The Racing Week That Was 21/8/16


Monday, we start at Thirsk where there was a double for Graham Lee, with Silent Assassin and Sovreign Bounty. At Chelmsford, Jim Crowley had a winner on board Bee Case for Hugo Palmer. The interesting item to emerge was that Crowley declared he was going to make a serious attempt at the jockeys championship. Crowley stated he would give up rides at the Ebor Festival at York later in the week, to aid his pursuit of the title. Andrew Balding had another winner keeping his fine run with Verne Castle. At Windsor, it was a black night for the layers as 5 favorites won out of 6 races. The racing was average in truth the horse who stood out was Stratum for John Gosden who won the 1 mile 2 furlong maiden by 8 lengths. At Roscommon, Zorion was an impressive winner of the 7 furlong maiden on debut winning by 6 lengths. The two year old Auction race saw Sweet Sounds continue the progress from a debut win at Tipperary. Sweet Sounds won by 3 parts of a length from Massif Central. Malinka who had been a well backed flop at Galway for Dermot Weld got back on track to take the 1 mile 2 furlong handicap. I think Malinka can go on to better things from here. The last item on the day was the card at Ayr was abandoned due to water logging.


Tuesday, we start at Ripon where Maths Prize won for her majesty The Queen in the 1 mile nursery. Mark Johnston picked up the 1 mile conditions stakes with Permian. The story of both these races was both had 3 runner fields so maybe not form to take to the bank. Cote d'Azur won his fourth race on the spin when readily taking the 1 mile 1 furlong handicap by a length and a half. At Kempton, there was a double for Oisin Murphy, leg 1 was supplied by Sir Michael Stoute in the shape of Honorina. The second leg was supplied by Andrew Balding, the horse being Loaded. The Stoute and Balding team are red hot at this moment in time. At Leicester, Sylvester De Sousa kept the heat on in the jockeys title race with a double on board Snuggy and Reputation. At Wolverhampton, there was another winner for Sylvester Kirk with Ripoll. At Tipperary, there was a low key card the only thing I took out of it was Hint Of Frost for Jessica Harrington who carried 9 stone 12 pounds to victory in the 1 mile 4 furlongs handicap.


Wednesday, we start at York for day 1 of the 4 day Ebor festival. The Acomb stakes a Group 3 went to Kevin Ryan and Jamie Spencer. It was Syphax who won the day despite running green got the job done seeing off the favourite Best Of Days and Lockheed by a head and 3 parts of a length. I was impressed by Syphax I think this horse has lots of ability. The Great Voltigeur a Group 2 went to Idaho who got a break from chasing Harzand in the Derbies. Idaho did this in great style he looks an ideal St Leger horse. It was a stablemate of Idaho in Houseofparliament who was second this horse looks an ideal St Leger horse as well. The Juddmonte international a Group 1 went in tremendous style to Europe's top rated horse Postponed. The race itself saw Postponed travel really well through the race. I thought it was never in doubt when Postponed kicked on 3 furlongs out. Highland reel ran another fine race. I thought Mutakayyef was unlucky in third Paul Hanagan went for a run that was never on in truth, it was poor from Hanagan. I thought Hawbill was very disappointing , he may have found the ground too fast. The Equinity stakes went to Oceane for Alan King this horse is bound to be aimed at the Cesarwitch.

At Carlilse , there was a winner for Mark Johnston as Rainbow Rebel took the 7 furlong handicap by 3 and a quarter lengths. At Chepstow , Sylvester De Sousa had a treble the horses were Sante, Force, and Vercingetorix. Sylvester De Sousa is racking up the winners in his quest to be champion jockey. At Kempton, there was a double for Jim Crowley with Sir Dancealot and Taffeta Lady.At Worcester, there was a double for trainer Anthony Honeyball with Midknight King and Fountains Blossom. There was also a deserved win for Skylander in the 2 mile 7 furlong handicap hurdle for David Pipe. Skylander will be of interest back over fences. At Killarney, it was day 1 of a 4 day festival. There was a double on the night for William McCreery and Billy Lee with Valentana and Erysimum.


Thursday, we start at York. The Lowther a Group 2 for fillies saw the reappearance of Fair Eva a daughter of Frankel who has been really impressive to date.The race was to go the way of another daughter of Frankel in Queen Kindly who saw Roly Poly and Fair Eva off by 3 parts of a length and 3 parts of a length. Queen Kindly did well to overcome some trouble in running. I reckon these three fillies are very smart. Aidan O'Brien secured his fourth Darley Yorkshire Oaks with Seventh Heaven who had won the Irish Oaks last time out. Seventh Heaven did this well seeing off stablemate, Found by 2 and 3 quarters of a length. Seventh Heaven has lots of options now. At Chepstow, there was a double for trainer Eve Johnson Houghton with Diable d'or and Fantasy Queen. At Stratford , Bagad Bihoue took his tally to three wins out of three over hurdles winning by 8 lengths for Paul Nicholls. At Fontwell, Richard Johnson showed his class again with a treble on board Satellite, Pied Du Roi and Red Order. At Hamilton, Big Time Dancer followed up a recent Beverley win with a win at Hamilton. I reckon this horse has a bit in hand still, Big Time Dancer will be of interest next time out. Salvatore Fury has been called a few names over the years , however he won again here for Keith Dalgleish. At Killarney,  Le Vagabound was really impressive in the 1 mile 6 furlong  winning by 2 and half lengths, he looks to be a horse to keep on side. Kings Wharf continued his progression when landing the 2 mile 1 furlong chase for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. This was a good effort as Kings Wharf got messed around in a false start.I think Kings Wharf can win again.


Friday,we start at York .The Lonsdale cup a Group 2 run over 2 miles saw the horses just below the top tier of stayers clash. The race went to Quest For More for trainer Roger Charlton who won in authoritative manner by 3 and a half lengths from Pallastor with Wicklow Brave who traveled very well in third. The City of York stakes a Group 3 went to Nemorallia for Jamie Spencer and Jeremy Noseda. Nemorallia was well backed (5/2 -15/8). I thought Forge ran disappointingly here having hung badly. The Nunthorpe a Group 1 worth £236,622 to the winner. The Nunthorpe went for the second year in succession to Mecca's Angel who did this really really well winning by 2 lengths. The places were filled by Limato and Take Cover who has had a great season to date At Sandown, there was another winner for Sylvester De Sousa with Wimpole Hill. At Bangor, there was a double for Donald McCain with Irish Hawke and Move To The Groove. At Salisbury, The Stonehenge Listed Stakes for two year olds went in really good style to Montataire for Mark Johnston and Franny Norton. Montataire won by 5 lengths. At Wolverhampton, Sir Mark Prescott had another winner with Cape Crystal in the 1 mile 1 furlong handicap.

At Kilbeggan, there was a double for Willie Mullins with Westerner Lady and Robin Des Foret both horses were really impressive. I reckon both will go on to much better things. I was impressed with Mindsmadeup who took the opening maiden hurdle. At Killarney, there was a double for Edward O'Grady with Prickly and Roconga what was noticeable was how well both horses moved through the races. Prickly took the 1 mile 6 furlong handicap and could be called the winner a long way out, something like the November handicap at Leopardstown might suit Prickly.See Me Here advised to our members 1pt each way (7/2) won the 725 Killarney a 2 mile 4 furlong handicap hurdle. See Me Here took a while to get going so hopefully the handicapper misses him as I think See Me Here can win again.


Saturday, we start at York for Ebor Day. The day itself turned out to be a total triumph for Godolphin who had a treble on the day.The first leg of the treble was Scottish who won the Strensall Stakes a Group 3  in good style by a length and 3 parts from Yorker. The second leg of the Godolphin treble was Wall of Fire who won the Melrose Stakes by 2 and 3 parts of a length. I thought Unicorn ran well in third. I thought Kellstrom was a little disappointing however may have needed the run, I would be keeping an eye on Kellstrom next time out. The third leg of the treble was Blue Point  who was a really impressive winner of The Gimcrack Stakes a Group 2, for two year olds. Blue Point traveled really well through the race winning easily by 3 lengths from MokarrisThe Last Lion advised to our members 1pt each way (18/1) placed in the 325 at York (Rule 4 reduction 10%) , ran really well but 5 furlongs may suit better. The feature race the Ebor was competitive as always, however it turned out to be a triumph for trainer Tony Martin. Heartbreak city bolted up here turning a top handicap into a procession giving Andrew McNamara his biggest day in the saddle to date. Tony Martin also hit the frame with Quick Jack who ran really well in third. I think both Heartbreak City and Quick Jack can get races over hurdles as well. Shrewd advised to our members 1pt each way (12/1) placed in second , I also think there is a decent hurdle race in this horse.

At Sandown, there was another winner for Andrew Balding as South Seas won the Solario Stakes a Group 3  by an impressive 2 and a quarter lengths. The 5 furlong handicap had plenty of hard luck stories as many got stuck on the rail. Son Of Africa who raced wide won in good style.Shipyard advised to our members 1pt each way (12/1) placed in the race also racing wide. At Chester, there was a treble for Graham Lee with Partitia, Mountahaa and Judicial. At Newton Abbott, the 2 mile 5 furlong handicap hurdle went to Golden Doyen returned to form for Philip Hobbs . Golden Doyen could be in for a good autumn splitting between hurdles and fences. At Perth, Mirsaale won the novice hurdle for Keith Dalgleish. The novice handicap chase was won in good style by Bright Prospect who has shown potential to date won by 17 lengths here. At Bath, there was nothing that caught my eye. At Chelmsford ,there was another winner for Sir Mark Prescott in the 1 mile 5 furlong handicap with Tenzing Norgay. At the Curragh, Order of St George came back to win the Irish St Leger trial, in truth we learned nothing new here. An Saighdiur won the 7 furlong handicap this horse is in good form and can keep winning. At Killarney , it was the final day of the 4 day festival. There was a treble for Willie Mullins with Screaming Rose, Ballycasey and Briar Hill. I was glad to see Briar Hill win he has a tough time since his fall at Cheltenham in the Albert Bartlett a few seasons back. Briar Hill can go on from here and have a positive season over fences. Ballycasey got his first win for two years as well he seems to be taking his racing better it will be interesting to see where he goes next. Sea Light got the Galway losses back here but may have been lucky as Master Appeal crashed out at the last when going well. Sea Light advised to our members 2ps win (5/2) won the 225 Killarney, Rule 4 15% reduction. The novice chase saw Ridestan win but the story of the race was Mick Thonic who traveled really well again but kicked the 3rd last out of the ground and had to pull up. This is the second time Mick Thonic has done this there is a massive engine there but the one really bad mistake per race may see his potential curtailed.


Sunday,at the Curragh there was a treble for Aidan O'Brien with Churchill and Rhododendron and Big Ben. The Debutante Stakes a Group 2 for fillies went to Rhododendron . Churchill took the Futurity Stakes a Group 2. In truth both horses did what was expected. At Brighton, there were winners for William Haggas and Sylvester Kirk with  Novoman and Cricklewood Green. Also at Brighton, King Crimson advised to our members 1pt each way (6/1) won the 230 at Brighton in the 5 furlong handicap. At Chelmsford, Top Boy took the 5 furlong handicap in good style.Top Boy advised to our members 1pt each way (8/1) won the 410 at Chelmsford. This result combined with King Crimson (6/1) & Top Boy(8/1) advised (0.5pt) each way double both won the 230 at Brighton and 410 Chelmsford respectively. This made it a great punting Sunday. At Worcester, the two winners who stood out were Stephanie Frances for Dan Skelton. The other winner was Forever Field for Nicky Henderson. At Deauville, the reappearance of Lady Aurelia was keenly anticipated. Lady Aurelia just lasted out the six furlongs as she retained her unbeaten record in the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville. I love watching this horse race a real ball of speed, back to 5 furlongs looks the way to go.Lady Aurelia now has date in Cheveley Park Stakes.