The Racing Week That Was 12-7-20


Monday, we start at Ayr. There was an impressive win for Pour Me A Drink for Keith Dalgleish. At Uttoxeter, there was a decent prize on offer in the summer cup. It went the way of Minellacelebration for trainer Katy Price. At Windsor, Berkshire Savvy showed a good attitude to hold off Aquileo. At Thirsk, Rosa Gold was an impressive winner for Richard Guest.


Tuesday, we start at Roscommon. There was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Isotope and Pondus. A couple of our own Syndicate are involved in Isotope, this victory continued a great week for the lads and its not over yet!! Pondus took the listed race and looks another smart one for Joseph O'Brien. There was a double for Shane Foley and Jessica Harrington with No Speak Alexander and Youngpearlisland. At Killarney, Peregrine Run just loves it around Killarney and the admirable veteran landed the Group 3 An Riocht Chase for the second year in succession. This was Peregrine Run's 17th career success including five at Killarney. He took this by a nose last year but had much more to spare this time around. Trainer Peter Fahey said: "Everyone will be thrilled with him. Everyone in the yard is massively involved with him."To go and win 17 races is unbelievable. He is a credit to everyone. It was good news for our members Peregrine Run was advised to our members (2.5pts win) at 15/8. At Pontefract, Romola stepped up on her belated seasonal reappearance to gain a Listed success in the Weatherbys TBA Pipalong Stakes. At Leicester, Win Oclock who ran with great credit at Royal Ascot was on target.


Wednesday, we start at Bellewstown there was an impressive winner for John McConnell with Hand In My Pocket who took the bumper. At Gowran, there was a double for Gavin Ryan with Shale and Hisnameis mrdevitt. At Ripon, there was a double for Tim Easterby with Dark Jedi and Garden Oasis. At Stratford, Longhouse Sale was an impressive winner for Dan Skelton. At Newbury, Majestic Noor won a very exciting race under Frankie Dettori. It was good news for our members. Majestic Noor was advised (2pts win) 6/4 (rule 4 25% deduction).


Thursday, we start at Navan. It was a massive day in prospect for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Our two most winning horses Mokhalad (6 wins for Galaxy) and Stanhope (3 wins for Galaxy) went head to head at Navan. There was far more to this race than our duo. We had to take on one of Ireland's most progressive sprinters in Strong Johnson (won two premier handicaps at The Curragh). There was Nullifier for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane. A measure of how far we have come is we are in these conversations, competing against these connections. There was in the ten runner field 8 course and distance winners. This gives you some idea of what we faced. It was also our first time to have two runners with two different trainers in the same race. After the changes we made in the winter this day has been coming. We did not fear it one bit we welcomed it as well as savoured it. This is exactly what we wanted a hungry team targetting nice races. It has been amazing to watch Stanhope's picture being used to promote the race by Navan. Another nice moment. We, of course, are still not permitted to go racing so we had to watch from home.

It was not our day. Both horses are 100% fine which is the main thing. Mokhalad got hampered at the start but ran on with tremendous determination to finish out his race well. The five is just a bit sharp for him however he ran with great credit. We look forward to a six-furlong race at Naas or Navan when the chance arrives. Stanhope was actively involved in the race hitting the front inside the two-furlong mark. It looked he might win at one point. We think Stanhope was racing on quite holding ground on that side. We also feel we may have hit the front a bit too soon. These things happen. It is simply not possible for everything to go right all the time. Stanhope put plenty of money in his owner's pockets last Friday landing some nice bets. The runs of Mokhalad and Stanhope yesterday demonstrate the maddening beauty of the racing puzzle in every race. This is what the top level of elite sport is about where mistakes and misfortune are ruthlessly punished.

We are left feeling proud of Mokhalad and Stanhope, both horses have won races since racings resumption. Our decisions about keeping them in full training having them both ready for racings resumption has been fully vindicated. These are vital wins for several reasons. They have both given massive enjoyment to the owners as well as valuable prizemoney in these troubled times the world is facing. Mokhalad and Stanhope will put their feet up for 10 days with Stanhope likely to race at the Curragh at the end of July. Mokhalad is likely to go to Naas at the start of August or Galway depending on the weather. We would expect both horses to win again in 2020 at some point.

Rose Of Kildare rallied admirably to take the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York. Making a quick return on the back of finishing third at Epsom on Saturday, the Mark Johnston-trained filly defeated some unexposed types to land the Group Three honours. Thunderous edged out Highest Ground in a thrilling finish to the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes. Hollie Doyle landed the first Group race of her career as Dame Malliot ran out a game-winner of the Princess of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket.


FridayDandalla maintained her unbeaten record with a narrow victory in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket. PJ McDonald achieved a notable milestone as he notched up the 1,000th winner of his career with victory aboard Zabeel Champion at Newmarket on Friday. Hot favourite Terebellum could finish only third as her stablemate Nazeef stole the show in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket. At Market Rasen, the Summer Plate was on it went in very impressive style to Really Super for Amy Murphy. At Kilbeggan, the Midlands national worth 75K went to Freewheelin Dylan. The sad postscript was that Yanworth lost his life. At the Curragh, Make A Challenge bounced back to form with a win for Denis Hogan.


Saturday, we start at Leopardstown. An exciting Saturday of racing was in prospect. The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate turn to our young guns. Leanne Breen our youngest trainer and Parkers Hill our youngest horse. The duo made quite the impression at Naas on 8-6-20. when Parkers Hill beat a decent field of 17 by two and three-quarters lengths under Shane Foley. In truth Parkers Hill did it very well on the day. The form has been boosted with the third and fourth from that Naas race-winning since. We were of course up in grade today, as is to be expected with a 9 pounds rise. Not our day with Parkers Hill. Pretty much anything that could go wrong did. Parkers Hill bolted to the start. Shane Foley got no help from the horse at all. Parkers Hill then jumped out of the stalls over racing early on. We wanted to drop in but were prominent, the cards did not fall our way. Parkers Hill had shot his bolt turning in and faded out of contention. Parkers Hill also lost a shoe in the race. A line through the day and move on.

We learned plenty from this race. Leanne will tweak a few things. As I have said time and time again in the last few weeks. It is simply not possible for things to go well all the time. We have had a great run with three winners since June 8th with three different trainers and three different horses. We expect to make an exciting announcement as regards the syndicate later in July. We are determined to push forward and strive for even further success. One of our stablemates at the Damian English yard Geological ran a cracker in third place having looked a winner for much of the home straight. Congratulations to all the team at Grougha on getting Geological to run such a mighty race. 

Saeed bin Suroor hopes he could have a potential top-class performer on his hands in Stunning Beauty after her emphatic debut success in the bet365 Novice Stakes at Newmarket. Master Of The Seas ran out an impressive winner of the bet365 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket to maintain his unbeaten record. Cieren Fallon claimed a landmark first Group One success aboard Oxted in the Darley July Cup. Sceptical ran a cracker for the lads at Hilltop. My thoughts on the race are that Frankie Dettori followed Hello Youmzain ignoring Oxted. Sceptical to my eyes finished like a horse that had plenty to give. In my view, Oxted got first run and that sealed it. Sceptical is a Group One horse no question he also in my view stayed the six-furlong trip. Great opportunities are coming for Sceptical with the Flying Five at the Curragh as well as potentially the Nunthorpe.  The Hilltop team are going to have a brilliant run with Sceptical with any sort of luck at all. They invested heavily during the week at Newmarket. It's brilliant to see. Everyone at Galaxy congratulates Hilltop on Sceptical's brilliant run as well as the acquisitions at the sales. 

Mohaather made amends for an unlucky run at the Royal meeting in some style with a clear-cut victory in the Betfred Summer Mile at Ascot. Trainer Michael Dods can look forward to seriously campaigning Jawwaal over five furlongs after the sprinter blitzed his 17 rivals in the Betfred Heritage Handicap at Ascot. Patrick Sarsfield continued his rapid rise through the ranks with a stylish display in the Green Room Meld Stakes at Leopardstown. It was a decent Saturday for our members. Three bets for our members today Sceptical 335 Newmarket (1pt each way) 4/1 placed Patrick Sarsfield 515 Leopardstown (1pt each way) 4/1 won 0.5pt each-way Double placed.


Sunday, It was announced late Saturday night that Barry Geraghty had retired.  Barry Geraghty was one of the golden generation of Irish jockeys.  Barry Geraghty was an incredible jockey. Many of my most enjoyable days watching racing have involved Barry Geraghty. Moscow Flyer and Kicking King at Cheltenham. However from a personal point of view its Barry's association with Jezki I will remember him most for, a great team. I was a massive fan of Jezki himself and Barry were a very formidable unit. Jezki ran for Barry. I think Barry Geraghty's finest hour was winning the 2004 Tingle Creek at Sandown on Moscow Flyer one of the greatest horse races ever in my view. Barry was at his brilliant best against top-class opposition. It is a race I will never forget. Go well Barry Geraghty for you gave much.

Pinatubo got back on the winning trail with a stylish victory in the Qatar Prix Jean Prat at DeauvilleEarthlight maintained his unbeaten record with an impressive return to action in the Qatar Prix Kistena at Deauville. Pre-race some saw the Group Three Woodford Reserve Ballysax Stakes at Dundalk as being all about Monarch Of Egypt, but it was his Ballydoyle stable companion Nobel Prize that took the honours under Killian Hennessy. Joseph O'Brien completed an across-the-card treble at Cork today as the trainer's Fame And Acclaim defied top-weight to win the Cork Rated Race under jockey Declan McDonogh.