The Racing Week That Was 21/1/18


Monday, we start at Ayr the ground was very testing. There was another winner for Donald McCain and Brian Hughes with Hills Of Dubai. The love affair of Too Many Chiefs with Ayr continued as he made it three wins in the season at Ayr. Too Many Chiefs showed great courage to win as he looked to be going nowhere for a long time in the race. Too Many Chiefs advised to our members' 1pt each way at 8/1. The meeting at Plumpton had to be abandoned it was not all bad news for our members, however. Too Many Chiefs 215 Ayr (8/1) & Frank N Fair 305 Plumpton (NR) advised to our members' 0.5pt each way double landed the bet. At Wolverhampton, Hugo Palmer and Josephine Gordon enjoyed a double with Humbert and Star Archer.


Tuesday, we start at Hereford. The feature race was the handicap hurdle over two miles three furlongs. It went to Cougar Kid who won by seven lengths from Castafiore. The bumper went to Olly Murphy with Brewin'upastorm. At Kempton, there was a winner for Joseph O'Brien with Bachelor this horse is owned by none other than Irish rugby hero Ronan O'Gara.


Wednesday, we start at Newbury where Nicky Henderson and Nico De Boinville had a double with Whatswrongwithyou and Morning Vicar. I was impressed with Whatswrongwithyou. I would not be surprised if he ran well at Cheltenham in March. Nick Williams was on target with Horatio Hornblower it was to be the start of a good day for Nick Williams. At Market Rasen, Nick Williams made it an across the card treble with a double at Market Rasen. The horses were Cabernet d'Alene and Le Rocher. At Lingfield Oisin Murphy, continued his recent good run with a victory on board Perfect Illusion. At Newcastle, Joe Fanning was in the winner's enclosure as Wiff Waff was on target. Fairyhouse was abandoned and is rescheduled for 14-2-18


Thursday, we start at Wincanton. There was a double for Warren Greatrex and Gavin Sheehan with The Nipper and Savoy Court. At Ludlow, Anthony Honeyball was on target again this time in the bumper with Rebound. There was a return to the winner's enclosure for the smart Virak who took the Hunter chase for Paul Nicholls. It was good news for members as Virak advised to our members' 3pts win at 10/11.  At Southwell, there was a double for Ben Curtis and David Barron with Kodi Beach and Handsome Dude. At Chelmsford, Gay Kellaway and Rossa Ryan were on target with Reedanjas


Friday, we start at Dundalk. Our syndicate horse Mokhalad didn’t run the race we expected, clearly didn’t run to his ability we will have him checked out by the vet and hope is all ok, hopefully, see him in action again soon. We are confident Damian English and the team will get to the bottom of it and Mokhalad will bounce back. Mokhalad has achieved so much for us already, we remain very proud of him. We look forward to Mokhalad bouncing back. The rest of the card saw a double for Patrick Martin with Adieux and Ishebayorgrey. There was also a double for Joseph O'Brien with Uncle Henry and Boragh Steps. At Musselburgh, there was a double for Donald McCain with Nefyn Bay and Toboggan's Fire. At Chepstow, there was a double for Richard Johnson with Jammin Masters and Back To The Thatch. At Lingfield, the feature race went to Kachy for Tom Dascombe. At Newcastle, there was a double for Joe Fanning on board Completion and Lady Lintera.


Saturday, we start at Ascot. It was Clarence house chase day.It went in good style to Un De Sceaux who was winning this race for the third year in succession. Un De Sceaux is a remarkable racehorse and was winning his twentieth race and his eight grade 1. The grade 2 mares hurdle went in spectacular fashion to La Bague Au Roi who bolted up by fifteen lengths in truth it could have been fifty. It was good news for our members. La Bague Au Roi (10/11) & Un De Sceaux (1/2) advised to our members' 3pts win double both won. There was a double on the card for Harry Fry with Drumcliff and Acting Lass. There was a second win in two weeks for Jenkins who bolted up with the blinkers doing the trick for Nicky Henderson again. At Haydock, The New One dug deep to claim a fourth victory in the Champion Hurdle trial. The New One is a remarkable horse and just keeps winning he dug deep here it will be the stayers hurdle at Cheltenham now. The Peter Marsh was the feature. The Dutchman outstayed his rivals to claim the Peter Marsh Chase seeing Captain Redbeard off by thirteen lengths. There was a double on the card for Donald McCain with Testify and Ubaltique.

At Taunton, there was a double for Warren Greatrex and Gavin Sheehan with Brianstorm and Boite. At Navan, there was a good winner in the shape of Not Many Left who won by ten lengths. At Chelmsford, there was a winner for Godolphin with Beautiful Memory seven lengths being the winning margin. At Lingfield, there was a double for Stephen Donohoe on board Kreb's Cycle and Broughtons Story.


Sunday, we start at Thurles it was Kinloch Brae day. It was to be yet another day to remember for Gigginstown Stud and Gordon Elliott who had four winners on the day. The feature race the Kinloch Brae went to A Toi Phil under Jack Kennedy who did it in a really good style readily seeing off American Tom.  The Jack Kennedy treble was completed on Pete So High and Dinaria Des Obeaux. The fourth Elliott / Gigginstown Stud winner was Dortmund Park under Davy Russell. At Fontwell, Fourth Act was on target for Colin Tizzard. At Chelmsford, there was an hour delay to clear snow. On the track Nurse, Nightingale was a very impressive winner for Oisin Murphy and Michael Bell.