The Racing Week That Was 27/8/17


Monday, we start at Lingfield where there was a double for Ryan Moore on board Sing Out Loud and Radio Source. At Thirsk, Daniel Tudhope was in double form as he steered Dance Teacher and Mon Beau Visage to glory. At Hexham, Lorcan Murtagh rode a double on board What Happens Now and Buy Mistake. At Windsor, it was the final of the Sky Bet Sprint Series Finale. The Valuable £75,000 price went to Ice Age for Eve Johnson Houghton and Edward Greatrex. The card at Roscommon was abandoned and will now be run on 28-8-17.


Tuesday, we start at Sligo. The feature race went in impressive style to Darkest Flyer who saw off Snugsborough Hall in ready fashion. Darkest Flyer was really well backed and could go in again soon. Snugsborough Hall was advised to our members 1pt each way at 5/1  (rule 4 deduction = 10%). At Yarmouth, Silvestre De Sousa was on the mark with Miami Sunset. The finale at Yarmouth went in really taken fashion to Defining Moment who traveled superbly in the race winning in the style of a horse on the upgrade.  Defining Moment saw off Miss Rosina and Justice Rock in third. Justice Rock advised to our members 1pt each way at 6/1. Snugsborough Hall 620 Sligo (5/1)) & Justice Rock 740 Yarmouth (6/1) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. This completed a decent day for our members.

At Brighton, Secret Strategy landed some nice bets (11/4 - 13/8) taking the opener for Hollie Doyle. At Kempton, WG Grace got off the mark to take the nursery. At Newton Abbot, there was a double for Richard Johnson on board Gustave Mahler and Hedgeinator. 


Wednesday, we start at York. It was day one of the Ebor meeting. The Group 2 Great Voltigeur saw the talented Cracksman reappear. This turned into a stroll for Cracksman. The John Gosden colt was always in control and stormed away for a stunning six length success under Frankie Dettori. The trainer of Cracksman, John Gosden stated this would be the last run of Cracksman for the season. This was a performance right out of the top drawer Cracksman will be an exciting four year old. The Group 1 Juddmonte international looked a very strong race with Barney Roy, Churchill, Ulysses and Cliffs of Moher all in the field. Cliffs of Moher and Barney Roy took them along with Churchill in close attendance. Ulysses was tracking them going well. Cliffs Of Moher was the first to crack.It was three in a line at the furlong pole however Ulysses settled it in a matter of strides running away for a commanding two length success. Churchill was back in second with a neck behind Barney Roy. All roads lead to the Breeders' Cup for Ulysses following a top-class performance.

At Carlilse, there was a double for jockey Clifford Lee on board Highest Rank and Born to Boom. At Bath, there was a double for trainer Tony Carroll with Altaira and Windsorlot. At Worcester, Abidjan won for Dan and Harry Skelton. At Kempton, there was a treble for jockey Martin Harley on board Iconic Sunset, Timeless Art and Velvet Revolution. At Killarney, there were doubles for Aidan O'Brien and Donnacha O'Brien with Abyssinian and Kew Gardens. There was also doubles for Pat Smullen and Dermot Weld with Aljunood and Dalton Highway.


Thursday, we start at York. The Lowther saw a very good performance from Threading who readily saw off Madeline.  I think Mark Johnston has a smart horse on his hands with Threading. The Clipper Logistics Handicap over seven furlongs saw Flaming Spear fulfill his potential when taking the race by one and three parts of a length from Qassem. The Yorkshire Oaks went to Enable in brilliant fashion again winning by five lengths. Enable is a really brilliant race horse and its on to the Arc from here. At Stratford, Alan King was on target with Midnight Cowboy. The novice chase went to Nicky Henderson with Ballinure. At Chepstow, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Pattie and Topmeup. At Fontwell, Donald McCain was on the mark again with Prince Khurram. At Hamilton, there was a treble for Paul Mulrennan on board Manshood, White Rosa and One Boy.The feature race went to Keith Dalgleish and Joe Fanning with the progressive Whatsthemessage. At Killarney, Max Dynamite got his head back in front for Willie Mullins.


Friday, we start at York for the Nunthorpe . A great race was in prospect, the eagerly anticipated clash of Lady Aurelia and Battash. The race itself saw Battash get very worked up beforehand almost refusing to go in the stalls. Lady Aurelia blazed off in front , Battash traveled well but at the one furlong pole he was punched out. Lady Aurelia fought it out with Marsha. Frankie Dettori was convinced he won and his post race celebrations will not appear on his career highlights DVD. I would imagine losing any big photo is hard to take at any time however Dettori must have found this very chastening. Marsha was a good winner and is clearly top class. The Group 2 Lonsdale Cup went to Montaly who held Dartmouth off by a nose. Thomas Hobson traveled like a certain winner before completely flattening between the two and one furlong pole. At Newmarket, Oisin Murphy was celebrating at Newmarket when enjoying a near 308-1 four-timer as he took the July Course by storm. The horses were Rely on Me,Dynamic, Torcello and Fortune's Pearl. There was also a double for Tom Marquand with Vitamin and Whip Nae Nae.

At Ffos Las, there was a treble for Shane Kelly with Under The Covers, Twenty Times and Casement. At Goodwood, the feature race went to Dubara for Luca Cumani and David Probert. At Salisbury, the Stonehenge Stakes went to Mildenberger for Mark Johnston and Franny Norton. At Hamilton, the feature race went to Sepal for Ian Jardine and Jamie Gormley. At Kilbeggan, there was a double for Paul Townend and Willie Mullins with Whiteout and Sayar. The beginners chase went to Joseph O'Brien with Arkwrisht. At Killarney, there was a double for Joseph O'Brien with High Language and Grey Waters. The feature race at Killarney, went to Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins with the very talented Lagostovegas who landed some nice bets as well.


Saturday, we start at York. James Doyle brought Secret Advisor with a well-timed run to land a gamble in the Melrose Handicap for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin. It formed a double for the connections as Sound And Silence took the five furlong race. The Gimcrack a top two year old race went to Richard Fahey who was landing his first Gimcrack with Sands Of Mali. There was no fluke about this Sands Of Mali was a two three quarters length winner from Invincible Army with the the solid yardstick Cardsharp back in fourth. The feature race the Ebor saw plenty of well backed horses. Nakeeta edged out favourite Flymetothestars in a thrilling finish to the Betfred Ebor Handicap with Natural Scenery back in third. It was a massive pay day for Iain Jardine and Callum Rodriguez. It was to form part of a double for Callum Rodriguez who was involved in a dead heat in the last race between Intense Romance and Holmeswood.

At Killarney , the two mile six furlongs handicap hurdle went to Lasoscar for Liam Cusack seeing off Mine Now by three parts of a length. Mine Now 235 Killarney (10/1)) & Natural Scenery 335 York (16/1) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. The two mile four furlong novice chase saw a good finish between Peregrine Run who beat Conrad Hastings by a half length. The feature race went to Kilcarry Bridge who saw The Winkler off by a length. At Chester, the five furlong handicap went to Normal Equilibrium who was a comfortable winner over Ballesteros by one and a half lengths. Ballesteros was advised to our members 1pt each way at 7/1. At Goodwood , the seven furlong class 2 handicap went to Johnny Barnes who saw Burnt Sugar off by a length. The Group 2 Celebration Mile went to Lightening Spear who beat Zonderland by a nose.

At Newmarket , Pat Smullen made a flying visit to the UK count as he rode a double on board Ninjago and Gifted Master. At Cartmel, there was a double for Iain Jardine and Ross Chapman with Golden Jeffrey and River Icon. At Redcar, there was a treble for Danny Tudhope with Insurplus, State Residence and Mon Beau Visage. The last two horses formed a double for David O'Meara . At Windsor there were two very decent contests . The listed race over one mile three furlongs went to Second Step under Jamie Spencer.The Group three over one mile two furlongs went to Fabricate for her Majesty the Queen.


Sunday, we start at the Curragh. There was a treble on the card for Aidan O'Brien with Saxon Warrior, US Navy Flag and Rain Goddess . The wins of  US Navy Flag and Rain Goddess gave Ryan Moore a double, both horses were winning Group 3 contests. The Tote Irish Cambridegeshire went to Elusive Time for Takashi Kodama and Ross Coakley.  There was a surprise for the Aidan O'Brien team when 2-7 hotpot Ballet Shoes was shrugged aside by Liquid Amber in the Flame Of Tara. It was yet another big day for Jessica Harrington.At Beverley,there was a double for Graham Lee with Alfa McGuire and Hamidans Girl. There were also doubles for David O'Meara and Danny Tudhope with Rousayan and Pioneering. At Goodwood, there was a double for Jim Crowley on board Delannoy and Dutch Connection. The feature race went to Novoman who saw off Anythingtoday with Emenem back in third. Emenem advised to our members 1pt each way at 16/1. At Yarmouth, the feature race went to Tedoro for Richard Kingscote and Tom Dascombe.