The Racing Week That Was 25/9/16


Monday, we start at Hamilton there was a double for Kevin Ryan with Canny Style and The Wee Barra. There was also a double for jockey Tony Hamilton with Darrington and Keene's Pointe. At Kempton, there were doubles for James Doyle with Mountain Rescue and Mr Black. The other double was for Silvestre De Sousa with Raven's Lady and Belle Diva. At Leicester, there was a treble for Andrea Atzeni with Tara Celeb, Emmaus and UAE Prince. There was also a notable double for jockey Hollie Doyle Walking In Rhythm and Barista.


Tuesday, we start at Ballinrobe. The three year old maiden hurdle went to Lord Justice for Joseph O'Brien. Tornado Watch landed a massive punt last time out , he followed up here for Jonathan Fogarty by a comfortable 5 lengths. The two mile handicap hurdle went to The Black Russian under Rachael Blackmore winning easily by 7 lengths from Runyon Rattler and Paris SnowRunyon Rattler was advised to our members 1pt each way (5/1). The Beginners chase went in really impressive style to Listen Dear for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. Listen Dear drifted in the betting , however she bolted up by 20 lengths from Lucky Pat and Mick ThonicListen Dear could be anything to be fair. At Warwick, there were doubles for Richard Johnson and Charlie Longsdon. The horses were Wells de Lune and Kilfinichen Bay who saw off Master Dee by a neck in a great finish. Master Dee was advised to our members 1pt each way (7/2).  There was also a winner for Kim Bailey with Patsys Castle who was a convincing winner over Beneficial Joe by 8 lengths. Beneficial Joe was advised to our members 1pt each way (7/1). This result combined with Beneficial Joe & Master Dee advised to our members (0.5pt) e/w double who both placed, made it a decent day for our members.

At Beverley, there was a double for trainer David Loughnane with Caspian Prince and Beadlam who gave Silvestre De Sousa a vital winner in his quest for champion jockey. There was nothing of note at Ffos Las. At Lingfield, Jim Crowley got a vital winner in his chase for the jockeys title on board Wakame.


Wednesday, we start at Goodwood there was a double for William Buick on board Celestial Spheres and Sky Hunter. Jim Crowley had a winner on board Sea Shack to keep the pressure on in the jockeys title race. Crowley went on to Kempton where he had a double on board Mengli Khan and First Up. There was also a double for Andrea Atzeni with Sultan Baybars and Tiercel. At Naas, Courage Under Fire deservedly got off the mark in the five furlong maiden for Aidan O'Brien. At Perth, Adrian Heskin enjoyed a dream start in his new role as stable jockey to trainer Tom George as Kilbree Kid claimed a fourth Perth victory in the Lord Mansfield Memorial Handicap Chase. The places were filled out Kilronan High and Heist who was advised to our members 1pt each way at (7/1). Milrow won the juvenile hurdle by an impressive 16 lengths for Dr Richard Newland and Sam Twiston-Davies. At Redcar, there was a double for trainer Richard Fahey with Forest Ranger and Chiswick Bay. There was also a double for Silvestre De Sousa on board Niblawi and Caeser The Gaeser.


Thursday, we start at Chelmsford were there was a treble for Oisin Murphy the horses were Verne Castle, Celtic Artisan and Iberica Road. The latter two horses were also a double for trainer Andrew Balding. There was a winner for Jim Crowley also on board Ocean Eleven. The card at the Curragh was a real end of season flat card. There were four winning favourites though. The most notable thing was a return to form for Doonard Prince who won the 6 furlong handicap. Doonard Prince is well handicapped and could win again soon. At Newmarket, hot favourite Escobar proved very disappointing as Larchmont Lad knuckled down to advertise his own Classic potential and claim  the Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket. I thought in truth they all finished in a bunch i'm not sure what the form is actually worth. William Buick had a double on board Flyat Dawn and Frontiersman which was also a double for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin. Jim Crowley picked up a winner also on board Eminent.

At Perth, there was a great appetizer for the jumps season. Moon Racer just edged out Ballyandy in the novice hurdle. The two exciting prospects, making their jumping debuts, kicked away from their three rivals from three out and treated racegoers to a finish to whet the appetite for the winter jumps season. Moon Racer proved the stronger in the last 50 yards to score for trainer David Pipe and jockey Tom Scudamore. The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Ballyandy, a Festival scorer last season, was three-quarters of a length adrift at the line. I thought the two horses were good it will be interesting to see where they go. I commend both sets of connections for taking each other on so early in the season. The rest of the Perth card saw Nigel Twiston-Davies gain compensation with a double Flying Angel got the ball rolling in the novice chase who was very impressive. The second leg of  the Nigel Twiston-Davies double was Ballymalin. At Pontefract, there was a double for Mick Channon with Father McKenzie and Lincoln. There was a winner for Silvestre De Sousa on board Cirencester, however Jim Crowley finished the day 4/9 for the jockeys crown.


Friday, we start at Newmarket. There was a double for John Gosden with Laugh Aloud and Journey, Frankie Dettori doing the steering on the latter. Dettori would complete a double as Spain Burg overturned red hot favourite Fair Eva in the Rockfel Stakes a group 2 for fillies. There was a double for Ryan Moore with Cougar Mountain for Aidan O'Brien who took the Shadwell Joel Stakes a Group 2. Cougar Mountain won very well by 3 and a half lengths. The Moore double was completed on board Via Srendipity. At Haydock , Silvestre De Sousa and Jim Crowley traded winners respectively on board Comedy School and Mijack. At Worcester, there was a decent card. Southfield Vic won the novice chase in good style. Miss Crick continues to impress for Alan King winning the 2 miles 4 furlongs handicap hurdle by 8 lengths. At Newcastle, Silvestre De Sousa had a winner on board Fareeq. At Downpatrick, there was a double for trainer Henry De Bromhead with Show and Go , as well as Marinero who was really impressive for Gigginstown. Marinero was advised to our members 4pts win (8/11). At Dundalk , Hunaina and Flowerhill Nova got there reward for consistent efforts with both horses losing the maiden tag.


Saturday, we start at Newmarket. The Cheveley Park Stakes a Group 1 for fillies. The race went to Brave Anna by a short head for Aidan O'Brien who fought out the finish with stable mate Rolly Polly. The talk beforehand was all about Lady Aurelia Wesley Wards brilliant two year old. Lady Aurelia went hard up front but faded in the last furlong. Ward looked bitterly disappointed afterwards, however it was discovered Lady Aurelia had bled during the race afterwards. The jury is out for me on the future of Lady Aurelia who may be a great two year old but perhaps not train on. The Middle Park Stakes a Group 1 for two year olds. There was a surprise result for many people here as The Last Lion won the race for Mark Johnston. The Last Lion made all the running holding Blue Point and Mehmas by 3 parts of a length and 2 and a quarter lengths. There looked to be no fluke about The Last Lion's victory. I must admit the victory of The Last Lion was frustrating for me, I had highlighted him as a potential end of season two year old winner in this blog a few weeks ago. That is racing it would tame lions. The Cambridgeshire one of the great end of season handicaps was also on the card. The race went to Spark Plug who won very well by 2 and a quarter lengths from Carry On Deryck . There were also good runs from Very Talented and Third Time Lucky.

At Chester, there was a double for Graham Gibbons with Rosabelle and Above The Rest. At Hamilton, there was a double for Mark Johnston with Election day and Rainbow Rebel. At Haydock, there was a double for Jim Crowley on board Fleabiscuit and Harry Hurricane. There was also a double for Richard Kingscote with Above N Beyond and Faithful Mount. At Market Rasen, The Prelude handicap chase was a very decent race for this time of the year. The race went to Vintage Vinnie for Rebecca Curtis and Jonathan Moore. Vintage Vinnie held off Presenting Arms and Ballykan by 2 lengths and 6 lengths. Ballykan was advised to our members 1pt each way (7/1). At Ripon, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Star Of The East and Kimbrella. At Navan, the 2 mile 6 furlong conditions hurdle went to De Plotting Shed in very impressive style for Gordon Elliott by 8 lengths. The concluding bumper went to The Rory Story for Noel Meade and Nina Carberry.


Sunday we start at the Curragh. The C.L & M.F Weld Stakes a Group 3 fittingly went to Dermot Weld in a race named after his parents. Eziyra ran out a comfortable two length winner over Grecian Light. Weld stated afterwards "I hope she will develop into an Irish 1,000 Guineas filly next year. We put the hood on to help her to settle as she was a bit keen the last day. I see her as a miler next year." The Happy Prince recorded his first Pattern-race success when running out a smooth winner of the Renaissance Stakes a Group 3. The Happy Prince could be a sprinter for Aidan O'Brien to go forward with. Capri gave Aidan O'Brien his 16th victory in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes when leading home a one-two-three for the Ballydoyle trainer. O'Brien stated afterwards "I was very impressed with all three colts. They went a nice pace and came up the middle so they had to learn,. Capri is a nice moving horse and should prefer better ground. All three should definitely get a mile and a quarter, and if they are good over that they should get a mile and a half. They are all bred for it. Ryan was very happy. He kept quickening and was surprised they came with him. Next week could be a bit quick for them to run again but we certainly will look at the Racing Post for all three." Tithonus who has and incredible season won the 5 furlong handicap for Denis Hogan. The Sycamore Lodge Stakes over 2 miles saw Dermot Weld's, Forgotten Rules backed as if defeat was out of the question (11/4-13-8). Forgotten Rules had to settle for second behind Twilight Payment for Jim Bolger and Godolphin. I think both of these horses will take a hand at Ascot on British Champions day.

At Epsom, it was the last meeting of the season. Great Hall took the 1 mile 2 furlong handicap in good style. Great Hall is well handicapped over hurdles in my view, he will be of interest if going that route. The 1 mile handicap went to Godolphin with Dubai Fashion who was well on top at the line. Lorelina advised to our members 1pt each way (6/1) was placed. The last race of the season at Epsom went to Jacks Revenge who came from the clouds under top weight to win the 7 furlong handicap by a length and a half.Black Bess advised to our members 1pt each way (7/1) was placed. This result combined with Lorelina (6/1) & Black Bess (7/1) advised to our members (0.5pt) e/w double both placing respectively at Epsom made it a decent day. At Musselburgh, there was nothing that caught my eye to be honest.