Monday, we start at Roscommon. The Ballymore Group Irish EBF Kilbegnet Novice Chase (Grade 3) went the way of Exit Poll for the Jessica Harrington team. At Newton Abbot, there were doubles for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden with Mick Pastor and Montys Medoc. At Bath, Snow Berry was on target for Oisin Murphy. At Newcastle, Aunt Bethany was on target for Hollie Doyle.
Tuesday, we start at Cork. A bit of a head-scratcher at Cork yesterday Double Kodiac started very sharp tanking along in the lead. He appeared to have a talented field well strung out, I thought turning in we are in business here. He stopped pretty quick, it could be a number of things including over racing early on. We will get him checked over and try again soon. He went well on the soft ground going back in trip might be what is needed with Double Kodiac. The horse ran very well early in the season we just need to get back to those runs.
On the rest of the Cork card, there was a double for Colin Keane with Pirate Jenny and Secret Road. At Ayr, Let Me Be was on target for Keith Dalgleish. At Worcester, there was a double for Neil Mulholland with Ballymilan and Translink. At Sedgefield, there was a winner for Donald McCain with A Different Kind. At Wolverhampton, William Buick was on target with Gold Medal.
Wednesday, we start at Bellewstown. The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate were in action at our local track. Mokhalad ran ok finishing sixth, it was nothing more than ok. Mokhalad never really had a cut at it from the start. Donagh O'Connor said to run again tomorrow so that's what we will do. We are the first reserve so we need something to come out I think it will happen. The race is being run as a tribute to Barney Curley. A racing hero so hopefully we get to take part. There was a wonderful achievement for Siobhan Rutledge who lost her seven pounds claim following the win of Takana. A delighted Rutledge revealed afterwards: “That’s my claim reduced now to 5lb after 30 winners. It’s a real milestone and to get that many winners in a relatively short time is brilliant.”
At Nottingham, there was a double for Tim Easterby with Matty Too and Ava Go Joe. At Bangor, there was a win for Nicky Henderson with At Poets Cross. At Catterick, there was a double for Ben Curtis with Princess Shabnam and Ginato. At Kempton, Migdam was on target for Sir Michael Stoute.
Thursday, we start at Bellewstown. A wonderful occasion at Bellewstown in memory of Barney Curley. The crowd lifted Frankie Dettori home on Trueba it was a fitting result and it's Cheltenham 2020 since I heard such a roar on a Racecourse. The runner up Meishar ran a blinder for James McAuley. It was a bad day for us as Mokhalad ran no real race in truth. We just have to dust ourselves down and keep trying. We have four horses potentially to run from Oct 6th to the 10th. Stanhope, Trading Point, Double Kodiac and our new recruit Numoor are all potentially trying to get us a win. Mokhalad will most likely run at Galway next on the October Bank Holiday weekend.
On the rest of the Bellewstown card. Our friends at Hilltop had a really impressive winner in Fly Girl. James McAuley is really going well just now. He is getting plenty of winners. The Hilltop team combine great eyes for horses along with hard work. They deserve all the success they get. Well done lads. There was another popular winner in No Trouble for the gentleman that is Cathal McGuckin.Never has an owner been more enthusiastic or more generous. Well done CJ.
At Clonmel, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Sam's Choice and Perfect Attitude. At Warwick, there were doubles for Charlie Longsdon and Brian Hughes with Lyrical Genius and Beyond The Clouds. At Salisbury, there was a double for Ryan Moore with Wind Your Neck In and Hannibal Barca. At Lingfield, Richard Hughes was on target with Barscule. At Chelmsford, Abbado took the feature race for Sir Mark Prescott.
Friday, we start at Gowran. The Feature race went to Western Victory under trainer & jockey Declan Queally. At Dundalk, Harry's Bar was on target for Adrian McGuinness. At Fontwell, there was a double for Gary Moore with Jumping Cats and Mister Tickle. At Hexham, there was a treble for Brian Hughes with Away At Dawn, Bob's Bar and Geonice. At Ascot, Sunray Major was on target for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. At Newcastle, there was a double for Ben Curtis with Zenzero and Khatm.
Saturday, we start at Ascot. Owen Burrows is doing a fine job of advertising his skills just at the right time as Hukum returned to winning ways by bolting up in the ABF/BGC Cumberland Lodge Stakes. Clive Cox has trained several sprinters who have achieved more than Tis Marvellous, but few are above him in his affections as the redoubtable seven-year-old landed another notable prize in Ascot’s Oakman Group Rous Stakes. Tis Marvellous was advised (0.75pt each way) to our members at 5/1. At Newmarket, Saffron Beach dominated throughout for an emphatic victory in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes. Jane Chapple-Hyam’s filly was prominent from the outset on the far side under William Buick as the 13-strong field split into two groups – and was never again headed en route to her breakthrough top-level victory.
At Longchamp, Trueshan proved his class and silenced any doubts over his stamina with a conclusive victory in the Qatar Prix du Cadran at ParisLongchamp.The Alan King-trained gelding was running on his preferred soft going and was tackling the two-and-a-half-mile trip for the first time, in what was a long-awaited head-to-head with staying giant Stradivarius. Both horses were travelling well as the field rounded the final bend and they drew level when passing the furlong pole, but it was 9-5 favourite Trueshan – ridden for the first time by James Doyle with Hollie Doyle suspended – who powered to the line, leaving Stradivarius and Frankie Dettori four and a half lengths behind him.
William Haggas enjoyed a remarkable Saturday as his Newmarket yard sent out eight winners across the country and in France.With Thanks and Aldaary were on the scoresheet at Ascot, while Mayaas, Gaassee and Skytree hit the mark at Chester and Al Mubhir got his head in front at Newmarket. Hurry Up was another domestic winner, this time at Wolverhampton, and Dubai Honour put Group Two gloss on the haul for Somerville Lodge with his triumph in the Qatar Prix Dollar at ParisLongchamp.
At Gowran, Royal Rendezvous battled to a hard-fought victory in the Grade Two PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park. Willie Mullins’ nine-year-old was last seen winning the Galway Plate in July and followed up that success as he and Danny Mullins just denied Gordon Elliott’s Hardline by half a length. The jockey returned from an injury-enforced lay-off only on Friday, and this victory was therefore his first since fracturing several vertebrae in a heavy fall three months ago. The race was intended to be the scene of Henry De Bromhead’s Champion Chase winner Put The Kettle On’s seasonal comeback, but the mare was declared a late non-runner because of unsuitable going – leaving Royal Rendezvous as the 10-11 favourite. Royal Rendezvous was advised to our members (1.5pts win) at 7/4 (rule 4 20% deduction). The Dabbler took the finale for Liam Cusack in battling fashion. I think this horse could be a Paddy Power horse potentially at Christmas. The Dabbler was advised to our members (1.5pts win) at 11/4 (rule 4 deduction 45%). Our Members also had a (0.5pt win) double with Royal Rendezvous and The Dabbler.
I must finish Saturday by saying the most impressive winner of Saturday was a horse called Nickle Back who won by 30 lengths at Fontwell. I got told about this horse during the week and was told in no uncertain terms he was very good. I do not know what connections will do next but wherever Nickle Back goes he looks like a very smart horse.
Sunday, we start at Longchamp. Torquator Tasso gave Germany a third victory in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as he caused a seismic 80-1 upset in the ParisLongchamp showpiece. The Marcel Weiss-trained colt pounced late in the hands of Rene Piechulek to emulate compatriots Danedream in 2011 and Star Appeal in 1975. Torquator Tasso got up close home to score from Dermot Weld’s Tarnawa and the Charlie Appleby-trained Hurricane Lane, whose stablemate Adayar was fourth after leading for much of the way.
Space Blues ran out an impressive winner of the Qatar Prix de la Foret at ParisLongchamp. The Charlie Appleby-trained entire had been unable to take his chance in the only Group One contest over seven furlongs in Europe for the last two years but made no mistake on his belated appearance. Ado McGuinness’ gamble of supplementing A Case Of You for the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines paid off with a last-gasp triumph in the famous five-furlong dash. The three-year-old got up on the line to deny Air De Valse and give Ireland a first success in the Abbaye since Maarek in 2013.
At Tipperary, Saldier dominated the Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle to complete a quick Grade Three double for champion trainer Willie Mullins. Danny Mullins always had the 4-7 favourite and dual Grade One-winning hurdler to the fore – and although their clear lead was eroded approaching the straight, Saldier had plenty in reserve to stretch his superiority back to three lengths at the line. Darasso got closest to him, with Jason The Militant keeping on with promise too on his first start of the new campaign to take a four-length third. At Kelso, The feature race The Simply Ned Chase went for a third time to Nuts Well who was advised (1pt each way) 5/1 to our members.