The Racing Week That Was 25/2/18


Monday, we start at Lingfield over the jumps. There was a double for Aidan Coleman on board After Aspen and Fleminport. The feature race was the Surrey National it went to The Artful Cobbler for Henry Daly and Andrew Tinkler. At Carlisle, there was a double for Brian Hughes on board Shanroe Santos and Windsor Avenue. I was very impressed with Blottos who won for Sue Smith and Danny Cook. At Kempton, there was a double for Fran Berry on board American Gigolo and Frozen Lake.


Tuesday, we start at Taunton. There was a double for Colin Tizzard who has really turned the corner in the last few weeks. The horses were The Russian Doyen and Muffins For Tea. I thought  The Russian Doyen was very good here. Nicky Henderson was on target with Big Robin. At Wetherby, there was a winner for Sue Smith and Danny Cook. At Wolverhampton, there was a winner for Olly Murphy and Lisa O'Neill with Compatriot.  At Clonmel, the Grade 3 Surehall novice hurdle went in emphatic style to Chris's Dream who won by 64 lengths both Gigginstown horses were found to be post-race distressed so a word of caution there. Chris's Dream could, however, use this race as a springboard to the Albert Bartlett as his stablemate Monalee did last season.


Wednesday, we start at Punchestown. There was a treble for Willie Mullins. The feature race the Quevega hurdle went to Meri Devie coming home a five-length winner. The Mullins treble was concluded by Cut Thre Mustard and Redhotfillypeppers. At Doncaster, the veterans handicap was the feature race. It went to Band Of Blood who stormed to victory late on for the really talented Dr. Richard Newland. It was good news for our members as Band Of Blood was advised to our members' 2pts win at 5/2. At Ludlow, there was a double for Henry Daly with Goohar and Spider's Bite. At Newcastle, the fast track qualifier went to Corinthia Knight. The feature race a class 2 handicap went to Straight Right for Andrew Balding. At Kempton, there was a treble for Oisin Murphy on board Tribal Warrior, Native Fighter, and Karijini.


Thursday, we start at Huntingdon. There was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Starcrossed and Rene's Girl who took the £75 K mares chase. At Sedgefield, Dr. Richard Newland was on target again as Aaron Lad won. At Southwell, trainer Olly Murphy got a winner on the flat with Avocet. At Chelmsford, Andrew Balding was on target with Danzan. At Thurles, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Blow By Blow and Sir Carno. There was another double on the card as Denis Hogan scored with Moskovite and Youcancallherthat.


Friday, we start at Exeter. There were winners for Paul Nicholls with Master Tommytucker and Nick Williams with Coo Star Sivola. The Devon National was a real slog it went to seasoned campaigner in Dawson City. At Warwick, there was a double for Alan King with Doctor Bartolo and Midnightreferendum. At Lingfield, there was a winner for John Levins and Donagh O'Connor on a raid from Ireland with Your Pal Tal. At Wolverhampton, there was a winner for Ivan Furtado with Murdanova. At Dundalk, there was a double for Declan McDonogh with Clebourne and Nimitz. The apprentice handicap went to Ineffable who done my selection Easy boy on the line. Easy Boy was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 6/1.


Saturday, we start at Kempton which hosted a top class card. There was a treble on the card for Paul Nicholls. The first leg of the Nicholls treble was Cyrname who took the Pendil novice chase surviving an x rated mistake. The second leg of the treble was Favorito Bucks who held off Kayf Blanco in a great finish. Kayf Blanco 405 Kempton (4/1) & The Mighty Don 115 Kempton (13/2) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. The Nicholls treble was completed by Danny Kirwan who looked a smart prospect in the bumper. The Adonis hurdle which has been a good trial for the Triumph Hurdle. This years race went in emphatic style to Redicean who made it three from three over hurdles for Alan King. Redicean will be a big player in the Triumph. The feature race was the Betdaq handicap chase. It went to Master Dee who saw off Ballykan in very good style under Barry Geraghty. Ballykan was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 14/1.

At Newcastle, it was Eider Chase day. The Eider itself was a tremendous race. It went to Baywing who ran down West Of The Edge by 4 lengths. West Of The Edge was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 11/1. West Of The Edge 245 Newcastle (11/1) & Ballykan 335 Kempton (14/1) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. At Chepstow, Paul Nicholls was on target again with Moabit. The Pertemps qualifier went to Carnspindle for Warren Greatrex. At Lingfield, the winter Derby saw a controversial finish. Mr. Owen was first past the post, however, was correctly disqualified for Master The World to get awarded the race. At Wolverhampton, Alan King got another winner on the day as Lady Peresphone. At Fairyhouse, there was a first winner for trainer Padraig Roche who has taken over from his father Christy. The horse was Out Of The Loop. There was a double for Willie Mullins with Cadmium and Bellshill who took the Bobbyjo Chase. Bellshill may now go for the Irish Grand National. There was also a double for Gordon Elliott with Sometime Soon and Mitchouka.


Sunday, we start at Naas. It was a very decent card. There were doubles for Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott.  The Mullins double saw Uradel who take the novice hurdle. The Mullins double was completed by Carefully Selected who took the bumper in good style and will now head for the Cheltenham Festival. The two graded races went to Gordon Elliott as Doctor Phoenix and Hardline obliged. Those two horses are heading for the Fairyhouse Easter Festival. At Fontwell, there was a four-timer for Paul Nicholls. The feature race saw Lil Rockerfeller battle out with Old Guard. The Nicholls horse getting the better of it by a length and a half. The other three Nicholls winners were Copain De Classe, The Last But One and Unioniste. At Southwell, over the jumps, the feature race went to Peter and Sean Bowen with Jeannot De Nonant.