Jacob's super six wins in a row
Daryl Jacob had a bit of a quiet spell after Christmas, and had quite a few days where he had single rides, but he hit a remarkable sequence from February 3 to 6 when he had six successive winners from six rides.
This began at Sandown last Saturday week with Terrefort for Nicky Henderson, and was followed by a double at Musselburgh on the Sunday with We Have A Dream and Calett Mad, as I reported last week.
He kept up the good work with a double at Southwell on Monday aboard Boreham Bill (15/8) and Global Citizen (4/9), and a winner on his only ride at Market Rasen on Tuesday, Oistrakh Le Noir (4/9) - all three for Ben Pauling, for whom he is stable jockey when available.
He had no luck at the televised Newbury meeting on Saturday.
Tom O'Brien kept things ticking over with three winners in the week - on Michael's Mount (14/1) at Doncaster on Thursday for Ian Williams, on Beau Bay (11/4) for Dr. Newland at Uttoxeter on Saturday, and on Elegant Escape (4/6f) for Colin Tizzard at Exeter on Sunday.
It was a very quiet week on the British flat scene as Pat McDonald is on a very well-deserved break since February 3, and Pat Dobbs and Jimmy Quinn are working on the Dubai Carnival circuit which is building up to the multi-million euro World Cup Day in March.
Dobbs is still making his presence felt against the world's best riders and had a good book of rides for Doug Watson at Meydan on Thursday.
He had a winner, two seconds and a third in races worth about three-quarters of a million Euro. His win was on the well-backed My Catch (3/1 from 11/2) in the sprint.
He was second on Rayya (11/8) behind Saeed Bin Suroor's Winter Lightning (4/6f) in the listed mile handicap worth over €200,000, and was also second on Galvanise (7/1) in a handicap, beaten by a stablemate, Street of Dreams (16/1). He had a winner from a field of 13 at the Jebel Ali track on Friday on Hawker (7/2).
As attention begins to be focused more and more on Cheltenham which begins a month from today (Tuesday), there is some competitive but ordinary enough racing on the local scene.
Best showing for the week was a great winning front-running ride by J.J. Slevin on High Sparrow (13/8f) for Joseph O'Brien in a well-contested maiden hurdle, following on from the pair's Grade 1 success at Leopardstown the previous weekend.
Jamie Codd's bumper win and the good ride by Rob James in the Hunter Chase are covered in the point-to-point report.
At Thurles on Thursday, Seán Flanagan had to be content with a couple of placed efforts, on Le Martalin (2/1jf) for Noel Meade in the beginners' chase, and Great Trango (4/1) for Harry Kelly in the featured Horse and Jockey novice hurdle, behind Henry De Bromhead's Mount Hanover (2/1).
At Naas on Saturday, the pickings were slim enough again with Jonathan Moore getting third in the maiden hurdle on Kerosin (14/1) for James McAuley, while the Paul Nolan-trained Eagle Roque (7/1) was second in the bumper under Patrick Mullins, behind a typical Charles Byrnes gamble, Balliniska Band (13/2 in the morning into 11/8f).