The Racing Week That Was 22/5/16


Monday, we start at Brighton where there was a double for Richard Hannon with Al Sailiyah and Feed the Goater. There was a follow up win for Upavon who had won at Newmarket on the 13-5-16 this horse is progressing. Heads you win ,was another winner for Jamie Osbourne combining with jockey Timmy Murphy. At Kempton there was a jumps card Bulletproof took the concluding handicap hurdle by 5 lengths beaten Frozen Over (1pt each way 8/1) for our members. At Redcar the two year old novice auction went to Rusumaat by 7 lengths, this was really impressive yet another two year old winner for Mark Johnston.  I thought Falcons Fire ran well in the concluding race not getting a run at a vital time (1pt each way 9/1) for our members to finish third. This meant a good day for our members who also had a (0.5pt each way double containing Falcons Fire 9/1 & Frozen over 8/1)There was nothing of note at Leicester. At Windsor Jule in the crown landed some hefty bets (2/1 - 4/5), this horse had let backers down at Ascot but is clearly held in high regard. Jule in the crown could turn out to be decent. At Killarney The conditions hurdle saw Dressedtothenines cause a minor upset putting Bright New Dawn and Hidden Cyclone away in the process. The 2 miles 4 furlongs Grade 3 chase saw another boil over for the punters as the in the doldrums Clarcam beat off his odds on favourite stablemate The Game Changer. The Killarney National also saw a return to form for a lost its way type as Cantlow held off Your busy by a half length, Tulsa Jack ran well in third. The old warhorse First Lieutenant nearly bringing, down the house with a never say die run in fourth beaten less the 4 lengths.


Tuesday, we start at Lingfield where Heart of Lions won Division 2 of the 1 mile maiden for John Gosden. I liked the way Heart of Lions went about it , this horse could go on to better things. At Newcstle history was made as the first meeting was held on the new tapeta surface. The winner of the first race and the place in history was Tap the honey for Karl Burke an impressive 4 length winner. There was a double for David O'Meara with Tawdeea and Alsvinder. The only thing I would say is I think it is very unfortunate that a wonderful new Tapeta track had to be built on a very good grass track at Newcastle. There was nothing of note at Nottingham. At Huntingdon there was another winner for The Rooney's as The Tailgater won the maiden hurdle for Jonjo O'Neill by 3 lengths. I think The Tailgater has above average ability. The Novice chase saw the Paul Nicholls trained decent hurdler All yours sent off 1/5 favourite, however he had to settle for a 20 length second to War singer trained by Johnny Farrelly. At Wetherby the five furlong handicap went to Pea shooter who held off Stanghow and Singeur in a good finish. The 1 mile 6 furlong handicap saw Adherence dictate the pace from the front. Tartan Bhute tackled  Adherence inside the last furlong with a neck being the margin at the line. The two horses should pay their way in staying handicaps. At Killarney it was flat action. Long Island Sound took the 1 mile conditions race by a length, this horse is progressing nicely. The 1 mile handicap division 2 went to the consistent Elusive in Paris who has been running very well. The fact that Elusive in Paris has now won on turf opens up options, I think that this horse has a decent amount of ability.


Wednesday,we start at Ayr . There was a treble for Adrian Keatley who is brilliant on these raids to the UK.  Nice vintage and Annoymous lady had both won at Ayr in April and they repeated the dose here with Fallon doing the steering. Millefiori was the third leg of the treble. This was to start a week Adrian Keatley will never forget. Mr Fallon was due to get back to Dundalk by light aircraft for Dundalk, however he did not make it back in time to ride Approcaillis who finished third behind Another story. I think it might have been different if Fallon had made it. There was a double on the night for Michael Halford with Young Baobei and Suvenna. At Bath there was a double for Sylvester De Sousa with Rocklife and Girling. At Warwick , The Tourad Man continued his own personal resurgence as well as his trainer Alan King's resurgence. The Tourad man ran out a ready winner, I think he can win again. I also thought Mr Shantu ran a promising race in fourth after a long lay off. The concluding bumper went to the Nicky Henderson trained River Wylde by 23 lengths , this horse looks a prospect. At Kempton there was a win for Megan Nicholls in the apprentice handicap. At Southwell Avispa paid a compliment to her recent Exeter conqueror Morning hearld.  Avispa ran out a 5 length winner giving Alan King another winner. Beware the bear was a really good winner of the novice hurdle by 8 lengths, defying a winners penalty of 6 pounds while doing it. Beware the bear could be an above average summer novice.


Thursday, we start at Goodwood. The two year old novice race went yet again this season to a Mark Johnston trained juvenile as Yalta won by 2 lengths. There was a treble on the day for William Buick with Albahar, Skiffle and Bathos who completed a double for Mark Johnston. At Lingfield there was a double for Ian Williams with Bamako Du chateletand Jam Session.  There was nothing to note at Worcester. At Ripon there were 3 short priced winners in the shape of Always Resolute, Dolphin Vista and Regal monarch.  At Sandown Alan King picked up another winner as Primitovo won again, the form of the King stable is electric. At Clonmel the maiden hurdle went to Charles Byrnes and Davey Russell with Black Warrior by 11 lengths. The conditions hurdle went to Princely Conn who saw off Fearachain by 2 and a half lengths, if Fearachain had jumped the last well he might of won. I think Fearachain could win one soon.


Friday, we start at Carlilse. The six furlong handicap went to Surewecan for Mark Johnston by a short head. It was good news for our members who had a (1pt each way bet 10/3). At Haydock the five furlong Achilles stakes went to Take Cover who bounced out  making all knuckling down really well to win by a length and a half  from Cotal Glory. The victory of Take cover was great news for our members who had a (1pt each way bet 9/2). The members also had a 0.5pt each way double with (Take cover 9/2 & Surewecan 10/3). At Goodwood the fillies stakes handicap went to Persuasive for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori getting the better of Aristocratic and Ryan Moore. There was nothing of note at Wolverhampton. At Catterick there was a double for David Simcock with Cartier and Four poets. At Stratford the champion foxhunters chase was the feature. it saw the clash of Marito, Pacha Du Polder and Paint the clouds who all got a welcome break from chasing On The fringe. The race went to Paint the clouds who to be fair was the most likely stayer of the 3 miles 3 furlong trip. The victory of Paint the clouds was good news for our members who had a (1pt each way bet at 3/1).

At Cork the last two races were abandoned. The five furlong race went to Ardhoomey who since having his wind done has been a revelation. I think Ardhoomey  is really progressive and will continue to pay his way. The card at Downpatrick was moderate. The two to note were Rise of an Empire who won the novice hurdle by 16 lengths for Noel Meade. The bumper went to Gordon Elliott with The Storyteller winning by 12 lengths.


Saturday, we start at The Curragh where it was Irish Guineas weekend. The Irish 2,000 Guineas saw Galileo Gold complete the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas double, it was not to be. Galileo Gold did not get the run of the race although I don't think this was the deciding factor. Awtaad travelled well on the outside Chris Hayes said go two furlongs out , in truth it was never in doubt from that moment. Awtaad was well on top at the line by 2 and a half lengths back to Galileo Gold with Blue De Vega in third 4 and a half lengths back.It was another day to forget to Air Force Blue who apparently will try sprinting now, there has got to be a chance we may never see him again to protect his value as a stallion. The Marble hill stakes went to Caravaggio who continues to impress , Caravaggio will now head for Royal Ascot where Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore will be very hopeful of a win. The concluding 1 mile 4 furlong handicap saw the gamble of the day Alveena (4/1 -6/4) nailed right on the line by Repeater. It was rotten luck for the punters , as we know this game would tame lions. At York the 1 mile 6 furlongs listed race went to the really talented Moonrise landing, this tremendous filly was winning her fifth consecutive race. Moonrise Landing beat Quest for more by 3 parts of a length (value for more) it was seven lengths back to third horse Angel Gabrial. The form looks solid , Moonrise landing will now be aimed at the Melbourne cup after a summer break. The Melbourne cup is a long way off , however Moonrise landing looks very progressive as well as very versatile, Moonrise landing has to be a player on this evidence. The other race of interest at York was the opening seven furlong handicap. The race went to Jallota in good style however the horse in second Heaven's guest looks like he may be primed to strike soon. At Goodwood there was a double for Richard Hannon with Oh this is us and Out of the dark.

At Haydock the Silver Bowl went to the thoroughly progressive Garcia for Richard Fahey who held off Chief whip in a really good finish. The victory of Garcia was good new for our members who were advised a (1pt each way bet 7/1 Rule 4 20%). I think Garcia can go on from here. The six furlong handicap went to Mehronissa who wore down Shipyard late on, our members had a (1pt each way bet Shipyard 8/1) . Mehronissa can win again, Shipyard is a lovely horse who nearly always runs well. The day at Haydock worked out well for our members who also had a (0.5pt each way double Shipyard 8/1 & Garcia 7/1 Rule 4 20%). At Newmarket there were doubles for Richard Hannon with Nibras Bounty and Steel of Madrid completing a very good day for Hannon.  The other double was for Saeed Bin Surror with Yattwee and Clear water. At Chepstow Richard Hannon had another winner with Tomily. There was a double for Brendan Powell with Dynamic Girl and Bohemian Rhapsody. At Stratford there were doubles for Philip Hobbs and Paul Nicholls. The Hobbs double Thomas Wild and No Likey who both were comprehensive winners. The Nicholls double saw Moabit who won the feature handicap hurdle very well, Moabit looks a decent novice. The bumper went to Nicholls with Brio Conti who stuck it out well to win. There was a big day at Auteuil on Saturday, Willie Mullins launched a raid with two horses both won. Footpad won the grade 3 Juvenile hurdle under a fine ride from Ruby Walsh to win by a neck. The victory of Footpad was good news for our members who were advised a (2pt win at 10/3) . The grade 2 hurdle saw Un De Sceaux go back over hurdles. I must admit I was concerned  Un De Sceaux would not stay 2 miles 5 furlongs but he blew those doubts away making all the running winning by 8 lengths. This was vintage  Un De Sceaux very very good.


Sunday, we start at The Curragh were it was 1,000 Guineas day. The race turned out to be a fairy-tale result as Jet setting who had been supplemented by her owners won for up and coming trainer Adrian Keatley. Jett Setting is also syndicate owned. Jett Setting got the better of the gallant Minding by a head in a great tussle it was ten lengths back to the third horse. Minding bumped her head on the way out of the stalls sustaining a very large wound  along Minding’s right cheek, extending to perhaps six inches, as well as blood all round her muzzle from a cut between her nostrils. O’Brien said the horse had burst a sinus in the incident. That said it was Jett Settings day. The rest of the day belonged to Pat Smullen who rode a treble on Creggs Pipes , Maneen and Fascinating Rock. The race with Fascinating Rock saw a rematch with Found who had beaten, Fascinating Rock at The Curragh earlier this season.The tables where comprehensively turned here with the softer ground and the benefit of a run Fascinating Rock ran out an impressive 3 length winner. I think Fascinating Rock is a serious horse if he were mine I would aiming for the Arc de Triomphe. Aidan Obrien and Ryan Moore shared a double with Beacon Rock and The Major General. There was also a win for talented national hunt mare Jennies jewel on the card.At Fakenham Salto Chisco did well to win the novice chase having not seemed to enjoy the track, his cause was aided by the fall of favourite Herons Heir. There was nothing to note at Nottingham.