The Racing Week That Was 4-7-21


Monday, we start at Windsor. The feature race went to Punchbowel Flyer for Eve Johnson Houghton. It was good news for our members Punchbowel Flyer was advised to our members  (0.75pt each way) at 6/1. At Musselburgh, Asdaa was on target for Mark Johnston.  At Pontefract, Lord Neidin took the feature for Alan King. At Lingfield, Be Prepared took the feature race for John Bridger. At Southwell, over the jumps, there was a double for Jonjo O'Neill with Knight Destroyer and The Composeur.


Tuesday, we start at Roscommon. There was a treble for Colin Keane with 3 different trainers supplying the winner. The winners were Florence Camille. La Joconde and Once Upon A River. At Brighton, there was a double for Hollie Doyle with Arenas Del Tiempo and Iva Reflection. At Stratford, Chives was on target for Nicky Henderson. At Chepstow, Tigerton was on target for Oisin Murphy. The meeting at Hamilton was abandoned due to an accident with the cameraman's tower.


Wednesday, we start at Tipperary. There was a double for Colin Keane with Sacred Bridge and Wild Shot. The John McConnell team are hitting form again. It was great to see our friend Cathal McGuckin getting a winner. At Thirsk, Zagato was on target for John Gosden. At Worcester, there was a double for Nicky Henderson with Haul Away and Chasamax. At Musselburgh, there was a double for Keith Dalgleish with Clay Regazzoni and Gioia Cieca. At Kempton, Boss Power was on target for Sir Michael Stoute. At Bath, You're Hired was on target for jockey Saffie Osborne.


Thursday, we start at Bellewstown. Galaxy Trainer Leanne Breen took the five furlongs handicap with That's Mad. Fellow Galaxy Trainer John McConnell was also on target with Third Avenue. There was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Dhabyah and Tosen Lydia. At Tipperary, there was a treble for Danny Mullins with Fairyhill Run, Tuscon Train and Smitty Bacall. At Haydock, there was another winner for Saffie Osborne with Dapper Man. There was a double for John Gosden with Side Shot and Albert Camus. At Yarmouth, Johnny Boom was on target for Richard Fahey. At Perth, Presentandcounting was a very impressive winner for Donald McCain. At Newbury, True Scarlet was on target for Oisin Murphy. At Epsom, Tralee Hills took the Ladies Derby for Serena Brotherton.


Friday, we start at Bellewstown. Stanhope was in action for our syndicate. Stanhope ran an Ok race at Bellewstown on Friday night the ground was a little quicker than advertised. Shane Foley reported that Stanhope got unbalanced at times, it looked that way and it can happen at Bellewstown. A fifth-place finish was the end result. It was an improvement on the last day. We could do with a bit of rain and take it from that point.

The rest of Bellewstown saw Caesar's Comet was on target for our friends at Hilltop. James McAuley said: “He’s been in brilliant form for a good while now. The last day in Sligo was a mess as there was no stalls and Chris (Hayes) was ready to jump twice but they didn’t let them go and then third time he missed the break. It was a complete non-entity.“This was the first time he’s got fast ground outside Dundalk since we’ve had him. We’d have been disappointed if he didn’t run well as he’s been working well. There was a winner for Siobhan Rutledge at one of her local tracks onboard Fallen Forest.

At Wexford, Bardenstown Lad took to hurdling very well for John McConnell winning on debut. Raya Time was on target for Henry DeBromhead. At Doncaster, Jawwaal took the feature race for David Probert. At Newton Abbot, there was a double for Paul Nicholls with Stanley Stanley and Chez Hans. At Sandown, Red Verdon took the feature race. At Haydock, Sucellus was on target for Megan Nicholls. At Beverley, Streak Lightning was on target for Mark Johnston winning by six lengths.


Saturday, we start at Sandown. St Mark’s Basilica put up a hugely impressive display to beat top-class older horses Addeybb and Mishriff in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. Winning his fourth successive Group One race, St Mark’s Basilica was giving trainer Aidan O’Brien a sixth Eclipse triumph. Sent off the well-backed even-money favourite, the three-year-old son of Siyouni powered away from his talented opponents in the final furlong under Ryan Moore. Tom Marquand had sent Addeybb into the lead straight from the stalls, with Mishriff for close company. St Mark’s Basilica was held up in third, with El Drama last of the four as they travelled in single file. There was no change in the order until David Egan on Mishriff drew alongside Addeybb and hit the front. It was a short-lived lead, however, as St Mark’s Basilica stormed past the pair and quickly put the race to bed. He won by three and a half lengths from Addeybb, who rallied past Mishriff to take second place. O’Brien said: “We couldn’t believe when Ryan asked him to quicken how well he did quicken. He quickens and has a great mind – he does everything.“We felt he had stepped up since the last day and Ryan gave him a beautiful ride. I’m delighted for everybody.

The rest of Sandown. Auria looked a filly to follow as she continued trainer Andrew Balding’s fine form with victory in the Coral Distaff. There was drama in the opening race on Coral-Eclipse day at Sandown, with a stewards’ inquiry called following a photo-finish. The judge announced the Jessica Macey-trained Phoenix Star (6-1) as the narrow-margin winner from Hurricane Ivor (11-1), trained by William Haggas, in the Coral ‘Beaten-By-A-Length’ Free Bet Handicap. However, the stewards called an inquiry before the jockeys had weighed in and, after deliberation, the officials decided it was a dead-heat – even though the mirror image on the print appeared to show Hurricane Ivor had narrowly edged it.

At Haydock, Alounak bounced back to form to claim an impressive victory in the bet365 Old Newton Cup. Alpinista stamped her class on the bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock. Sir Mark Prescott’s filly set the standard on her runner-up finish behind the brilliant Love in the Yorkshire Oaks last summer, after which she was narrowly beaten in a Group Three at Newmarket. Brian Ellison was delighted see Tashkhan claim a second win at Haydock this season with a decisive display in the £100,000 bet365 Handicap.

At Naas, Hadman could be stepped up in class after following up a narrow Curragh success in the Irish EBF Median Sires Series Race. Trainer Joseph O’Brien may look at the Group Three Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh and the valuable Ballyhane Stakes back at Naas next month for the Starspangledbanner colt, who made all in this six-furlong contest. At Bellewestown, Joseph O'Brien completed an across the card double-taking the feature race with Winner takes Itall.


Sunday, A very good effort from Double Kodiac at Limerick he was beaten by 1.26 lengths into fifth place. Double Kodiac rattled home. We were very happy with him he is improving all the time. We will look to get him out again soon. Although the hunt goes on for a winner for ourselves. We have run four different horses in the last few weeks who have finished 5355 so they are competing again. Hopefully, the tide turns in July. We have a busy fortnight coming with Parkers Hill, Trading Point, Fastman and Double Kodiac all racing in this period hopefully.

At Ayr, Redarna had an unbelievable record here at Ayr prior to the race. In seven runs at Ayr, the record was 1111241. Redarna took the feature and was advised (1.5pts win) 9/2. At Tramore, former Aintree festival winner Ornua bounced back to form under Rachael Blackmore.