The Racing Week That Was 6-6-21


Monday, we start at PunchestownThe West Awaits sealed a brace for Willie Mullins and Brian Hayes. The race was put to bed as she drew further clear and jumped the last to come home by an impressive 13 lengths. Fan De Blues made all to bring up plenty of bets in the Swordlestown Beginners Chase kicking the Mullins and Hayes double off. At Roscommon, Ger Lyons and Colin Keane were at the double with Elzaam Tales and Thunder Rain. The progressive Is That Love defied his penalty in fine style when running out a cosy winner of the Tulsk Apprentice Handicap. The Ado McGuinness trained gelding was following up on his success at Fairyhouse last Friday, for which the handicapper gave him a 13lb hike this morning. Pineapple Express rocketed home down the outside to win in a cosy fashion. The daughter of Ruler Of The World really found her stride in the final furlong to surge past Miss Myers. It was good news for our members who were advised Pineapple Express 1pt each-way at 11/1.

It was a UK Bank Holiday so plenty of racing. At Huntingdon, King Golan was on target for Dr Richard Newland. At Leicester, Lady Reset took the seller for David Pipe. At Cartmel, Tonto's Spirit made it five career wins at Cartmel. The veteran Dawson City took the feature. At Chelmsford, Alhaajeb was on target for Mark Johnston. At Windsor, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Epidemic and Sanitiser. At Redcar, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Good Birthday and Greek Kodiac.


Tuesday, we start at Tipperary. The feature race went to Master Matt under Colin Keane. At Brighton, Arabic Charm was a really impressive winner for Saeed Bin Suroor. At Redcar, Prison Break won by 5 lengths for Richard Fahey. At Leicester, there was a double for William Haggas with Muhalhel and Spirit Of Bermuda. At Lingfield, Jubille Bridge was on target for Hayley Turner. At Yarmouth, Clarendon House was on target for Robert Cowell.


Wednesday, we start at Wexford. There was a very impressive win for Rachael Blackmore with Gin On Lime winning by 8 Lengths. At The Curragh, there was a double for Aidan O'Brien with Call Me Sweetheart and Point Lonsdale. At Nottingham, Oceanline bolted up by five lengths for Hollie Doyle. At Ayr, Poet's Magic was an impressive winner under Dougie Costello. At Cartmel, Tonto's Spirit made it 6 career wins at Cartmel. At Kempton, there was a double for Godolphin with Storm Damage and Renaissance Rose. At Ripon, Ariel was a very impressive winner for Charles Hill.


Thursday, we start at LeopardstownTrading Point stepped back into action at Leopardstown. We have given Trading Point time to get over a dreadful experience in the Irish Lincoln on the horrible ground at The Curragh. Trading Point had been running very consistently before Christmas 2020. Trading Point was very disappointing with no real explanation, to be honest. It was just one of those days. We will get Trading Point checked over and out again quickly provided he is alright. There is no time for feeling sorry for ourselves. With Casa Comigo, Trading Point, Parkers Hill, Fastman and Double Kodiac all entered next week.

The rest of the Leopardstown card. Magnanimous ran out an impressive winner of the Listed Glencairn Stakes for Joseph O'Brien. It was good news for our members Magnanimous was advised (0.75pt each way) at 12/1. At Hamilton, Lampang took the feature race for Tim Easterby. At Ffos Las, No Quarter Asked took the feature race for Peter Bowen. At Uttoxeter, Dr Richard Newland was on target with Taste The Fear. At Chelmsford, there was a double for William Haggas with Kaheall and Sea Impress. At Thirsk, Belief was on target for William Haggas completing a fine day for the trainer.


Friday, we start at Epsom for the OaksSnowfall stormed to a breathtaking victory for Aidan O’Brien and Frankie Dettori in the Cazoo Oaks at a wet Epsom. The ground had got soft from a lot of rain on the morning of the race with the field shifting to the stand side. Snowfall won by sixteen lengths a staggering margin in a group one. Corazon Espinado bolted up in the one-mile handicap. It was good news for our members as Corazon Espinado was advised (0.75pt each way) at 12/1. Mehmento delivered on his early-season promise to take the Surrey Stakes completing a double for Hollie Doyle who earlier won on Corazon Espinado. The Coronation Cup saw Pyledriver battled back in the closing stages to deny Al Aasy for his first Group One triumph.

At Down Royal, there was a double for Ronan Whelan with Kalapour and Sea Breezing. At Tramore, there was a treble for Rachael Blackmore with Miss Tempo, Centurion Steel and Downthecellar. At Catterick, William Haggas continued his good run as Sans Pretention was on target. At Goodwood, Rushmore took the finale for Andrew Balding. At Bath, Yagan was on target for Sir Mark Prescott. At Bath, Monbahler was on target for John Gosden winning by 5 lengths.


Saturday, Epsom Derby day. Adayar sprang a 16-1 surprise as he came home a wide-margin winner of the Cazoo Derby under a jubilant Adam Kirby at Epsom. Trained by Charlie Appleby and only ridden by Kirby after he lost the ride on John Leeper to Frankie Dettori, the Godolphin-owned son of Frankel shot clear in the final furlong to give his handler a second win after Masar in 2018. Richard Hannon’s Mojo Star, a 50-1 chance, ran a huge race to be four and a half lengths away in second, with the winner’s stablemate Hurricane Lane another three and a quarter lengths back in third. Bookmakers were struggling to contain their delight after Adayar stormed to Cazoo Derby success at Epsom. Aidan O’Brien’s Bolshoi Ballet was sent off the red-hot 11-8 favourite and although seemingly in the ideal position approaching the business end of the mile-and-a-half showpiece, he could only manage a well-beaten seventh under Ryan Moore. The rest of the Epsom card saw Oh This Is Us got up right on the line for Richard Hannon to narrowly Century Dream a third victory in the Cazoo Diomed Stakes. Ejitilaab took the finale of the Derby festival for David Egan. It was good news for our members Ejitilaab was advised (0.75pt each way) at 13/2.

At Listowel, Fastman was in action for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Fastman has done nothing wrong since joining our team. We really like this horse, he has a brilliant attitude. It didn't happen for us at Listowel on the day the trip of 6 furlongs and 60 yards proved too sharp. We could not exploit our low draw by getting competitive early on in the race. Fastman stayed going showing his usual good attitude but that was about all we could take from it. We will go up in distance and have a look at what is coming up in the next few weeks. On the rest of the Listowel card, there was a double for Colin Keane with Probe and Shazza. At Tramore, there was a double for Henry De Bromhead with Tisadream and Oryx Hustler. There was also a double for Paul Nolan with Our Friend and Dympnas Well.

At Doncaster, there was a treble for Jamie Spencer with Air To Air, Man Of The Night and Rodrigo Diaz. At Hexham, Koi Dodville was on target in the juvenile hurdle for David Pipe.  At Musselburgh, Hollie Doyle made the trip worthwhile with Muntadab who won a driving finish. At Worcester, Captain Tom Cat continued the fine form of Dr Richard Newland. At Lingfield, Ellade was on target for Mark Johnston.


Sunday, we start with the news. Bolshoi Ballet was reported to be very sore on Sunday by Aidan O’Brien after sustaining a cut on his right-hind leg early on in the Cazoo Derby. Though the injury is almost certain to have contributed to his ultimately disappointing run, it is not thought to be serious and should only set him back between seven and 10 days. There was better news for Aidan O'Brien in France. St Mark’s Basilica gave Aidan O’Brien a first victory in the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club with a brilliant effort at Chantilly. The son of Siyouni was confidently ridden by Ioritz Mendizabal to run away from the opposition in the closing stages and join an elite band of horses to complete the French 2000 Guineas/Derby double. St Mark’s Basilica (11-4 favourite) broke away from the stalls well and was always in a good position, close to the pace set by Normandy Bridge. The latter led into the straight but was quickly tackled by El Drama, who did his best to set sail for home. Mendizabal had the move covered, however, and St Mark’s Basilica was soon in command – putting the race to bed in a matter of strides. Sealiway (66-1) was second just ahead of the fast-finishing Millebosc in third.

At Listowel, there was a double for Willie Mullins with My Sister Sarah and Saldier. At Kilbeggan, there was a double for Danny Mullins with Ruaillie Bualile and Presenting Bonnie. At Perth, Landofmiles took the feature race for Peter Bowen. Sadly the talented The Butcher Said lost his life in the race. At Goodwood, The Lamplighter gained a third Goodwood career victory. The Lamplighter was advised 1pt each way at 4/1 to our members capping an excellent week for us.