My Top 5 Flat Races of 2017 – Niamh

The 2017 flat season has been a very special one, with superstar horses such as Enable and a record breaking trainer in Aidan O’Brien. We have also been treated to some incredible races that have provided us with plenty of high octane entertainment. Due to this, it was very difficult to narrow down this list to just five, but without further ado here are my five favorite races from this season.

Number 5 – Racing Post Trophy (Saxon Warrior)
Whilst only run yesterday I felt obliged to include this race on this list, not only because it will go down as historic but also because it was a thrilling finish to watch. When Saxon Warrior hit the front with only two furlongs to go it looked as if he would run out an easy winner and hand Aidan O’Brien his record breaking 26th group 1 win of the season on a silver platter. That wasn’t entirely the case however, as the John Gosden trained Roaring Lion quickened well to meet the eventual winner and then looked as if he would draw away to win easily. His inexperience shone through though and he ran all over the track like a slalom skier whilst his rival, Saxon Warrior, maintained a true line down the rail and fought back to reclaim his lead and win by a neck to the roar of the crowd at Doncaster, the likes of which I’ve never heard at the South Yorkshire venue.

Number 4 – Champion Stakes (Cracksman)
Again a race only run recently, but what a race it was. Some may argue that Cracksman’s performance does not deserve to be the highest rated in Europe this year, but nobody can say that his seven length demolition of a high quality field was anything less than impressive. To beat a field that included globetrotting sensation Highland Reel and dual Classic winner Brametot as easily as he did in testing conditions was something very special, and a contest between this son of Frankel and Enable next season sets up to be nothing short of a thrill.

Number 3 – Juddmonte International Stakes (Ulysses)
Yet again, the showpiece of the York Ebor meeting was nothing short of a spectacle with three monsters of racing holding their ground: Ulysses, Barney Roy and Churchill. Spectators that day were treated to a tactical masterclass and one of the most thrilling finishes of the season which saw the two highest rated three year old colts at that point go head to head as they came up the straight before being collared by Ulysses close to home under a brilliant ride by Jim Crowley whose confidence in his horse had to be admired with how patient his ride was. Three of the highest rated horses this year fighting out a thrilling finish on the Knavesmire definitely deserved a place on my list.

Number 2 – Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Enable)
In my opinion, this should have been the highest rated race in Europe this season in terms of the quality in the field and the ease in which they were beaten by the brilliant three year old filly who has lit up the 2017 season. It was only ever going to be Enable who would win this race, yes she faced her toughest opposition yet but she’s Enable of course she was going to win. Her ability to quicken away from a field filled with some of the best horses in the world is one to stare at in awe and we must make sure that we enjoy this wonder-filly whilst we still can.

Number 1 – Gold Cup (Big Orange)
I know that on paper there are better races out there, but in terms of entertainment value there could only ever be one winner – the Ascot Gold Cup and that tremendous tussle between Big Orange and Order Of St George. This was the first time that these two horses with such big reputations would meet, Order Of St George was the reigning champion and expected to win whilst Big Orange was the people’s horse and was expected to win. The race itself is one that I would happily watch everyday for the rest of my life, the heart and courage that Big Orange showed to stay in front all the way around the two and a half miles in one of the rides of the season by James Doyle combined with the head to head finish is a match made in heaven. In my opinion, there is no doubt that this was the best race we have seen this year.

We have been treated to a colossal extravaganza of flat racing entertainment, and it’s not over yet with a ton of top class international racing still on its way including the Breeders Cup this coming weekend for which we here at Rein It In will be sharing all of our tips for so stay tuned throughout the week.

Have a good week everyone x

5 National Hunt Horses to follow

By Evie

After Samantha’s article it was decided that we would do a ‘horses to follow’ competition, so here are mine and Niamh’s horses to follow.

Evie-

1. Altior. Beasted everything last season, and I think he can do it again this season.

2. Malton Rose. Won both his taces so far by a combined total of 32 lengths. Jumped nicely and galloped on after running a bit fresh.

3. Kotkikova. Impressive runner in France but lacked a spark for hurdles last season. Turns to chasing this season, could be better.

4. Native River. Great horse last year and potentially going for the Grand National this year, and I think he’s a proper National type.

5. Apple’s Jade. Great horse last season. One to follow again.
Niamh-

1. Capitaine

2. Theclockisticking. Won by 32 lengths last time out and looks good.

3. Red Jack. Won a good bumper at Fairyhouse last time out, galloped on strongly.

4. Ravenhill Road. Won by quite a margin last time out and could be good.

5. Might Bite. RSA winner and looks to run in senior chases this season. Could be great.

Samantha

(see her earlier post)

& Romain De Senam. Won by a neck last time out but galloped on strongly towards the finish.

2017 Flat Season Review

By Samantha

What a season its been. The sprinters have shone in some amazing battles, the stayers have fought between each other and the middle distance category was as close fought as ever.

It all began on the 6th of May and Aidan O’Brien’s star two year old and Dewhurst winner Churchill ran away with the first classic of the season. The next day, it was still the Aidan O’Brien show as his beautiful grey filly, Winter, scorched the turf of Newmarket to win the 1000 guineas.

Then all eyes were switched to the best Group One of them all- the Derby. The competition was high this year. The Dante was a perfect form booster for the favourite, Cracksman, after the gutsy Mark Johnston-trained Permian won decisively by 3/4 lengths with Benbatl in second. When the weekend of the Oaks and Derby  rolled around, arguably, the best performance was in the Oaks not the Derby when six to one shot Enable bolted up and won by five lengths to the short priced favourite Rhododendron in the driving rain. In the Derby, Aidan O’Brien’s outsider Wings Of Eagles found the ‘golden highway’ and won under Padraig Beggy, giving a spectacular performance. He was later retired after sustaining an injury in the Irish equivalent of the race he won.

Ascot next and it wasn’t short of amazing performances. American superstar Lady Aurelia set fire to the racetrack in front of a bustling Royal Ascot crowd whilst winning the King’s Stand. Later on, the Gold Cup was won by loveable stayer Big Orange. He battled determinedly to the finish under James Doyle in a head to head battle with his long term foe Order Of St George. Then attention turned to the sprinters as unbeaten grey three year old Caravaggio blitzed the field to win the Commonwealth Cup ahead of Harry Angel. Aidan O’Brien won yet another Group One when 1000 Guineas heroine Winter won the Coronation.

Two super sprints followed with the Harry Angel wining the July Cup for Clive Cox and sprint-riding maestro Adam Kirby and the Nunthorpe being won by Marsha in a brilliantly close finish between her and Lady Aurelia. Lady Aurelia was ahead in the final half-furlong and needed the line but Marsha was coming for her under Luke Morris’s strong drive. It was close. Frankie Detorri began his trademark wining routine of shhshing the crowd but he was wrong. Marsha had prevailed!

The two year old races in the latter half of the season were ace. US Navy Flag put his classic credentials out there when winning the Dewhurst for power house Coolmore and younger, less-experienced trainer George Scott’s James Garfield won brilliantly in the Mill Reef. The horse, owned by his father-in-law, is going stateside for the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf.

The season was climaxed in tremendous style at British Champions Day. Stars of the season shone like Cracksman, Hydrangea and Order of St George and old favourite Labrisa Breeze won after struggling to this season.

The only question is- will the jumps season be as good as this?

 

Champions Day 2017 – Review

IMG_9231by Niamh

QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot in October is always a spectacle to behold as the very best of British flat racing comes together to celebrate the achievements of the season just gone. It has seen the very best grace the Ascot turf: Muharaar, Almanzor, Minding, Solow and of course the legendary Frankel. This year was no different as spectators both at Ascot itself and at home were treated to an extravaganza of the very best flat racing you will see in a single afternoon. Even Storm Brian appeared to slow down in order to enjoy the action as the threat of heavy rain on the day didn’t arrive much to the relief of racegoers which meant that, whilst the ground was still soft and even heavy in places, it could have been a lot worse.

The afternoon began with the Champions Long Distance Cup which looked set to be round 2 in the rivalry between Order Of St George and Big Orange, with the former coming out on top in an epic duel in the Gold Cup at the same venue back in June. This time round, however, saw ground softer than ideal for Big Orange and there was serious doubt as to whether he would participate or not. His connections did allow him to run, but the fan favourite was unable to land a blow and ended up fading to beat only two home. Torcedor broke away from the field in the straight and looked to take a first Champions Day win for Jessica Harrington, but Order Of St George and Ryan Moore swept home late on to snatch the opening race by half a length in a thrilling finish with Stradivarius in third.

Next was the Champion Sprint Stakes which looked set to be a thrilling contest between the three year olds, Harry Angel and Caravaggio. However, Ascot specialist Librisa Breeze stole the show as he swept home to win his first group 1 win for Dean Ivory and Robert Winston from Tasleet in second and Caravaggio who stayed on for third and looks like he will benefit from a further trip. Librisa Breeze was proven to not be fussed by the testing conditions, but a horse who was not so certain to like these conditions was the Aidan O’Brien trained Hydrangea in the Fillies & Mares Stakes. Ballydoyle have been blessed with a number of ‘Iron horses’ over the years, most famously Giants Causeway and Found and Hydrangea looks to be the next in this line as she notched an impressive second victory at the highest level and if she stays in training next year should be a very nice prospect going forward. In winning this race, Hydrangea allowed Aidan O’Brien to remarkably match Bobby Frankel’s record of 25 group 1 wins in a single season, and it looks likely that he will beat that record by this time next week.

The next race was the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the spotlight fell on the milers: namely three horses who come from very different profiles, Churchill the horse on the redemption course, Ribchester the class act, and Beat The Bank the improver. A horse that fell under the radar was the John Gosden trained Persuasive, who had been placed in two group 1s this season alone. With just two furlongs to go, the race looked as if it had been set up perfectly for a tussle between Ribchester and Churchill, but a masterclass ride from Frankie Dettori saw Persuasive swoop down the outside and determinedly throw down her challenge to notch a first group 1 victory in impressive fashion in what was her final start. Ribchester was second and Churchill finished third.

Then came the spectacle, the one everyone had been waiting for: The Champion Stakes. The role of honour for this particular race is truly star studded (Cirrus des Aigles, Frankel, Farrh, Noble Mission, Fascinating Rock and Almanzor) in recent years alone and another stellar line up this year meant that the prestige of the role of honour looked set to be maintained. The son of Frankel, Cracksman, was out to win his first group 1 and was the favourite to do so although a step down in trip meant that many were not convinced that he would do that. He well and truly proved the doubters wrong. The early pace was set by Success Days and the globetrotting Highland Reel who both raced wide, with Ryan Moore taking a Willie Carson-esque route on the latter and hunting out better ground on the outside of the track (Highland Reel would then finish a highly admirable third and looks all set to retain his Breeders Cup Turf crown next month). However, turning for home it was only a one horse race as Cracksman hit the front and flew away impressively to win by a remarkable seven lengths and award his sire a first European group 1 in a race that he won five years previously.

A fantastic day of racing, setting up a number of exciting clashes for next season none more so than Enable vs Cracksman which will truly be a race to savour. Jumps fans don’t have long to wait now though until the National Hunt season gets into full swing again as the flat season rounds up next week at Doncaster with the Racing Post Trophy for two year olds which could see Aidan O’Brien break Bobby Frankel’s longstanding record.

British Champions Day: Preview

By Samantha

British Champions Day at Ascot. The climax of the Flat Season. Where all the big guns come to fight, to be named Champions. Six races filled to the brim with the best of the best. Here’s my take on the races…

Qipco Long Distance Cup (Group Two)

There’s no warm up race as the big guns all come out in the first race. It contains the St Leger third – Stradivarius – who will definitely stay the trip as he has won over one furlong more. This season he has won the Goodwood Cup and the Queens Vase. The horse who came third in that race, Secret Advisor, won the Melrose at York. Order Of St George goes for Aidan O’Brien and has a good chance after winning Mount Moriah and Dartmouth in the Irish St Leger. At Royal Ascot, the loveable bay Big Orange beat him into second in the Ascot Gold Cup by a short head so he’ll have to try and turn the tables on him. Also lining up is Montaly who won the Longsdale Cup and Chester Cup of which the form has been boosted by the second horse winning two races since and the forth horse won the Cesarewitch Trial. He is by Yeats and will stay so I give him an outsiders chance to pick up the pieces if the main contenders blow each other out.

SUMMARY-

1st Stradivarius

2nd Big Orange

3rd Order Of St George

Qipco Champion Sprint Stakes (Group one)

Blink and you’ll miss it. This race is going to be a fast and furius. All of these sprinters are of the highest class. There is a wide range of ages in this race from the young stars like Caravaggio and Clive Cox’s stable star Harry Angel to older horses who have been there and done it like Brando and The Tin Man. Out of the two three year olds I have mentioned, the preference goes to Harry Angel even though they are one a piece when racing each other. Caravaggio beat Harry Angel in the Commonwealth Cup but then less than a month later, Harry Angel scorched the turf at Newmarket winning the July Cup by one and a quarter lengths leaving Caravaggio in forth. The July Cup was two seconds faster than the Commonwealth Cup. Brando was third in that race and also he won the Maurice De Gheest (Group One) ahead of the subsequent Group One winner Aclaim giving the form a boost. The Tin Man also beat Aclaim at Royal Ascot. Harry Angel beat him on his past two starts but he has the advantage of being last year’s winner.

SUMMARY-

1st Harry Angel

2nd Caravaggio

3rd Brando

Qipco Champion Fillies And Mares (Group One)

Aidan O’Brien has a good chance to make it 25 Group Ones this season and equal Bobby Frankel’s record with two of his best three year old fillies (not Winter though which is unfortunate) Rhododendron and Hydrangea. The two fillies have raced in mostly the same races this season with Rhododendron winning three races Hydrangea was in and Hydrangea winning one. Rhododendron won last time out at Chantilly with Hydrangea in second but on their previous start, Hydrangea won and Rhododendron was seventh. That filly was second over twelve furlongs and Hydrangea seems to have the pedigree of a shorter distance type.

Coronet seems to have a good chance. She seems to  always be in the shadows of Enable but she’s actually a good horse. She won the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot and was 5th in the St Leger on her most recent start over fourteen furlongs so she should stay. She is her dam’s only progeny to win over 11f. Approach- her dam- won over distances of 7f-10f in her career. Also her dam sire won the French derby.

SUMMARY-

1st Coronet

2nd Rhododendron

3rd Hydrangea

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Group One)

Last year this race was won by Minding. None seem to be as good as her but this will be a cracking race. Churchill won the English and Irish 2000 Guineas but hasn’t been in his best form since then. he was seventh last time out and could run in the Champion Stakes but this is his best trip. His stable mate Roly Poly has a great chance in this race. She won the Group One Sun Chariot stakes beating Persuasive and Nathra. Her previous start was a bit under par with her previous two runs when she won two group ones. Of the English contenders, Beat The bank seems to be the best. Only beaten in one of his six runs, he completed a treble last time out in a Group Two when beating Sir John Lavery by five lengths. He is versatile and can win on most grounds. There is a small chance that he might be a little bit tired from a busy season but that is very unlikely. Ribchester and Lightning Spear could possibly fill the places behind Beat The Bank and Roly Poly. Lightning Spear won the Celebration Mile but was unplaced behind Ribchester at Chantilly last time out.

SUMMARY-

1st Beat The Bank

2nd Roly Poly

3rd Ribchester

Qipco Champion Stakes (Group One)

There are three main contenders in the shape of Cracksman, Ulysses and Barney Roy. Cracksman’s sire Frankel won the Champion Stakes and there is a possibility he could follow in his father’s footsteps. John Gosden’s charge’s main target for the season was the Derby but he had no luck. He won two Group Twos this season- The Great Voltiger and one in France. He has never won over 9F but it shouldn’t be to short for him because he won over eight on his first start. Ulysses was third in the Arc and won the Juddmonte International beating Barney Roy, Churchill and decorated Knight who won the Irish Champion Stakes. Barney Roy has been beaten twice by Ulysses and his trainer Richard Hannon has said that they are definitely not going to play into Michael Stoute’s star performer’s hand. Hannon’s three year old won the St James’ Palace at Royal Ascot ahead of Thunder Snow, Churchill and Lancaster Bomber.

SUMMARY-

1st Ulysses

2nd Barney Roy

3rd Cracksman

Balmoral Handicap

It’s a tough task to pick a winner in any big handicap but specifically here. Zabeel Prince has won three of his four starts and beat consistent Bravery on his most recent. Dark Red pulled off a good performance at York at the weekend in good fashion but has a tendency to run around a bit in front which could loose him the race like it has before. Bravery has been running well this season so could be there for the minor places.

SUMMARY-

1st Zabeel Prince

2nd Dark Red

3rd Bravery

ENJOY THE RACING EVERYONE!!!

Racing Review: 14/10/2017

By Niamh

Yesterday saw another top class day of racing from all over the country; but the majority of the attention was drawn to Newmarket on the second day of their Future Champions Weekend, and in between trying to complete my A Level geography homework, I was able to watch the action unfold.

On Friday, the Kevin Ryan trained Laurens stole the show by beating September by a miniscule margin in the Fillies’ Mile. That unlucky defeat saw Aidan O’Brien’s record chasing run hindered for a minute, but that was well and truly set right on Saturday when US Navy Flag led home a 1-2-3-4 for him in the Dewhurst Stakes. All eyes were on Expert Eye, the impressive winner of the Vintage Stakes, prior to the group 1 contest and he was sent off at odds of 4/7 but ended up racing too keenly in the early stages and trailed home in last place – he was found to be lame in one of his hind legs after the race. The show was well and truly stolen by Aidan O’Brien and his Ballydoyle contingent who incredibly filled the first four places in a race which they have now won for three years in a row after successes with Air Force Blue (2015) and Churchill (2016). US Navy Flag is a full brother to the three time group 1 winner Roly Poly and became only the second horse to do the Middle Park – Dewhurst double after Sir Henry Cecil’s Diesis won in 1982. US Navy Flag is now the 5/1 favourite for next year’s 2000 Guineas.

This year’s Cesarewitch was made up of a maximum field of 34 and considering it is run over two and a quarter miles it is usually a very opening betting contest. This wasn’t the case this year as a significant gamble on the Roger Charlton trained Withhold paid off and he stormed home to win the Heritage Handicap by nearly four lengths from London Prize, giving soon to be champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa a third win in the race.

There was also action over the jumps at Chepstow yesterday which saw the long-awaited turn of smart hurdler Finian’s Oscar as he made his chase debut and won very comfortably by eleven lengths from Tintern Theatre. The Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle went the way of the popular Court Minstrel and the preceding Handicap Chase was won by Rock The Kasbah for Richard Johnson and Philip Hobbs.

However, Saturday ended on a sad note as the evening racing at Kempton Park took a tragic turn when a stable lad very sadly died after being kicked by a horse. My thoughts go out to his family and anyone affected by this tragedy.

Next Saturday sees British Champions Day being held at Ascot which looks set to be a fantastic day of racing action, I am lucky enough to be going once again this year and I can’t wait. I hope everyone has a good week 🙂US

Dewhurst Stakes: Evie

Dewhurst Stakes:The Dewhurst Stakes is a Group 1 that takes place over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket. It is open to 2 year old colt and fillies. It is Britain’s most prestigious two year old race and the leading participants usually become major competitors in the following season’s classics. Winner include Churchill and Frankel.
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Cardsharp: Lonhro x Pure Illusion (Danehill)

Experienced as he’s been raced 9 times already, but hasn’t been kept especially fresh for this race, having run in the Middle Park Stakes last time out. However, he did finish a good 3rd that day and won the 6f July Stakes at Newmarket, so the course won’t be a problem. Dam wasn’t particularly talented as a racemare but had a win over a mile. Ground won’t be an issue, with wins Good-Firm and Good-Soft.

Coat Of Arms: Galileo x La Traviata (Johannesburg)

Relatively lightly-raced maiden, but finished 2nd by a short head to good looking Rostropovich on soft ground. Quite a step up in class for him, which he might not handle all too well, but ran this course and distance last time out. Again hasn’t been kept too fresh for this, his last race was 15 days ago, and will need significant progress to do well.

Emaraaty: Dubawi x Zee Zee Top (Zafonic)

2,600,000guineas yearling and half brother to 9f-10.5f winner Izzi Top and 1m-1 1/4m winner Jazzi Top. Blew the start in his maiden but finished 4th and running on. His dam was a Group 1 winner over 1m 2f, so pedigree suggests he might suit further. Only has two starts, so quite inexperienced and might run this race very green. Also, doesn’t have course experience so might not enjoy the ups and downs of the Rowley Mile.

Expert Eye: Acclamation x Exemplify (Dansili)

Inexperienced, but unbeaten. Won the Vintage Stakes impressively by 4 1/2 lengths. Has had a long break so it will be expected for him to run green. Dam was a 2 year old 1m winner. Has only raced on good ground so far, so his ability on other goings is questionable. Could be very good.

Fleet Review: War Front x A Star Is Born (Galileo) 

Foaled January 21st, so is older and more developed than most of the field. Dam is a sister to Rip Van Winkle. Usually runs well but gave a sub-par effort in the Acomb Stakes. However, finished second by 1/2 length in the Middle Park Stakes last time out. Quite an experienced horse, and seems to be developing with every run. Likely to place, and has been on the course before, last time out. Going doesn’t seem to be a problem.

Great Prospector: Elzaam x Guana (Dark Angel)

Lightly raced, and doesn’t have many successes to list. Half brother to 7f winner Red Guana. Came third over course and distance. Major step up in class and I don’t think he’ll really pay a massive part in this race. However, he comes from a sprinting pedigree, so unlike most of the other horses in the field he was bred for pure speed. One disadvantage, however is that he might not stay the distance.

Hey Gaman: New Approach x Arsaadi (Dubawi) 

Came second in the Champagne Stakes last time, by a neck to Seahenge. Had an off day when finishing 12th in the July Stakes. Ground won’t matter for him. Won the Washington Singer Stakes. If he is on top form, he might be a good outside chance. Has more experience than most.

Mendelssohn: Scat Daddy x Leslie’s Lady (Tricky Creek)

Half brother to Beholder and Into Mischief. $3,000,000 yearling. Is by Scat Daddy, is bred to have speed and stamina, but his race record he doesn’t seem to enjoy the 7 furlong distance, having won his only race over a mile. He has the speed, but I think he might prefer further than this.

Nebo: Kodiac x Kindling (Dr Fong)

Came 6th in the Gimcrack Stakes last time out but 2nd in the Richmond Stakes before that, as well as 2nd in the Superlative Stakes. He seems to be improving with every run, and is used to running in Group 2 company, so the step up in class shouldn’t hinder him too much. Any changes in going won’t affect him, as the ground doesn’t matter for his running.

Seahenge: Scat Daddy x Fools In Love (Not For Love)

$750,000 yearling. Dam won over 7 furlongs, so the trip would suit, as he is bred for speed. Won his maiden by a neck, followed by a fifth in the Vintage Stakes. Won the Champagne Stakes last time out, but only by a neck which might suggest that he is weak opposition. Not the first choice of jockey Ryan Moore, instead being by Donnacha O’Brien, so also may suggest that he’s weaker than some of the the other Ballydoyle horses. Has only had three runs, and ran green in the Vintage Stakes, so he might run better with a bit more experience.

Theobald: Teofilo x Sanaara (Anabaa)

Won his maiden first time out, over a mile back in June, followed by a 1 3/4 length defeat in the Anglesey Stakes. Came 2nd to Derby favourite The Pentagon in the Tyros Stakes, but an off day last time out when coming 8th in the Champion Juvenile Stakes. Is stepping back down in trip to 7 furlongs. His sire was an undefeated two year old, and he won this race back in 2006, so he has the pedigree to back him up.

Threeandfourpence: War Front x Liscanna (Sadlers Wells)

Full brother to Hit It A Bomb and Brave Anna, both winners 6 furlongs- 1 mile, so is bred well and should enjoy this trip. Lacks experience, so may run green, but might be one of the few in this race bred for sprinting distances. Wouldn’t be surprised if he affects his race chances by running.

U S Navy Flag: War Front x Misty For Me (Galileo)

Full brother to three time Group 1 winner Roly Poly, so has the right pedigree, as well his dam having won 4 Group 1s. Has been a different horse since having blinkers attached. Came 17th in the Coventry Stakes, but soon got to top form, coming 2nd in the July Stakes, and a close 4th in the Phoenix Stakes, and win the Middle Park Stakes last time out. Has already beaten a few members of the field and he is used to Group 1 company, having already win the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes. It is a step up in trip, but pedigree suggests that it won’t be a worry. First choice of Ryan Moore, so that suggests he sees something good in this one.

I think U S Navy Flag and Expert Eye are going to be competitive, and I think they will end up in the top 2, and finish quite close to each other. One for an each way would be Nebo, as I think he’ll end up in 3rd or better, as he seems too comfortable in Group 2 company.

5 Horses To Watch This National Hunt Season!

by Samantha

Here are some horses I think could snatch some of the big prizes this season…

1- Finian’s Oscar

At the end of last season, he came second in the Irish Champion Hurdle behind Bacardys and that is the only time he has been beaten in his five race career so far. Colin Tizzard’s charge is due to make his chasing debut on Saturday 14th October depending on the ground. He is due to be partnered by ex-Gigginstown first jockey Bryan Cooper who is now riding the Ann and Alan Potts horses in England.

Looking at his breeding, he is by a French Derby runner up and his half brother is Our Duke who won the Irish grand National over further so he should be able to jump chase fences and stay further. His dam’s sire Taipan was a high class 10f-12f horse and a dual purpose sire to a lot of winners.

2 Fayonagh

This mare won the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival as well as the Champion Flat Race at Punchestown. She won on her hurdles debut by two and ahalf lengths under Davy Russell. There is possibility of her being a mares hurdle contender because she seems to jump well.  Her dam Fair Ina won one race in  her career over two miles so she should be able to stay the extra three furlongs because she seems a staying type.

3 Diego Du Charmil

He has a fifty percent strike rate and won by nine lengths on his chase debut in a two horse race with his stablemate. He has always been a good jumper and there is no reason why he can’t contest some of the top races this season. Two miles is a good trip for him so he could possibly go to the Champion Chase but he doesn’t seem to be as good as horses like Fox Norton and Altior.

4 Death Duty

He won his Debut over fences in very good style. He unseated his rider at this year’s Cheltenham Festival and that is the only time he has been out of the top three. He jumped very well on his debut and had a few good learning experiences when he blundered at a few. It seems like there is a lot to come from him in the big races this season and his trainer Gordon Elliot definitely knows what he is doing with his horses.

5 Buveur D’Air

He won the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the Aintree Hurdle last season and has only ever been out of the top three once. At the minute, it looks like he will stay over hurdles this season once again and Nicky Henderson said that it is a possibility that the JP McManus-owned six year old will most likely use the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle for his first run of the season.

Meet the writer: Samantha

Hi I’m Samantha and I’m one of the writers for Rein It In Racing. I’m twelve years old and I got into racing by going to see my Grandad and watching Channel 4 Racing with him for as long as I can remember.

I realised I wanted a career in racing when I was about nine or ten. I would love to be a journalist on TV as well as for a newspaper. My biggest aim is to be the first female jockey to win the Grand National.

My favourite flat horse is Harry Angel. I think he is a speed machine and one of the best sprinters around. As well as this he’s by my favourite sire Dark Angel! I love Permian. His win in the Dante was amazing and I cried when he died. I think he was a bit over raced and he shouldn’t have gone over to America to run.

National Hunt racing is my favourite type of racing and I LOVE Smad Place (I have a thing for grey stayers!). This season I hope his connections bring him down in trip because he has a lot of speed and the three mile chasing division is getting a bit too much for him I think. Colin Tizzard has lots of good horses in his stables for the new season and I think Native River will win a lot of races this season.

I’m quite a good tipster and my favourite thing to do other than horse riding is to go to Leicester Races. I have met a lot of the big names in the sport including Adam Kirby, Ryan Moore, Daryl Jacob and Richard Johnson. My favourite jump jockey is Sam Twiston-Davies and my favourite flat jockey is Adam Kirby.

I like to post on Instagram and I have an account called @horseracingstars which is about horseracing.

I’m so excited to write for Rein It In Racing and I hope you enjoy my articles!

Racing Review: Saturday 7/10/2017

By Niamh

Yesterday, the racing public’s attentions were turned to HQ, Newmarket, where there was group 1 action in the form of the Sun Chariot Stakes for fillies and mares over the mile (you may have caught Evie’s preview earlier this week). Most of the attention was on Persuasive, from the same trainer-jockey combination that brought you Enable; John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. However, these people forgot about little Roly Poly, the daughter of Misty For Me, trained by the record chasing Aidan O’Brien.

Roly Poly won gamely by a length, holding off the persistent challenge of Persuasive, to win her third group 1 in twelve weeks and give O’Brien a 23rd group 1 win this season, meaning that he is now just two away from matching the great Bobby Frankel’s record of 25 wins at the highest level in a single season. Surely it is only a matter of time until that record is broken with Champions Day coming up in just two weeks, Future Champions Weekend at Newmarket next week and the Breeders Cup meeting still to come. A mention should also go out to Jimmy Fortune who retired after finishing an honorable third aboard Nathra in the Sun Chariot Stakes after a stellar career which saw him win over 1,800 races and 16 group 1’s, including wins on great horses such as Lucarno, Oasis Dream and Dar Re Mi.

There was also action at Ascot yesterday which saw a successful return to the saddle for William Buick aboard Blue Point who won the Bengough Stakes. There was an upset in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes as Danehill Kodiac gamely beat odds on favourite and French challenger, Waldgeist by a head in a thrilling finish. The Challenge Cup, a heritage handicap, was won by the three year old, Accidental Agent for Charles Bishop.

Finally, there was also a wide range of top class International action, including an incredible 21st consecutive win for the wondermare Winx, a grade 1 win for Suedois at Keeneland and a win for Diversify in a wide open Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Next week sees Newmarket take centre stage yet again with the Fillies Mile and the Dewhurst Stakes in what looks set to be another fantastic weekend of racing – could we see Aidan O’Brien match Bobby Frankel’s record in less than a week’s time?3d2d362fcc104ee4a27ecddb9dadf9b9