The Racing Week That Was 30/6/19


Monday, we start at Ballinrobe. Merited took the apprentice handicap Greenpanda advised to our members (1pt each way) 7/2 placed in the race. At Southwell, The Jam Man landed a punt for Ronan McNally (20/1 -9/4). At Chepstow, Sir Michael Stoute was on target with El Picador. At Windsor, Fox Vardy was on target under Silvestre De Sousa. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Robert Winston on board Superseded and Poet's Pride.


Tuesday, we start at Beverley. There was a winner for Mark Johnston with Walk-In Marrakesh. At Brighton, Paul and Megan Nicholls were on target with Whataguy. At Newbury, Picture Frame was a very impressive winner for Godolphin. At Newton Abbot, the feature race went to Nicky Henderson with Pacific De Baune.


Wednesday, we start at Naas. There was a double for Donnacha O'Brien on board A New Dawn and Simply Beautiful. The Oaks trial went to Trethias for Jessica Harrington. At Carlisle, the feature race went to Tapissiere. At Ffos Las, there was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Floki and Longhouse Sale. At Salisbury, the feature race went to Ryan Moore and William Haggas with Desert Icon. At Kempton, the feature race went to Kings Highway for Ivan Furtado. At Bath, Beyond Equal took the feature race under Rob Hornby.


Thursday, we start at The Curragh. El Astronaute proved a class act when making all to claim a big pot in the €125,000 Tote Rockingham Handicap at the Curragh this evening. The John Quinn-trained gelding was doubling up in the five-furlong feature event tonight having also landed a Listed contest at Cork on his last visit to Ireland 13 days ago. It was good news for our members. El Astronaute was advised to our members (1pt each way) 7/1.  The Apprentice Derby went to Trossachs for Godolphin and Jim Bolger by seven lengths. De Name Escapes was advised to our members (1pt each way) 7/1 placed in the race.  El Astronaute 745 Curragh 7/1 De Name Escapes Me 815 Curragh 7/1 advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed, completing a good day for our members. The rest of the Curragh card saw a double for Shane Foley and Jessica Harrington with Leo De Fury and Windracer. 

At Newcastle, there was a double for Richard Fahey with Oti Ma Boati and Defence Treaty. At Nottingham, John Gosden was on target with Honest Albert. At Newmarket, John Gosden was also on target with Nazeef. At Leicester, Mark Johnston was on target with Fred. At Hamilton, Friendly Advice and Never Be Enough formed a double for Keith Dalgleish.


Friday, we start at the Curragh. I thought this was an odd fixture run in the afternoon there you have it. The feature race was the Curragh Cup it went to Twilight Payment for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning. The other group 2 on the card saw Albigna win for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley. The 100K summer Fillies handicap saw Crafty Madam get up very late on to deny Surrounding who was advised 1pt each way to our members at 6/1. At Cartmel, Decor Irlandais was on target for Irish trainer Noel Kelly. At Yarmouth, the feature race went to Mark Johnston with Oasis Prince. It was to be an across the card double for Mark Johnston as Thunderous was on target at Doncaster. At Newcastle, there was a double for Jim Crowley on board Turjomann and Sun Maiden who took the feature race. At Newmarket, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Emily Goldfinch and Glutonforpunishment. At Chester, the finale went to Mokammal.


Saturday, we start at the Curragh. Sovereign caused a huge upset when giving trainer Aidan O’Brien a 13th success in the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. The stands almost fell silent as the 33-1 shot crossed the line six lengths ahead of stable companion Anthony Van Dyck. This is always a danger with a well-bred pacemaker they from time to time get away. If the lads in behind are caught out off their ground they don't come back it looks horrendous. The rest of the day belonged to Colin Keane and Ger Lyons who had a treble with Buffer Zone, Basic Law, and Siskin. For Siskin, he took his unbeaten record to three with a convincing victory in the GAIN Railway Stakes. This looks a very smart horse to me. Buffer Zone broke our own Damian English's heart who was just touched off with Twenty Minutes. Congrats to the One For The Lads Partnership on the run. Well done to Damian on another great purchase. As we gear up for Bellewstown with our own team it was encouraging to see Twenty Minutes run so well.There was also a treble for Joseph O'Brien with Speak In Colours, Buckhurst and Skakespear'sgallery.

Limato showed he remains a force to reckoned with in rolling back the years to claim victory in the Randox Health Criterion Stakes at Newmarket. There was a double for Charlie Appleby and James Doyle with Summer Romance and Al Dabaran. At Newcastle, Invincible Army bounced back from his Royal Ascot “blip” to win the Group Three Betfair Exchange Chipchase Stakes. Charlie Fellowes is excited to see what the future holds for Carnwennan following his dominant victory in the Betfair Exchange Northumberland Vase.  Coeur De Lion advised to our members (1pt each way) 7/1 placed in the race. Who Dares Wins got up in the last strides to prevent a local win for Dubawi Fifty in the Betfair Exchange Northumberland Plate Handicap. At Chester, there was a double for Richard Fahey with Gabrial The Saint and Gabrial The Wire. At Windsor, there was a double for Mark Johnston with Homespin and Matterhorn.  At York, there was a double for William Haggas and Colm O'Donoghue with Al Aakif and Mubtasimah. At Doncaster, Roger Varian was on target with Ejtilaab. At Lingfield, there was a double for David Probert with Alfred Boucher and Kindergarten Kop.


Sunday, we start at Uttoxeter. There was a double for Nicky Henderson and Nico De Boinville with Brave Eagle and Bold Record. The feature race the summer cup worth 70K saw Brave Eagle show great guts to win with 11 stone 12 pounds. There was also a double for Dr. Richard Newland and Sean Bowen with Chef De Troupe and McGroarty. At Cartmel, it was two wins in a week for The Jam Man in the UK. There was a treble for Brian Hughes on board, See the sea, Lofgren and Morning Royalty. At Windsor, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Amplify and Itizzit.