On a day of high drama, Mokhalad weaved his magic at Naas again. Mokhalad turned out for the second time in 24 hours. This time over six furlongs at his beloved Naas. We had hoped a return to Naas would see a better performance. Mokhalad had a brilliant record at Naas before Saturday. In four races at Naas Mokhalad has a record of 1143, three of those races over six furlongs. The size of the field wouldn't be a problem. Mokhalad's work from the stalls has become a little unpredictable following the incident at Naas in March. The hope was, he jumps out well and he could run a good race. Damian English and Craig English believed the two runs in 24 hours would not be a problem. Mokhalad is as tough as nails, he loves to compete. Last season Mokhalad ran twice in four days finishing second and first. What followed was a day of high emotion for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. We took a view that we had nothing to lose and everything to gain.
On the second day, Mokhalad rose again. Well, what a day it turned out to be. Our hearts are once again bursting with pride thanks to our wonderful racehorse Mokhalad who produced a spine-tingling performance to win at Naas. Words can't do justice as to what Mokhalad means to us. Mokhalad had been showing us a bit at home as we have been saying. That said he has been having problems at the start ever since bumping his head in Naas during March. Mokhalad did not make a great start again. He looked to be in a very unpromising position three furlongs out. Mokhalad started to pass horses engaging overdrive up his favourite hill at Naas. One by one he saw them off into a really strong headwind. Mokhalad powered home to win by a length going away at the line. Mokhalad was just sensational in the last two furlongs. Mokhalad takes a bit of knowledge, Gavin Ryan has been learning on the job. Gavin put everything he had learned about Mokhalad into practice here. Damian English will always be the first trainer we ever hired. We have made so many memories together this was another fantastic day for us all. Damian has now trained ten winners for us. It was great for Damian and all the team at Grougha. It was a tremendous feat of dare and do to run Mokhalad twice in 24 hours. To the whole team our sincere thanks. Our Racing Manager Craig English, Peter Casey who has ridden Mokhalad a lot in his recent work. Of Course not forgetting Jimmy Delaney and Daryl Clarke who both are a big part of Mokhalad's daily life.
Mokhalad is such an important horse for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Every race he runs matters to us as it does with all our horses. From the day I and John Maher met Mokhalad at Hilltop stables September 2017 he has never let us down once. Mokhalad is a credit to the group who own him. He means the world to everyone involved. Mokhalad has kicked down every door we have walked through in racing. He is a hero an icon as well a leader for us. Mokhalad has now won six times. Younger horses have come on board our team in the last couple of years to make the case to be our number one. Every time this happens Mokhalad produces a performance that reminds everyone why he is known as " The King" he will remain that in our eyes forever. Mokhalad marches to the beat of his own drum. He loves being a racehorse, a real zest for it. Mokhalad likes living outside, he never wants to be curtailed in a box for long periods. This race may have been his finest hour to date. Coming on the back of Friday's disappointments as well as his own shocking run at Gowran. We have received hundreds of messages since Mokhald won, he is incredibly popular. We thank you all who took the time to contact us.
Mokhalad will now drive on to Bellewstown to defend the race he won last season, it's then Galway. The hope is by Bellewstown we will be back in his corner at the races. Mokhalad will make his way back to Naas for the Autumn. Naas has been an incredibly lucky track for us it is now our fourth win at Naas as a syndicate. We love going racing at Naas in any event and the hope would be that we pick up some more silverware when allowed to return to the racecourse as owners. This day, however, will live long into the future warming the hearts of us all when many years have passed. In a bizarre quirk of fate Parkers Hill won on my birthday 8-6-20 from stall 16 over six furlongs at Naas. Mokhalad managed the same achievement over six furlongs at Naas from stall 16 on fellow syndicate member my brother Dave's Birthday 20-6-20.
The report from Irish Racing is below
Mokhalad is now a three-time winner over six furlongs at Naas, taking the Thank You To The HSE & Frontline Workers Handicap after finishing twelfth at Tipperary yesterday. In the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate silks, Gavin Ryan came from off the pace on the nicely supported 13/2 shot Mokhalad, to beat well-backed favourite Master Matt (6s into 4s) by a length.
“Five furlongs probably wasn’t his ideal trip in Tipperary but he’s a horse that needs to run regularly. He doesn’t get a whole pile of work at home and needs to run regularly,” said Ryan on the Damian English-trained Mokhalad. Ryan added: “He loves coming to Naas and his best form is probably here. The strong headwind today made it a real tough test and that’s the way he relishes it.“He’s a horse that races behind the bridle a bit early on and does his best work at the finish.”