The Racing Week That Was 24/7/16


Monday, we start at Ayr. There was a double for Keith Dalgleish who continues to churn out the winners. The first leg was Forever a lady who won the 7 furlong handicap dictating the slow pace from the front to hold on by a half length. The second leg of the Dalgleish double was Archies Advice who was a worthy winner of the 1 mile 1 furlong handicap by a length and a half. The Dalgleish delight on the day, did not end at Ayr as Keith Dalgleish sent out another winner at Cartmel. It was Mixboy who took the beginners chase by 26 lengths. Fantasy King added to his excellent record at Cartmel winning the 2 miles 1 furlong handicap chase. At Beverley , Richard Fahey kept up his excellent recent run with another winner as The Wagon Wheel took the 5 furlongs fillies maiden. At Windsor, Richard Hughes picked up another winner to keep his good run going as Bunbury ran out a good winner of the 1 mile handicap. At Ballinrobe, there was a double for Pat Smullen with Burma Star for boss Dermot Weld . The second leg of the Smullen double came on board the useful dual purpose horses Swamp fox who won by 8 lengths. Swamp Fox must head to Galway with a big chance flat or hurdles. Full Court Press took the 1 mile 5 furlong handicap by 7 lengths for Johnny and Caroline Murtagh. The victory of Full Court Press was good news for our members who were advised a (1pt each way bet at 7/2) there was a 25% rule 4 however which was frustrating. This result combined with Castle guest (6/1) placing earlier in the card, who was in an each way double with Full Court Press meant a good day for us.


Tuesday, We start at Ffos Las where her majesty the queen had a winner in the shape of Maths Prize. Andrew Balding has been getting plenty of winners recently, he got another here as Loaded, took the 7 furlong maiden. At Musselburgh, Richard Fahey kept his own run going as Novinophobia won the 7 furlong handicap. At Chelmsford ,former Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford had a smart winner of the 6 furlong maiden in Maakasib confirming the good impression made at York on debut. Sir Mark Prescott has been hitting form lately. Sir Mark had another winner with Cote d'azur who took the 1 mile 2 furlongs handicap in comprehensive style. The card at Nottingham was tricky. I thought the 5 furlong handicap was an interesting race. The race went to Oriental relation who just held off Master Bond, the pair were 3 lengths clear of the third horse. I reckon Oriental relation and Master Bond should be kept on side in these type of contests. At Ballinrobe , Cradle mountain got a deserved turn in the maiden hurdle for Joseph O'Brien. The good run of Noel Meade continued as Rise of an Empire took the 2 mile 5 furlong novice hurdle. The feature race saw Little Harath win by 9 lengths under Paul Townend. This horse will be hard to stop wherever he appears next. Sharlanda won the 2m handicap hurdle in determined fashion for Colm Murphy and Robble Power. I thought Buonarotti Boy was far from straightforward back in 4th, with the track perhaps not suiting.


Wednesday, we start at Sandown. There was a treble on the night for Jamie Osbourne and Jamie Spencer. I have stated before in this blog that Jamie Spencer is one of favourite jockeys, the mans talent is simply incredible. The treble here showed Spencer at his finest the three horses had all got quirks, however Spencer took his time and produced all three horses to win very late. The three horses were Ice Royal, Outer Space and Life less ordinary. At Bath, there was a double for trainer Clive Cox and a treble for Adam Kirby who rode the Cox winners.  The horses to win for Cox were Pine Ridge and Barroche. The Kirby treble was completed aboard Rum Sizzle. Also at Bath, Andrew Balding and William Haggas had another winner each to keep both trainers recent respective runs going. At Catterick, Mark Johnston had a double with Jacquard and Teofonic. Franny Norton the jockey for the Johnston double. Spirit Of Zebedee followed up the win at Ripon on 16-7-16 with another win here for trainer John Quinn.

At Lingfield, Turanga Leela bolted up in the claimer winning by 6 lengths for Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote. Excellent Sounds got reward for some consistent efforts by winning, the 7 furlong handicap in convincing style for Hughie Morrison and Jim Crowley. At Leicester, there was another winner on the day for Clive Cox as Peter Park took the 6 furlong handicap by a head. At Naas, the dark angel listed stakes went to Fort Del Oro who traveled well through the race.  A step back up to group races surely beckons for Fort Del Oro. Endless drama got his season back on track to win the finally at prohibitive odds of 1/3 for Ger Lyons. There was a double on the card for jockey Gary Carroll with Three Bells and Mr Scarlet.


Thursday, we start at Sandown. It was a day of doubles. The form of Andrew Balding's stable has been excellent in the last few weeks. The trend was to continue here with a double on the day with Night law and Able Jack. There was also a double on the day for Frankie Dettori with Goodwood Mirage and On her toes. The victory of On her toes was another winner for in form trainer William Haggas. At WorcesterAdam Du Breteau finally put his potential to good use winning the 2 miles 7 furlongs handicap chase. Adam Du Breteau won by 7 lengths I think this horse despite quirks has a huge engine. The victory of Adam Du Breteau was good news for our members who were advised (a 2pts win bet at 3/1). At Yarmouth,  there was a winner for the returning to form trainer Luca Cumani giving another winner for red hot Jamie Spencer in the process. At Doncaster, there was a double for John Gosden with Samharry and Raven's corner. There was another winner for William Haggas as Gravity flow held of Roll on Rory. I think both horses can win again this season. At Newbury, Rajar took the 6 furlong nursery for Richard Hannon. Rajar was underestimated by the market here, she looks a filly to keep on side.

At Leopardstown, there was a very decent card. It was to prove a night of triumph for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore with a treble. The first league of the treble was Douglas Macarthur who bolted up in the 1 mile maiden by 5 lengths. Douglas Macarthur was backed as if defeat was out of the question first time out, Douglas Macarthur showed why that was here. Douglas Macarthur must be a Derby contender for 2017. The second leg of the treble was Promise To Be True who won the Group 3 Silver flash stakes for fillies. Promise To Be True ran out a comfortable winner by a length and a quarter.  The third leg of the treble was Churchill who won the Group 3  Tyros stakes. Churchill had to fight really hard but was well on top in the last furlong I felt despite winning only by a neck.  Alexios Kommenos ran a blinder in second for Tommy Stack and Wayne Lordan. At Limerick, there was a double for Eric McNamara with Italian Riviera and Irish Bullentin. There was a double also for Gordon Elliott with Kashmiri Sunset and An Caisteal Nuadh. I was impressed with Heron Heights. I thought this horse was a good winner of the 2 mile 3 furlongs novice chase for Henry De Bromhead and Andrew Lynch.


Friday, we start at Ascot where there was a double for Sir Mark Prescott. The first leg of the double was Sea of Heaven who won the 2 mile handicap by a half length from Nakeeta who ran very well. It was close but no cigar for our members who had (1pt each way at 8/1). The second leg of the Prescott double came as Red Box took the 1 mile Fillies listed stakes by a short head and a neck from Irish Rookie and Namhroodah that was only part of the story. There was controversy post race as Ryan Moore and Jamie Spencer exchanged heated words on the back of their mounts. Ryan Moore clearly felt Spencer had hampered him. Irish Rookie was promoted to second and Namhroodah demoted to third having originally finishing first. Red Box who originally finished second was awarded the race. At Thirsk, there was another winner for the red hot William Haggas team as Glitter Girl took the 1 mile fillies maiden. The card at Uttoxeter was moderate, however it was impossible not be impressed with Knight Batchelor who won the 2 miles 3 furlongs handicap hurdle by 16 lengths.

At Chepstow, there was a double for John O'Shea with Diamonds a dancing and Ring eye. At Newmarket, the 7 furlong nursery went in impressive style to Montataire for Mark Johnston and James Doyle. At York, Sir Mark Prescott picked up his third winner of the day as Cote d'Azur took the apprentice handicap. There was also a winner for Sir Michael Stoute as Diploma took the Fillies listed stakes by an impressive 3 and a half lengths. At Down Royal, the feature race her majesty's plate saw Stellar Mass win for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning .Stellar Mass had placed in the Irish derby prior to this deserving his turn here. Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning completed a double with Brontide who won the 1 mile 2 furlongs handicap. At Wexford, King's Wharf won the handicap chase for Willie Mullins despite some indifferent jumps. This horse clearly has a big engine. I reckon King's Wharf   will be turned out again very soon. As De Pique won the 3 miles 1 furlong handicap chase for the second year in a row for Gavin CromwellAs De Pique has shown he is capable of running up a sequence in the past. I would not be surprised if the same happened again. The ultra shrewd Cromwell plotting the races out to suit As De Pique.


Saturday, we start at Ascot which hosted a very good card . The Princess Margaret Fillies group 3 saw, Fair Eva a daughter of the brilliant Frankel put her reputation on the line. Fair Eva did not disappoint tanking through the race to bolt up by 4 lengths for Frankie Dettori and Roger Charlton. This was a really good performance. The Gigaset Handicap over 7 furlongs saw a number of standing dishes report for duty. The race went to Librisa Breeze who had been the subject of a massive punt at the royal meeting. The punters were back in again as they smashed into Librisa Breeze at all rates from (10/1 - 4/1). There was never really any doubt as Librisa Breeze moved well through the race to win by a length and a half under Robert Winston. The King George VI was the feature race on the day. The race was a triumph for Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien as the thoroughly admirable Highland Reel won by a length and a quarter. Ryan Moore showed all his tactical brilliance here bouncing Highland Reel out to make the running, dictating the pace of the race. In truth Highland Reel never looked in trouble. Wings of desire and Dartmouth ran decent races to finish second and third , however they could never really challenge Highland Reel. I thought Sir Isaac Newton ran quite well in fourth.The card at Ascot concluded with another winner for Andrew Balding as Real Dominion bolted up by 6 lengths in the 1 mile 4 furlong handicap.

At York, the group 2 York stakes went to Time test in workmanlike fashion by 3 parts of a length from Mondialiste. Time test is better then he showed here but I was left slightly underwhelmed by this effort. The sky bet dash over 6 furlongs went to Kimberella for Dandy Nicholls and Franny Norton. Kimberella got his reward for some very good efforts in defeat this season. The horses in behind I thought Lexington Abbey who finished fifth despite being flat out the whole race was noteworthy. At Chester, Andrew Balding picked up another double giving jockey Rob Hornby a double as well. The horses were Viscount Barfieldand Great and small. The 5 furlong handicap went to course specialist Blithe Spirit who made all the running to win by 2 and a quarter lengths. The victory of Blithe Spirit was good news for our members who were advised a (1pt each way bet at 7/2). At Newmarket, there was a double for  Kevin Ryan with Mont Kiara and Broken stones. There was nothing of note at Newcastle to my eyes. At Lingfield ,Scarpeta deservedly got got his head in front in the 1 mile 6 furlong handicap for Mark Johnston. At Salisbury, there was a double for Ralph Beckett with Desert way and Shozita. At Gowran, it was quiet before Galway as expected. There was a rare site however as Aidan O'Brien sent out a 16/1 winner of the 1 mile fillies maiden in Butterflies.The 1 mile 1 furlong auction race went to Tonkinese for Michael Halford.


Sunday, we start at Uttoxeter where there was a double for Richard Johnson. The first leg was Milan Bound for Jonjo O'Neill who took the 2 miles 4 furlongs novice chase. The race itself saw an unfortunate incident when Presenting Arms the favorite was carried out at the 11th fence when in with a chance. The second leg of the double saw Johnson at his strongest getting Sharp Rise up despite swishing his tail in the 2 mile 4 furlong handicap. The favorite, Easy street was moving into contention when belting the third last fence. Easy Street will have to tidy up his jumping, however he has ability. The 3 mile handicap went to Uttoxeter specialist, Big Sound who made all the running for a decisive 4 and a half length victory. The victory of Big Sound was good news for our members who were advised a (1pt each way bet at 5/1). There was a 25% rule 4 deduction unfortunately due to non runners. At Pontefract , there was a double for Sir Michael Stoute. The first leg of the double was Convey who took the 1 mile listed race in commanding fashion by 3 and a quarter lengths. I thought Master Carpenter ran a decent race in third. Convey can go on from here. The second leg of the Stoute double was Khairaat who took the 1 mile maiden by 3 and a half lengths. Khairaat should also progress from here. At Carlilse , there was a double for Brian Ellison with  Top of the Glas and Mister Royal. There was another winner for red hot trainer William Haggas as His Kyallachy won the 1 mile 1 furlong maiden. The victory of His Kyallachy completed a double on the day for jockey Ben Curtis.