The Racing Week That Was 8-3-20


Monday, we start at Leopardstown. There was a double for Dermot Anthony McLoughlin with Lee Valley Legacy and TurbojetCherif De L'isle advised (1pt each way) 11/2 placed behind Lee Valley Legacy. There was a double for Charles Byrnes who bookended the card at Leopardstown today as the trainer won the concluding  Bumper with well-backed 15/8f Run For Sol, over three hours after winning the opening race with gambled winner Wajaaha. Wajaaha's win in the opener came in the hands of Cathal Landers and Byrnes will have taken plenty of pleasure in Run For Oscar's win, under his son Philip, in the concluding bumper. At Wetherby, Snougar was on target for Brian Hughes.  At Wolverhampton, the feature race went to Original Choice for Hollie Doyle.


Tuesday, we start at Navan with Cheltenham next week. There were welcome winners for Gordon Elliott, Willie Mullins, Jessica Harrington, Joseph O'Brien, and Henry De Bromhead. At Exeter, Venetia Williams was on target with Jack Valentine. At Newcastle, there was a double for Brian Hughes with Wetlands and Mayo Star. At Southwell, Tigray bolted up for Michael Appleby.


Wednesday, we start at Clonmel. The feature race went to Andalusa for Willie Mullins who saw off Bal De Rio by a short head who ran a cracker for our friends at Hilltop. At Catterick, Niven for Philip Kirby. At Lingfield, Pitchers Point was on target for John Gosden. At Kempton, Ryan Moore won with his first ride back in the UK on board Felix.


Thursday, we start at Thurles. There was a double for Henry De Bromhead with Kavanaghs Corner and Eklat De Rire. At Wincanton, Earth Moor was on target for Richard Johnson. At Southwell, Charlie Arthur was on target for Richard Hughes. At Carlisle, there was a treble for Nicky Richards with Lanty Slea, Skiddaw Tara and Echo Express. At Newcastle, Dark Heart bolted up for Mark Johnston.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. I called Sceptical a special horse in the last blog he featured in it is never something I ever say lightly especially when you watch as much racing as I do. That said this performance was even better then I could have ever anticipated. Last time Sceptical ran around a bit when hitting the front. There was none of that this time, young Joey Sheridan exuded confidence he let out an inch of rein Sceptical settled the race in strides. A pulverizing performance of a six and a half-length win. I think this is the best performance I have seen in my time watching Dundalk. Sceptical is now fav for the sprint at Lingfield's Good Friday finals day. This is a matter for then however he goes there on the upgrade he looks to be the real deal. It is a wonderful story for the lads at Hilltop. The phone will be ringing hot after this, whatever way the lads go sell or retain. Sceptical has the potential to take an already very well run organization in Hilltop to the next level. The lads have been very good to us since we came into the game. We are delighted for them. You may find a few Black and Green members taking the trip to Lingfield to get behind Sceptical,

Denis Hogan was understandably thrilled afterwards. “He's a right horse. It was James' idea to come here as I hadn't this in the plan at all,” said Hogan.“He won well the last day and we had intended to go straight to Lingfield on Good Friday as he was qualified for it.“James (McAuley, one of the owners) said over the weekend, would it be an idea to run him in this race for the experience because he did run around a bit the last day and was a bit green.“He'd need all the experience he has because Lingfield is quite sharp.“Dropping back a furlong today I didn't think it would be as easy as that, hence why we claimed 7lb off him with him getting 11lb the last day. I'd say his days in handicaps are numbered.“You'd love the way he cut through them. He has a lot of class about him and natural ability.“It's great that he's done that and he could be the best horse that I've had. He looks class.“We ironed out one or two issues with him early on. He had his wind done after he won his maiden here and he's improved no end.“We had a good sprinter in Make A Challenge last year and still have him going forward this season.“You never know the two of them could clash in a big race.“He works with Make A Challenge and we knew he was good.

The rest of the Dundalk card was always going to struggle to match that start to the card, however, there was more joy for a very good friend of ours Donagh O'Connor ( our first jockey) rode a double onboard Happaugue and Kinch. The victory of Kinch was good news for our members. One bet today for our members it was Kinch (2pts win) 3/1. Donagh has had a really tough time with Injury. Donagh has been a big part of our story winning on Mokhalad and of course, finishing second in the 2019 Irish Lincoln on Trading Point. We expect to be seeing a lot of Donagh in March up close. There was a double for Ronan Whelan with Kerandi and Plum Perfect.

At Ffos Las, there was a double for Evan Williams with Miss Zip and Timassini. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Tom Marquand with Royal Dynasty and Tomshalfbrother. At Wolverhampton, Glan Y Gors took the feature race.


Saturday, we start at Wolverhampton. Urban Icon looks destined for bigger and better things after proving a cut above his rivals on his return in the Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Lady Wulfruna Stakes under Ryan Moore. At Gowran, The father and son combination of Philip and Luke Dempsey successfully teamed up with The Long Mile to take the featured Holden Plant Rentals Shamrock Handicap Chase.  There was an impressive winner of the bumper for Henry De Bromhead with Bob Olinger. At Ayr, Adrian Keatley has moved across to the UK,  Drumconnor Lad got Keatley off the mark in the UK. It was good news for our members. Drumconnor Lad was advised to our members (2.5pts win) 3/1.  There was a double for Brian Hughes with The Con Man and Marown. At Hereford, Farrants Way was on target for Venetia Williams. At Chelmsford, Mildenberger took the feature race for Mark Johnston. At Meydan, Loxley held the late dash of the returning Defoe to win the Dubai City of Gold at Meydan. The five-year-old stepped up on previous form to land the Group Two prize and give trainer Charlie Appleby a big-race double after the victory of Barney Roy in the Jebel Hatta.



Sunday, we start at NaasEoin Walsh recorded the biggest success of his fledgling career, as he guided Cap York to victory in the feature at Naas this afternoon, the Grade A MansionBet 'Getitready' For Cheltenham Leinster National Handicap Chase for Noel Meade. With Cheltenham looming large the top Irish trainers all had winners De Bromhead, Joseph O'Brien, Gordon Elliott, and Willie Mullins all on target. At Warwick, Jonjo O'Neill was on target with Lunar Baby. At Southwell, there was a double for Byrony Frost with Silent Steps and Eclair De Guye. There was also a double for Megan Nicholls with Wasntexpectingthat and Oleg. On the betting front for the members, it was a decent Sunday for the members from our 3 selections General Principle 315 Naas (0.5pt each way) 16/1(4th special) Placed Cheb De Kerviniou 315 Naas (0.5pt each way) 13/2 Placed Young Bull 440 Warwick (1pt each way) 9/2 placed 2 X 0.25pt combination each way doubles.