The Racing Week That Was 21/4/19


Monday, we start at Tramore which was abandoned. At Windsor, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Lambeth Walk and Telecaster. At Hexham, Dan Skelton got another win with Solo Saxophone. At Pontefract, there was a double for Graham Lee with Johnny Cavagin and Melrose Way.


Tuesday, we start at Newmarket for the Craven meeting. Qabala is the new favorite for next month’s Qipco 1000 Guineas after she justified strong market support to beat her stablemate Mot Juste in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes. Kick On had to dig deep to claim the second win of his career as he gamely held off Walkinthesand to win the bet365 Feilden Stakes. At Exeter, Ask Dillon took the opening novices' hurdle in good style. At Wolverhampton, Invitational took the fillies novice stakes for Roger Varian.


Wednesday, we start at Newmarket. Keystroke gave Stuart Williams the biggest winner of his career when swooping to spring a 66-1 surprise in the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes. Skardu maintained his unbeaten record by coming home strongly to win the bet365 Craven Stakes. At Cheltenham, Mister Whitaker bounced back to form. Highway One O One advised to our members (1pt each way) 6/1 placed. At Dundalk, after a delay racing went ahead. A deputation of jockeys and trainers were unhappy with the track. This is now a farce the surface needs to be renewed asap. We have had great success at Dundalk, however, our two runners in January came back sore. Alfirak has not been able to race since, although we are waiting on good ground on turf. Dundalk was not an option for him since January. Alfirak is a dual winner at Dundalk. Stanhope did not enjoy his day in January and we did not return. we avoided giving Trading Point a prep at Dundalk. Our trainer Damian English one of Dundalk's biggest advocate has had very few runners. It just has to be sorted out. We love Dundalk, we really want to support however there must be change. On the track, Silk Cravat gave Mokhalad's form a boost by winning. At Beverley, Teruntum Star took a competitive sprint.


Thursday, we start at Cheltenham. Paul Nicholls was thrilled to become only the third trainer in history to saddle 3,000 winners over jumps in Britain after Kupatana struck gold. There was a winner for her majesty the Queen with Sunshade well on top at the line. Augusta Gold advised to our members (1pt each way) 13/2 placed in the race. Rachael Blackmore was in the winner's enclosure with Havingagoodtime an eighteen length winner. Zabeel Prince continued Roger Varian’s excellent run of form with an impressive victory in the bet365 Earl of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket. Berringer got his head back in front for Alan KingProspectus made a winning return to the level when powering home in the Quirke uPVC Windows Tipperary Perpetual Cup at Clonmel. It was a very good ride from Rory Cleary. At Ripon, Sir Ron Priestley bolted up for Mark Johnston. At Chelmsford, Lord Lamington claimed an across the card double for Mark Johnston.


Friday, we start at Lingfield for all weather finals day. Watersmeet gained a much-deserved success when making it third time lucky in the Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions StakesRichard Hannon has never been short of a superlative or two to describe Oh This Is Us and heaped more praise on his stable stalwart following victory in the Sun Racing All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes. Oh, This Is Us was advised to our members (1pt each way) 5/1. Kachy recorded a blistering victory in the Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes.  The Lingfield All Weather finals day is going from strength to strength. At Newcastle, Fox Power was a decisive winner of the Ladbrokes Burradon Stakes. A competitive field of 11 runners went to post for the Good Friday feature at Gosforth Park. At Bath, there was a double for Franny Norton with Living Legend and The Daley Express.


Saturday, we start at KemptonName The Wind could be a late contender for next month’s Qipco 2000 Guineas after maintaining his unbeaten record with victory in the Racing TV Conditions Stakes. At Haydock, there were several jump racing series finals. The most impressive winner was Kentford Heiress. At Newton Abbot, Christian Williams took the feature race with Primal Focus. At Carlisle, Wishful Dreaming took the feature race. At Musselburgh, Saaheq took the feature race. Line Of Reason advised to our members (1pt each way) 14/1 placed (5th special) in the race. There was a double for Sean Davis on board Ventura Gold and Pennsylvania Dutch. It was good news for our members. Ventura Gold was advised to our members (1pt each way) 4/1. It did not end there. Line Of Reason 300 Musselburgh 14/1 (5th Place Special) Ventura Gold 405 Musselburgh 4/1 advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed.

At Nottingham, Juanito Chico bolted up in the feature race under Jim Crowley. Nothing stood out at Brighton. At Cork, there was a double for Jessica Harrington with Marshall Jennings and Boston Bruin.


Sunday, we start at FairyhouseImpact Factor emerged the victor in a dramatic finish to the BoyleSports Novice Handicap Chase. Snugsborough Hall was taken out at the second last as Minds Eye carried him out. Honeysuckle extended her winning run to four with an imperious display in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final for Rachael Blackmore and Henry De Bromhead. The feature race went to Voix Du Reve provided Willie Mullins with back-to-back successes in the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase. At Cork, there was a double for Denis Hogan with Bua Boy and Youcantcallherthat. At Market Rasen, Dan Skelton became just the second National Hunt trainer in history to register 200 winners in a single season as Montego Grey won the Racing TV Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. It was a remarkable day for Skelton's team with a four-timer. The other three winners were Present Ranger, Gortroe Joe, and Zamparelli. There was a double for Skelton at Plumpton with Kereman and Istimraar. At Ffos Las, there was a double for Sean and Peter Bowen with Alf N Dor and Statuario. There was a double for Evan Williams with Mac Bella and Pobbles Bay. There was nothing that caught my eye at Southwell.