The Racing Week That Was 14/4/19


Monday, we start at Redcar. Private Secretary got off the mark for John Gosden. At Windsor, the feature race went to Diamond Dougal for Mick Channon. At Kelso, Sporting Press followed up his recent victory by winning again for Keith Dalgleish.


Tuesday, we start at Pontefract. There was a double for Kevin Ryan with Mount Kinabalu and Rathbone. There was a win for Ricard Fahey and Sean Davis with Ventura Ocean. This ride advertised Sean's undoubted talents he is the best 5-pound claimer around in my view. Sean rode for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate when based in Ireland winning on Mokhalad in Navan for us. Sean remains a friend of ours, contacting us after Mokhalad's last run. Sean is now based with Richard Fahey, we all would love to see Sean do well in the UK. He had his first winner in the UK last week. Sean will be riding plenty more winners. Ventura Ocean was advised to our members (1pt each way) 8/1. 

At Exeter, Legal History followed up his recent impressive Ascot victory with another win here for David Pipe. At Southwell, over the jumps, the Skelton boys had a double with Goodthyneaway and Hatcher. At Gowran, there was a treble for Colin Keane with Basic Law, Villa Maria, and Johnny Drama.


Wednesday, we start at Nottingham. The feature race went to Mark Johnston and Franny Norton with Elegiac. At Warwick, it was a card of doubles. First up was Dan and Harry Skelton with Comrade Conrad and Bbold. There was also a double for Christian Williams and James Bowen with Fifty Shades and Lace Bonnet. At Lingfield, So High landed the prohibitive odds of 1/10 for Frankie Dettori and John Gosden. At Kempton, Cieren Fallon made it a double on the day winning on board lley Boy, having earlier won on board Pink Flamingo at Lingfield.


Thursday, we start at Huntingdon. The great week for Dan Skelton continued as So Lonely was on target. Skelton completed an across the card double as Solo Saxophone was on target. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Rose Berry and Bye Bye Hong Kong. At Newcastle, there was a double for Ben Haslam with Blazing Dreams and Midnight Vixen. At Limerick, A 3,000-pound purchase by Eric McNamara at the beginning of last year, Internal Transfer brought up a double for the local handler in the Follow Limerick Racecourse On Instagram Handicap Chase today. Earlier on the mark with his son Conor through the success of the John Donald-owned Torquay.


Friday, we start at Ayr. There was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Born Survivor and Peppay Le Pugh. At Newbury, the feature race went to Couer Blimey. At Fontwell, there was a treble for Paul Nicholls with Captain Cattistock, Danse Idol and Romain De Senam. At Kempton, there was a double for trainer Archie Watson with Probability and Cafe Espresso. At Ballinrobe, Pont Aval took the bumper for Willie Mullins.


Saturday, There is only one place to start Naas where Mokhalad was in action. It was a brilliant day for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Mokhalad our captain, our leader and the horse we owe everything to delivered for us at Naas. Mokhalad went into the race on a high having run very well at Navan last time out finishing second. We were very hopeful he could win. Mokhalad produced a performance out of the top drawer. The ground had dried out quite a bit, it was probably as quick as Mokhalad would want it to be fair. Mokhalad we knew would be unable to dominate the early exchanges as he had at Navan.

Damian told Donagh O'Connor to ride Mokhalad with loads of confidence and wait until inside the last furlong using Mokhalad's turn of foot. It was great to give Donagh the winner he now loses his five-pound claim. Donagh was also Mokhalad's first ever jockey. Damian English has been training Mokhalad for speed since he came back into him in February. Stanhope has played his part in this process with Mokhalad enjoying taking Stanhope on at home. Mokhalad arrived on the scene at the furlong pole Donagh and Mokhalad surged through the gap and the rest is history. Donagh O'Connor gave Mokhalad a peach. Mokhalad has now won three times for us taking us on a journey which has been remarkable. Mokhalad is very happy in himself, we could not be more proud of him. Mokhalad has secured his place at the top of the tree yet again. Our other three syndicate horses (Alfirak, Stanhope and Trading Point) have a lot to live up to over the next few weeks as the King (Mokhalad) is not ready to hand over his Galaxy crown to anybody just yet. Mokhalad as always got plenty of good wishes after the race he has built up a loyal following. We are grateful for all the good wishes before as well as after the race they mean a lot to us, thank you all.   Mokhalad will head for Naas next with the race he won at Navan having been switched to Naas this year. We would need a bit of rain. Damian, the team and the syndicate will wait for the right conditions ground wise with Galway still the main target for Mokhalad. It is always hard not to get emotional about Mokhalad because of his status in the syndicate's eyes, this was a really great day. We have our horse well and truly back.

The rest of the Naas card saw a treble for Aidan O'Brien with Monarch Of Egypt, Magical and South Pacific. Imaging was a hard-fought winner of the Group Three Gladness Stakes. At Ayr, It was the Scottish Grand National day. There was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Azzurri and Molly The Dolly. The Scottish champion hurdle went to Verdana Blue for Nicky Henderson. Taking risks caused a 25-1 surprise in the Coral Scottish Grand National for trainer Nicky Richards and jockey Sean Quinlan. After an early bad mistake Taking Risks warmed up, well on top at the line for a four-length win. I thought Cloth Cap ran a good race in behind. At Bangor, former Grand Annual winner Solar Impulse was on target. At Newbury,Mohaather emerged as a genuine Qipco 2000 Guineas contender with a clear-cut success in the Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes. At Thirsk, there was a double for Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning with Xcelente and King's Advice.


Sunday, we start at Dundalk. There was a double for Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien with Ferretti and Empire State. There was a third win on the spin for Wild Shot. We are delighted for our friend Cathal McGuckin who is enjoying a great time of it. Well done CJ. At Tramore, there was a treble for Willie Mullins with Stops A Nation, Class Conti and On the ropes. At Wincanton, there was a treble for Paul Nicholls with Eritage, Southfield Vic and Southfield Torr. At Stratford, there was a winner for Rebecca Curtis with Legends Gold.