The Racing Week That Was 22/10/17


Monday, we start at Yarmouth. There were winners on the card for Frankie Dettori and Jim Crowley with Aljezeera and Mutafarrid. At Windsor, there was a winner for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni with Zeelander. There was also a winner for Paul Hanagan and Richard Fahey with Paddy Power. At Musselburgh, it was the last flat meeting of the year in Scotland. Richard Fahey made it a personal double as Royal Cosmic got the job done in the one-mile furlong handicap. There were two £20k STG races on the Musselburgh card they went to Muntadab and Alpha Delphini. There was a really impressive winner to round off the card as Tawseef bolted up by fifteen lengths for Donald McCain and Ella McCain. Tawseef was advised to our members 1pt each way at 5/1 there was a (Rule 4 deduction 10%).


Tuesday, we start at Leicester. There was a double for Silvestre De Sousa on board Galloping Hogan and Hajaam. The seven-furlong handicap worth £25K STG handicap went to Emmaus for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni. At Worcester, there was a double for Jonjo O'Neill with Sky Pirate and Above Board. The win of Above Board formed a double for Barry Geraghty which was completed by the victory of Scoop The Pot for Alan King. At Kempton, there were winners for Richard Hannon and Sir Mark Prescott with Guns Drawn and Bath And Tennis. At Huntingdon, there was a winner Nigel Twiston Davies with Wicked Willy, the yard remains in good form. Audacious Plan became the latest in a long line of horses to have his career revived by Dr. Richard Newland as he took the three-mile-one-furlong handicap hurdle. Audacious Plan was advised to our member's 3pts win at 6/4. I think Audacious Plan will have a really good campaign back over fences. The races like the three and a half mile handicap at the Cheltenham open meeting, the Welsh National and the classic chase at Warwick would all be viable targets.


Wednesday we start at PunchestownPetit Mouchoir made a winning start over fences winning by 7 lengths. According to trainer Henry De Bromhead, He's clever, and he could come back here for the Grade 2 (Craddockstown Novice on November 19). There was a double for Gordon Elliott with Cracking Smart and Compeador who deservedly got a turn.  Campeador has twice had two very valuable handicap hurdles at his mercy only to crash out at the last hurdle. There were no mistakes here. Campeador was advised to our member's 3pts win at 11/8. Campeador completed a double for Barry Geraghty. The first leg of the Geraghty double was Espoir D'allen who took the three-year-old hurdle. The Liz Doyle trained Cordovan Brown was the nicely backed winner of the concluding (Mares) Bumper. At Nottingham, Hadith was the horse to take out of the day having won the Fillies maiden in great style for Charlie Appleby and William Buick. At Lingfield, Silvestre De Sousa was on target with Dashing Poet. At Kempton, William Buick and Silvestre De Sousa both made it personal doubles on the day winning on board Revalue and Jonnysimpson. At Wetherby, there was a double for Richard Johnson on board Nicolas Chauvin and Master Of Irony who took the concluding handicap hurdle. Master Of Irony was advised to our members 1pt each way at 17/2, completing a brilliant day for our members.


Thursday, we start at Punchestown. It was Gordon Elliott 6 winners, Noel Meade 2 winners, and nobody else has got a look in at Punchestown. Even by Gordon Elliott's incredible standards, this was outstanding. There was a brilliant debut over hurdles by the highly regarded Samcro, I was really impressed with the run and this horse could be very good. Ben Dundee has recently arrived at Gordon Elliott's he looked well handicapped before. Ben Dundee duly bolted up having been really well backed (3/1 - 13/8). Ben Dundee was advised to our member's 2pts win at 3/1. Death Duty made it two from two over fences and its all rounds to the Drinmore now. Death Duty looks good, however, there are lots of good potential horses to come out. King's Song has also arrived recently at Gordon Elliott. King's Song bolted up by fourteen lengths, he will get a fair hike for this win. Felix Desjy won really well by ten lengths. The Elliott six timer was completed by a win in the legends race with Pallasator. The rest of the card saw Noel Meade get a double. The feature race went to the really talented Road To Respect who finally reeled in Kilcarry Bridge who ran a cracker. Road To Respect will come on for this in my view, he thumped Sub Lieutenant and Minella Rocco here.We know Road To Respect acts at Cheltenham he is super interesting for the season ahead. The Meade double was completed by Lex Tallionis.

At Brighton, there was a double for Gary Moore and Adam Kirby with Sing Out Loud and King Of The Sand. At Carlisle, there was a winner for Venetia Williams in the three-mile handicap with Vic De Touzaine who got up late on to win. The good run of Donald McCain continued as Derintoher Yank made all the running to win well from Beau Bay who got going too late in the two-mile handicap chase. Beau Bay was advised to our members 1pt each way at 5/1. At Uttoxeter, three inform yards all got on the board, Jonjo O'Neill, Dan Skelton and Harry Fry. The winners were Knight Destroyer, No Hassle Hoff and Sir Ivan. At Newcastle, there was a double for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan with Crown Of Cortez and Lord Commander.


Friday, we start at Redcar, there was a double for William Haggas with Nicklaus and One For June. At Wincanton, there was a double for Colin Tizzard with White Moon and On Demand. At Fakenham, there was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Sam Red and Momella. At Newcastle,  there were winners for Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey with Celestation and The Eagle's Nest. At Dundalk, there was a double for Pat Smullen and Michael Halford with Katiymann and Massif Central.


Saturday, we start at Ascot for Champions day it lived up to its name for the first time in a long time. There were doubles on the day for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore. Order Of St George pulled off what looked for much of the contest an unlikely victory to get up close home in the Qipco Long Distance Cup. I have to say for much of the race it looked like Order Of St George was going nowhere. In the last 50 yards Order Of St George engaged overdrive, nailing Torcedor who gave everything. The well-backed Stradivarius stayed on strongly for third. I suspect Order Of St George and Stradivarius will be meeting again in the Ascot Gold Cup next summer. All the talk before the sprint was about Harry Angel who has had an incredible season. It was not a day for Harry Angel who reared up in the stalls as they opened up. Tasleet looked like he had done enough, however, Librisa Breeze surged late to get up to win by one and a quarter lengths. Tasleet ran a cracker in second with Caravaggio staying on for third. Caravaggio was advised to our members 2pts each way at 9/2.

The Aidan O'Brien double was completed by Hydrangea who comfortably beat Bateel by two lengths in the  Fillies And Mares. Aidan O'Brien drew level with Bobby Frankel' world record of 25 Group/Grade One wins in a year when Hydrangea won. The irony of Hydrangea being the horse to equal the record for Aidan O'Brien was not lost on me. Hydrangea is exactly the type of horse that demonstrates the brilliance of Aidan O'Brien. Hydrangea has run eight times this season now appearing almost exclusively at Group 1 level, except for one run. The Queen Elizabeth II stakes saw Persuasive get the better of the gallant Ribchester by a length.  Persuasive was the first leg of a double for Frankie Dettori and John Gosden. The second leg saw Cracksman slam the field in the Champion Stakes. Cracksman ended up a seven-length winner from Poet's Word and Highland Reel was a neck back in third. Cracksman became a first European Group one winner for Frankel. There has been much debate about the campaign of Cracksman, however, he delivered here. It will be intriguing to see what the connections of Cracksman do next season. The finale on champions day went to the really well backed Lord Glitters.

At Market Rasen, Dan and Harry Skelton were at the double again as Shrubland and Cabaret Queen got on the board. I was impressed with Cabaret Queen. There were winners for Jonjo O'Neill and Paul Nicholls. It was Demon D'aunou who won for Jonjo O'Neill, however, the performance of Capitaine for Paul Nicholls in the novice chase was breathtaking winning by 22 lengths.Capitaine was a very decent novice hurdler and looks a very good prospect as a novice chaser. At Stratford, there was a double for Sam Twiston Davies on board Romain De Senam and Tara Mac. The task for  Romain De Senam was made easier by the fact Bristol De Mai was declared a non-runner. I was impressed by El Terremoto who won very well in the handicap hurdle.

At Ffos Las, it was Welsh Champion Hurdle day. It went to a stalwart of the winter game in the shape of The New One who despite conceding weight all round toughed it out from the front to win. The margin was three parts of a length over Clyne. The New One has won on his first start of the season every year of his career. The New One was advised to our member's 2pts win at 5/2. It completed another good Saturday for our Members. Caravaggio (9/2) placed, Bristol De Mai (Non-Runner ) & The New One (5/2) won were advised to our members in a 0.25pt each way Trixie, completing a good day. The beginners' chase at Ffos Las looked a deep contest it went the way of West Approach who bolted up by nine lengths for the connections of Thistlecrack. At Catterick, Tontos Spirit bolted up by Fourteen lengths landing some very good bets (11/1 - 11/4 fav). At Wolverhampton, there was a double for trainer Kevin Frost with Born To Reason and Arrowzone.


Sunday, we start at Kempton there was a brilliant day for Paul Nicholls as he saddled a four-timer. The winners were Risk And Roll,  Amour De Nuit, Old Guard and Present Man. Following the victory of  Amour De Nuit Paul Nicholls is eyeing a crack at the Greatwood Hurdle for Amour De Nuit. Nicholls stated "I think dropping back in trip helped, he traveled well last time but was left on his own while the race developed on the other side," said Nicholls. "I'm still convinced a fast-run two miles suits him best and I think he'll go for the Greatwood now."He's ready for that, as he jumps well. He's a novice no longer after November 1st, so he'll have to go in competitive handicaps."Something like the County Hurdle might be his aim and this time next year he'll be novice chasing." I personally think Amour De Nuit is very good and jumps very fast. Amour De Nuit was advised to our member's 4pts win at 11/10. Old Guard was a good winner of the listed hurdle in impressive fashion. I thought the run of San Benedeto was a brilliant prep run for the Haldon Gold Cup.

At Leopardstown, there was a treble for Aidan O'Brien with James Cook, Kenya, and Bound. I thought the performance of Kenya was really taking in the Killavullan Stakes a group 3. Kenya looks a Derby contender for next season. The one-mile furlong handicap went in good style to Grand Partner who landed some nice bets (14/1 - 6/1). At Southwell, it was a poor card, however, there was a winner for Keith Dalgleish with Mister Showman.