Monday, we start at Plumpton. Lisp bolted up in the novice chase for Nicky Henderson. Lisp is now eligible for a 60 Grand bonus if he can win at the Cheltenham Festival. There was a thrilling climax to the Handicap chase as Tzar De L'elfe took it by a nose. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Ben Curtis with Herm & Bubble And Squeak.
Tuesday, we start at Dundalk. There was a win for our very own Damian English with a stable stalwart Tribal Path. It was another winner for Vanessa Maye who is having a great time of it just now. At Southwell, over the jumps. There was a double for Dan Skelton with Mr. Love and Boss Man Fred. At Lingfield, over the jumps, there was a double for Paige Fuller with Early Morning Rain and Finnegan's Garden. At Wolverhampton, Noble Dawn was an impressive winner for Ivan Furtado.
Wednesday, we start at Haydock. There was a double for Jonjo O'Neill with Cobolobo and Ashfield Paddy. At Kempton, there was a double for Richard Hughes with Waddat and Brunel Charm. At Lingfield, there was a double for James Doyle with Typhoon Ten and Victory Bond.
Thursday, we start at Clonmel. There was a double for Henry De Bromhead with Niccolai and Sailtobyzantium. At Wincanton, Copperhead was on target for Robbie Power and Colin Tizzard. There was a return to form for Scaramanga, Milkwood advised to our members (1pt each way) 8/1 placed. At Leicester, Eleanor Bob was a good winner for Venetia Williams. At Market Rasen, Third Time Lucki was on target for Dan Skelton. At Kempton, Make It Rain bolted up for Simon Crisford. At Southwell, Hollie Doyle became the winning-most female jockey in a calendar year in Britain when gaining her 107th success of 2019 on Class Clown at Southwell on Thursday. Doyle equaled Josephine Gordon’s tally of 106, which was achieved in 2017, at Wolverhampton on Saturday — and did not have to wait too long to overtake her friend and colleague, although she had agonizingly ridden three seconds on Wednesday.
Friday, we start at Sandown. Goshen jumped to the head of the market on the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after maintaining his unbeaten record over hurdles in impressive style. Paul Nicholls saw his faith in Enrilo vindicated with a tenacious success in the Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle. Johnbb was an impressive winner of the handicap chase. Darebin advised to our members (1pt each way) 10/1 placed in the race. At Dundalk, A bit of a setback for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate as Trading Point gave himself a knock overnight he had to miss Dundalk. It is not serious we will either run in January or give him a break. The race Trading Point was due to contest went to Freescape, Yuften ran a cracker to finish third for our friends at Hilltop. The finale saw Art Of America make it two in a row at Dundalk.
At Sedgefield, four market leaders obliged. There was a treble for Brian Hughes with Nefyn Point, Agamemmon and Minella Trump. At Exeter, the feature race went to Emma Lavelle with Belle Empress. At Newcastle, there was a double for Kieran Shoemark with Brushwork and Dulas.
Saturday, we start at Sandown. Defi Du Seuil saw off the veteran Un De Sceaux in a pulsating climax to the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase. This was a brilliant horse race the Tingle Creek was just amazing. An unbelievable run from Un De Sceaux, that is right up with the Moscow Flyer, Azertioup, and Well Chief Tingle Creek. For the winner Defi Du Seuil, I thought he was an Arkle horse last year so his return to two miles is what I would expect. With a real love for Cheltenham, he will be hard to beat in a Champion Chase. I thought Waiting Patiently ran a cracker in third. Fiddlerontheroof will have his credentials tested at Grade One level on his next start after proving a class above his rivals in the Peter & Thelma Brooks Diamond Anniversary “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle. Esprit Du Large dug deep up the Sandown hill to spring a minor surprise in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase. This was a superb performance. I thought Nube Negra ran well in second. The last race at Sandown has been declared void. The London National saw Houblon Des Obeaux slip up on the bend on the first circuit suffering a fatal injury. On the second and final circuit, the yellow flag was raised at the Pond Fence. The boys kept riding and the race was declared void.
At Aintree, Native River claimed his first victory since his Cheltenham Gold Cup heroics of 2018 with a dominant front-running display in the Virgin Bet Price Boosts Many Clouds, Chase. Walk-In The Mill shone at Aintree once again as he claimed back-to-back victories in the Randox Health Becher Chase. Walk-In The Mill was advised to our members (1pt each way) 8/1. I thought the opening novice hurdle was a good race with Edwardstone and Harry Senior looking two horses to follow. The Grand Sefton went to Hogan's Height for Jamie Sefton.
At Navan, it was lovely to see Klairon Davis remembered today at Navan with a novice chase named after him. The race went to Tornado Flyer. There was a double for Gordon Elliott with Festival D'ex and Wide Receiver. At Chepstow, the Welsh Grand National Trial went to acting Lass for Harry Fry. At Wetherby, Snookered made it four wins on the bounce.
Sunday, we start at Punchestown. Min joined an elite band of dual winners of the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase when repeating last year’s victory at the County Kildare track. Hardline briefly hit the front between the last two fences, but Min (8/11 favourite) rallied and jumped the last by far the better of the pair to regain the lead before going on to score by two and a quarter lengths. Presenting Percy put in good late work for third place, just another length away. The latter was ridden by JJ Slevin after his regular partner Davy Russell was taken ill before the previous race.
Willie Mullins said: “I thought it was an unbelievable performance coming after three mistakes. I think he wanted to go faster, but it’s hard to judge what is happening in that wind.“To come back from what I thought was certain defeat after the second-last was very good. He picked up and threw a huge leap at the last and was going away after the last.“I hadn’t thought beyond today and don’t have any plans for him. The jump at the last just shows what he had in the tank and that sealed it for him.“I think he can jump way better than that and can improve from that run. He can go over two miles or two and a half.”
Joseph O'Brien was on target with Anything Will do I was impressed with this horse he jumped very well. At Cork, Champion Trainer Willie Mullins bagged both feature race wins in Ireland today as his Cilaos Emery won the Grade 2 Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase at Cork, 45 minutes following Min's win in Punchestown's Grade 1 John Durkan Chase. Cork's featured Hilly Way Chase attracted just three runners and while last-placed Great Field exited at the fourth last fence, Cilaos Emery, under Danny Mullins, moved through to head leader Ballyoisin at the third last. From that point, Mullins kept the seven-year-old son of Califet up to his work as the pair beat their sole rival by seven lengths. It was not all good news for Mullins on the day. Willie Mullins has been forced to rule Douvan out of a scheduled appearance at Christmas due to a setback.
At Huntingdon, Top Notch demonstrated the best of his battling abilities and showed plenty of heart to claim a second Fitzdares Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon. After claiming the Grade Two prize in 2017 when it was transferred to Taunton, the Nicky Henderson-trained eight-year-old joined an elite list of dual winners of the two-and-a-half-mile contest when following up his comeback win at Aintree over hurdles last month. Passing long-time leader La Bague Au Roi going over the penultimate fence, the 15-8 favorite dug deep after the last to repel the late challenge of the outsider of the field Kauto Riko by three-quarters of a length. At Kelso, Bigironhiship took the Borders national for Rose Dobbin.