The Racing Week That Was 9/10/16


Monday, we start at Pontefract. The boys in blue (Godolphin) have been in excellent form recently this trend continued at Pontefract. There was a double for Godolphin with Hamada who was really impressive winning by 6 lengths. The second leg of the double was Blair House, who took the 1 mile handicap by 3 parts of a length. The trainer and jockey combination of Charlie Appleby and William Buick also had a double. At Southwell, it was the jumps Tim Vaughan made it six winners in two days as Ballyrock took the novices handicap chase by 14 lengths. Dan Skelton is another trainer going well, this continued here as Return Flight bolted up in the 2 mile handicap hurdle by 5 lengths. a return to fences surely beckons. At Windsor, Ryan Moore rode a double on board Adamant and Geneva Convention.At Limerick, Pat Smullen brought his century of winners for the season up with Making Light. The 1 mile maiden saw Aidan O'Brien get a winner with Black Hawk War who was a very good 3 length winner.


Tuesday, we start at Brighton. The battle continues for the UK flat jockeys championship. There was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Juanito Choice and Beatbybeatbybeat. Jim Crowley replied in kind with a winner of his own with Essaka. At Catterick, there was a double for jockey Josephine Gordon and trainer Alex Dunn with Fine Resolve and Maid Of Tuscany. These two ladies are worth watching out for as both have plenty of ability as a jockey and trainer respectively. At Leicester, it was average stuff Ralph Beckett did pick up his second winner of the day (earlier winner at Brighton with Camerone) as Subatomic took the 2 year old fillies race by 3 and a half lengths. At Kempton , there were doubles for Pat Cosgrove at Luca Cumani with Cryptic and Diamond Geyser. Richard Kingscote also enjoyed a double on board Illaunmore and Assanilka. Jim Crowley got a vital winner in the last on board Upstaging.

At Tipperary, it was the jumps. The powerhouse yards flexed the muscles on the day. There was a treble for Gordon Elliott with Shattered Love, Jetstream Jack and Monbeg Notorious . The three horses were very impressive where they go next will be of major interest. I think fences could be the making of Jetstream Jack who has a lot of ability in my view. Killiney Court gave Henry de Bromhead a Tipperary double when getting the better of Kings Wharf at the end of the two and a half mile novice chase. Killiney Court was advised to our members 3pts win (5/2). The second leg of the De Bromhead double was Lion In His Heart who made all the running in the maiden hurdle. Weightfordave was advised to our members 1pt each way (6/1) placed in the victory of Lion In His Heart. Monbeg Notorious was really impressive in the bumper ,Indrik advised to our members 1pt each way (10/1) placed in the bumper. It closed out a good day for our members who also had Weightfordave(6/1) & Indrik(10/1) advised (0.5pt) e/w double both horses placed in the 255 Tipperary & 525 at Tipperary respectively. There was a treble for Gigginstown on the day as well.


Wednesday , we start at Ludlow where Irish raider Heist claimed his fourth victory of the summer in the Betfair Price Rush Handicap Chase. This looked a tricky race on paper however Heist got it done in good style winning by a length and a half from Azure Fly, as long as the ground remains good Heist will be of interest. The novices handicap chase over 2 miles 4 furlongs saw Master Dee gain reward for consistency bolting up by 10 lengths. I think Master Dee has a fair bit of ability. At Nottingham, the flat continued its wind down there was a double for James Doyle and John Gosden with Dreamfield and Qutre Mer both were odds on shots. At Towcester, Nigel Twiston-Davies had a second winner of the day with Moonday Son. Nigel Twiston-Davies continues to have his team in excellent form. At Kempton, there was a double for Ryan Moore with Pastoral Music and Intrepidy. At Navan, there was a flat card there was a double for trainer Edward Lynam with Miss Power and Future Icon. The 2 mile maiden saw Vigil backed as if defeat was out of the question from 6/4 overnight to an eye watering 4/9 at post time. Vigil had to setttle for second by 3 parts of a length She's A Star for Noel Meade.


Thursday, we start at Ayr there was a double on the day for jockey Nathan Evans and trainer Jim Goldie with Goindaethat and Rioja Day. At Exeter, Pawn Star continued his progression for Emma Lavelle winning for the second time in three attempts over fences. Pawn Star while the ground remains decent can pay his way. There was a welcome return by Hereford racecourse who opened its doors again today. There was a double on the card for Nigel Twiston- Davies and Sam Twiston- Davies with Belmount and Little Pop. The other two big yards to get in on the act were Nicky Henderson with Rather Be in the novice hurdle. The mares maiden hurdle went to Coillte Lass for Paul Nicholls who has team firing a little earlier then usual this season. At Chelmsford , Saeed Bin Suroor had a treble with Really Special, Hersigh and Strong Force. At Tramore, it was a moderate card in truth however Lip Service looked a decent prospect winning the Beginners chase for Tony Martin despite Double Windsor crashing out at the last. I think Lip Service would have won anyway.


Friday, we start at Newmarket. The Dubai Fillies mile a Group 1 worth a eye watering £302,690 to the winner continued a superb week for Ballydoyle maestro Aidan O'Brien who saddled a 1-2 with Rhododendron and Hydrangea. Rhododendron was well on top at the line by two and a half lengths also being very well backed (4/1 to 5/2). The fillies listed race ended the card , it was a win for Tony Martin and Jim Crowley with Laganore running out a comfortable four length winner. At York, it was the five furlong handicap that caught my eye as Robot Boy under top weight took the race under Graham Gibbons. At Newton Abbot, a decent card at a meeting that has produced a fair bit of quality in recent times. The novice chase over 2 miles saw Old Guard make his chasing debut. Old Guard sprawled on landing at the first and was pulled up. The race went to After Eight Sivola. The 3 miles 2 furlongs handicap hurdle went to The Romford Pele for Rebecca Curtis and Jonathan Moore who have formed a formidable partnership operating at around a 30% strike rate. The Intermediate chase went to Dan Skelton with Virgillio who has lots of ability and id now two from two over fences. Virgillio looks set to take high rank among the UK novices.

At Newcastle , there was a treble for Graham Gibbons with First Bombardment, Mon Beau Visage and Ronnie The Rooster. At Dundalk, there was a treble for Michael Halford with Kadra, Reddot Express. The third leg of the treble was Ambassadorial who looked a really good prospect in taking the 7 furlong listed stakes. Ambassadorial was advised to our members 1pt each way (6/1).


Saturday, we start at Newmarket. The Dewhurst was the feature a Group 1 for two year olds. The race went to Churchill who was impressive winning by a length and 3 parts from Lancaster Bomber. Churchill is a fine two year old it will be very interesting to see how Churchill develops over the winter months. The Cesarwitch was the other feature race to say I was disappointed with Starchitect does not begin to cover it.  Starchitect ran far to free even before a loose horse fired him up further. I hope Starchitect can do better over hurdles but this was very ordinary.I did not fancy St Michel at all he ran no race either at least I got that one right! The race went to Sweet selection for Hughie Morrison and Silvestre De Sousa , Sweet Selection could be called a winner some way out and was a worthy one. First Mohican ran a cracker in second as did Sea Of Heaven in third. At York, The Rockingham went to Sir Dancealot. The Coral Sprint trophy went to Intisaab for David O'Meara and Shelley Birkett who held on by a neck from Lexington Abbey.

Chepstow signaled what many jump racing purists consider the start of the jumps season proper. There was plenty of quality on show. The 2 mile 3 furlong novice chase went to Rock The Kasbah who was an impressive winner getting the better of Our Kaempfer by two lengths who also looks a good prospect. Clan Des Obeaux who had run well in the Triumph hurdle could only manage fourth for Paul Nicholls but will have learned plenty in what was a hot race. Nicholls gained immediate compensation as his Cheltenham festival hero Diego Du Charmil won the handicap hurdle by a length and a quarter. The silver trophy a grade 3 handicap hurdle which is always a good race went to Ballyoptic for Nigel Twiston-Davies who on his last appearance prior to this had won the Sefton novice hurdle at the Aintree festival. Ballyoptic did it well here beating a decent field in the process , Ballyoptic is of serious interest going forward. The Toteexacta handicap chase over 2 miles 7 furlongs saw Potters Cross make all the running for Rebecca Curtis and Jonathan Moore. Potters Bay advised to our members 1pt each way (14/1). At Hexham , Formidableopponent made it 4 wins on the spin taking the 2 mile 4 furlong handicap chase. Henry Brooke had to be taken to hospital after suffering a fall in the second race of the afternoon at Hexham, thankfully Brooke is not as badly injured as first feared. At Newcastle , there was a double for jockey Nathan Evans on board round The Island and Lou's Diamond.

At Fairyhouse,Bryan Copper had a winner on board Usurp for Gordon Elliott. Coppers luck was not to last as he was taken to hospital after suffering a suspected broken arm later in the day. There was a double for Davy Russell with Tinos Tank and Ordinary World. I have thought Ordinary World has a good level of ability for some time this run confirmed it and I reckon Henry de Bromhead has a live one on his hands with this horse. At Limerick, Michael Halford had another winner with Saltonstall. There was a return to form for Round Two for Jim Bolger and Keving Manning when Round Two captured the mile handicap.


Sunday, we start at Chepstow which witnessed a Paul Nicholls near 445-1 four-timer at Chepstow highlighted by the victory of El Bandit in the totepool Persian War Novices' Hurdle. The task for El Bandit was made easier by the second flight departure of favourite No Comment. El Bandit did it well holding off Coo Star Sivola by a length. The other Nicholls winners were Art Mauresque , Dolos and Coatal Tiep. There was one notable reversal for Nicholls in the novice chase as 5/4 fav Arpege D'Alene trailed in last of five finishers. The race went to Definite Outcome who stuck at it well for Bebecca Curtis who actually had a 1-2 with Aurillac coming second beaten by a neck. I reckon both these horses are decent. At Goodwood , there was a double for Jim Crowley with Colonel Frank and Lady Macapa. At the Curragh, the Irish Cesarwitch was a big pot it went to Willie Mullins with Laws Of Spin who landed some tidy bets (20/1 overnight - 7/1) seeing off cradle Mountain and Swamp Fox late on. Swamp Fox was advised to our members 1pt each way (7/1).Calare fought off the opposition as she snatched Listed honours in the Staffordstown Stud Stakes at the Curragh for Godolphin. The Brown Panther listed Stakes went to Alveena for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen.

At Limerick, Missy Tata faced a very straightforward in the 2 mile 2 furlong hurdle winning easily .Missy Tata is due to go novice chasing soon. The listed novice hurdle went to Pergrine Run who was making it three wins on the spin. Sub Lieutenant put up a brilliant display to take the  2 miles 3 furlongs chase for Henry De Bromhead. Sub Lieutenant could have a good winter in front of him. The Gordon Elliott trained, Tiger Roll ran his rivals into the ground as he took the JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Chase. The Feature race on the day despite being a little low at the last two Tiger Roll  massacred a field of good handicappers here. Steller Notion gave vain chase back in second seven lengths behind Tiger Roll. The day ended badly for Gigginstown with the news that Bryan Cooper faces between four to six weeks on the sidelines after breaking his right arm in a fall at Fairyhouse on Saturday.