Monday, we start at Musselburgh. There was a treble for Brian Hughes with Sauce Of Life, Eagle Ridge and Moon King. At Lingfield, Hollie Doyle was on target with Little Sunflower. At Newcastle, Duty Of Care was on target for Sir Michael Stoute.
Tuesday, we start at Huntingdon there was a double for Paul Nicholls with Rainyday Woman and Silent Revolution. At Lingfield, there was a double for Hollie Doyle with Kindergarten and Darwell Lion. At Sedgefield, there were doubles for Evan Williams and Adam Wedge with Astra Via and Winds Of Fire.
No Irish or UK Racing
Saturday, we start at Kempton. Frodon and Bryony Frost sprang a 20-1 shock to win the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase. To do so, they had to see off three better-fancied stablemates in Clan Des Obeaux – seeking his King George hat-trick – Cyrname and Real Steel. Frost dictated a steady pace throughout – and as her rivals dropped away one by one, they repelled the field from the front to win by two and a quarter lengths and six lengths from Waiting Patiently and 85-40 favourite Clan Des Obeaux. It was a remarkable performance.
Nicholls said: “He didn’t perform at Aintree the other day when the fences were taken out. He took the mickey out of us. I’ve done a lot with him since that day. I’ve been hard on him and he thrives on that.“Obviously, no one expected that, but he’s a very good horse. He’s always saved his best until now for Cheltenham.“He’s one of those horses you can never underestimate. He’s tough and he’s genuine. He likes a battle and he’s beaten some good horses there fair and square.“Turning in I thought he’d win. He had his ears pricked. He keeps finding and I thought then he’d be hard to beat.”The Ditcheat trainer went on: “They went a right gallop and Bryony gave him a very good ride. I spoke to her last night and told her to go flat out over the first mile, then try to fill his lungs up and though two or three might go by you that is the way to ride him and the plan worked.
Shan Blue extended his unbeaten sequence over fences with a decisive victory in the Ladbrokes Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton. Dan Skelton’s six-year-old was winning his third race in succession since beginning his chasing career this season, being up with the pace throughout and often jumping with great fluency to prevail by three and three-quarter lengths from The Big Breakaway. It was good news for our members who had a 3pts win at 7/4 on Shan Blue. This horse is electric quick over fences it's a long time since I have been as impressed with a novice chaser. I do no think he is an RSA horse if connections did not want to take on Envoi Allen. I think he could run well in the Ryanair. Third Time Lucki confirmed himself a smart prospect in returning to winning ways with a stylish success at Kempton Park. Last season’s Champion Bumper fourth saw his unbeaten record over hurdles come to an end on his previous start. It gave Dan and Harry Skelton a double on the day. Silver Streak upset odds-on favourite Epatante to spring a shock with an all-the-way win in the Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle. Silver Streak is a cracking horse he deserved a big day, you would have to say Epatante ran a long way below her best here.
At Wetherby, the Rowland Meyrick went to Canelo who saw off Snow Leopardess by three parts of a length in a brilliant horse race. At Wincanton, Momella took the mares novice chase for Harry Fry. The Pertemps qualifier went to Jacamar who just edged out Southfield Harvest. At Wolverhampton, Blue Moonrise and Final Voyage gave Callum Shepherd a double.
At Leopardstown, Get My Drift got off the mark at the third attempt with a ready success in the Maiden Hurdle for JP McManus and Mouse Morris. Zanahiyr took his unbeaten jumping record to three when landing Grade Two honours in the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown, with trainer Gordon Elliott absent after testing positive for coronavirus. This was an excellent performance from Zanahiyr as there was no pace on the horse overcame very difficult circumstances. Zanahiyr looks the real deal for The Triumph with nothing of note in the juvenile division from the UK. Elliott completed a double with Wide Receiver. Franco De Port stepped up on his debut fencing success to give trainer Willie Mullins a record seventh Grade One Racing Post-Novice Chase. Mullins said: “That was a nice surprise. He jumped great and capitalised on the very fast early pace, which seemed to catch out a lot of the runners.“Bryan Copper was terrific, just keeping him together and keeping him jumping. He took what was left to him after they went too fast early on. Mullins completed a double with Dysart Diamond.
At Limerick, Colreevy dug deep to land the Matchbook Betting Exchange Faugheen Novice Chase at Limerick. The Willie Mullins-trained mare was headed two out, but the 5-1 chance fought back gallantly to deny Gordon Elliott’s Pencilfulloflead by half a length in the Grade One feature. The winner’s stablemate Asterion Forlonge was the 4-6 favourite, but blundered and exited the race five fences from home – one of two fallers among the five who set out. Willie Mullins completed a double with Shadow Rider.
Sunday, we start at Leopardstown. Appreciate It provided Willie Mullins with a sixth victory in the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown. Mullins said “He surprised me and impressed me. I was wondering if he was a two-and-a-half-mile horse or a two-mile horse. I know he can easily do it over two and a half, but to come back to two miles and put in a performance like that in a Grade One was impressive. Appreciate It was advised to our member's 3pts win at 2/1. Mullins had a Grade one double as Chacun Pour Soi produced a dominant display to rout his rivals in the Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase at Leopardstown. Mullins said: “I was really pleased with that. He showed a great spring in his jumping and really attacked his fences. After the last fence, he flew around the final bend and was then idling a bit. His ears were pricked and I’d say he’d plenty in reserve.
The brilliant day for Mullins continued as Top-weight Castlebawn West made virtually every yard of the running in the Paddy Power Chase. A promising third on his seasonal reappearance and handicap debut at Punchestown last month, the Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old was a 13-2 chance for another fiercely-competitive renewal of this 150,000 euros contest. The opening contest went to January Jets who won by 15 lengths under Rachael Blackmore. It was a good result for our members January Jets was advised 1pt each-way at 7/2. The meetings at Limerick and Chepstow were abandoned.
At Kempton, Heross Du Seuil took advantage of the final flight fall of Honneur D’Ajonc to claim a dramatic victory Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton. Shishkin continued his winning run in the Ladbrokes Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase. Nube Negra inflicted an emphatic defeat on Altior in the Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase. Altior showed guts to keep in contention in the home straight and it briefly looked as if his famous turbo was going to kick in, but Nube Negra had plenty in reserve and was heavily eased, crossing the line three and a half lengths to the good.
Skelton said: “It’s quite unbelievable. It’s taken me by surprise – you don’t expect necessarily to beat Altior. Nube Negra is not a horse that has thrived on really soft ground, but he has matured to the point now where he can handle that. I think that is the most taking part of today’s performance.“I was amazed at how hard he came back on the bridle turning in. He has always been a strong traveller for a horse that has threatened to be so good.