Monday, a bank holiday in the UK and Ireland . We start at Naas where Jessica Harrington unleashed a smart recruit in the 6 furlong maiden. Alpha Cantauri looked a very smart prospect winning by two and half lengths. Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore enjoyed a double as Dali powered to victory over 5 furlongs. The second leg of the double was the wonderful Minding who took the group 2 Mooresbridge Stakes by a very impressive three and a half lengths. The Group 3 Canford Cliffs stakes went Rehana for Shane Foley and Michael Halford .The Irish 1,000 Guineas could be next if the ground is right. At Down Royal , Gordon Elliott got off the mark for the new jumps season in Ireland as Ballela Boy took the two miles six furlongs hurdle. There was a double on the day for trainer Ellmarie Holden with Swantykay who fought off all comers to win the feature race. The second leg of the Holden double came as His dream take the bumper.
At Warwick, Dan and Harry Skelton continue to fire in the winners . The duo had a double with Bedrock and Cobra De mai both horses winning by more then twenty lengths. There was also a double on the day for Evan Williams with Aerlite Supreme and Market Road. At Kempton, there was a winner apiece for Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson with Bagad Bihoue and Follow The Bear. The stable of Jonjo O'Neill has been in great form, it continued here as the progressive A Little Magic ran out a commanding winner of the feature race. A Little Magic looks a horse on the upgrade who can go on to better things from here. A Little Magic was advised to our members 2pts win at 11/4. At Beverley, there was a double for Kevin Ryan with Havana Star and Fine Example. The concluding race went to Il Sicario this horse could win again . At Windsor, Pat Dobbs had a double with Desert Dream. The second leg of the Dobbs double saw smart hurdler Sternrubin win in good style. Sternrubin could make his presence felt in staying flat handicaps. Sternrubin advised to our members 2pts win at 7/4 there was a (Rule 4 deduction 10%). At Bath, there was a double for jockey Kieran O'Neill on board Kingstreet Lady and Juan Horsepower.
Tuesday, we start at Nottingham where there was a double for Paul Hanagan with Normandie Lady and On Fire. The five furlong handicap went to Carlton Frankie for Mick Easterby and Nathan Evans. Carlton Frankie broke the track record in the process. Carlton Frankie was advised to our members 2pts win at 7/4.At Yarmouth, the seven furlong handicap went to Taurean Star for Jamie Spencer and Michael Bell. At Brighton, there was a double for Liam Keniry with Otomo and Buzz Lightyere. At Wolverhampton , there was a dead heat in the two mile handicap between Masterson and Denmend. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Jim Crowley with Alfarris and Noble Gift. At Ballinrobe, the two mile one furlong handicap hurdle went to Dodgybingo who saw off Linger by six and half lengths with Sword Fighter in third.
Wednesday, we start at Ascot where there was a treble for Silvestre De Sousa with Frozen Angel who saw off the dual winner Corinthia Knight by three and a half lengths. The second leg of the treble was Prosper. The De Sousa treble was completed in the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes as Sweet Selection who won the Cesarewitch last season. Sweet Selection could make up into a stayers cup horse. The Group 3 Pavilion Stakes saw an excellent performance from Blue Point who broke the track record in the course of defeating Harry Angel by a length and a half. Blue Point looks a very good horse for Godolphin to go forward with. At Pontefract, there was a double for Paul Hanagan with Melodic Motion and Gin in The Inn. There was a winner for Sir Michael Stoute with Mudaarab. At Yarmouth, Stoute who completed an across the card double with Commodity who just got back up to win. Commodity was advised to our members 2pts win at 8/11. This continued a good start to May for me. Ryan Moore was on board Commodity and completed a double on board the son of Frankel , The Grand Visir. There was a double for Lydia and Simon Pearce with Bartholomew J and Picture Dealer. At Brighton, Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning had a winner with Cardsharp who won in good style at 8/11. At Wolverhampton, Sir Michael Stoute completed an across the card treble with Vice Versa who won at 25/1. There was a dead heat in the one mile four furlong handicap between Pour L'amour and Reckless Wave.
Thursday, we start at Redcar where Gilgamesh continued a string of wins getting up late on under a typical Jamie Spencer ride. Gilgamesh won by a neck from Tai Sing Yeh. At Lingfield, Jim Crowley was on the mark again winning the maiden auction on board Mukalalal winning by three lengths. At Towcester, the incredible run of Dan and Harry Skelton continued as Mister Showman won by four lengths. At Sedgefield, Man Look took the maiden hurdle for Donald McCain by nine lengths. McCain continues to churn out the winners. At Musselburgh , Dan Troop won in good style for Richard Fahey by one and three parts of a length. At Clonmel, there was a double for Billy Lee and Willie McCreery with Aurora Butterfly and Elm Grove. The performance of Elm Grove was very good winning by seven lengths from Beechmount Whisper who ran fine. Beechmount Whisper was advised to our members 1pt each way at 7/2. The Tipperary Cup went in never say die fashion to the wonderful Rashann who of course defeated Apples Jade over hurdles. Rashann battled back to beat St Lawrence Gap by a half length. Rashann will be a force to reckoned with through the summer in big staying flat handicaps and hurdle races.
Friday,we start at Chepstow where Perfect Quest followed up a recent Windsor win with another authoritative win here. Perfect Quest was advised to our members 2pts win at 11/8. There was a double on the card for Paul Cole and David Probert with Artic Sea and Zambezi Queen. At Musselburgh, it was a day of doubles and trebles. Joe Fanning had a treble on board Cosmic Ray, Thomas Cranmer and Faithful Promise. The last two mentioned horses gave Mark Johnston a double. There was also a double for Keith Dalgleish and Phillip Makin with Corton Lad and Euro Nightmare. At Lingfield, it was also a case of doubles and trebles. Josephine Gordon rode a treble on board Chelwood Gate, Berrahri and Frangarry. There was a double for Silvestre De Sousa on board Arab Moon and Brother Tiger. At Fontwell, Dan and Harry Skeltons bandwagon rolled on as Work In Progress took the handicap hurdle over two miles three Furlongs. There was a double on the card for Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson with Talkischeap and Canford Chimes.
Cheltenham hosted the most valuable hunter chase card ever staged on Friday night. The feature race went to Barel Of Laughs who placed at the Cheltenham Festival. Barel Of Laughs got the better of The Wealerdealer in a pulsating finish by a short head. At Cork , there was a double for Ruby Walsh with Royal Hawk and Prince Charmin. There was also a double for Rachael Blackmore on board Look Closer and Jump For Dough. At Downpatrick, there was a treble for Gordon Elliott and Jamie Codd with Penny Jane, Presenting Julio and Westland Row.
Saturday, we start at Newmarket where it was the first classic of the UK season with the 2,000 Guineas. The race went to Churchill giving Aidan O'Brien a record eight win in the race. Churchill bagged the rail on the stand side and always looked likely to win. Churchill had a length to spare over Barney Roy and it was a neck back to Al Wukair. Churchill just looks a very professional racehorse who may now head for the Derby. The victory of Churchill was part of a double for Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien after Seventh Heaven had earlier captured the Group 2 Jockey club stakes by an impressive five lengths. Ryan Moore went on to complete a treble on board Permain. Marsha defied a group 1 penalty to take the Palace house Group 3 Stakes. Marsha only had a neck to spare over Washington DC. I thought this was a good race and could be worth following form wise through the season. At Goodwood, the first of 19 days racing kicked off Goodwood's season. I was really impressed with October Storm who took the one mile six furlong handicap under Graham Lee. At Thirsk, Richard Fahey continued his good run as Guzman took the two year old auction stakes. At Uttoxeter , Majestic Touch ran out an impressive winner of the maiden hurdle for Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson. There was also a winner for inform Jonjo O'Neill with Terry The Fish.
At Doncaster,there were winners for Mark Johnston and Sir Michael Stoute with Aardwolf and City Of Joy respectively. At Hexham, there was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Debdedeb and One For Billy. The feature race went to Atomix , who saw off Chieftain's Choice by a head. It would be very fair to say that Finian O'Toole will not want to see his ride on Chieftain's Choice again as it was very ill judged to be polite. At Cork , there was a double for Willie McCreery with Peticoatgovernment who followed up a recent Navan win. The second leg of the McCreery double was Tommy Hallinan. There was a double for Jim Bolger with Vocal Response and Treaty of Vienna. At Wexford, Tellthemnuttin continued a love affair with Wexford making it four out four at the track. Tellthemnuttin was advised to our members 2pts win at 11/4. There was 158,000 in attendance at the Kentucky Derby. A staggering number of people for any sports event. The race went in emphatic fashion to Always Dreaming who was sent off favourite.
Sunday, we start at Newmarket. The Group 2 Fillies Dahlia Stakes went in really impressive style to Somehow who ran out a really comfortable three and a quarter length winner.The 1,000 Guineas was the feature race it turned out to be a triumph for Aidan O'Brien who saddled a 1-2. The race went to Winter under Wayne Lordon. Winter had been well found in the market up to this from a high of 50/1 three weeks ago and 16/1 earlier in the week. Winter got first run as the market leader Rhododendron who met all sorts of trouble in running.. My overall impression is while Rhododendron looked unlucky I still think Winter was very impressive. Hamilton hosted the first of 18 days racing this summer. Corton Lad took a second race in 48 hours for Keith Dalgleish having won at Musselburgh on Friday.
At Leopardstown, it was another day of triumph for Jessica Harrington with a double with Brother Bear who looked a smart two year old who now heads for Royal Ascot. Brother Bear looks to have above average ability to my eyes.The second leg of the Harrington double was Pincheck who got up late on to take the One mile maiden. Pincheck was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2. The Amethst Stakes a Group 3 went to Custom Cut . The Irish 1,000 Guineas trial a Group 3 went to Bean Feasa for Jim Bolger and Godolphin. The Derrinstown Derby Trial a Group 3 went to Aidan O'Brien who had a 1-2-3. It went to Douglas Macarthur who held off Yucatan by a head with Capri a short head back in third. When you get three horses so close together its hard to know what the form is worth. Aidan O'Brien completed a double with Belgravia who won the finale.