The Racing Week That Was 4/11/18


Monday, we start at Galway. There was a double for Colin Keane with Laughifuwant and Maze Runner. Our members were in the money as Lady Camelot advised to our members(1pt each way) at 8/1 placed in the race behind Maze Runner. There was a double for Shane Crosse on board Tuanhaim and Carols Return. At Wexford, the layers had a horrific bank holiday weekend. There were 7 winning favs on Sunday and another 5 on Monday. The two winners who look like they can go on to better things are Peregrine Run and Minds Eye. At Redcar, Billy Ray was an impressive winner,  for Mick Channon. There was an across the card double for Channon at Leicester as Modern Millie got the job done. At Ayr, there was a double for Gavin Cromwell with Callthebarman and Toosey. At Chelmsford, Winter Light bolted up for Richard Hughes.


Tuesday, we start at Catterick. Mixboy defended the race he won in 2017 by winning it again today for Keith Dalgleish. It was good news for our members. Mixboy advised to our members(1pt each way) at 9/2. At Chepstow, The Worlds End could be an exciting addition to the staying novice chaser ranks judged on his debut success over fences. The win formed a double for Alan King completed by Senior Citizen. There was also a double for Richard Johnson with Shadow's Girl and Solstice Star. At Bangor, Anytime Will Do was on target for Dan Skelton. At Wolverhampton, the feature race went to Keswick.


Wednesday, we start at Dundalk. There was a double for Colin Keane with Excelius and Point Taken. The win for Point Taken was also part of a double for John Joseph Murphy which was completed by Aubineau. At Nottingham, the feature race went to She Can Boogie for Tom Dascombe. At Fakenham, there was a double for Olly Murphy with Beau Sancy and Skandiburg. At Kempton, Laieth was on target for Godolphin.


Thursday, we start at Clonmel. The feature race went to Time For Mabel for Edward O'Grady and Paul Townend. At Lingfield, there was a double for William Haggas and James Doyle with Dramatic Queen and Listen To The Wind. At Stratford, there was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Stowaway Magic and Cobra De Mai. At Sedgefield, the feature race went to Pauls Hill under Paddy Brennan. At Wolverhampton, War Eagle was an impressive winner for John Gosden. At Newcastle, Deansgate was victorious in the feature race for Julie Comacho.


Friday, we start at Down Royal which saw the reappearance of Samcro it was to end in defeat with no obvious excuses. Bedrock inflicted a surprise defeat on the returning Samcro in the WKD Hurdle. Bedrock has had a couple of raids to Ireland finishing fourth in a Galway hurdle and a victory in the Horse and Jockey hurdle. Iain Jardine deserves great credit for coming to Ireland really showing UK trainers what can be achieved for great prize money. As far as I would be concerned Samcro is entitled to come forward,  however, Buveur D'air still looks nailed on to me for the Champion Hurdle. I was impressed by Sancta Simona who took the mares novice hurdle for Willie Mullins and JP McManus. At Dundalk, there was a double for Colin Keane on board Nevereversaynever and First Response. The five-furlong handicap saw a third victory in a month for Dash D'Or. It was a good result for us. Dash D'or advised to our members(1pt each way) at 5/1.

At Newmarket, Graceful Lady bolted up by six lengths under Andrew Breslin. At Uttoxeter, Claimingantakingforgan made a winning debut over fences for Nicky Henderson. At Wetherby, the class 1 juvenile hurdle went in very impressive fashion to Cracker Factory for Alan King by seven lengths. At Kempton, the feature race went to Envoy. So Perfect fared best of the European raiders in third as Bulletin blazed a trail to take the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs. Newspaperofrecord produced a sensational performance in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Churchill Downs.


Saturday, we start at Wetherby. Phil Kirby enjoyed the best day of his training career to date at Wetherby on Saturday as Nautical Nitwit and Lady Buttons took black type races on the way to providing the North Yorkshire-based trainer with a treble. The treble was completed by Weymess Point. Definitly Red dug deep to claim top honours in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase. There was an unbelievable sit from  Bryony Frost who was on board Black Corton when ending up over the shoulders of her mount. At Down Royal, Road To Respect made an impressive start to the new campaign in the Champion Chase. Snow Falcon completed a big-race double at Down Royal for Noel Meade and Sean Flanagan with victory in the Grade 2 chase. The Flanagan and Meade treble was completed by Brace Yourself. The Grade 2 handicap hurdle worth 50K went to Tony Martin with Golden Spear. Stooshie advised to our members(1pt each way) at 10/1 placed in the race.

At Newmarket,  True Self bolted up for Willie Mullins and Colin Keane in the James Seymour Stakes. At Ayr, there was a double for Brian Hughes with Blakerrig and Raise A Spark. At Ascot, there was a win for Traffic Fluide who took the feature race the Sodexo Gold Cup for Gary and Josh Moore. At Newcastle, there was a double for Paul Hanagan on board Reconcile and Deputise. At The Breeders Cup, A brilliant Frankie Dettori ride saw Expert Eye delivered with a perfectly-timed run to grab the spoils in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs. Enable showed her undoubted brilliance when continuing her winning run with an epic success in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs. Accelerate justified strong American expectations to win the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. While European raiders Thunder Snow and Mendelssohn played their part in the showpiece race on dirt, it was Accelerate who prevailed under Joel Rosario to end trainer John Sadler’s long wait for a win at the Breeders’ Cup.


Sunday, we start at Naas. Antilles made all in the McAuley Place Nursery, completing a quick-double for Aidan O'Brien, who was successful in the previous contest with Turnberry Isle. Warnaq became the second horse this afternoon at Naas to win on the season-ending card for the second successive year when landing the Bet At Handicap. Sea Of Rome kept on to take the runner-up spot, for Damian English. First reserve Mr Everest completed an excellent weekend for Tony Martin and John Breslin, as he landed the Darragh Fitzpatrick & Colm White Local Bookmakers November Handicap.Martin and Breslin were on the mark at Down Royal yesterday when Golden Spear took the Grade B Billecart-Salmon Handicap Hurdle. At Cork, Out Sam led home a 1,2 for Gordon Elliott in the feature at Cork this afternoon, the Grade B Paddy Power Cork Grand National Handicap Chase. Stable mate Rogue Angel (7/1) finished second under Jack Kennedy, advised to our members 1pt each way.

Mister Whitaker posted a convincing win in Carlisle’s Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase to underline his credentials for this month’s Betvictor Gold Cup. Mick Channon’s Cheltenham Festival winner was already prominent in the betting for the showpiece handicap back at Prestbury Park on November 17. His two-and-a-quarter-length win over Happy Diva in Sunday’s two-and-a-half-mile Listed chase, often used as a stepping stone to the traditional first big handicap of the new jumps season, is therefore of significant note. Mister Whitaker, last seen winning the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in March, was one of four in line coming to the final fence on his return to action.