Monday, we start at Musselburgh. Malystic was an impressive winner for Peter Niven. There was a winner for Daryl Jacob who stole a march on his rivals to win from the front. Benny's Secret advised to our members (1pt each way) 5/1 placed in the race. There was an impressive win for Chanceanotherfive bolting up by eleven lengths for the Coltherds. At Lingfield, there was a win for the veteran Watchable who landed a few bets (9/1 - 11/2) in a high-class sprint. At Newcastle, the most impressive winner of the night was High Fort who won by two and a half lengths for Ben Curtis.
Tuesday, we start with the news. Time has been called on the racing career of Tom George’s admirable veteran God’s Own. During a career spanning seven years, the 11-year-old won eight races and well over £600,000 in win and place prize-money. At Tramore, Willie Mullins is hopeful Dolcita can continue to follow in the hoofprints of her illustrious stable companion Laurina after making an impressive Irish debut. There was a second Gigginstown House Stud winner on the day, and a third for Gordon Elliott when One Down triumphed under Lisa O’Neill in the concluding bumper. Gigginstown’s Ferocious (25/1) set the ball rolling earlier under Jack Kennedy, whilst Three Is Company was the middle leg of the Elliott hat-trick, also under the County Kerry rider, in the beginner's chase.
At Fontwell, Christmas In April was a topical winner for Colin Tizzard. At Uttoxeter, Tidal Flow bolted up under Richard Johnson. At Wolverhampton, there was a successful raid by Gerrard O'Leary and Shane Foley. The duo enjoyed a double with Aloysius Lilius and Fastar. The winning ride by Shane Foley on Fastar was nothing short of brilliant.
Wednesday, Fakenham’s clerk of the course David Hunter is hoping to bring beach racing to the Norfolk coastline. A visit to Laytown in Ireland in the summer sparked the idea, and Hunter feels the four-mile-long beach at Holkham would be the perfect venue to stage something similar in the UK. On the track, we start at Hexham. There was a double for jockey Ross Chapman with Westend Theatre and Pads. At Leicester, Flash De Clerval was a very impressive winner for Dr. Richard Newland. At Lingfield, Dubious Affair was an impressive winner for Sir Michael Stoute. At Chelmsford, Mazikken defied a market drift to win in taking fashion for Richard Hughes. At Kempton, Rainbow Dreamer was on the mark for Alan King.
Thursday, a Christmas target for exciting novice hurdler Envoi Allen will not be decided until nearer the time. On the track, we start at Warwick. There was a double for Leighton Aspell with Sensulano and Book Of Gold. At Taunton, Annsam flew home to take the feature handicap hurdle for Evan Williams. Birds Of Prey advised to our members (1pt each way) 8/1 placed in the race. At Newcastle, Rose Dobbin’s emergence from a tough period continued apace at Newcastle with Rath An Iuir looking a nice prospect under Conor O’Farrell when winning the Sky Sports Racing On Sky Channel 415 Novices’ Hurdle. At Wolverhampton, the irresistible charge of Hollie Doyle continued with a double on Beau Geste and Falcon Cliffs. At Chelmsford, there was a winner for John Gosden with Indie Angel.
Friday, Ante-post favorite Riders On the Storm will miss Saturday’s Caspian Caviar Gold Cup after being declared a non-runner in error. This sort of stuff does not help racing. I really feel for the owners in this instance. At Cheltenham, Chantry House continued to live up to his tall reputation with a triumphant return to action in the British EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle. Cogry lifted the spirits of trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies when moving a step closer to an outing in the Grand National with back-to-back victories in the BetVictor Handicap Chase. French raider Easysland claimed a decisive success in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase. Pym bolted up in the novice chase for Nicky Henderson. I like this horse he could be an RSA horse. Repetitio was the winner of the handicap hurdle a very good effort for the three-year-old. Although I do think Oakley the runner up should have won however he blew and yes we had him backed.
At Dundalk, Ozone bolted up we thought about buying this horse twelve months ago however they decided not to sell. He could turn out to be very decent at Dundalk for Joseph O'Brien. Colin Keane completed a double at Dundalk today as the former Champion Jockey bagged wins in both divisions of the Nursery, completed with Whoareyouanyway for his employer, trainer Ger Lyons. Jockey Keane won the half-hour earlier opening divide of the race with the Johnny Murtagh trained Distant Vista. A personal favorite of mine Alfredo Arcano took the six-furlong handicap. Alfredo Arcano was well backed (3/1 -6/4). I believe this horse will eventually take the record of most wins at Dundalk given time and no injuries. It was a decent day for our members as Alfredo Arcano (3/1) and Cogry (11/2) both won. However, Oakley spoiled the party at Cheltenham for what would have been a brilliant day.
At Doncaster, Mercian Knight reversed recent form with Terrierman to claim top honours in the Fight For Good Novices’ Hurdle. At Bangor, Storm Wizard bolted up for Venetia Willams. I am a big fan of Britain's poshest trainer, however, I am not reading Venetia correctly at the moment. Williams is one to stick with for the next few months. At Chelmsford, Griggy and Fighting Temeraire formed a double for Adam Kirby.
Saturday, we start Cheltenham. Warthog battled back admirably to claim a narrow victory in an attritional renewal of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup for David Pipe. Redford Road caused a minor upset in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle for Nigel Twiston- Davies. There was a treble for Nicky Henderson. A change of direction proved no barrier to success for Call Me Lord as he toughed out the victory in the Unibet International Hurdle. Mister Fisher was an impressive winner of the novice chase. I think he will be even better on a sounder surface. Dame De Compagnie took the mares handicap hurdle in great style. It was a frustrating day again punting wise a couple of winners with Mister Fisher (5/2) and Dame De Compagnie (9/4).
Nicky Henderson announced that Altior would most likely not run in the King George. I really wish Nicky Henderson would consider sending Altior to Ireland, Leopardstown at Christmas would be a perfect three-mile test. The race will not be as strong as this year's King George. I still think Altior will defend his two-mile crown at Cheltenham.
At Doncaster, Navajo Pass showed a willing attitude to land the bet365 Summit Juvenile Hurdle for Donald McCain. Joe Colliver performed a minor miracle in the saddle to help maintain Sam Spinner’s unbeaten record over fences in the bet365 December Novices’ Chase. I was very disappointed with Windsor Avenue at first however he scoped dirty afterward. At Hereford, there was a treble for Venetia Williams with One Style, Longhousesignora and Burrows Park. At Fairyhouse, Monkfish bolted up for Willie Mullins.
Sunday, Henry de Bromhead has identified three potential options for Honeysuckle before Cheltenham – but has confirmed his star mare will not be in action over the Christmas period. On the track, we start at Navan. Latest Exhibition wore down the unbeaten Andy Dufresne on the dash to the line to spring a surprise in the Navan Novice Hurdle at the County Meath course. Alfa Mix came with a strong run in the centre of the course to record a decisive success in the Tara Handicap Hurdle. Alfa Mix 1230 Navan advised to our members (1pt each way) at 8/1. At Carlisle, there was a four-timer for Nicky Richards with Kitty Hall, Teddy Tee, Chapel Stile, and Big Bad Bear. At Southwell, Pink Legend was on target for Venetia Williams.