The Racing Week That Was 3/12/18


Monday, we start at there was a successful chase debut for Brain Power who won by twenty-eight lengths jumping well in the process. Mister Malarky took the novices hurdle for Colin Tizzard. The listed mares hurdle went to Le Bague Au Roi who got the better of Jer's Girl in a good finish. I think this was not Barry Geraghty's finest hour, however, you have to give it to La Bague Au Roi who conceded four pounds. Play The Ace made it 5 wins in the year. At Ludlow, Colin Tizzard made it an across the card double as New To This Town. There was another winner for Nigel Twiston- Davies as Robinshill got the job done. Saucysioux made it two wins on the bounce for Olly Murphy.


Tuesday, we start at Sedgefield. There was a double for the Micky Hammond yard with Bulkov and Rhythm Of Sound. At Lingfield over the jumps, there were winners for 3 in form trainers. Dan Skelton, Emma Lavelle and Kim Bailey. The horses were Spiritofthegames, Full Irish and First Flow. At Lingfield, there was a very impressive bumper winner for JP McManus. As Didtheyleaveuoutto won by ten lengths. At Southwell, on the flat. There was a winner for Sir Mark Prescott with On The Warpath.


Wednesday, we start at Wetherby.Dan Skelton was on the mark with Captain Chaos. there were winners for the in-form Kerry Lee and Donald McCain with Gino Trail and Fin And Game. At Hereford, there was a winner for Harry Whittington with Court Liability. There was a winner for Warren Greatrex and Richard Johnson with Peculiar Places. At Kempton, there was an impressive win for Ispolini for Godolphin. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Jim Crowley with West Palm Beach and Ghanimah. At Punchestown, there was a double for Willie Mullins with Bon Papa and Bang Bang Rosie.


Thursday, we start at Musselburgh there was a double for Brian Hughes on board Canny Style and former Cheltenham festival bumper winner Silver Concorde. The training of Silver Concorde is now with Keith Dalgleish who could get some nice handicaps out of Silver Concorde. At Taunton, there was a double for Nicky Henderson with Dieses De Bieffes and Comely. At Towcester, there were winners for Sam Thomas and Ben Pauling with Royal Magic and Perfect Pirate. At Thurles, thee were winners for Jessica Harrington and Willie Mullins with Jett and Real Steel. At Newcastle, Josephine Gordon kept up the good work with Strange Society winning.


Friday, we start at Newbury. There was a double for Nico De Boinville on board Santini and Willoughby Court. I was really impressed with Willoughby Court who put away Yanworth in convincing style by three lengths. Willoughby Court looks a real JLT prospect for Cheltenham. There was a cracking race for the handicap chase over two miles three furlongs. The race went to Oldgrangewood for Dan and Harry Skelton. Oldgrangewood saw off Jameson and OO Seven in a very good finish.  OO Seven was advised to our members 1pt each way at 6/1. The big race of the day saw Thistlecrack make his comeback and Unowhatimeanharry clash head-on. The race did not run to script as Thistlecrack totally blew out and Unowhatimeanharry had to settle for second. Beer Googles an unconsidered 40/1 shot ran out a ready winner. The result was puzzling, to say the least.

At Doncaster, there was a double for Jonjo O'Neill with Many Owens and Powerful Symbol. The finale went to Olly Murphy and Jamie Codd with Sangha River. At Southwell, there was another double for Ivan Furtado with Zaeem and Malaspina. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Dougie Costello with Swissal and Ice Royal. At Limerick, there was a treble for Mark Walsh with Lets Twist Again, Wait Here and Getoutwhenyoucan. The last two horses gave Augustine Leahy a double. At Dundalk, Clear Skies made it four wins in four starts for Aidan O'Brien. Clear Skies is improving at the rate of knots.


Saturday, we start at Newbury. The Ladbrokes trophy was the feature.It was a win for Ireland and Willie Mullins with Total Recall. The confidence behind Total Recall was massive beforehand. Total Recall got up late on to deny Whisper in what was a tremendous race. Regal Encore ran well in third. Total Recall will now have his sights raised it will be interesting to see where he goes. Whisper who had 11 stone 8 could run very well in a good ground Gold cup. There were winners for Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson, and Harry Fry. The horses were Old Guard, Gold Present, and Overtown Express.

At Doncaster, Kalashnikov gunned down his rivals in the novice hurdle in the style of a good horse. Deauville Dancer made it three wins on the spin over fences with a clear-cut success. At Newcastle, it was Fighting fifth day. There was a double for Nicky Henderson on the day. The big race went in an excellent style to Buveur D'air who won as he liked. There will be more difficult days ahead for Buveur D'air, however, this was very good. The Rehearsal chase completed the Henderson double. It went to Beware The Bear who despite having a slipped saddle got up to beat Bishops Road by two lengths.It was a tremendous piece of race riding by Sean Bowen. Beware The Bear advised to our members 1pt each way at 7/2. At Bangor, there was a double for Donald McCain with Uppertown Prince and Cowslip. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Marco Botti with Al Asef and Jellmood. At Fairyhouse, there were winners for Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins with the Storyteller and Minella Encore.


Sunday, we start at Fairyhouse. I was in attendance myself for this tremendous card. The opening juvenile hurdle went in impressive style to Espoir D'allen for Gavin Cromwell.  Espoir D'allen looks to be a smart juvenile. The three featured Grade ones all looked good events as you would expect. The three of them were to go to Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown Stud.The first grade one off the rank was the Royal Bond novice hurdle. It saw Mengli Khan backed as if defeat was out of the question. The money proved correct. Mengli Khan bolted up by six lengths from Early Doors. The Hattons Grace hurdle saw an intriguing clash between Apples Jade and Nichols Canyon both reigning Cheltenham champions. Once again the money came and it came for Apples Jade who delivered in no uncertain terms winning by nine lengths from Nichols Canyon. The third Grade One was the Drinmore chase it went to Death Duty for Gordon Elliott who controlled the race from the front. Death Duty ran out a three-length winner over Rathvinden. Even by Elliott's standard, this was a remarkable training performance. Gordon Elliott became the first trainer to train all three Grade One winners on this card.

The rest of the Fairyhouse card saw two really competitive handicaps. The first one was a red-hot two-mile handicap hurdle. The race saw Davids Charm and Rachael Blackmore land the prize. There were two very good runs by Meri Devie and Yaha Fizz both can win handicaps soon.  Yaha Fizz was advised to our members 1pt each way at 20/1. The three-mile five-furlong handicap chase saw a breathtaking performance by Presenting Percy who lumped 11 stone 10 pounds to victory. Presenting Percy won by eleven lengths and his future over fences looks very bright. At Carlisle, the listed mares chase went to Willie Mullins with Benie Des Bieux. At Leicester,  the veterans handicap chase went to The Romford Pele.