The Racing Week That Was 15-11-20


Monday, we start at Dundalk. In what has been a really intense spell for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate we found ourselves in action with Stanhope. This race looked a nice target the market leader Breakfast Club is a smart horse, we have the height of respect for that horse. We were looking forward to getting Stanhope back to Dundalk in four runs at Dundalk his record reads 1238.  Stanhope is rock solid here at Dundalk. Stanhope ran a good race at Navan last time out.

Stanhope ran fifth on the night. It was a respectable run no more than that. They went very hard upfront, Stanhope was flat to the boards from the outset. Stanhope could not get competitive. It was the same story for Breakfast Club. We just feel that the five furlongs last night it was just happening a bit quick for Stanhope. We will try six furlongs next time at Dundalk. It will allow Stanhope to travel into it using his stride. We were delighted with Stanhope's movement on the surface. There is no sign of Stanhope's previous injury problems. The next run for Stanhope is likely to be on November 20th. We look forward to seeing Stanhope out the next day.

The rest of the Dundalk card saw winners for Galaxy trainers Adrian McGuinness with Pillar and John McConnell with Itsalongroad. At Chepstow, there was a double for trainer Tom Symonds with Mr Washington and Cyclop. There was also a double for Paul Nicholls with Seelotmorfebusiness and Chavez.  There was also a winner for Paul Nicholls at Kempton with Switch Hitter. At Carlisle, the Graduation Chase went to Whoshotthesheriff under Sean Quinlan. At Southwell, there was a double for Richard Fahey with Requinto Dawn and Lexi The One.


Tuesday, we start at Fairyhouse. Trainer Michael Winters enhanced his reputation a little further with a double at Fairyhouse today as his Sayce Gold bolted up to win the Irish EBF (Mares) Point-To-Point Bumper and provide jockey Chris O'Donovan with a double on the day. Winters' Rose Milan, under O'Donovan, won the opener. At Huntingdon, there was a double for Paul Nicholls with Wild Mix and Master Tommytucker.  At Hereford, Kerry Lee was on target with Town Parks. At Lingfield, over the jumps, there was a double for Paul Nicholls and Byrony Frost with Take Your Time and Storm Arising.


Wednesday, we start at Dundalk. We were in action with Parkers Hill who had no luck for us last time out, he got struck into late on losing a shoe. Parkers Hill sustained a very nasty cut. Parkers Hill was down in distance over seven furlongs. Parkers Hill recovered well from his cut Leanne Breen was keen to run. We had a low draw, we wanted to use Parkers Hills stride, looking to be positive. We welcomed back a jockey with a 100% strike rate one ride one win for ourselves Chris Hayes. It was an evening of glory for Chris on Mokhalad in July 2019 at Bellewstown. We have had a tough few weeks we were hoping Parkers Hill who really likes Dundalk could get involved tonight.

Parkers Hill ran a very good race to finish fourth. It was a good race. We got messed around by the loose horse at the start of the race. Chris Hayes did an excellent job on the horse to cope with the loose horse lighting up Parkers Hill. This was a strong race run at a good pace. The winner looks progressive. We will keep Parkers Hill on the go at Dundalk. Given the very nasty cut Parkers Hill sustained in his previous race as well as getting a couple of hefty belts from the loose horse in this race. This was a very courageous performance. We look forward to the next day.

The rest of the Dundalk card saw. After opening the card with a success for Matthew Smith on Irish Poseidon, Sam Ewing doubled up for the Meath handler’s brother Kevin, aboard Jackmel. Adam Farragher missed out on a second winner as Michael Halford doubled up Mikey Sheehy stepped in for the earlier Copper Beech Stables winner, Let Me Pass, whilst it was Conor McGovern that steered home Going Global. At Ayr, Kim Bailey was on target with Those Tiger Feet. At Exeter, there were doubles for Colin Tizzard and Robbie Power with Fiddlerontheroof and Ofalltheginjoints. At Bangor, Zambella took the Mares novice chase for Nigel Twiston Davies who completed a double with Took The Lot. At Kempton, there was a double for John Gosden with Rifleman and Desert Flyer.


Thursday, we start at Clonmel for a very decent card. There was a double for Gordon Elliott with Sassy Yet Classy and Shattered Love who took The T.A.Morris Memorial EBF (Mares) Chase. She’s unbeaten in three starts at Clonmel. The 9/4 second favourite Bachasson made all to win the featured Clonmel Oil Steeplechase (Grade 2) by five and a half lengths from his better-fancied stablemate Cilaos Emery (8/11 fav). At Sedgefield, there was a double for Aidan Coleman with African Dance and Floating Rock. At Ludlow, there was a double for Nicky Henderson with Doddiegreat and Versatility. At Taunton, Atholl Street was on target for Paul Nicholls. At Chelmsford, Ventura Vision was on target for Mark Johnston.


Friday, we start at CheltenhamAll eyes at Cheltenham on Friday on the eagerly-awaited rematch between Easysland and Tiger Roll in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase. It turned out that Easysland jumped very untidily for some of the race, he ran on well, however, could only manage fourth. Connections of Tiger Roll were left fearing age may have caught up with the dual Grand National hero, who was pulled up. It was left to Kingswell Theatre made all for a shock success for the Scudamore's. Does He Know looks to have the potential to give trainer Kim Bailey his first Grade One winner in 25 years after continuing his flying start to the season with victory in the feature race. I really admire Kim Bailey as a trainer its nice to see him with a proper horse.

At Dundalk, Ummalnar was very impressive from the front when winning the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cooley Fillies Stakes for William Haggas and Chris Hayes. There was a double for Galaxy Trainer John McConnell. Narrowly denied in the first split of the BetVictor Run For Your Money Handicap with Happaugue, John McConnell doubled his score on the night in the second division as Blackstone Cliff won. Jockey’s championship runner-up Shane Foley had three seconds earlier, and he was here combining with the right man as McConnell had sent out Magi Gal to win the 6.30 contest under Siobhan Rutledge. Seven pound apprentice Rutledge excelled on the Magician filly as she was slow away from the stalls and raced keenly at the back. Coming with her effort between horses in the straight, she edged a little left late on but saw off Wisaka by a neck.

“That was brilliant, what a ride!” said McConnell.“She lost five lengths at the start, she's always done that, but we don't want to rev her up because she can actually be keen.“There is a fine line between sending her mad doing stalls work with her and getting her to jump out halfway on terms.“She's very tough and genuine when she does get going. She had to be there because she's tiny and had to battle through the gap.“The two of them are a great team and that's their third win together. It was a brilliant performance by horse and rider and I'm delighted for both of them.“She's going to go up again, and she hasn't dropped that much actually, but she's not getting any worse anyway and there might be a little bit more in her.“She always gives her all and is just a great little mare. I'm delighted for the two of them, they deserve it.” We have got to know Siobhan over the last year she works very hard and deserves any success that comes her way.


Saturday, we start at Cheltenham for Paddy Power Gold Cup DayCoole Cody made all to land Paddy Power Gold Cup for delighted Evan Williams. This was a brilliant effort following a very significant mistake early in the race.  Coole Cody is still eligible for novice chases. I can see him taking some Grade 2 novice chases no problem. We had a decent Saturday betting wise. I thought Sky Pirate was in with a real shout when belting two out, they have to be jumped. Storm Control was a good winner on the day for us his jumping was a joy to watch. A couple of decent Saturday bets for the members Storm Control 105 Cheltenham (1pt each way) 6/1 won.  Sky Pirate 215 Cheltenham (0.5pt each way) 14/1 placed (5th special). In the Juvenile hurdle, Duffle Coat extended his unbeaten record with a tenacious last-to-first success in the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle. Eldorado Allen capitalised on Gumball’s dramatic exit at the second-last fence to win the From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast Novices’ Chase. Gordon Elliott reports Tiger Roll will be a given a “full MOT” next week following his disappointing outing at Cheltenham yesterday.

At Punchestown, Asterion Forlonge got off to a winning start over fences with victory in the Roche Group At Vista Beginners Chase. Felix Desjy took his unbeaten fencing record to two with a hard-fought success in the Mongey Communications Novice Chase. Jockey Jack Kennedy said: “He's gone very relaxed now which is great because if something comes to take him on he's not tearing away with you, that's a great help. Champion Hurdle third Darver Star was well beaten here. Gavin Cromwell said of Darver Star: “He's fine. We've always known that he likes a bit of nicer ground. That soft ground made him look slow, I don't know if he just wasn't enjoying it.“On the whole, he jumped well enough. Obviously, you'd like to be winning there today but he didn't run shocking and went to the line well enough.“We'll probably look at something over Christmas and he definitely wants a bit of nicer ground. We won't panic yet.”


Sunday, we start at Cheltenham. The Big Breakaway put in an almost perfect round of jumping to make a winning debut over fences in the Novices’ Chase. Ramses De Teillee demonstrated the best of his battling abilities when getting the better of Yala Enki by a short head in the Grade Three Planteur At Chapel Stud Handicap Chase. Alex Hales celebrated the biggest winner of his career after For Pleasure ground his rivals into submission in the Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle. The Shunter flew up the Cheltenham hill to run out an impressive winner of the Unibet Greatwood Hurdle for Emmet Mullins. Last season’s Arkle winner Put The Kettle On maintained her unbeaten record at Cheltenham when collaring Duc Des Genievres in the Shloer Chase. A decent Sunday for our members Smithscorner 1205 Punchestown (1pt each way) 33/1 (unplaced) Ramses De Teillee 150 Cheltenham (1pt each way) 7/1 (won) Tegerek 300 Cheltenham (1pt each way) 11/2 (Rule 4 deduction 10%) (placed)

At Punchestown, Following on from Pencilfulloflead, Fury Road and Abacadabras, Hollow Games put himself on the Gordon Elliott role of honour on the day at Punchestown, completing the Cullentra House four-timer in the Bumper. Abacadabras denied Willie Mullins a 10th successive win in the Unibet Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown as he beat Saint Roi by a neck in a thrilling finish. I think the best horse lost followers of Saint Roi still have plenty to look forward to. I am not a big one for hammering jockeys, however, what happened in this race has happened countless times in these type of races in Ireland. I just wish the jockeys would be proactive rather than reactive. Pencilfulloflead overturned the odds-on favourite Latest Exhibition in the Liam & Valerie Brennan Florida Pearl Novice Chase. An incredible 271/1 double at Punchestown for the recently turned conditional Jack Foley on board Grand Partner & Chavi Artist.

At Fontwell, Dharma Rain was declared the winner of the final race at Fontwell after the first six horses home were all disqualified for failing to jump the third-last hurdle. This was another UK racing fiasco following the debacle with the photo finish at Cheltenham on Saturday. The Southern National went to Cloudy Glen for Venetia Williams. This was really impressive the Haydock Grand National Trial and Welsh Grand National look obvious targets for this horse. Cloudy Glen has shown a few quirks there was none of that here. I would say it is a pointer that Trevor Hemmings kept Cloudy Glen when selling so many horses recently.