Monday, it was a bank holiday in Ireland so a little busier than a normal Monday. We start at Galway. There was a brilliant debut over fences by Cheltenham Festival winner Presenting Percy, this horse has been spoken off as a potential Gold Cup horse in the future. Presenting Percy in what looked a deep race got the job done by three lengths jumping very well. There will, of course, be stiffer tests for Presenting Percy, however, this was an excellent start. Mon Lino took the €20 K handicap hurdle once again showing the talents of Donie McInerney. Mon Lino is from the same family as Don Poli and could be one to watch. The feature race went to Ruby Walsh and his brother in law Ross O'Sullivan as Call It Magic made all the running to win easily. At Wexford, it was a four-timer for Gigginstown house as Imperial Way, Dinaria Des Obeaux , A Genie In A bottle and High School Days all won. I was very impressed with High School Days who jumped really well in the novice hurdle.
At Redcar, Keith Dalgleish had a very good winner in the well-named I'M Improving who won by six lengths. At Leicester, Richard Fahey an Paul Hanagan had a double with Clubbable and Maybride. At Ayr, there were doubles for Paddy Brennan and Fergal O'Brien with Global Stage and Socksy. There was also a double for Lucinda Russell with Rivabovida and Vengeur De Guye.
Tuesday, we start at Catterick Tonto's Spirit bolted up at the last meeting here at Catterick. It was the same story here as Tonto's Spirit won by six lengths. Tonto's Spirit will now go back over hurdles. The other horse from this card who will be going back over jumps will be Mixboy who destroyed the field in the one-mile four-furlong handicap for Keith Dalgleish. Mixboy won by six lengths from Henry Smith. Mixboy was advised to our member's 3pts win at 11/4. It finished a great month for our members we made a profit of 58 points in the month. At Wolverhampton, Mark Johnston was on target with DR Richard Kimble in the nursery.
At Bangor, the Nigel Twiston-Davies team rolled on with a double in both divisions of the bumper with One For Rosie and Ballygomartin. There was also a successful debut over fences for the talented Modus. I reckon Paul Nicholls could look at handicaps with Modus given his proven ability in that sphere. At Chepstow, there was a treble for Tom Scudamore on board Saint John Henry, Dalaman and Knight Of Noir. The last two horses were trained by Neil Mulholland to give him a double on the day. Knight Of Noir may have been lucky as Wait For Me was running all over Knight Of Noir when falling. Wait For Me took a very heavy fall, Wait For Me is unlikely to forget this in a hurry, however, there is a massive engine in Wait For Me. I think if Wait For Me tidies up his jumping he could pick up a nice prize during the season.
Wednesday, its November a new month and a new challenge, just like in cricket we start this months innings on zero again. I am glad to say we were not on zero for long. The feature race at Fakenham went to Deauville Dancer who tanked through the race under Brian Hughes to win by two and three parts of a length and nineteen lengths. Deauville Dancer was advised to our members 1pt each way at 10/1. Neil Mulholland and Sam Twiston -Davies had a really good winner with The Way You Dance who got the better of Moidore as well as Shinooki the Fakenham specialist. Shinooki advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2. Our members also had Shinooki (9/2) & Deauville Dancer (10/1) in an 0.25pt each way double both placed. At Nottingham, there was a double for Jim Crowley on board Come On Tier and Monaadhil.
At Taunton, Nicky Henderson and Nico De Boinville had one runner and ride respectively. It was Barman who bolted up in the confined two-mile handicap hurdle. Paul Nicholls was on target with Challico who took the novice hurdle. At Kempton, there was a double for Marco Botti with Losing my religion and Al Hamdany. At Dundalk, it was another incredible night for Colin Keane as he rode a treble. The winners were Ben Rumson, Bid Adieu and Overcoming. The treble put Colin Keane on 100 winners for the season and ten winners clear of Pat Smullen in the race for the flat jockeys title.
Thursday, we start at Sedgefield. It was Durham Grand National day. The feature on the main site Notebook Horses October said the following Audacious Plan has moved from Rebecca Curtis to Dr. Richard Newland who is a very sharp trainer. Audacious Plan became the latest in a long line of horses to have his career revived by Dr. Richard Newland. I loved the way Audacious Plan moved through the race at Uttoxeter on 8-10-17 over fences. Audacious Plan was a really impressive winner over hurdles at Huntingdon on 17/10/17 winning by twelve lengths. Audacious Plan did not let us down taking the Durham National under Brian Hughes. Audacious Plan traveled powerfully through the race getting a bit idle and lonely in front to win by a neck from Boric. Audacious Plan landed a substantial punt on the day (11/4 into 6/4). Audacious Plan was advised to our member's 3pts win at 5/2. The win for Audacious Plan was part of a double for Brian Hughes which was completed by Sun Cloud.
At Clonmel, the winner of the mares maiden hurdle was the impressive Dawn Shadow who saw off Osco Moscow and Shimmers Rock in what looked a decent race. Shimmers Rock was advised to our members 1pt each way at 7/1. It completed a fine day for our members as Shimmers Rock (7/1) & Audacious Plan (5/2) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. The three-mile handicap hurdle went in impressive style to Hurricane Darwin who will now head for the Troytown at Navan. The development of Shattered Love over fences continued with a bloodless success for Gordon Elliott and Jack Kennedy. At Stratford, the potentially very good Starchitect was a very impressive winner of the two-mile-three-furlong handicap. I think Starchitect could have a really good campaign with the Bet Victor looking a likely target at Cheltenham. At Lingfield, there was a double for James Doyle on board Statehood and Muffri'ha. At Chelmsford, James Doyle made it a personal treble on the day on board Diagnostic.
Friday, we start at Dundalk. Our syndicate horse Mokhalad ran a good race to finish fourth in the 700 at Dundalk. Damian had told us that Mokhalad would be in the first 4 in his view things are exactly going as we expected so far. Mokhalad did us proud again and is growing in confidence all the time. We may have been slightly unfortunate to run into Harmonyofthestars who is a giant of a horse, Michael Kinane owns him and was their himself so we knew we had a job on. Mokhalad who is rated 73 ran a good time 138.33, the 80 rated Seanie ran the same course and distance in 138.14.It shows Mokhalad is progressing. We will chat to Damian over the weekend and plan ahead.
At Down Royal, there was a treble for Gordon Elliott with Tombstone, Felix Desjy and Poli Roi. The Grade 2 WKD hurdle went to Melon for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh despite diving at the last. Melon will go on from here. Ruby Walsh stated afterward "He has strengthened up considerably; he's a bigger, stronger horse. He was only a frame of a horse last year. He looks a more robust, stronger horse now who is improving with age. It was a good performance to beat race-fit horses Coquin Mans and Wakea. I personally thought that Mick Jazz ran well in third and is of serious interest back in handicaps. At Newmarket, there was a double for Jim Crowley with Sunblazer and Maghaweer. At Wetherby, there was a double for Ryan Day with Guitar Pete and On a Promise. The Juvenile hurdle went to Malaya for Paul Nicholls.
At Uttoxeter, there was a double for Richard Johnson on board Who's My Jockey and Tara Mist. There was also a double for Nicky Henderson with Dame De Compagnie and River Wylde who made a very nice debut over fences. At Newcastle, Mark Johnston had a really good winner of the novice stakes with Elegiac winning by 6 lengths. At Del Mar, Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore took the Breeders Cup juvenile turf with Mendelssohn.
Saturday, we start at Down Royal for the big meeting of the year. There was a double for Gordon Elliott with Poormans Hill and Rapid Escape. The victory for Poormans Hill was impressive as the second horse Lasoscar traveled really well having been heavily backed (12/1-13/2). There was a half-length between Poormans Hill and Lasoscar with nine and a half lengths back to the third. I think Lasoscar and Poormans Hill are well handicapped. I was impressed with Espoir D'allen in the three-year-old hurdle. The feature race was the Jnwine.com. The race saw Our Duke return to action, however, he ran a lifeless race. Our Duke scoped badly. The race went to the mercurial Outlander who fought off Road To Respect by a half-length. They were fourteen lengths clear of the third horse Zabana. I thought Road To Respect ran very well here and is a gold cup horse potentially. Road To Respect was advised to our members 1pt each way at 4/1. The Grade 2 chase went to Disko who was really impressive over a trip on the sharp side. Disko jumped really well. Disko was advised to our member's 3pts win at 11/8. Disko could be a gold cup horse to my eyes.
At Newmarket, there was a double for Charlie Appleby and Adam Kirby with Hadith and Bravo Zolo. The victory of Hadith was good news for our members. Hadith was advised to our member's 3pts win at 5/2. Our members had more success as Hadith (5/2) & Disko (11/8) advised to our member's 1pt win double as both horses won. At Wetherby, the Grade 2 Bet 365 hurdle went to Colin's Sister who saw off Wholestone by two lengths. Wholestone advised to our members 2pts each way at 7/2. Our members also had Wholestone (7/2) & Road To Respect (4/1) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. The Charlie Hall Chase was a deep looking race. The favorite Coneygree pulled up and Cue Card fell both sets of connections sighting the low sun as a reason for their horse's problems in the race with jumping. I must say its odd stuff to my mind. The race went to a fight between in my view the two most likely horses to win beforehand. Bristol De Mai and Blaklion fought out a great battle. Bristol De Mai getting the better of Blaklion by a length. I would give Bristol De Mai a very good chance of winning the Betfair chase in a few weeks at Haydock. Nigel Twiston- Davies set a new record of 5 victories in the Charlie Hall.
At Ascot, there were three very good races. The two-mile class one handicap chase went to Exitas in impressive style by seven lengths from Quite By Chance. The class one handicap hurdle saw Elgin win a really competitive race for Alan King. I thought Air Force One ran a cracker in this race. The Sodexo Gold Cup went the way of Go Conquer for Jonjo O'Neill by four and a half lengths from Rock Gone. At Ayr, I was impressed with Cyrius Darius and Archive both horses will be winning more races in Scotland and the North of England. At Del Mar in the breeders' cup. Godolphin and Coolmore had lots to be happy about. Godolphin had a double with Wuheida and Talismanic. The genius of Aidan O'Brien was once again displayed as he got Declarationofpeace to win with Ryan Moore on board. The classic went to Gun Runner as Arrogate ran no race at all.
Sunday, we start at Naas where Colin Keane was crowned champion flat jockey fittingly he rode a double and brought up a century of winners. The double came on board Inscribe and Warnaq. There were two winners that got away from me on Sunday as Band Of Outlaws and Swamp fox who were good winners on the day. I like both horses but not a bob on them on Sunday thats the game. At Cork, I was really impressed with Cracking Smart who took the novice hurdle. The victory of Bamako Moriviere who took the Grade 3 novice chase by sixteen lengths for Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins. The Cork grand national went to Logical Song who bolted up by twelve lengths from the two-time winner of this contest Raz De Maree. At Huntingdon, there was a double for Ben Pauling and Nico De Boinville with Equus Secretus and Willoughby Court. It was job done for the Neptune winner Willoughby Court, I will be interested to see what happens next. At Carlisle, there was a double for Brian Hughes on board Waiting Patiently and Cuckoo's Calling.