The Racing Week That Was 22-12-19


Monday, we start at Naas. A 6/1 treble was completed for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend when Bapaume (5/4 favourite) made light work of the opposition in the Kildare Post & Kildare Now Beginners Chase. Unfortunately, the two fences in the straight were omitted owing to the low-lying sun but given the aptitude, he showed for fencing it might have suited Bapaume even better if they were in. Yukon Lil and Tiger Tap Tap were the other Mullins and Townend, winners. At Plumpton, Scrutinise made it two from two for Paige Fuller. There were doubles for Tom Cannon and Chris Gordon with Highway One O Two and Top Man. At Ffos Las, Venetia Williams was on target with Easy As That, Williams was completing an across the card double following the victory of Mountain Leopard at Plumpton. At Wolverhampton, the most impressive winner of the night was, Heer We Go Again for David Evans.


Tuesday, we start at Catterick. There was a very impressive winner for Noel Kelly with Decor Irlandais. At Fakenham, Perfect Moment made it two on the spin for Martin Roberts. There was a double for Isabel Williams and Evan Williams with Agent Westy and Olympic Honour.


Wednesday, we start at Dundalk. There was a double for Colin Keane with The Mouse Doctor and Dark Magic. Keane was seen at his brilliant best on both winners. Dark Magic got the better of Red Avenger who ran a cracker for our friends at Hilltop in a titanic battle. The victory of The Mouse Doctor was good news for our members. The Mouse Doctor was advised to our members (1pt each way) at 6/1. At Newbury, there was a double for Robbie Power with the Big Breakaway and Magic Of Light. At Ludlow, there was a double for Venetia Williams with Roll Again and Sub Continent. At Lingfield, Disco Fever bolted up for John Gosden. At Newcastle, there was a double for Julie Comacho with I Know How and Proclaimer.


Thursday, we start at Exeter. The racing was abandoned after three races. There was still time for Venetia Williams to claim yet another winner as Eleanor Bob bolted up. At Hereford, Encounter A Giant was a really impressive winner of the beginner's chase. At Exeter, Crazy Spin was on target for Ivan Furtado. At Wolverhampton, there were double for trainer Derek Shaw and jockey Lewis Edmunds with Dynamo Walt and Dubai Elegance. 


Friday, we start with Hollie Doyle added another landmark success to a record-breaking year when guiding home Maystar on her first ride in Qatar. At Ascot, Master Debonair continued his rise through the ranks with an impressive display in the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle. I really liked this performance. Israel Champ can expect to be set some lofty targets in the spring after giving trainer David Pipe back-to-back victories in the Isobel Championship Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. Angels Breath maintained his unbeaten record over fences. At Uttoxeter, there was a double for Richard Johnson on board Adrimel and St Barts. There was yet another winner for Venetia Williams with One Style. At Southwell, the last three races were abandoned. Prior to this Sea Of Mystery was an impressive winner. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Marco Botti with Wailea Nights and Batchelor Boy. At Dundalk, there was a tremendous finish to the season for our friends at Hilltop. Yuften was a really impressive winner. Congratulations to all at Hilltop on the brilliant 2019. The lads were also the top owner at Dundalk for 2019. A great achievement.


Saturday, we start at Thurles. The meeting was abandoned due to fog. Ascot only got on after a second inspection. Not So Sleepy ran his rivals ragged with a tremendous all-the-way win in the Betfair Exchange Trophy Handicap Hurdle for Hughie Morrison. The Worlds End regained the lead close home to land a dramatic victory in the Grade One Marsh Hurdle for Tom George. Regal Encore ground out a game success in an attritional race for the Dave Dawes Silver Cup Handicap Chase for Anthony Honeyball. Sam Twiston-Davies could not have been more bullish after jumping off Riders OnThe Storm, an impressive winner of the Betfair Exchange Graduation Chase in very deep ground. I think this is a super horse I really do. Milan Native 1210 Thurles (non-runner) & Riders OnThe Storm 115 Ascot (9/4) (won) advised to our members 2pts win double.

At Lingfield, John Gosden enjoyed a one-two in the Betway Quebec Stakes after a convincing victory from Dubai Warrior. At Haydock, Lord Du Mensil took the Tommy Whittle in great style. Brian Hughes reached 100 winners for the campaign with a four-timer at Newcastle as he overtook reigning champion Richard Johnson in this season’s title race. If Hughes stays injury-free and up the north, he can win the championship in my view.