The Racing Week That Was 1/7/2018


Monday, we start at Chepstow. I thought Jahaafel was really impressive running out a six-length winner for William Haggas. It made it a double for Haggas as Cosmic Love won earlier on the card. At Southwell, there was a winner for DR Richard Newland with Artful Artist. At Wolverhampton, William Haggas got his third winner of the day with Deputise. There was a double for David O'Meara with Montague and Lucifugous. At Windsor, the feature race went Worth Waiting. At Kilbeggan, Gordon Elliot and Willie Mullins were on target with Ravenhill and Robin Des Foret respectively,


Tuesday, we start at Beverley. There was a double for Roger Fell with Zylan and Zihaam. At Brighton, the good run for Mark Johnston continued as On A May Day took the six-furlong handicap. At Newton Abbot, there was a winner for Sam Thomas with Not A Role Model. At Newbury, there was a double for Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote with Iconic Choice and Teodoro. At Ballinrobe, the feature race went to Decision Time for John Kiely. This dual-purpose horse could have a lucrative summer. Decision Time advised to our members' 2.5pts win at 9/4. Our members day was capped by Red Square Revival 730 Newton Abbot (non-runner) & Decision Time 825 Ballinrobe (9/4) advised to our members 0.5pt win double landed the bet.


Wednesday, we start at Carlisle. The feature race went to, Dance Diva for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan. At Salisbury, the feature race went to Infrastructure. At Worcester, there was a winner for Dan and Harry Skelton with Cabaret Queen. At Kempton, Spirit Kingdom took the novice stakes for Mark Johnston. At Bath, Mark Johnston had a double with Winged Spur and Prairie Spy. At Naas, there was a double for Aidan O'Brien with Secret Thoughts and Easter Lilly.


Thursday, we start at Newcastle the first of a three-day meeting. The feature race went to Humbert for Hugo Palmer. At Newmarket, there was a double for Andrea Atzeni with Balgair and Ashington. There was a double for Ryan Moore with Prevent and Aces. At Nottingham, there was a double for Jim Crowley on board How Far and Midnight Meeting. At Leicester, there was another winner on the day for Jim Crowley with Motafaawit. At Hamilton, there was a winner for Saeed Bin Suroor with Desert Fire. At Tipperary, there was a double for trainer Peter Fahey with Jenniechild and High Kicker. There was a double for Adrian McGuinness with O0r Jock and Aussie Valentine.


Friday, we start at Doncaster. There was a double for Danny Tudhope onboard Crystal Midnight and Ulshaw Bridge. At Yarmouth, Sir Mark Prescott was on target with Matchmaking. At Cartmel, there was a double for trainer Peter Bowen with Souriyan and Wells De Lune. At Newmarket, Chief Ironside took the feature race holding off Breath Caught. At Newcastle, there were doubles for Tim Easterby and David Allan with Nuns Walk and Copper Knight. At Chester, there was a treble for owner Dr. Marwan Koukash with Rene Mathis, Gossip Column, and Penwortham. It was good news for our members as Rene Mathis 740 Chester (2/1) & Gossip Column 815 Chester (9/4) advised to our members 1pt win double. At The Curragh, it was the start of the Irish Derby festival. There was a treble on the night for Aidan O'Brien with Peach Tree, Somerset Maugham, and Lucius Tiberius. The wonderful Sea The Lion took the 50K handicap.


Saturday, we start at the Curragh for the Irish Derby. It was to turn out to be a wonderful day for the O'Brien family. Latrobe, trained by Joseph O’Brien and ridden by his brother, Donnacha, won a thrilling race for the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby. It was a remarkable result for the O'Brien family as father Aidan saddled the second, third, fourth and fifth. The race itself was an odd one with no pace on. It saw Latrobe see off Rostropovich and Saxon Warrior by a half-length and a neck. The fallout from the race will surely see Saxon Warrior go back in trip. I thought The Pentagon was unlucky (I backed him). The Pentagon ran on like a train but the bird had flown. On good ground, The Pentagon will be winning again in my view. The rest of the card saw normal service resumed as Aidan O'Brien had a treble with Battle Of Jericho, Fleet Review, and Van Beethoven. At Newcastle, the Northumberland plate was the feature. The race went to the talented stayer Withhold who made all the running and won well. Withhold is surely a cup horse. At Newmarket, the Criterion stakes went to Sir Dancealot who was a good winner on the day. There was a double on the day for Andrea Atzeni on board Second Step and Queen Of Connaught.

At York, there was a double for Tim Easterby with Parys Mountain and Mukhayyam. The feature race went to John Gosden as Wissahickon saw off Beringer who looked the winner for a long way up the straight. At Windsor, the feature race went to Zhui Feng, yet another horse this weekend bouncing back from a defeat at Royal Ascot. At Chester, Dr. Marwan Koukash had another winner as Gabrial The Wire was on target. At Lingfield, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Life On Earth and Glamorous Rocket. At Doncaster, there was a double for Franny Norton on board Welliesinthewater and I'll Have Another. There was also a double for Jim Crowley on board Tashaaboh and My Fantasea.


Sunday, we start at The Curragh. The meeting has featured a treble for Aidan O'Brien every day, today was the same. So Perfect left it to claim top honors in the Grangecon Stud Stakes. Flag Of Honour led home a one-two for Aidan O’Brien in the Comer Group International Curragh Cup. The treble was completed by the frustrating Yucatan. This all meant a treble for Ryan Moore as well. On Saturday Joseph O'Brien had grabbed the headlines. Joseph was on target again this time with Band Of Outlaws who did well to get up. It was good news for our members. Band Of Outlaws was advised to our members' 1pt each way at 7/1. The Curragh card also saw a winner for our trainer Damian English as Red Avenger took the seven-furlong handicap. It was Damian's first winner at the Curragh. Congratulations to Damian and all the team at Grougha stables.

At Uttoxeter, there was a treble for Dan and Harry Skelton with Virgilio , Fair Mountain and Symphony Of Angels. At Cartmel, there was a treble for Brian Hughes on board Volcanic, Hammersly Lake, and Secret Escape. At Windsor, Kimifive made it two wins in a week.