The Racing Week That Was 25/3/18

19-3-18

Monday, we start at Limerick. There was a double for Tim Hyde in the two divisions of the bumper with Feelin Groovy and Kelp Forest. At Down Royal, there was a treble for Gordon Elliott with Icario, Mala Beach, and Tintangle. It was good news for our members who had Mala Beach 430 Down Royal (4/7) & Tintangle 555 Down Royal (5/6) advised to our members' 3pts win double. At Lingfield, Cliffs Of Dover won a second race on the flat for Paul Nicholls.

20-3-18

Tuesday, we start at Clonmel. There were winners for Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott with Poly Rock and Black Bar. At Wetherby, the feature race went to Venetia Williams with Eminent Poet. The bumper went to the smart Good Boy Bobby. At Newcastle, there was a winner for Sir Mark Prescott with Rude Awakening.

21-3-18

Wednesday, we start at Chepstow. There was a treble on the day for Nick Scholfield. The horses were Garrane, Reelingintheyears, and Beallandendall. At Haydock, Calipso Collonges made it four wins on the spin for Olly Murphy. At Kempton, there was a double for jockey Nicola Currie with Spare Parts and Folles Bergeres. At Southwell, on the flat Keith Dalgleish was on target with Acker Bilk. At Limerick, the Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell bandwagon rolled on with a double. The horses were Caltex, and Lackaneen Leader who took the Grade 3 Mares Hurdle. Moyhenna advised to our members' 1pt each way at 6/1 placed in the Grade 3 Mares Hurdle.

22-3-18

Thursday, we start at Cork. There was another double for Gordon Elliott with Lieutenant Colonel and Black Tears. At Chepstow, Colin Tizzard and Harry Cobden were on target with Dinos Benefit. At Ludlow, Richard Johnson was in the winners' enclosure with Tornado In Milan. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa on board Raakid and Oregan Gift. At Chelmsford, there was a treble for Martin Harley, on board Midnightly, Glory Awaits, and Nonios.

23-3-18

Friday, we start at Navan. There were doubles for Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott. The Mullins double contained the talented Great Field who put up a very nice performance. Great Field is a really talented horse in my view and could take the grade 0ne chase at Punchestown over two miles. The Mullins double was completed Rio Vivas in the bumper. The Elliott double saw Cartwright who took the listed novice hurdle. Cartwright is a horse I like he can pay his way through the spring festivals. The double for Elliott was completed by Sunsettorise. The feature race went to Glencairn View for Anthony Mullins. It was a great result for our members. Glencairn View was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 8/1. At Newbury, there was a double for Colin Tizzard with Bally Langford and Sizing Granite. At Sedgefield, there was a double for Brian Hughes on board Henry's Joy and Broadway Belle.

At Lingfield, there was a winner for Nicola Currie on board Ramblow. At Kempton, Nicola Currie made it a personal double on the day with the victory of Believe It. There was a double for Oisin Murphy on board Pak Choi and Native Fighter. At Dundalk, there was a winner for Colin Keane and Ger Lyons with It's All a Joke.

24-3-18

Saturday, we start at Doncaster for the Lincoln. The feature race went in emphatic style to Addeybb who could be called the winner a long way out. It was a fourth win in the Lincoln for trainer William Haggas. It was a great result for our members. Addeybb was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 6/1. The Brocklesby for two-year-olds saw a right punt landed as Izzer (12/1-4/1) won well for Mick Channon. At Lingfield, there was a double for Richard Hannon with Wahash and Tomily. At Bangor, there was a double for Donald McCain with Knockrobin and Same Circus. There was also a double for Nigel Twiston -Davies with Ballymoy and Al Dancer. At Wolverhampton, there was a winner for Silvestre De Sousa on board The Lacemaker.

At Newbury, the EBf final for mares was, as usual, a hot contest. The race went to Bridget Andrews who enjoyed another moment centre stage after Roksana completed a hat-trick to land the feature race. The juvenile handicap hurdle went to Mr. Chow for trainer Gary Moore. At Thurles, it was a rare Saturday meeting. There was a double for jockey Andrew Lynch on board Castlegrace Paddy and Larkfield Lass. There was also a double for jockey Cathal Landers on board Black Zero and Scheu Time. Of course, no race meeting in Ireland these days would be complete without a Davy Russell and Gordon Elliott double. It arrived with old favourite Diamond King and Ballela Boy.

25-3-18

Sunday, we start at Downpatrick.Gordon Elliott completed a Downpatrick treble as he saddled a 1-3 in the Toals Bookmakers Ulster National Irish EBF Handicap Chase to take his seasonal total to a record-breaking 194. Elliott stated on reaching 194 winners: "It's unbelievable. Obviously, we trained 193 last year which Willie had done before and we levelled it. I'm just unfortunate I'm around the same time as Willie Mullins. It's great for Irish racing." The other two legs of the Elliott treble were Percy and Isodon. At Naas, it was the first day of the turf season in Ireland. Our own syndicate horse Mokhalad missed the cut for the Lincoln the feature race being the first reserve on the day. It was disappointing, we will now head to Leopardstown on April 4th. The Lincoln went to On The Go Again who was a very impressive winner. There was a double for Chris Hayes on board Dianthus and Katie Cruel.

At Ascot, I was very impressed with Malaya who took the juvenile handicap hurdle for Paul Nicholls. There was a double for Kerry Lee with Happy Diva and Sir Will. At Carlisle, there was a double for Richard Johnson on board Pearl Of The West and Apache Jack.  There was also a double for Brian Hughes on board Our Lucas and Dr. Sanderson.At Doncaster, there was a double for Richard Fahey with Right Action and Ventura Dragon.