The Racing Week That Was 25/11/18


Monday, we start at Plumpton. The opener went to Getaway Trump for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden. At Hereford, there was a double for Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson with Giving Glances and William H Bonney. There was a winner for Dan and Harry Skelton with Renwick. At Kempton, there was a winner for Godolphin with Silver River who bolted up by 4 lengths. The day finished with the news that Newcastle officials are excited at the prospect of Samcro joining last year’s winner Buveur D’Air in what promises to be a vintage renewal of the Betvictor Fighting Fifth Hurdle. Trainer Gordon Elliott turned his attention to the Grade One showpiece at the Gosforth Park track on December 1 after Samcro was a late withdrawal from Sunday’s Morgiana Hurdle because of quick ground at Punchestown.


Tuesday, we start at Fakenham. There was a milestone for Olly Murphy as he reached his 100th winner with Mizen Master in the selling hurdle. Todd advised to our members(1pt each way) at 4/1 placed in the race. At Southwell, over the jumps, there was a treble for Dan and Harry Skelton with Miss Spent, Supremely Lucky and Emmas Joy. At Lingfield, the feature race went to Simon Crisford with Bobby K.


Wednesday, we start at Warwick. There was another win for the progressive Marienstar. There was a double for Nicky Henderson with Beat That and Pacific De Buane. At Chepstow, there was a double for Philip Hobbs with Zanza and Deise Aba. At Hexham, Top Ville Ben was a really impressive win for Philip Kirby. At Kempton, Honest Albert was a good winner for John Gosden. At Wolverhampton, there was a winner for Irish trainer with Earl Of Bunnacurry. At Dundalk, I was really impressed with Beau Warrior for Rory Cleary. There was a double for Sarah Lynam and Danny Sheehy with Sabrina Fairchild and Tyrconnell.


Thursday, we start at ThurlesAlpha Des Obeaux recorded his first win since joining Gordon Elliott over the summer when making all in the Boomerang Animal Bedding And Boomerang Horse & Country Store Chase. This completed a quick short-priced double for Elliott and Davy Russell, who also combined to land the opener with Mrs Lovett (2/5fav). Willie Mullins completed a 6/1 double on the day as Westport Lady readily justified favoritism in the Holycross INH Flat Race. Willie Mullins was earlier on the mark with Irish Lass in the rated novice hurdle.

At Market Rasen, Drovers Lane who was unlucky at Aintree last time out. Drovers Lane bolted up by eleven lengths. At Wincanton, Paul Nicholls enjoyed a double with Capeland and Rhythm Is A Dancer. At Newcastle, Big Kitten was an easy winner for William Haggas. At Wolverhampton, Gavin Cromwell picked up another UK winner with Sbraase.


Friday, we start at Catterick. There were two very impressive winners on the card. The feature race went to Cloth Cap who landed some nice bets for Jonjo O'Neill. The other impressive winner was One Night In Milan. At Ffos Las, Al Dancer was on target at prohibitive odds. At Ascot, there was a good novice hurdle. The race went to Didtheyleaveyoutto who saw off Thomas Darby by a head. This was a good race and both horses can go on from this point. The card was finished with two impressive winners Favorito Bucks and Jolly's Cracked it. At Kempton, there was a treble for Adam Kirby onboard Private Rocket, Saryshagann and Get Back Get Back. At Dundalk, there was a double for Joseph O'Brien and Shane Crosse with Too Precious and Equitant. There was also a double for Michael Halford and Niall McCullagh with La Novia and Karasi.


Saturday, we start at Haydock. Bristol De Mai continued his love affair with Haydock when springing a surprise in the Betfair Chase. It was Bristol De Mai’s fourth win at the Merseyside track from four runs there. Daryl Jacob stated “They were big fences and took some jumping. I got him into a lovely rhythm. He jumped super and you needed to jump today to win and that’s exactly what this lad did.” Bristol De Mai was well on top from Native River by four lengths at the line.  I thought Thistlecrack ran well in third. There was a puzzling run from Might Bite. I felt he was never going in truth. I still think Kempton is his tack and he will improve for a return to that track. Paisley Park stormed home late on to take the stayers hurdle. I think Paisley Park can make up into a good horse for staying hurdles. At Ascot, Politologue had to dig deep to hold Charbel and give trainer Paul Nicholls a sixth success in the Christy 1965 Chase. If That Cap Fits can now look forward to a first start at the top table after staying on powerfully to run out a tenacious winner of the Coral Hurdle. If The Cap Fits looked in real trouble at one point. The way he stayed on bodes well for a champion hurdle bid. The two-mile handicap chase saw went to Caid Du Lin who collared Speredek late on who jumped an incredible round. Speredek advised to our members(1pt each way) at 12/1 placed in the race.

At Huntingdon, there was another winner for Jonjo O'Neill with Aquarian. Jonjo has his horses in good form. At Lingfield, Captain Lars won yet again. At Wolverhampton, there was a four-timer for Adam Kirby with Pushkin Museum, Rockies Sports, Man Of Verve and Dal Horrisgle. At Gowran, there was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Ballyneety and Inca Gold.


Sunday, it was Troytown chase day. Ruby Walsh delivered Easy Game with a perfectly-timed run to win a dramatic renewal of the “Monksfield” Novice Hurdle. Noel Meade brought Gordon Elliott’s winning streak in the Ladbrokes Troytown Chase to an end as Tout Est Permis ran out a comprehensive winner in the feature event the Troytown. Tout Est Permis (9/1) made it two from two since joining Noel Meade when running out a good winner of the Grade B Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan.Local handler Meade last took Proudstown Park's big prize with the Jason Titley-ridden Heist back in 1997 and here he was supplying owners Gigginstown House Stud with another Troytown following on from Tofino Bay (2012) and Empire Of Dirt (2016).

Walk To Freedom highlighted a 471-1 treble for Jessica Harrington at Navan as he triumphed at odds of 20-1 in the Proudstown Handicap Hurdle. The treble was completed by Jetz and Barrington Court. At Exeter, there was a double for Richard Johnson with Vango De Vaige and Monbeg Gold. At Uttoxeter, the feature race went to Dan and Harry Skelton with NotwhatIam.