The Racing Week That Was 4/9/16


Monday, it was a bank holiday in the UK. We start at Epsom, where remarkably Silvestre De Sousa rode the first four winners on the card on El Astronaute, Goodwood Zodiac, Hurricane Rush and Ancient Astronaut. There was a treble for trainer John Quinn with  El Astronaute, Ancient Astronaut and Hubertas who won the amateur jockeys derby for Jamie Codd. At Cartmel, David Pipe had an excellent double with the former John Ferguson trained pair of Father Edward and Ennistown both horses could hardly have been more impressive winning by 9 lengths and 11 lengths respectively. At Chepstow, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Stellar Surprise and Knight Of The Air. At Newcastle, Richard Whitaker started a decent week for him with the victory of The Resdev Way. At Ripon, Richard Whitaker was on target again as Penny Pot Lane won. There was a double for Richard Fahey with Forster Square and Carnageo. This gave Fahey an across the cards four timer following Musharieb winning at Newcastle and Innocent Touch winning at Epsom.

At Downpatrick, Tornado Watch landed a ferocious punt when winning the handicap hurdle having been backed from 25/1 in the morning to 7/4 on the off for trainer Johnathan Fogarty. The same trainer went for a big punt on Get It Back in the bumper but could only finish a well beaten third of five. I am sure Johnathan Fogarty was happy with his days work. At Roscommon , it was a decent card. Noel Meade had a double with Snow Falcon in the 3 mile conditions hurdle who readily saw off Simenon and Saddlers risk. These small field contests suit Snow Falcon really well he can a few over the winter in my view. The second leg of the Meade double saw Dos Picas win the concluding bumper under Nina Carberry. There was a dead heat in the handicap hurdle between Craig Star and Lasoscar 7/2 and 10/3 favourite respectively.  


Tuesday, we start at Epsom where Silvestre De Sousa had a double on board Star Of The East and Nouvelli DancerSilvestre De Sousa is riding like an inspired man. At Goodwood, Jim Crowley replied to De Sousa in kind by picking a winner up on board Saunter. The 2 mile handicap went to Sir Mark Prescott's rapidly improving St Michel who can win again soon. At Hamilton , a (1/16) favourite in the shape of Thankyou Stars got turned over by Amanda Perretts Dutch Dream clearly a nightmare for those who tried to buy money at 1/16!! At Thirsk, there was a double for Richard Whitaker and George Chaloner with Pipers Note and Love Island. At Worcester, there were some decent winners. Pawn Star won the Novices Handicap Chase for Emma Lavelle. Cliffs Of Dover won the juvenile maiden hurdle in good style and could be a horse to follow for Paul Nicholls. There was also winners for Nigel Twiston - Davies and Philip Hobbs with Monday Sun and Eardisland respectively. 


Wednesday, we start at Bath. William Haggas had a winner with Lapilli in the 5 furlong handicap. At Lingfield, there was a winner for Silvestre De Sousa with Skylark Lady. At Southwell it was jumps racing. There was a double for Wayne Hitchinson with The Tourad Man and Sandgate. The Tourad Man was winning for the second time over fences. At Carlilse, there was a winner for Keith Dalgleish with Crazy Tornado who was advised to our members 1pt each way (6/1). I think Crazy Tornado could win again soon. At Newton Abbott, Double court won for Nigel Twiston - Davies in the 2 mile 5 furlong handicap.  Twiston -Davies enjoys a lucrative time during this period of the season with his horses well worth following. At Gowran, it was a moderate card however the 1 mile 6 furlong maiden went to the useful hurdler Rashaan this horse will be worth watching in both codes this Autumn.


Thursday, we start at Haydock. There was a double for William Haggas with Pennsylvania Dutch and Zwayyan. Sir Michael Stoute was on target again as Forge won in good style in the 7 furlong conditions stakes. At Salisbury, there was another winner for William Haggas with Gravity Flow. Sir Mark Prescott was also on the mark with Ocean Ready. At Sedgefield ,Richard Johnson and Gordon Elliott combined to win with Lucy MC who won the mares novice hurdle. At Chelmsford, Jim Crowley had a double with Ecureuil and Pleasure Dome keeping Crowley moving in the race for the jockeys title.


Friday, we start at Ascot. I was impressed with Great Order who won the classified stakes over a mile for Godolphin. At Haydock, William Haggas who earlier had a winner at Ascot had another here with Valley Of Fire in the 7 furlong handicap. At Newcastle, Keith Dalgleish picked up another winner with Falcon's Fire who had been knocking on the door for a while. Dalgleish also had a double at Musselburgh with Showdaisy and Invoke, Dalgleish has had a tremendous season it shows no sign of slowing down at this point. Wor Lass took the 1 mile 6 furlong handicap by a very impressive 8 lengths. It was a good news for our members who were advised 3pts win at (5/2) on Wor Lass. At Kempton, Sir Michael Stoute had a winner with Believable. At Kilbeggan , there were winners for Willie Mullins with New Kid In Town and Gordon Elliott with Tajseer. The 3 mile 1 furlong handicap chase went to Heist who just got up on the line to deny Down Under. The victory of Heist was good news for our members who were advised a 1pt each way (13/2).


Saturday, we start at Haydock who hosted a good card the ground had gone very soft though after a deluge of rain. The Ascendant listed stakes went to Frankuus for Mark Johnston staying on strongly to hold off Star Of Rory and Cunco. The Group 3 Superior Mile stakes went in a thrilling race to Hathal for William Haggas and Frankie Dettori. Mitchum Swagger was second, our members were on the third placed horse Convey 1pt each way (7/1). There was a double for trainer Karl Burke as Intense Tango made all the running in the 1 mile 6 furlong handicap holding off the late rally of Montaly. The second leg of the Burke double saw Quiet Reflection take the Group 1, 32 Red Sprint Cup. Quiet Reflection traveled really well during the race , she was well on top at the line from The Tin Man who blew the start. The Tin Man had bee advised to our members 1pt each way (7/1). I reckon Quiet Reflection would have won anyway despite The Tin Man blowing the start. At Ascot , Andrew Balding was on target again as Dark Shot took the 5 furlong handicap in good style. The Appletiser stakes handicap went in impressive fashion to New Caledonia for Mark Johnston and Ted Durcan.

At Kempton, The Last Lion turned the Group 3 Sirenia stakes into a procession winning by 4 lengths from Koropick. I really like The Last Lion who has run 8 times this season starting out winning the Brocklesby on 2-4-16. I think The Last Lion will be a danger to lots of two year olds on soft ground in the autumn. The Group 3 September Stakes went to Arab Spring for Sir Michael Stoute and Jim Crowley. This was a good effort from Arab Spring who was a smart horse in 2014. At Stratford, Richard Johnson was at it again with another double this time on board Sharp Rise and Temper Tantrum. At Thirsk, the ground went very soft after lots of rain. There were winners for the the in form Sir Michael Stoute and Keith Dalgleish with Volition and Rock n Rolla respectively. At Wolverhampton , there were winners for Sir Mark Prescott and Sir Michael Stoute with All The Rage and Master Gunner . At Navan, it was an average card in truth on ground that got very testing the 5 furlong race saw The Happy Prince get a win for Aidan O'Brien seeing off In Salutem and G Force. Aidan O'Brien may be able to get The Happy Prince to win some handicaps in the Autumn on the basis of this.


Sunday, we start at York there were winners for three in form trainers, Sir Michael Stoute with Zainholm . Richard Fahey picked another winner up with Kruger Park. Keith Dalgleish continues to get the winners , he was on the mark again here with Dark Defender. At Fontwell , there was a double for Richard Johnson with Canton Prince and Argot. Johnson is really setting about his job in McCoy fashion in the bid to retain the champion jump jockey title. At Dundalk, I was really impressed with Ambassadorial who looked a smart sort when opening his account on his debut for Michael HalfordTithonus claimed his third win of the season when landing the competitive Bar One Racing Handicap. It was unfortunate for our members as Ostatnia had been advised to our members 1pt each way (7/1) finished second.