The Racing Week That Was 3/3/9


Monday, we start at Ayr. There was a touch landed by Lucy and Nick Alexander with Christmas In The USA 10/1 - 9/2. There was a winner for Gordon Elliott with Western Honour, it was good news for our members. Western Honour was advised to our members (3pts win) 11/8. At Plumpton, the potent combination of Byrony Frost and Neil King as Brandon Castle was on target. The Skelton team are lethal around Uttoxeter, they enjoyed a treble with Mercers Troop, Ardlethen and Crucial Role. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Oisin Murphy on board With Caution and Power Home.


Tuesday, we start at Leicester. Seefood took the hunter chase all roads lead to Aintree now. At Ffos Las, there was a double for Venetia Williams with Top and Drop who was in a dead heat with Alminar. The Williams double was completed by Bonne Question. There was also a double for Noel Fehily on board Molly Carew and King Roland. At Catterick, Olly Murphy took the finale with Lets Get At it. At Wolverhampton, Bay Of Naples took the novice stakes for Mark Johnston.


Wednesday, we start at Wincanton the feature as it so often does went to Paul Nicholls. It was Overland Flyer who got the job done. At Musselburgh, Landsman was an impressive winner for Tim Vaughan. At Southwell, Purple Rock bolted up for Gay Kellaway. At Kempton, Krazy Paving was on target for Olly Murphy and Megan Nicholls.


Thursday, we start at Musselburgh. There was a treble for Brian Hughes on board Alright Sunshine, Always Lion and Monsieur Co. At Ludlow, there was a double for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden with Rhythm is a Dancer and Tommy Silver. At Newcastle, Forest Of Dean was on target for John Gosden. At Kempton, Blazon was on target for Kim Bailey.  At Taunton, Paul Nicholls completed an across the card treble with Thedellercheckout. At Clonmel, Donagh Meyler completed a quickfire 14/1 double at Clonmel as Ask Heather defied top-weight in the Coral Double Your Winnings First Race Every Day Handicap Hurdle. Meyler was on the mark just over half-an-hour earlier when Reine Fee.


Friday, a new month as well as a week closer to Cheltenham. We start at Doncaster.  Donald McCain had his first winner since finding himself at the heart of the racing shut down due to the equine influenza outbreak when It's All A Lark struck at Doncaster. Peppay Le Pugh back over hurdles was on target for Dan Skelton.  Away For Slates continued his resurgence in form with a second win in as many starts. It was good news for our members as Peppay Le Pugh 240 Doncaster (6/4) & Away For Slates 315 Doncaster (6/4) advised to our members 3pts win Double both won. At Newbury, Christopher Wood was a really impressive winner of the juvenile hurdle for Paul Nicholls.

At Lingfield, there were doubles for Oisin Murphy and Adam Kirby on the day. The Kirby double was on board Watchable and Moonlight Spirit,  The Murphy double was on board Tiger Eye who got the verdict in the stewards' room. The second league was Zamhar. At Newcastle, there was a double for jockey Callum Rodriguez with Solar Park and Furni Factors.

At Dundalk, some very sad news. Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Security Officer Willie Buckley who was taken ill at Dundalk Racecourse on Friday evening has sadly passed away, IHRB Chief Executive Denis Egan issued a statement this morning: "It is with deep regret and profound sadness that the IHRB can confirm the passing of our esteemed colleague Willie Buckley."Willie was a valued member of the IHRB Security Team for 11 years and was on duty at Dundalk Racecourse last evening when taken ill."The IHRB offers sincere condolences to Willie's partner Kathleen, son Tony, daughter Sinead, and their families, friends, and colleagues at this time. May he rest in peace.


Saturday, we start at Newbury. San Benedeto provided Paul Nicholls with a ninth victory in the William Hill Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup. Carole’s Destrier lunged late to claim a last-gasp victory in the William Hill Supporting Greatwood Veterans’ Handicap Chase. At Doncaster, Chidswell sprang a minor surprise as he claimed a clear-cut victory in the 888Sport Grimthorpe Chase. The Mares novice listed hurdle went to Papagana for Oliver Sherwood. At Kelso, a tilt at the Scottish Grand National could be on the cards for Blue Flight after he fended off the renewed challenge of the game Black Corton to win the Belhaven Brewery Premier Chase. Rouge Vif dominated from the front in the Edinburgh Gin Premier Kelso Novices’ Hurdle. There was nothing that caught my eye at Lingfield or Chelmsford. At Navan, Jetz was an impressive winner for Jessica Harrington. There were some hefty bets landed (7/4 -5/4) by Gordon Elliott as From Eden got the job done.


Sunday, we start at Leopardstown, Noel Meade had a treble making if four winners from four runners at the weekend. The Meade treble was made up of Six Shooter, The Red Menace and Aint Dunne Yet. There was a winner for Gordon Elliott with Tombstone. It was good news for our members. Tombstone 210 Leopardstown (9/10) & Aint Dunne Yet 345 Leopardstown (6/5) advised to our members 3pts win Double both won. The feature race saw a remarkable recovery from Mark Enright. I thought Enright did miracles to stay on Woods Well, he also rode a finish with no irons. The victory for Woods Well completed a double for Elliott. At Huntingdon, the feature race The Cambridgeshire National went to Little Bruce. At Sedgefield, the feature race went to Cap Du Nord for Christian Williams who does well here.