At Dundalk in what turned out to be another incredible night for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Our third syndicate horse Stanhope (530 Dundalk) hit the track for the first time in our silks. Stanhope is a sprinter who has settled in well to life in Balscadden. We were very happy with Stanhope going into the race and could see potential in him, this was supposed to be very much a fact-finding mission. Stanhope had been brought along gradually we had thought whatever he did today he would improve. Stanhope pleased us on Wednesday morning myself and John Maher (syndicate co-founder) saw his work. The priority was a positive experience as well as to learn about our new horse Stanhope.
The race turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises we will ever get. Stanhope made all the running under Stephen Mooney to win holding off his stablemate Dance Alone in a first 1-2 for Damian. Stephen loses his ten-pound claim for winning on Stanhope and gained an agent. We were delighted for Stephen who is a massive part of our team and racing story. Stephen rides a lot of the work on our horses and has a sharp sense of where our horses are health and fitness wise. The team at Grougha have again done a remarkable job. Damian and Craig identified as we expanded we needed a sprinter, the lads then bought Stanhope. It was a first career 1-2 for Damian. Myself and John Maher were interviewed on At The Races live another surreal experience. The celebrations were as you would expect back to the Balscadden Inn for a long night. This was our fourth winner in under 12 months and we now have a 30% strike rate at Dundalk as a syndicate. It is remarkable by any standard. Our first three horses have now all won and we have yet to run our highest rated horse Trading Point. As always I am grateful to John, Damian, Craig, Stephen, Darryl, all the syndicate everyone plays a part. Damian has a remarkable talent that he wears lightly, Craig is simply a brilliant racing manager and Damian's assistant. Damian has been injured with a cruciate injury. Craig has done a brilliant job. It is a genuine team between Galaxy and Grougha stables, a real team spirit. I and John are also very grateful to our wives Siobhan and Grace who stand fully behind us and are always encouraging and supportive on good or bad days. We could not do it without you girls!! Thanks for everything. It would be wrong to finish this section by not mentioning Mokhalad. It is no exaggeration to say what Mokhalad has done for us has been incredible. I am grateful nowadays for several weeks hounding from John Maher for me to go and see Mokhalad. John rightly knew if I saw him we would have to go for Mokhalad. A sincere thank you to John and Mokhalad who has fired the whole project, he means the world to us all.
The road ahead is there for Stanhope we find ourselves way ahead of schedule. The race report is from Irish Racing.com
Stanhope made a winning debut for Damian English at Dundalk today when leading home a 1-2 for the trainer in the opening Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Handicap.Ridden by 10lbs claiming jockey Stephen Mooney, the son of Equiano made much of the running and in the end beat stablemate Dance Alone by half a length.Stanhope won once from 17 starts for trainer Simon Crisford in Britain and following today's debut win for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate, English stated “we thought he'd need the run, to be honest and we fancied Dance Alone big time. I told Stephen going out 'try for your life but he might just come up short fitness-wise'.“Credit to the horse he's dug deep and he could be a right little sprinter for the winter.”The trainer added “we bought this lad at the Autumn sales and thought he'd be a nice sprinter for up here.“We threw him down to Francis Casey when we got him; he's had him for a long time and we've only had him for a few weeks.“There is a race here next week over six, worth €15,000 to the winner, and if he comes out of this well we might let him tip on into that.“I have to credit my brother Craig as well as Stephen (Mooney) because I've just had a cruciate injury and the lads are keeping the show running in the yard. They're doing a great job so fair play to them.“That's Stephen's third winner so he loses the 10lb now. I'm delighted as that's my first one-two as well.”