The Racing Week That Was 5-2-17


Monday, we start at Ayr. There was a winner for Tom Scudamore and Lucinda Russell in the novices limited handicap chase with Newtown Lad who won by nineteen lengths. Brian Ellison followed up his double from Sunday with another winner here as Sam's Adventure won the bumper.At Plumpton, Jerrysback was a good winner of the novices hurdle for Barry Geraghty and Philip Hobbs. Venetia Williams normally goes very well at this period of the season.Eminent Poet took the conditional jockeys handicap hurdle under Charlie Deutsch.There was a shock in the first race as 1/4 favourite Oscars Boss was turned over by the Warren Greatrex trained The Caller. At Southwell, there was yet another winner for Adam Kirby on board Start Seven for trainer Jamie Osbourne who is having a good time of it himself. I had no selection running on Monday as my bet was a non runner at Ayr.


Tuesday, we start at Lingfield over the jumps. There was a double on the day for trainer Neil Mulholland with Matrow's Lady and Molly Carew. The team of Gary Moore and Jamie Moore have had some winners lately, they were on the mark again here with Good Man Hughie in the concluding handicap hurdle. At Southwell, also over the jumps. The novice chase saw Pearl Swan bolt up by thirty three lengths. Its'afreebee could never get competitive at all. Venetia Williams and Charlie Deutsch were at it again Un Prophete followed up last weeks win with another win here in the handicap chase over one mile seven furlongs. The division one of the bumper witnessed a dead heat between Aye Aye Charlie and The Last Day.The division two of the bumper went to Champ for Barry Geraghty and Nicky Henderson.

At Down Royal, there was a double for Shark Hanlon and Rachael Blackmore with Camlann and Honest Robber. There are few more consistent horses then Charlie Stout, he followed up his Saturday win at Naas with another victory in the novice hurdle. There was also a double on the day for Gordon Elliott with Last Minute Man who looked good in the bumper and Holeinthewallbar in the handicap chase. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Mr Simon Walker on board Castlerea Tess and Pushkin Museum. The day finished with the surprise news from Nicky Henderson who announced Buveur D'Air is to revert to hurdles for an intended crack at the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. I think we will see more of this as trainers smell blood in the water with doubts over the market leaders in the Champion Hurdle. The month result for me was a 30 points profit on our January selections


Wednesday, we start at Hereford the going was heavy with standing water in places which made it very tough going for all involved. Chief D'oeuvre took the beginners chase in great style to win by thirty lengths for Warren Greatrix and Gavin Sheehan. The feature race the 188Bet handicap chase was a real test. Federici tried to make all the running for Donald McCain, Federici gave everything however was exhausted and refused at the last having given way to the Kerry Lee duo of Goodtoknow and Mountainous. The victory of Goodtoknow was a boost for the form of the classic chase at Warwick, where Goodtoknow finished second. Goodtoknow saw off  Mountainous by seven lengths in the end. At Leicester, there was a double for Richard Johnson with Allee Blue who won for Philip Hobbs winning by a massive 26 lengths. Paddocks Lounge won here at Leicester on 12-1-17 he won again winning the claiming hurdle by seventeen lengths. Paddocks Lounge was advised to our members 3pts win at (6/5), making it a good start to February.

At Kempton, Graham Lee and Mick Channon combined for a winner with Persun. John Gosden had a winner with Bois De Boulonge. At Newcastle, Sir Mark Prescott likes a winner at Newcastle he got another one here with Espresso Freddo. There was a winner for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan with Mehdi.


Thursday, we start at Clonmel. The mares maiden hurdle went the way of Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh as Good Thyne Tara ran out a ten length winner. Clarcam has had a tough season knocking heads in the big handicaps. Clarcam still only a seven year old took the Two Mile Four Furlong Handicap Chase by two lengths from Val De Ferbert. It was yet another feature chase that went to Jack Kennedy and Gordon Elliott. The feature race was the Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at Clonmel. Monalee kept up the good work for Henry de Bromhead and David Mullins as they captured the feature. Monalee had already beaten main market rival Targagua into third in a maiden hurdle earlier this season. The second horse in that maiden hurdle The Storyteller has won both his races since. The profile and form of Monalee looks strong. Monalee was well on top at the end winning by four and half lengths from Battleford with twenty seven lengths back to the third horse Woods Well. The trainer of  Monalee Henry De Bromhead stated after the race “Monalee is entered in the Neptune and the Albert Bartlett, and we’ll see nearer the time. The Albert Bartlett would look the obvious race". Monalee was advised to our members 3pts win at (6/4).

At Wincanton, Oliver Sherwood and Leighton Aspell got back on the road following the sad loss of Many Clouds. The pair combined to win the mares novice hurdle with Hitherjacques Lady.The one mile seven furlong handicap chase went to Adrian Heskin and Tom George as Baby King won by a neck from Astra De La Cour. Baby King landed a few nice bets (11/4 - 9/4). At Southwell, Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan were on the mark with Footlight. At Towcester, it was very tough going. The opening  novice hurdle went to Top Ville Ben who ran out a two and a half length winner over Count Meribel. At Chelmsford, Adam Kirby continued his fine run with a double on board Midtech Star and Toy Theatre.


Friday, we start at Catterick. There was a double for trainer Pam Sly with Walsingham Grange and Actinpieces who took the mares handicap chase with twelve stone two pounds even allowing for the jockeys three pound claim this was still a very good performance. The two market leaders Treaty Girl and Two Smokin Barrels did not run to their potential. Sam Spinner was a very impressive winner of the novice hurdle for Jedd O'Keffe and Joe Colliver winning by thirteen lengths. At Lingfield,  there was a double for the returning Ryan Moore with Remember me and Earthly. There was of course yet another winner for Adam Kirby with Burnside in the finale. At Kempton, Adam Kirby had made it down for racing from Lingfield . Kirby was on the mark again winning on Skellig Michael. At Dundalk, there was a night to remember for trainer Aido McGuinness as he had a treble on the card with Specific Gravity, Oor Jock and Guanabara Bay.


Saturday, we start at Sandown where Buveur D'air reverted to hurdles as announced during the week. Buveur D'air did what was required jumping slick and economically. I think Buveur D'air is a massive player in the Champion hurdle. I think his run in the supreme was very good last season, when he was rode to pick up the pieces however Altior and Min never came back to Buveur D'air that day. I think this time Buveur D'air will be ridden with a lot more confidence. I like the chances of Buveur D'air. Nicky Henderson the trainer of Buveur D'air completed a big race double with the admirable as well as talented Top Notch who won the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novice chase. Top Notch jumped brilliantly down the back straight putting the field under pressure Top Notch was produced at the last to lead and cleared away well to win by 5 lengths. Clan Des Obeaux who was the 13/8 fav finished last of the five runners. Top Notch will make them all go in the JLT at Cheltenham .Top Notch is a horse that finished fifth in a champion hurdle and second beaten a neck in a triumph hurdle. The brilliantly consistent Otago Trail shouldered top weight to victory in the three mile handicap chase for Venetia Williams. Beg To Differ ran an alright race before falling two out. I have suspected his target is the Ultiomo Chase Cheltenham on March 14th, this remains the case.

At Wetherby, there was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Golden Vision and Oldgrangewood. There was also a double for Graham Mcpherson and Kielan Woods with Skipthecuddles and Ami Desbois. The Grade 2 Towton Novice chase always produces a good winner. There was a boil over this year though as Baywing at 33/1 defeated Calett Mad by twenty two Lengths with Missed Approach seven lengths further back in third. The ground was very testing, however this was a great effort from Baywing. At Musselburgh, it was day one of the two day Cheltenham Trials Meeting. The Triumph Hurdle trial went to Forth Bridge for her majesty The Queen . It was a race to forget for the normally superb Brian Hughes who had Project Bluebook in the wrong position more then once. Project Bluebook lost out by just over a length. The inaugural running of the Edinburgh National went in great style to Dancing Shadow under Noel Fehily who stole into the race superbly to win by two Lengths from Gonalston Cloud and Azure Fly.Gonalston Cloud was advised to our members 1pt each way at (8/1). The Scottish County Hurdle was a competitive race, it went in very impressive style to Cheltenham Festival winner Diego Du Charmil who tracked a strong pace. Diego Du Charmil cleared away to win by five lengths from Dominada with another four lengths to Traditional Dancer. Dominada was advised to our members 1pt each way at (9/1).

At Lingfield, there was a double for trainer Dean Ivory and jockey Robert Winston with Lancelot Du Lac and Varsovian. At Newcastle, Hollie Doyle picked up another winner on board Table Manners. At Fairyhouse, there was a double for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh with Retour En France and Bleu Berry. The Grade 3 mares Novice hurdle went to Shattered Love , however not before an X rated fall from Asthuria at the last. The remarkable thing was when the same pair clashed at Thurles on 18-12-16 the exact same thing happened. The pair of Shattered Love and Asthuria are probably decent race mares.


Sunday, we start at Punchestown.Douvan extended his unbeaten run to nine over fences. Douvan had no more then an exercise canter here. Douvan will go to Cheltenham as the hottest of hot favourites. Douvan really could be anything, maybe the best since Arkle if he keeps this up. The novice hurdle saw Mick Jazz get the better of Cilaos Emery by a neck.  Cilaos Emery to be fair did not to a lot wrong, I would really like Mick Jazz for the County hurdle at this point I must admit. The Pertemps qualifier was next up it went to Isleofhopeandreams who was unlucky at Leopardstown at Christmas. I thought once again Presenting Percy ran an eye catching race in fourth.  Presenting Percy was advised to our members 1pt each way at (8/1).I think Presenting Percy is a massive player in the final , just like his stable mate Mall Dini last season.The PP Hogan over the cross country course went to Auvergnat who saw off Usuel Smurfer, it was fifteen lengths back to Ballyboker Bridge who was in third. I think Auvergnat will go to Cheltenham with a live chance. The Grand National trial to be honest turned into a farce as the rest of the field ignored Baie Des lles completely under a fine front running ride from Katie Walsh. Baie Des lles won by five lengths from Sambremont. I must say fair play to Katie Walsh but the other jockeys cannot be happy with their efforts here.

At Musselburgh , there was a treble for Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston-Davies with Frodon , San Benedeto and El Bandit. There was a double for jockey Brian Hughes with Tree of Liberty and Monbeg Charmer. At Taunton, Hint Of Mint got a fourth win at Taunton in the handicap hurdle. Verni looked a horse going places for Richard Johnson and Philip Hobbs, this horse won with a lot in hand despite running very green.