner's earlier winners today were geldings Daly Tiger, Mengli Khan and Judgement Day. I was impressed with Mengli Khan, it would have been interesting to see what would have happened had Trainwreck not crashed out at the third last.


Thursday, we start with the news. Kemboy will miss the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury on Saturday due to travel problems. On the track, we start at Ayr. There was a double for Nick Alexander with Craiganboy and Road To Gold. There was a win for Geronimo who broke his maiden tag. Geronimo was advised to our members(1pt each way) at 5/1. At Warwick, the feature race went to Unblinking for Nigel Twiston Davies. At Taunton, there was a double for Paul Nicholls with Worthy Farm and Southfield Stone. At Kempton, there was a double for Martin Harley and Richard Guest with Wallflower and Roman Spinner. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Jim Crowley with Raheeb and Tauteke. At Thurles, Rachael Blackmore marched on relentlessly with a double on board Tintangle and Game of War.


Friday, we start at Limerick. A remarkable day for Joseph O'Brien was about to start with a double. Scarlet And Dove made an impressive winning debut in the mares' bumper for lady riders. This brought up a double for Joseph O'Brien and Gigginstown who earlier scored with Aforementioned. At Dundalk, Shadow Seven (5/2 into 2/1 favorite) followed up on his course win from nine days earlier to round off a great day for trainer Joseph O'Brien in the finale. King's Vow and Too Precious won earlier in the card giving Joseph O'Brien a five-timer on the day.

At Doncaster, there was a deserved win for Peppay Le Pugh for Dan Skelton. The last two races at Doncaster had to be abandoned due to slippy bends. At Southwell, on the flat. The feature race went to Corelli for John Gosden. At Newcastle, the feature race went to Julie Comacho with Royal Prospect. At Newbury, it was the first day of the Ladbrokes Trophy festival. There was some really good racing. The feature event went to UknowhatImeanharry who bounced back to form. The Venetia Williams team has started to hit form, it was Aso who bolted up for Venetia in the two miles three furlongs handicap. La Bague Au Roi has been very progressive over fences to date. That progression continued with a seven-length hammering over her rivals here. La Bague Au Roi could go very close at the festival probably in the JLT.


Saturday, a new month thank God. I endured a miserable punting time in November but hope springs eternal in this game. It was Ladbrokes trophy day at Newbury so that's where we start. The race formally The Hennessy Gold cup normally produces some legends of the sport. I was left very underwhelmed by this years event. There is no star here that is for certain. Sizing Tennessee led home a Colin Tizzard one-two in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury. The 10-year-old was sent off a 12-1 shot, he defied those odds to storm home by 10 lengths this time from better-fancied stablemate Elegant Escape. Tom Scudamore had Sizing Tennessee in control by the last, having moved into a share of the lead with Dingo Dollar four out in a race run throughout at a crazy pace despite testing conditions. Richard Johnson was the worst offender as regards the pace giving Thomas Patrick no chance of getting home. Not Dickys finest hour. I don't think this form is worth much at all, however, Colin Tizzard will not care about that one jot. It was another remarkable day for Tizzard.

The rest of Newbury, Posh Trish bounced back to winning ways in gaining more valuable black type with a game front-running success in the Ladbrokes Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle for Paul Nicholls. This kicked a double off for Nicholls completed by Kapcorse. There was also a double for Nicky Henderson. Santini lived up to his billing with an impressive debut over fences in the Ladbrokes John Francome Novices’ Chase. I was impressed by Santini, I really liked this display. The Henderson double was completed by Champ. At Bangor, Kim Bailey had a very impressive winner with Wandrin Star. At Doncaster, Anemoi defied the winners' penalty in the novices hurdle for an eight-length win and could be smart. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for William Haggas with Original Choice and The Night Watch.

At Newcastle, the BetVictor Fighting Fifth Hurdle was hugely anticipated. Dual champion Buveur D’Air was a hugely impressive winner of the BetVictor Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle. Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old handed out an eight-length beating to Irish challenger Samcro, who was backed into 6-5 favourite marginally ahead of him but in the end was no match for the winner. Buveur D’Air has therefore taken his unbeaten run to 11, dating back to April 2016 and including the last two editions of the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Henderson was a nervous onlooker from Newbury, where he said: “I think it was relief more than anything. After the bloody nose with Might Bite (Betfair Chase) last Saturday, I was prepared for a second one.“That was an incredible performance. He doesn’t make mistakes, then he makes one at the last, but he picked up. There is so much more improvement in him.

For Samcro supporters, this was a massive reality check. Owner Michael O’Leary remains keen to pursue the Champion Hurdle dream with Samcro despite his comprehensive defeat. Gordon Elliot was classy in defeat and continues to impress with his way of conducting himself in victory and defeat. I cannot see Samcro turning it around with  Buveur D’Air. The rest of Newcastle, Lake View Lad made his first start in Trevor Hemmings’ colors a winning one in the BetVictor Rehearsal Handicap Chase. This horse looks a Grand National type for sure.

At Fairyhouse, it was the first day of the Winter Festival meeting. Joseph O'Brien continued his blistering form with a four-timer on the opening day of the Winter Festival at Fairyhouse that paid 714/1. Desir Du Large (3/1) readily drew clear approaching the final furlong in the bumper. Jack Dillinger brought up O'Brien's third winner on the card in the rated novice hurdle over two and a half miles. O'Brien's other winners on the card were Mortal (10/1) and Lone Wolf at 9/4. This was O'Brien's ninth winner in two days - he had two winners at Limerick yesterday afternoon and three in the evening fixture at Dundalk. I have been lucky to meet Joseph O'Brien several times he is genuinely a really nice man who works unbelievably hard. Josephs quote after racing at Fairyhouse was typical of the man “The horses are running well. Everyone goes through phases where the horses are higher or lower, and at the moment we are in a good phase.”


Sunday, we start at Fairyhouse for Hatton's Grace Day. I was in attendance myself with a good crowd. There was some great racing. The day belonged to Gordon Eliott who had a four-timer. Envoi Allen (4/9 from 8/13 on track and bigger earlier) took the bumper.Cheveley Park’s Chief Justice set a great day for Elliott in motion in the opener, before Gigginstown’s Delta Work and Apple’s Jade secured the Cullentra House handler Grade One honors (a 62/1 four-timer). Envoi Allen "He's a nice horse but he’s a horse for next year. We’re only minding him this year.“He’ll probably have one more run in a bumper and he won’t be going to Cheltenham. The stand out performance was Apples Jade, emulated another great mare, Solerina, by winning a third Grade One BARONERACING.COM Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse in spectacular fashion. The margin was twenty lengths.

The Drinmore went to Delta Work (10/3) coming out on top from Le Richebourg (11/4 favourite). Barry Geraghty and Le Richebourg looked to pounce when Delta Work 'missed' the last and Davy Russell rode him home without his left iron. I thought Jetz ran a cracker considering how hard he pulled. A tremendous conclusion to the Grade Three 30 Free Bet BARONERACING.COM Juvenile Hurdle saw trainer Gordon Elliott emerge with a 1-2 as Chief Justice (5/1) pipped Coeur Sublime (5/6 into 8/11) in the opener at Fairyhouse. Quick Grabim took the Royal Bond "I dropped him in off a slow pace at Navan the last day and he missed the second last but it's much easier to dictate your own speed in front," said Ruby Walsh after winning the Grade One BARONERACING.COM Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Quick Grabim. Backed from 5/4 into even money to reverse Navan form with his Willie Mullins stable companion Aramon, Walsh and Quick Grabim controlled things nicely from the front in this four-runner affair and jumped slickly. This was a good ride from Ruby. Davy Russell completed a 112/1 Fairyhouse treble when winning the Grade A Download The App BARONERACING.COM Handicap Hurdle on Charles Byrnes' Wonder Laish. Russell won on Gordon Elliott's Chief Justice and Delta Work earlier.

It was a good day for our members. Quick Grabim 105 Fairyhouse (7/4) & Apples Jade 240 Fairyhouse (5/6) advised to our members 3pts win double both won. Chief Justice advised to our members(1pt each way) at 5/1 won 1235 at Fairyhouse. Jetz advised to our members(0.5pt each way) at 12/1 placed in the 135 at Fairyhouse. At Carlisle, Hidden Dilemma and Pearl Royal too took valuable prizes on the card. There was nothing at Leicester that caught my eye