The Racing Week That Was 6-9-20


Monday, we start at Downpatrick. There was a dramatic conclusion to the finale at Downpatrick as the Bumper Race saw Pat Taaffe off the mark as a jockey. His mount, Walking Fame, trained by his father, Tom, survived a lengthy steward’s enquiry. Called after his grand-father, rider of the legendary Arkle, Taaffe had an anxious wait before the no alteration, winner alright signal came through. I think he should have lost it, to be honest. The Stewards suspended Mr Pat Taaffe for seven race days and advised him that he must attend R.A.C.E for one day's tuition.

At Roscommon, Shane Foley was on target with Lady Anner.  At Sandown, Win O'Clock bolted up for Roger Charlton. At Ripon, there was a treble for Tim Easterby with Dance King, Fox Kasper and Poets Dawn. At Southwell, Dark Shot took the feature race under Jamie Gormley.


Tuesday, we start with Silvestre De Sousa stormed past the 50-winner mark for the year with a terrific treble at Ripon. The winners were Winter Power, Delph Crescent and Pythagoras. At Kempton, Uncle Bryn was on target for John Gosden. At Newton Abbot, Lillington took the feature race for Colin Tizzard. At Hamilton, there was a double for Richard Fahey with Lucky Lucky Man and Viceregent.


Wednesday, we start at Uttoxeter Fanzio took the feature race for Richard Hobson. At Bath, Tronado won the feature for Alan King. At Lingfield, there was a dead heat between Redemptive and Mr Millarcky. At Hexham, the feature race went to Empire De Maulde. At Wolverhampton, Araifjan got off the mark for Richard Fahey. A double for Shane Foley at Gowran today with No Say Ever and Foley’s earlier winner was aboard Maud Gonne Spirit for his boss, Jessica Harrington,


Thursday, we start at Punchestown flat racing returned to the track for the first time in 18 yearsSagrada Familia secured a treble for Joseph O'Brien at Punchestown this afternoon when running out a convincing winner of the nine-furlong fillies maiden. The treble was completed by Fame And Acclaim as well as Liffey River. At Clonmel, Jelona was on target for Jessica Harrington. Nero Rock made it two wins on the spin, it was good news for our members. Nero Rock was advised (2pts win) at 9/4. At Newcastle, Fivethousandtoone was on the mark by four lengths under Silvestre De SousaHappy Romance continued her remarkable campaign as she gained the first Group-race success of her career in the Shadwell Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury. At Haydock, there was a double for Simon Crisford with Ostillo and Without a Fight. At Chelmsford, Frankie Dettori was on target for Godolphin with Pitchers Point.


Friday, we start at Down Royal. The Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden saw an impressive winner in the shape of the John McConnell-trained A Case Of You (15/2). Joseph O'Brien's Master Of Reality warmed up for another crack at the Melbourne Cup with a decisive victory in Her Majesty's Plate at Down Royal. Evens favourite Goodbye Someday is really on an upward curve and took the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle by two lengths at Kilbeggan.

La Barrosa looks to have a bright future ahead of him after making the perfect start to his career in the Me2 Club EBF Future Stayers’ Maiden Stakes at Ascot. Laafy was o target for Sir Michael Stoute. At Thirsk, Alba Rose was an impressive winner for Mark Johnston. There was a double for David O'Meara with Shelir and Betsey Trotter. There was another winner for David O'Meara at Haydock with Young Fire. The feature race at Haydock went to Hyperfocus for Tim Easterby. At Sedgefield, there was a double for Brian Hughes onboard Operatic Export and The Blame Game.


Saturday, we start at HaydockTop Rank reinforced James Tate’s high opinion of him when bouncing back from defeat at York to take the Group Three Betfair Superior Mile at Haydock. Dream Of Dreams achieved his Group One breakthrough in the Betfair Sprint Cup – delivering his trainer Sir Michael Stoute’s third victory in the Haydock showpiece. Enable remains on course to bid for a historic third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after winning the Unibet September Stakes by seven lengths at Kempton. It was a case of two rides, two winners for Jody McGarvey at Wexford this afternoon, with I'm Not Alone completing his 55/1 brace in the concluding Duncannon Handicap Chase.

Adam Farragher rode the first double of his career at Navan this afternoon with the 49/1 brace completed by Lady De Vesci in the Gormanlough Apprentice Handicap. A Step Too Far continued her remarkable run with a gutsy success in the featured Troytown Bar Handicap at Navan this afternoon. Kieran Cotter's charge registered her fourth win on the bounce when making all to grab the lion's share of the pot in the €21,000 prize. Bellick just had his head down at the right time to edge the verdict by the narrowest of margins in the second division of the 45-70 sprint handicap at Navan. It was a tight finish as John McConnell's charge, Improving and Teddy Boy fought it out inside the final furlong.


Sunday, we start at Ballinrobe. The McHale Chase was won by Mengli Khan (3/1) who was very much on a going day and made all for a wide-margin victory. Onboard for the first time, Rachael Blackmore got him into a good rhythm and he came home 26 lengths in front of 5/4 favourite LivelovelaughDoctor Duffy (6/1) landed the featured McHale Mayo National Handicap Chase (Grade B) for Charles Byrnes and Kevin Brouder. The McHale Mayo Irish EBF (Mares) Handicap Hurdle went to the well-fancied Tune The Chello (11/2, from 11s in the morning) who was handy under Robbie Power before hitting the front after the second-last.

Starman maintained his unbeaten record with an impressive display in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Garrowby Stakes at YorkStarman responded generously to his rider’s urging to pick up the front-running favourite Dakota Gold and he had almost two lengths in hand at the line. Persian King saw off the raiding party to provide trainer Andre Fabre with a record seventh victory in the Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp.