The Racing Week That Was 24-6-18


Monday, we start at Ayr. There was a winner for Richard Fahey with Society Queen. At Carlisle, there was a double for Mike Easterby and Nathan Evans with Ladies First and Harvest Day.At Nottingham, Silvestre De Sousa was on target with Olympic Odyssey. At Windsor, there was a double for Harry Bentley with Bajan Gold and Rock Eagle. At Naas, I was in attendance the owners facilities are top class. There was a double for Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien with Dali and Darkness Falls.


Tuesday, my blog for the next five days will focus on Royal Ascot. The Royal meeting started on Good To Firm ground. The opening race Queen Anne Stakes went to Accidental Agent took the race at 33/1 by a half-length from Lord Glitters. It was a poor race for the well-fancied horses with Benbatl being heavily backed showing well but fading. Rhododendron never made any show for Aidan O'Brien. The Coventry Stakes saw a breathtaking performance from Calyx who bolted up for John Gosden. The winning margin was a length however on the side Calyx raced he actually was eight lengths in front of the nearest horse. Advertise and Sergei Prokoviev ran well in second and third. The King's Stand saw a clash between Battash and Lady Aurelia. It was the first defeat for Lady Aurelia at Royal Ascot who was well held in seventh place.  Battash got warm beforehand, however, ran a cracker to finish second. The race went to Blue Point who likes Ascot and was well on top at the line for Godolphin. Mabs Cross ran well in third.

The feature race the St James Palace Stakes went to Without Parole who was being put up as the worst market leader of the week by many experts. It did not pan out that way as Without Parole was victorious for Sir Michael Stoute. I thought Gustav Klimt ran a blinder in second beaten a half-length Wootton was up for third. The Irish 2000 Guineas winner Romanised was never a factor. The Ascot stakes was once again a triumph for Willie Mullins who saddled a 1-3-4-5 remarkable stuff. The race went Lagostovegas who has been knocking on the door in big flat handicaps. Dubawi Fifty was second. The two horses who finished first and second in this race. The Cesarewitch from last season saw these two horses place. This form should be worth revisiting. LagostoVegas was advised to our members' 0.5pt each way at 11/1. The Wolferton Stakes went to Monarchs Glen. The result of this race meant a treble for Frankie Dettori and John Gosden with Monarchs Glen, Calyx and Without Parole.


Wednesday, day two of Royal Ascot.It was the group 2 Queen Mary up first. There was a real boil over in this one as Signora Cabello narrowly prevailed in a blanket three-way finish. It was Gossamer Wings in second and Shades Of Blue in third. The favourite Chelsea Cloisters was never in contention for Wesley Ward. The Queens Vase a Group 2 saw Kew Gardens led home a one-two-three for Aidan O’Brien as he dominated the Queen’s Vase to gain a first winner of the week at Royal Ascot. The placed horses were Southern France who was never really a factor but ran on strongly. Nelson was always up with the pace and ran very well. Southern France advised to our members' 1pt each way at 5/1. Aljazzi went one better than 12 months ago when routing the opposition in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes. Aljazzi  moved powerfully through the race readily seeing off Tribute Act in second and Wilamania who ran well in third.  Wilamania advised to our members' 1pt each way at 8/1.

Poet’s Word created history in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes to give Sir Michael Stoute a record-breaking 76th Royal Ascot victory and lower the colours of Cracksman in the process. Waiting patiently for success has never been an issue for Sir Michael Stoute, it paid off here as Poet’s Word captured the feature race. Poets Word  was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 11/2.  The Royal Hunt Cup went to Settle For Bay for David Marnane and Billy Lee to give Ireland a rare victory in this type of race at Royal Ascot. Sir Michael Stoute put the seal on a memorable afternoon when Expert Eye stormed home in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. I must admit Expert Eye looks a sprinter and I expect him to continue to improve for dropping back in trip.


Thursday, it was day 3 of Royal Ascot. The Norfolk Stakes went to Shang Shang Shang who clung on grimly to provide Wesley Ward with another Royal Ascot success in the Norfolk Stakes. Pocket Dynamo was second beaten a nose and Land Force ran a cracker in third. Land Force was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 8/1. Ryan Moore rode his 50th winner at Royal Ascot as Hunting Horn dominated his rivals in the Hampton Court Stakes. Hunting Horn came home five lengths clear from Crossed Baton. The Ribblesdale Stakes saw Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien complete a double. Magic Wand dominated her rivals to run out a winner by four lengths from Wild IllusionMagic Wand was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 4/1

The Feature race of the week the Ascot Gold Cup. Stradivarius claimed victory in a thrilling renewal of the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori, the four-year-old was a 7-4 joint-favourite as he stepped up to two and a half miles for the first time in his career. Stradivarius saw off Vazirabad and Torcedor in a thrilling finish. Order Of St George was back in fourth seemingly not acting on the ground. Stradivarius was advised to our members' 3pts win at 2/1. Champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa was at his brilliant best as he steered Ostilio to victory in the Britannia Stakes seeing off Curiosity and MagnificentBaghdad claimed a narrow victory after a thrilling climax to the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot.The three-year-old was one of six runners for trainer Mark Johnston in an 18-strong field and was a 9-1 shot under Andrea Atzeni to follow up his victory at York last month.


Friday, it was day 4 of Royal Ascot. The Albany Stakes. Main Edition maintained her unbeaten record with victory in the Albany Stakes seeing off Le Pelosa and Fairyland who both ran fine races. Old Persian was a clear-cut winner of the King Edward VII Stakes from Rostropovich and Giuseppe Garibaldi. a race dominated by Godolphin and Coolmore. Giuseppe Garibaldi advised to our members' 1pt each way at 8/1. Eqtidaar clung on for victory in the Commonwealth Cup another winner in a great week for Sir Michael Stoute. The feature race saw Alpha Centauri who provided Jessica Harrington with a first Royal Ascot success after a brilliant victory in the Coronation StakesAlpha Centauri bolted up by six lengths from Threading. Jamie Spencer was coolness personified as he brought Agrotera from last to first in the Sandringham Stakes. David Elsworth and Silvestre de Sousa combined to land the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot with Dash Of Spice.


Saturday, it was day 5 of Royal Ascot. Arthur Kitt claimed a fairy tale success in the Chesham Stakes following in his mother's hoof printsArthur Kitt saw Nate The Great off by a neck. Crystal Ocean provided Sir Michael Stoute with an 11th victory in the Hardwicke Stakes. Crystal Ocean could not have had a better run race. Idaho rolled along and set it up for Crystal Ocean, who can have a good season. Soldier’s Call provided fledgling trainer Archie Watson with his first winner at Royal Ascot with victory in the Windsor Castle Stakes. Sabre, Dom Carlos, and Van Beethoven all ran crackers. Van Beethoven advised to our members' 1pt each way at 8/1 placed in the race.

Merchant Navy came out on top in a thrilling climax to a dramatic renewal of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. It was a great finish to a pulsating race. Merchant Navy saw City Light and Bound For Nowhere in an epic finish. Harry Angel lost his race in the stalls and sustained an injury hopefully he will be back soon. Bacchus narrowly outpointed the gambled-on Dreamfield to claim the Wokingham Stakes. Dreamfield went off 2/1 fav it was as big as a gamble as I can remember in a race like this. Queen Alexandra stakes saw a Cheltenham Festival as Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins fought out the finish. Pallasator got it done for Gordon Elliott. It may have started with more of a whimper than a bang, but there was no stopping Flat racing’s most fearsome force of Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore and Coolmore dominating events at Royal Ascot once again. The group claimed the owner, trainer and jockey titles.


Sunday, we start at Gowran. Our syndicate horse Mokhalad ran in the feature race. Mokhalad gave his all earlier the start killed our chances after he got hampered coming out of the stalls. We know where we are going now and are looking forward to the rest of the summer. Rory Cleary superb as always. The race went to St Brelades Bay for Jessica Harrington. There was a double for Seamie Heffernan on board Ming and Curly. At Hexham, Ever So Much was on the mark for JP McManus. At Worcester, there was a double for DR. Richard Newland with Inessa and Destinys Gold. At Pontefract, there was a double for Mark Johnston with Bayshore Freeway and Rainbow Rebel.