Monday, we start at Galway. Macgiloney made all to win the Deacy Gilligan Hurdle for trainer/rider Denis Hogan. At Brighton, there was a double for Hollie Doyle with Madrinho and Hooves Like Jagger. At Perth, there were doubles for Neil Mulholland and Tom Scudamore with Frau Georgia and Renegade Arrow. At Newton Abbott, Macho Mover was on target for Olly Murphy. At Newcastle, there was a dead heat between Notation and Spanish Kiss.
Tuesday, we start at Galway. The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate were back in action with Mokhalad in Ballybrit. Mokhalad roared back from a spell in the doldrums with a breathtaking display under Siobhan Rutledge at the Galway Festival. Mokhalad as I said had been really pleasing us in the build-up to this race. However, even for ourselves, the way he went about his work exceeded our hopes. Mokhalad attacked his race with real determination, flying from the gates attempting to make all. Mokhalad finished a brilliant third going down by a half-length and a half-length. Mokhalad was carried out on his shield. In two runs at Galway Mokhalad has finished third twice. Mokhalad ran no race at Cork last time out we are not concerned by that. John McConnell ran four horses that day for whatever reason they all ran terrible. Stanhope was among those four horses and has run well since twice. Siobhan Rutledge was back on board here. We had a tough draw from 13. Every day Mokhalad runs matters to us this is no different. He should enjoy the ground which will be similar to the festival going. Hopefully, the King could run as well as our recent runners. Mokhalad did a nice piece of work on Saturday he was in a good place going into the race. I thought Mokhalad with a proven ability to act at Galway could run well today.
Mokhalad gave it a great go in the race. A tough draw from 13 made life hard for Siobhan Rutledge, however, the duo ran a good race going down by 4.26 lengths, in the end, to finish fifth. It was another good performance at Galway for Mokhalad who now in three runs at Ballybrit has a record of 335. Another point of interest was another good run on faster ground. This appears to be a new string to Mokhalad's bow. We will see how Mokhalad is later in the week and take it from that point. For the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate, we have run 3 horses in the last 5 days. Parkers Hill finishing second, Stanhope finishing fourth and Mokhalad finished fifth. Our next runner will be Double Kodiac at Punchestown next Tuesday.
The rest of the Galway card saw Joseph O'Brien rack up a treble with Swan Bay, Tranquil Lady and Celestial Horizon. At Catterick, Polam Lane was on target for David Barron. At Leicester, there was a treble for Ryan Moore with Saratoga Gold, New Dimension and Inigilate. At Goodwood, there was a four-timer for Oisin Murphy with Piffle, Outside World, Themaxwecan and King Vega. At Windsor, there was a double for Martin Dwyer with Locke and Liberated Lad.
Wednesday, we start at Cork. There were trebles for Shane Foley and Jessica Harrington with Viareggio, Confident Star and Trevaunance. There was a winner for Siobhan Rutledge and John McConnell with Nana Patsy. John McConnell's charge had shown promise on her handicap debut at the Curragh last time when staying on from the rear to finish mid-division. "It's nice for Derek (Kierans), who supports me a lot and it's also Siobhan's first winner for him. "The filly is named after Derek's late Mam, so it is a sentimental win. I met her through Derek and she was always a lovely lady who liked having a bet - I'd say she had a few quid on her in the sky."
At Uttoxeter, Rock On Rocco was an impressive winner under Tom Scudamore. At Doncaster, it was day one of the St Leger meeting. There was a treble for William Buick with Anmaat, Khaadem and Modern Games. At Carlisle, Tribal Art was on target for Mark Johnston. At Wolverhampton, there were doubles for Marcus Tregoning and Dane O'Neill with Meadram and Atalanta Breeze.
Thursday, we start at Doncaster for day two of the St Leger meeting. There were trebles for Frankie Dettori and John Gosden. The winners were Harrovian, Free Wind and Inspiral. At Chepstow, there was a treble for Rossa Ryan with Bezzas Lad, Some Nightmare and Dirtyoldtown. At Epsom, there was another Epsom win for Knowing. At Chelmsford, Harb was on target for Mark Johnston.
Friday, we start at Doncaster for Day three of the St Leger meeting. Stradivarius produced another winning display to bag his second Doncaster Cup. Noble Truth clung on for victory in a thrilling renewal of the Cazoo Flying Scotsman Stakes. At Ballinrobe, Merlin Giant was an impressive winner of the bumper for Emmet Mullins. At Sandown, Natasha was on target for John Gosden. At Chester, there was a double for David Probert with Artaois and Unspoken. At Salisbury, Quickthorn was on target in the feature race for Cieran Fallon.
Saturday, we start at Leopardstown for Day one of Irish Champions Weekend. Atomic Jones came with a storming run down the outside to lift the Group Two KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes and complete a quick double for trainer Ger Lyons and jockey Colin Keane. Panama Red initiated the double when stepping up from a maiden success to land the Listed honours in the Ballylinch Stud Irish EBF Ingabelle Stakes. Ger Lyons completed a big-day treble when Camorra (18-1) sprang a surprise in the Group Three Paddy Power Stakes. Gary Carroll was able to get an uncontested lead on the Zoffany gelding into the straight. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Innisfree, the 5-2 favourite, was about to deliver a strong challenge for Ryan Moore when he sadly went wrong. The other Lyons runner, Thunder Kiss, stayed on well for second place, a neck behind. Forbearance was a head back in third. Masen (11-2) capped a remarkable day for the Lyons team when bounding clear of the opposition to give the stable a four-timer in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Sovereign Path’ Premier Handicap. It was a treble for Keane."It’s what dreams are made of. The team as a whole deserve huge credit, they knew this is what I was targeting all year," said Lyons.
Real Appeal (14-1) burst late on the scene to snatch victory in the Clipper Logistics Boomerang Mile. The Jessica Harrington-trained gelding produced a decisive turn of foot to sweep into the lead after being held up in the early stages, collecting the Group Two prize in blistering fashion under Shane Foley. The same trainer-jockey combination were completing a quick big-race double after taking the Group One Matron Stakes with No Speak Alexander just half an hour earlier. Harrington and Foley celebrated their own trebles when Ever Present (17-2) defied the steadier of 10st in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Petingo' Premier Handicap. The trainer is already looking to next year’s Ebor at York with the Elusive Pimpernel gelding."It’s fantastic and I’m thrilled for that horse because having won two amateur races here I thought they put him in at a fairly high mark of 95. Then I go to the Curragh and get beaten and they put him up another 5lb," said Harrington."I think he could be a proper Ebor horse next year, that’s the plan. He just likes nice ground.
St Mark's Basilica landed the odds in a pulsating renewal of the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Having his first race since winning the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown 10 weeks ago, St Mark's Basilica (5-6 favourite) showed his trademark brilliance to overcome two Group One winners in Tarnawa and Poetic Flare in an absorbing tactical affair for the mile-and-a-quarter showpiece. Aidan O'Brien's crack three-year-old colt had missed the Juddmonte International at York due to a setback - but was able to show his superiority to add this race to his victories in the French 2000 Guineas and French Derby this season. Patrick Sarsfield, the outsider of four, made the running until inside the final quarter-mile where the other three knuckled down to battle it out. St Mark's Basilica drifted right in the closing stages, taking Tarnawa with him, but got the verdict by three-quarters of a length in the hands of Ryan Moore - although it was an anxious wait for the result to be confirmed in a stewards' inquiry. Poetic Flare was a nose away in third place, on his first start over 10 furlongs. Patrick Sarsfield was seven and a half lengths away last of the quartet.
At Doncaster, for Day Four of the St Leger meeting. Hurricane Lane ran out a deeply impressive winner of the Cazoo St Leger at Doncaster. Trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by William Buick, the Irish Derby and Grand Prix de Paris winner was sent off the 8-11 favourite on his step up to an extended mile and three-quarters on Town Moor. Ridden with restraint through the early stages as Hollie Doyle and Interpretation set a fair gallop, Hurricane Lane was clearly travelling with ease at the top of the straight. Mojo Star was the first to go for home, but Buick had the move covered and Hurricane Lane lengthened and soon grabbed the lead. His change of gear proved decisive as he stretched clear in the final furlong to win by two and three-quarter lengths. Mojo Star was second - as he was in the Derby when Hurricane Lane was third - with The Mediterranean third.
Sunday, it was Day two of Irish Champions weekend at The Curragh. Native Trail maintained his unbeaten record with a brilliant victory in the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes, giving trainer Charlie Appleby a third win in the Curragh showpiece. William Buick had to nudge Native Trail (7-2) into contention with a couple of furlongs to run - but he really found top gear late on. Point Lonsdale did his best to make a race of it, but Appleby's ace was three and a half lengths clear of the odds-on shot at the line, with Ebro River close up in third. La Petite Coco lunged late to deny dual Classic heroine Love a return to winning ways in the Moyglare "Jewels" Blandford Stakes at the Curragh. Having her first start outside of Group One company in over two years, Love was the 6-5 favourite and everything looked to be going according to plan for Ryan Moore after she went a couple of lengths clear of the field early in the home straight. However, Paddy Twomey's progressive filly La Petite Coco (16-5) - stepping up in class after an impressive success in the Group Three Give Thanks Stakes at Cork - gave chase and finished with a flourish under Billy Lee to get up and win by a short head.
Big Gossey was the winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF "Bold Lad" Sprint Handicap. Charles O'Brien's 33-1 shot raced close to the pace throughout under Michael Hussey - and after taking over the lead inside the final furlongs, he dug deep for pressure to repel the challenge of Arnhem by three-quarters of a length. Romantic Proposal completed the transition from 68-rated handicapper to Group 1 winner today, landing the Curragh's Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes for trainer Eddie Lynam, owners Clipper Logistics Group Ltd and jockey Chris Hayes. Breeze-up 'bargain' King X J landed a sizeable gamble to win the Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes at the Curragh, scoring a big-race win for trainer Michael O'Callaghan and jockey Leigh Roche. Backed from 12/1 yesterday and from 8/1 this morning, the son of Cotai Glory was returned the 11/4 second-favourite. Trainer Joseph O'Brien got off the mark with a final-race winner on Champions Weekend as his Max Mayhem landed the Curragh's concluding Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Northfields' Handicap, for owner Hayley O'Connor and jockey Mikey Sheehy.
Ebor hero Sonnyboyliston claimed Classic glory in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Just over three weeks on from his lucrative handicap success at York, Johnny Murtagh's charge stepped up to Group One level for the first time under Ben Coen. With Amhran Na Bhfiann and Colin Keane setting a searching gallop from flag-fall, very few threatened to land a telling blow. The leader weakened early in the home straight, which left Melbourne Cup winner Twilight Payment in front before Sonnyboyliston (4-1) arrived on the scene travelling strongly. Twilight Payment did not give in without a fight, but Coen's mount kept finding for pressure and was three-quarters of a length to the good passing the post.