Monday, we start at Stratford and Windsor both meetings were abandoned due to waterlogged tracks. At Killarney, there was a double for JJ Slevin with Not So Simple and Walking Fame. With second favourite Raya Time departing very early on, the 1/5 favourite Felix Desjy had an even more straightforward task in the Avenue Hotel Beginners’ Chase. The former Grade One-winning novice hurdler was making it seven wins from 15 starts under Rules, putting behind him an early fall on his previous outing in the Galway Hurdle. At Pontefract, there was a double for Ryan Moore with Farhan and Hydros. There was also a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Call My Bluff and Tom Collins. At Wolverhampton, William Buick rode a double onboard A Go Go and Amor Fati.
Tuesday, we start at Catterick. It was London Palladium who took the feature race for trainer Hugo Palmer. At Leicester, Inchicore was on target for under fire Oisin Murphy. At Lingfield, Rewired took the feature race under Jason Watson. At Southwell, Mirage Mac was on target for up and coming trainer George Boughey.
Wednesday, we start at Navan. A very intense as well as an exciting period began for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. We were looking forward to seeing Stanhope leading our assault on the next few days backed up by Trading Point, Double Kodiac (our new horse making his debut for ourselves) on Friday night at Dundalk and Lottieloveheart at Limerick on Saturday. It will be intense as well as exciting our 3 trainers, John McConnell, Adrian McGuinness and Leanne Breen. will all be out to do their stuff on our behalf. We will be aided by four top-class jockeys in Rory Cleary, Gavin Ryan, Oisin Orr and Colin Keane. It is a hugely exciting time for us all as owners by the time the sun goes down on Saturday night we will know a lot more than tonight.
Stanhope had a very tough task last Friday. It proved to be so. However, there was plenty of positives to take from the race. Stanhope broke superbly he also travelled very well through the race, he got a little tired as was to be expected following his lay off. Stanhope also showed no ill effects from his setback. Rory Cleary was very positive about Stanhope as was trainer John McConnell. In the end, it was a disappointing effort from Stanhope. To be honest we are left scratching our heads a little. The ground had dried out a bit making it tacky which is always a fear for a pure sprinter like Stanhope. He never looked like being a factor in the race. It was not the start we wanted to this busy spell but this is the game. The positive is Stanhope had no physical reaction to his recent setback. We expect to see him out again in October.
On the rest of the Navan card. The Yellow Furze Handicap (Div II) went to the 11/4 favourite Newgirlintown whose win completed a 212/1 treble for Shane Foley who thereby drew level with Colin Keane (75 winners apiece) in the race to be champion jockey. Robbie Power was on Wednesday reflecting on one of the toughest decisions of his riding career, after leaving his family behind to base himself in Britain due to the current restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. At Galway, Just three lined up for The Ryans Cleaning, Disinfecting, Waste Recycling And Disposal Chase but, nonetheless, it produced an exciting finish as the 11/10 favourite Milan Native-made all and just held the late thrust of Discorama by a short head. These two had last been seen at the Cheltenham Festival, with Milan Native winning the Kim Muir under Rob James and Discorama running a fine third in the Ultima.
The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase will replace the Listed Novices’ Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March. The British Horseracing Authority announced in August of last year that a mares’ chase would be added to the programme at the showpiece meeting at Prestbury Park from 2021, replacing an existing race which had yet to be decided. Which race should be dropped has been the source of much debate but it was confirmed it will be the Listed novices’ handicap chase, which was established when a fourth day was added to the Cheltenham Festival in 2005. The novices’ handicap chase, which was traditionally run on the opening day of the Festival, will now be staged at Sandown as part of the Paddy Power Imperial Cup meeting just days before the Festival. The new Grade Two Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase, registered as the Liberthine Mares’ Chase, will be run on Gold Cup day, with the Grand Annual Chase moving to the Wednesday and the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle moving to the opening day.
Thursday, From her position as third reserve, Call Me Dolly made the most of it when getting into the Littleton Handicap to bring up a Thurles double for Gary Carroll. Following on from his success half-an-hour earlier on Blankiedoodie for John McConnell. At Ayr, Black Friday took the feature race. At Ffos Las, Rebecca Curtis was on target for Rebecca Curtis. At Exeter, there was a double for Joshua Moore onboard Who What When and Sei Bella. At Chelmsford, Oisin Murphy was on target with Baba Raza.
Friday, we start at Dundalk. The dust settles on an exciting night at Dundalk for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Although we did not make the frame in either contest there was plenty of positives on the night. Both Trading Point and Double Kodiac emerged from the night's efforts with plenty of credit.
Trading Point finished fifth continuing his consistent run of form for Adrian McGuinness. Trading Point was earning prizemoney for the fourth time in five runs since going to the McGuinness yard. Trading Point was drawn very wide using a lot of petrol up to get across. Once again he travelled well through the contest. We were very happy with the run. Adrian and Gavin expect Trading Point to get his head in front before 2020 ends.
Double Kodiac made his debut for us it was a run full of promise. Breaking smartly Double Kodiac showed plenty of dash from the front getting into a lovely rhythm upfront. Double Kodiac only backed out it late on getting a little tired on his first run in 223 days. He will come forward hugely for this. Double Kodiac has only been beaten 2.95 lengths in the end. This was very encouraging Double Kodiac showed a very good attitude as the field came to take him on. Oisin Orr reported he is a very nice horse and we will get his head in front through the winter. Double Kodiac is also an excellent prospect for next summers turf season in 2021. Thanks to Leanne Breen for preparing Double Kodiac for tonight.
At Dundalk, The concluding Handicap at Dundalk produced a thrilling finish with Alghazaal just prevailing to complete a terrific night for Kevin Prendergast and Chris Hayes as they landed a treble together for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum. Alghazaal went to post a 13/2 shot for the mile-and-a-half contest and was the final leg of the treble which paid just over 370/1. Hayes and Prendergast had also teamed up to score with Mudlahhim and Alhaazm earlier on the card. Dame Rapide got a nice split on the rail to claim the apprentice handicap at Dundalk under Siobhan Rutledge. The John McConnell-trained filly was repeating her course and distance win last month when she sprang a 20/1 shock. Sent off 11/2 tonight she was held up before switching left on to the rail a furlong-and-a-half from home.
At Downpatrick, Flanking Maneuver galloped on strongly to run out an impressive winner of the concluding bumper at Downpatrick this afternoon, completing a treble on the card for trainer Noel Meade. The treble was completed by Farceur Du Large and Beacon Edge. At Newmarket, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Happy Power and Winter Power. It was a winner for our members with Happy Power (1pt each way) 9/2. At Chepstow, Paul Nicholls already has one eye on a tilt at the Stayers’ Hurdle with McFabulous after he starred in a Friday four-timer for the yard.
Saturday, we start at Limerick. The intense period of 4 runners for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate in as many days has ended. It finished with Lottieloveheart finishing 8th of 16. 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. She got a hefty bump two furlongs out although not a help it only cost us Fifth or sixth no more than that. We will go back to Galway in late October. Lottieloveheart has a good record at Galway, we will hope for testing conditions and play it from that point. We have to dust ourselves down and go again as we still have plenty of races to face in October. Mokhalad and Parkers Hill are both waiting in the wings as we prepare to unleash two of our star horses later in October.
On the rest of the Limerick card, Dual COLM QUINN BMW Mile Handicap hero Saltonstall took another tasty prize this afternoon in the Jim Ryan Racecourse Services Munster Mile Handicap at Limerick. Amazingly a 25/1 shot on this occasion, the biggest price he’s been for any of his five wins, Sam Ewing got a winning tune out of the chestnut, on his first time to take the reins. He ‘burst’ a couple of runs back at Gowran, but there didn’t appear to be any issues at all for him here, as he sluiced up by four and a half lengths from In From The Cold. "He is a fabulous horse and to be honest I thought he'd struggle today on the ground but he went through it very very easy; I just hope the handicapper doesn't get carried away as they are getting well strung out today,” said winning trainer Ado McGuinness.
At Newmarket, Great White Shark secured the most significant success of her career providing trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Jason Watson with back-to-back victories in the Together For Racing International Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket. Great White Shark was advised to our members 1pt each-way at 7/1 to our members. One Ruler resumed his progression with a decisive success in the Emirates Autumn Stakes. Lone Eagle fuelled Derby dreams for the Martyn Meade team with victory in the Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes. Aidan O’Brien dominated the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, as St Mark’s Basilica and Frankie Dettori held off stablemate Wembley and Ryan Moore. Dakota Gold landed the first Group Three race of his career with a pillar-to-post success in the rearranged Coral Bengough Stakes at York.
Tea Clipper denied Flash The Steel back-to-back victories in the Wasdell Group Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow. There was a second four-timer in two days at Chepstow for Paul Nicholls with Knappers Hill, Grand Sancy, Secret Investor and Hell Red.
Sunday, we start at Limerick. Sean Flanagan successfully substituted for the second time when completing a treble at Limerick today, steering the Henry De Bromhead trained Visioman to win the Limerick Rated Chase. Flanagan filled-in for injured Keith Donoghue with an opening race win on the Matthew Smith trained Formal Order, before doubling his score with on his scheduled ride Cast Mate in the second race. The JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Chase turned into an incident-packed affair, with Aforementioned eventually coming out on top under Gavin Brouder for trainer Gordon Elliott.
At the Curragh, A Case Of You provided John McConnell with his biggest success on the level to date, as he claimed the Jebel Ali Racecourse And Stables Anglesey Stakes. McConnell, who was surprisingly registering his first success at the Curragh, said: "That's my first Curragh winner as usually if I have a good horse I stay away from the Curragh because the competition is so good but he justified coming here and was impressive."Colin (Keane) had done work on him during the week but had to ride for Mr O'Brien and he gave Gary advice."He won a barrier trial impressively and then I shouldn't have run him in Bellewstown (over a mile) and he won well in Down Royal."It's my first Group winner on the Flat. Shane Lyons advised me to go for this race and I doubt if he will run again this year. He's in the Foran race next week but I think we will leave that to someone else."He handled Dundalk well so he will have no problem on better ground."He's my own and I'd love to sell him. It would be great to sell him and stay in the yard."I wouldn't be surprised if he gets faster and faster and the dream could be something like a Commonwealth Cup." Cape Gentleman proved a shrewd purchase by connections, as he landed the Irish Cesarewitch on just his second in Ireland for Emmet Mullins.
At Goodwood, there was a double for Oisin Murphy onboard Natural History and Juan De Montalban. At Newton Abbot, Al Dancer took the feature race for Nigel Twiston Davies.