The Racing Week That Was 24-11-19


Monday, we start at Plumpton. There was another win for Champagne Court who looks a horse with a good future over fences. At Wolverhampton, Sean Davis was on target with Foresee. At Southwell, there was a double for Mark Johnston with Blake's Vision and Dark Regard.


Tuesday, we start at Kempton. There was a nice prize for the Middle Distance final. It went to All Yours for Sean Curran. It was good news for our members All Yours was advised to our members (1pt each way) at 8/1. At Fakenham, David Pipes's three-year-old Paricolor bolted up by nine lengths. At Lingfield, over the jumps, Dan Skelton was on target with Clondaw Anchor. At Chelmsford, Bavardages was on target for Mark Johnston. At Fairyhouse, there was a dead heat between Lunch In Adare and Larquebuse.


Wednesday, we start at Dundalk our superstar stablemate Geological who secured his eleventh win in Ireland for Damian English. Geological has now won 211,000 euros. Rock on Geological what a hero for the English family. There was a brilliant performance from Sceptical for James McAuley, Jim Gough, and Stephen McCauley the lads look like they have a very good horse on their hands. At Warwick, there was a double for Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson with Evidence De Thaix and Flinck. There was a really hot novice chase that went to Torpillo this was good however I loved the run of Mister Fisher. I think Not That Fuisse is a long term Close Brothers handicap prospect. At Hexham, Gavin Cromwell sent over Duchess Ravenwaves to win. At Kempton, Set Piece returned to winning ways in a thrilling finish to the British Stallion Studs EBF Hyde Stakes for Hugo Palmer.


Thursday, we start at Thurles. There was a double for Willie Mullins with Asterion Forlonge and Footpad. This was good from Footpad he is a very talented horse on the day. I think the, King George would suit him although that will be a hot race if they all turn up. At Market Rasen, there was a double for Dr. Richard Newland with Benson and Urbanist. At Wincanton, Paul Nicholls was on target with Saint De Reve. At Newcastle, Spirit Of Angel was a very impressive winner for Marcus Tregoning. At Chelmsford, Mons Star bolted up landing prohibitive odds for Godolphin.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. A decent night for our Syndicate horses last night as they both did us proud. Lottieloveheart ran well enough to a point. On a line through Royal Highness, we made up four and a half lengths on Royal Highness from our previous run three weeks ago. Royal Highness is rated 72 so this is a good progression. The feedback from Ronan Whelan will be very important. We are still learning about Lottieloveheart. We may try another trip with the possibility of trying ten furlongs next. We have a bank of experience from our other experiences with the rest of the syndicate horses. We will take our time and let Leanne Breen work away.

Alfirak produced another tremendous performance to finish second he was most unlucky to be beaten a half-length by a progressive rival. Once again the time for the race was a good time. It was a rough race, however, our Alfirak showed all his determination and competitiveness on the night.  Alfirak is doing nothing wrong in his races we are so proud of him he gives his all every time. He got cheered into the parade ring like a winner after the race. The wind and rain were desperate at that point of the night. We are in no hurry to do anything with Alfirak, he might run before Christmas however we equally could wait until January. We will see how he is post-race and plan from that point. Alfirak means a lot to the syndicate and hopefully, his turn is surely coming to get his head in front. The last three runs for Alfirak have been 422. Alfirak has now had thirteen runs for us only failing to earn prizemoney four times out of thirteen runs. We look forward to Alfirak's next run.

Away from our races at Dundalk, there was a double for Colin Keane with Art Of America and Trish's Company. At Catterick, there was a double for Donald McCain with Kiriglote and Pull Green. There was a double for Dan Skelton with Very First Time and Scorched Earth. There was also a double for  Micky Hammond with Maison D'or and Schiehallion Munro. At Ascot, there was a double for Nicky Henderson with Angels Breath and Igor. At Ffos las, Stolen Silver bolted up for Nigel Twiston- Davies. At Newcastle, there was a double for Ben Curtis with Rivas Rob Roy and Rhosilli Down.


Saturday, we start at Ascot. Altior suffered his first defeat over jumps as Cyrname ran out a brilliant all-the-way victor in the Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot. Unbeaten in 19 previous starts over hurdles and fences combined, Nicky Henderson’s dual Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Altior was all the rage to make it 20 wins on the spin, with his army of supporters ensuring he went off a heavily-supported 1-3 favourite. The Paul Nicholls-trained Cyrname ended last season as the highest-rated chaser in Britain — 1lb above Altior — following two wide-margin wins over this course and distance, but was relatively easy to back at 5-2. As the pace increased racing down the back straight, it was Cyrname who produced the slicker leaps — and De Boinville was the more animated of the two riders before the home turn. Altior did his best to bridge the gap in the straight, but Cyrname refused to let up and a flying jump at the final fence sealed a two-and-a-quarter-length success. Paddy Power cut Cyrname to 5-2 favourite from 9-2 for the King George VI Chase at Kempton. Whether Altior turns up on Boxing Day for the rematch remains to be seen, with Henderson keen to let the dust settle before committing to future targets. I don't know about Altior going to the King George. I have never understood the obsession with going up in trip. I am not sure Altior likes going right-handed it can only be seen as a negative-going to Kempton.  You will not find somebody who respects Altior them me, I am very deflated by this step in the trip business. As regards the King George I still remember Vautour in that King George. I fear Altior is destined to follow in Vautours hoofprints. Cyrname is very classy he clearly loves Ascot. He looks to have a massive engine he will be very exciting at Kempton.

If The Cap Fits finished with a flourish to successfully defend his crown in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot. If The Cap Fits will be taking on Paisley Park. At Haydock, Lostintranslation moved to the head of ante-post lists for the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup after getting the better of defending champion Bristol De Mai in a thrilling climax to the Betfair Chase at Haydock. A brilliant winner of the Grade One contest in each of the past two seasons, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai was aiming to become the third three-time winner on Merseyside — after the great Kauto Star, who won four renewals, and the popular Cue Card. This was good from Lostintranslation I think he is a Gold cup horse I hope he avoids Kempton. I will be with him at the Gold cup at this moment.

At Gowran, there was a treble for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend. It was Mullins and Townend had earlier landed the Ladbrokes Novice Hurdle with Franco De Port. They doubled up on Getabird. It was Laurina who really impressed in the beginner's chase. I thought Laurina was very good here and looks an Arkle horse.


Sunday, Navan. In today's Grade 3 'contest', Fury Road batted away three inferior rivals to complete doubles for Elliott and jockey Davy Russell, who won the opener with Thatsy. Elliott completed a treble with Big and beautiful in the bumper. Photographer Pat Healy was knocked over by runner-up Entoucas in a serious incident following the running of the opening Maiden Hurdle at Navan today, won by Thatsy, as the well-known figure left the course by ambulance conscious but in a lot of pain. A very speedy recovery Pat from all at Galaxy.

Robbie Power continued his excellent run of form at Navan today as the Grand National and Gold Cup-winning jockey won his first Ladbrokes Troytown Chase on the Henry De Bromhead trained, Brian Acheson owned Chris's Dream. Both Chris's Dream's previous two chase wins, including a win in the Grade 2 Ten Up Novice Chase, were gained at the track and today the son of Mahler made a winning handicap chase debut to beat runner-up Fitzhenry by nine and a half lengths and maintain his 100% record at the Co Meath venue.De Bromhead, Acheson and Power were each gaining first wins in the E100,000 feature race and Power has himself enjoyed an excellent run of eight winners in five days.