The Racing Week That Was 26/6/16


Monday, we start at Chepstow which was abandoned before racing after torrential overnight rain. At Southwell, Somchine won the 1 mile 7 furlong chase by nine lengths as Andrew Thornton edges closer to the 1,000 career winner mark. Somchine is a grand horse , he will be winning again at some point. The 2 mile 7 firlong handicap hurdle saw the talented Benenden revert to hurdles, Benenden had no trouble winning by 6 lengths. I thought Jigsaw financial ran well in third. The victory of Benenden was good news for our members who had a (1pt each way bet at 4/1), there was a 45% rule 4 which was frustrating. Benenden has a good race in him if he the Scudamore team can place him well. At Windsor, the punters were in clover despite the soft ground with 5 of the 7 contests going the way of the favourite or joint favourite. The 1 mile handicap went the way of the well backed (6/1 overnight -3/1) Sir Roderic who did it well winning by over a length despite hanging briefly. The victory of Sir Roderic was good news for our members who had a (1pt each way bet at 6/1), there was a 10% rule 4. The win of  Sir Roderic combined with the earlier victory of Benenden gave our members a great day with a (0.5pt each way double advised) even allowing for the Rule 4 deductions.

At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Sophie Leech with Yasir and Vastly. At Kilbeggan, the punters had a fantastic night with all seven races going the way of the favourite or joint favourite. Red Giant took the three mile novice hurdle for Noel Meade following up his recent Wexford win. Red Giant can win another one of these type of contests during the summer. Supreme Vinnie took the 2 mile 3 furlong handicap hurdle which had a first prize of €18,000 to the winner. Supreme Vinnie advertised the merit of Kilbeggan course form at this track having won last time out at Kilbeggan also. This result was yet another example of the talents of Rachel Blackmore who had a double on the night with Supreme Vinnie and Glenwood for ever. The 2014 triumph hurdle winner Tiger roll is on actual roll right now. Tiger Roll ,won his second start of two over fences despite being entirely fluent Tiger Roll was well on top at the line. Tiger Roll to my eyes has a similar profile to his stablemate The Gamechanger who mopped up last summer in novice chases. Tiger Roll will probably win plenty during the summer , however he wont be good enough in my view when the big guns emerge in autumn. That said there is money to be had with him now.


Tuesday, we start at Beverly where there was a double for Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning.  The first leg was Shadow game who won division won of the 7 furlong handicap  by just over 2 lengths putting the race to be in good style. The second leg was, Final who won the 1 mile 2 furlongs handicap staying on well to win by a length and a half. At Brighton, it was a moderate card however four market leaders won on the day. The Leicester card raced on atrocious ground having passed an inspection earlier in the day. I would not trust any of the form from this card at Leicester for future betting purposes. Newton Abbott, over the jumps saw Moabait make it four wins in a row for Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston- Davies  winning by 19 lengths at an eye watering Sp of (1/12).

At Ballinrobe, there was a double for Jessica Harrington . The first leg saw English pale win the claiming race who had lots in hand on ratings.  English pale won easily despite drifting from (8/13 overnight to 6/4) by 4 and a half lengths. The second leg saw Escape Paradise who won the 1 mile 1 furlong handicap by just over 3 lengths. The 1 mile 5 furlong maiden went to Motherland who bolted up by 7 lengths for Joseph O'Brien under a no nonsense ride under Donnacha O'Brien. Motherland had served notice his time was coming at Roscommon behind Munaashid. The victory of Motherland was good news for our members who had a (3pts win bet at 6/4).


Wednesday,we start at Carlisle which hosted a decent card. The Carlilse bell handicap had a first prize of £18,675. The race went to Keith Dalgleish and Philip Makin with Edgar Balthazar, who got up to win by a half length. The other feature race was the Cumberland plate which also had had a first prize of £18,675, this also went to Keith Dalgleish and Philip Makin. The horse in question was Sindarban owned by Paul and Clare Rooney, who are enjoying a great time of it at the moment. The card at Salisbury was run on very soft ground. The 1 mile 6 furlong handicap saw talented hurdler  Dell' Arca under Ryan Moore try for a UK flat win it was not to be finishing a disappointing fifth. The race went to, Hatsaway who when he has these kind of conditions is a good horse winning easily by over 3 lengths here. At Worcester, the novice chase over 2 miles 4 furlongs went to San Benedeto for Paul Nicholls, who got up in the shadow of the post to deny the admirable Presenting Arms. The rest of card featured winners for Nicky Henderson, Dan Skelton , Peter Bowen and Neil Mulholland all stables to watch right now.

There was nothing that caught my eye at Bath.  At Kempton, there was a double for Mark Johnston with Permian and Mailshot. At Naas, Jessica Harrington had a two year old winner in Drumfad Bay. Harrington was quoted afterwards " I have some nice two year olds , this is a big weekend for me" Jessie is not an overstatement merchant so this quote is worth noting. The night belonged to Dermot Weld who had a double with Discipline winning the Irish oaks trial staying on well to see off Earring. The second leg of the double arrived as Sea Swift took the 1 mile maiden with Sea Swift. This meant Dermot Weld reached the 4,000 winner milestone a remarkable achievment for an incredible trainer. There was also the small matter of Ireland beating Italy in the football as well into the bargain on the night.


Thursday,  there was torrential rain around which made things very difficult in the UK going wise. We start at, Newmarket which got a lot of rain I would not trust this form at all. I was impressed with Silent Attack who despite a funny head carriage at times ran out a 2 length winner for Godolphin. It was part of a double for James Doyle the other winner being Unbated.  Nottingham was also very soft the two winners who stood out were Mister blue sky who won the two year old race by 5 lengths for trainer Sylvester Kirk. The other horse to note was Perigee who won the 1 mile maiden by 4 lengths for John Gosden.  At Newcastle, the two year old race went to Alcazar under Jamie Spencer . The two year old novice race went to Hyperfocus who just held on from Six Strings.

At Newbury, there was another winner on the day for James Doyle and Saeed Bin Suroor as Huge Future ran out an impressive winner of the 1 mile 2 furlong handicap by 2 lengths. I thought Cosmeapolitan ran well in third. Megan Nicholls picked up another winner in the last race aboard Turnbury. Hamilton escaped the rain racing on good to firm ground. There was a double for trainer John Patrick Shanahan with Lara Carbonara and Born Innocent. The two year old maiden went to Mark Johnston with Montataire who ran out a 2 length winner looking a decent prospect in the process. At Leopardstown, Eagle spirit looked a good prospect for Joseph O'Brien winning the maiden from two Aidan O'Brien newcomers. Mr Right won his second race in 24 hours  still looking ahead of the handicapper. Willie Mullins got in on the action as Buzz of Barroso won the 1 mile 7 furlong handicap in good style.


Friday, we start at Doncaster there was a double for trainer Jedd O'Keeffe with Laila Honiwollow and Kings Currency. At Yarmouth ,there was a double for Jamie Spencer with Red Cardinal and Light and Shade. There was also a double for trainer William Haggas with Pick your choice and Olympic runner. At Cartmel the 2 miles 5 furlongs beginners chase went to Princeton Royale who beat Desoto County by two lengths, who looks a horse to be careful of. At Chester, the ground was good to soft , there was a double for Ralph Beckett with Justice Grace and Sightline. Gabrial the tiger took the 7 furlong handicap under another very accomplished ride from Adam McNamara who dictated from a favorable draw. The victory of Gabrial the tiger was good news for our members who had a (1pt each way bet at 5/1) there was a rule 4 of 15% though. At Newcastle the 5 furlong sprint went to Orions Bow who held off the consistent Bowson Fred by a length.

At Newmarket, Sylvester De Sousa put his 12 day whip ban woes behind him by riding a four timer. The horses were Spiritual lady, Lord Reason, Regal monarch and Lulu the zulu.  The Curragh, started the Irish Derby festival. There was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Reckless Gold a very impressive winner of the 1 mile maiden by 4 lengths. There was a special day as part of the double as Anastasia O'Brien rode the winner of the apprentice derby for her brother Joseph on board Arya Tara .


Saturday, we start at the Curragh where it was Irish Derby day. Harzand was bidding to become the 18th horse to do the Epsom/ Curragh derby double. Harzand was always in the right place under Pat Smullen leading as they turned in. Harzand was tackled by Idaho 2 furlongs out who could not go past ,Harzand who won by a comfortable 3 parts of a length. Stellar Mass was third at 33/1.  Harzand will not be aimed at the Arc. The 1 mile handicap once again advertised the skills of Gavin Cromwell as a trainer, he produced recently received Breath easy to win. There was an unfortunate incident when Johan Bach, who was challenging the winner at the time stumbled and slipped bringing down Elusive heights. Mercifully both jockeys and horses were uninjured in the incident. The Railway stakes had been a Aidan O'Brien benefit for a long time. Aidan saddled the favourite Peace envoy here at 7/4 . The race went to Medicine Jack who really stuck to his guns despite being wide apart from  Peace envoy both horses gave everything in a great finish. Medicine Jack winning by a half length. Toscanini deservedly got a big day getting up by a head to beat Flight risk .

At Newcastle, it was Northhumberland plate day. This was a race I used to really love having a bet in. I still cant get my head around why Newcastle got rid of a really good turf track. It has changed this race forever as far as I am concerned it wont be for me anymore very disappointing. The race was won by Antiquarium who ran down Seamour late on who traded at 1.01 on the exchanges for over 20 grand. At Newmarket, the ground was heavy after torrential rain. There was a double for David Simcock with Bateel and Breton Rock. There was also a double for Karl Burke with Percy street Little lady Katie.  At Chester, Arcanada backed up the excellent run in the Britannia at Royal Ascot by winning the 7 furlong handicap. The victory of Arcanada was good news for our members who had a (1pt each way bet at 7/2). The 5 furlong handicap went to Powerallied who was really well backed (9/2 - 7/4) to win by 2 and a half lengths. The victory of Powerallied was good news for our members who had a (1pt each way bet at 9/2). At Chester, there were three jockeys with doubles Richard Kingscote, Franny Norton and David Probert.  At Windsor ,the 1 mile 3 furlongs handicap was an interesting race. Desert encounter completed a third win on the spin travelling supremely well through the race. Desert encounter operates on all ground, I reckon he will go in again soon. There was a double at Windsor for Richard Fahey with Growl and Gabrial. At Doncaster ,David Simcock had another winner on the day with Viserion. At Lingfield, the 5 furlong handicap produced a dead heat between Red flute and Stormflower. There was also a double for Oisin Murphy on board Make Music and Nutbourne lad.


Sunday, we start at the Curragh where Aidan O'Brien had a 4 timer. The recent Royal Ascot winner Sir Isaac Newton was quickly turned out by Aidan O'Brien for the group 3 over 1 miles 2 furlongs. Sir Isaac Newton got the job done seeing off Chemical charge by 3 parts of a length. The Grangecon stakes for fillies was also a group 3. This also went to  Aidan O'Brien with Roly Poly just getting the better of Seafront by a neck. The Pretty Polly stakes a group 1 for Fillies went to Aidan O'Brien with his exceptional filly, Minding who ran out a 4 and a half lengths winner from Bocca Baciata. The Aidan O'Brien four timer was completed by another Royal Ascot winner, Sword Fighter who took the group 2 Curragh cup making all the running to beat off Landofhopeandglory and Alveena.

At Windsor, Sylvester de Sousa rode a double with Lady Macapa and Goodwood Zodiac.  At Cartmel, there was nothing that caught my eye to be honest. At Uttoxeter, there was a double for Nicky Henderson and Nico de Boinville with Fly camp and Barman.  The summer cup was the feature race the well backed Alco (9/1 - 11/2) crashed out at the second fence. The race went to Drop out Joe who held off Ballynagour by 2 lengths , Pacha Du Polder and Gas Line boy filled the places. The old warhorse Menorah ran really well in fifth until top weight told in the end.