The Racing Week That Was 24/12/17


Monday, we start at  Musselburgh. Silver Concorde could be in line for a return to the Cheltenham Festival after claiming his second success since joining Keith Dalgleish. There was a double for Andrew Lynch for two different Irish trainers in Karl Thornton and Jim Dreaper. The horses were Rancher Lass and Mullaghmurphy Blue. The win for Mullaghmurphy Blue was good news for our members Mullaghmurphy Blue was advised to our members' 2pts win at 5/2 won the 110 at Musselburgh (Rule 4 deduction of 10%). Mullaghmurphy Blue won by sixteen lengths. At Plumpton, there were doubles for Zoe Davison, Gary Moore, and Anthony Honeyball. The horses were Frank N Fair and Finnegans Garden obliging for Zoe Davison.  The winners for Gary Moore were Not Another Muddle and Le Capricieux. The Anthony Honeyball team has been having a great run, the double on the day for Honeyball was Sam Brown and Hideaway Vic. At Ffos Las, Jonjo O'Neill was on target again with Steel Native. Jonjo O'Neill is having his best run for some time in my view. At Wolverhampton, I was impressed with Pure Shores for Ian Williams.


Tuesday, we start at CatterickSolo Saxophone gives Frankel a first winner over jumps for Dan Skelton. There was drama in the beginner's chase as Alzammaar finished alone. Martin Keighly has been getting plenty of winners he was on target with Buckle Street here. At Southwell, David Barron was on the mark with Mama Africa. At Fakenham, Rio Quinto won by 34 lengths for Olly Murphy and Richard Johnson.


Wednesday, we start at Newbury there was a treble for Nicky Henderson and Nico De Boinville with Style De Garde, Mr. Whipped, and Pacific De Baune. There was another winner for Anthony Honeyball as Ma Parfois made it two wins in 5 days. At Ludlow, Nicky Henderson made it four on the day with Melangerie who initiated a double for James Bowen. There was another winner for Nigel Twiston Davies with Collins Brother. The feature race went to Relentless Dreamer for Rebecca Curtis and James Bowen with Relentless Dreamer. It was good news for our members. Relentless Dreamer advised to our members 0.75pt each way at 6/1. At Kempton, there was a double for Oisin Murphy and David Simcock with Worship and Veena. The David Simcock team completed a treble with Cool Breeze. At Lingfield, Oisin Murphy made it a treble on the day with Mewtow.


Thursday, a day that will live forever in my mind and heart. We start at Dundalk, were our syndicate horse Mokhalad was in action. Mokhalad delivered on the promise he had shown us in no uncertain terms. Mokhalad traveled powerfully through the contest and saw off Guanabara Bay by a head. We knew going into the race Mokhalad was in good form he had done a sparkling piece of work the previous Friday at Dundalk. Rory Cleary felt he was really well. Damian English thinks a lot of Mokhalad and we tried him over six furlongs on 6-12-17. That was the day Mokhalad really learned.  Mokhalad landed some nice bets for us (25/1 - 10/1) for the syndicate their families and friends it will be a very Merry Christmas.We gave Mokhalad a heroes reception compared to a Cheltenham winner by the Dundalk MC. We can scarcely believe it we have had Mokhalad 3 months and he has been a pleasure to be involved with. For me, it was a lifelong ambition fulfilled to have a winner. We partied hard into the night and enjoyed every minute of it. I must give great credit to Damian English and all the team they have done a superb job with Mokhalad.  As everybody knows Mokhalad is really well bred and cost a fortune as a foal. Mokhald was bred for the job, but its Damian and his team who have trained Mokhalads mind and body.The care and attention Mokhalad gets is nothing short of incredible. The welcome in the yard is unreal. We regularly visit Mokhalad and are actively encouraged to do so. The road ahead for Mokhalad is there we have a number of plans for Mokhalad. Whatever way the cards fall we know that Damian English and his team has the key to Mokhalad. We will be back Damian 100% and look forward to whatever happens next. We believe Mokhalad will be better on grass.

To all my supporters, friends and family thanks for all the good wishes, it was great to see so many get a kick out of Mokhalad's win. I must finish off by saying that Johnny Maher deserves massive credit. Johnny manages the Galaxy social media.  Johnny Maher insisted on us getting Mokhalad despite me saying no several times. Johnny, I can never thank you enough. We will always have this day.

The rest of Dundalk, to be honest, is a bit of a blur. There was a double for Ben Martin Coen on board No approval and Smart Stinger. There was another winner for Anthony McCann who is in really good form. This time with Fashaar. There was a double for Killian Leonard on board Snow Patch and Free To Roam. At Towcester, there were winners for Dan Skelton and Nicky Henderson with Al Shahir and Rather Be. At Exeter, there was another winner for Anthony Honeyball as Drops Of Jupiter did the business. At Southwell, there was a double for Andrew Mullen with Kommander Kirkup and Lean On Pete. At Chelmsford, Complicit won for Irish trainer Johnny Levins.


Friday, the morning after the night before. We start at Ascot there was a double for Nicky Henderson and Nico De Boinville with Divine Spear and Claimantakinforgan. It was a good day for our members Divine Spear was advised to our members' 3pts win at 13/8. At Ayr, there was a double for James Ewart with Charmant and Sao Maxence. At Uttoxeter, there was a double for Sean Bowen on board Malapie and Hansupfordetroit. At Southwell, there was a treble for Fran Berry on board Princess Way, Ochos Rios, and Sonnetist. At Dundalk, there was a treble for Kevin Manning with Mainicin, Theobald and Canford Art.


Saturday, we start at Ascot. The feature race was the Long Walk Hurdle, it saw the emergence of a new staying hurdling star in Sam Spinner. This was a performance right from the top drawer making all the running and winning by two and three parts of a length from L'ami Serge. I was very impressed with Sam Spinner he could be very good. The Silver Cup a 100K class 1 handicap went to Gold Present for Nicky Henderson and Nico De Boinville. The feature race the two-mile handicap hurdle saw a red letter day for Olly Murphy who booked Jack Kennedy for Hunters Call. It was clear that Murphy had Hunters Call primed to deliver and he duly did. I thought the placed horses were all of the serious interest going forward, Silver Streak, Verdana Blue and Bleu Et Rogue.

At Newcastle, there was a treble for Brian Hughes on board The Great Getaway, Kauto Riko and Very First Time. At Haydock, there was a treble for Donald McCain with Testify, Ubaltique and Chti Balko. The feature race was the Tommy Whittle chase it went in excellent style to Captain Redbeard who jumped for fun and made most of the running. At Lingfield, the feature race was the Quebec it went to Petite Jack for Archie Watson and Luke Morris.