The Racing Week That Was 11-7-21


Monday, we start at Ayr. There was a double for Michael Dods with Vaccine and John Kirkup. At Worcester, Tiger Orchid was on target for the in-form trainer Dr Richard Newland. At Nottingham, Shoot To Kill was an impressive winner for George Scott. At Windsor, Knight Of Kings was an impressive winner under Daniel Muscatt. Cooperation continued his upward trajectory winning for Richard Fahey. Cooperation was advised (1.5pts win ) to our members at 7/2.


Tuesday, we start at Roscommon. It was another win for Banbridge who made it three on the spin for Joseph O'Brien. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for trainer David Brown with True Hero and Frow. At Pontefract, the feature race went to Sir Michael Stoute with Lights On. At Brighton, Yaniger was on target for Jamie and Saffie Osborne. At Uttoxeter, there was another win for Dr Richard Newland with I'M So Busy.


Wednesday, we start at Fairyhouse. There was a return to form for Protagonist with Shane Foley getting the job done. At Lingfield, Brilliant News was on target for Richard Hughes. At Catterick, Let Me Be made it three wins from four runs. At Yarmouth, there was a double for the very talented Marco Ghiani with Romantic Time and Internationalangel. At Bath, Voice Of Wisdom was on target for Simon Crisford. At Kempton, Keep It Brief won by 7 lengths at 50/1 under James Doyle.


Thursday, we start at Leopardstown. There was a double for Dermot Weld with Homeless Songs and Blue For You. The Feature race the Nasrullah was taken by Henry De Bromhead with Mosala. Roger Varian’s Believe In Love returned to her best for a decisive victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Stanerra Stakes. At Carlisle, Dianne Sayer was on target again continuing a good week with a victory for Detective. At Doncaster, there was a double for Jamie Spencer with Follow Your Heart and Deep Sigh. At Epsom, Amalfi Bay was an impressive winner for Roger Charlton. At Newbury, Encourage completed an across the card double for Roger Charlton. 

At Newmarket, it was the start of the July Cup 3 day meeting. Sir Ron Priestley returned to winning ways when seeing off the persistent challenge of Al Aasy in the Princess of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket. Franny Norton set out to make all on Mark Johnston’s five-year-old, who is a half-brother to Gold Cup-winning stablemate Subjectivist. 

Baaeed maintained his unbeaten record with a thoroughly impressive display in the Edmondson Hall Solicitors Sir Henry Cecil Stakes at Newmarket. A full-brother to the high-class middle-distance performer Hukum, the William Haggas-trained three-year-old looked an exciting prospect when making a winning debut at Leicester – and confirmed that impression with a dominant display over this course and distance last month. Lusail took his career record to three wins from four outings in the Tattersalls July Stakes at Newmarket. Richard Hannon’s two-year-old broke smartly for Pat Dobbs and led the main group down the centre, but Graham Lee was keen to get the rail on Project Dante.


Friday, we start at Newmarket for day 2 of the July Cup Meeting. Snow Lantern turned Coronation Stakes form around when beating Mother Earth and Alcohol Free in a thrilling finish to the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes. Sandrine looked a filly right out of the top drawer when following up her Royal Ascot victory in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket. Andrew Balding’s youngster caused something of a surprise when winning the Albany Stakes at 16-1 last month on soft ground – but she was even more impressive on this occasion on a quicker surface.

At York, Light Refrain put Royal Ascot disappointment behind her with victory in the William Hill Summer Stakes at York – providing jockey Tom Marquand with his 10th success in the Queen’s colours. At Ascot, Isla Kai continued his recent good form with a third win on the spin. At Chester, Apprentice jockey Oliver Stammers was airlifted to Aintree Hospital in Fazakerley following a fall at Chester on Friday evening. Stammers was riding Sir Min for Ian Williams in the Deepbridge Estate Planning Service Nursery Handicap when his mount clipped heels on the first bend and came down. Racing was delayed for 45 minutes while Stammers was treated on course and the air ambulance was then requested, taking him for further assessment. Chester’s clerk of the course Andrew Morris said: “Oliver was stabilised on course. He was conscious.“He was taken by air ambulance to our nearest major trauma centre which is at Aintree. It was precautionary due to a head injury.”

At Kilbeggan, it was Midland Grand National evening. The Big Lense captured the feature race for Denise Foster. “I’m delighted for Jody who has been riding out of his skin and gave him a great ride," said Mrs Foster.“He’s had a little problem and needed time off, but we have been aiming at this race for a while. Hopefully, he comes out of this race well and I’m sure the Plate will be in the plans again.”For his part, McGarvey reflected: “They have gone a good honest gallop all the way and he’s travelled all the way. There was a winner for the bang in form John McConnell as Fred The Foot took the Beginners Chase. At Cork, there was a double for Paul Townend with Rain In Spain and Gloire D'athon. 


Saturday, we start with the news that World-leading stallion Galileo has died at the age of 23, Coolmore have announced. The sire of Frankel and so many other great champions, the Aidan O’Brien-trained son of Sadler’s Wells was a brilliant racehorse in his own right.

His finest hour came at Epsom in the 2001 Derby, following up in the Irish Derby and the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Coolmore said in a statement on Saturday: “Regretfully our world-renowned Champion Sire Galileo was put to sleep earlier today on humane grounds owing to a chronic, non-responsive, debilitating injury to the left fore foot.”John Magnier paid tribute to a horse that leaves a “lasting legacy”.He said: “It is a very sad day, but we all feel incredibly fortunate to have had Galileo here at Coolmore.“I would like to thank the dedicated people who looked after him so well all along the way. He was always a very special horse to us and he was the first Derby winner we had in Ballydoyle in the post M V O’Brien era. “I would also like to thank Aidan and his team for the brilliant job they did with him. The effect he is having on the breed through his sons and daughters will be a lasting legacy, and his phenomenal success really is unprecedented.”Out of the Arc-winning mare Urban Sea, Galileo won his first six starts and headed to Epsom off the back of victories in the Ballysax Stakes and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial – now known as the ‘Galileo route’.

On the track, we start at Newmarket for July cup day. Starman powered to victory for Ed Walker and Tom Marquand in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket. Always held in the highest regard by his trainer – who took the brave decision not to run in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot when the heavens opened – the Duke of York Stakes winner went off 9-2 here and looked like he had a bit to do over a furlong out. But once meeting the highest ground, Marquand’s mount found overdrive to beat favourite Dragon Symbol and defending champion Oxted by a length and a quarter and a short head in this famous Group One sprint. Art Power, who had blazed a trail on the far side, was just behind in fourth place.  Motakhayyel looked the proverbial Group horse in a handicap when landing back-to-back victories in the bet365 Bunbury Cup at Newmarket. Already a dual winner on the July Course for trainer Richard Hannon – including in this race 12 months ago – the Shadwell Estate-owned five-year-old was a well-backed 11-2 chance to land the £100,000 contest for a second time in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

At York, Hukum claimed a second Group Three prize when triumphant in the John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes. The Shadwell-owned colt is also already a Listed winner and was last seen finishing third behind Wonderful Tonight in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot. Ridden by Jim Crowley and trained by Owen Burrows, the four-year-old finished a length and three-quarters ahead of Archie Watson’s Outbox. Hukum was advised 2pts win at 3/1 to our members. At Ascot, Tilsit saw off his Group Two rivals for a convincing victory in the Betfred Summer Mile Stakes. 

At Navan, Our Syndicate horse Parkers Hill ran a cracker for us yesterday finishing an excellent third. It was brilliant to see Parkers Hill backing up his run in Limerick 4 weeks ago. Parkers Hil unshipped Shane Foley just before the stalls. That said the duo were very much on their game in the race. Parkers Hill gave 23 pounds to the winner and 9 pounds to the runner up. Parkers Hill went through a lot during the winter having had significant surgery. He is a credit to Leanne Breen and Aili Leah who have managed his recovery expertly. Parkers Hill will race again in July most likely at Naas. We are very proud of the horse and are very much looking forward to the coming months with Parkers Hill. On the rest of the Navan card, John McConnell and Siobhan Rutledge struck with Maricruz. At Limerick, Rachael Blackmore celebrated her birthday weekend with a double onboard Gin On Lime and Tune The Chello.


Sunday, we start at Fairyhouse. Pearls Galore set up a top-level target in running out a ready winner of the Group Three Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stakes for Billy Lee and Paddy TwomeyIt's All A Joke was on target for Siobhan Rutledge and John McConnell who continued the recent good run. At Salisbury, Hollie Doyle was on target with Neil Quickly who was advised to our members' 2pts win at 3/1. At Perth, there was a four-timer for Brian Hughes.