The Racing Week That Was 26/3/17


Monday, we start at Taunton. There was a double for Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston -Davies with High Secret who held off Boagrius by a half length. High Secret was value for a little more of a winning margin to be fair, both horses were nicely clear of the third horse. Boagrius was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2.  The second leg of the double came as the Two Mile handicap went to Amour de Nuit. The race saw two x rated falls for Wishfull Dreaming and Hint Of Mint both thankfully were ok. At Southwell , over the jumps there was a double for Sean Bowen on board with Beggar's Wishes and Early Retirement. At Kempton, there was a double for jockey Tom Marquand with on board Magic Mirror and Ashwaq.


Tuesday, we start at Exeter. Paul Nicholls got Clan Des Obeaux back on the road again with a win in the novice chase. Paddocks Lounge won his third selling hurdle of the season under Richard Johnson. At Wetherby,  Danny Cook and Sue Smith enjoyed a double with Delusionofgrandeur and Swing Hard. At Southwell, there was a treble for Silvestre De Sousa on board Big Amigo, Supersta and Errismus Maximus. At Clonmel , there was a first double as a trainer for Andrew McNamara as Stay With It won the handicap hurdle. The second leg of the Andrew McNamara was completed by Val De Ferbert under man of the moment Robbie Power as  Val De Ferbert bolted up here. The bumper went to De Rasher Counter, however I thought Mon Eldorado ran a lovely race in third for Gordon Elliott. Mon Eldorado is one for the horse tracker, I could see a bumper at Galway really suiting this horse.


Wednesday, the rain in the UK reduced the going at Warwick and Haydock to bog like conditions. We start at Warwick where Richard Johnson once again showed his dominance with a four timer. The horses who provided the four timer were , Robbin'hannon, Multiculture, Krackatoa King and Sparkling River. The victories of Robbin'hannon and Multiculture provided Phillip Hobbs with a double. I must admit though, I think the form of this card given the conditions is to be treated with extreme caution. At Haydock, the going was no better the at Warwick . Our only bet of the day was a non runner. Chti Balko was impressive for Donald McCain and Will Kennedy winning by nine lengths. I think this combination may have some chances at the Aintree festival a meeting McCain has a great affinity with. Venetia Williams was at it again in the mud at Haydock. It was Buttercup who took the novices Handicap chase for Venetia Williams and Liam Treadwell. At Newcastle, Silvestre De Sousa was on target again this time on board Alemaratalyoum. At Kempton, there was nothing that caught my eye in truth.


Thursday, we start at Ludlow. There was a double on the day for Dan an Harry Skelton with Shantou Rock and Whatdouhavtoget. Harry Fry was on the mark again with Secret Door in the mares handicap hurdle. The day was rounded off with a winner for Nicky Henderson as Whatswrongwithyou took the bumper. At Chepstow, Richard Johnson continued his purple patch with a winner on board Lac Sacre. The good run of Venetia Williams also continued as Desiinateur took the bumper under Liam Treadwell. At Wolverhampton, popular veteran Mr Red Clubs took the seller for trainer Michael Appleby. At Chelmsford, the fillies handicap was a dead heat between Fredricka and Atalante. At Cork, it was student race day run on very heavy ground. Bonbon Au Miel backed up a recent good run at Leopardstown by winning by a short head from Lilshane in a real battle. Kaiser Black got off the mark over hurdles winning by fourteen lengths. Westerner Point took the the three mile handicap hurdle in great style.


Friday, we start at NewburyNicky Henderson only sent two runners to Newbury on Friday but both Reigning Supreme and Maestro Royal were winners. Reigning Supreme took the novice hurdle under David MullinsMaestro Royal took the feature race under Nico De Boinville. Maestro Royal carries his head a little high, I think this is a horse with potential. The further he goes the better he seems to go. Maestro Royal was advised to our members 1pt each way at 6/1. Richard Johnson kept up his recent terrific run as he had another winner on board Ten Sixty for Philip Hobbs. At Musselburgh, the Coltherd team have been getting their share of winners they were on the mark again with Ash Park in the Novices chase. At Lingfield, Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning had a double with Abareeq and Voski. At Newcastle, William Haggas took the fillies handicap with Signe, Paul Hanagan doing the steering. At Dundalk, Pat Smullen was the man in form riding a treble on the night. The horses to do the business were Tennessee Waltz , Sign Of The Kodiac, and St Stephens Green. The victory of St Stephens Green set this horse up for a potentially good hurdles campaign at the big festivals to come. St Stephens Green was advised to our members 2pts win at 6/4.  The feature race saw two UK raiders fight out a tremendous finish. Fire Fighting looked like he had done enough, however in the last twenty yards Elberath got up for Andrew Balding.


Saturday, we start at Newbury for its last jumps card of the season. Paul Nicholls and Sean Bowen captured the Two Mile Three Furlong handicap chase with Warriors Tale who held off Gala Ball. Sean Bowen would go on to complete a double with Deauville Crystal in the juvenile handicap hurdle for trainer Nigel Hawke. The EBF  Mares Novices final is always a very competitive contest, Lamanver Odyssey looked liked she was going to take a major hand in the finish until attempting to run out three hurdles out. Snow Leopardess made her move under Aidan Coleman at the moment eventually running out a four length winner from Copper Kay. I had thought prior to this race that small field hurdle races have not really suited Snow Leopardess to date. I really felt strongly that a stronger pace which was in this race would really improve Snow Leopardess, so it proved. Snow Leopardess was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/1. At Kelso, thee was a decent card. The Three Mile One Furlong handicap hurdle was competitive on paper. The race turned out to be a very easy victory for Big River who won by ten lengths from SeeyouatmidnightBig River was advised to our members 1pt each way at 4/1. Big River initiated a double for Lucinda Russell,Forest Des Aigles completing the double in the Two Mile One Furlong handicap chase. Venetia Williams has been going really well recently and was on the mark again in the feature race. Yala Enki took the Liz Adam Memorial Handicap chase in impressive style by seven lengths.

At Bangor, there was a treble for Dan and Harry Skelton with Atlantic Storm , Some Invitation and Seelateralligator. At Stratford, Daryl Jacob had a double on board Like The Sound and Talent To Amuse. At Thurles,there was a treble for Willie Mullins. Open Eagle returned with a bang to win the Three Mile hurdle in great style. Open Eagle will be a serious asset to Mullins at Punchestown and Fairyhouse as he fights Gordon Elliott for the trainers title.Great Field made it three from Three over fences and surely will have loftier targets at Fairyhouse and Punchestown. The Mullins treble was rounded off by Dicosimo who took the beginners chase. The Conker Club captured The Jimmy Neville Memorial chase. The Conker Club is likely to head for the breeding sheds now. I know a few of the lads involved in The Conker Club, she has been a wonderful servant to them giving them incredible fun and success. I wish The Conker Club a long and happy retirement. At Lingfield, Alan King and Hollie Doyle were on the mark with First Mohican. At Meydan, it was Dubai World Cup night. Jack Hobbs produced a very impressive performance to capture the Sheema Classic. The big race The Dubai World Cup saw red hot favourite Arrogate lose ground at the start. It mattered not as Arrogate stamped his authority on the field to win by two and a half lengths.


Sunday, we start at Wincanton where the day belonged to Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston- Davies. Nicholls had a treble with Winningtry, Antartica De Thaix and Copain De Classe with Sam Twiston- Davies on board all three horses. Sam Twiston- Davies made it a personal four timer on board How's Vienna. At Hereford, Oliver and Jake Greenall enjoyed a double with Gris De Pron and Badbad Leroy Brown. At Naas, it was the opening of the turf flat season in Ireland. There was a double for Aidan and Anastasia O'Brien with Alphabet and Orderofthegarter. There was also a double on the card for Ger Lyons with Gymkhana and Brendan Bracken who took the feature the Irish Lincoln. Mick Channon loves a raid to Ireland and he duly captured the Group 3 Lodge Park Stakes with Czabo. At Downpatrick, it was Ulster Grand National day . The race went to Anseanachai Cliste who was not permitted to run at Cheltenham on the stewards orders. Anseanachai Cliste got up late on to defeat Tusla Jack by a head. Afterwards Stephen McConville stated "I wouldn't like to talk about Cheltenham at the moment. We'll see after the enquiry."We are here to enjoy the day. Please God it works out well.