Monday, it was a bank holiday in Ireland. We start at Cork where Simenon took the 3 mile hurdle for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh by a comfortable ten lengths. Willie Mullins stated afterwards that Simenon would go over fences. The 2 mile 3 furlong handicap hurdle went the way of the consistent Fiddlers Bow , who could be called the winner some way out. It was a win for local trainer James Joseph Mangan and Davy Russell. At Naas, it was a day of trebles as Aidan O'Brien had a treble with Leo Minor , Etched and Whitecliffsofdover. Seamie Heffernan had a treble as well riding Leo Minor , Etched as well as Haqeeba to victory. The 6 furlong handicap saw controversy as Captain Power was first past the post, however Captain Power was disqualified and the race awarded to Dark alliance. Captain Power was advised to our members (1pt each way) 9/2 there was a (Rule 4) 20% deduction. Members who had first past the post or the double result concession from bookmakers got August off to a winning start. Intrepid Prince landed one of the gambles of the week at Galway. I stated in last weeks blog . Intrepid Prince is in at Naas again on Monday "it will take an act of God to stop him on this evidence". My crystal ball was in working order as Intrepid Prince made a mockery of his handicap mark winning by an easy 3 parts of a length having eased right down. I think Intrepid Prince could have won by 6 or 8 lengths.
In the UK the racing was really average , there was nothing of note at Kempton to my eyes. At Ripon, there was a double for Tim Easterby with Excessable and Icefall, jockey Graham Gibbons also had a double on board La Asomada and Novalina. At Carlilse, it was an ordinary card for lady riders only, it wasn't for me. At Windsor, the standout display came from September Stars who won the 1 mile handicap by 6 lengths for Ralph Beckett and Jim Crowley.William Haggas continued his great form as Julia dream took the 1 mile 2 furlongs maiden.
Tuesday, we start at Catterick where there was a double for Ben Curtis with Gliitter girl another winner for William Haggas. The second leg of the Curtis double came courtesy of Brian Ellison who saddled Baby Ballerina to win. At Salisbury, there was a double for David Probert. The first leg was Galactic Prince which was supplied by in form Andrew Balding, the second leg was Edge for Bernard Llewellyn. There was also a double on the card for Dane O'Neill with Arborist and Poole Belle. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Daniel Tudhope with Spiritual lady and Firmament. At Nottingham there was a double for William Buick with Gilgamesh and See the city. At Cork, there was some good racing Tithonus followed up on the Galway win last weekend for Denis Hogan. The Platinum listed stakes saw Rose De Pierre put her unbeaten record on the line for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen. Rose De Pierre remains unbeaten having won decisively, she traveled very well into the race. Rose De Pierre looks a smart horse to my eyes. There was a return to form for Korbous who took the apprentice handicap. The "Give Thanks" fillies group 3 was a very decent race it went to Best In The World who ran down stablemate Somehow right at the death by a neck. Best In The World may have had a bit more in hand then it looked . The UK raider Harlequeen ran on however the two Coolmore horses had her well covered here. Somehow was advised to our members (1pt each way) 4/1.
There was only one story on Tuesday and it came at Roscommon. On Tuesday morning, the build-up to a ordinary National Hunt card at Roscommon was catapulted on to social media as well as the lips of racing followers. Charles Byrnes is at it at Roscommon he is going for a treble gamble. The events that unfolded will go down in Irish racing folklore. Charles Byrnes and Davy Russell combined to land a treble in Roscommon - with all three horses heavily backed at morning prices.War Anthem got the ball rolling in the two mile maiden hurdle. War Anthem was available at 16/1 in early trading before going off at 6/1. War Anthem opened at 4/1 on track drifting to 6/1 , War Anthem was nearly 10 on the exchanges. The other horses in the treble would be dramatically cut after War Anthem's victory. The next horse in the treble came up as Mr Smith won the two and a half mile handicap hurdle. A morning price of 12/1 was long gone by post time as Mr Smith went off the 7/4 favourite. The third leg was Top Of The Town who returned the 5/4 favourite for the extended two mile seven handicap hurdle. Top Of The Town had been 12/1 in the morning . At generally-available morning prices, the treble would have paid out at odds of 3,314/1, while at SP a treble would have paid just over 42/1. With these type of gambles some people feel it brings horse racing's integrity into question, those people don't like it one bit. I can see that point. I would be of the other school of thought that admires the planning and execution involved in a plot such as this. Barney Curley famously saddled three winners from four gambled horses on a single day in the UK in 2010 and did it again by going for a very similar gamble in 2014 that resulted in all four horses winning.I say hats off to Charles Byrnes getting into the same league as Barney Curley is no mean achievment.
The quotes below give the bookmakers and trainers perspective on the nights events.Charles Byrnes said of the treble: "After Galway we needed it. I did my brains in at Galway with Sea Light and Crystal Pearl. “That's my first treble. It's just the way it happened. I wouldn't say I planned it.Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: "We were on to the treble quite early in the morning but, even so, we paid out well into six figures between the three of them. "Well done to Charles on a well-orchestrated gamble!"
Wednesday , we start at Bath. There was a double for trainer Ron Harris with Topsoil and Secret Potion. There was a double for jockey Luke Morris on board Pivotal Flame and mystique heights. At Brighton, there was another winner for William Haggas with Oasis Moon. At Pontefract, there was another one for Mark Johnston as Stars Over The Sea won the 1 mile 4 furlong handicap in very impressive style by 5 lengths conceding thirteen pounds to the runner up.At Kempton , there was a treble for Andrea Atzeni. The horses were Fire Palace , Ballet Concerto and West coast flyer. At Yarmouth , there was a double for William Buick with Aflame and Little voice. The card at Sligo was run on really testing ground. There was a double for Andrew Slattery with Jose Echegaray & An Saighduir both handled the ground really well. The 1 mile 2 furlong race went in very impressive style to Sea Swift for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen by 11 lengths.
Thursday, we start at Brighton where there were winners for two in form yards, Trainnah won the filies handicap for William Haggas. There was also a winner for Alan King with William Hunter in the 1 mile 3 furlong handicap, I thought William Hunter stayed on very well and could be up to winning again. At Haydock, there was another winner on the day for William Haggas as Mubtasim took the the two year old novice staked by a very eye catching 4 and half lengths. At Yarmouth , there was a double for Jamie Spencer with Pacharana and Maqueraded. At Newcastle, there was a double for Kevin Ryan with Bongrace and Futoon. At Sandown, Sir Mark Prescott had a good winner in Palisade who won an amateur riders race.I have no doubt Sir Mark will win more races with this horse in the coming weeks. There was yet another winner on the day for William Haggas as Tadkhirah won the 5 furlong maiden race. The form of the Haggas team is incredible right now. At Wolverhampton, there was another winner on the day for Sir Mark Prescott as Miss Marina Bay won the 1 mile 5 furlong handicap this horse could also be one to keep on side as Sir Mark likes to butcher handicaps at this time of the season.
At Leopardstown, there was a remarkable four timer for the Jim Bolger stable. The three winners apart from the feature race were Laoch Na Mi , McGuigan and Lightning bullet. The feature race was the group 3 Ballyroan Stakes. The race went the way of Jim Bolger completing the four timer on the night. Stellar Mass was a one time frustrating maiden , however the penny seems to have dropped since placing in the Irish derby. Stellar Mass has won 4 races this season. Bondi Beach was all the rage in the market, in the end Stellar Mass fought out the finish with Almela prevailing by a half length. At Sligo , there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Desoto county and Pats Oscar. Thee was also a double for jockey of the moment Donagh Meyler on board Duke Cass and Kylecrue.
Friday, we start at Brighton where two in form yards had winners. Andrew Balding has his horses in top form, Balding was on the board at Brighton with Hidden Stash who won by 4 and a half lengths in the 5 furlong maiden. Sir Mark Prescott was also on the mark with Cliff Face who won by 3 and a quarter lengths at prohibitive odds of 1/7. At Musselburgh , there was a double for trainer Iain Jardine with Lucky Violet and Stoneham. The feature race, the Archerfield handicap run over 1 mile 6 furlongs which went to Intense Tango who beat Gabriel The Hero by a head. The result was unfortunate for our members who had Gabrial The Hero advised as a 1pt each way bet at (4/1). At Tipperary ,there was a decent card. The 5 furlong handicap saw Ostatnia hold off Master Speaker by 3 parts of a length. The result was again unfortunate for our members who had Master Speaker advised as a 1pt each way bet at (6/1). The day was pretty good overall however as our members had an 0.5pt each way double Gabrial the hero at Musselburgh (4/1) & Master Speaker (6/1). The feature race at Tipperary was the Canford Cliffs stakes this went in very impressive style to recent Galway winner Capri for Aidan O'Brien by 2 lengths. I thought Right Honourable was a little disappointing he may have been feeling his recent Galway exertions. The card was rounded off with a double for trainer Willie McCreery with Valentana and Elm Grove.
At Wolverhampton, there was a double for trainer Sylvester Kirk with Simmie and Virile both horses won well and should be up to winning again. At Haydock, Andrew Balding had another winner on the day as Drochaid took the 1 mile maiden. At Newmarket the other red hot trainer, William Haggas had a winner in the shape of Seniority in the 7 furlong maiden.
Saturday, we start at Ascot it was Shergar cup day. I must admit this does nothing for me racing wise or as a concept. I understand the crowds are excellent which is always a positive good luck to Ascot however its not for me. There was a comeback winner for Hayley Turner on board Early morning. A result of Hayley Turner winning, we witnessed an immaculately turned out Emma Spencer interview Turner after the finishing post, both were polite and professional. There was a winner for Amanda Perrett with Arch Villain. Perrett has had a quiet time but there are genuine signs of this stable coming into form , it could be an angle to latch on to. The Rest Of The World team won the Shergar cup in the end. At Haydock, there was a double for Andrea Atzeni on board Aljazzi and Abdon. The victory of Abdon saw a good battle with Gershwin, both horses look decent and can improve from here. The Rose of Lancaster stakes a group 3 went to Royal Artillery for John Gosden and the Coolmore lads, who had sent Colm O'Donoghue over to ride.Royal Artillery did it well and readily saw off the favourite Scottish. At Newmarket, there was a double for James Doyle with with Wuheida and First Sitting. I was impressed with First Sitting in the 1 mile 2 furlong handicap. In the same contest Sennockian Star advised to our members 1pt each way (13/2) placed. St Michel advised to our members 3pts win (6/4) won the 530 at Newmarket for Sir Mark Prescott this horse can continue to win races.At Kilbeggan, there was a decent card. The 2 mile 3 furlong handicap chase was a good race. The race went to Heist who picked up late to see off veteran Valours Minnion. Draycott Place advised to our members 1pt each way (7/1) placed in this contest. This result combined with Sennockian Star placing at Newmarket & Draycott Place advised to our members 0.5pt each way double, both placed meaning a good result. The rest of the Kilbeggan card saw three decent winners in William Du Berlais, Good Tradition and Airlie Beach.
At Redcar, there was a double for Iain Jardine with Pointillism and Cymraeg Bounty. There was a treble for P McDonald who rode the the previously mentioned double for Jardine as well as Scruff McGuffy. At Ayr, Bahamian Bird saw off Jay Kay right on the line .It was hard luck for our members who had Jay Kay advised 1pt each way (9/2). The 1 mile 2 furlong handicap saw Tectonic get up late on for trainer Keith Dalgleish to deny Henpecked by a short head. At Lingfield, I thought Richard Hannon had a nice winner with Dourado who won well by 2 and a half lengths.
Sunday, We start at Downpatrick where Miro took the maiden hurdle in good style for Gordon Elliott. The form of Miro got a serious boost on Saturday following the victory of William Du Berlais. The victory of Miro was good news for our members advised 1pt each way (5/1). The 2mile 7 furlong handicap hurdle saw, TB Broke Her got up right on the line to beat Scenic Star. This was frustrating for our members who were advised a 1pt each way (5/1) on Scenic Star. Our members had Miro & Scenic Star advised 0.5pt each way double making it a good day.At Leicester, I was impressed with Mustallib who won the 6 furlong handicap. Mustallib formed part of a treble for Paul Hanagan with Noble act and Blacklister being the other horses. At Windsor, there was another double for in form Sylvester Kirk with Pink Ribbon and Salouen. William Haggas also kept his run going with the victory of Gravity Flow. At Chelmsford, Sylvester De Sousa had a double with Nouvelli Dancer and Possible Future. Sylvester De Sousa looks a long odds on shot for the jockeys title.
At ,the Curragh there was a treble for Aidan O'Brien with Hydrangea Utah and Carravaggio. The win for Carravaggio in the Group 1 Phoenix stakes extended O'Briens dominance of this race. Carravaggio to my eyes looks a very fast horse i'm not sure he would stay a mile, that said he did his stuff here. The Group 3 Phoenix Sprint stakes saw Air Force Blue trying to redeem his season and reputation. It was not to be as Air Force Blue trailed in last, Coolmore have a massive problem with Air Force Blue as a stallion as well as War Front(his sire) in my view. The race went to Toscanini who saw off Eastern Impact who ran well for our members 1pt each way (9/2). Toscanini deserved his day good luck to him. Toscanini could be a factor in sprint races if it stays good ground. Toscanini was part of a double for Michael Halford the other horse being Castle Guest.