The Racing Week That Was 27/5/18


Monday, we start at Redcar. I thought Mick Channon unleashed a really good newcomer in the shape of Certain Lad who was a very impressive winner. At Carlisle, there was a double for trainer Roger Fell with Presidential and Tadaawol. There was also a double for Richard Fahey,  with Cosmic Law and Knowing Glance. At Towcester, there was a double for Nicky Henderson with No Hiding Place and Take To Heart. At Leicester, there was another winner for Richard Fahey on the day as Good Tyne Girl was on target. At Windsor, there was a treble for Ryan Moore on board Come On Leicester, Main Edition and Alwaysandforever.


Tuesday, we start at Nottingham. There was a double for Jim Crowley on the day with Ibraz and Mashaheer. At Ayr, there were two Irish winners. The first one was for Garvan Donnelly with Plough Boy. The second Irish winner was supplied by Adrian Keatley with John Honeymoon. At Chepstow, there was a winner for Megan and Paul Nicholls with Volpone Jelois. It was good news for our members. Volpone Jelois advised to our members' 1pt each way at 5/1. At Huntingdon, the last race was abandoned. There was a winner for Olly Murphy with Mon Port. At Hexham, there was a winner for Brian Hughes with Sleep In First. At Sligo, there was a double for Michael Mulvany with Premier League and Stormy Tale. There was a double for Dermot Weld and Declan McDonagh with Alanannda and Sheberghan.


Wednesday, we start at Ayr. There was a good win for Fintry Flyer in the six-furlong handicap. Lily's Prince 230 ( R4 deduction 30%) advised to our members 1pt each way placed. The one mile handicap went to Club Wexford who saw off Koybig in a good finish. Koybig was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 11/1 . It was a decent day for our members. Lily's Prince 230 Ayr 7/2 ( R4 deduction 30%) & Koybig 335 Ayr (11/1) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. At Warwick, there was yet another double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Mister Universum and Black Sam Bella. At Yarmouth, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa on board Lalania and Sean O'Casey. There was nothing of note over the jumps at Southwell. At Kempton, there was an impressive winner for Godolphin with La Pelosa. At Wexford, there was a double for JJ Slevin on board Cut Em Down and In A Pinch.


Thursday, we start at Sandown. The feature race , the Brigadier Gerard Stakes went in emphatic style to Pet's Word for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. The Henry II Stakes went in even more emphatic style then his Chester Cup victory to Magic Circle. I think Magic Circle looks a stayer with real potential. Magic Circle advised to our members' 1pt each way at 11/2. At Chelmsford, there was a treble for Silvestre De Sousa on board Mutafani, Secret Art and Yeah Baby Yeah. It was Secret Art who captured the feature race. Dark Red was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 9/2 placed in the race. Magic Circle 735 Sandown (11/2) & Dark Red 745 Chelmsford (9/2) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. At Catterick, there was a double for Paul Hanagan with Arthenia and Requinto Dawn. At Goodwood, there was a double for Jim Crowley with Mutawaffer and Sing Out Loud. At Lingfield, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with The Lacemaker and The Secrets Out. This gave Silvestre De Sousa a 5 timer on the day across the cards. At Tipperary, there was a double for Willie Mullins with Masons Daughter and Calie Du Mesnil.


Friday, we start at Haydock. There was yet another winner at the track for Richard Kingscote on board Arthur Kitt. At Goodwood, the listed race went to Aspetar for Roger Charlton. At Bath, the feature race went to Boa Nova for trainer Brian Meehan. At Worcester, there was a double for Nigel Hawke with Deauville Crystal and Lord Ballim. At Pontefract, Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan enjoyed a double with Sempre Pesto and Ninetythreetwenty. At Down Royal, there was a good win for Liam Cusack with Snugsborough Benny. This horse could have a good summer. There was a welcome winner for Gordon Elliott with Moratorium. At Leopardstown, there was a third Saval Beg win for Order Of St George. There was the completion of an across the card double for Gordon Elliott with Kuraka. There was a double for Rory Cleary with For Pleasure and Beach Wedding.


Saturday, we start at the Curragh. Our own Mokhalad was in action. A very proud day for us as Mokhalad was taking on Coolmore and Godolphin as well as other racing heavyweights. Mokhalad did his best we feared the ground would be too fast beforehand and so it proved. Mokhalad gave everything the ground was just a bit quick for him over that trip. We know now and can plan accordingly. A proud day nonetheless. On the track, there was a four-timer for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore with Just Wonderful, Fairyland, Merchant Navy and Hence. There was a fairytale win for Ken Condon in the Irish 2,000 Guineas as Romanised surged to the front under Shane Foley.  Ken Condon said afterward“We kept faith in him and he had excuses at Naas on his comeback.“He worked the best he's worked all spring last Tuesday. We knew we were a long shot coming in here but I felt he was going to run a big race.“He's always shown talent and he just seems to have come to himself in the last few weeks.“I'm in a bit of shock and it will be a few days before it sinks in. It's just amazing to win a classic. It's all I wanted to do when I entered racing.“It's a very select club and to actually step into that club feels like you are walking through special doors to be considered one of those.“I knew I was never going to be training a huge amount of winners but we aimed to have a few nice horses through our hands.“I thought he'd run well but to win is magic.“I'm delighted for everyone involved, the lads in the yard, we're only a small team. He's a horse that we've always had quite a bit of faith in.“We just train 30 and we are lucky enough to have a few stakes performers among them. It's nice to work with nice horses.“There are a lot of guys like me. The country is full of very good horsemen and very good riders and we're all looking to get our hands on a good horse and show what you can do.

At Chester, the feature race went to Baraweez for Brian Ellison. The Feathered Nest advised to our members' 1pt each way at 13/2 placed in the race. At Goodwood, the listed race went to Sir Michael Stoute with Mirage Dancer. At York, the Group 3 Fillies Stakes went to Precious Ramotswe for John Gosden. At Cartmel, there was a rare visit for Barry Geraghty who won on board Dieg Man. At Haydock, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Baileys Excelerate and Nayel. At Salisbury, there was a double for Richard Hannon with Well Done Fox and Embour. At Ffos Las, there was a winner for Harry Fry with Litterale Ci.


Sunday, we start at The Curragh for Irish 1000 Guineas day. It was to another remarkable day for Jessica Harrington who had a double on the day with Indigo Balance and Alpha Centauri who took the 1,000 Guineas. Harrington said afterward: "It's fantastic - I've finally got the classic. I've been second and third and the horses have always run really well but this is dream come true for me to win a classic. It's almost as good as winning a Gold Cup!"It's probably better, they are on a par, to win a race like this is absolutely fantastic. I'm just waiting for the Ascot winner now."This is the first time since Ascot last year that she's got good ground and that's the key to her. She likes good quick ground."She ran here in the Moyglare on soft to heavy and her first run this year was on soft to heavy ground."She's a big filly and she just can't pull herself out of the heavy ground."Maybe as she gets older, maybe in the Autumn, she might get a little bit softer ground."It's a family operation but it's also thanks to the Niarchos' for sending me this beautiful horse. They have the most fantastic breed of horses."She's some big lady but she's a beautiful filly and she's gone and done it today so onward and upwards."I'd say we'll look at Ascot but we'll let the dust settle and see what we are doing."She's a lovely filly to have and there is a lot of work gone into this, it's not just me. There are an awful lot of people back at home who have done unbelievable work.

The rest of the Curragh card saw doubles for Michael Halford with Platinum Warrior and Saltonstall. St Stephens Green took the two-mile handicap. Clongowes was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 7/1 placed in the race. Aared took the one-mile two-furlong handicap. Wooster was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 13/2 placed in the race. There was a double for Aidan O'Brien with Lancaster Bomber and  Lucius Tiberius. At Kelso, Stellar Notion took the feature race for Tom George. At Uttoxeter, the feature race went to Drumcliff for Harry Fry. At Fontwell, there was a double for Colin Tizzard and Harry Cobden with Never Learn and Kings Lad.