The Racing Week That Was 2/7/17


Monday, we start at Chepstow. It was an average card in truth Andrew Balding continued his recent good strike rate, as Priors Book won. At Wolverhampton, there was a winner for Marcus Tregoning. At Windsor,Richard Hannon had a double with Flying North and Wefait. At Southwell, over the jumps Mystic Sky was an impressive winner of mares handicap hurdle for Lucy Wadham and Jack Sherwood. At Kilbeggan, Cinema De Quartier was an impressive winner of the maiden hurdle by seventeen lengths. Landofhopeandglory got off the mark over fences for Joseph O'Brien and JP McManus. It will be interesting to see how Landofhopeandglory gets on with the four year old allowances.


Tuesday, we start at Beverley . Andrew Balding and Mark Johnston kept up the recent respective good runs with victories for War Of Succession and Katebird. At Brighton, Richard Hughes is another trainer who has been among the winners, Hughes was on the mark with Jumping Jack. At Newton Abbott, there was a double for Paul Nicholls and Miss B Frost with Trevisani and Bistouri D'honore. At Leicester, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Maksab and Shining Romeo. There was also a double for Mark Johnston with Love Oasis and Hope Against Hope. At Ballinrobe, Adrian McGuinness got a gamble as All The Mollies took the claimer backed from 33/1 in the morning to 13/2


Wednesday, we start at Worcester there was a treble for Nicky Henderson with Malton Rose , Monbeg Legend and Forever Field. The last two horses were a double for Nico De Boinville. At Salisbury, the good run of Andrew Balding and Richard Hughes continued as they had winners with Swashbuckle and See Of Rome respectively. At Carlilse, there was a double for trainer Michael Dods and Paul Mulrennan with John Kirkup and Byron's Choice. At Kempton, Josephine Gordon had a second winner on the day on board Encrypted for Hugo Palmer. At Bath, there was nothing of note for me. At Naas, there was a treble for Aidan O'Brien with Butterscotch, Key To My Heart and Pocketfullofdreams.


Thursday, we start at Newmarket there was a double for Ryan Moore with Saluti and Makzeem. The one mile handicap went Luca Cumani and Adam Kirby as Rigoletto saw off Endless Gold by a half length. Rigoletto was advised to our members 2pts win at 9/2. At Newbury , there was a double for Charles Hills as Queen Of Kalahari and Doctor Bartolo. At Nottingham, there was a treble for Andrea Atzeni on board, Intellect, Zabeel Prince and Rainbow Orse. At Newcastle, there was a double for Josephine Gordon on board Curiosity and Pastime. Keith Dalgleish was on target with War Department. Dalgleish was on the mark at Hamilton as Hee Haw took the six furlong handicap. Hee Haw advised to our members 1pt each way at 7/2. There was a double for Pat Shanahan with Wee Jock and Set In Stone. At Tipperary , there was a double for John Levins and Donagh O'Connor with El Tren and Zippy.


Friday, we start at Doncaster where there was a treble for William Buick on board Fllod Defence , Century Dream and Zumran. At Yarmouth, there was a double for James Doyle with Alba Power and Cribbs Causeway. At Cartmel, there was a double for Brian Hughes on board Verona Opera and Boruma. At Newmarket, James Doyle made it 4 on the day riding his second double of the day on board Redgrave and Banditry. There was also a double for Jim Crowley on board Oriental Song and Joshua Reynolds. At Newcastle, there was a double for trainer Jedd O'Keeffe with More Mischief and Montanna. The £45 K handicap over five furlongs went to Line Of Reason. At Chester, Titi Makfi continued the superb winning streak for Mark Johnston and Franny NortonTiti Makfi could win again soon in my view. At the Curragh, Clongowes followed up his Ulster Derby win by taking the one mile two furlong handicap.


Saturday, we start the Curragh for Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby day. There was a first Group race win on the flat for Gordon Elliott as Beckford took the Group 2 Railway Stakes for Gordon Elliott. Beckford saw off Verbal Dexterity by a length with Murillo a further length and a quarter back in third. Gordon Elliott stated post race "  The Phoenix Stakes is where he'll go now all being well"“In the summer it's something nice to do. It's a bit of fun and something different but I'm a National Hunt man and you have to remember where your bread and butter is.“We'll do it again next year but it's not something I'm going to be doing full time. We'll definitely do it a bit more next year but National Hunt is my number one and nothing else matters, only National Hunt racing to me.“If I had half a dozen nice ones for the Flat that's all I want but jumping is the game and that's all I want to do.”

There was a double on the card for Aidan O'Brien with US Navy Flag and Capri who won the .Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby . The Derby itself was an excellent race with Capri seeing off Cracksman and Wings Of Eagles by a neck and a short head. The race was a great advert for the skills of Seamus Heffernan, riding his third Irish Derby winner, said "This horse has been competing in very good races all year and the Curragh suited him. I was always comfortable in my position and we went a good gallop. He galloped all the way to the line. He stays well and tries hard".  There was a sad postscript to the race as the Derby winner Wings of Eagles sustained a serious leg injury and has had to be retired. Aidan O'Brien believes Investec Derby hero Wings Of Eagles ran an "incredible" race to finish third considering his injury in mid race.

At Chester, the five furlong handicap went to Reflektor from Lucky Beggar who nearly got up just failing by a short head. Lucky Beggar was advised to our members 1pt each way at 6/1. The seven furlong handicap the feature race went to Lualiwa who held Starlight Romance by three parts of a length. Starlight Romance was advised to our members 1pt each way at 7/2. Normal Equilibrium won the Class 4 , five furlong handicap. Powerallied was very unlucky blocked by fellow owned horses and finished second. Powerallied was advised to our members 1pt each way at 7/2. At Newcastle, there was a double for Josephine Gordon with Koropick and Airton. The Northumberland Vase Handicap (Consolation Race for The Northumberland Plate) saw London Prize go off favorite. London Prize delivered by a neck from Graceland who ran a blinder. London Prize advised to our members 3pts win at 9/4. The feature race the Northumberland Plate went in good style to Higher Power who held Natural Scenery by a half length.

At York, there was a double for Saeed Bin Suroor with Moseeb and Finishing Touch. There was also a double for Harry Bentley with Sainted and Defoe. I was really impressed with Defoe who looks a stayer on the upgrade. I also thought Emenem ran well in this race. At Newmarket, the Criterion Stakes a (Group 3) went to Home Of The Brave for Godolphin Hugo Palmer and James Doyle. At Windsor, there were doubles for Roger Varian and Jack Mitchell with King Bolete and Morando. At Lingfield, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Star Maker and Special Purpose. At Doncaster, Harry Bentley made it a treble on the day as he steered Samarmadi to victory.


Sunday, day three of the Irish Derby festival. It saw a treble for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore with Gustav Klimpt who looked above average in the seven furlong maiden. The other two winners were Johannes Vermeer and Clemmie. At Uttoxeter , there was a treble for the Dr Richard Newland and Sam Twiston- Davies combination with Theo, Ebony Express and Lovato. The feature race the 75K summer cup went to Colin Tizzard as Tempestatefloresco won by six lengths from Shelford with In The Rough two lengths further back in third. In The Rough was advised to our members 1pt each way at 20/1. At Windsor, Silvestre De Sousa had a double with Lahore and Tahoo. At Cartmel, the feature race went to the admirable Alderbrook Lad for Micky Hammond and Joe Colliver.