The Racing Week That Was 28/8/16


Monday, we start at Brighton where there was a double for trainer George Baker with Drop Kick Murphi and Magnificent Madiba. At Carlilse, there were winners for Mark Johnston with Gaelic Tiger and Sir Mark Prescott with Cartwright. The 6 furlong handicap was an interesting little race where the front runners dominated Dolphin Rock and Emblaze fought out a good finish.Crazy Tornado advised to our members 1pt each way (7/1) placed in third. At Kempton, George Baker picked up his third winner on the day with Nag's Wag. There were also winners on the card for Sylvester Kirk with Zamadance and Sir Michael Stoute with Blushing Rose. At Thirsk, there was a second winner on the day for trainer Kevin Ryan with Norwegian Highness. Kevin Ryan had been on the mark earlier in the day with Enjoy Life at Carlilse.


Tuesday, we start at Southwell where My Brother Sylvest won the selling hurdle in great style for trainer Brian Barr having being switched from David Pipe. My Brother Sylvest has always had ability he could be one to follow now in weak contests if he is sweetened up. There were winners for Alan King with Precision five and Nigel- Twiston Davies with Little Pop, both trainers remain in excellent form. At Yarmouth, there were winners for William Haggas and Sir Michael Stoute with Lapilli and Aflame. The 1 mile 1 furlong went to Character Onesie for Richard Fahey and red hot jockey Adam McNamaraCharacter Onesie was advised to our members 1pt each way (7/2). At Chelmsford , the 1 mile maiden went in very impressive style by 6 lengths, to Sunset Dream for Richard Hannon and Timmy Murphy. At Newbury, Andrew Balding had another winner with Genetics who took the 1 mile Maiden Auction Stakes for two year olds. Genetics won by 1 and a half lengths , nicely backed (5/1 -7/2) this horse could be decent. At Ballinrobe , it was an ordinary card in truth.I took three horses out of the night Realt Mor who won the 2 mile 1 chase  this horse can pay his way for Gordon Elliott. The other horse from this race to take was Colbert Station who finished third. I think Colbert Station is starting to look well handicapped.Colbert Station has been showing positive signs over inadequate trips and hurdle races. I think the Munster, Kerry or Cork Grand National are all potential targets for this horse. I will be watching closely to see if these races are attempted. Eiri Na Casca took the 2 mile 7 furlongs handicap chase. Eiri Na Casca had a decent winter last season he can reward support between handicaps in the UK and Ireland.

The day ended with the sad news that Tom O'Ryan, the award-winning racing journalist and broadcaster, had died aged 61. I would say for many people Racing UK's coverage from the north of England tracks will never quite be the same again. Tom O'Ryan was the face, opinion and voice of north Of England horse racing.


Wednesday, we start at Catterick. There was another winner for William Haggas. It was the 7 furlong maiden for fillies which went to Soundstrings, by 3 parts of a length from Al Hawraa. At Lingfield, Hidden Steps gave Andrew Balding another winner in the 7 furlong fillies maiden winning by a half length from evens favourite Aimez La vie. At Musselburgh, there was a treble for Mark Johnston with Nepeta , Rainbow Rebel and Templier with Joe Fanning riding all three winners. At Kempton, Fran Berry came back from injury with a winner on Mount Moriah for Ralph Beckett. At Stratford, the Donald McCain revival continued as Witness in Court took the 2 mile 3 furlong handicap chase. I really believe McCain will have plenty of winners this winter , probably having some well handicapped horse following the yards well documented issues. At Bellewstown , there were some decent winners. Full Shilling stuck to the task really well winning the 7 furlong handicap by 1 and 3 parts of a length. Full Shilling landed some nice bets in the process (6/1 -4/1). Catwilldo got reward for some consistent efforts recently just holding on by a nose to beat Suburban Sky. Xebec also gained reward for recent good efforts when making all in the 1 mile 4 furlongs handicap.


Thursday, we start at Fontwell. The debut over fences of Shantou Village was the big draw on the day. Shantou Village jumped well in the main with a hair raising moment at the last where he reached for it, it was job done as well as positive experience for Shantou Village. The appearance of Shantou Village reminds us that the real good horses will be coming out again in the coming weeks.At Leicester , Richard Fahey has been going well recently Fahey got another winner here with Rosebride in fillies nursery. Rosebride was an impressive 3 length winner under Adam McNamara. At Sedgefield, Richard Johnson had a double with Cooper's friend and Lilywhite Gesture. At Musselburgh, trainer Keith Dalgleish had a winner with Introductory who won the 1 mile 4 furlongs handicap. There was nothing at Wolverhampton that caught my eye.

At Bellewstown, The mares hurdle saw Muthaza go off a red hot 1/5 however she crashed out at the 4th hurdle giving Ruby Walsh a nasty fall. The race went to Water Sprite for Gordon Elliott who got messed around in the fall of Muthaza. The 2 mile 4 furlong handicap hurdle saw Kings Wharf look to extend his winning run for Willie Mullins, it was not to be. Kings Wharf got to the front on the run in , however Wildcatted battled back gamely to win by a neck.The final leg of that famous Charles Byrnes Roscommon treble earlier in the month, Top Of The Town followed up at Bellewstown in the 3 mile handicap hurdle. I reckon Top Of The Town can win again soon. At Tipperary, there was a very interesting maiden. Son Of Rest was backed as if defeat was out of the question, however Latin Beat got the better of a great tussle to win by 3 parts of a length. I reckon both horses are smart. Edward O'Grady has his horses in superb form recently, there was another winner for O'Grady with Fair Game who won the 7 furlong apprentice handicap.


Friday, we start at Ffos Las the 6 furlong nursery saw victory go to Looting  under Jim Crowley.Looting had looked a very decent horse at Sandown last time, Looting backed that opinion up here making all unchallenged. At Newmarket, there were four winning favourites on the card. The race of most interest was Spatial winning the fillies maiden for Ryan Moore on his comeback ride, Sir Michael Stoute the trainer. At Thirsk, Richard Fahey kept his good run going as Flowing Clarets took the selling stakes. At Goodwood , Sir Michael Stoute picked up a second winner of the day as Rostova took the 1 mile fillies handicap. At Hamilton, two trainers who have been training plenty of winners recently Iain Jardine with New Children and Amy Blair who won at an eye watering 50/1 for Keith Dalgleish. At Newcastle , Richard Fahey picked up another winner on the day with Springwood. Keith Dalgleish was also on the mark again on the day with War Department.At Down Royal, it was a quiet night with only Bobarlee taking the maiden hurdle for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend.


Saturday, we start at Goodwood where there was a double for Andrea Atzeni with Certificate and Platitude. The Doom Bar celebration mile a Group 2 was the feature race. The race went to Lightning Spear who bounced back to form with an impressive victory over Zonderland for David Simcock and Oisin Murphy. The finale on the card went to Guns Of Leros advised to our members 1pt each way (5/1), however there was a Rule 4 (25%) reduction. At Newmarket, Mark Johnston picked up another winner in the class 2, one mile five furlongs handicap as Yorkidding saw off Real Dominion by a length and a quarter. At Beverley, there was a double for trainer Kevin Ryan with Dance Alone and Mount Tahan. The Feature race the listed Beverley bullet run over five furlongs witnessed a cracking contest with first 6 home separated by less then a length. The race went to the in form Alpha Delphini for trainer Brian Smart, with Willytheconquerer beaten a neck and a short head back to the third horse the favourite Muthmir. At Cartmel, there was a winner for Jonjo O'Neill and Aidan Coleman with Mountain Tunes the horse forever associated with Tony McCoy's 4,000 winner.

At Redcar, there was a double for trainer Michael Dods and jockey Andrew Mullen with Davy's Dilemma and Reinforced. At Windsor, there was a treble for jockey Jim Crowley with Berkshire, Officer Drivel and Fairway to Heaven. The rest of the Windsor card saw a double for trainer Henry Candy and jockey Fergus Sweeney with Nicarra and Chain Of Daisies. At Navan, it was a quiet day in truth, however there was a double for Pat Smullen and Dermot Weld with Magnolia Rose and Dalton Highway. I think judged by the horses winning margins they could go on to better things from here.


Sunday, we start at Goodwood where jockey Jim Crowley kept up his chase for the champion jockey title with a double on board Babyfact and Zhui Feng. At Beverley , there was a double for trainer Richard Fahey with Our Boy Jack and L'apogee. At Yarmouth, there was a double for Sir Michael Stoute with Exmouth and Ballet Concerto. At the Curragh, Aidan O'Brien had a treble with Yucatan, Somehow and Intelligence Cross. It was Somehow, who impressed drawing away from the opposition in the final furlong to comfortably land the spoils in the Snow Fairy Stakes , by an impressive 7 lengths. I thought, Intelligence Cross was also very impressive running right to the line to defeat Holy Cat by 4 and a half lengths in the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes. The other Group three on the card saw Sea Of Grace battling back in the dying strides to take the Flame Of Tara EBF Stakes for trainer John Oxx. At Cork, it was a moderate card Bamako Moriviere gave Ruby Walsh a handy afternoon easily landing the odds of  1/12 in the 2 mile conditions hurdle.