Monday, we start at the Curragh. A deflating day for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate as Trading Point did not fire at the Curragh. Donagh said he was never going, the drying ground made it tacky Trading Point did not operate on it. This was not Trading Point's form we will put a line through it. We will let Damian and the team do their stuff, we will plan from that viewpoint. We have had a great run in recent times a down day was bound to come it has, this is part of it we know it. The main thing is Trading Point and Donagh came home fine. We still have our horse that is the main thing.
On the new Curragh racecourse, it was a very negative experience as an owner. Very little thought or planning for owners nowhere to go. The bigger concern may be the slope between the stand and parade ring which is very difficult to navigate in general, on a wet day could be lethal in my view. It comprises of a tiered grass bank which has a walkway through the middle that is a mix of grass and concrete steps. This looks like an architects idea looks great on a plan completely impractical, however. The Tote Hall, or 'Champions Hall' as it is officially titled, which fills the ground floor of the stand and is the main gathering area for general admission punters also came in for some criticism. It comprises of a bar, restaurant, cafe, two Tote booths and an information desk which will be switched to a Paddy Power betting shop for subsequent fixtures. This area lacked atmosphere almost an airport feel long periods queuing for teas and coffees at the cafe, did nothing to help the mood. I spent at least twenty minutes in a queue myself at one point. I could not get access to the owner's lounge due to the large queue, I gave up on the third attempt. Hence how I ended up in the slowest coffee queue in Ireland!!
On the track at the Curragh, Sunday Sovereign was an impressive winner of the opener. It was part of a treble for Billy Lee which was completed by Ickworth and Verhoyen. There was a double for Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien with Happen and Magical. At Down Royal, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Count Simon and Farclas. There was a double for jockey Kevin Brouder with Glendaars Warrior and Presenting Mahler. At Warwick, Blairs Cove was on target for the Skelton team. At Kempton, there was a double Dolos and Tomorrow Mystery. At Beverley, Crownthorpe was on target for Sean Davis. At Windsor, there was a double for Cieren Fallon with Real Estate and Erissimus Maximus. At Bath, there was a double for jockey JGM O'Shea with Simbirsk and Show Me The Bubbly.
Tuesday, started with the news.Multiple Group One-winning rider Pat Smullen has announced his retirement from the saddle. Smullen, 41, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March last year and has been undergoing treatment. While his progress remains positive, he said in his weekly column for thoroughbreddailynews.com: “I have had a frank discussion with my doctors and I gave them the full details of the way of life of a jockey, and what I’d have to go through to get back to full fitness, to get back to the weight that I need to be, and to compete at the level I want to compete at.“They advised me that I should not compromise my immune system in any way. So, taking that into account, the right thing for me to do is to call it a day.“I’ve been very fortunate through my career to meet some great people and to ride some very good horses.
On the track at Wetherby, Gold Stick was an impressive winner for John Gosden. At Ayr, Welcome Ben was an impressive winner of the feature race under Craig Nichol. At Fakenham, Chapparal Dream was on target for Nicky Henderson. At Exeter, Bossiney Bay was an impressive winner of the opener. At Wolverhampton, Tempus was on target for Roger Charlton I liked this performance. At Ballinrobe, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Road To Dubai and Acronmyn.
Wednesday, we start at Chester for Day one. There was plenty of rain beforehand. The opener went to Great Dame under Danny Tudhope who completed a double under Leodis Dream who saw off Recon Mission and She Can Boogie. It was a good day for our members. Great Dame 150 Chester advised to our members (1pt each way) 9/2 won (Rule 4 deduction 10%). She Can Boogie 300 Chester advised to our members (1pt each way) 9/1 placed. Great Dame 150 Chester (9/2) won & She Can Boogie 300 Chester (9/1) placed advised 0.5pt each way double. Mehdaayih spreadeagled the field to run out an impressive winner of the Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks. Sir Dragonet put himself in the Derby picture as he turned the MBNA Chester Vase Stakes into a procession. Sir Dragonet will have to be supplemented for the Derby.
At Newton Abbot, there was a good beginner chase it was fought out by Truckers Lodge and Boyhood who got up by a neck. Romain De Senam took the feature race for Paul Nicholls by thirteen lengths. At Kelso, there was a treble for Sam Twiston-Davies with Mcgroarty, The Wicket Chicken and Sleep Easy. At Fontwell, there was a double for Anthony Honeyball with Soulsaver and Marilyn Monroe. At Southwell, I was impressed with Crazy Spin for Ivan Furtardo. At Gowran, there was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Linger and Snapraceps.
Thursday, we start at Chester. Circus Maximus added further strength to Aidan O’Brien’s hand for the Investec Derby as he ran out a workmanlike winner of the Homeserve Dee Stakes. Morando relished stepping up in trip as he beat St Leger winner Kew Gardens in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes. Full Authority put himself in the picture for an appearance at Royal Ascot with an impressive debut in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes. At Tipperary, Brahma Bull following a year off the track got off the mark over fences. At Huntingdon, Finula was on target for the Skelton team. At Worcester, Alan King was on target with Hotter than Hell. At Wincanton, Craigmoor was a good winner for Olly Murphy. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Freerolling and Fox Premier.
Friday, we start at Chester. Tom Dascombe celebrated his first winner at Chester this year when Sha La La La Lee opened his account on turf in the Liverpool Gin Earl Grosvenor Handicap. Forest Ranger gained the third Pattern-race victory of his career when becoming the first horse in more than a decade to claim back-to-back wins in the Homeserve Huxley Stakes. Making Miracles ran the opposition into the ground as he gave course specialist Franny Norton victory in a mud-splattered renewal of the Sportpesa Chester Cup on the Roodee. Coeur De Lion went one better than last year taking the finale. Coeur De Lion was advised to our members (1pt each way) 4/1 won (Rule 4 deduction 10%). At Ascot, A return to Ascot for the Royal meeting is on the cards for Final Song after she blitzed the opposition in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
At Cork, First of all, the prospect of Stanhope running at Naas 505 Saturday has been overshadowed by the fall of Stanhope's scheduled rider our friend and a massive part of our team Stephen Mooney at Cork last night. It was a blood-chilling moment as Stephen's saddle slipped underneath Geological and Stephen was thrown from Geological Stephen got fired into the turf bouncing and get a couple of kicks for good measure from the field as it ran through. Thankfully despite going to UCC hospital, the outlook for Stephen looks positive. A timely reminder of the risks jockeys take on our behalf. The rest of the card Ger Lyons had a double with California Daddy and Pepperoni Pete. There was a double for Billy Lee with Lethal Promise and Loveisthehigherlaw. At Market Rasen, Gowiththeflow took the feature race. At Nottingham, Twist N Shake bolted up for John Gosden. At Wolverhampton, Jilbaab was really impressive on debut. At Ripon, Grey Mist kept up his recent excellent form. At Downpatrick, nothing caught my eye in truth.
Saturday, we start at Naas where Stanhope our syndicate horse was in action. Not our day with Stanhope yesterday, he ran very well for a long way. It was nice to see him travel much better then he did at Tipperary. We will look to go back to five furlongs. However, it was a win for Damian English with Twenty Minutes. The majority of the people in that syndicate lost their horse on debut last season fatally injured. They invested in Twenty Minutes and got the rewards. It is always a strange one when a stablemate beats you, however, we have been on the right side of it more then we have been on the wrong side of it. This is a competitive sport and these things are part of it. The victory of Twenty Minutes was part of a treble for Colin Keane which included Siskin and Dadoozdart.
At Cork, Foveros was an impressive winner for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend. At Haydock, it was Swinton hurdle day a tremendous performance from top weight La Patriote for Dr. Richard Newland saw off a fast-finishing Project Bluebook. At Nottingham Queen, Jo Jo took the feature race for Kevin Ryan. At Hexham, Civil Unrest was on target for Brian Hughes. At Ascot, the Victoria Cup went to Cape Byron for Roger Varian. At Warwick, Blairs Cove was on target for Dan Skelton following up a recent win at Warwick. At Thirsk, the feature race went to Apterix for Brian Ellison.
Sunday, we start at Leopardstown. Hazapour gave Dermot Weld an eighth Comer Group International Amethyst Stakes triumph with an authoritative display in the Group Three contest. Hamariyna made it a fine day for the Aga Khan colours at Leopardstown with a determined success in the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial. Broome rounded off a week of Classic trial domination for Aidan O’Brien with a stylish victory in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial. Kings Vow was really impressive in bolting up in the handicap. Trethias 250 Leopardstown (7/2) & Kings Vow 435 Leopardstown (9/2) advised 1pt each way double both placed. At Killarney, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Star Maker and Dinons. At Ludlow, Palixandre bolted up for Nicky Henderson. at Plumpton, there was a double for Dan Skelton and Brigid Andrews.