The Racing Week That Was 22-7-18


Monday, we start at Killarney. The feature race went to Aidan O'Brien with El Greco. At Ayr, the feature race went to Mark Johnston with Vale Of Kent. At Ripon, Snow Wind was a really impressive winner for William Haggas running out an eight-length winner. At Wolverhampton, Sir Mark Prescott was on target with Dutch Monarch. It completed an across the card double for Sir Mark who earlier had a winner at Ayr with Timoshenko.


Tuesday, we start at Killarney. There was a double for Danny Mullins with Azzurri and Camlann. I was really impressed with Azzurri who will be a danger to all at Galway. At Beverley, there was a double for Joe Fanning with Arnold and Highly Focused. At Bath, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Show Stealer and Leoube. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Sir Mark Prescott with Done Deal and True North. The win for Done Deal was at an eye-watering 33/1. At Worcester, there was a treble for Alan King with Beneeagles, Passing Call, and The Devils Drop. At Thirsk, there was a double for David O'Meara and Danny Tudhope with Fire Leopard and Dalshand.


Wednesday, we start off the track. Dual Royal Ascot winner Lady Aurelia has been retired to the paddocks. Trained by American Wesley Ward, she was a seven-length winner of the Queen Mary in 2016 and returned to Ascot last season to win the King’s Stand by three lengths. She will also be remembered for taking part in a thrilling Nunthorpe Stakes at York later that summer when she crossed the line together with Sir Mark Prescott’s Marsha yet despite Frankie Dettori’s celebrations she had been beaten by a nose. On the track, we start at Killarney, There was a treble for Willie Mullins with Legal Spin, Wicklow Brave, and Bargy Lady. At Fairyhouse, there was a double for Ger Lyons with Elysian Plains and Fulminate. At Lingfield, there was a double for Tom Queally on board Itsafreebee and Sandfrankskipsgo. At Uttoxeter, there was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Ange Des Malberaux and Longhouse Sale. There was also a double for Jonjo O'Neill with Tidal Watch and Mont Royale. At Catterick, the feature race went to Rose Marmara. At Wolverhampton, the feature race went to Laubali. At Yarmouth, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa on board Persian Moon and Emily Goldfinch.


Thursday, we start at Killarney. There was a 35/1 double for Charles Byrnes with Viking Hoard and Not For You. There was a tremendous performance in the bumper by Meticulous who is a son of the talented race mare Refinement for Joseph O'Brien.  At Leopardstown, Turret Rocks ran out a surprise 14-1 winner of the ICON Meld Stakes, with Derby fifth Hazapour only third. The apprentice handicap saw an exciting finish between Secret Memories, Korbous and Dance Alone. I thought Dance Alone was most unlucky for Damian English. Our members hit the crossbar with Korbous advised tour members(1pt each way) 15/2. At Hamilton, there was a double for Rowan Scott with Zig Zag Zyggy and Good Boy Alfie. There was also a double for Joe Fanning with Ana Lichious and Tor. At Chepstow, there was a double for Rossa Ryan on board Kinglami and General Brook. At Leicester, Classic glory has been thin on the ground for Saeed Bin Suroor in recent seasons – but Desert Fire could help change that after receiving quotes for St Leger glory following his victory at Leicester. At Doncaster, there was a double for James Doyle with James Street and Zofelle. At Epsom, there was a double for Eve Johnson Houghton and Charles Bishop with Liva and Hyanna. There were some nice bets landed on Duke Of North (11/4-6/4)


Friday, we start at Kilbeggan. There was a double for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend with Robin De Carlow and Dreamtide. There was a treble for Gordon Elliott with Barra , Timiyan and Braid Blue. The feature race saw the midlands national went to Timiyan who ran down Rogue Angel late on. It was another hit the crossbar for our members. Oathkeeper advised to our members(1pt each way) 5/1 placed in the 800 at Kilbeggan. Rogue Angel advised to our members(1pt each way) 11/2 placed in the 830 at Kilbeggan. Rogue Angel & Oathkeeper advised to our members(0.5pt each way double) both placed. At Nottingham, there was a treble for Harry Bentley on board Don Armado, Summerghand, and Tumbleweed. At Newbury, the Rose Bowl went to Natalie's Joy for Frankie Dettori and Mark Johnston. At Haydock, the Richard Kingscote and Tom Dascombe partnership always go well at Haydock. The duo was on target again with New Day Dawn. At Newmarket, James Doyle had a double with Ummainar and Himself. At Hamilton, there was a double for Keith Dalgleish with Jacob Black and Lomu. At Pontefract, there was a double for David O'Meara with Watchable and Waarif.


Saturday, we start at the Curragh I was in attendance myself a very pleasant day. It was a flag day for the UK raiding party. David O’Meara completed a fine day at the Curragh as Larchmont Lad ran his rivals into the ground to lift the Group Two honors in the Friarstown Stud Minstrel Stakes.  David O’Meara enjoyed a double on the card as Intisaab captured the Scurry over six furlongs earlier in the card. The Anglesey Stakes went to the UK as well as Mark Johnston was on target with Marie's DiamondSea Of Class got up in the shadow of the post to land a thrilling victory in the Darley Irish Oaks the feature race.James Doyle delivered the William Haggas-trained filly with an inch-perfect finish to foil Epsom Oaks winner Forever Together. At Market Rasen, the Summer Plate went to More Bucks for Peter and Sean Bowen. There was a double on the card for Dr. Richard Newland as Stole The Show and Whoshotwho both won, however, the latter had to settle for a dead heat with the Ian Williams trained Royal Village.

At Newbury, Stratum reaped the benefit of a fine effort at Royal Ascot when running out an emphatic winner of the JLT Cup. Coeur De Lion advised to our members(1pt each way) 10/1 placed in the race. The Hackwood Stakes went to Yafta who gained the first victory at Pattern-race level when getting the better of a late battle to claim the bet365 Hackwood Stakes. Yafta was advised to our members(1pt each way) at 11/1. Coeur De Lion (10/1) & Yafta(11/1) advised to our members (0.5pt each way double) both placed. Ginger Nut finished fastest of them all to give trainer Richard Hannon a second victory in the £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes. At Cartmel, there was a double for Peter Bowen with Mac Tottie and Wells De Lune. At Newmarket, there was a treble for Fran Berry on board Vintager, Hakeem, and Danceteria. At Ripon, there was a double for Richard Fahey with Eljayeff and Stewardess. At Lingfield, Alexana was on target for William Haggas as was Humbolt Current at Haydock.


Sunday, we start at the CurraghMagical belatedly opened her account for the season when making all the running in the Group Two Kilboy Estate Stakes. Havana Grey returned to his best form to spring a surprise in the Group Two Sapphire Stakes. The Karl Burke-trained grey led home a British clean sweep as he bounded clear in the final furlong. Chocolate Music is set for a step up in class after she produced a decisive late burst to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden. Rachael Blackmore and Henry de Bromhead had a day to remember at Tipperary, with Classic Theatre completing a treble for them, a first for Blackmore, in the Packie Downey Memorial Rated Novice Chase. Successful earlier with Theatre Dreams and Monbeg Chit Chat, de Bromhead was, in fact, completing a four-timer on the day, having also scored at Newton Abbot with Ornua. Blackmore was recording her 26th success of the season on this daughter of King's Theatre, and she currently leads the jockeys championship, eight clear of Paul Townend and Danny Mullins in second. Monbeg Chit Chat advised to our members(2.5pts win) 11/4 won the 350 at Tipperary. At Redcar, Sir Mark Prescott was on target with Grey Spirit. At Stratford, there was a double for Richard Johnson with Leapaway and Craigmor.