The Racing Week That Was 10-10-21


Monday, we start at Tipperary. Billy Lee won the last three on the card with Swift Flight, Cracking Name and Moss Tucker. At Lingfield, Oisin Murphy and William Buick traded winners on the day onboard Miquelon and Nations Pride. At Stratford, the feature race went to Dan and Harry Skelton with Too Friendly. At Pontefract, there was a double for Kevin Stott with Aleezdancer and Wynford. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for David Probert with Seixas and Street Kid.


Tuesday, we start at Galway. There was a double for Gavin Cromwell with Indian Admiral and Ilikethewayurthinkin. There was another Galway win for Bridge Native it was good news for our members (0.75pt each way) at 5/1. At Brighton, there was a treble for David Probert with Wisper, Baileysgutfeeling and Pitchcombe. At Leicester, Pied Piper bolted up for John Gosden. At Huntingdon, Nicky Henderson unleashed a useful Juvenile hurdler in the shape of Impulsive One who despite racing with the choke out won by ten lengths. At Kempton, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with My Dubawi and Spring Glow.


Wednesday, we start at Navan. The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate were in action with Stanhope. No luck for us with Stanhope at Navan. There was a lot of rain prior to the race which was and a knife in the heart having declared on Good to Yielding the closer to the race we got it was nearer heavy than anything else. Going up to 5.7 furlongs the last furlong was very hard work. Stanhope travelled strongly for a good portion of the race which is actually more annoying. Stan has been a wonderful servant to us, we will talk it over in the next few days with everyone and work things out for the rest of the season.

At Ludlow, See The Sea bolted up for Donald McCain. At Sedgefield, Dazzling Glory was on target for Dan Skelton. At Nottingham, there was a double for Andrew Balding with Secret Shadow and Typewriter. At Kempton, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Paxos and Gherkin. 


Thursday, we start at Thurles. There was a treble for Joseph O'Brien with Rekero, Adelisa and Voice Of Angels. At Ayr, there were doubles for David O'Meara and David Tudhope with DR T J Eckleburg and Cold Stare. At Exeter, the feature race went to Neville's Cross for trainer Tom Lacey. At Worcester, there was a double for Dr Richard Newland with Jesuitique and Wigglesworth. At Chelmsford, Lindwall was on target for Sir Mark Prescott.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate were in action with Trading Point who was making his debut for John McConnell having moved by ourselves from Adrian McGuinness. Trading Point totally blew the start, however, there were positives to take from the race. Trading Point moved through the midsection of the race well. Trading Point stuck at it well. However, you can't give up that ground from that draw at the start of the race at Dundalk. We have something to build on we will go over what went on in the race and try again in October. It was much improved on recent efforts ending up being beaten just over 5 lengths. Donagh was very positive after the race. We have high regard for Donagh O'Connor's feedback and we can use it. John McConnell learned a fair bit also Trading Point can be buzzy in the parade ring and he was really on his toes beforehand. We can again learn and use this for the next race. There was a sad postscript to the Trading Point race as our friends at Hilltop lost Fly Girl in the race. On the rest of the Dundalk card. Colin Keane equalled Joseph O’Brien’s record of 126 winners in a season in Ireland when steering Torn to victory at Dundalk.

Oisin Murphy missed his rides at Newmarket on Friday after failing a racecourse breathalyser test. Al Suhail has always been highly regarded and stamped his class on the Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes at Newmarket. There was an Irish winner as Twilight Jet was on target for Michael O'Callaghan. At Chepstow, Camprond capitalised on his handicapping experience to claim a comfortable success in the Grade Two Unibet Persian War Novices’ Hurdle. The veteran's chase went in good style to Some Chaos. It was good news for our members who were advised 1pt each way at 7/1. At York, Surrey Gold took the Heritage Handicap for Hughie Morrison. At Downpatrick, there was a treble for jockey Jack Foley which meant his claim is now down to 5 pounds. The winning horses were Carnet De Stage, Gelle Blanche and Ask The Leader.


Saturday, we start at Newmarket. Native Trail underlined his Classic credentials by extending his unbeaten record in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes for Charlie Appleby. I really liked the run of Bayside Boy in third I thought he was a little unlucky. At 25/1 he would interest me in the 2000 GuineasCoroebus put his last-gasp defeat in the Royal Lodge behind him with a dominant display in the Emirates Autumn Stakes giving Charlie Appleby a double. Goldspur put a nasty experience at Epsom behind him to run out a determined winner of the Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes giving Charlie Appleby a treble. Buzz provided Nicky Henderson with his third victory in the Together For Racing International Cesarewitch, and a welcome success too for champion jockey Oisin Murphy at Newmarket. It is 18 years since Henderson first claimed this prestigious staying handicap with top-class hurdler Landing Light, while popular veteran Caracciola added his name to the roll of honour in 2008.

At Hexham, John McConnell was on target with Mr Jackman. There were doubles for Jennie Candish and Sean Quinlan with It's Good To Laugh and For Jim. At Chepstow, Orbys Legend capped a hugely successful meeting for trainer Philip Hobbs with a promising victory in the Wasdell Group Silver Trophy at Chepstow. Hobbs, who had provided the first and second in the Grade Two Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at the same track 24 hours earlier, was also completing a double – as was jockey Tom O’Brien – after Masters Legacy’s last-gasp success in the Geoffrey Broomhall Memorial Handicap Hurdle. There was a double for Paul Nicholls with Magistrato and Timeforatune.

At York, Volatile Analyst won York’s Coral Sprint Trophy Handicap for Scotland after final-furlong drama on the Knavesmire. Keith Dalgleish’s gelding started at 11-1 and was returning to the scene of his last triumph, a seven-furlong handicap success in May. Ridden by Callum Rodriguez, the four-year-old ran prominently and was clear of his rivals approaching the last furlong but began to hang towards the rail and briefly blocked the path taken by Ado McGuinness’ 11-2 favourite Laugh A Minute. Dalgleish’s runner crossed the line half a length ahead of Laugh A Minute but was subject to a stewards’ enquiry for possible interference. It was announced, however, that the placings remained unchanged. Canonized signed off her busy season with a Listed victory in the Coral Beaten-By-A-Length Free Bet Rockingham Stakes for William Haggas. At Limerick, there was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Royal Blend and Dantes Pass. At Fairyhouse, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Glan and Riviere D'etel.


Sunday, we start at The CurraghAn absolute disaster with Double Kodiac at the Curragh. The memory of his previous negative visit to the Curragh clearly stuck with him. Ben Coen did miracles to get him to post and actually had to walk him the last three furlongs. Double Kodiac behaved dreadfully before the race. Double Kodiac's attitude was poor in the race itself he just appeared to give up. To top it all he almost refused to pull up for Ben Coen after the line. Double Kodiac to be fair has suffered three difficult incidents in the season at Galway, The Curragh and Punchestown. It appears to have destroyed his confidence which is sad.  It is incredibly disappointing we would imagine Double Kodiac would leave the team at the end of the season with possibly one more run in an attempt to salvage something from the season. Double Kodiac was a horse that promised a lot however it just has not happened. The Curragh has proved to be a very tough venue for us as a syndicate. 

On the rest of The Curragh card. Colin Keane created history at the Curragh this afternoon when riding his 127th winner of the season, making him the winning most rider in a Flat season in Ireland. Having equalled Joseph O'Brien's record of 126 at Dundalk on Friday night it was only a matter of time before the dual champion jockey grabbed the record for himself. Keane made it a double with Pretty Boy Floyd. The feature race went to Line Out stayed on strongly to land the Paddy Power Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh for John Kiely and Shane Foley. 

At Limerick, Ontheropes got off the mark over fences in style when outpointing his rivals in the JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Chase. Having his fifth run over fences, and only ninth start under rules, the Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old landed the three-mile contest in the colours of Cheveley Park Stud. Sean O’Keeffe produced the 7-1 winner to lead at the second-last and a superb leap at the final fence sealed victory. A Wave Of The Sea was two and a quarter lengths away in second place, with Top Moon a further three and a half lengths back in third place.  Ontheropes was advised 1pt each-way at 7/1 to our members. Bravemansgame made an impressive debut over fences with an all-the-way triumph in the Aubrey Loze Memorial Intermediate Chase at Newton Abbot. Given a positive ride by Harry Cobden, the Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old ran his rivals into submission with a superb round of jumping. A very exciting prospect for the season ahead.