Monday,we start at Kempton which witnessed a dreadful incident.Nellie Deen was tracking the pacesetting Madame Butterfly under Tylicki when the pair suffered a heavy fall. Crowley and Electrify were racing immediately behind and were brought down. The jockey, crowned champion for the first time just 16 days ago, was thrown over the top of his mount.Steve Drowne and Ted Durcan were also unseated after being caught up in the melee.They returned to the weighing room, albeit walking gingerly, but Tylicki and Crowley received extensive treatment on the track before being taken to hospital. Freddie Tylicki remained in hospital on Monday night with suspected spinal injuries after the dreadful four-horse pile-up at Kempton earlier in the day but champion jockey Jim Crowley, also hurt in the melee, has been discharged. Tylicki, 30, was taken by air ambulance, while Crowley, 38, was taken by road. Racing at the meeting was abandoned just before 5pm after weighing room colleagues of the pair insisted racing should not continue as a mark of respect.
We start at Hereford, where Whataknight made a very good start over fences for Harry Fry winning by 99 lengths. There was a double for Nigel Twiston -Davies and Ryan Hatch with Ballyhill and Kilronan High. At Plumpton, there was a double for Gary and Jamie Moore with Graasten and Guards Chapel. At Galway, there was a treble for Barry Geraghty and JP McManus . The horses were Kalopsia, Hash Brown and Scoir Mear. It nearly was a four timer for Barry Geraghty and JP McManus as Oathkeeper was just touched off by a neck by She's A Star. Oathkeeper was advised to our members 1pt each way (4/1). The younger sister of champion hurdler Jezki, Jelan took the bumper in impressive style by 3 lengths. Nambour won the beginners chase on his first run for Mouse Morris since leaving Willie Mullins. Nambour won by 4 lengths from Free Expression who to my eyes is still a handicap potential plot for Cheltenham. At Wexford, there was a treble for Ruby Walsh the horses being Sanibel Island, Burndown and Ball D'arc . There was a double for Gordon Elliott with Sanibel Island and Ball D'arc.
Tuesday,we start at the Melbourne cup,as always it was a fantastic occasion. The race itself was run at I felt an average pace. The last 400 metres saw Almandin and the Irish trained Heartbreak City settle down to battle it out. Kerrin McEvoy winning his second Melbourne Cup had Almandin in an excellent position. In truth there was very little between Almandin and Heartbreak City. There was a head in it at the line, it was hard luck on Tony Martin and the connections of Heartbreak City. Alamandin was a worthy winner. Hartnell the favourite was third for Godolphin, I do not think Hartnell stayed the trip . Qewy who is a great little racehorse who gives everything came fourth. Qewy was advised to our members 1pt each way (25/1) giving us a nice start to November. The incident at Kempton on 31-10-16 continues to dominate hearts and minds. Jim Crowley has been thankfully released from hospital, himself and Ted Durcan sustaining fractures. Freddie Tylicki remains in intensive care however is conscious.
At Exeter , it was Haldon Gold Cup day.Paul Nicholls took the novice hurdle over 2 miles 5 furlongs with Bistouri D'honore who won well by 2 lengths. Bistouri D'honore was also well backed (2/1-6/5) this horse could be above average.The 2 mile novice hurdle went to Resolution Bay for Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson. The Haldon Gold cup itself saw an excellent race . Sir Valentino was to get the better of the ferociously well backed Garde La Victoire (11/4 overnight - 1/1). Sir Valentino and Garde La Victoire battled it out from 2 fences out to the line there was only a short head in it at the line. Dodging Bullets who traveled and jumped really well during the contest , Nicholls stated afterwards this horse will be campaigned over two and a half miles from now on. The victory of Sir Valentino advertised the new alliance between Tom George and Adrian Heskin. I think this was Sir Valentino's day , he will be hard to place from now in my view. Emerging Force took the 3 mile novice chase by 2 lengths from Southfield Vic in a race that turned into a bit of a sprint. Emerging Force looks a good prospect. Caulfields Venture made it 4 wins from 5 visits to Exeter taking the 3 mile handicap chase. Caulfields Venture was advised to our members 1pt each way (7/1), rounding off an excellent punting day. There was plenty to take out of Exeter on the day for the future.
At Redcar, Irish raider Buzz Boy won for Adrian Keatley.At Wolverhampton, there were wins for Richard Fahey with Dark Confidant as well as John Gosden with Alf Guineas. At Kempton, there was a win for Richard Hannon and Timmy Murphy with Black Bolt.
Wednesday, we start at Chepstow. There was an incredible day for the alliance between Tom George and Adrian Heskin they enjoyed a treble on the day.The horses were Valseur Du Granval, Rocklander and Sumkindofking. There is no doubt about the ability of Heskin he was Barry Connell's retained jockey at a very young age. It does appear the move to the UK will grant him many more opportunities, one to watch for sure. I would see Heskin getting many outside rides when he settles in to life in the UK. There was a double for Colin Tizzard at Chepstow with Wizards Bridge and Burton Boru. At Musselburgh, it was a quiet enough day. The remarkable Formidableopponent was bidding for a six timer in the 2 miles 7 furlongs handicap chase. Formidableopponent just feel short losing out to Proud Gamble by a neck. Proud Gamble was advised to our members 1pt each way (9/2), continuing our excellent run. At Nottingham, the flat continued. There was a double for Richard Fahey with Ballesteros and Rashford's Double. At Kempton, there was a double for John Gosden with Western Hymn and Daban.
Thursday, we start at Newbury. The mares novice hurdle saw Dusky Legend who had placed at Cheltenham behind Limini back in action.Dusky Legend had a routine win in the race moving well through the race for an easy 5 length win over Copper Kay. Colin Tizzard has been in cracking form his charge Sandy Beach was a convincing winner of the 2 mile 3 furlong handicap chase. At Market Rasen, the 2 miles 4 furlongs maiden hurdle looked a decent contest, however it was blown apart by Get on The Yager for Dan Skelton. Get on The Yager made all winning by 13 lengths. The Mares listed chase had £17K for the winner it went to another member of the new firm as Harry Fry saddled the talented Desert Queen to a 5 length win over La Vaticane. At Musselburgh , Tony Martin had a winner with Clonalig House in the 2 miles 3 furlongs handicap hurdle. Faithful Mount in second traveled unbelievable but hung on the run in and found zilch. Faithful Mount clearly has an engine however. Seefood is another who travels well in his races he was an eye catcher at Cheltenham in October. Seefood was always on the premises here in the 2 miles 3 furlongs handicap chase despite trying to take the fourth last fence home. Seefood cleared away to win by 5 lengths for Dr Newland and Darryl Jacob. Seefood was advised to our members 2pts win (2/1), it was once again my only selection of the day. Seefood can win again in my view.
At Chelmsford, Saaed Bin Suroor kept up his recent good form as Ijmaaly won the 1 mile 2 furlong handicap. At Thurles, it was low key stuff Listen Dear landed the odds of 1/12 in the Mares chase but not before pecking at the last to win by half a length. There was a double for Gigginstown and Gordon Elliott with Dounikos who was an impressive winner of the 3 mile maiden hurdle. Hardline completed the double winning the bumper.
Friday, we start at Fontwell. The 2 mile 1 furlong handicap chase went to Innocent Girl for Harry Fry by 27 lengths. The Mares beginners chase went to Yes I Did for Dan Skelton by 7 lengths. At Hexham, there was a double for Malcolm Jefferson with Kelka and Ryedale Racer. There was a treble for Lucinda Russell with Catchthemoonlight, Mumgos Debut and Bescot Springs. At Warwick, there was a double for Neil Mulholland with Pinkie Brown and Ballydague Lady. There was nothing that caught the eye at Newcastle. At Down Royal, there was an incredible four timer for Gordon Elliott. The winners were Monbeg Notorious, Wolfslair, A Toi Phil and Realt Mor. The Mares novice hurdle went to Airlie Beach for Willie Mullins who held off Shattered Love. The bumper went to Joey Sasa for Noel Meade who had won a bumper at Galway on Monday. I think this Joey Sasa is a really decent horse. At Dundalk, the six furlong handicap went to UK raider Dougan under Pat Smullen who held off Togoville by a neck. The news about Freddy Tylicki was the worst possible outcome to finish Friday.
Freddy Tylicki has been left paralysed in the lower half of his body after being seriously injured in the horror four-horse fall at Kempton on Monday.A statement issued by the Injured Jockeys Fund on Friday night confirmed the gravity of Tylicki’s situation.Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Fund, said: ‘After his fall at Kempton Park Racecourse earlier this week, Freddy Tylicki was transferred to St George’s Hospital in London, where he has since undergone surgery to his spine. ‘His surgical team have confirmed that Freddy has a T7 paralysis, which means he has movement in the upper half of his body but not his lower.‘Freddy remains in intensive care and is not receiving any visitors for the foreseeable future.‘His family would like to thank the St George’s staff for the care he has received. As this is a very difficult time for Freddy and his family, they would like to thank everyone for their good wishes, and for continuing to respect their privacy.’
Saturday, we start at Down Royal. I was there for one of the really enjoyable meetings in the Irish calendar. There was a double for Gordon Elliott with Mega Fortune who really impressed in the three year old hurdle winning by 13 lengths. Elliott was on the mark again in the bumper with Runfordave. There was a graded race double for Henry De Bromhead and Gigginstown with Valseur Lido and Sub Lieutenant. The James Nicholsan chase saw Silviniaco Conti take the field along. Valseur Lido traveled well in behind having very little difficulty picking up Silviniaco Conti going away to win by 11 lengths. When Valseur Lido was trained by Willie Mullins he was always of the view Valseur Lido needed a trip beyond 3 miles on this evidence that is the case. Valseur Lido could have an outside chance in the Gold Cup having placed twice at the Cheltenham Festival already. The biggest disappointment of the race was Don Poli. Having his first start since joining Gordon Elliott and wearing first-time cheekpieces, he was heavily backed, but put in what was the worst performance of his career being pulled up.Never travelling or jumping with any enthusiasm from the very start. There is a chance that Don Poli hated the cheekpieces, but the other possibility is that he could be losing interest in racing altogether. Don Poli has much to prove in his next starts if he is to fulfill his early potential. The Grade 2 chase over 2 miles 3 furlongs went to Sub Lieutenant who was really impressive beating Outlander and Le Mercurey by 4 lengths and 7 lengths. I thought this was a really good display by Sub Lieutenant, I backed him at 20/1 for the Ryanair at Cheltenham after this.
At Doncaster, the flat season finished up. The November handicap went to Godolphin with Prize Money winning for Saeed Bin Suroor. At Wincanton,there was a treble for Paul Nicholls with Capitaine, Boa Island and Frodon The Rising stars novice chase went to Frodon who finished alone. Shantou Village fell at the last but was held anyway. Frodon will head for the Bet Victor Gold Cup with the five pound penalty. I would not fancy Frodon in a race like that. The Elite hurdle saw the upward curve of Sceau Royal continue for Alan King. Sceau Royal was well on top when Zubayr crashed out at the last. There was a double for Colin Tizzard at Wincanton with On Demand and Gentlemen Jon who took the Badger Ales chase. At Aintree, there was a double for Paul Nicholls with Caid Du Berlais and Arpege D'alene. Cheltenham Festival winner Un Temps Pour Tout got back on the winning trail in the 2 miles 4 furlongs hurdle. Thomas Brown also got back on the winning trail taking the 2 miles 3 furlongs handicap chase for Harry Fry. Thomas Brown could have a decent season. At Kelso, I thought Trickaway who won the 2 miles 5 furlong handicap chase was worth following from now on till beaten.
At Santa Anita, it was night two of the Breeders cup. I thought the Friday night was thoroughly uninspiring, Saturdays card was far better. There was success for Europe as Queen's Trust took the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf for Sir Michael Stoute. Queen's Trust got an an inspired ride from Frankie Dettori who was at his very best here. Queen's Trust only victory prior to this had been a Kempton Maiden. A brilliant training fete from Sir Michael Stoute to win this race. The Breeders cup saw Found trying to end her wonderful career on a high. Flintshire went off favourite. The globe trotting Highland Reel was in the field for Aidan O'Brien also. The race was to go to Highland Reel under a brilliant ride from Seamie Heffernan. A steady early pace dictated by Seamie Heffernan saw him stack the field up. I reckon about 5 furlongs out Seamie Heffernan pressed go moving into a 9 length lead. The other jockeys failed to react, by the time Seamie Heffernan and Highland Reel got to the home turn it was over. Heffernan was superb in executing a masterful front-running ride on Highland Reel.It was good news for our members Highland reel was advised to our members 1pt each way (7/2). It was also my only bet at The Breeders cup. The Breeders Cup Classic saw California Chrome clash with Arrogate. I enjoyed the race as a spectacle. California Chrome has some stride on him he looked to have them all where he wanted them turning in. Arrogate was a very persistent challenger , Arrogate got on top in the last 50 yards to win by a half length.
Sunday, we start at Sandown there was a double for Nicky Henderson with Khezerabad and Bardd. The Intermediate Chase went to Amore Alato who won by 7 lengths under Richard Johnson from Ballybolley. At Ffos Las, there was a treble for Rebbecca Curtis with Binge Drinker, Joe Farrell and Globalisation. The win for Globalisation came in a dead heat with Copper Birch. There was also a treble for Jonathan Moore who is forming a great partnership with Curtis. The card at Cork featured the Cork Grand National. Blood Crazed Tiger made it three wins from three starts over hurdles. Blood Crazed Tiger did not jump great but held off Screaming Rose by a length and a quarter. Blood Crazed Tiger was advised to our members 3pts win (6/4).The Grade 3 Novice chase went to Alpha Des Obeaux who kept his progression up over fences. The race was decided on early a serious mistake from Westerner Lady who took off way too early at the third fence, losing all chance then. The mistake also led to Ruby Walsh injuring his back he missed the rest of his rides.
The Cork Grand National featured a strong field. The race went to Raz De Maree for Gavin Cromwell and Ger Fox who saw off Forever Gold by a half length. Third place went to Undressed with As De Pique for Gavin Cromwell fourth. Raz De Maree was advised to our members 1pt each way (16/1). The mares bumper went to Good Thyne Tara for Willie Mullins and Patrick Mullins. Good Thyne Tara had some great form in the book , she can go on to better things from here.The card at Naas was a good one. Ben Dundee was a really impressive winner of the maiden hurdle by 7 lengths. The Grade 3 two mile chase went to Tell Us More who saw off The Game Changer by 4 and a half lengths. The race featured the tragic loss of Avant Tout who sustained a tendon injury and could not be saved. The day unbelievably was to get worse for the Willie Mullins stable. The 2 mile 4 furlong hurdle saw Ivanovich Gorbatov who was incredibly disappointing. The race went to De Plotting Shed who won by 8 lengths from Jett, it was 17 lengths back to Ivanovich Gorbatov. It was a bad weekend for the juvenile form the jury is out. Brelade made it a treble on the day for Gordon Elliott.
The day ended with a disastrous blow for national hunt racing. Vautour, a winner three times at the Cheltenham Festival in March and one of the best steeplechasers in training, has been put down after breaking a leg in a freak accident at the Willie Mullins stable, the trainer said on Sunday.“It’s been a lovely, dry day here and Vautour was out in the paddock with his usual companion, Shaneshill,” Mullins said on Sunday. “One of the girls went out to feed him. There didn’t appear to be anything untoward as Shaneshill was grazing away but Vautour was found to have broken his foreleg. “He goes out there every day and it’s just a freak accident. It is tough to take.” I will do a detailed piece on Vautour during the week for the site.