The Racing Week That Was 28/5/17


Monday, we start at Carlilse where Richard Fahey continued his excellent run with a double for himself and jockey Tony Hamilton. The horses were Right Action and Ventura Dragon. There was also a double at Carlilse for Keith Dalgleish and Graham Lee with Forever A Lady and Frederic. I was very impressed with Frederic. At Redcar, Richard Hughes was on the mark again continuing his fine run as Patchwork took the auction maiden. At Towcester, there was a double for trainer Henry Daly with Crucial Role and Vice Et Vertu. At Leicester, there was a winner for Hughie Morrison with King Of Scotland. It was a welcome winner for Morrison with a steroid investigation looming. At Windsor,  there was a treble for Richard Hannon with Fast And Hot, Elysium Dream and Out Of Flames. At Punchestown, there was a double for Joseph O'Brien and JP McManus with Los Alamos and Cook Islands. There was a very impressive display from Lesley Dawn who took the mares maiden hurdle by sixteen lengths for Jessica Harrington and Ruby Walsh.


Tuesday, we start at Nottingham where there was a double for Fran Berry on board Hareball and Dragons Voice. At Newcastle, there was a treble for jockey Andrea Atzeni with Shargiah , Master Singer and Omran. There was a double on the card for trainer Michael Dods with Mabs Cross and Intense Romance. At Brighton, there was a double for jockey Pat Cosgrave with Master Of Heaven and Perfect Pastime. At Hexham,  there was an impressive winner in the finale for Micky Hammond with The Pine Martin winning by nine lengths. At Gowran, there was a first winner on the flat for Andrew McNamara with Lomi's Law. The Fillies race went Dabulena for Dermot Weld , Dabulena will have a break now. Dabulena was advised to our members 2pts win at 6/4. At Huntingdon, Cobra De Mai kept up the Skelton run winning the novice chase by twenty three lengths. Cobra De Mai advised to our members 2pts win at 2/1. Dabulena & Cobra De Mai advised 1pt win double both won in the 425 Gowran & 735 Huntingdon respectively. This completed a great day for our members. There was a double for Aidan Coleman at Huntingdon on board Hepijeu and Pongo Twistleton.


Wednesday, we start at Ayr. There was a double for Jim Goldie with Goninodaethat and Nicholas T. The excellent record of Roger Varian at Ayr continued as Nezwaah took the listed race by a hard held three and three parts of a length. At Yarmouth, there was a double for Jamie Spencer with Cartographer and Realize. At Lingfield , there was a winner for Charlie Appleby and William Buick with Cross Step. At Southwell, there was a double for Paddy Brennan with Minella Tweet and Icanmotor. At Wexford, there was a double for jockey Andrew Lynch with Kiln Rock and Mr Picotee. At Kempton, there was another winner for trainer Hughie Morrison who looks to have a major problem for the future as his steroid case looms large . Helfire was on the mark for Morrison, who is very popular and has been open about the investigation. Commodity made it three wins on the spin for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore.  Commodity looks progressive and has a very willing attitude. Ryan Moore did well to get Commodity across from a wide draw. In truth it never looked in doubt from that point. Commodity was advised to our members 1pt each way at 7/2.


Thursday, we start at Goodwood . The impeccably bred Mori took the fillies listed stakes by one and three parts of a length for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. I think Mori looks really smart. There was a double for William Buick with Massar. The second leg of the Buick double was a dead heat with Buick on Hadeega and Jim Crowley on board Apphia. At Catterick, there was a double for Mark Johnston with with Le Vie En Rose and Rebel Assault. At Warwick, there was a double for Noel Fehily with Rossetti and Bronco Billy. There was also a double for Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson with Talkischeap and Midnight Cowboy. The Dan and Harry Skelton bandwagon rolled on as Abidjan turned the feature race into a procession winning by eighteen lengths. Abidjan was advised to our members 2pts win at 9/4  (Rule 4 = 10% deduction). At Chelmsford,the feature race a £35K handicap went to Fanciful Angel for Marco Botti and Daniel Muscott. There was a double on the card for trainer Simon Crisford with Archetype and Etikaal.

At Sandown, it was Brigadier Gerard Stakes night which is always a good card. There was a double for Richard Hannon with Boycie and Khafoo Shememi who was to be a leg of a Ryan Moore double. The Moore double was completed by Autocratic who produced a career-best effort to win the Matchbook Brigadier Gerard Stakes for Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute. The Henry II stakes a group 3 saw Big Orange stay on course for the Ascot Gold cup after a Frankie Dettori masterclass from the front. Big Orange won  by five lengths. At Tipperary, there was a double for Aidan O'Brien with Murillo and Wisconsin .


Friday, we start at Bath where there was a treble for Adam Kirby on board Heartache,Prince Of Dark and Gambol. The first two horses were trained by Clive Cox giving Cox a double. At Goodwood, there was a treble for trainer Henry Candy with Rebecca Rocks, Queen Of Time and Noble Peace. At Haydock, there was a treble for jockey Richard Kingscote with Sidewinder, Finniston Farm and Captain Courageous. The first two horses formed a double for trainer Tom Dascombe. There was also a winner for Keith Dalgleish with El Hombre. At Pontefract, it was a night of doubles trainer David O'Meara and Daniel Tudhope with Mon Beau Visage and Mutadaffeq. There was also a double for Mark Johnston with Bonnie Arlene who saw off Livella Fella in a long battle. Livella Fella was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2 placed. The second leg of the Johnston double was Rufus King. At Musselburgh, there were doubles for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan with Aimez La Vie and Luis Vaz Des Torres. The one mile five furlong handicap went in great style to useful dual purpose horse Great Fighter. The performance of Great Fighter was really impressive there was four and half lengths back to Cosmic Tigress with Falcons Fire in third. Falcons Fire was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/1 placed.

At Worcester, Mr Mix got off the mark over fences for Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston Davies. The rest of the night belonged to Richard Johnson who had a treble with Viking Mistress, Royal Village and Gustave Mahler.  At Leopardstown, there was a double for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore with Auckland and Order Of St George. The win of  Order Of St George was in the Saval Beg as  Order Of St George prepared for a defense of the Ascot Gold Cup.  Order Of St George was impressive here. At Down Royal, there was a dead heat in the maiden hurdle between Silken Thomas and All's Queit. The feature race went to Telltemnuttin who was a really impressive ten lengths winner.


Saturday, we start at The Curragh for the Irish 2,000 Guineas day. There was an inch of rain before racing which changed the going to the soft side. There was a double for Jim Bolger and Keven Manning with Gasta and Glamarous Approach. The feature race the 2,000 Guineas went in comprehensive style to Churchill who was two and a half lengths too good for Thunder Snow with Irishcorrespondent back in third. Churchill is a wonderfully professional racehorse who seems to be able to treat all challenges and challengers alike. Ryan Moore normally very measured in his comments, gave RTE three minutes of chat about Churchill. Ryan Moore could clearly not hide his admiration for Churchill during that piece. There was a couple of other notable results on the card. Brother Bear captured The Marble Hill Stakes for Jessica Harrington by three lengths. Jessica Harrington will now send Brother Bear to Royal Ascot for the Coventry stakes. The veteran Gordon Lord Byron took The Greenlands Stakes. There was a big win for Andrew Slattery as his wonderful filly Creggs Pipes made all to win the Group 2 Lanwades Stakes. Its Royal Ascot next for Creggs Pipes in the Duke Of Cambridge.

At Chester , it was a day of doubles. Andrew Balding has been in great form . There was a double for Balding with Highland Pass and Atkinson Grimshaw. There was also a double for William Haggas with Headway and the very progressive Fastnet Tempest. Energia Fox took the one mile two furlong handicap by a fast diminishing head from Kapstadt who likes Chester. Kapstadt was advised to our members 1pt each way at 5/1. At Goodwood, there was a treble for Andrea Atzeni on board Madeline, Sutter County and Top Tug  who took the one mile six furlong handicap.Top Tug was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2.  William Haggas had a winner with Contentment making it three winners on the day.At York, there was a double for William Haggas with Dal Harralid and Theydon Grey, making it five winners on the day for Haggas. At Cartmel, the last three races were abandoned after a torrential downpour. Curios Carlos gave young Christopher Bowen his first winner. There is a lot expected of Christopher Bowen he could be a jockey to be with while he has his claims intact.

At Haydock,Mark Johnston had a treble with Yorkidding who deserved a turn in the two mile handicap. The second leg of the Johnston treble was Rusumaat , the treble was completed by Sofia's Rock. This gave Johnston five winners on the day.The two feature races at Haydock went to Clive Cox and Adam Kirby as Harry Angel bolted up in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes. Priceless completed the double by taking the Group 2 Temple Stakes. At Salisbury , Clive Cox and Andrew Balding made it three winners on the day each respectively with Crafty Madam and Cartavio. The feature race went to Mark Hopkins who was well on top at the line seeing Volpone Jelois off by a convincing three and a half lengths. Velpone Jelois was advised to our members 1pt each way at 4/1 placed. At Ffos Las , there was a double for Evan Williams and Adam Wedge with Market Road and Positively Dylan.


Sunday, we start at The Curragh for Irish 1,000 Guineas day. The Tattersalls Gold Cup a Group 1 went to Decorated Knight for Roger Charlton and Andrea Atzeni. Decorated Knight saw off Somehow in second and Deauville in third. Deauville was advised to our members 1pt each way at 4/1. The 1,00 Guineas went in spectacular style to Winter for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore. Winter became the first horse to do the 1,000 Guineas double for Aidan O'Brien. Winter came home four and three quarters lengths clear of Roly Poly with Hydrangea in third. It is very clear that Winter is an exceptional racehorse. I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the campaign brings for Winter. The win of Winter formed part of a treble for Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien with Homesman and Iron Mountain completing the treble.

At Kelso, the novices handicap chase went to Lofgren who came home twelve lengths clear of Martiloo for Donald McCain and Adrian Heskin. At Fontwell, Kilfinichen Bay took the feature race by a head from Keltus. Adam Du Breteau was back in third who ran a great race, but for a bad mistake at the last may have won. At Uttoxeter, there was a double for Nicky Henderson with Turn Turk and Days Of Heaven. The feature race went to Days Of Heaven who came home Valseur Du Granval with Henryville back in third. I think Days Of Heaven is a very decent horse.