The Racing Week That Was 26/8/18

20-8-18

Monday, we start at Thirsk. The feature race went to Brian Ellison with Eastern Racer who saw off the likable veteran Lexington Place. At Leicester, Jamie Spencer was at the double with Porcelain Girl and Floria Tosca. At Bangor, there was a double for Donald McCain with Handy Hollow and Beach Break. At Roscommon, there was a double for Shane Foley with Invincible Karma and Implement. There was also a double for Wayne Lordan with Hatton Cross and Ace Combat. At Windsor, there was a double for Ferard Mosse with Fares Kodiac and Undontdodou. There was also a double for Ryan Moore with Midi and Sharp Practice. There was good news for our members as Porto Ferro took a very rough five-furlong handicap. Porto Ferro was advised to our members(1pt each way) at 9/1.

21-8-18

Tuesday, we start at Hamilton. There was a double for Keith Dalgleish with Dark Defender and Crazy Tornado. There was also a double for Ben Curtis on board Guardia Svizzera and Liars Corner. At Brighton, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa on board Zoffany Bay and Entertaining Ben. At Kempton, there was a double for John Gosden with Margie's Choice and Fennaan. At Yarmouth, there was a remarkable 282-1 five-timer for Jamie Spencer. The horses were Terri Rules, Red Bunting, Encryption, Choco Box and Human Nature. At Newton Abbot, Olly Murphy was on target with Candy Burg. At Sligo, there was a double for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh with Eglantine Du Seuil and Pleasure Dome.

22-8-18

Wednesday, we start at York for day one of the Ebor festivals. John Gosden was thrilled to see Roaring Lion come of age with a dominant victory in the Juddmonte International. Roaring Lion settled the race early in the straight. Poet’s Word finished second to Roaring Lion having met trouble in running. Sir Michael Stoute took defeat on the chin after Poet’s Word finished second to Roaring Lion in the Juddmonte International. “He was very brave to then get balanced and come back and get second so I could only be pleased with him.“The winner had gone when we were reorganizing.” Old Persian and Cross Counter filled the first two places for Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby in the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes. I thought Kew Gardens ran a lovely St Leger trial. Phoenix Of Spain looks to have a bright future after running down the favourite Watan to win the Tattersalls Acomb Stakes.

At Carlisle, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Gloves Lynch and Falak. At Brighton, there was a double for jockey Finley Marsh on board Little Boy Blue and Andalusuite. At Worcester, there was a winner for Olly Murphy and Richard Johnson with Mizen Master. At Kempton, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Honey Man and Extra Elusive. At Killarney, there was a double for Dermot Weld with Third World and Falcon Eight.

23-8-18

Thursday, we start at York. Sea Of Class shot to the top of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe betting as she produced a blistering turn of foot to record an emphatic victory in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks. Fairyland just denied The Mackem Bullet on the line in a thrilling finish to the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes. Lah Ti Dar emerged as a genuine St Leger candidate after making a stunning return to action in the British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes. Trainer Mark Johnston claimed a record-breaking 4,194th career victory in Britain after Poet’s Society won at York. It makes Johnston the most successful trainer in UK racing history. It was Poet’s Society  26th start of the season remarkable stuff. At Stratford, Harry Fry was on target with Golden Birthday. At Chepstow, there was a double for Luke Morris with David's Beauty and Dancing Warrior. At Fontwell, Gary and Josh Moore had doubles with West Drive and Mr Fickle. At Wolverhampton, the feature race saw a dead heat between Scottish Jig and Prides Gold. The trainers responsible were John Gosden and Simon Crisford. At Killarney, there was a double for Willie Mullins with Wicklow Brave and Cap D'Aubois.

24-8-18

Friday, we start at YorkStradivarius scooped the inaugural Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million bonus when completing a clean sweep of the series with a famous victory in the Lonsdale Cup. Hot favourite Battaash was only fourth as Alpha Delphini sprang a 40-1 shock in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.  Alpha Delphini saw off Mabs Cross in an epic finish. It was very tight a nose being the margin at the line. Frankie Dettori grabbed the spare ride on Emaraaty Ana with both hands to win the Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack Stakes completing a double for Dettori on the day following the earlier win for Stradivarius. At Newmarket, there was a dead heat between Bacacarat and Data Protection. Bacacarat advised to our members(1pt each way) 7/2  (rule 4 10% and a dead heat!). There was a double for Sir Michael Stoute with Layaleena and Sangarius.

At Ffos Las, there was a double for jockey Nick Mackay Palavecino and Spirit Of Appin. At Goodwood, there was a double for Rossa Ryan with Floating Artist and Baron Bolt. At Salisbury, Andrew Balding continued his excellent run as Flashcard was on target. At Chelmsford, Balding was on the mark again this time with Zwayyan. At Killarney, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Monkeylou and Elysian Plains. At Kilbeggan, there was a double Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore with Sir Benford Wales and Abbey Magic. There was also a double for Willie Mullins with Masons Daughter and Solindian.

25-8-18

Saturday, we start at York there was a double for Jim Crowley on board Well Done Fox and Muntahaa. The Ebor was the feature race Muntahaa led home stablemate Weekender to provide John Gosden with a one-two in the Sky Bet Ebor. The market leader Stratum met all sorts of trouble in running and would surely have gone close with a clear run. Expert Eye saw off admirable veteran Gordon Lord Byron to rediscover the winning trail in the Sky Bet City of York Stakes. Lord Glitters landed a first Group-race success with a battling performance in the Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes. At Goodwood, Beat The Bank set up a return to the top table after bouncing back to winning ways with a tenacious success in the Ladbrokes Celebration Mile. It gave a double to red-hot Andrew Balding following the victory of Maid Up. There was a double for Adam Kirby with Emerald Approach and Flaming Spear. At Newmarket, there was a double for Mark Johnston with Nayef Road and Star Over The East. At Chelmsford, Mark Johnston was on target again with Kilbarchan.

At Cartmel, there was a double for Peter Bowen with Dotties Dilema and Wells Du Lune. At Windsor, Andrew Balding was on target with Bye Bye Hong Kong. At Redcar, there were doubles for Archie Watson and Hollie Doyle with Fognini and Concello. At Curragh, Flag Of Honour made virtually every yard of the running in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger Trial.  It was part of a four-timer for O'Brien with Mount Everest,  Ten Sovereigns, and  Full Moon. At Killarney, there was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Air Supremacy and Monarch. The feature race went to Peregrine Run the introduction of blinkers doing the trick.

26-8-18

Sunday, we start at the Curragh. Anthony Van Dyck led home stablemates Christmas and Mohawk to give Aidan O’Brien a one-two-three in the Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes. It completed a double for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore who had earlier won with Lost Treasure. Skitter Scatter ran out a hugely impressive winner of the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh for trainer Pat Prendergast. There was a double for Jessica Harrington with Beautiful Morning and Rovetta. At Goodwood, the weather turned horrible. The feature race went to Escalator who saw off Beringer in a war of attrition. Beringer was advised to our members(1pt each way) 7/1. At Beverly, there was a double for Tim Easterby and David Allen with Regal Mirage and Poets Dawn. There was also a double for Paul Midgley and Graham Lee with One Boy and Twentysynthlancers. At Yarmouth, there was a double for Jamie Spencer on board Autumn Splendour and Spinart.