The Racing Week That Was 22/4/18


Monday, we start at Kelso. There was a double for trainer Sandra Forster with Lowanbehold and Charlie Snow Angel. There was another winner for Lucinda Russell with Make It Happen. The flat is really back when Windsor starts on a Monday. The ground was heavy. There was a treble for Silvestre De Sousa on board Bakht A Rawan, Mobsta and Blown By Wind. The last two mentioned horses were a double for Mick Channon. At Tramore, there was a big gamble landed by Tornado Watch for Emmet and David Mullins. The same connections also punted Sunday At Augusta in the bumper, however that horse finished second. The, each way double punters may have been sickened that a non-runner in the bumper made it a win only race. At Leopardstown, it was student race day we decided not to enter Mokhalad due to the heavy ground. On the track, there was a double for Dermot Weld with Jaega and Khalaab.


Tuesday, we start at Fairyhouse there was a quality card saved from the abandoned Easter Tuesday card. The Juvenile hurdle a grade 2 went to Willie Mullins with Saglawy. The feature race the Rybo handicap hurdle went to Willie Mullins with Low Sun who held off Yaha Fizz in a tremendous finish. It gave Katie O'Farrell a great success.Yaha Fizz was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 6/1. The day got better for Katie O'Farrell who captured a double on board Flemenstorm. The Grade 3 Mares chase was won by Youcantcallherthat who has had a great season, her owners seemed to really enjoy it also. Tintangle took the bumper for Gordon Elliott and Nina Carberry. Tintangle looks a good mare.

In the UK, the weather at Exeter was horrendous. The feature race went to Spookydooky for Jonjo O'Neill and Richard Johnson. At Carlisle, there was a double for Brian Hughes on board Pistol Park and Lily's Gem. There was also a winner for Nicky Henderson with Duke Debarry. At Newmarket, it was day 1 of the Craven meeting. I was really impressed with Mildenberger for Mark Johnston.


Wednesday, we start at Cheltenham. There was a double for Nicky Henderson with Diese Des Bieffes and Champagne Express. The Silver Trophy was the feature race it went thanks to a spectacular late finish to Traffic Fluide who flew home to nail Art Of Payroll in a great finish. Cepage advised to our members' 1pt each way at 8/1 placed. At Newmarket, it was day 2 of the Craven meeting. The Earl Of Sefton went to Forest Ranger who got up to beat Deauville. It turned out to be a great day for Godolphin, Charlie Appleby and William Buick who had a treble. The horses were Soliloquy, Strings Of Life and Old Persian. At Kempton, there was a double for John Gosden and Richard Havlin with Il Primo Sole and Mr. Marrakech. At Dundalk, there was a double for Donnacha O'Brien with Full Moon and Drapers Guild.


Thursday, we start at Cheltenham. The weather was really hot with one race not being run due to the heat. The all mares card proved a success. The opening race went to Dame De Compagnie who has shown a good level of talent to this point for Nicky Henderson. Dame De Compagnie was advised to our members' 3pts win at 13/8.  At Newmarket, it was day 3 of the Craven meeting. The Craven itself went to Masar for Godolphin who won by nine lengths. Masar formed part of a double for Godolphin, William Buick, and Charlie Appleby. The other winner was Nordic Lights. I was impressed with Breath Caught who won with a bit up his sleeve I reckon for Ryan Moore. At Ripon, it was heavy ground the old firm of Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan were on target with Crownthorpe. At Newcastle, there was a double for Hamdan Al Maktoum with Tanseeq and Emaraaty. At Fairyhouse, they raced for the second time in as many days Dream Conti was an impressive winner of the bumper for Noel Meade and Nina Carberry


Friday, we start at Ayr. There was a double on the day for Dan and Harry Skelton with Value at Risk and Azzuri. I was really impressed with Azzuri who jumped really well in general and bolted up by fifteen lengths. The two-mile handicap hurdle went to Dino Velvet who saw off Our Lucas in a good finish. Our Lucas advised to our members' 1pt each way at 6/1. At Newbury, there was a double for Frankie Dettori on board Qaysar and Lah Ti Dar. At Fontwell, there were winners for Paul Nicholls and Alan King with Favorito Bucks and Canelo. At Bath, there was a four-timer for Mick Channon with Diamond Dougal, Kinks, Marietta Robusti and Charming Guest. At Southwell, Paul Nicholls was on target again on the day this time with Peter The Mayo Man. At Limerick, there was a winner for Gordon Elliott with Kuraka.


Saturday, we start at Ayr for the Scottish Grand National. The race went to Joe Farrell for Rebecca Curtis seeing off Ballyoptic by a neck. Vintage Clouds ran a cracker in third. I was really pleased for Rebecca Curtis an excellent trainer who has had a very tough time, hopefully, she bounces back now. Rebecca Curtis is and can be again an excellent trainer. There was a deserved win for Theinval who took the two-mile handicap chase. There was a return to form for Moon Racer who took the two miles five-furlong handicap hurdle. At Bangor, Paul Nicholls was on target again with Kapcorse. At Newbury, I was really impressed with Defoe who took the group 3 over one mile four furlongs. There was a double for Frankie Dettori on board James Garfield and Taqdeer. I thought Expert Eye was a bit keen early on behind James Garfield. I think Expert Eye may come on for this run. At Thirsk, Vintage Brut looked a horse to keep onside a very impressive winner. There was a double for Kevin Ryan and Kevin Stott with Savalas and Ayutthaya.

At Nottingham, there was a double for Richard Hannon with Hua Hin and Department Of War. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Michael Herrington with TheAmber Fort and Street Poet. At Limerick, Dermot Weld introduced a nice horse in Rock Sound who was an impressive winner.There was a double for Augustine Leahy and Shane Foley with Longoddson and Drombeg Dream.


Sunday, we start at Navan. There was a double for Aidan O 'Brien and Ryan Moore with Order Of St George and So Perfect. I was really impressed with the way So Perfect picked up. Ryan Moore clearly did not want to strike So Perfect, however, after one flick of the whip she picked up well. I strongly suspect So Perfect is above average. At Wincanton, there was the usual double for Paul Nicholls with Blu Cavalier and Diamond Guy. In fact, Nicholls should have had a treble as The Last But One crashed out at the last when two lengths clear. The race going to Buster Thomas. At Stratford, Paul Nicholls had another winner with Secret Investor. The mares handicap hurdle went to Litterale Ci for Harry Fry. At Market Rasen, Venetia Williams continued her fine personal run as One Style was victorious in the two miles five furlongs handicap chase.