The Racing Week That Was 26/11/17


Monday, we start at Leicester. The card was populated with winners for lots of the big trainers. There were winners for Harry Fry, Paul Nicholls, and Dan Skelton. The horses were Old Harry Rocks, Tommy Silver, and Destrier. The feature race was the two-mile handicap hurdle.It went in emphatic style by six lengths to High Expectations for Richard Johnson and Gordon Elliott. High Expectations was advised to our member's 3pts win at 5/2. In Plumpton, there was a treble for Noel Fehily and Neil Mulholland with Tikkanbar, Dalaman and Master Burbidge. In Wolverhampton, the feature race went to Hughie Morrison and Richard Kingscote with Makaarim.


Tuesday, we start at Fakenham. There was a double for Olly Murphy with Mullaghboy and Saucysioux. The win of Saucysioux completed a double also for Richard Johnson as Kayfleur had won earlier on the card. There was a deserved win for Movie Legend in the two-mile handicap chase for Lucy Wadham. At Southwell, Lucy Wadham completed an across the card double with Banjo Girl who took the mares novice hurdle. The Anthony Honeyball has been in great form there was a double on the card for Honeyball. The horses were Everlanes and Fountains Windfall. The day of doubles at Southwell was completed by jockey Harry Bannister who was on target with Chasma and Hoke Colburn. At Lingfield, there was a very impressive winner for trainer Johnny Farrelly with Lake Shore Drive who won by four and a half lengths.


Wednesday, we start at Hexham. There was another winner for Harry Bannister who is having a great week, he was on target here on board The Dubai Way. At Chepstow, there was a winner for David Pipe with Ramses De Teillee. There were winners for Dan Skelton and Venetia Williams with Marley Firth and Mixchievous. At Warwick, Dan Skelton and Venetia Williams both completed across the cards doubles with Molly The Dolly and Lady Karina. The victory of Lady Karina was good news for our membersLady Karina was advised to our member's 2pts win at 3/1. The novice chase saw two runners and a bloodless win for Sceau Royal. At Kempton, there were doubles for Silvestre De Sousa and Jim Crowley. The winners for De Sousa were Peace and Plenty and Entangling. The Crowley winners were Soldier In Action and Tanseeq. 


Thursday, we start at Market Rasen. The £25K handicap hurdle was robbed of some interest as River Frost was declared a non-runner. The race went to the progressive Arthurs Gift for Nigel Twiston -Davies and Tom Humphries. There was another winner for Harry Fry as Acting Lass took the novice chase. Harry Fry made it an across the card double as Drumcliff took the novices handicap chase at Wincanton. There was a double on the card for Colin Tizzard with Buckhorn Timothy and Cucklington. It was Harry Cobden who steered Cucklington home, Cobden completed a double with Captain Cattistock for Paul Nicholls. At Thurles, there was a double for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend with Bachasson and Ainsi Va La Vie. There was also a double for Gordon Elliott with Burren Life and Gun Digger. At Newcastle, there was a double for Danny Tudhope on board Sir Chauvelin and Tranquil Star.  At Chelmsford, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa on board Rock On Baileys and Lucky Deal.


Friday we start at Ascot. There was a debut win over fences for Dolos for Paul Nicholls, a very impressive one to boot. Sizing Tennessee fell early on and gave Bryan Cooper a nasty fall. There were also winners for the form trainers, Ben Pauling, Harry Fry and Nicky Henderson. The three horses were Kildistart, Mr. One More, and Verdana Blue. At Catterick, there was a double for Donald McCain with Middlebrow and Rockalzaro. The two most impressive winners on the card were Espoir De Teillee and Divine Spear winning for Neil Mulholland and Nicky Henderson respectively. The bumper went in really good style to I'm To Blame for Keith Dalgleish. At Ffos Las, there was yet another winner for Anthony Honeyball with Pure Vision. At Newcastle there doubles for Danny Tudhope and Tom Eaves. The horses were Breanski and Insurplus for Tudhope. The winners for Eaves were Bobby Joe Leg and Casterbridge.

At Dundalk, our syndicate horse Mokhalad ran a decent race at Dundalk last night. We were very happy with him, we are not certain Mokhalad stayed we will go back on the trip next time out. Rory Cleary liked Mokhalad and was very complimentary of the horse. The race went to Clear Skies who was completing a course hat-trick. There was a winner for Thomas Sherry his first one ever. The ten-pound claimer rode a great race to win on Aggression.


Saturday, we start at Haydock it was Betfair chase day. The feature race the Betfair chase was turned into a one-horse race by the well-backed favorite Bristol De Mai. The win for Bristol De Mai extended his unbeaten record at Haydock. Bristo De Mai simply took the field apart winning by 57 lengths. Cue Card and Outlander were placed, however, they were in a different race to Bristol De Mai. It was a good result for our members Bristol De Mai advised to our member's 4pts win at 6/4. The 100K Stg stayers handicap hurdle went in great style to Sam Spinner who won seventeen lengths once again boosting the form of the silver trophy at Chepstow yet again. The Graduation chase over two miles five furlongs has now gone to Paul Nicholls for the sixth season in a row. This year it went to Clan Des Obeaux who won by seven lengths from Vintage Clouds. There was a double on the day for Daryl Jacob the first leg was Delire D'estruval who took the listed novice hurdle. The double was of course completed by Bristol De Mai in the feature.

At Ascot, Nigel Twiston Davies got on the mark in the novice hurdle with Count Meribel. The Christy 1965 Chase was worth 70K Stg went in emphatic style to Top Notch who ran out an eight-length winner for Nicky Henderson. The Coral hurdle went to Lil Rockerfeller who saw off Lami Serge by a length and a half.  Defi Du Seuil ran no race at all in fourth and its very much back to the drawing board for that horse. The 100K Stg handicap chase went to former Haldon Gold cup winner Sir Valentino. At Gowran, there was a treble for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend. The first two horses were Carter McKay who took the maiden hurdle and Sharjah who took the novice hurdle. I was impressed with Sharjah. The treble was completed by the return of Min who did exactly what he had to do on his return winning by 37 lengths. Min is clearly potentially top class.

At Huntingdon, there was a double for Nicky Henderson with Casablanca Mix and French Crusader. There was a shark attack at Huntingdon as Shark Hanlon had a winner with Rare Legend. At Lingfield, popular veteran Come On Dave took the finale. At Wolverhampton, John Gosden was on target with Hipster Boy


Sunday, we start at Navan. The Grade 3 Monksfield novice hurdle was won in stunning style by Samcro who came home a twelve length winner from Jetz. The manner in which Samcro did this suggests that this is a horse who could go right to the top. Gordon Elliott was full of praise for Samcro afterward. There was to be a fourth successive Troytown win for Gordon Elliott as Mala Beach won in good style from Don't Tell No One. Bonny Kate and Poormans Hill. I would be very interested in Don't Tell No One and Poormans Hill for the Paddy Power Chase on 27-12-17. The beginners' chase went to Willie Mullins as Al Boum Photo ran out a seven-length winner.The listed mares bumper went in very tough style to Crackerdancer. It was good news for our members as Crackerdancer was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2.At Exeter, there were winners for David Pipe and Venetia Williams with You Say What and Un Prophete. At Uttoxeter, there was a treble for Richard Johnson. The winners were Ice Cool Champs, Krackatoa King and Pennywell.