The Racing Week That Was 15-9-19


Monday, we start at Listowel. There was a really good performance from Lancaster House for Aidan O'Brien this looks a very good horse. Pearl Warrior made it three wins in a row for Johnny Murtagh. The three-year-olds have been making hay in handicaps both in Ireland and the UK for the last six weeks. Red Gerry advised to our members(1pt each way) 4/1 placed in the race. Conversant landed some good bets for Denis Hogan seeing off Tribal Path for Damian English who ran well again. At Brighton, Dontaskmeagain was on target for Mark Johnston. At Perth, there was a double for Gordon Elliott and Richard Johnson with Carrie Des Champs and Holy Motivation. At Newton Abbot, there was a double for Colin Tizzard with Sizing Granite and Sizing Tara. There was a horrendous day for David Pipe who lost Timeforben & Noel’s Boy both to fatal injuries. At Wolverhampton, there was a treble for Oisin Murphy with My Motivate Girl, Desert Safari and Havana Jane.


Tuesday, we start at Listowel. There was an impressive win for Djingle in the novice chase. At Catterick, Gylo was on target for David O'Meara. At Worcester, Sunset Showdown for Rebecca Curtis. At Leicester, Amber Island was on target for Godolphin. At Kelso, there was a double for Brian Hughes with Winding Roe and One Night In Milan.


Wednesday, we start at Listowel. The full gambit of horse racing for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Trading Point's effort in Listowel was a complete nightmare from start to finish. Trading Point never went a yard hating the ground which according to jockey Ronan Whelan was like glue. The even-money fav Angels Amy also pulled up, unfortunately, suffering a fatal injury it puts things into perspective as always. This is not Trading Point's level however we have to take it on the chin. It was a very disappointing result we really fancied him. There is nearly a temptation to run Trading Point in Leopardstown on Saturday he only needs a couple to come out to get in the race. We will leave it to the team at Grougha.

At Laytown, well after Trading Point's eclipse, the pressure on Alfirak's race ratcheted up. Alfirak marches to his own drum he is a complex character. Alfirak was taking the preliminaries very much in his stride looking at the large crowd. Alfirak gets very pumped up for his races and when the bell rings he goes into full boxer mood. Declan Lavery got up on Alfirak he reversed into a crowd of very unsuspecting connections at speed of the winner Royal Admiral! Declan got our Alfirak under control. They headed out Alfirak blew the start fly jumping the gates and found himself last. Alfirak, however, is very determined he got himself back involved in the race traveling well through the contest to finish fourth. Alfirak spoiled his own chances by wasting valuable energy and position early in the race. To be fair to Alfirak he has been through a lot in 2019, he was entitled to be pumped up and this should take the fizz out of him. Alfirak gave a very good account of himself on the racecourse getting a podium finish at Laytown for the second year in a row. The last 6 runs for Alfirak have been 315304 nothing wrong with that. It is great to have Alfirak back and we look forward to his next outing.

Away from our races at Listowel and Laytown. At Listowel, there were doubles for Gavin Cromwell and Johnathan Moore with Darver Star and Jeremy's Flame. There was also a double for Chris Hayes with Shekhem and Franklyn. The Kerry National went to Poker Party under Rachael Blackmore, Na Trachtalai Abu was advised (1pt each way) 20/1 placed third in the race. At Laytown, there was a double for Aido McGuinness with Royal Admiral and Confident Kid. At Carlisle, Alotabttle was on target for Sean Davis. At Doncaster, the feature race went to Equilateral. The finale went to Dark Shadow.  Line Of Reason advised to our members (1pt each way) 8/1 placed. It completed a decent day for our members who also had Na Trachtalai Abu at 20/1 in with Line Of Reason (8/1) in an 0.5pt each-way double.  At Uttoxeter, Angel Of Harlem turned over Go Another One. Uttoxeter can be a funny track it does not suit every horse. I would put a line through it for Go Another One. At Kempton, Trouble Shooter took the feature under Josephine Gordon.


Thursday, we start at Listowel. The feature race went to David's Charm for John Joe Walsh. Bothar Dubh made it two wins on the bounce. At Epsom, the jump jockeys derby went to Joey Haynes on board Berrahri. At Chepstow, Severnaya was on target for John Gosden. At Doncaster, there was a massive win for her majesty the Queen with King's Lynn trained by Andrew Balding. At Chelmsford, Love Destiny was on target for Mark Johnston.


Friday, we start at DoncasterBreathtaking Look was a surprise winner of the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes. Sleeping Lion came from last to first to claim top honors in the William Hill Mallard Handicap. Stradivarius secured his 10th successive victory with a dominant display in the Magners Rose Doncaster Cup. At Chester, Sir Maximilian took the feature race. It was good news for our members. Sir Maximilian was advised to our members (1pt each way) at 9/1. At Sandown, there was a double for John Gosden with Miss Yoda and Casanova. At Salisbury, there was a double for trainer Clive Cox with Royal Ambition and Grisons. At Listowel, Rattling Jewel made it two wins in two years at Listowel winning the same race as last year.


Saturday, we start at Leopardstown for day one of Irish Champions Weekend. It was an exciting day ahead for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. We headed to Leopardstown we ran both Mokhalad and Trading Point 600 Leopardstown. It was incredible in many ways, to be honest. When we started the syndicate less than 2 years ago having two runners on such a prestigious card would have seemed very unlikely never mind in the same race. However, it came to pass we enjoyed every moment of running for 88 Grand first prize. It was very competitive as you would expect.

There was to be no fairytale for us. Mokhalad yet again showed his versatility. Mokhalad ran a really good race for a long way, we were very proud of him he was beaten just over five and a half lengths in thirteenth. The ground was too quick for him in truth but he gave everything. Mokhalad has a couple of targets in Navan at Galway in October. Mokhalad will be assessed after these targets. We may well put him away for an extended break like last year. Mokhalad has had a great campaign, we would be hoping there is another day in Mokhalad in 2019 adding to his three wins already in 2019.

Trading Point ran well to a point yesterday at Leopardstown. He blew the start, Declan was really pleased with Trading Point. We will probably head to the Curragh at the end of September. The goal will be to get a win for Trading Point before the end of the turf season. Trading Point is still a work in progress, however a work in progress who has only run 7 times for us. Trading Point has finished second twice winning 23,400 to date. Trading Point has great ability his best days are ahead.

The day at Leopardstown belonged to Aidan O'Brien who had a four-timer. Magical proved a class above her rivals with a decisive victory in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes. Blissful took the opener. Mogul was impressive winning the KPMG Champion Juvenille. Norway was really well punted completing the O'Brien four-timer. Iridessa bounced back to Group One-winning form in the Coolmore ‘Fastnet Rock’ Matron Stakes for Joseph O'Brien.

At Doncaster, it was St Leger day. Cieren Fallon landed the big handicap of the day on successive Saturdays when Oxted came with a late rattle to win the William Hill Portland. Sir Dancealot showed the fire still burns bright with a clear-cut success in the Hird Rail Group Park Stakes for David ElsworthThreat added further gloss to his burgeoning CV as he took the step up to seven furlongs in his stride to land the Pommery Champagne Stakes. Logician maintained his unbeaten record with an emphatic victory in the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster. Ridden by Frankie Dettori – who was winning the world’s oldest Classic for the sixth time. This was super impressive I must admit.


Sunday, it was day two of Irish Champions Weekend. It was a day that showed the best of  Racing as the community rallied around Pat Smullen. Sir Anthony McCoy rolled back the years when coming out on top on Quizical in the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials. It was a wonderful spectacleSearch For A Song gave trainer Dermot Weld an eighth success in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger under a brilliant Chris Hayes ride. Pinatubo produced an astonishing performance to land the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes. This might be the best two-year-old performance I have ever seen I reckon. Pinatubo took the field apart winning by nine lengths. There was a double for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore with Fairyland and Love.