The Racing Week That Was 13-9-20


Monday, we start at GalwayTiger Voice stayed on best in the closing stages to claim the beginner's chase at Galway and land a double on the card for his connections. Like January Jets in the opener, the Henry de Bromhead-trained gelding was ridden to victory by Robbie Power in the colours of Robcour. At Lingfield, King Zain was an impressive winner for Mark Johnston. At Leicester, Tis Marvellous took the feature race under Adam Kirby. At Perth, Cracking Destiny took the feature race under Craig Nicholl. At Windsor, Operatic was a brilliant winner for Simon Crisford.


Tuesday, A really hectic few days for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. We would send four horses into the battle between Tuesday and Thursday. Trading Point along with Lottieloveheart were in action at Galway. On Thursday the leader, our iconic horse Mokhalad will face off with our young rising star Parkers Hill at Navan. We welcome back to the riding ranks three Galaxy Heroes Stephen Mooney will link up with Trading Point. Colin Keane with Lottieloveheart. Donagh O'Connor with Mokhalad. It is very much back to lads who have done well for us previously. All three men have won races for us, that put a spring in our collective steps as we remember past glory days.

Trading Point has had a tricky campaign to date. That said the change to Adrian McGuinness is bedding in well. I and Johnny saw Trading Point working on Saturday morning we were happy with him he showed plenty of zest. The last day was a write-off as Trading Point blew the start it was also a one-off to date. We welcomed back Stephen Mooney who of course played a vital role in our early days. Trading Point finished sixth having slightly missed the start. Trading Point tried manfully to get back into contention through a wall of horses in atrocious conditions. He battled on bravely to finish sixth earning some prize money. Trading Point has still only been at the Adrian McGuinness yard less than a month. We have got three quick runs into him. We need to brush up his start, but that can be worked on. Trading Point is dangerously handicapped with Dundalk right around the corner, he will make it count later this year. I have no doubt about that at all.

Lottieloveheart has been disappointing the last twice runs no hiding that fact. We had done a few bits and pieces with Lottie since Limerick, ironing out a few small issues. She had been to Dundalk for an away day she went well. We put on the visor on the track for the first time, however, she has been training in it. The hope was it would stop her from hanging. We welcomed back Colin Keane to our colours. Colin had ridden Lottieloveheart before placing here at Galway. We wanted Colin as we thought his riding style would suit, however, he could only do so much Lottieloveheart had to do her bit. The draw from 11 was only ok we were looking to stay wide and get some daylight.

A heroine emerged on the night in the form of Lottieloveheart who ran a blinder to finish second to Khafaaq who is very decent. Lottieloveheart went down by a neck it was 3.25 lengths back to the third and a further 2.75 lengths back to the fourth horse. To say we are pleased with this run is an understatement. This was a brilliant plan from our talented trainer Leanne Breen and her team. They put the time in working it out an incredible piece of training. Planning to stay wide and not use the stick. We were aided by a brilliant ride by Colin Keane. Leanne instructed him not to hit the horse. Lottieloveheart does not react well to the stick so why use it? without using it she gave everything running a huge race.

Lottieloveheart earned her stripes here almost making it 6 horses for us 6 different winners. Having racehorses is a results business a performing horse costs the same as an underperforming horse. We have had to work through our issues with Lottieloveheart, our own team, as well as Leanne's, have put a lot into turning Lottieloveheart around. Today was a start the challenge is to build on that now. We may well have found the key to her today. The Autumn could throw up the soft ground and opportunities. We got a real kick out of this performance. The job now is to build on the momentum.

Away from our races at Galway. Princess Zoe continued her remarkable rise up the ranks with a decisive fourth successive victory, on her first attempt at Listed company in the Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes at Galway. It was good news for our members who had her backed. The Final race at Galway The Séan Cleary Memorial Fillies Race was run remembering a very special jockey today. The Cleary family has been a massive part of our racing story. We always think of Sean Cleary as Rory heads out for us. It is wonderful to see Sean being remembered at Galway.


Wednesday, we start with Jack Kennedy made a triumphant return from injury when steering Get Rich Die Plyin home in front in the Enter Now For Goffs December National Hunt Sale Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown. Ellie Mac appreciated the addition of blinkers when returning to form in the featured Conway Piling Handicap Hurdle at odds of 8/1 in Punchestown. At Cork, Magnanimous was on target for Joseph O'Brien. It was good news for our members. Magnanimous was advised (2.5pts win) 2/1 (rule 4 deduction 15%). There was a double for Shane Foley at Cork on board LochLein and Ace Aussie.

Latest Generation won the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes at Doncaster – the first race run in front of a paying crowd in Britain in almost six months. Frankie Dettori performed his trademark flying dismount for the spectators in attendance following victory aboard Foxtrot Lady in the bet365 Sceptre Fillies’ Stakes at Doncaster. Doncaster’s planned four-day pilot scheme for the return of crowds came to an abrupt halt before the first race was even run on Wednesday, in what was described as not just a blow for racing, but sport in general.


Thursday, A busy day for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate as we had two runners in the 145 at Navan. We had Mokhalad and Parkers Hill both in action. It was actually our 100th runner today and indeed our 101st in the same race. The syndicate was founded in September 2017 so it is fitting we should bring the 100 up in September 2020. The stars had aligned so that our iconic horse Mokhalad is on duty. The race itself was very competitive you could give a chance to most of the field. That said our two horses have plenty of ability as well as a bit going for them here themselves.

Going into the race. Parkers Hill is very much our young gun on the rise. Parkers Hill has done really well since joining the team earning prizemoney in 3 of his 4 starts. He was brilliant at Naas when he won on 8-6-20. Parkers Hill was a little unlucky at Dundalk the last day when he was involved in a brilliant race. His work had been of a very good standard since his Dundalk race. He did a very nice piece at Dundalk Stadium last week. Parkers Hill has not had very many races during the season so he was still nice and fresh.  The only slight doubt was the ground Parkers Hill likes genuine good ground Navan has dried a lot so we were hoping it would be good or just on the slow side of good.

Mokhalad was returning to the scene of one of his finest hours over course and distance. Mokhalad has a very good record in these five and three quarters and six furlongs races at Navan and of course Naas. We did not think Mokhalad should have been 33/1 here, we also did not think he should have been five times the price of Parkers Hill. The market did correct itself to be fair! We welcomed Donagh O'Connor back who was our first ever jockey he is also a winning jockey on Mokhalad. We put the Cheekpieces on Mokhalad just to help him early in the race over the trip. He has been losing a bit of ground early in his races this season. That said as we saw at Naas winning in June he still has lots of ability. If Mokhalad was in the striking distance going into the dip we felt he would be coming home best.

It worked out to be a tricky day for us at Navan. Parkers Hill burst blood vessels. It was obviously very upsetting for us. Parkers Hill will see our veterinarians tomorrow. Thankfully we have experience with bursting horses as Mokhalad has had it through his career. We know we can overcome it. For Parkers Hill, this was the first time it has happened. There are a number of possibilities as to why he burst we will explore them all. A definite factor for sure was the ground we no know it has to be quick on the turf. We will give Leanne Breen and Parkers Hill all the time as well as resources they both need to recover. Parkers Hill has a massive talent with lots to look forward to at Dundalk. It is easy to say the horse's welfare is your number one priority as a syndicate. These times are when you prove it. The horses are always the stars we never lose sight of that fact.

Mokhalad charged on to be sixth the way the race was run did not play to his strengths. There was no real pace on early in the race the ground was also tacky which did not suit Mokhalad. Donagh O'Connor was delighted with Mokhalad as was John McConnell. The King as we were feeling a bit down in our collective boots gave us something to smile about. Mokhalad was beaten 1.87 lengths by the winner, he was closing rapidly on the leaders. We will get Mokhalad out again soon, the King showed he is ready to strike again in the Autumn.  As you watch the replay you see Mokhalad head bowed determined driving for the line doing all he can for us to finish as high as he can. It's days like today that makes us understand how lucky we are to own Mokhalad. We never take him for granted he is simply an incredible racehorse.

The rest of the Navan card was dominated by Colin Keane. The Abbey Road Handicap (Div I) saw Colin Keane complete a 725/1 treble as Rockview Empress (10/1) stayed on strongly to win by four lengths. Today’s treble puts Keane on 52 winners for the season, 13 behind table topper Shane Foley.


Friday, we start with Shane Crosse will miss the ride on Galileo Chrome in Saturday’s Pertemps St Leger at Doncaster after testing positive for Covid-19. One of the leading apprentice jockeys in Ireland, Crosse was due to partner Joseph O’Brien’s progressive colt in the final Classic of the British Flat season on Town Moor, as well as his stablemate State Of Rest in the bet365 Champagne Stakes. Ben Curtis will be able to ride from Saturday after being given a 28-day ban, with 14 days suspended, for breaching Covid-19 protocols at Newmarket last month. The rider was escorted from the track and stood down immediately for two weeks after he entered the owners’ zone on August 28, in contravention of the strict measures employed by the British Horseracing Authority to allow racing to continue.

Hollie Doyle raced to 100 winners for the year with victory aboard Maximal at Sandown Park on Friday. Doyle, 23, steered the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt to a dominant success in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes, with the Khalid Abdullah-owned youngster making it third time lucky after previously finished second at Newbury in July and at this venue last month.

New Mandate needed to be brave under Frankie Dettori to gain a narrow verdict over Laneqash in the bet365 Flying Scotsman Stakes at Doncaster. Ralph Beckett’s youngster was trapped on the rail as Jim Crowley brought Laneqash with what appeared to be a race-winning run on his outside. Ubettabelieveit bounced back to form to provide rider Rowan Scott with a first Group-race winner in the Bombardier Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.


Saturday, it was Champions Day at LeopardstownMagical got the better of Ghaiyyath in a pulsating finish to the Irish Champion Stakes. Magical is just a wonderful racehorse to be fair Ghaiyyath lost nothing in defeat. Irish Derby runner-up Tiger Moth was different class to his rivals in the Group 3 over a mile and a half in Leopardstown. The 5/6 favourite brought up a treble on the card for Aidan O'Brien who also saddled Monday in the Listed Ingabelle Stakes and MagicalChampers Elysees completed her meteoric rise through the ranks as she gave Johnny Murtagh his first Group One success as a trainer with victory in the Coolmore America “Justify” Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

Wichita and Frankie Dettori edged a thrilling duel with One Master to win the bet365 Park Stakes by short head at Doncaster. Chindit remained unbeaten as he posted a decisive victory for Richard Hannon in the bet365 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster. Tom Marquand counted his blessings after fate contrived to give him a first domestic Classic triumph in the Pertemps St Leger on Galileo Chrome at Doncaster. It was another classic victory for Joseph O'Brien.


Sunday, we start at the Curragh for day two of Irish Champions Weekend. Search For A Song landed back-to-back renewals of the Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh, as former champion apprentice Oisin Orr won the biggest race of his career. Cayenne Pepper was rewarded for a string of consistent efforts with a stylish victory in the Moyglare “Jewels” Blandford Stakes at the Curragh for Shane Foley and Jessica HarringtonDonnacha O’Brien’s Shale got the better of his brother Joseph’s Pretty Gorgeous in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh. Glass Slippers stayed on in determined fashion to add the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh to her Prix de l’Abbaye success of last season. Thunder Moon ran out a hugely impressive winner of the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh on just his second start for Joseph O'Brien.

Over in France, Tarnawa struck Group One gold for Dermot Weld in the Prix Vermeille at ParisLongchamp. Investec Derby hero Serpentine had to settle for fourth as his stablemate Mogul claimed top honours in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp. Stradivarius remains on course for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe despite being denied in the Prix Foy at ParisLongchamp, as Anthony Van Dyck claimed his first victory since landing last year’s Derby.