The Racing Week That Was 27/3/16


Friday. The Good Friday All Weather Finals day started a couple of years ago , it has gone from strength to strength an attendance of over 10,000 a modern day record for Lingfield. The Fillies and Mares Championship conditions stakes went to Volunteer Point who tracked the leaders through sticking on really well to win. Bint Dandy stayed on very strongly for second but the bird had flown. The favourite Cold as Ice injured a tough race banging her head in the stalls and was dismounted after the finish. The Marathon went in  impressive style to the very progressive Moonrise Landing who overcame a troubled passage to win the race with a tremendous turn of foot. There was serious money for Moonrise Landing who was punted from 5/2 to 6/5 fav. Moonrise Landing is owned by former BHB chairman Peter Savill, who will be thinking he has a cup horse on his hands now , it will interesting to see if Moonrise Landing ends up in the Ascot Gold Cup. The victory of Moonrise Landing was good news for our members who were advised a (7 points win at 2/1). The Mile Championship went to the Irish raider Captain Joy who had placed in this race last year.The victory was a great success for Tracey Collins who had planned this out, it was also a fine ride by Pat Smullen.


Saturday, A quiet day in truth. I will focus on Haydock who had it series finals day with lots of prize money on offer. The Mares series handicap final was worth £30K to the winner. The race went to Lady Of Longstone who made all the running to win the race really well, a vintage Pipe stable effort. The Middle distance Chase series final went in good style to Ballyboley for Simon Munir and Nigel Twiston -Davies who has his stable flying. The Stayers Hurdle Final had a dramatic conclusion, Emerging Force had the race in command when he crashed out at the last hurdle, Petethepear seized the opportunity and took the prize. The Staying chase final went to No Duffer for Paddy Brennan and Tom George. No Duffer likes Haydock this was a very good display, Gonalstown Cloud stayed on from a mile back this horse looks to be still improving. Gonalstown Cloud could be of interest in a Scottish Grand National.  The Two Mile hurdle series final went to Thunder Sheik who landed some decent bets (14/1  to 15/2) , it was another big win for Nigel Twiston- Davies.


Sunday. The Fairyhouse Easter festival kicked off. The handicap hurdle went to Dollar and a Dream for Tony Martin who's horses are coming back into form after a very quiet time. The favourite Mighty Concorde was a bit disappointing. The €100K mares hurdle saw Jer's Girl on debut for JP McManus  , it was a first grade 1 for Gavin Cronwell who is a farrier by trade but clearly is a very good trainer. Jer's Girl ran out a 13 length winner from Jessber's Dream, Asthuria ran very well for Willie Mullins and can step up on this. The victory of Jer's Girl was good news for who were advised a (1 point each way at 4/1)  The Grade 2 Novice Hurdle went in a titanic battle to Acapella Bourgeois who just held off  Nambour there was an improved run from Our Duke in third. I reckon Acapella Bourgeois will make a nice chaser in time. The Grade 1 Ryanair Gold cup went the way of Kylemore Lough who continued the fairy tale season for Kerry Lee. Kylemore Lough jumped very well and saw Outlander off by a length. This was a smart piece of placing by Kerry Lee who spotted that the Irish trainers would be vulnerable with the proximity of Fairyhouse to Cheltenham. Solita won the Novices Handicap Chase jumping really well in the process. Westerner Point and Just Get Cracking should be noted with a view to Punchestown.