The Racing Week That Was 28/10/18


Monday, we start at Windsor. There was an impressive win for Fresh Terms under Oisin Murphy winning by three and a half lengths. At Pontefract, the feature race the Silver Tankard Stakes. Manuela De Vega was backed as if defeat was out of the question to 10/11. That proved exactly the case as  Manuela De Vega having looked in trouble at one stage ran out a two and three parts length winner. At Plumpton, Chris Gordon and Tom Cannon there was a double for the duo Jumping Jack and King Cnut. At Kempton, Silver River was a good winner for Godolphin.


Tuesday, we start at Yarmouth. There was a treble for jockey Jack Mitchell. The horses were Mystic Meg, Sudona,  and Danish Duke. At Newcastle, Concierge was an impressive winner under Oisin Murphy. At Exeter, there was a treble for Richard Johnson and Philip Hobbs with Sternrubin, Earth Moor and Bradford Bridge. At Kempton, the feature race went to Indian Tygress for James Fanshawe. At Gowran, there was a double for Aidan O'Brien with Chablis and Albuquerque. There was a double for Dermot Weld and Declan McDonagh with Tankerville and Bona Fide. Best Not Argue advised to our members(1pt each way) at 9/2 placed in the race behind Bona Fide. It completed a good day for our members as Scorpion Black advised to our members(1pt each way) at 6/1 placed in the 445  behind Art Of America. Our members also had Best Not Argue 9/2 & Black Scorpion 6/1 advised to our members (0.5pt each way double) both placed.


Wednesday, we start at Newmarket. There were six two-year-old races on the card. I was really impressed Rainbow Heart for William Haggas and Ryan Moore. There was a double for Gerald Mosse with Ginistrelli an Al Fajir Mukbile. At Fontwell, there was yet another treble for Richard Johnson with New Millennium, Never Learn and Darlac. The first two named horses in the Johnson treble gave Colin Tizzard a double. At Worcester, there was a double for Paul Nicholls with Dr. Sanderson and Enrilo. At Chelmsford, the feature race went to Mark Johnston with Matterhorn. It kicked off a double for Adam Kirby which was completed with Reticent Angel. At Newcastle, nothing stood out for me. At Navan, there was a double for Edward Lynam with Dapper Power and Tide Of Time.


Thursday, we start at Carlisle. There was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Premier Rose and Maire Banrigh. At Ludlow, there was a treble for Richard Johnson on board Whin Park, Pique Rock, and New Agenda. There was a win for Amour De Nuit over fences for Paul Nicholls. At Southwell, over the jumps, there was a win for Mauricio for DR Richard Newland.  At Chelmsford, Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan took the feature race with Equitant. At Thurles, there was a treble for Aidan O'Brien with Mona Lisa's Smile, Constantinople and Madrid.


Friday, we start at Cheltenham. There were incidents aplenty as Diakali took the novice chase, however, One For Billy ran out through the tape piece put up after the first circuit on the run in. The incident was repeated as Oigear Dubh ran out at the very same spot in the amateur riders race. The irony was the victim in the first incident Dan Skelton (with One For Billy) became the beneficiary as Sam Red took the race. Officials at Cheltenham called an immediate review after two horses ran out in the closing stages during the track’s opening meeting on Friday. Dan Skelton enjoyed a memorable day at Cheltenham as he saddled his 100th winner, breaking Martin Pipe’s record for the fastest century of winners in a season.

At Newbury, Andrew Balding and David Probert enjoyed a double with Good Birthday and Landa Beach. At Doncaster, there was a double for Luca Cumani and Jamie Spencer with Ernest Aldrich and Coolongolook. At Kempton, Uncle Jerry was an impressive winner for Richard Hughes and Nicola Currie.

At Dundalk, our syndicate horse Alfirak was in action he ran a blinder. Alfirak ran his heart out last night having traveled brilliantly for most of the race. We may have used up more petrol early on than it first looked trying to overcome the wide draw. Alfirak tanked along taking Rory into the race and looked a winner at the two-furlong point. Alfirak also sustained a knock in the race which seemed to affect him in the last furlong he will be checked over this morning first thing. Damian will come up with a plan and we will go from that point, however up in trip up in grade with the wide draw we have to be happy with Alfirak who clearly has a lot of ability.


Saturday, we start at Doncaster. Magna Grecia demonstrated a determined attitude as he gave Aidan O’Brien a ninth win in the Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes. Happy Power was an impressive winner for Andrew Balding. At Newbury, there was a dead heat between Morando and Young Rascal. The trainers were Andrew Balding and William Haggas who completed a double with Luxor. At Kelso, there was a double for Keith Dalgleish with One Night In Milan and Goldencard. At Cheltenham, there was a double for Gordon Elliott and Richard Johnso with Cubomania and Dinons. The feature race went to Modus and Paul Nicholls who fought back bravely on the run in. At Kempton, there was a winner for Sir Michael Stoute with Loolwah.

At Leopardstown, Mokhalad was in action. It did not happen fo Mokhalad yesterday. We were a little disappointed after the race. The turf campaign has been difficult at times with the firm ground limiting chances for Mokhalad to show his best. The lads will make a plan and we will see what happens next. Mokhalad has dropped to a nice handicap mark now and we will look to exploit it. Mokhalad gave everything again. We have some great memories from the turf campaign his win at Navan, placing at the Galway Festival and taking us to the biggest tracks. At Leopardstown, there was a double for Aidan O'Brien with Happen and I Remember You. At Galway, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Abacadabras and Felix Desjy.


Sunday, we start at AintreeBryony Frost landed another notable success as Frodon gamely won the Monet’s Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase. This was a good race Javert and Cloudy Dream ran well in behind. Exitas ran away with the veterans chase by eleven lengths. Exitas was advised to our members(1pt each way) at 5/1. At Wincanton, the feature race went to Bigbadjohn for Nigel Twiston- Davies. At Wexford, there was a double for Willie Mullins with Eight and Bob and Sapphire Lady, Paul Townend doing the steering on both. At Galway, there was a successful chase debut for Cheltenham festival winner Blow By Blow for Gordon Elliott. There was a treble for Willie Mullins, with Dorrells Pierji, Suinda, and Kalanisi Og.