The Racing Week That Was 25-8-19


Monday, we start at Catterick. There was a double for jockey James P Sullivan with Chaplin Bay and Our Charlie Brown. There was also a double for Tim Easterby with  Our Charlie Brown and The Grey Zebedee. At Lingfield, there was a winner for Godolphin with Cantiniere. At Windsor, there was an across card double for Godolphin with Passion And Glory. At Bangor, there was a treble for Brian Hughes with Carry On, See The Sea and Murphy's Law. At Roscommon, the feature race went to Helvic Dream for Noel Meade. It was good news for our members Helvic Dream was advised to our members (1pt each way) 11/2 (rule 4 Deduction 40%).


Tuesday, we start at Hamilton which was abandoned. At Brighton, Cieren Fallon got another winner on the board this time with Big Time Maybe. At Kempton, Lethal Lunch took the feature race for Adam Kirby. At Yarmouth, there was a treble for Silvestre De Sousa with Queen Of Burgundy, Festive Star and Dark Side Dream. At Newton Abbot, Definitlyoscar took the feature race for Harry Fry, however, was disqualified for weighing in light. The race was awarded to the well-backed Empreinte Reconcre for Colin Tizzard. At Sligo, local trainer Mark McNiff doubled up at his local track when 5/2 favourite Pump Road came home strongly in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle over three miles. Adimelo had earlier landed the feature race for McNiff.


Wednesday, we start at York. It was a follow-up win for Dakota Gold in the opener who had only taken the, St Wilfred at Ripon on Saturday. Logician staked a strong claim for the William Hill St Leger when running out an impressive winner of the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes. Valdermoro got up close home to grab a taking victory in the Tattersalls Acomb Stakes. Aidan O’Brien’s faith in Japan was rewarded as the one-time Investec Derby favourite provided the Ballydoyle trainer with a record-equalling sixth victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes. Japan edged out Crystal Ocean in a thrilling finish. At Killarney, Darver Star took the feature race for Gavin Cromwell bolting up by 5 lengths.

At Bath, Road To Paris recorded another win for Sir Mark Prescott. At Carlisle, there was a treble for Richard Fahey with Deb's Delight, Amaysmont and Sootability. The last two named formed a double for Sean Davis, who continues to impress in his battle to be a champion apprentice jockey in the UK. At Worcester, there was a double for Amy Murphy with The Accountant and Really Super. At Kempton, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Indian Viceroy and Inclyne.


Thursday, we start at YorkSearch For A Song gave Dermot Weld a second victory in the British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes with a game display in the Listed race. Vivionn advised to our members (1pt each way) 9/1 placed in the race. Living In The Past led her rivals a merry dance as she made all to take the Group Two honours in the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes. Mums Tipple produced an astonishing performance to turn the 21-runner Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes into a procession and bolt up in the valuable sales race. However, the day once again belonged to Enable. Frankie Dettori has seen plenty in his long and illustrious career – but even he was reduced to tears after Enable won her 10th Group One in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks. Enable continued her winning streak with another brilliant performance in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

At Stratford, there was a double for Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies with Took The Lot and Topofthecotswolds. At Chepstow, Josephine Gordon was on target with Trouble Shooter. At Fontwell, there was another winner for Dr. Richard Newland with Black Anthem. At Leicester, the feature race went to Insania for Karl Burke. At Killarney, Davids Charm deservedly got a big pot in the feature. There was also a win for Movewiththetimes for Enda Bolger, this horse is well-handicapped something like The Troytown or Paddy Power at Christmas look sure to be on his agenda.


Friday was a sad day for racing.

Espoir D’Allen, the winner of this year’s Unibet Champion Hurdle, has been put down following an accident at Gavin Cromwell’s stables earlier this month. The five-year-old took a fall when returning to the yard in County Meath from the gallops and was being treated in Fethard Equine Hospital. In a statement on Friday, Cromwell said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Espoir D’Allen had to be put down earlier today.“Following a freak accident two weeks ago, he was relocated to Fethard Equine Hospital. John Halley and his veterinary team deemed that it was inhumane to persist with treatment and, on their advice, we made the tough decision.”Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, said: “He was only five and he’d had two fantastic seasons and it’s very tough for Gavin and everyone concerned with the horse. He gave us some great days.”

Multiple Group One winner Roaring Lion has sadly lost his brave fight against colic. Trained by John Gosden to win the Eclipse, Juddmonte International, Irish Champion Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, the son of Kitten’s Joy appeared to be on the road to recovery after twice undergoing surgery for colic in recent weeks. Owned by Qatar Racing and housed at Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire, Roaring Lion covered his first book of mares in the spring, but it was when he was shipped to New Zealand to stand at Cambridge Stud the problem first emerged. In a statement on Friday afternoon, David Redvers of Tweenhills Stud said: “At approximately midday (GMT)/23.00 NZ today Roaring Lion was observed to be uncomfortable in his stable at Cambridge Stud. On examination by stud vet Rob Hitchcock, Roaring Lion was admitted to Cambridge Equine hospital.“There operating surgeons Dr. Alanna Zantingh and Dr. Greg Quinn performed ultrasound examination and at 14.45 (GMT) the decision was made on welfare grounds to put Roaring Lion to sleep.”

On the track at York. Battaash made it third time lucky in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes with a blistering display to power home in the five-furlong Group One feature at York. The Charlie Hills-trained gelding silenced his critics as he smashed the course record, previously held since 1990 in this race by Dayjur in the same colors of owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. Leading two furlongs out under Jim Crowley, Battaash (7-4) spreadeagled the field as he cruised to victory by three and three-quarter lengths from Soldier’s Call, with Aidan O’Brien’s So Perfect another length back in third. So Perfect’s stablemate Ten Sovereigns, winner of the July Cup, was sent off the 13-8 favorite but had to settle for sixth place. Jim Crowley completed a double with Molatham. Stradivarius scooped a £1million bonus for the second year running when showing once again he is in a class of his own in the stayers’ division with victory in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup.

At The Curragh, there was a double for Ronan Whelan and Michael Halford with Sinawann and SendmylovetoyouArmory cemented his position as a leading contender for Classic honors next season with victory in the Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes for Aidan O'Brien. At Goodwood, Cieren Fallon was on target with The Lamplighter. At Newmarket, Romola took the feature race for Sir Michael Stoute.


Saturday, we start at YorkHamish looked a promising young stayer in the making as he won the right to run in next year’s Ebor with victory in the Sky Bet Melrose Handicap. Mustajeer won the first million-pound edition of the Sky Bet Ebor at York for Ireland. Ger Lyons’ raider improved on his fourth-place last year in the famous handicap, landing the lucrative spoils by three-quarters of a length at 16-1 under Colin Keane. Shine So Bright just denied Laurens, and set a new course-record time, in a thrilling renewal of the Sky Bet City of York Stakes on a sun-drenched Knavesmire. At Windsor, Jockey Jamie Spencer and trainer David Simcock recorded a black-type double with Desert Encounter and Raakib Alhawa.

At Killarney, there was a treble for Chris Hayes with Cautious Approach, Lady Wannabe and Troop Commander. There was a first career double for Aaron McKay with High Altitude and Marlborough Sounds. At Kilbeggan, there was a double for Henry De Bromhead with Visioman and Riviera Sun. At Chelmsford, there was a third win on the spin for Calculation for her majesty the Queen. At Goodwood, Duke Of Hazzard took the Group 2 Celebration mile. Sir Ron Priestley made it five wins in the season. At Cartmel, there was a double for Irish trainer Noel Kelly with Wooster and Mash Potato.


Sunday, a quiet day we start at Goodwood. The ultra-consistent Suedois enjoyed a deserved day in the sun after claiming a first-ever victory in Britain in the Weatherbys Racing Bank Supreme Stakes. Momkin advised to our members(1pt each way) 5/1 placed in the race. There was a double for Oisin Murphy with Le Don De Vie and Queen's Soldier. At Beverley, Bushtucker Trial took the feature for Michael Bell. At Yarmouth, Jovial was on target for Ryan Moore.