The Racing Week That Was 31-1-21


Monday, we start at Chelmsford where Mark Johnston was on the mark with Glen Again. At Plumpton, there was a double for trainer Seamus Mullins with I See You Well and En Coeur. At Kempton, there was a double for Hollie Doyle with Mighty Gurkha and Twilight Madness. The meeting at Market Rasen was abandoned.


Tuesday, we start at Southwell. There was a second win in a week for Daafr. At Wolverhampton, there was a treble for Daniel Mark Loughnane with Precision Storm, Univeral Effect and Fayathaan. The meetings at Down Royal and Kelso were abandoned.


Wednesday, we start at Thurles. Favourite Allaho (10/11) led home second market choice Elimay (4/1 into 100/30) as Willie Mullins dominated the Grade Two Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase which completed a Thurles double for the Closutton maestro. Mullins and stable jockey Paul Townend landed the opening Grade Two at the County Tipperary venue with Colreevy. A bit to his left jumping wise off the front end, Allaho hit two out, and down in distance he was three lengths too strong for his stable companion Elimay from the back of the last. They left another Closutton inmate, Annamix, all of seventy-nine lengths back in third. "I think he was idling in front all the time and that might be more his trip. I was a little worried when Elimay got to him but when he saw her he picked up and went away again like a decent horse,” said Mullins."Elimay ran a fantastic race as well and she will go for the Opera Hat Chase in Naas next and maybe on to the mares' chase in Cheltenham after that."Allaho is a huge horse and I thought he was a three miler but maybe he is better off coming back to 2m4f or 2m5f - I am thinking about the Ryanair for him.

My own view is that Allaho is a Ryanair horse. I have thought that since last seasons RSA. I would agree Elimay would be a good choice for the Mares chase. Allaho was advised to our members (3.5pts win) at 1/1. The W.T. O'Grady Memorial Irish EBF Novice Hurdle has a decent roll of honour and 2021 likely saw another smart scorer in the Gigginstown House Stud-owned and Gordon Elliott-trained Torygraph. This horse will surely follow the well-worn path to the Albert Bartlett. Following on from wins for Colreevy and Allaho earlier under Paul Townend, there was a third Willie Mullins winner on the day when Eurotiep took the maiden hurdle. Blanketontheground (11/2) was weighted to reverse Limerick Christmas form with second favourite and eventual fourth placer No Grey Area’s at Thurles. This she accomplished in style to win the Leugh Handicap Hurdle for Eoin McCarthy and Gearoid Brouder. At Kempton, there was a double for Daniel Muscutt with Bakr and Vivency. At Lingfield, there was a double for Richard Kingscote with Aleatoric and Outrage.


Thursday, we start at Gowran for Thyestes Chase day. Coko Beach lost his maiden tag at the fifth time of asking over fences, and with first time blinkers on the grey picked an opportune time to do so in the Grade A Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase. Run Wild Fred (advised to our members 0.75pt each way at 14/1) completed a one-two for winning owner and trainer, Gigginstown House Stud and Gordon Elliott.  Soon to the fore, the sweet travelling Coko Beach took over three out and it was difficult to see any other outcome than the one that transpired. Four lengths eventually separated the 8/1 scorer and Run Wild Fred.

On the mark in the past in the Grade Two John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle with Gold Cup hero War Of Attrition, and Alpha Des Obeaux, Mouse Morris struck with Sams Profile this afternoon at Gowran for owners Michael and John O’Flynn. In a first time hood Sams Profile, returning from action over fences, got a patient ride from the back under Phillip Enright. He got a ground-saving ride around the inner from before the straight and then toughed it out well to beat the Gigginstown House Stud-owned and Noel Meade-trained pair, Diol Ker and Sixshooter, by half a length and eleven lengths. I liked Sams Profile as a novice hurdler. It was nice to see him get a big day.

At Fakenham, there were doubles for Lucy Wadham and Byrony Frost with Shantung and Admiral Barratry. At Southwell, there was a third win in 9 days for Daafr. At Newcastle, Faye Mcmanoman was on target with Shaarabang. At Meydan, Godolphin and Frankie Dettori took the UAE 1,000 Guineas with Soft Whisper.


Friday, we start at DoncasterIbleo’s fine run of form continued as he was the game victor of the Sky Bet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Chase for Venetia Williams. Ibleo was advised to our members (3pts win) at 6/5. Ibleo has had a great season he has that Sky Pirate form. The two horses have had brilliant winter campaigns. Her Indoors was a tough winner of the Listed Sky Bet Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle for Alan King and Adrian Heskin. At Navan, Damalisque had plenty in hand of his rivals as he took the featured Grade B Navan Handicap Hurdle in a clear-cut fashion. Mark Walsh, who was bringing up a treble on the card, was motionless as his mount increased the advantage coming to the last. Former point-to-point winner Sir Bob secured his first racecourse success in the Ardmulchan Handicap Hurdle at Navan, and gave jockey Mark Walsh a four-timer on the card. JP McManus supplied Walsh with his four winners today - Thedevilscoachman, Gars De Sceaux, Damalisque and Sir Bob.

At Dundalk, Sabrina Fairchild followed up on a course and distance success from nine days ago to complete a double for Sarah Lynam and Shane Crosse in the finale on the all-weather this evening, the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap. The wins of Sabrina Fairchild and Tyrconnell earlier, were simply maintaining an exceptional run of form for the Garrettstown House handler this winter. Sabrina Fairchild and Tyrconnell are both owned by Lynam’s father, Eddie, and the pair scored convincingly. At Lingfield, the feature race went to Crimewave under Laura Pearson. At Wolverhampton, Coupe De Champagne made it two wins on the spin for Mark Johnston.


Saturday, we start at DoncasterBen Pauling won the Albert Bartlett River Don Novices’ Hurdle as The Cob sprang a 25-1 surprise. Miranda enjoyed returning to a galloping track to take the Grade Two honours in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Yorkshire Rose Mares’ Hurdle. Takingrisks stayed on stoutly to see off the bold front-running bid of Aye Right (advised to our members 0.5pt each way at 8/1) in the Sky Bet Chase. Shishkin delivered another supreme display in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Lightning Novices’ Chase. Shiskin looks to have the Arkle at his mercy.


Sunday, we start at Naas. Bachasson made it three from three this season with a fine front running performance in the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas this afternoon. The likeable grey grabbed his 14th career success when recording a cosy four-and-three-quarter length win in the Grade 3 contest for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend. He must be a dream to own Bachasson, year in year out he does the business. The Henry de Bromhead-trained Eklat De Rire made it two from two over fences with a fine round of jumping to land the Grade 3 Novice Chase at Naas this afternoon. Rachael Blackmore's mount made every post a winning one in the three-mile-one contest as he lobbed along in front and pinged his fences. He had his rivals at work down to the second last and the Saddex gelding galloped on strongly. He was always holding Escaria Ten to record a length-and-three-quarters success. “He was deadly and is improving all the time. I couldn’t have asked for any more,” said de Bromhead. “Festival ground should be fine for him. I’ll have to speak to the owners but we said if today went well we would aim for the Festival Novice Chase at Cheltenham.“He stays well and he jumps well. He was impressive there and I’d say he deserves his chance after that.” Billaway repeated last year's win in the Naas Hunters Chase when again beating Staker Wallace in the three-miler this afternoon. He will head to Cheltenham now.