The Racing Week That Was 3/7/16


Monday, we start at Pontefract  where there was a double for Mark Johnston and Sylvester De Sousa. The first leg of the double was Love dreams who was very well supported ( 5/4 - 8/11) for the two year old conditions race. Love Dreams made light work of the field running out an impressive 5 lengths winner. The second leg of the double was Highly sprung who got up very late on to win the 6 furlong classified stakes.  Geno had set a scorching pace here but gave way late on to be third, I would be interested in Geno over a stiff 5 furlongs. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for trainer Roger Teal with The Tichborne and Miss Lillie. At Windsor, nothing really stood out to be honest however there were 4 winning favourites from seven races. At Musselburgh, there was a double for Garry Moss with Henry Smith and Fumbo Jumbo. Mark Johnston won yet another two year old race as Monticello took the 7 furlong novice stakes in impressive fashion by 5 lengths.


Tuesday,  we start at Brighton where David Probert rode a four timer. The horses were  Assertive Agent, Curious fox , Fashion parade and Noverre to go. At Hamilton, there was a double for Richard Fahey with Spirit of Zeb and David's Duchess. The conditions 5 furlong sprint went to Monsieur Joe who held off Move in time to win by 3 parts of a length. The victory of Monsieur Joe was good news for our members who had (2pts win at 11/2).  At Chepstow, there was a double for trainer Rebecca Bastiman and jockey Barry McHugh. The horses were Donnelly's Rainbow and Indian Chief . The 2 miles handicap went to Medburn Cutter who won by 3 lengths from Fitzwilly. At Stratford, there was a double for jockey Robert Dunne and trainer Dai Burchall. The horses were Cruchain and One for the boss. At Sligo, we had a flat card the winners to note were Ringside Humour for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning. The other winner to note was for classic winning trainer Adrian Keatley who had a winner with Northern Sky.


Wednesday, we start at Catterick where the ground was soft. The opening two races went to the powerhouse yards of Mark Johnston and Keuth Dalgleish. Rusumaat was very impressive winning the 2 year old auction stakes by 4 and a half lengths for Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning. The 5 furlong handicap went to Rio Deva by an eased down half a length for Keith Dalgleish and Philip Makin. I think both of these horses are ones for the horse tracker. At Perth , there was the now standard winner for Gordon Elliott as Russian Regent took the handicap chase under Richard Johnson. The thing I most admire about Gordon Elliott is that he has a horse for every type of race in the calendar. At Worcester , the new combination of Rebecca Curtis and Jonathan Moore enjoyed a double with Libby T Valance and Sweetlittlekitty. At Bath, Peter Bowen picked up the winner of the 2 mile handicap with Princess Roania who ran out a comfortable 6 lengths winner. At Kempton, there was a winner for Mark Johnston with Abareeq who won a London mile series qualifier.

At Fairyhouse, it was a night of doubles for trainers Ger Lyons and Johnny Murtagh , as well as jockeys Pat Smullen and Colin Keane. The first leg of the Ger Lyons double was Brooklyn's rose who landed a big punt (7/1 -4/1) in the 6 furlong fillies maiden under Colin Keane. The second leg for Keane was Bainne in the claimer who won by 4 lengths. The second leg of the Ger Lyons double was Roibeard who gave sixteen year old jockey Evan Daly a night to remember with a first winner. The Johnny Murtagh double was Time to Reason and Sister Blandina under Pat Smullen, who then completed his double on Xsquared.


Thursday, we start at Haydock where there was a double for jockey Joe Fanning. The first leg was Miss Infinity for Mark Johnston yet another 2 year old winner for that stable. The other leg of the double for Fanning was Show Palace There was also a double for trainer Tim Easterby with Janaab and My Lucielle. At Yarmouth, Frankie Dettori made a rare visit , he went home with a double on board Nobly Born and Shahbar. At Perth, Gordon Elliott had a double with Faraway Mountain and Le Grand Chene. There was a double for Richard Johnson with Faraway Mountain and Violoniste.  At Epsom, there was a double for jockey Michael Murphy with Shanghai Glory and Grapevine. At Newbury there wasn't anything that stood out.

At Bellewstown, I was in attendance, it rained heavily several times changing the ground. There was a double for jockey Oisin Orr with Nora Batt and Phoenix Trust. In the 5 furlong handicap. I was very impressed with the 10 pound claimer Breslin who got the better of Pat Smullen in a great finish , as Shanghai Beauty beat Go Kart by 3 parts of a length. The 1 mile 6 furlong handicap went to Benkei who got the better of Sweet Cherry in a great tussle to the line. Face value ran a shocker for me after I had done a video from the famous phone box. The 2 mile 1 furlong novice hurdle went to Muthaza for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend winning with a ton in hand, this horse looks above average to my eyes. At Tippearay Gordon Lord Byron got his first win since last season.


Friday, we start at Sandown for the eclipse meeting. The listed dragon stakes for two year olds. The Last Lion was looking to back up his very good run at Royal Ascot for Mark Johnston. The Last Lion got the job done with minimum fuss winning by 2 lengths. The victory of  The Last Lion was good news for our members who were advised a (5pts win bet at 10/11). At Wexford, there was a national hunt card. Beautiful Ben had been very unlucky last time out at Roscommon when the jockey lost the irons late on.  Beautiful Ben got it done this time beating French Ambassador by a neck. The victory of Beautiful Ben was good news for our members who were advised a (3pts win bet at 9/4). The members were also advised a (0.5pt win double with The Last Lion who won earlier at Sandown) completing a good day. There were doubles on the night for Paul Townend with Henrys Girl and Curragh Golan. There was also a double on the night for trainer Peter Fahey with Xsquared and Benny in Milan. The other Irish meeting was at Bellewstown, where Ger Lyons and Colin Keane had a double with Boyfriend Brian and Harvey Spector. Chris Hayes also rode a double with Jembatt and Romantic.

At Doncaster, there was a double for Ryan Morre and Sir Michael Stoute with Dubka and Delve. At Newton Abbott, the Rebecca Curtis and Jonathan Moore team had another winner with Relentless dreamer. Paul Nicholls took the finale with Bagad Bihoue, Nicholls continues to churn the winners out even with a small summer team. At Beverly, John Quinn had a double with Corroyer and Naples Bay. At Haydock ,there was a double with Jaameh and Londinium, completing a very good day for the Johnston team.


Saturday, we start at Sandown where it was eclipse day on soft ground. The eclipse itself saw The Gurkha for Aidan O'Brien backed as if defeat was out of the question.  The Gurkha raced a little keen early on, however as they settled down to fight it out just over a furlong out. The Gurkha moved up to challenge Hawkbill who had travelled superbly through the race. The Gurkha looked like he might might go past , however Hawkbill was having none of that holding The Gurkha off by a comfortable half length. The Gurkha appeared not to quite stay, that said Hawkbill a recent Royal Ascot winner looks a very good horse. Godolphin and John Ferguson will be pleased with the days work here. The opening 1 mile handicap went to Sir Roderic who won 1 and a half lengths winning his fourth race of the season in the process. At Haydock , the 6 furlongs conditions stakes went to Glen Moss who had finished third in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot. Glen Moss controlled the race from the front winning by just over 2 lengths. The victory of Glen Moss was good news for our members who were advised a (3pts win bet at 9/4). The 6 furlong handicap saw Dandyleekie land a bit of a punt for David O'Meara winning by just over a length. Dandyleekie has had a really good season to date, I reckon Dandyleekie can win another nice prize this season.

At Beverley, the 5 furlong handicap was of interest with My Name is Rio winning by a length for trainer Michael Dods. There was nothing that caught my eye at Leicester.  The same comment applied to Carlilse. At Nottingham, the 1 mile 2 furlongs handicap went in good style to Ravens Quest who looked a potentially decent handicapper. The 3 day festival at Bellewstown wrapped up on Saturday. There was a double for Willie Mullins with Bamako Moriviere and Bel Sas both horses were very easy winners and will surely go on from here. The 2 miles 1 furlongs maiden hurdle went to Tesseract by 7 lengths for Joseph O'Brien this horse had been a decent bumper horse. Tesseract will go on from this. The feature race went to Winter Lion for Matthew Smith and Bryan Copper who was returning from injury. Winter Lion controlled the race from the front winning by 7 lengths. Winter Lion has always had lots of ability in both codes, I could see him running well in both codes at Galway potentially. The concluding bumper went to Takeitothelimits who won easily for Gordon Eliott. This horse looks very decent having been acquired by JP McManus prior to this race.


Sunday,at Ayr The Bengum won the fillies maiden stakes to win by 10 lengths for Ralph Beckett. The 1 mile handicap went to Beautiful stranger eased down for Keith Dalgleish who is having a great season. At Market Rasen, there were doubles for trainers David Pipe and Dr Philip Newland. The Pipe double was made up of Impulsive American who won the Novice chase by 6 lengths. The second leg of the Pipe double was Kalifourchon  who won the 2 mile 7 furlong handicap hurdle.  Tom Scudamore rode both winners for David Pipe. The Dr Philip Newland double was Cut the corner and One more go, Sam Twiston- Davies rode both winners. At Limerick, there was a double for Jessica Harrington with Duckweed and Neverushacon. The 2 mile handicap hurdle went to Time for Mabel who won by 3 lengths in good style for Edward O'Grady. The victory of Time for Mabel was good news for members who were advised a (1pt each way bet at 3/1). At Naas ,there was a great day for Eddie Lynam who had a treble  with Future Icon, Ottillie and Whisky Sour. This was a first treble ever for Eddie Lynam.