The Racing Week That Was 1-11-20


Monday, we start at Galway. The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate are back in action today with Lottieloveheart, we had Shane Foley on board. It was the start of another really intense period as all 6 of our syndicate horses will race between now and November 9th. Lottieloveheart finished 8th of 16 last time out at Limerick. The run was below what we hoped for. Colin Keane reported that the ground was pretty holding, Lottieloveheart did not travel as well as she did in Galway when finishing second. She got a hefty bump two furlongs out although not a help it only cost us Fifth or sixth no more than that.

We went back to Galway today this date has been marked in red for some time. Lottieloveheart has a good record at Galway. Lottieloveheart really likes Galway her best runs have come at Galway. In her two visits to Galway, she has finished 32. She ran a blinder for us here in September to finish second beaten a neck, the form has been well advertised since. What followed was a very disappointing day with Lottieloveheart it was a dreadful display in reality. Lottieloveheart after starting well-shuffled back, never being a factor in the race. We had hoped going to Galway where she had shown her best form would be a real positive. We will chat with Leanne in the next 48 hours and decide what should be the next move. This is part of the game From October 30th until November 9th we will run Parkers Hill, Trading Point, Double Kodiac, Mokhalad and Stanhope. There is no time for feeling sorry for ourselves in racing you just never know what is around the corner.

The rest of the Galway card saw a second double in four days for Sam Ewing who completed a quick 152/1 double as Advanced Virgo stayed on best to thwart the 11/8 favourite Cerberus by a length. Ewing, successful on Excuzio Joe (8/1) in the preceding contest, hasn’t looked back since riding his first winner in August and this was his 13th winner of the campaign, coming on the back of his brace at Dundalk on Friday evening. At Wexford, On his first start since being run down by Champ in that highly dramatic RSA Chase back in March, 8/13 favourite Minella Indo had no problems landing the M.W. Hickey Memorial Steeplechase (Grade 3). After disputing the lead with market rival, and Kim Muir winner, Milan Native, the 7-year-old took over at the tenth and went clear before the second-last. This was a good start for Minella Indo, giving my ante-post bets life still in October. A horse with a tall reputation made his debut over fences Andy Dufresne. The 1/2 favourite Andy Dufresne was a comfortable winner of the Garry Flood Landscaping Beginners’ Chase on his first start over racecourse fences. Mark Walsh’s mount went on after the third-last and was not extended to beat Exit Poll (15/2) by seven and a half lengths.

At Redcar, Bravado was an impressive winner for Mark Johnston. At Leicester, the Gordon Richards Handicap went in facile fashion to Win O'Clock by 19 lengths. At Ayr, over the jumps, there was a double for Mark Todhunter with Asking For Answers and Joie De Vivre. At Newcastle, Doc Sportello took the feature race under Tom Marquand.


Tuesday, we start at SouthwellOisin Murphy reached 1,000 domestic career winners aboard Perfect Sign at Southwell. The champion jockey achieved the landmark on the Michael Dods-trained juvenile with victory over Sealed Offer by two and three-quarter lengths — in the colours of his retained owner, Qatar Racing, edging closer to retaining his title. At Bangor, Good Boy Bobby was an impressive winner for Nigel Twiston Davies. At Chepstow, there was a winner for Paul Nicholls with Stage Star. At Catterick, Main Fact bolted up for David Pipe.


Wednesday, we start at Punchestown. Grade One-winning novice hurdler and Cheltenham second placer Latest Exhibition made a pleasing start over fences to justify 6/5 favouritism in the Beginners Chase. I thought this was pretty good it was a rough finish, however, Latest Exhibition did it well. Jessica Harrington completed a Punchestown brace when Mikey McGuane rode his first winner aboard Ever Present. The Harrington team had won the opener with Crosshill. At Dundalk, Joseph O’Brien doubled his score in race three Mikey Sheehy rode the opening Carriganog Racing winner, Gee Rex in the claimer, whilst Crosse led home an O’Brien 1,2,3 on Hype. At Fakenham, Jonjo O'Neill continued his good run with Skylanna Breeze. At Taunton, Alan King was another trainer continuing his good form as Isolate (a topical winner) was on target. At Kempton, Arion Fox was on target for Silvestre De Sousa.


Thursday, we start at Clonmel. The Cashel Maiden Hurdle resulted in a one-two, and a quick double, for trainer Henry de Bromhead. The 4/6 favourite Decimation was always prominent. All the while, though, the grey Irascible (18s into 17/2 in late betting) was staying on in the hands of Dylan Robinson and a mistake at the last by the market leader gave him the opening he needed. Boher Cailin made all for Rachael Blackmore completing the double for Henry De Bromhead. In the UK, William Buick kept up his bid for a first Flat Jockeys’ Championship with a double at Lingfield on Thursday, highlighted by the victory of Sorrel in the Ladbrokes EBF River Eden Fillies’ Stakes.

At Stratford, Soyouthinksoagain was on target for the Skeltons. At Newton Abbot, there was a double for Harry Fry with Mille Sussurri and Metier. At Southwell, Alan King continued his great run as Son Of Red was on target. At Chelmsford, there was a four-timer for Oisin Murphy with Pax Britannica, Noble Queen, Eagle Creek and Dancing Rave.

A day of change for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. We said goodbye to Lottieloveheart as we sold her on. It is another sign of our evolution as we sell the first member of our team since our foundation. We wish the new connections well. We will always be grateful to Lottieloveheart as she was the horse we first got to work with Leanne Breen on. Lottieloveheart herself had her best day at Galway in September been beaten by a neck in second. This was a terrific thrill as well as a run that has had its form was well-advertised. We wish the new connections Of Lottieloveheart well with her.

One door closes another one opens. As we completed the purchase of Casa Comigo who will be trained by Leanne Breen. Casa Comigo is rated 73 and has won five races. We have wanted a staying prospect for a while this horse has won over two miles 5 times, 4 of those wins came at Lingfield and one at Kempton. Casa Comigo looks a perfect Dundalk candidate. There is a good amount of races for horses like this, we also will not have to compete with our current team. Exciting times ahead we hope.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. No luck for us with Parkers Hill, he got a bang late on. Parkers Hill sustained a nasty cut. Thankfully quick thinking from Shane Foley who realised something was wrong prevented it being any worse. Despite a lean run for our horses we still have a lifetime 11% strike rate as owners. We are grateful for all the wins however as I have said before its simply not realistic to expect it to go well all the time. The wheel will turn. Parkers Hill will be fine and that's the main thing. Parkers Hill will have a few easy days now we will see plenty of him in the next four months at Dundalk. That is just the way our luck is running right now. We will have plenty of runners in the next ten days. Let's see what happens in November. There was a double on the card for Ado McGuinness in the finale tonight, as in the Story Of Dundalk Stadium Book Buy Online Handicap, Pure Nature took the honours in the hands of Adam Farragher. The other leg of the double was Raphael who took the 630.

Envoi Allen predictably outclassed his rivals as he made a foot-perfect start to his career over fences at Down Royal. You would have to be impressed even though bigger tests are ahead. Aspire Tower proved too strong for fellow Cheltenham Festival runner-up Abacadabras in the WKD Hurdle. At Wetherby, Shan Blue was brilliant again over fences. It's a long time since I have been as impressed with a horses transition to fences. Shan Blue jumps like a two-miler with stamina for three miles.  Shan Blue was advised 3pts win at 13/8. On the rest of the Wetherby card, there was a double for Kielan Woods with Fransham and Huntsman Son. At Uttoxeter, Panic Attack got off the mark over hurdles. At Newmarket, Ventura Diamond took the feature race for Richard Fahey.


Saturday, we start at WetherbyCyrname oozed class as he made a triumphant return to action in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase, he simply took the race apart. It was a classic example of commonly held misconceptions being treated as facts. Cyrname has plenty of options now it certainly appears the clash with Altior at Ascot ruined both the seasons of Cyrname and Altior. It will be very interesting to see how both horses get on this season. Roksana quickened up impressively to win the bet365 Hurdle. Mrs Hyde proved too strong for Grade One-winning mare Verdana Blue in the bet365 Mares’ Hurdle. The market vibes for Verdana Blue were terrible from Friday afternoon.

At Down Royal, The Storyteller landed the biggest success of his career when pipping Chris’s Dream in a thrilling renewal of the Ladbrokes Champion Chase. This was a fantastic race. I thought Presenting Percy ran very well the 33/1 for the Grand National looks big and worth taking would be my view. Battleoverdoyen returned to winning ways in the Lough Construction Ltd. Chase at Down Royal as he formed part of a Gordon Elliott five-timer. The other three Elliott winners all came from Cheveley Park Quilixios, Ballyadam, and Sir Gerhard. In a week when Cheveley Park announces a cut in its flat string, it's not hard to see why with so much jumping talent at their disposal. Sir Gerhard looks Cheltenham Bumper material already.

At Ascot, there was a brilliant treble for Anthony Honeyball with Sully D'oc AA, Kid Commando and Regal Encore. I have to say the record of Regal Encore Ascot is amazing I was kicking myself for not backing him. One I did not miss was Drumconnor Lad at Ayr who continued his fine run over fences since moving to the UK for Adrian Keatley.  Drumconnor Lad was advised 1pt each-way at 7/2. It meant we finished with a 21 Points profit for October. A pleasing result.


Sunday, we start at NaasSaltonstall has played a big part in a great year for both trainer Ado McGuinness and champion apprentice elect Gavin Ryan and the six-year-old gelding rounded the campaign off in style by landing the Listed Glencairn Stakes at Naas. This is a remarkable training performance by any measure. Colin Keane’s 99th victory of the season on Persian Queen at Naas appears to have clinched his second jockeys’ title. Kim Bailey admits he has some thinking to do over future targets after Imperial Aura made a faultless return to action in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase at Carlisle. Sam Twiston-Davies emphatically ended a 36-ride losing streak with a Huntingdon treble, completed by Innisfree Lad in the MansionBet Faller Insurance Handicap Hurdle. At Cork, 40/1 chance Dromore Lad ran out a nine length winner of the featured Paddy Power Cork Grand National. There was a great run for two of Our Syndicate Members High Sparrow who placed in the feature event.