The Racing Week That Was 4/6/17


Monday, a bank holiday in the UK. We start at Huntingdon. The feature race a two mile handicap chase went in very impressive fashion to Deauville Dancer . The winning margin was  fourteen lengths. At Redcar, there was a brace of doubles. Paul Hanagan enjoyed a double with Briardale and Pobbles. There was also a double for jockey Jason Hart with Cornborough and Miss Tree. At Windsor, Andrew Balding has his stable in fine form at the minute. Balding was on target again with Fair Cop who took the five furlong maiden. At Chelmsford, Franny Norton has been riding plenty of winners he was on the mark with Joe's Spirit in the six furlong novice auction race. At Leicester, Meshaykh was on the mark for Frankie Dettori and Sir Michael Stoute. At Cartmel, Donald McCain continued his good run as Dear Sire took the novice hurdle. At Ballinrobe, the feature race the mares handicap hurdle went in impressive style to, Is She Diesel who saw of Chambard Du Lys by six lengths. This looked a decent race to my eyes and could work out. Whats The Plot took the two mile handicap hurdle for Arthur Moore, who seems to really like this horse. Hello Sweetie took the the two mile one furlong handicap chase under Ruby Walsh. The young jockey of Lucky Pat, Aaron Murphy learned a valuable lesson do not let Ruby Walsh up your inside!! it was the winning of the race for Ruby.


Tuesday, we start at Ballinrobe where Is She Diesel made it two wins in 24 hours taking the novice hurdle. Is She Diesel will now head for Galway. The handicap hurdle over two miles four furlongs went to Swamp Fox who held Polar Present off by a short head. Modem got off the mark over fences for Jessica Harrington. The feature race, the Mayo Grand National went to the very consistent Kilcarry Bridge who saw off all comers from the front to beat Aranhill Chief by a length. At Leicester, John Gosden and Frankie Dettori combined to win the maiden stakes with Westerland. At Redcar, the novice auction stakes went to Dance Diva for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan. At Lingfield, there was a double for Richard Hannon with Dotted Swiss and Tailwind. There was also a double for Jockey David Probert with Curious Fox and Earthly. At Newton Abbott,  Horse Force One won for the Phillip Hobbs and Richard Johnson combination. At Wolverhampton, John Gosden and Frankie Dettori made it an across the card double on the day as Dhalam won the maiden stakes.


Wednesday, we start at Punchestown. There was a double for Willie Mullins as Blazer took the beginners chase. The Mullins double was completed by Lac Kivu who took the maiden hurdle in commanding style by thirteen lengths. The feature race was the Ladbrokes App Steeplechase went to Sandymount Duke who was a nine length winner. I thought Diamond King ran an interesting race. I would not be surprised if Diamond King ends up in the Galway Plate. At Beverley, the claimer went to Our Little Pony for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan. At Cartmel, there was a treble for Brian Hughes with Boruma, Endeavor and Elusive Theatre. At Nottingham, there were a couple of good races on the card. Another Touch took the £25K handicap for Richard Fahey. The Nottinghamshire Oaks went to Wilamina. At Ayr, there was a winner for Gordon Elliott with High Expectations. Gordon Elliott trained his 1,000 career winner later on at Punchestown. The two winners today perfectly illustrate Elliott as a trainer, a horse for every kind of race. At Kempton, there was a double for Megan Nichollswith Victor's Bet and Zubayr who won Megans father Paul Nicholls.


Thursday at Lingfield, Green Fortune was on the mark for William Haggas and Andrea Atzeni. At Wolverhampton, Silvestre De Sousa was on the mark on board Frank's Legacy. At Hamilton, there was a double for Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning with Villa Tora and Titi Makfi. At Ffos Las, Evan Williams continued his good run winning the mares novice hurdle with Skewiff. At Chelmsford, the last race was abandoned due to a power cut. There was a brace of doubles. Ryan Moore rode a double on board Emilia James and City Of Joy. There was also a double for Josephine Gordon on board Amabilis and Top Mission. At Newcastle, the feature race went to Luca Cumani and Jamie Spencer with El Vip. At Fairyhouse, there was a double for Jessica Harrington with Whitefountainfairy and Black Ruby.


Friday, we start at Epsom for the Oaks. The race itself was run in driving rain and a thunderstorm. Enable proved too strong for Rhododendron in a thrilling Oaks. Enable and Rhododendron pulled well clear at the two furlong pole.It looked only a matter of time before Rhododendron went clear trading at 1.3 in the run. Enable surged clear by 5 lengths and Rhododendron had no answers, Alluringly was 6 lengths back in third. I do think Pocketfullofdreams set a crazy gallop, however Enable was a superb winner on the day. The Coronation cup went to the wonderful Highland Reel who saw off the fast finishing Frontiersman who ran all over the track. Hawkbill ran very well in third trading odds on in the run. Hawkbill was advised to our members 1pt each way at 10/1 . Highland Reel is the highest earning horse Coolmore has ever had. Highland Reel also formed part of a double for Ryan Moore with De Bruyne Horse taking the two year old race earlier in the day.

At Market Rasen,  Nicky Henderson and Jonjo O'Neill were on target with Ballinure and Lithic respectively. At Catterick, Consequences landed the 2/11 odds for David O'Meara and Daniel Tudhope. At Bath, Roger Varian continued his recent good run with a double with Dahik and Trick Of The Light. At Doncaster, Roger Varian made it an across the card treble with Commander who took the maiden stakes. Livella Fella took the one mile two furlongs fillies handicap by 3 parts of a length however it was ten lengths back to the third horse. At Goodwood, John Gosden capped of a memorable day by winning the finale at Goodwood with Shaaqaaf. At Tramore, there were winners for Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott with Whisky Sour and Zanjabeel respectively.


Saturday, we start at Epsom for Derby day. The race attracted a field of 18 runners. The Derby went to Wings Of Eagles who got up late on to win by three parts of a length from Cliffs Of Moher. The race was run at a strong pace. The places were filled out by Cracksman who was a well backed favourite, Eminent ran well in fourth. Benbatl ran on from last place in the straight to finish fifth. Wings Of Eagles was a winner for Aidan O'Brien and Padraig Beggy. It was redemption for Beggy who had previously been banned for using cocaine. The opening handicap went to Drochaid who held off the late surge of  Emenem who looked unlucky. Emenem was advised to our members 1pt each way at 8/1. The Princess Elizabeth stakes went in breathtaking fashion to Laugh Aloud who won by five lengths from Absolute Blast. The Diomed Stakes went to Sovereign Debt who saw off Gabrial and Oh This Is Us in a great finish. The Epsom dash is one of the great spectacles of the season it went to Caspian Prince won the dash for a third time and for his third different trainer.

At Musselburgh, there was a brace of doubles. Josephine Gordon rode a double with Wigan Warrior and Unforgetable Filly. There was a double for Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning with Time To Study who took the £80K handicap and Thomas Cranmer. At Hexham, the first juvenile hurdle of the season went to Costa Percy. At Worcester, there was a double for Phillip Hobbs and Richard Johnson with Ink Master and Mcnamaras band with Richard Johnson seen at his best on both horses. At Doncaster, there was a double for Jamie Spencer with Florenza and Good Omen. At Lingfield, Silvestre De Sousa was on the mark with Magic Applause. At Newcastle, there was a dead heat between Benadalid and Guzman. At Navan, there was a double for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane with Treasuring and Gold Spinner. Magic Bear took the apprentice handicap in really good style . I think Magic Bear is a horse to follow. At Tramore, Glendine River took another race at Tramore winning by eleven lengths.


Sunday, we start at Listowel Gordon Elliott got another two year old winner with Monkeylou who took the auction maiden by two and three parts of length. At Kilbeggan, there was a treble for owner JP McManus with Treasure Chest, Persistent and Dont Kick Nor Bite. The victory for Dont Kick Nor Bite came in the mares hurdle. Dont Kick Nor Bite was advised to our members 3pts win at 9/4. Dont Kick Nor Bite was part of a double for Mark Walsh who completed his double with Na Trachtalai Abu. At Perth, there was a double for Warren Greatrex with Attest and The Caller. The two mile four furlong handicap chase went to Indian Temple from Brave Spartacus and Always On The Run who finished third. Always On The Run was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2. The feature race went to Beeves who got up to beat Aerlite Supreme by a neck. At Fakenham, Donald McCain kept up his good run by taking the three mile handicap chase with Court Dismissed.