Uttoxeter Races,Friday 30th October 2015

Uttoxeter for an informative afternoons racing on an overcast afternoon in Staffordshire. 

Seven races which was made up of average handicaps and some nice novice events including a top notch novice chase which was the best race of the day in regards of quality. 

All is calm

12.45 Breeders’ Cup Exlusivley On ATR Handicap Hurdle (Div 1) Class 5,2m,9 flights,3yo+(0-100)

A poor race in which the whole field had won two races between them over jumps. 

Top weight Vicky’s Charm took this on her handicap debut and looks capable of finding a bit extra at this level,she finished 1.5 lengths ahead of Kings River who was staying on towards the end, Favourite Nolecce ran out of credit after the second last flight. 

1.15 Breeders’ Cup Starts Tonight On ATR Novices’ Hurdle,Class 4,2m4f,10 flights,4yo+

This looked a top quality novice hurdle and the inform Phillip Hobbs stable look to have another nice prospect here with Onefitzall who turned  this race into a procession as he put in an assured performance. 

Mid div early doors he went to the lead from long time leader Aliandy after three out and this promptly put the race to bed,eased in the last 75 yards he beat Beware The Bear from the Henderson hard by four lengths who in turn was 44 ahead from 50-1 shot Captain Flash in third. 

Onefitzall looks a top prospect,connections may go for another race in this company but hopefully he could go for races like the Challow or the Leamnington Hurdle. 

Beware The Bear looks a real chasing type,runner up in a couple of points he will be even better with an extra half mile and fences in time, Captain Flash needs one more race for a mark. 

One horse who never went was the Jonjo O’Neill trained Suit Yourself,always in the rear he never got competitive. 

1.50 ATR Get In! Breeders’ Cup Special Tonight Mares’ Maiden Hurdle,Class 5,2m,9 flights,3yo+ Fillies and Mares

Emma Lavelle looks to have a useful type here with hurdling debutant Out Of The Mist as she had to be driven right out under Richie McLernon to add to her two bumper wins last year,she managed to keep the rallying Lady Of Lamanver half a length back in second spot. 

Out Of The Mist took two Doncaster bumpers last season before finishing sixth in the big Mares bumper at Sandown,no doubt the new mares race at Cheltenham will inevitably come under scrutiny but expect connections to hunt for black type during the season. 

Lady Of Lamanver ran well on her second start over timber,she looks likely to do better over further when sent handicapping  

The highly regarded Sanaija ran ok on her hurdling debut,she will have learnt from this a lot. 


Out Of The Mist

2.25 Breeders’ Cup Exclusivley Live On ATR Handicap Hurdle,(Div 2) Class 5,2m,9 flights,3yo+ (0-100)

Pay Your Way had in duck eggs what Leeds Utd have had in managers these past few years and by that I mean a lot!

He was however quitely fancied by some and duly obliged to pick his first win up under rules for jockey Paul Moloney to give favourite Arthamint a 3.75 length beating. 

This division was marginally better than the first one,wether the winner can follow up is debatable. 


Mid race action

3.00 Attheraces.Com/BreedersCup Beginners Chase,Class 4,2m,12 fences,4yo+

An excellent and intriguing chase which was full of top quality hurdles going over the bigger obstacles. 

Two horses dominated the betting and the market got it right as Garde La Vicoire scored emphatically being seven lengths ahead of the 4yo Bristol De Mai who despite getting some nice weight allowances could not stop the favourite once he passed him up the straight. 

Garde La Victoire was a bit close at a couple but he jumped well and now heads to Cheltenham for the Arkle trial,he has a good future ahead over fences. 

Bristol De Mai was keen early but could be better going for a 4yo only chase. 

Regal Encore was over twenty lengths back in third but jumped well and will come into his own when he goes over a longer trip. 


Garde La Victoire has a well earned drink

3.35 Breeders’ Cup Live On ATR Mares’ Handicap Hurdle,Class 4,2m7f,12 flights,4yo+ Fillies and Mares (0-120)

A very competitive race for the grade here which resulted in a nice bit of riding from one of last seasons top conditionals Ryan Hatch (3) as he galvanised the 6yo Millicent Silver to take this stamina sapping event, the summer break had clearly done her some good and she looks capable of improving a bit more. 

Back in second by eleven lengths we had Midnight Sapphire who has been nicely placed during the summer and Tambura back in third. 

4.10 Your Breeders’ Cup Guide At Attheraces.com/BreedersCup Handicap Chase,Class 4,2m4f,15 fences,4yo+ (0-120)

Richard Johnson got the hat trick and sent punters home happy as he had a mere steering job on the Warren Greatrex trained Aloomomo who looks to be finally going the right way over here. 

The ex French trained 5yo looked a lot happier back down in trip and made a mockery of his mark of 108,he is far better than this company,expect much more to come, Minellaforlunch came second but was twelve lengths adrift. 

A very interesting afternoon then. 

Class act of the day was without a doubt Garde La Victoire,he won a really good novice chase and looks to be going places as does Onefitzall who took the 2m4f novice hurdle. 

This afternoons Wattspots are as follows

Taylor,4th in the Mares staying hurdle,she will be better on a more sound surface. 

Lady Persephone,only beaten a head fourth in the Mares maiden hurdle,she will be better up in trip 
Next jumping action is from Carlisle in just over a weeks time,till then Goodbye 

Aintree Races,Sunday 25th October 2015

The countryside came to town at the home of the Grand National for the first meeting of the season and a slight rejig of the fixtures now meant that this was a stand alone day. 

Amongst the activities of Pony rides,Duck displays,Falconry,Hound Parades,Fly casting and Lazer clay pigeon shooting we had a seven race card which had the first Graded chase of the new season,the Old Roan over 2m4f. 

Ducking crazy!

Before racing we had three flat races, first up was the Countryside Alliance Charity race over 1m5f, this was won by the 5yo Poor Duke under Andrew German for local trainer Mike Mullineaux. 

After this it was the finals of the Charles Owen Pony Races, first of all the 138cm and under division over 6f went to the 11yo mare Push The Button under 13yo Sophie Smith who made it nine from nine despite runner up Churchill not gong away    

In the 148cm and under over 1m1f we needed the judge to sort out the finish and in the end it went to the 10yo mare Miss Wonderful under AJ O’Neill. 

1.25 Crabbie’s Grand National 2016 On Sale Maiden Hurdle,Class 4,2m4f,11 flights,4yo+

An intriguing race on paper with plenty of possibilities that went to Perform from the Phillip Hobbs yard who was held up early by Richard Johnson and was always going well, taking over before the last hurdle this 6yo went on to score impressively by 2.75 lengths from Knockgraffon in second and another three back to favourite Amercian in third. 

Perform was having only his second ever start,he looks a fair type who should go on from this,Knockgraffon was having his first start over timber,he will have his day,American made his first start over here after winning an Irish point and will be better when sent chasing 



1.55 Liverpool Horse Show January 2016 Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle,Class 3,3m 1/2f,13 flights,4yo+ (0-125)

The judge called a dead heat here with Optimistic Bias and Sykes hitting the line together after a pulsating finish which saw Sykes in front with half a furlong to go but Optimistic Bias rallied under a Pat Cowley drive to just get their but not enough to get all the loot. 

Both horses came here in good form,Sykes ran a good second last month over shorter at Newton Abbott,he is going the right way as is Optimistic Bias, I can see these two being types for the Pertemps Series and have plenty of improvement in them, Tantamount back in third ran a PB in a long while but still looks on a high mark. 


Joint winners coming in

2.30 Simon and Louise’s Silver Anniversary Veterans’ Handicap Chase,Class 2,3m1f,19 fences,10yo+ (0-150)

A good renewal of this race that brought a big reversal of form from Chepstow a few weeks ago. 

Benbens who was comprehensively walloped by Danimix handed his adversary a 38 length thrashing as he could only trail back in sixth place as Benbens under Ryan Hatch gave a top performance to land the spoils in a race run at a generous pace from the outset, midfield early doors he led coming to the final ditch and found plenty in the last furlong. 

The Irish duo of Russian Regent and Maggio could not bridge the gap and filled the minor money. 

Benbens finished third in last seasons Scottish National,he could come back here in December for the Becher or maybe a trip to Chepstow just after Christmas. 

3.00 Molson Coors Handicap Hurdle,Class 2,2m4f,11 flights,4yo+

Hunters Hoof under Nico de Boinville exploited his make of 130 here as he sleuced up to deny last weekends Kempton winner Work In Progress by a length. 

Always in the race he took second at the third last then led on the run in from the last,he stayed the extra trip and looks to better than this,he should easily have more to offer during the season and is going the right way  

Work In Progress had a 6lb penalty from last weekend but he is not finished with yet, Box Office back in third has got plenty of good days ahead of him


Hunters Hoof has a cooling down

3.30 Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase (Ltd Hcap),Grade 2,2m4f,16 fences,4yo+

First Graded Chase of the season and business as usual for Paul Nicholls here with Sound Investment being just that at 7-1 as he just got the better of last years winner Wishfull Thinking by half a length. 
Sound Investment came into this race after a recent pipe opener over hurdles at Chepstow and took a couple of good handicaps at Sandown and Newbury,he looks likely to head to the Paddy Power next month and would have a very good chance as any. 

Wishfull Thinking still looks to be enjoying the game at 12 and should have the Peterborough Chase as another target. 

Buywise came third staying on,maybe the Sefton in December could suit him as could the fourth Brave Spartacus, Duke Of Navan flattened out up the straight and maybe better back over 2m


Sound Investment

Sadly we did lose one in last April’s Topham winner Rajdhani Express who went wrong when landing at the eleventh fence, Comdolences to all connected 

4.00 Hampden Agencies Ltd. Novices’ Handicap Hurdle,Class 4,2m4f,11 flights,3yo+ (0-115)

A fair race that resulted in an all the way win for Abricot De L’Oasis on his seasonal and new debut for Dan and Harry Skelton, making all he had to be ridden after two out but kept on for pressure from the staying on Silver Shuffle who was half a length second and 1.25 lengths from The Big Dipper. 

The winner looks a likeable type and could end up back over fences,Silver Shuffle is consistent but yet to win over jumps, The Big Dipper is still unexposed and a reasonable sort. 

4.35 British Stallion Studs EBF Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race,Class 4,2m1f,4-6yo

Quite a good bumper here and one of the trainers of last season Warren Greatrex looks to have a nice filly here in La Bague Au Roi who picked up where she left off last season and made it two from two in bumpers,she looks a top prospect and can make a mark when sent hurdling with the aim of getting some black type. 

Runner up Kalaniti improved here despite still being a bit green and was seven lengths behind the winner, Midnight Velvet refused to settle early and maybe the application of headgear can help. 


Hounds on parade


Monets Garden

Some nice racing then in Aintree on a nice autumnal afternoon. 

No rest for the wicked though as Friday we visit Uttoxeter for some more jumping action. 

As for today’s racing it’s time to give a Wattspot for the future

Today I will go for American from Harry Fry’s yard who was third in the opener and can go on to a lot more when sent over further in time. 

Until next time Thank You for reading 

Fontwell Park Races,Saturday 3rd October 2015

The return of National Hunt racing and while many racing fans and racing media were on the traditional jaunt over to Paris for some flat action it was the first jumps meeting of the new season to readers on here. 

It was Southern Water Charity Raceday here along with it being Oktoberfest in this leafy part of the world which meant that people could support Rockinghorse and The Rainbow Centre while at the same time enjoying some steeplechase action with a few Lagers and Bratwursts. 

This afternoon had seven races of varying quality with a fair Class 2 for good measure on a gorgeous sunny afternoon in Sussex. 


Down the straight at Fontwell

2.10 MTS Cleansing Services Supporting Rockinghorse Novices’ Hurdle,Class 4,2m3f,10 hurdles,4yo+

Mercers Court returned from his summer holidays with a hard fought win here under Trevor Whelan and despite drifting to the stands rail after jumping the last in front he had six lengths advantage from the staying on hurdling debutant Le Legro. 

The winner looked to benefit being dropped back in trip while Le Legro ran an eye catching race first time out for Charlie Man ,he should strip fitter and be better when upped in trip


Mercers Court and Trevor Whelan

2.45 BTU Supporting The Rainbow Centre Novices’ Limited Handciap Chase,Class 4,2m3f,15 fences,4yo+ ((0-120)

An intriguing race on paper but it was all one way traffic for top weight Vikehal under Josh Moore for his father Gary who made all the running and never looked like being caught,the drop in trip was a concern but if anything he thrived on it,he is a more than useful type who should eek a bit more out. 

Chasing debutant Zarawi stayed on for second,he didn’t jump fluently but should learn from this, Adam De Bretreau was travelling well before unseating at four out,he is one to keep an eye on for the future. 

3.20 Clancy Docwra Supporting Rockinghorse Childrens Charity Handicap Hurdle,Class 2,2m3f,10 hurdles,4yo+ (0-145)

A good quality race full of horses with potential improvement. 

In a year which has seen Hayley Turner retire off the flat,the quality of the jumping girls is slowly improving and Lizzie Kelly (5) got a nice win here off the Nick Williams trained After Eight Sivola, held up early doors Lizzie made up ground down the back on the last circuit and got the lead at the final flight and forged ahead up the hill. 

Back in second was 25-1 outsider who came 4.5 lengths down in second with pace setter Antony in third. 

After Eight Sivola looks better at this trip,He could go to either Cheltenham or Aintree this month for a good 2m4f race but should jump a fence in time. 


After Eight Sivola and Lizzie Kelly

3.50 Southern Water Efficiency Handicap Chase,Class 3,2m5f,16 fences,Class 3,4yo+ (0-130)

A useful chase and they went a fair clip over this figure of eight chase track

Top Cat Henry recorded only his second career win on his 26th start here for Dr Richard Newland and jockey Will Kennedy, settled in midfield he came to lead over two out and was three lengths ahead over the final fence to finish 2.25 lengths in front of Midnight Lita at the line with the ever consistent Town Mouse in third. 

Top Cat Henry was due a win,it’s possible he could be a future Topham horse although he could turn out at Aintree in the Sefton come December,in the interim though he remains fairly treated. 

One horse who dissapointed was Comeonginger,last sighted when pulling up at Haydock on Easter Saturday he was up with the pace here and still boxing on turning for home before fading,it’s possible the handicapper has him for now. 

4.25 Southern Water Bag It And Bin It Handicap Hurdle,Class 5,3m1f,13 hurdles,4yo+ (0-100)

An average low grade staying hurdle here which was won in dour style by favourite Tokyo Javikex who stayed on in style under amateur Mr L Drowne (7) to just overhaul paddock pick Lady From Geneva by 1.25 lengths, Aaly was back in third spot. 

In all fairness the winner probably deserved this,he has been running well of late and took advanced of his lower hurdle mark of 87,the extra distance suited and he needs a staying trip so looks a likely type for a Satelite National. 

Lady Of Geneva caught the eye in the paddock and still led with 100yds to go,she deserves to lose her maiden tag soon. 

Tokyo Javilex

5.00 Southern Water Customer First Conditional Jockeys Handicap Chase,Class 5,2m5f,14 fences,4yo+ (0-100)

Jockey Sean Bowen took the plaudits here for a rousing finish on Tribal Dance as he regained the winning thread in what could be one of the rides of the season. 

Tribal Dance was bowling out in front but got took over on the last circuit by old boy Herecomesthetruth who got sent on by William Clarke and still led over the last then on the run in he began to idle and Sean Bowen who was working the double overtime on Tribal Dance managed to get him in front bang on the line. 

Originally 16 fences where meant to be jumped but Yes I Will and Sylvan Legend departed at the second,horses and jockeys were ok but the fence got bypassed


Tribal Dance makes the early running

5.30 Southern Water Supporting Local Charities Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race,Class 6,2m1f,4-6yo

Not a strong bumper but the best horse won on the day in the 5yo Jennifer Eccles under Tom O’Brien for Lewes based trainer Suzy Smith,always up there she led with two furlongs left and held on by 0.75 lengths from the staying on Vivas. 

The winner showed promise in two races last season at Lingfield and Kempton and should make a nice hurdler in time, Vivas in second showed much improvement and is slowly learning the game.  


Fontwell House

Some fair racing then as the jumping returned after a summer of flat action. 

One thing I am going to trial is a new feature called Watspots which will be any horses that caught my eye as having potential improvement 

Today’s Watspots are Le Legro and Vivas who both look to have a fair future at the game

Until the next event covered Goodbye and Thank You for reading