The Racing Week That Was 15/7/18


Monday we start at Roscommon. Our syndicate horse Alfirak ran in the 650 at Roscommon. Due to the handicapper, we had to race as Alfirak will no longer be eligible for the 0 -65 races from the middle of this coming week. It did not happen for us at Roscommon with Alfirak. We were still very proud of Alfirak and his courage was once again for all to see. Alfirak will have learned plenty from this. We are far from disappointed and look forward to Alfirak at Galway. He will be back and of course, has earned a fair bit of prize money in the last week taking The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate through the €30,000 barrier in prize money since its foundation last September.

On the track at Roscommon, there was a double for Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien on board Christmas and Conclusion. The Lenebane listed Stakes went to Kalaxana who is on a real roll. Speaking of on a real roll Michael Mulvany was in the winner's enclosure again with My Silver Nails who was winning for the second time in five days. At Worcester, there was a double for trainer Peter Bowen with Well Said and Play The Ace. At Ayr, the feature race went the way of Line Of Reason who took the sprint by two and a half lengths. It was good news for our members Line Of Reason was advised to our members (2pts win) at 5/2. At Wolverhampton, one of our syndicate members for Alfirak Paul Ryan found himself in the winner's enclosure. Zilara ran out a one and a half-length winner over her majesty the Queens Refrain. Paul Ryan is known to most people as the Lord Mayor is it the first time a Lord Mayor beat a Queen? At Ripon, Silvestre De Sousa was on target with Daffy Jane.


Tuesday, we start with some very sad news Colin Tizzard’s classy chaser Finian’s Oscar has died.The six-year-old suffered complications after being treated for colic and died of organ failure. On the track, Rachael Blackmore continued her superb start to the season. Rachael Blackmore completed a double at Roscommon on Tuesday evening to move six winners clear at the head of the jockeys’ championship as the former champion conditional scored with Amschel and I Keano. There were a total of five winners ridden to victory by women jockeys on the night, fantastic stuff. At Wolverhampton, Sir Michael Stoute had a good winner with Lunar Corona. At Pontefract, the feature race went to Clon Coulis who was a very impressive winner for David Barron. At Brighton, there was a double for David Probert with Kachumba and Genetics. At Uttoxeter, there was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Premier King and Zebi Boy


Wednesday, we start with a charity cricket match for the injured jockeys fund. I and Connor D'arcy represented the Galaxy Horse syndicate. The jockeys included Patrick Mullins, JJ Slevin, Charlie Swan and Rachael Blackmore. It was a tremendous fun night, congratulations to Holly Smith of the Hills Cricket Club who raised lots of money on the night. On the track, we start at Lingfield. There was a double for Oisin Murphy on board Demurrer and Full Suit. At Catterick, the feature race went to Airton. At Yarmouth, there was a double for Andrea Atzeni on board Kaanoon and Pink Iceberg. At Kempton, Oisin Murphy completed a personal treble on the day with Fantasy Keeper. At Bath, there was a treble for Franny Norton on board Secretfact, Amberine and Kalagia. The Bathcard saw a good winner for our members Molly Jones advised to our members (1pt each way) at 8/1 won the 640 at Bath.


Thursday, we start at Dundalk there was a treble for Joseph O'Brien with Faradays Law , Waitingfortheday, and Eos. At Leopardstown, there was a double for Aidan O'Brien with Lucius Tiberius and Goddess who was really impressive winning by ten lengths. There was also a double for Jim Bolger with Signing Off and Cimeara. At Newmarket, it was the day one of the July meetings the feature race went to Wells Farhh Go. At Carlisle, there was a double for Ben Curtis on board Why We Dream and Ghayadh. At Doncaster, Richard Fahey was on target with Zip Along. At Newbury, there was a double for Richard Hannon with Sergio Leone and Boitron. At Epsom, Mark Johnston and Franny Norton kept up the charge as Juneau was on target.


Friday we start at Newmarket, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa on board Pretty Pollyanna and Communique. The brilliant run of Alpha Centauri continued for Jessica Harrington with an easy four and a half lengths victory in the feature race the Falmouth Stakes. There was also a double for Charlie Appleby with Hamada and Al Hilalee. At York, there was a double for Richard Fahey with Delph Crescent and Kodyanna. At Ascot, the feature race went to Maid Up for Andrew Balding. At Chepstow, there was a double for Hollie Doyle on board Sary Arqa and Living Leader. At Chester, Gabrials Kaka was on target for Dr. Marwan Koukash. At Ffos Las, Dan and Harry Skelton hit the target again this time with Cafe Au Lait. At Downpatrick, there was a double for Ger Fox and Gavin Cromwell with Political Policy and Aasleagh Dawn. There was a treble for Gordon Elliott on the day with Youghal By The Sea, Touch Base and Present In Court. At Cork, Gordon Elliott made it four on the day as Mill Quest was on target. Gavin Cromwell brought up an across the card treble with Ejayteekay. There were doubles for Joseph O'Brien and JJ Slevin with Glocca Mora and Howth Summit. there was also a double for Willie Mullins with Koroleva and Good Thyne Tara.


Saturday, we start at Ascot. There was a treble for Adam Kirby onboard Spring Loaded, Cross Counter and Perfect Hustler.  The Feature race the Fred Cowley went to Beat the bank who got on top late on. Lord Glitters was placed in second for our members 1pt each way at 4/1. There was a neck in it a the line. At Newmarket, the Bunbury Cup went to the really well backed Burnt Sugar. Writing horses off trained by Aidan O’Brien is a dangerous thing to do, as US Navy Flag demonstrated when burning off his rivals from the front in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket. US Navy Flag never saw another rival, last seasons top juvenile could have a great career as a sprinter now. It was another example of the genius of Aidan O'Brien. I thought Dreamfield ran a nice race in behind the principals in sixth.

At York, the feature race the John Smiths Cup went to Euchen Glen who was an easy winner. The City walls stakes was a real speed burn up it went to Mr. Lupton who loves it around York. At Chester, the feature race went to OH This Is Us for Richard Hannon. At Newton Abbot, Dan and Harry Skelton enjoyed a double with Ange Des Malberaux and Kings Reste. At Salisbury, there was a treble for Silvestre De Sousa onboard Savaanah, Fannie By Gaslight and Letsbe Avenue. At Hamilton, there was a double for David O'Meara with Alsvinder and Theglasgowwarrior. At Navan, there was a double for Aidan O'Brien and Michael Hussey with Fantasy and Fire Opal. At Limerick, there was a double for Willie Mullins with Irish Lass and Miss Sapphire.


Sunday, we start at SligoPatrick Mullins became the winning-most amateur rider of all time as he overtook the record of 545 winners set by Ted Walsh with a victory aboard Queens Boulevard in the Blind Tiger Flat race at Sligo. There was a double for Willie Mullins on the day with Queens Boulevard and Cool Colonnade. At Killarney, there was a double for Sean Davis on board Miss Zizi and Beach Bar. There was also a double for Dermot Weld with Bella Estrella and Highdrive. At Perth, there was a double for Sean Bowen with Montanna and Rear Admiral. At Stratford, there was a treble for Dan and Harry Skelton with One For Billy, Hatcher and Red Tornado. At Southwell, there was a treble for Richard Johnson with Master Sunrise, Robin Des Mana, and Milldean Sean.