The Racing Week That Was 30/10/16


Monday, we start at Ayr. There was a double for Brian Hughes on board Mr Monochrome and Fair Loch. There was also a double for Iain Jardine and jockey Ross Chapman with Loud And Clear. The second leg of the double was So Satisfied who despite hanging on the run to the second last.So Satisfied held off Bright Prospect by a head. I thought Bright Prospect jumped very well. At Leicester, I thought El Vip was impressive for Luca Cumani who won the 1 mile handicap. At Redcar, there was a double for Kevin Ryan with Dusty Bin and Torremar.


Tuesday, we start at Chepstow which hosted an informative card. The card witnessed the debut of Thistlecrack over fences who is very prominent in the betting for The Cheltenham Gold Cup. Thistlecrack was very impressive jumping really well he looks like the real deal the sky is the limit for this horse. I would not want to know about 5/1 for the Gold Cup now. I would encourage people to look down through the market. There are overpriced horses in my view who will for certain run in the Gold Cup. Thistlecrack was part of a double for Colin Tizzard with Elegant Escape. There was a treble for Richard Johnson with Honour Promise, Craiganee and Looksnowtlikebrian. At Bangor, there was a winner for Alan King with Keep In Line who was really impressive winning by 6 lengths. I thought Keep In Line looked a really good horse he is very brave and quick over the hurdles.It completed a double on the day for King who had a winner with Laser Light at Chepstow. There was a win over fences for Value At Risk who got off the mark belatedly for the SkeltonsValue At Risk looked decent here jumping well winning by a length and a quarter. I am not sure yet about Value At Risk over fences yet, he may be a stuffy horse who comes on for racing. Value At Risk did jump well to be fair, something like the 3 mile handicap on day one of the Cheltenham Festival may suit long term.Value At Risk was advised to our members 4pts win (6/5).

The rest of the day belonged to Richard Fahey who had a remarkable five winners over the cards at Catterick and Newcastle. At Catterick, the Richard Fahey treble included wins for Brian The Snail who won very easily by 7 lengths.The last two legs of the treble were Royal Connoisseur and Ballesteros. The Fahey bandwagon rolled on to Newcastle under the floodlights with a double the horses being Rashford's Double and Spin Doctor.


Wednesday, we start at Nottingham where there was a double for William Buick on board Youmkin and First Voyage. The five furlong handicap witnessed a dead heat involving Mysterious Look  and Pensax Lad. Richard Fahey continued his tremendous week with another winner in the shape of Carnageo. At Fakenham, David Pipe has a 57% strike rate in the last five seasons Pipe added to his tally here. Eamon An Cnoic took the maiden hurdle in good style by a length and a half from The Blue Bomber. It may have been very different if the Blue Bomber had not jumped violently to the right all the way round with the jump at the third last hurdle costing at least 6 lengths. The Blue Bomber was advised to our members 1pt each way (10/3) there was a  (Rule 4 10% deduction). The Caller was an impressive winner of the bumper for Warren Greatrex winning by 10 lengths. At Chelmsford, John Gosden had the winner of the Fillies Maiden race as Arqualis won by 4 lengths. At Kempton , Sir Michael Stoute saddled Volition to win the seven furlong handicap. At Dundalk , there was a double for Michael Halford with Dark Alliance and Yamato. Henry De Bromhead has been in tremendous form, De Bromhead saddle a two year old winner here in Gorane.


Thursday, we start at Stratford where there was a double for Nigel Twiston-Davies with Big Casino and Ell Teremoto. At Sedgefield, the day belonged to Brian Ellison who had a fantastic treble with Ballycrystal, Volvallienand G'day Aussie. The Durham National is always a decent race. This years renewal went  the way of Buachaill Alainn for Peter and Sean Bowen winning well by 7 lengths. Jac The Legend advised to our members 1pt each way (6/1) was placed in the race. At Clonmel, Gordon Elliott brought his tally this National Hunt season to 100 winners in Britain and Ireland when Orchard Road completed a double on the day under Ruby Walsh. The first leg of the double had been Mick Jazz formerly with Harry Fry who took the Maiden Hurdle under Barry Geraghty. That initiated a double for Barry Geraghty who won on Blackthorn Prince later in the card. Blackthorn Prince was completing a hat trick of wins this season. At Lingfield, there was a double for Pat Cosgrave and William Haggas with Across Dubai and Muffri'ha. There was a rare visit to Lingfield for Pat Smullen who won on board Mittens for Sir Michael Stoute. At Chelmsford, the Richard Fahey bandwagon rolled on with victory The Feathered Nest.


Friday, we start at Newmarket there was one performance that really stood out on the day was that Wadigor who won the 1 mile 2 furlongs handicap in great style by 7 lengths. Roger Varian looks to have a good horse on his hands here. At Wetherby, it was day one of the Charlie Hall meeting. There was a double for Nigel Twiston -Davies and Jamie Bargarry with Scothtown and Robinshill. The 2 mile 3 furlong handicap chase went to Indian Stream how battled really well to beat Theatre Guide by two and half lengths. Theatre Guide was advised to our members 1pt each way (4/1). The Juvenile listed hurdle  saw Cliffs Of Dover trying to win his fourth race in a fortnight. It turned out to be very easy for Cliffs Of Dover who won as he liked by 9 lengths, this horse is clearly in excellent form with a lot of talent.I think  Cliffs Of Dover sets a good standard  for the Triumph Hurdle.Cliffs Of Dover  was advised to our members 4pts win (7/4). At Uttoxeter, there was a beginners chase which was as strong as you will see anywhere in the Uk this season.The race turned out to be a tremendous battle. The race went to the Kim Bailey trained Charbel who jumped superbly. As they went to the last Le Prezien and Top Notch both had the chances to win but could not get to Charbel. The first three are very smart and all jumped well. A cracking contest which it will pay to follow over the winter. At Newcastle, there was a double for William Haggas and Ben Curtis with Mojito and Crushed.At Dundalk, there was a treble for Michael Halford with First Premio , Chestnut Fire and Kadra.


Saturday, we start at Ascot the 2 mile handicap chase was run at a very strong pace it went in very convincing style to Quite By Chance for Colin Tizzard. Yorkist was heavily backed for Dan Skelton on debut, did not really fire. I reckon softer ground is the key to that horse. The 2 mile handicap hurdle went to Sternrubin who had dead heated in the Ladbroke hurdle last Christmas was victorious here. Sternrubin made most of the running seeing off Instant Karma by a half length with Modus running well in third. Diego Du Charmil was very disappointing fences may beckon now I reckon. The Sodexo Gold Cup went to Anthony for the Moore's producing some great jumps, running on strongly to win by 4 and a half lengths from Junction Fourteen and Saphir Du Rheu in third. Anthony will now be trained for the Grand NationalSaphir Du Rheu now is at a real crossroads dropped by 13 pounds by the handicapper  to 152 really should have been winning this.

Wetherby it was Charlie Hall day. Double W's produced a good display to win the novices handicap chase. Double W's looks progressive.  The mares listed hurdle went to Stephanie Francais for Dan Skelton and Bridget Andrews, despite a major blunder at the last. Bridget Andrews gathered up Stephanie Francais brilliantly to win well from Midnight Jazz and Miss Crick. The West Yorkshire Hurdle a Grade 2 over 3 Miles saw a win for Paul Nicholls with Silsol. Native River was heavily backed for Colin Tizzard and Richard Johnson ran a blinder. I think Native River will go for the Hennessy but it would not surprise me if he went for the world hurdle ultimately. Silsol could go the Big Bucks route, making a career out of staying hurdles. The feature was the Charlie Hall chase. It saw Cue Card trying to win it again going off  8/11 favourite, Blacklion the RSA winner was second in the market both horses were not involved at the business end. The race went to Irish Cavalier by 3 parts of a length from Menorah. Irish Cavalier did it well , however you could not help but be a little underwhelmed overall. I thought Cue Card  looked in trouble a long way out, what was noticeable was the way Paddy Brennan fired him at his fences. Blacklion is entitled to improve but will have to he still could do something in the Hennessy.

At Ayr, Formidableopponent won his fifth race on the spin winning the 2 miles 5 furlongs handicap chase. The Scottish Champion hurdle trial went to the Irish raider Space Ship who was well on top at the line. At Newmarket, it was the last meeting of the season. There was a double for Jim Crowley with Count Calabash and Really Special. I thought Really Special looked a top horse very much one to look forward to. There was a double for Dane O'Neill with Greenside and Estidhkaar. At Chelmsford , there was a double for Richard Hannon with Sunset Dream and Sans Souci Bay. At Leopardstown , there was a double for Aidan O'Brien with Cliffs Of Moher and Elizabeth Browning. There was a double for Jim Bolger with Dubai Sound and Escondida. The November handicap went to Golden Spear for Tony Martin. I think this horse will be aimed at The Galway Hurdle next summer.


We start at Carlisle, Two Taffs won the novice hurdle for Dan Skelton. Definitly Red got back on the road here winning the handicap hurdle in good style by 3 lengths. Definitly Red will now go back over fences. The Intermediate Chase featured Bristol De Mai, Seeyouatmidnight and More Of That. They were reduced to two runners as More Of That was ruled out. The race saw Seeyouatmidnight jump brilliantly to defeat Bristol De Mai by 12 lengths. Seeyouatmidnight will be of interest while the ground stays on the soft side. The Hennessy looks an obvious targetBristol De Mai came on hugely for his first run last season, I believe that will be the case again. Keith Dalgleish landed a touch in the bumper with Dubai Or Not Dubai. At Huntingdon, it was a quiet day in truth Ballyboley won again over fences getting the better of Definite Future by 3 parts of a length.

At Wexford, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Bull Ride and Three Swallowsnick. Call it Magic got a no nonsense ride from Ruby Walsh to win the beginners chase , Call it Magic will go on to better from here. Call It Magic was advised to our members 5pts win (4/5). At Galway,  Killiney Court was a brilliant novice chase winner , a real good performance to win by 9 lengths. Potters Point won the maiden hurdle by 3 parts of a length from Black Zambezi. Potters Point looks a chaser to me. Montana Belle was well backed ran well after a lay off. The other two horses who really impressed were Oscar Knight in the 2 mile 2 furlong handicap chase. Joey Sasa was the second horse to impress who won the bumper in good style having been well backed (10/3 - 2/1) for Noel Meade and Nina Carberry.