The Racing Week That Was 20/1/19


Monday, we start at Punchestown. The Caddy Rose completed a double for Noel Meade, as she ran out a very easy winner of the last at Punchestown. The Meade double was kicked off by Free Ranger, Uno Momento advised to our members (1pt each way) 6/1 placed in the race. I thought Dallas Des Pictons was a very impressive winner for Gordon Elliott. At Fontwell, Byrony Frost was on target with Midnight Bliss. At Ffos Las, Whatwrongwithyou took the novice chase for Nicky Henderson. At Wolverhampton, Aircraft Carrier took the feature race for trainer Joseph Ryan.


Tuesday, we start at FairyhouseGordon Elliott topped off his Fairyhouse treble in style saddling a 1-2 in the concluding bumper as Thunder Down Under led home stable companion Cats For Cash. This was a second win on the day for Gigginstown House Stud, earlier victorious with the Elliott-trained and Jack Kennedy-ridden Eclair De Beaufeu. I really like this horse and I would have the Martin Pipe in mind at Cheltenham . The Elliott treble was completed by Getaway John. At Newcastle, Mumgos Debut took the feature for Lucinda Russell. At Lingfield, over the jumps, Rex Dingle was on target with Back To Black. At Kempton, there was a treble for Adam Kirby on board In The Red, Unit Of Assessment and Astrospeed.


Wednesday, we start at Newbury. There was a double for Harry Cobden and Colin Tizzard with The Russian Doyen and Mister MalarkyHoratio Hornblower advised to our members (1pt each way) 9/1 placed behind Mister Malarky. There was yet another winner for young Rex Dingle on board Our Dot's Baby. At Plumpton, Uhlan Bute bolted up for Venetia Williams. At Lingfield, there was a dead heat between Highland Acclaim and Florencio. At Kempton, there was also a dead heat this time between Little Palavar and Mont Kiara.


Thursday, we start at Ludlow. Following 48 hours on the sidelines, champion jockey Richard Johnson returned to action with a treble at Ludlow. The horses were Back On The Lash, Little Miss Poet, and Rapper. At Market Rasen, Value At Risk bounced back to form for Dan Skelton. At Wincanton, Neil King and Byrony Frost combined for yet another winner with Myplaceatmidnight. At Newcastle, Glory Of Paris took the feature race went to Michael Appleby.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. Alfirak was in action, unfortunately, jarred his back. Rory eased him down. We will get Alfirak checked during the week. It is too early to say as yet what the exact issue is we do not think its serious, however. There was a double for Gavin Ryan and Jim Bolger with McGuigan and Latchet. There was a success for the UK as Richard Fahey sent over Charming Kid. There was a double for Shane Foley with Gougane Barra and Confrontational. At Chepstow, Church Hall caused a surprise at 50/1. Royal Tara advised to our members (1pt each way) 13/2 placed in the race. Annie Mc bolted up in the mares handicap hurdle. Smaoineamh Alainn advised to our members (1pt each way) 9/2 placed in the race. It was a good day for our members Royal Tara 105 Chepstow 13/2 Smaoineamh Alainn 320 Chepstow 9/2 advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. At Lingfield, the feature race went to Gorgeous Noora. At Kempton, the feature race went to Dalileo.


Saturday, we start at Ascot. It was all about Altior who stretched his unbeaten sequence to 17 with a smooth victory in the Matchbook Clarence House Chase. Altior jumped to his left, to be fair he was never really in a race. I reckon he would do more at home on a Tuesday morning. Magic Of Light followed up her Newbury win over fences with a valuable success over hurdles in the Mares’ Hurdle for Jessica Harrington. The Bet 365 chase was turned into a one-horse race by Cyrname who won by Twenty One Lengths. Happy Diva advised to our members (1pt each way) 10/1 placed in the race (rule 4 deduction 20%).

At Haydock, Grand National hero One For Arthur again failed to complete as Wakanda claimed top honors in the Peter Marsh Chase.  It was a fourth Peter Marsh for trainer Sue Smith. Mister Fisher enhanced his Cheltenham Festival claims with a decisive victory in the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle for Nicky HendersonGlobal Citizen made most of the running to win The New One Unibet Hurdle for Ben Pauling and David Bass. At Taunton, the two novice hurdles went to heavy odds on shots in Thomas Darby and Before Midnight. The two trainers were Olly Murphy and Nicky Henderson. The feature race went to Colin Tizzard and Royal Vacation. At Navan, The Ronnie Bartlett silks have been carried by many a good horse down the years and the Scotsman looks to have another exciting one in Galvin, now unbeaten after four starts. He led home a 1-2 for the Gordon Elliott yard, from 9/2 chance Whoshotthesheriff. There was a double for Elliott as  Moratorium landed the Maiden Hurdle under Jack Kennedy. At Lingfield, Ryan Moore was on target with Forbidden Planet. At Wolverhampton, Kim Bailey was on target with Blazon.


Sunday, we start at ThurlesTout Est Permis maintained his upward curve since joining Noel Meade this season by just coming out best in a thrilling finish to the Horse & Jockey Chase formerly known as the Kinloch Brae Chase at ThurlesRachael Blackmore was stood down after a couple of falls earlier on the card leaving her unable to take the ride on Sub LieutenantTout Est Permis made a pretty bad mistake four out but wore down the front-runner Sub Lieutenant after the last, and just got up in the shadow of the winning post under Sean Flanagan to win by a short-head at odds of 13 /8.Total Recall was a few lengths away in third when losing any chance by sprawling badly on landing at the last, eventually finishing nine and a half lengths adrift. Camelia De Cotte made it five wins in six starts since sent over fences this season when taking the Order Of St George Coolmore NH Sires Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase in impressive fashion for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. Ucello Conti booked his ticket for the Foxhunters at Cheltenham after landing the Hunters Chase. At Ayr, Geronimo continued his fine season by taking the feature race at Ayr. At Exeter, Samuel Jackson took the feature race. The favorite Yalltari fell at the first.