The Racing Week That Was 24-2-19


Monday, we start at Lingfield over the jumps. The Boss's Dream was on target for the potent combination of Byrony Frost and Neil King. The years were rolled back by the once very talented Le Reve who captured the Surrey National under an inspired ride from Maxine Tissier. At Carlisle, there was a double for Tom Lacey with Dorking Cook and Lossiemouth. At Newcastle, Lion Hearted made it four wins on the spin since January 24th for Michael Appleby. There was a dead heat in the last race between Mutadel and Duke Casimo.


Tuesday, we start at Wetherby. The feature race went to Movie Legend asserting late on. Mixboy advised to our members (1pt each way) 7/1 placed in the race. At Taunton, Paul Nicholls kept up his fine run with Capitaine taking the feature race. At Wolverhampton, Just That Lord took the feature race.


Wednesday, we start at Punchestown. Eight-times Champion Trainer Noel Meade bagged a treble at Punchestown today as his newcomer Sellarbridge landed the concluding Bumper for jockey Mark O'Hare. Meade was earlier successful with Cap York and The Caddy Rose. There was a double for Willie Mullins on the card with Allez Dance and Laurina. I still do not know what to make of Laurina. I could see her enjoying a stronger pace, to me it is a leap of faith to back her at 4/1 in a champion hurdle. At Ludlow, there was a double for Dan Skelton with Redzor and Monsieur D'arque. At Doncaster, Looking Well took the feature race for Nicky Richards.

At Newcastle, there was a double for Adam Kirby on board American Graffiti and Keyser Soze. At Chelmsford, there were doubles for Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning with Lucky Deal and Matterhorn. At Wolverhampton, the feature race went to Blame Culture.


Thursday, we start at Thurles. There was a double for Gordon Elliott and Jack Kennedy with Invincible Cave and Mrs. Lovett. The feature race went to Go Another One, Notebook advised to our members (1pt each way) 6/1 placed in the race. At Huntingdon, Air De Rock took the handicap chase. Sackett advised to our members (1pt each way) 16/1 placed in the race. It was a decent day for our members rounded off by Notebook 6/1  and Sackett 435 Huntingdon 16/1 Advised to our members 0.5pt each way double, both placing.

At Sedgefield, Christian Williams had another successful visit as Cap Du Nord was on target. Nothing stood out at Southwell. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Richard Fahey with War Tiger and Gabrial The Tiger. At Chelmsford, Executive Force made it four wins on the spin. At Meydan, Divine Image took the UAE oaks for Godolphin.


Friday we start at Warwick. There was another winner for Christian Williams with Uno Mas. At Catterick, Away For Slates bounced back to form. There was a double for Richard Johnson on board Solstice Star and Floating Rock. At Exeter, Flemcara took the Pertemps qualifier. At Lingfield, Maksab took the feature. At Chelmsford, racing was abandoned after two races due to fog. At Dundalk, Hasselnott took the feature race congratulations to our friend James McCauley and his family on the victory.


Saturday, we start at Kempton. There was a double for Paul Nicholls with Southfield Stone and Enrilo. The 888 Sport went to Walt for Neil Mulholland. Fusil Raffles sent out a statement of intent in making his British debut a winning one when giving trainer Nicky Henderson a record fifth victory in the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle. Fusil Raffles sustained a cut in the race which must make him a doubt for Cheltenham. Bags Groove set up a trip to Aintree in April after getting his season back on course with victory in the 888Sport Pendil Novices’ Chase. At Newcastle, the feature race went to Crosspark who beat Mysteree by a neck in a tight finish. At Chepstow, the feature race went to Eamon An Cnoic for David Pipe. At Lingfield, Wissahickon took the winter Derby for John Gosden. At Wolverhampton, Miss Crick was on target for Alan King.

At Fairyhouse, there was a double for Willie Mullins with Eight and Bob, the feature race also went to Mullins as Rathvinden won on seasonal debut. This was Mullins eight win in the Bobbyjo Chase. Rathvinden must have a very good chance at Aintree in the Grand National. There was a double on the card for Gordon Elliott with Graineyhill and Fury Road.


Sunday, we start at FontwellVision Des Flos finally gained the big-race victory he has long threatened when claiming the NetBet Casino National Spirit Hurdle. There was a double for Paul Nicholls with Ostuni and Hugos Other Horse. At Carlisle, Conas Taoi was on target for Christian Williams who has had a great week. At Naas, there was a double for Gavin Cromwell with Ming Dynasty and Livingstone's Quest. The was a win for Cadmium booked his ticket to the Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham in winning the WhatOddsPaddy? Chase. The feature race went to Poker Party under Rachael Blackmore. It was good news for our members. Poker Party advised to our members (1pt each way) 11/2.