The Racing week That Was 23/12/18


Monday, we start at Plumpton. It was a good start over fences for OK Corral with a win. In the handicap, hurdle Seaweed turned the form around with Legend Of France. The handicap chase went to Shintori who saw off Chivers and Finnegans Garden without too many issues. Legend Of France 235 Plumpton 9/2 Finnegans Garden 305 Plumpton 13/2, 0.5pt each way double advised to our members made Monday pay. At Ffos Las Mixchevious was on target for the poshest lady in racing Venetia Williams. At Wolverhampton, John Gosden and Mark Johnston had two good winners with Panmolle and Dalileo.


Tuesday, we start at Catterick. Midnight Chill made it pay for trainer Jamie Snowden. At Fakenham, Militarian took the feature race seeing off Forth Bridge by three parts of a length. At Southwell, Black Salt was an impressive winner for David Barron. At Naas, there was a double for Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore with Embrun Mitja and A Plus Tard. It was good news for our members who had A Plus Tard advised to our members(2pts win) at 4/1. The winner of the champion bumper got off the mark over hurdles. This was hard work for Relegate and I would not be keen on backing her next time out.


Wednesday, we start at Newbury. There was a double for Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson with Our Power and Chosen Path.  The feature race went to Jessica Harrington with Magic Of Light. This was a winner that got away from me. At Ludlow, Philip Hobbs had a double with Beau Du Brizais and Oakley. At Lingfield, Diamond Oasis was on target for Godolphin. At Newcastle, nothing stood out for me. At Dundalk, Hasimiyya landed some nice bets for Dermot Welds team. Mulzamm ran a cracker for Damian English in second.


Thursday, we start at Exeter. There was a double for Barry Geraghty on board Evidence De Thaix and Dalilia Du Seuil.  At Hexham, McGintys Dream was an impressive winner of the handicap chase. At Chelmsford, Mark Johnston was on target with Mister Chiang. At Southwell, nothing caught my eye in truth.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. It was our last runner of 2018. It was fitting Mokhalad once again carried the syndicate hopes on this occasion. Mokhalad actually ran a very good race from a draw of 11 only being beaten a total of just over three lengths in the end. We were pleased that Mokhalad showed some real spark his last run was a bit flat. We look forward to Mokhalad in 2019. We have had a great year as a syndicate. A total of three winners. Three different horse winning Mokhalad, Alfirak, and Stanhope. We have exciting times ahead in 2019 with our highest rated horse Trading Point yet to run. We are grateful to our trainer Damian English, our racing manager Craig English, all the staff at Grougha stables and of course all of our jockeys. We are also grateful to all the syndicate, members, our supporters friends, and family who have been so encouraging to John and I.  On the track, there was a double for Michael Halford and Colin Keane with Ahlan Bil Zain and Sky Seven.

At Ascot, Angels Breath took the Supreme trial for Nicky Henderson. The Grade 2 novice chase went to Vinndication for Kim Bailey. At Uttoxeter, there was a double for Harry Fry with Captain Drake and King Roland. At Wolverhampton, Alaskan Bay was on target for Richard Guest. At Southwell, there was a winner for Mark Johnston with Matterhorn.


Saturday, we start at Ascot it was long walk hurdle day. The race went to the progressive Paisley Park who stayed on very well. That only scratches the surface of this race. Sam Spinner in cheekpieces tried to refuse at the first and succeeded at the second throwing off Joe Colliver. Later in the race unowhatimeanharry crashed out when still going well at the 8th. The Gerrard Silver Chase went to Valtor who bolted up for Nicky Henderson. Benatar advised to our members(1pt each way) at 8/1 placed in the race. The Betfair Exchange Hurdle went to County Hurdle Mohaayed for Harry Skelton and Dan Skelton. Mr. Antolini advised to our members(1pt each way) at 12/1 placed in the race.

At Newcastle, Rock On Fruity bounced back to form for Ben Haslam. At Haydock, there was a double for Sam Twiston Davies and Nigel Twiston -Davies with Ballymoy and The Hollow Ginge. The Tommy Whittle went to David Pipe for Daklondike. At Thurles, It was three on the bounce for Henry de Bromhead at Thurles when Plan Of Attack produced a fine front-running performance to claim the Horse & Jockey Hotel Rated Novice Hurdle. The King Of Brega and Honeysuckle completed the treble. At Lingfield, Redicean was on target for Alan King.