The Racing Week The Was 1/4/18


Monday, we start at Huntingdon. There was a winner for Aidan Coleman and Lawney Hill with  Clondaw Westie. At Market Rasen, there was a double for Dan Skelton and Brigid Andrews with Or De Vassy and Must have a Flutter. The two-mile seven-furlong handicap hurdle went in very impressive style to On A Promise. It was good news for our members who were advised (1pt each way) at 9/2.  At Taunton, Richard Johnson was in the winner's enclosure with Royal Act who seems to love Taunton. It was good news for our members who were advised (1pt each way) at 7/2. It completed a great day for members also were advised a (0.5pt each way) double Royal Act 325 Taunton 7/2 On A Promise 345 Market Rasen 9/2.


Tuesday, we start at Southwell, Silvestre De Sousa continued his business like start to the season with a double on board Red Touch and Monks Stand. At Newcastle, there was a double for Joe Fanning with Dose and Dawaaleeb. At Hereford, Geordie Des Champs got in front for trainer Rebecca Curtis whose horses are turning the corner after a difficult time. Geordie Des Champs was advised 2pts win at 7/4 to our members. The very next race went the way of Westend Story for Richard Johnson and Philip Hobbs winning by eleven lengths. It was more good news for our member who got advised a 3pts win at 5/4 on Westend Story. The great start to the week was completed by a(0.5pt win double) Geordie Des Champs (7/4) and Westend Story (5/4).


Wednesday, we start the day with the news that the brilliant Klairon Davis passed away at the age of 29. I owe Klairon Davis an awful lot he was my first big punting success when he captured the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 1996. I really believe Klairon Davis was the horse who fired me on to the road I am on now. I will write a detailed piece on the site about Klairon Davis later this week. I will finish here by saying Klairon Davis was a star horse when Cheltenham success for Ireland did not come freely. Klairon Davis a wonderful racehorse with the heart of a lion go well old friend. I for one will never forget you.

On the track, we start at Wincanton. There was a treble for Paul Nicholls with Blu Cavalier, Unioniste, and Captain Cattistock. At Warwick, Richard Johnson was on target with Whatamore. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Michael Appleby with It Must Be Faith and Oyster Card. At Newcastle, Godolphin was on target with Fountain Of Time. At Dundalk, there was a treble for Chris Hayes on board Schoolboy Error, Harvestfortheworld, and Oneoveryou. The day finished with the news that Pat Smullen has been diagnosed with a tumor. This is really shocking news. I wish Pat Smullen all the best in his recovery. This puts horseracing into context.


Thursday, we start at Wetherby. There was a treble on the card for Micky Hammond. The horses were Witness, Allfredandnobell, and Applaus.  At Towcester, Harry Fry took the bumper with Captain Drake. At Chelmsford, Espadrille was an impressive winner for Godolphin. At Wolverhampton, the excellent run of William Haggas continued as Martineo won. At Clonmel, there was a treble for Willie Mullins with Causey Arch, Koshari, and Castlebawn West.


Friday, we start at Lingfield for all weather finals day. If Cheltenham was a triumph for Ireland, this was a triumph for France. There were three French winners on the card Funny Kid, City Light, and Lucky Team. The victory of Funny Kid was good news for our members who were advised a 1pt each way bet at 4/1. There was a double on the card for James Doyle and William Haggas with Diagnostic and Victory Bond who took the feature the Easter classic. At Bath, the races on the round course were abandoned which left 4 races on the straight course. The all went to one jockey Franny Norton with Izzer being the standout following up the win at Doncaster last Saturday. At Newcastle, the feature race was the Betway handicap it went to Island Brave under Luke Morris.


Saturday, we start at Meydan where it was Dubai World Cup Night. There were some incredible performances on the night. The Gold cup for stayers went for the third year in a row to Vazirabad who must have traded a big price in the run. Vazirabad was well on top at the line. The UAE Derby saw an incredible performance from Mendelssohn who won by 18 lengths. Mendelssohn will now head for the Kentucky Derby. Benbatl a horse I have long admired took the Group 1 over one mile one furlong. The Sheema Classic saw another boy in blue bolt up as Hawkbill ran out a 3 length winner from Poet's Word. The Dubai World Cup turned out to be a one-horse race. That horse was Thunder Snow who made every yard of the running to win. Thunder Snow had a record of 11212 on dirt at Meydan prior to this. It was good news for our members. Thunder Snow was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 16/1. Indeed some members got 20/1. It was a cracking result and the perfect finish to March.

At Musselburgh, the Queen's cup the feature race saw a superb front-running ride by Andrew Mullen on board Brandon Castle. At Haydock, it was a very competitive card. A lot of finals over various distances. William Of Orange finally put it all together for Donald McCain to win a valuable prize. Potters Legend took the staying chasers final seeing off Horation Hornblower in good style. Horatio Hornblower was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 9/1. At Carlisle, Calipto put it all together for Venetia Williams to win in ready fashion. Nico De Boinville traveled to Carlisle for one ride we should have paid attention as Nico won on board Ballycrystal. At Kempton, there was a double for jockey Tom Marquand on board Qaysar and Inn The Bull. There was a double for Richard Hannon with Tomily and Repton. The Roseberry which was a big race has fallen a long way it went this year to Crowned Eagle. At Chelmsford, the feature race went to Becker for James Given. At Cork, it was turf flat racing. There was a 50/1 winner for Jessica Harrington with Extrasensory.


Sunday, we start at Fairyhouse for the start of the three day Easter festival. This festival will be the battleground for Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott for the trainer's title. It was Mullins who would enjoy two grade one wins on the day. The brilliant Laurina further enhanced her already huge reputation with a cruise to victory in the Grade one mares hurdle. The second Grade one victory for Mullins came in the Ryanair Gold Cup. Al Boum Photo got the better of Shattered Love in a very good race. Mullins took the third and fourth places as well with Invitation Only and Up For Review. I thought Al Boum Photo deserved his win having had very little luck on his big days this season. Al Boum Photo could be a gold cup horse. Gordon Elliott struck back in the Grade two novice hurdle as Pallasator out fought Jetz who ran a fine race in second having been really well backed. There was a double on the day for Noel Meade with Bel Ami De Sivola and Pat's Pick who took the €100K bumper under a brilliant Nina Carberry ride.

At Cork, Gordon Elliott was in charge with a treble Park Paddocks and Moonlight Escape gave Keith Donoghue a double. The Elliott treble was completed by Goodthynemilan. It didn't go all Elliott's way at Cork as odds-on Mala Beach got turned over in the Imperial Call chase by Sumos Novios. In the Uk, it was poor enough stuff. At Ffos Las, the West Wales National went to Henri Parry Morgan for Peter and Sean Bowen. There was a double for Nigel Twiston- Davies with Granard and Luckofthedraw. At Southwell, there was a double for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan with Scotch Myst and Mr. Buttons. At Plumpton, there was a double for Robbie Dunne with Lickpenny Larry and Vado Forte. There was a win for the talented chaser Traffic Fluide over hurdles