The Racing Week That Was 1-9-19


Monday, a bank holiday in the UK. We start at Epsom. There was an impressive winner for Godolphin with Setting Sail. At Southwell, there was a double for a young trainer going places Scott Dixon who had a double with Break The Silence and Crosse Fire. At Chepstow, there was a double for jockey Jane Elliott with Captain Sedgwick and Charlie D. At Cartmel, there was a double for Richie McLernon and Ben Haslam with Demi Sang and Lady Shanawell. At Ripon, Platinum Star took the feature race for Godolphin. At Downpatrick, there was a double for jockey Darragh O'Keefe with Muroor and Cappuccino Man.


Tuesday, we start at Ballinrobe. The feature race went to Bothar Dubh for Declan Queally. It was good news for our members Bothar Dubh who was advised 1pt each-way at 15/2. At Epsom, Mark Johnston took the two-year-old maiden for the fourth year in a row the winner this time was Gold Souk. At Ripon, there was a treble for Danny Tudhope with Hot Affair, World Title, and Benadalid. At Bath, there was a double for Jim Crowley with Aryaaf and Alandalos. At Musselburgh, Ventura Royal was on target for David O'Meara.


Wednesday, we start at Musselburgh. There was an impressive win for Mark Johnston with Cognac. There was a double for Tim Easterby with Kitty's Cove and Cuba Ruba. At Catterick, there was a double for Richard Fahey with Kensington Art and Tornado Queen. At Worcester, Crystal Gazing was on target for Nicky Henderson. At Kempton, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Run Wild and Chil Chil. At Lingfield, More Than Likely was on target for Richard Hughes. At Bellewstown, there was a double for Shane Foley and Jessica Harrington with Dancing On A Dream and Yulong Voice. There was a double for Joseph and Donnacha O'Brien with Phase after Phase and Royal Aide. The sprint went to My Good Brother, Ty Rock Brandy advised to our members (1pt each way) 12/1 placed in the race.


Thursday, we start at Bellewstown. There was a double for Gavin Cromwell with Flooring Porter and Lucky Road. At Tipperary, there was a treble for Donnacha O'Brien with Waitingfortheday, Lancaster House and Blissful. At Ffos Las, Oisin Murphy was on target with Endless Joy. At Chelmsford, there was a double for James Doyle with Solar Heights and Surf Dancer. At Carlisle, Richard Fahey and Sean Davis with International Man. At Fontwell, Beautiful People was on target for Richard Johnson. At Sedgefield, Desert Point was on target for Keith Dalgleish.


Friday, we start at the Curragh. We were supposed to have two runners in the Cambridgeshire with Mokhalad and Trading Point lining up. A very difficult day for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Trading Point pulled a shoe off in his paddock just before leaving for the races. He did not recover in time and the vets at the Curragh decided he could not run. This was 100% the right decision. The frustration is that Trading Point will be grand in five days. We will have to plan again, this has been a recurring theme in the last few weeks. This was Trading Points target for several months now. We will have to get on with it and find another target.Mokhalad tried his best again Oisin Murphy was very complimentary of him. However tactically it did not pan out for us. We decided after Bellewstown to ride Mokhalad cold and come for a late run. There was a serious pace on in Bellewstown we had hoped for the same here. There was no pace in the race and we were beat after 3 furlongs. Oisin did not batter Mokhalad, we will look for something back at a stiff track now. Mokhalad is in good form still. We just have to find the right race.Although on the face of it to most it will seem a disaster of a day, however, we take comfort from the fact we have two fit horses. Some owners we know very well have not been so lucky this week now face very difficult days ahead we wish them and their horses well. We are always thankful for what we have and look forward to running Stanhope in Cork on Sunday.

On the track, at the Curragh, the Cambridgeshire went to Jassaar for Dermot Weld with a horse Trading Point had beaten at Galway.  Congrats to our friends at Hilltop Racing who had Yuften who ran a blinder to be seventh , the lads will have plenty of fun before Christmas with Yuften. There was a treble for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore with Mogul, Lope Y Fernandez, and Goddess. At Down Royal, there was a double for Robbie Power with Echo Park and Bective Cave. At Bangor, there was a treble for Brian Hughes with Beach Break, Glorious Lady and Zolfo. At Thirsk, there was a double for Kevin Ryan and Kevin Stott with Divinia Gloria and Bielsa. At Sandown, Palace Pier was an impressive winner for John Gosden. At Wolverhampton, Berkshire Savvy was on target for Andrew Balding. At Hamilton, there was a double for Jim Goldie with Remmy B and Sarvi. At Newcastle, Keith Dalgleish was on target with Home Before Dusk.


Saturday, we start at SandownPositive was made to pull out all the stops to justify prohibitive odds in a thrilling climax to the Betway Solario Stakes winning by a nose. Lavender’s Blue sprang a minor surprise with an impressive display in the Betway Atalanta Stakes. William Buick is certainly getting back into the swing of things after a prolonged spell on the sidelines with concussion-related problems and he scored with a double aboard Justanotherbottle and Imperial Empire. At Beverley, Joe Fanning enjoyed a  double on Saturday with successes in both the featured Listed Beverley Bullet Sprint and the Irish EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes. Judicial kept his unbeaten record at Beverley intact with a determined triumph in the William Hill Beverley Bullet. At Chester, Vivid Diamond led home a one-two for Mark Johnston in the Sportpesa Chester Stakes. Oh This Us took his career earnings to over 600,000 STG with victory in the seven-furlong handicap.

At Down Royal, The Ulster Cesarewitch went to Noel Meade with Dinard Rose. At Newton Abbot, Sizing Granite took the feature race for Colin Tizzard. At Wolverhampton, Casanova was an impressive winner for John Gosden. At Lingfield, Dubai Blue was on target for Godolphin. At Chelmsford, there was a 100K race it went to War Glory for Richard Hannon.


Sunday, we start at Cork with our syndicate horse Stanhope in action. If Carlsberg did weekends this weekend would not have been the one for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Nothing went right from the Curragh to Cork at all. Stanhope looks like he has picked up an injury. There clearly was something amiss as this was too bad to be true. We will get Stanhope thoroughly checked over and plan from that point. Stanhope has done really well for us to date. We will give him all the time he needs. We stopped at the Horse And Jockey on the way home. If you have not been stop next time!! Seamus Heffernan was in having some food he came over to myself and John Maher for a chat. We don't know him at all and he doesn't know us, we had just seen each other at the races. He offered some kind words and advice which was brilliant by Seamus. To be honest it lifted our spirits. Thank you, Seamus. We must be doing something right.

On a positive note, Alfirak is working away and although he has an important week ahead training-wise, he is pleasing us at the moment. Hopefully, he passes this week well and we can get him to Laytown. Alfirak remains a firm favorite of everyone in the syndicate his personality is priceless at times. Mokhalad will be out soon we will need some rain, but he is ready when called upon as always we know the captain will answer the call when we need him. Trading Point is entered at Leopardstown on Champions weekend he will be ready for that if he makes the cut. It will be tight in our view to get into the race, he is ready to run when required. It has been a tough weekend not just for ourselves but the whole team at Grougha we have been here before at the end of May this year. We all bounced back together then we will do so again.

On the track at Cork. There was a double for Edward Lynam with Romantic Proposal and Chagall. There was an impressive winner of the first as Passion looks a filly to follow. At Worcester, Go Another One took apart the field he looks a star for John McConnell. At Brighton, there was a treble for Tom Marquand with Urban Highway, Red Alert, and Quick.