Monday, we start at Bath with Jim Crowley keeping up the pressure in the flat jockeys title race. There was a double for Crowley on board Zlatan and Spring Jig. Crowley now finds himself 1/5 to win the the title. Hamilton survived an inspection, there was a double for Richard Fahey with Spring Tiger and Full of Promise. At Newton Abbot the jumps continued to click into gear. The mares novice hurdle went to Solstalla who held Cosette off by a neck. Solstalla was advised to our members 1pt each way at (4/1).Marracudja was a really impressive winner for Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston- Davies in the novice chase by 9 lengths. Next Sensation got his first victory since winning the Grand Annual in 2o15 taking the 2 mile handicap chase. Roscommon was abandoned due to water logging. The day ended with the news that the Ladbrokes Munster National at Limerick has been renamed to honour the memory of JT McNamara. A lovely touch.
Tuesday, we start at Sedgefield were Mixboy took the novice chase by 6 lengths for Keith Dalgleish. Mixboy looks very progressive to me. Kapstadt had run a good race at Market Rasen on Saturday, made no mistake here taking the handicap hurdle by 5 lengths. At Southwell, it was jumps Kamool made it two wins at Southwell in a month for trainer Graeme McPherson. The mares novice hurdle went to Philip Hobbs who trained Miss Mobot to win by 35 lengths in facile fashion. At Fairyhouse , it was the last flat meeting of the season. The Bleheim Stakes a listed race went to Moonlit Show by 2 lengths under Billy Lee who is in tremendous form.Enter The Red finally got a deserved turn in the 6 furlong handicap winning by 2 and half lengths. The 1 mile 4 furlong handicap went to Roconga who is a very smart dual purpose horse for Edward O'Grady it also completed a double for Billy Lee. At Wolverhampton, Jim Crowley got a winner in a dead heat with Tom Marquand they all count at this point for Crowley. There were doubles for Pat Cosgrove ( Quinteo & Arize) and Adam Kirby (Ice Alert & You're A Goat) on the card. Ayr was abandoned due to water logging
Wednesday, There is only one place to start the split between Willie Mullins and Gigginstown House Stud. Mullins confirmed on Wednesday that around 60 horses owned by Gigginstown House Stud will leave his stable following a disagreement about training fees.Mullins revealed that he has increased the price of training fees for the first time in a decade and the racing operation owned by Michael O’Leary has refused to pay them.As a result, Gold Cup third and Lexus Chase winner Don Poli will move to Elliott, strengthening his hand in the battle to topple Mullins in the Irish Trainers' Championship."I've been told that I will get about 20 horses, including Don Poli, Apple's Jade and Blow By Blow," Elliott said. My view is I admire Willie Mullins for standing up for what he believes in. I think it will make the Irish Jumps season very interesting. I think Willie Mullins will cope well as most of his top horses are not owned by Gigginstown House Stud. I will acknowledge the effect on Mullins will be significant, the statistics show that Gigginstown-owned horses provided 25% of the winners and prize money earned by Mullins-trained horses in Ireland and just under 15% of the prize money that Mullins-trained horses earned in the UK during the 2015/16 season.
We start racing wise at Bangor were there was a double for Peter and Sean Bowen. Rolling Maul who took the 3 mile novice chase in very impressive manner jumping well and winning by 15 lengths. The second leg of the Bowen double came with Court King who claimed the 2 miles 7 furlongs handicap hurdle by 8 lengths. At Nottingham, there was a double for James Doyle on board Dowayla and Outre Mor who won by 7 lengths. At Salisbury, there was a double for jockey Oisin Murphy on board Mucho Applause and Bellajeu. At Kempton, there were a pair of doubles. Jim Crowley had a double with Banish and Iballisticvin. The other double went to William Buick on board Dubai One and Timeless Flight. At Sligo, I was impressed with Riviera Son who won the Novice handicap chase. The 2 mile handicap chase went in facile fashion to Draycott Place who made up for his recent unfortunate Listowel fall to win by 13 lengths here. Draycott Place was advised to our members 2pts win (7/4). The 3 mile handicap chase went to the very promising Sizing Coal who stayed on really well to win by 6 lengths for Jim Dreaper, the Munster national is the next target.
Thursday, we start at Brighton once again Silvestre De Sousa and Jim Crowley exchanged winners The horses involved Harlequin Rose and Onehelluvatouch. At Newcastle, there was a double for Jamie Spencer on board Zymryan and Sincil Bank both horses were trained by David Simcock. There was also a double for Graham Gibbons with Qaffaal and Soundstrings. At Warwick , there were winners for Nicky Henderson with Barman, Jonjo O'Neill with Foundation Man and Nigel Twiston - Davies with Wholestone. I think Charlie Longsdon has his horses going really well he also had a winner with Ready Token. At Chelmsford ,for the second time in the day Silvestre De Sousa and Jim Crowley exchanged winners The horses involved Commanche and Bazzat. There was a third winner on the day at three different tracks for William Haggas who has now had 32 winners in September alone.
At Clonmel , on a day of high drama in the end Davy Russell was disqualified in the handicap hurdle for striking his horse Little Folke too often. Russell got a three day ban for careless riding and a further 14 days for the way he spoke to the stewards. Russell then refused to take the rest of his rides after race 2. I suspect we have not heard the last of this. The Captain Christy Novice Chase went in really impressive style to Heron Heights who won by a smooth 8 and a half lengths for the in form Henry De Bromhead. Sawantkay and Chief Of Panama both crashed out at the second last. Chief Of Panama had jumped and traveled well to that point. I think compensation may await Chief Of Panama shortly
Friday, we start at Ascot where Life Less Ordinary gave Jamie Osbourne and Jamie Spencer a winner in the 2 mile handicap. At Fontwell there was a double for Sam Twiston - Davies with Frodon for Paul Nicholls and Young Dillon for Dr Richard Newland. At Hexham, Formidableopponent racked up his third win in three starts when taking the 2 mile 4 furlong handicap chase. At Newcastle, Silvestre De Sousa and Jim Crowley exchanged winners with Mandarin and Castleacre. Jim Crowley rode his 46th winner in September at Newcastle. At Dundalk, there was a double for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane with Melisandre and Glastonbury Song. There was also a double for Seamus Heffernan with Don't Bother Me and Long Island Sound. At Gowran, there was a double for Danny Mullins on board Veronica's Napkin and Coolbane West. There was also a double for Ruby Walsh with Mr Antolini and Airlie Beach. I thought Airlie Beach was very impressive in winning the Mares Listed Hurdle.
Saturday, we start at Newmarket. The Sun Chariot a Group 1 for Fillies was the feature it went to Alice Springs for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore. Alice Springs did it well holding Always Smile by 3 parts of a length.At Ascot, the Cumberland Lodge a Group 3 was a good race with Move Up beating Arab Spring by a neck with Kings Fete back in third. Kings Fete was advised to our members 1pt each way (4/1). The Bengough Stakes a Group 3 went to the returning Shalaa who won by a snug neck from Mehronissa. I think Shalaa can have a chance in the British champion sprint at Ascot.The totescoop6 Challenge Cup Handicap worth £112,050 to the winner. The race went to Librisa Breeze who got up late for a tremendous victory after meeting a lot of trouble in running. Librisa Breeze denied the strong travelling Firmament by a half length. At Chantilly, it was day one of the Arc meeting , the Prix Du Cadran Stakes a Group 1 went to Quest For More who got up late on to deny the favourite Vazirabad.
At Redcar, the two year old trophy worth £110,000 to the winner went to Wick Powell who won by a neck and a head from Whirl Me Round and Mazyoun. At Fontwell, there was a double for Sam Twiston- Davies with Desert Sensation and More Buck's. There was also a double for Charlie Longsdon and Aidan Coleman with Midnight Shot and Tinted Rose. At Gowran, the PWC chase went to Ballycasey who won by 11 lengths from a trio of Gigginstown House Stud horses . I thought Ballycasey got a soft lead with Ruby making full use of it. The ride Road To Riches received I thought was ill judged at best , although low on confidence having had some bad runs Road To Riches is at his best going forward from the front. I thought The Game Changer ran a nice race in fourth and was not knocked about. The Grade 3 Novice chase went in good style to Ridestan for Henry De Bromhead and David Mullins. There was a nose in it from Neverushacon, however I thought Ridestan was value for more. The 3 mile handicap chase went to As De Pique for Gavin Cromwell who had a 1 -2 with Raz De Maree filling second I thought this horse could be of interest for long distance handicaps. Curragh Golan advised to our members 1pt each way (4/1) placed in third. The concluding Beginners chase went to Lieutenant Colonel who held off fellow Gigginstown owned horse Just Cause. I was left underwhelmed by Lieutenant Colonel who looked all out to win to me. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Jim Crowley with Dougan and John T Chance.
Sunday, we start at Chantilly where its was the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe which was the focus. The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe turned into a total triumph for Aidan O'Brien and his team. Found led home an incredible one-two-three for Aidan O'Brien in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.Unlucky in running 12 months ago, Found was always well positioned by Ryan Moore. Found quickened up really well inside the final two furlongs.Highland Reel, took second spot under Seamie Heffernan. Ascot Gold Cup hero Order Of St George rounded off the Ballydoyle-dominated finish in third for Frankie Dettori. Roger Varian's Postponed was the 15-8 favourite to continue his unbeaten campaign, but while he travelled well into the straight alongside Found, he could not pick up and was ultimately well beaten. Aidan O'Brien stated: "It's a great feeling to saddle the first three home in an Arc, there's not much to beat it, but it's all down to a fantastic team effort and I'm delighted for John (Magnier), Michael (Tabor), Derrick (Smith) and their families. And what makes it amazing is that they are all by Galileo. It's a privilege to be here."
At Tipperary, I was in attendance myself ,it was actually my first visit to the track. I really enjoyed the day and was impressed with the facilities. The Concorde Stakes a Group 3 saw a great comeback to form by Jet Setting who bolted up here by 6 and a half lengths. I reckon Jet Setting needs ground like this to be seen to best effect. The Istabraq hurdle went in emphatic style to Ivan Grozny who won easily making all to win by 4 and a half lengths from Bentelimar. I am very fond of Ivan Grozny as a racehorse , it will be interesting to see what he does next. Hargam ran only ok in third and was never really a factor in truth. Penhill completed a double for Willie Mullins & Ruby Walsh in the, Grade 3 Joe Mac Novice Hurdle. The race itself saw Bitview Colin crash out as well as Bel Sas who I think at the time of writing sadly paid the ultimate price. Penhill had way too much for Balzac Turgot (who ran a nice race for a long way), Timiyan was never a factor. I would imagine Penhhill will head for The Royal Bond at Fairyhouse now. The Like A Butterfly Novice chase A Grade 3, saw the debut of Alpha Des Obeaux who was a runner up in last seasons World Hurdle at Cheltenham. I went down to the pre parade ring to see Alpha Des Obeaux he got a bit warm and was very keyed up I felt. The market spoke in favour of Westerner Lady being well supported overnight. Westerner Lady made use of the race fitness in search of the six timer. Alpha Des Obeaux jumped pretty well in the main just a couple of small mistakes at the fence in front of the stands early and at the third last. Westerner Lady kicked on three out it was never in doubt from then winning by 15 lengths in the end.Alpha Des Obeaux trailed in last but ran on strongly having been outpaced. The win for Westerner Lady meant Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh completed a clean sweep of the three Graded races at Tipperary.
At Uttoxeter, much of the interest centered on Value At Risk in the Beginners chase . Value At Risk traveled and jumped well for a long way. I must say when push came to shove Value At Risk was readily brushed aside by Cottersrock, Ballycross and Bigbadjohn. Value At Risk may have needed the run badly, however Value At Risk will have to do much better then this to fulfill his potential. There were doubles on the card for trainers Tim Vaughan and Michael Scudamore. The Vaughan winners were Chakisto and Bucking The Trend. The Scudamore winners were Cobajayisland an Dawnieriver. At Kelso, Tim Vaughan also had a double with Makethedifference and Spectator. The 2 mile 1 furlong handicap chase saw Simply Ned looking to complete a hat trick in this race. Simply Ned was touched off by a neck by the progressive Theflyingportait who stuck at it really well. Simply Ned conceding the guts of 2 stone lost nothing in defeat.At Huntingdon ,Tim Vaughan had a winner with Bells of Ailsworth to take his tally to five winners on the day. Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson shared a double with Presenting Lisa and Lord Huntingdon in the juvenile hurdle. Alan King could now step Lord Huntingdon up in class on his next start after earmarking the Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle at Wetherby. The concluding bumper saw a dead heat between Dentley De Mee and Theydon Park.