The Racing Week That Was 8/10/17


Monday, we start at Newton Abbot where the ground was heavy. There was a double for the Robbie Power and Colin Tizzard combination. The horses who obliged were Drinks Interval and Sizing Platinum. The purple patch of Nigel Twiston -Davies continued as The Hollow Ginge took the novice hurdle. The card at Stratford saw Dan Skelton take the novice chase with Sam Red. The two-mile furlong handicap chase went to The Geegeez Geegee for Olly Murphy and Richard Johnson. At Bath, the feature race went to Jim Rockford for the Ralph Beckett and Georgia Cox combination.


Tuesday, we start at Sedgefield there was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Or De Vassy and Cobra De Mai. There was another course win for Our Kylie who took the feature handicap hurdle for Brian Ellison. At Ayr, the ground was very testing. Brian Ellison made it an across the card double with Burn Some Dust. There another hack up job for Brandon Castle who followed up Sundays win at Chester in equally impressive fashion. At Southwell, over the jumps Jonjo Oneill was on target with Clubs Are Trumps. The former flat horse Banditry got off the mark over hurdles for Ian Williams. At Kempton, there was a double for Jim Crowley on board Lady Of Aran and Hajaam. At Tipperary, there was a treble for Gordon Elliott with Roaring Bull, Secret Legacy, and Death Duty. The debut over fences of Death Duty was much anticipated, he did his job well and it will be the Drinmore for Death Duty at Fairyhouse as a target. At Dundalk, there was a double for Colin Keane on board Commander Won and The Kid Bobby B.


Wednesday, we start at Nottingham. There was a double for Silvestre De Sousa on board Salt Whistle Bay and Classic Pursuit. At Salisbury, there was a treble for Andrea Atzeni on board Ace Ventura, Jamil, and Ayrad. The six-furlong handicap went to Clear Spring in decisive fashion bt two and three parts of a length. Clear Spring was advised to our members 1pt each way at 6/1. At Bangor, there was a double for Dan Skelton and Harry Skelton with Firmount Gent and Bedrock. There was also another winner for Jonjo O'Neill with Big Penny.At Kempton, Andrea Atzeni made it four winners on the day as Tivoli took the maiden for Fillies. At Naas, there was a double for Pat Smullen on board Aurora Eclipse and London Icon.


Thursday, we start at Huntingdon. Jonjo O'Neill was on target with Dreamsoftheatre. There was a return to form for Deauville Dancer who took the two-mile-three-furlong handicap chase. At Lingfield, there was a double for Jim Crowley with Motabassim and Dawaaleeb. At Warwick, Jonjo O'Neill  had a double with Quarenta and Beggars Cross. It made it an across the card treble on the day for Jonjo O'Neill. There was a very nice debut for Sceau Royal over fences who did his job really well. It will be interesting to see what Sceau Royal does next. The victory of Sceau Royal completed a double for Alan King as Herewego Herewego landed some decent bets to win after a long lay off. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Ryan Moore on board Feint and Musical Terms. There was an impressive win for Expressiy. At Tramore, there was a good punt landed in the bumper with On His Toes (11/1- 6/1) under Laura Hourigan.


Friday, we start at Ascot. There was a double for Frankie Dettori on board Zwayyan and Nobly Born. The finale went to Dominating for Mark Johnston showing great determination to repel Ataayil by a neck. I loved the way Dominating ran to the line at Musselburgh on 16-9-17 when beaten a nose. I thought Dominating looked one to be with. I think Dominating getting the weight for age allowance can make his determination count in the coming weeks. Dominating was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2. At Fontwell, the feature race went in very good style to Go Conquer who saw off As De Mee and Antony by two lengths and twelve lengths. Antony was advised to our members 1pt each way at 10/1. There was more good news for our members. Antony 355 Fontwell (10/1) & Dominating 455 Ascot (9/2) were advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. The rest of the Fontwell card saw a double for Colin Tizzard with Wizards Bridge and Buckhorn Timothy.

At Hexham, there was a double for Danny Mullins and John Patrick Ryan with Bitview Colin and Alices Man. At Chelmsford, Ryan Moore rode a double. The horses were Expecting and Diagnostic. The Irish flat jockeys title is going down to the wire. The battle between Pat Smullen and Colin Keane moved up a gear at Dundalk on Friday night. Pat Smullen rode a remarkable four-timer on board Smugglers Creek, Militry Decoration, Rizyaan and Hunaina. This four-timer drew Pat Smullen level with Colin Keane in the title race. The finale saw Colin Keane strike back as Thunder Crash won by a short head from Bold Knight you've guessed it with Pat Smullen on board. The night at Dundalk finished with Colin Keane one winner ahead of Pat Smullen in the title race. It will be an enthralling finish to the flat season with both Keane and Smullen worthy of the title.


Saturday, we start at Newmarket. There was a double for Adam Kirby on the card on board Old Persian and Pixeleen. The group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes went to Roly Poly who was well on top at the line to defeat the favorite Persuasive by one and a quarter of a length. The victory for Roly Poly initiated a double for Ryan Moore which was concluded by Just Brilliant. At Redcar, it was two-year-old trophy day worth 175,000 STG. The race went to Darkanna for Richard Fahey and Barry McHugh in good style. There was a double for jockey Dane O'Neill on board Jallota and Khamaary. At Ascot, there was a case of back on track as Blue Point took the Group 3 John Guest Bengough Stakes by a half-length from  Projection. The Heritage Handicap worth 180K STG went to Accidental Agent for Eve Johnson Houghton and Charles Bishop. The listed Rous stakes went to Just Glamorous at an eye-watering 33/1 who saw off Sir Robert Cheval by three parts of a length. Sir Robert Cheval was advised to our members 1pt each way at 7/1. 

At Fontwell, the feature race went to Harry Fry and Noel Fehily with Dashing Oscar. At Limerick, Pat Smullen leveled the jockeys title race with an impressive win on board Imaging. The Martin Molony listed stakes over one mile four furlongs went in good style to Detailed who saw off Cannonball by a half a length. Detailed was advised to our members' 2pts win at 9/2. At Fairyhouse, the cobwebs came off the jumps season as we saw some stars in action. There was a double for Gordon Elliott with two of those stars as Shattered Love won on debut over fences. The brilliant Cheltenham and Punchestown champion bumper winner Fayonagh made a successful debut over hurdles. It was job done for both horses. Fayonagh will now head for Down Royal before surely going on to better things.


Sunday, we start at Limerick it was JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Chase day. It was the Willie Mullins trained Total Recall who landed a monster gamble (9/2 -2/1) in the JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Chase. In a race with plenty of incidents, Total Recall tanked through the race. Total Recall cleared away to win by seven lengths from Alpha Des Obeaux who ran a fine race off top weight in second. Total Recall was advised to our members 1pt each way at 9/2.  Total Recall completed a double for Willie Mullins as Robin Des Foret took the listed novice hurdle. There was rotten luck for Gordon Elliott as Mega Fortune suffered a fatal injury in the opening race at Limerick. Mega Fortune was well clear at the time and definitely would have been harder at work at home.It was a sad sight. There was small consolation for Elliott as Jury Duty got off the mark over fences at the first attempt.

At Navan, there was a good flat card. Lord Erskine ran out a decisive winner of the Irish Cesarewitch at Navan for trainer Harry Rogers and jockey Conor Hoban. Lord Erskine saw off the strong-traveling and really well backed Snow Falcon (12/1 -5/1) by two and a half lengths. Snow Falcon was advised to our members 2pts each way at 12/1 placed. It completed a good day which was almost a great day for our members as. Total Recall 425 Limerick (9/2) & Snow Falcon 515 Navan (12/1) advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. There was a pair of listed races at Navan they went to Texas Rock and Gobi Desert.

At Kelso, there was a double for Brian Ellison with Newstart and Forest Bihan. I was really impressed with Forest Bihan who moved really well through the race off a strong pace. Forest Bihan looks a horse to follow. There was some good racing at Uttoxeter Jonjo O'Neill was on target again with Palmers Hill. I was really impressed with two horses Aqua Dude who jumped superbly to win the beginners' chase. The other horse I liked was Audacious Plan who is now with Dr. Richard Newland. I think Audacious Plan can pay his way over hurdles and fences in long-distance races for the good Doctor.