The Racing Week That Was 2/4/17


Monday, we start at Market Rasen. There was a double for Jonjo O'Neill and Aidan Coleman with Timeforwest in the Two Mile Four Furlong Handicap Hurdle. The second leg of the Jonjo O'Neill and Aidan Coleman double was Box Office who up to now is most famous for being Tony McCoy's last ever mount on a racecourse. Box Office did this well seeing off The Clock Leary who ran a race full of promise on debut for Donald McCain. Richard Johnson and Philip Hobbs have been going well recently the duo took the novice hurdle Louis 'Vac Pouch. At Plumpton , there was a double for Gary Moore and Joshua Moore with Mr Fickle and Flashman. There was also a double on the day for trainer Paul Henderson with Turban and Thepartysover. At Wolverhampton,Gavin Cromwell sent Bottleofsmoke over from Ireland to win under Adam Kirby. There was also a win for Alan King's talented hurdler Grumeti. This horse could have a good flat campaign.


Tuesday, we start at Hexham where Peter and Ryan Winks captured the feature race a handicap hurdle over Two Miles Four Furlongs. Beyontemptation took the field along at a good gallop, however at the business end Modulus and Barrys Jack fought out a good finish. Modulus getting the better of it to win by a half length. At Southwell, it was over the jumps. The consistent Riddlestown took the handicap hurdle over Two Miles Four Furlongs. The bumper went to Nicky Henderson and Nico De Boinville with Royal Ruby who is from the same family as Barber Shop and Maestro Royal. At Wolverhampton, Count Octave became the latest Frankel offspring to win. Count Octave won by three lengths it was thirty lengths back to the third horse!!


Wednesday, we start at Sedgefield. The Mares novice hurdle went to Hint Of Grey who got the better of Little Miss Post in a good finish by one and three parts of a length. These two mares are probably above average Little Miss Post was trying to give a stone to Hint Of Grey. The two mares were twelve lengths clear of the third horse. The Three Mile Two Furlong handicap chase went to Boric who made nearly all in game fashion. At Southwell, Michael Bell and Jamie Spencer had a winner with Comprise. At Lingfield, there was a double for Jim Crowley with Hajjam and Balancing Time. It was to be the first of four winners on the day for Jim Crowley. At Kempton, there was a double for Jim Crowley with The Warrior and Dutiful Son.


Thursday, we start at Warwick where Richard Johnson and Philip Hobbs kept up the recent surge with another double. The horses were Longtown who took the maiden hurdle and Mance Rayder who took the bumper which was rough enough in the closing stages. Deauville Crystal took a second good prize in a week for Nigel Hawke and Sean Bowen winning a valuable Fillies juvenile handicap hurdle in good style. At Taunton, it was a good day for the power yards with winners for Paul Nicholls, Harry Fry, Colin Tizzard, Jonjo o'Neill and David Pipe. It is an interesting dynamic that so many of the UK top trainers are in form with Aintree looming. At Wolverhampton, 1,000 Guineas entry Dubai One impressed knuckling down to beat older horses in the handicap over nearly Six Furlongs.  Dubai One was really well backed as well. At Chelmsford , Hollie Doyle and Josephine Gordon had a winner each with Moneyoryourlife and London.

At Limerick, it was student race day with a massive crowd present. Blast Of Koeman finally got off the mark in the maiden hurdle he can go on from here. Adreamstillalive took the Two Mile Handicap hurdle making it four wins in a row getting the better of Charlie Stout by a half length. There were two eye catchers in behind Jennot De Nonant and Plain Talking both will be better over further. This is a race to follow , I reckon it will produce a Punchestown festival and or Fairyhouse festival winner. General Principle won maybe the worst Grade 3 ever run Gordon Elliott said, “It’s a Graded race and fair play to Limerick for putting it on but it was poor turnout. I don’t think we will find a softer Graded race this year". The patience of Willie Mullins paid off as Karalee took the mares novice hurdle after over 600 days off the track. Black Zero deservedly got his turn in the handicap chase over Two Miles One Furlong getting the better of Prickly by two and half lengths. Black Zero was advised to our members 1pt each way at 7/1 . The bumper went to the lethal combination of Joseph O' Brien and Patrick Mullins with the regally bred Mortal winning in great style by five and half lengths. Mortal was advised to our members 2pts win at 9/4, completing an excellent day for our members.


Friday, we start at Wetherby. There was a double on the day for trainer Philip Kirby with Little Bruce and Suggestion. There was a winner for Dan and Harry Skelton with Open Hearted continuing the recent good run of the Skelton team. At Fontwell, there were winners for Nicky Henderson with Brave Eagle and Jonjo O'Neill with Easy Street. At Lingfield,Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning were on target with Tartan Bute in the stayers handicap. At Newcastle, The Sky Is Blazing made a tremendous debut in the Fillies maiden stakes winning by an impressive four lengths. At Dundalk , there was a double for Aidan O'Brien with Asking and The Anvil. The feature race a Seven Furlong Handicap went to Split The Atom who saw off Tribal Path and Isheabayorgrey in a good finish. Ishebayorgrey was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2. Our betting results for March yielded a profit of 47.39 points profit.


Saturday, we start at Doncaster for the opening of the UK flat turf season. The season started in blistering style for Ryan Moore who rattled in a treble in the first three races all on terrestrial TV.Moore won on Tupi 7/1 , Ballet Concerto 8/1 and Kool Kompany 7/1. In a matter of hours the bookmakers were facing a massive pay day at the hands of Saturday Yankee and lucky 15 punters. Ryan Moore was on board Oh This Is US in the feature race the Lincoln. Oh This Is US was backed from 12/1 to 7/2 fav as bookmakers desperately attempted to cut liabilities. The race itself was a thrilling contest going to the ex Aidan O'Brien trained Bravery. It took a brilliant ride from Daniel Tudhope who was drawn 16 and switched his horse right across to the far side. Bravery beat Oh This Is US and Donncha by a neck and a neck. It was a frustrating result for me as I had backed the second and third. Oh This Is Us was advised to our members 1pt each way at 12/1. Donncha was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/1. It was certainly an intriguing start to the flat season. Richard Hannon ended up with a treble on the card thanks to the wins of Boycie, Tupi and Kool Kompany.

At Kempton, the Magnolia Stakes went to Absolute Blast by a neck from Linguistic. The Roseberry went to Big Country who beat Wild Hacked by a length and a half.  Big Country set in motion a treble for Silvestre De Sousa the other horses were Hakam and Jacob Cats. At Uttoxeter , the novices handicap chase went to Greybougg who jumped really well to smash the field by 7 lengths. Greybougg was advised to our members 2pts win at 3/1. At Stratford, there was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Excellent Team and I'll Be Your Clown. Some Buckle bounced back to form to win the two mile six furlong handicap chase for Tom George and Adrian Heskin. At Chelmsford,  Silvestre De Sousa made if four winners on the day on board Masterson. At Navan, there was a double for Stuart Crawford with Our Valentina and Jimmy Breekkie. There were also doubles for Thomas Gibney and Jonathan Moore with Next Bend and Stoughan Cross. Paul Townend rode a double on Our Valentina and Champagne Harmony. The finale was a mares bumper it went in very impressive style to Crackerdancer from Shimmers Rock the margin twenty lengths, Redhotfillypeppers was a well beaten fourth. Shimmers Rock was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2.


Sunday, we start at Fairyhouse . The day belonged to Willie Mullins and Jessica Harrington. Willie Mullins claimed a Grade 2 treble with Ballycasey, Bleu Berry and Al Boum Photo. I thought this is an illustration of what we can expect from Willie Mullins , as he will fight to keep the trainers title. Gordon Elliott expressed the view he is running low on ammunition in the week. I would not necessarily agree with that, however I do think Elliott will need a good return of prize money from the Irish Grand National to hold Willie Mullins off. Jessica Harrington picked a double up at Fairyhouse with Woodland Opera who was superb in the beginners chase . The second leg saw Close Shave give Barry Geraghty a comeback winner. At Cork , Jessica Harrington made it an across the card treble as Make It Hurrah took the finale at Cork. There was a double for trainer William McCreery with Downforce and Elm Grove. There was also a double for Fozzy Stack and Chris Hayes with Angel Island and Son Of Rest.

At Ascot, Paul Nicholls enjoyed a double with Present Man and Sen Benedeto. Present Man was advised to our members 2pts win at 15/8. Paul Nicholls has a real talent for placing his horses the two winners at Ascot illustrated this perfectly. I think Nicholls will really fight Henderson for the UK trainers title despite not having a star grade 1 horse. A remarkable effort from Paul Nicholls. At Doncaster, there was a treble for Godolphin and Saeed Bin Suroor. The three horses were Bin Battuta, Dream Castle and Benbatl. I was really impressed with Benbatl.