It was to prove to be an incredible night for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Our leader, captain and banner carrier Mokhalad bounced into action at Bellewstown. We traveled in large numbers ourselves to get behind Mokhalad. He gets great support locally it was a chance for people who like him and back him to see him race in the flesh. It was a valuable race with 12 grand to the winner. We were delighted to support the four-day festival at Bellewstown. Mokhalad has already had a golden 2019 winning twice and finishing second twice. We stepped Mokhalad up in distance to just under a mile. Every jockey who has ever ridden him on the quicker ground has told us to try this trip on faster ground. We had the opportunity tonight so we went for it. Chris Hayes came in for the ride.
We knew our stablemate Geological would bowl along in front, with several front runners in the race we knew the pace would be fierce. The race went as we thought. Mokhalad was anchored at the back. Mokhalad looked detached at one point, to be honest, I was happy with the way he was going through the contest. Mokhalad latched onto the field at the two-furlong pole, he began to surge through. Mokhalad was in the fifth position just before one furlong out. Mokhalad hit top gear with his turn of foot powering clear for a two and a half-length win which in 50 yards more would have been five lengths. Mokhalad showed all his attributes as a racehorse in one perfect performance. The biggest asset Mokhalad has in my view is his mind he is a very determined horse who tries his heart out. The scenes in the parade ring were amazing Mokhalad was mobbed by his delighted connections. The crowd at Bellewstown gave Mokhalad a tremendous welcome into the parade ring.
From a personal point of view, it was a wonderful moment. My brother Dave and his family were seeing Mokhalad race for the first time in the flesh, they are on holidays here from South Africa. Dave has played his part in the syndicate from the start and is involved in our four horses. For Damian English, Craig English and the whole team. This was a plan brilliantly executed. The team had targeted this race several months ago as a race for Mokhalad. We have had a difficult few weeks with various setbacks for our horses and the yard. We always look long term as much as we can. The center of our philosophy is to let Damian work without interference while considering the horse's needs as our priority. Chris Hayes gave Mokhalad a magnificent ride. For the lads involved with Mokhalad from the start all of whom were in attendance bar one, it was a truly special night. We were joined by our wives, children, and families. It was a perfect night at our local track. We think this is Mokhalad's greatest performance. The celebrations were epic we returned to Mokhalad's home village of Balscadden we celebrated long into the night. The heads the next day were very sore.
Mokhalad did not have to do anything else to secure his place in our hearts, he already means so much to the syndicate. Mokhalad has from day one led our team and this whole project magnificently. This win opens up lots of options for Mokhalad. We are dealing with a very good horse who is in a tremendous moment. Mokhalad will head to Galway now. We know what's in front of us we went with Mokhalad last year. Whatever happens for the rest of the season and indeed the future. This glorious July night on the hill at Bellewstown will always shine brightly. It was a night filled with emotion and Mokhalad magic.
Damian English Comments are below
Afterward English said “there is not too much between them at home. When they work on the beach the slower the sand they work on the further Mokhalad wins and on quicker sand Geo (Geological) would win.
“Chris Hayes gave him an absolute peach. I said Geo is going to make it and if they take him on you’re going to come along and pick up the pieces. Talk about balls of steel, to drop him out that far and come with one rattle. It makes up for Twenty Minutes being beaten on the Curragh last weekend.
“He’ll go straight to Galway now. We were going to go for one of the little seven-furlong handicaps but that might sneak him in now to the big race on the Sunday of the Galway Festival. “He’s in the form of his life and it doesn’t matter about ground or trip — once he’s in good form he’s going to run his heart out. He was third there last year so you never know.”