The Racing Week That Was 21-11-21


Ruby Walsh believes that his father Ted's reputation has been damaged by being one of the trainers with horses present at the premises raided by Department of Agriculture officials in Kildare. The raid – led by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine officials acting on their own investigations and information received – was supported by Gardaí as well as Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board authorised officers, including head of anti-doping Lynn Hillyer.

TV presenter Walsh said that he is confident that testing of his father’s three-year-old horse by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board's head of anti-doping will not reveal anything suspicious, but that minds will already be made up regardless of the results."Of course, it’s damaging reputation-wise for racing and for everybody that has been named in the piece," Walsh said."Dad was there, he has explained exactly why he was there for laser treatment on a horse’s tendon."To me, it’s like anything, there was a scene of a crime, to me he was an eyewitness. Some people will think he was complicit and you'll never change their opinion. "Unfortunately that’s what happens when you are there. I do believe he was an eyewitness."


At Ayr, there was a double for Daryl Jacob including a winner for Irish trainer Karl Thornton with Shanroe Al C.

Philip Rothwell is to appeal over the decision of the Limerick stewards to fine him €2,000, suspend jockey Adam Short for 10 days and ban Duffys Hodey for 60 days following a running and riding inquiry. The penalties were handed out following the first division of the Fexco Asset Finance Handicap Hurdle in which Duffys Hodey, a 28-1 chance, stayed on in the closing stages to finish sixth of 14 behind Lake Chad. Duffys Hodey was found to have lost a shoe during the two-mile race and was being ridden by Short for the first time.

"I am part of a syndicate that owns this horse and I will definitely appeal it – 100% appeal it. It will be my third appeal in the last number of months and I don't want to be in this position," the County Wicklow trainer told Racing TV."I am mesmerised. I can’t believe it. Halfway down the back it was questionable whether he should stay going.

"I saw he stayed on and when I went in (to the stewards’ room) I watched it on TV and didn’t know why I was there at all."The horse has never jumped or hung left before. I could see he was feely and missing a shoe."Rothwell, who enjoyed his first winner at Cheltenham for 15 years with Mc Alpine on Friday, went on: "Thankfully we got the minimum fines and penalties, but Adam had never been in a running and riding inquiry in 1,500 rides and I’ve never been found guilty before in three or four thousand runners.


At Dundalk, there was another winner for our friends at Hilltop. As the James McAuley trained Timourid was on target. The lads are on a great run and all the horses they are sending out are running really well. At Warwick, there was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with West Balboa and Hartur D'oudairies. The Venetia Williams team is starting to move through the gears. Venetia was on target at Warwick with Fontaine Collonges.


At Thurles, there was a double for Mark Walsh with Pairc Na Ngael and Priory Park.


There was a very decent card at Ascot. As mentioned earlier in the blog Venetia Williams is starting to hit form. There were doubles for Venetia and Charlie Deutsch with Kapga De Lily and Pink Legend. There were also doubles for Nico De Boinville and Nicky Henderson with Tweed Skirt and Captain Morgs. The win for Captain Morgs was good news for our members with a 2pts win bet advised at 9/4. At Chepstow Jetoile was a very impressive winner, it was more good news for our members.  Jetoile was advised 2pts win at 4/1 this combined with a 0.5point double with Captain Morgs made it an excellent Friday.Our only bets of the day. 

At Dundalk, The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate were in action with Fastman and Trading Point. It was not to be our night. Not a night to look back on fondly for us at Dundalk. Fastman was disappointing although being stuck out wide. He could not get any cover, the whole thing was just a non-event. It was his worst run for us, a real head-scratcher. Trading Point was flat out from the start over seven furlongs. It is just too sharp for Trading Point this seven furlongs trip.  We will go up in trip the next start going up to ten furlongs.


At Haydock, it was Betfair Chase Day. The 100 K stayers handicap hurdle went to Dans Le Vent under Isabel Williams. The victory was a real family affair with Welsh trainer Evan Williams' eight-year-old helping his daughter, jockey Isabel, land her biggest career success in the saddle. The exciting Bravemansgame (8-13 favourite) made it two wins from two starts over fences with a smooth victory in the Double Daily Rewards With Betfair Graduation Chase. While Itchy Feet (3-1) tried to make a race of it and headed Bravemansgame at one point, the superior jumping of Nicholls' rising star meant he always had his rival's measure. Bravesmansgame was two-and-three-quarter lengths ahead of Itchy Feet at the line, but he certainly looks a horse of huge potential now over fences. He is likely to head to Kempton on Boxing Day for the Grade One Kauto Star Novices' Chase before being aimed at the big Festivals of Cheltenham and Aintree.

A Plus Tard scored an emphatic victory on his seasonal reappearance in the Betfair Chase at Haydock. Ridden with supreme confidence by Rachael Blackmore, A Plus Tard settled well off the early pace set by Bristol De Mai and Royale Pagaille, and was still cantering in behind as the race really began with four to jump. Bristol De Mai, a three-time race winner, was the first to really give way, with A Plus Tard making effortless ground to come upsides Royale Pagaille and assume control with the minimum of fuss. Blackmore barely had to move as A Plus Tard kicked on approaching the second-last, clearing the final obstacle in style to coast home by 22 lengths from Royale Pagaille. Chatham Street Lad and Clondaw Castle were the only other finishers, with Imperial Aura falling at the 13th fence and Bristol De Mai and Waiting Patiently both pulled up. A Plus Tard was the first Irish winner of this race. The performance surely made every UK trainers blood run cold. The gulf in class between the Irish staying chasers and their UK counterparts was very clear for all to see. It was an absolute demolition job.

At AscotLostintranslation ended a two-year barren spell with an impressive victory in the Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase at Ascot. The nine-year-old had not got his head in front since landing the Betfair Chase at Haydock on this weekend in 2019 – but he roared back to form in this Grade Two heat. Brendan Powell was happy to bide his time as Sam Twiston-Davies set out to make all on Master Tommytucker, with Ascot specialist Dashel Drasher in close attendance throughout the early exchanges. However, the latter was under pressure at the top of the straight, along with favourite Defi Du Seuil, as Master Tommytucker really set sail for home. Lostintranslation shut down his move quickly though, taking lead the after jumping the penultimate fence before sailing over the last to record a four-length verdict.

Buzz (EvsF) delighted the crowd as he easily accounted for a classy field in the Coral Hurdle. Last seen winning the Cesarewitch on the Flat at Newmarket last month, Buzz made a seamless switch back to the winter game. Defending champion Song For Someone set out to make all, bowling along nicely in front for Aidan Coleman as Nico de Boinville kept his mount under wraps for most of the extended two-mile-three-furlong trip. The seven-year-old needed only the slightest of encouragement to push on and win by three and a half lengths from the gutsy Song For Someone, who was conceding 6lb to the winner. Guard Your Dreams kept on for third, with Goshen only fourth.

Bob Olinger made a winning start over fences with a comfortable verdict in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Gowran Park. The six-year-old won three of his four starts over hurdles for Henry de Bromhead last term, culminating in Grade One victories at Naas in January and then in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March. His planned start at Punchestown last week was scuppered by a stone bruise, but he was clearly over that issue as he cantered home in the hands of Darragh O’Keeffe. Barcardys set the early gallop, with Bob Olinger racing alongside, and turning for home there were only really three contenders in the frame as Ashdale Bob made a dash for glory in the middle of the pair. However, when O’Keeffe asked him Bob Olinger upped a gear and despite a slight stumble after jumping the third-last — at which Ashdale Bob came to grief —, the result was never in doubt. The 1-3 favourite cleared the final two fences safely, coming home six and a half lengths clear of Barcardys, with Master McShee a further 10 lengths back in third. I want to see Bob Olinger go over fences again we know he has an engine of the highest quality. 


At Navan, Run Wild Fred halved in price for the Grand National as he got off the mark over fences at the ninth attempt with a commanding performance in the Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan. The seven-year-old, one of seven Gordon Elliott-trained runners, led his 15 rivals a merry dance with a bold, front-running display coupled with a superb round of jumping. Davy Russell had company on Run Wild Fred through Defi Bleu, one of his stablemates, in the early stages of the feature contest on the card. Mister Fogpatches was always prominent and emerged as the main threat to Run Wild Fred at the business end, but in truth, the 4-1 favourite never looked like stopping. He had shown staying was his game when runner-up in the Irish Grand National last season. Mister Fogpatches was collared in the final strides by Farclas to give Elliott a one-two, seven and a half lengths behind the winner. It was also a double for Elliott and Russell after Hollow Games had won the Monksfield Novice Hurdle.