Monday, we start at where there was a double for trainer Sandy Thomson with Rowdy Rocher who won the three mile handicap hurdle by eight lengths and six lengths from Lochnell and Plus Jamais. Rowdy Rocher was very good here and should be winning again. Plus Jamais was advised to our members 1pt each way at (7/2). The second leg of the Thomson double was Donna's Delight who took the bumper by a neck. Donna's Delight formed part of a Brian Hughes treble. The other two winners were Casual Cavalier and Nortonthorelegend who looks to be a horse on the upgrade still. At Plumpton, Baron Alco boosted the form of Whisper by taking the novice chase sadly Laissez Dire suffered a fatal fall in this contest . JP McManus who was the owner of Laissez Dire , got a change of luck as his No Comment defied a double penalty to win the novice hurdle. The Sussex National went to Morney Wing who had run very well behind Rocky Creek at Sandown in the London National. I thought Sartorial Elegance was unfortunate falling at the fourth last when he appeared to have plenty left to give. Lawney Hill picked up the handicap hurdle the final race on the card with Shimba Hills. I like Lawney Hill as a trainer, her horses are in decent form. At Southwell, John Feane sent over Vivat Rex to win from Ireland.
Tuesday, we start at Bangor. Rebecca Curtis appears to have a nice horse on her hands with Truckers Glory who impressed in the novices handicap chase staying on really well. Harry Fry has started 2017 very well and Fry took the bumper with Just A Sting. At Musselburgh, Brian Hughes was at it again with another treble with Idder, Fattsota and Beyond The Clouds. There was a double for Keith Dalgleish with Dream Flyer and Mixboy. I must admit, I think Mixboy who won here by 21 lengths has lots of ability. I think Mixboy will be even better going left handed as he jumped left all the way here. At Newcastle, Go George Go looked like he would be capable of winning again he just keeps doing enough.
Wednesday, we start at Hereford who were rewarded with 90 runners across the card. The story of Hereford re-opening as a racecourse is a tremendous one. The powerful stables were among the winners. Nicky Henderson had a winner with Verdana Blue in the mares novice hurdle. Charmix won the Novice chase for Harry Fry. Charmix in truth did not jump that well here, Charmix saw off Dig Deeper by 3 parts of a length. It was however 45 lengths back to third horse Kris Spin . Charmix was advised to our members at 2pts win (13/8). The division two of the two miles three furlongs novice hurdle went to Strong Pursuit for Richard Johnson and Philip Hobbs. At Lingfield, Dubai Art won the seven furlong maiden by a head for Richard Fahey. At Newcastle, Erissimus Maximus who won the five furlong handicap under Joe Fanning by a half a length. At Wolverhampton, there was a tremendous night for jockey Stevie Donohoe who rode a four timer on board Athassel, Black Dave, Kingthistle and Oor Jock who won for Irish trainer Adrian McGuinness.
Thursday, Lingfield was abandoned due to the frost. At Southwell, Ascot Day was an impressive winner for David Simcock. At Wolverhampton, Pivot Bridge was a very good winner by 6 lengths for Adrian McGuinness who made it two winners in two days in the UK. There was a double for Adam Kirby with Magdalene Fox and Dandy Flame. There was nothing at Chelmsford that caught my eye. At Meydan, the carnival started the one mile one furlong handicap went to Mizbah who bolted up in impressive style by seven and a half lengths.
Friday,Ludlow was abandoned due to frost. We start at Wetherby. Lakeside Castle was a very impressive winner of the maiden hurdle over two miles and five furlongs winning by 23 lengths from Westend Story.There was a third win since December 26th for Amber Gambler who is trained by Ian Williams. Amber Gambler won by three and a half lengths conceding 20 pounds to the runner up Joseph Mercer. The bumper looked a decent race , however Some Reign landed a massive gamble for trainer Rose Dobbin and jockey Graham Lee. Some Reign opened up at 40/1 returning an SP 0f 8/1. Some Reign bolted by five lengths from Cirano De Sivola and a further three and a half lengths back to Hear No Evil. At Kempton, Mark Johnston had an impressive winner in The Blues Master. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Josephine Gordon on board Oberyn and Gleaming Girl. At Dundalk, there was a treble for trainer Ger Lyons and jockey Colin Keane. The horses were Rock In Peace, Cocoa Beach and Mawaany.
Saturday, we start at Sandown. The mares listed hurdle went to Lifeboat Mona for Paul Nicholls by three lengths from Midnight Jazz with a neck back to Briery Queen. The one mile seven furlong handicap chase went to Garde Le Victoire by two lengths from Bold Henry. The Tolworth Hurdle was the feature race it went very impressively to Finian's Oscar who was really well backed to the exclusion of all others. Finian's Oscar won by five lengths from Capitaine. The veterans final went to Pete The Feat the thirteen year old did it in good style by three lengths from Theatrical Star. The concluding handicap hurdle went to Maestro Royal for Nicky Henderson who got the better of Robinshill in a great battle up the Sandown hill. At Newcastle, the feature race went to Smooth Stepper by seven lengths in good style. I think Smooth Stepper could comeback for the Eider Chase later in the season.At Wincanton, there was a double for Tom George and Adrian Heskin with Wild West Wind and KK Lexion. There was a good display in the last from Catamaran Du Seuil who has joined Dr Richard Newland recently . This was a really good from Catamaran Du Seuil who won by five lengths from Anchor Man who was thirty lengths clear of the third horse Black Valentine.
At Cork, there was some nice prospects on show. Willie Mullins unleashed another potentially smart prospect in Chayeau Conti who won the maiden hurdle by seven and a half lengths. Moores Road has been busy lately running twice at Limerick over Christmas, he was at it again here getting the better of Scoir Mear in the finish. The bumper saw a very impressive debut by West Coast Time trained by Joseph O'Brien. This horse is regally bred by Westerner out of Refinement. A nine and a half length victory here was a great start . It looks significant that Michael Tabor has kept West Coast Time in his ownership. I also think it is significant that Joseph O'Brien booked Patrick Mullins to ride West Coast Time. At Lingfield,there was a double for trainer David O'Meara with Coillte Caillin and Alfred Hutchinson.At Wolverhampton, Jamie Osbourne and Timmy Murphy combined for a across the card double on the day as Gentleman Giles won at Wolverhampton. The pair had earlier combined to win with Heads you win at Lingfield.
Sunday, we start at Naas. The EBF novice chase usually is an informative contest, this renewal was no different. Some Plan had been running very well when coming down at the second last at Cheltenham behind Le Prezien. The market spoke in favour of American Tom his backers knew the fete of their bets earlier on . American Tom was struggling when crashing out at the seventh. It was reported that American Tom had a virus of some sort afterwards. Some Plan put the contest to bed by five and a half lengths under another polished ride from David Mullins. I thought Road To Respect ran really well again, if this horse pitches up in the four miler or RSA . I could see Road To Respect going well at a big price. The Grade 1 Lawlors Hotel novice hurdle was a deep race. Death Duty went off favourite drifting from 4/7 to 5/6. The race was still in the balance going to the last flight as Augusta Kate ranged up to tackle Death Duty. I thought as it unfolded Augusta Kate looked like she might do it to my eyes although it was hard to be certain.Ruby Walsh was busy on her going to the last and then put Augusta Kate down stepping at the hurdle. Death Duty went away from the last to win by 9 lengths. My overall view is I would not want Augusta Kate against the boys at Cheltenham. I don't think she jumped well early on, and then obviously fell. The mares novice hurdle is the way to go for sure. As for Death Duty , I think we have seen this film before. Death Duty looks a superb prospect for fences. I think Death Duty has a very similar profile to Don Cossack and No More Heroes, neither of those horses did over hurdles. I respect Death Duty , however I would at the moment oppose him on balance he may need soft ground as well.
At Chepstow, it was very foggy. The division one of the novice hurdle saw Nicky Henderson have a good winner in Constantine Bay who is now two from two over hurdles. Constantine Bay carried the winners penalty and won by 6 lengths. The staying novice chase went to another good prospect for Colin Tizzard as Allchilledout saw off Krackatoa King by one and a half lengths. Krackatoa was advised to our members 1pt each way at (7/2). At Fontwell , there was a double for Noel Fehily and Neil Mulholland with Walt and Bishops Court. There was a smart winner for Gary Moore in the finale as Benatar despite pulling hard through the race bolted up by ten lengths. Benatar is owned by the same people who own the talented Ar Mad.