The Racing Week That Was 26-9-21


Monday, we start at Listowel. There was a double for Gordon Elliott with Party Central and I A Connect. At Fairyhouse, there was a double for Colin Keane and Ger Lyons with Recurrent Dream and Straight Answer. At Leicester, Build Me Up was on target for Oisin Murphy. At Hamilton, there were trebles for Tim Easterby and David Allan with Hidenley, Mac Ailey and Under Fox. At Warwick, Vision Des Flos for Colin Tizzard. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Mark Johnston for Party Rebel and Basilicata.


Tuesday, we start at Listowel. There was a double for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley with Tut Tut and Laelaps. At Lingfield, there was a double for Hollie Doyle with Retrospect and Miquelon. At Beverley, there were doubles for Karl Burke and Clifford Lee with Guilded and Silky Wilkie. At Warwick, Haul Away was on target for Nicky Henderson. At Newcastle, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Alaskan Wind and Brazen Bolt.


Wednesday, we start at Listowel for Kerry National day. The Kerry National itself went to Assemble for Joseph O'Brien. The winner had failed to add to his beginners’ chase win at Fairyhouse before this victory but had run well behind The Shunter at Cheltenham and was a creditable seventh in the Galway Plate on his previous outing. Brendan Powell, the assistant to winning trainer Joseph O’Brien, said: “On his form at Cheltenham this year when he was fifth in the Paddy Power (Plate) he’d a good chance. He’s always threatened he’d stay well. Joseph O'Brien made it a double with Busselton. 

At Redcar, there was a double for Gemma Tutty with Sweet Madness and Freak Out. At Goodwood, there was a double for Adam Farragher with Raasel and Sea Sylph. At Perth, there was a 1-2 in the feature race for trainer John McConnell with Go Another One and Roi De Dubai. At Kempton, Hollie Doyle was on target with Marching Army.


Thursday, we start at Listowel. The feature race went to Rebellito took the feature race for Willie Mullins. At Newmarket, Adam Farragher was on target with Gale Force Maya. At Perth, there were two Irish winners Clondaw Hollow and O'Connell Street for John McConnell and Gordon Elliott. At Pontefract, there was a double for Mark Johnston with Living Legend and Approachability. At Wolverhampton, Sir Mark Prescott was on target with Lindwall.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. There was a win for our friends at Hilltop with Meishar who has a record of 211 at Dundalk. I would say Meishar is in for a lucrative winter at Dundalk. There was also another winner for John McConnell as No Trouble bolted up for Cathal McGuckin. At Listowel, Dysart Diamond took the feature race for Willie Mullins who completed a double with Pink In The Park. I was really impressed with Pink In the Park who looks like a top bumper prospect. At Haydock, there was a double for Adam Kirby on board Stargazer and Bandinelli. 

At Newmarket, there was a double for Frankie Dettori with Spinaround and Soft Whisper. The golden run of Jessica Harrington continued as Forbearance took the Group 3. At York, Third Kingdom won by 8.5 lengths for John Gosden. At Worcester, Pajero was on target for Jonjo O'Neill. At Newcastle, there was a double for David O'Meara with Golden Hind and Musahaba. 


Saturday, we start at Listowel. The feature race went the way of Run For Oscar for Charles Byrnes. At Curragh, there was a double for Aidan O'Brien with Jeroboam and Luxembourg who looks very smart. Luxembourg moved to the head of the market for next year’s Cazoo Derby after he ran away with the Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes at the Curragh. Trained by Aidan O’Brien and sporting the colours of Westerberg, who own the colt in partnership with the Coolmore team, Luxembourg was completing a big-race double for connections as Tenebrism had landed the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket just moments before.

At Newmarket, Royal Patronage emerged as a Derby contender as he rallied in spectacular style to win the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes. Christophe Soumillon produced Perfect Power with a flawlessly timed run to get the best of a blanket finish in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes. Bedouin’s Story benefitted from a textbook Jamie Spencer ride to snatch victory in the bet365 Cambridgeshire. At Market Rasen, Valentino Dancer took advantage of his course and distance form to land the Ferry Ales Brewery Prelude Handicap Hurdle for Paddy Brennan and Fergal O’Brien.


Sunday, we start at The Curragh. Dermot Weld’s dual Classic heroine Search For A Song returned to her best form with an impressive success in the Group Three Raa Atoll Loughbrown Stakes at the Curragh. Search For A Song won the Irish St. Leger in 2019 and 2020. It was a red-letter day for our own trainer Leanne Breen who enjoyed the biggest success of her young career. The Joe McGrath handicap a Premier Handicap went to That's Mad. Breen said: “I thought the gap was going to close on him but thankfully it stayed open and Kevin just said he keeps improving.“The whole year was mapped around the Joe McGrath. We ran him here out of the handicap just to see he’d handle the track and that was his first run of the season. This was a richly deserved success for a very hard-working trainer. I was in the yard visiting our horses the day after That's Mad arrived from Gordon Elliott. There was plenty to work on and Leaane along with Aili has done a brilliant job. Aidan O’Brien’s Concert Hall produced a telling late challenge to win the Weld Park Stakes .

At Epsom, Mr McCann earned his famous footballing connections a potential day at the 2022 Derby with victory in the Cazoo Derby “Wild Card” EBF Conditions Stakes at Epsom. Trained by Tom Dascombe, the Kodiac colt has run a string of fine races in good company this season, not least when beaten less than three lengths by Native Trail in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket’s July Meeting. Having started his campaign at five furlongs and never before gone beyond seven, this represented a different test altogether for a horse named after Liverpool’s press officer, Matt McCann, and owned by a group of current and former Liverpool players which includes James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Adam Lallana and England star Jordan Henderson.

His cause was helped when odds-on favourite Goldspur, who had been so impressive on his debut at Sandown, became upset in the stalls and was withdrawn. But Richard Kingscote rode a masterful race from the front on the 4-1 chance and pulled nicely clear of Austrian Theory to win by five and a half lengths, seeing out the extended mile with aplomb. The success gives Mr McCann and his owners automatic entry to the premier Classic, although does not guarantee a run. He was given a 66-1 quote by Paddy Power.