The Racing Week That Was 16/12/18


Monday, we start at Musselburgh. The juvenile hurdle went to Simon Munir and Isaac Suede with Liva who is in the care of Donald McCain. Liva was impressive, it is also great to see McCain getting the backing of a major owner. At Lingfield, Dan and Harry Skelton hit the target again with Nimby. At Wolverhampton, Aircraft Carrier took the feature race for Joseph Ryan.


Tuesday, we start at Uttoxeter. There was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Antunes and Crucial Role. At Fontwell, Scoop The Pot took the feature race for Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson. At Southwell, The Right Choice was on target for Richard Fahey.


Wednesday, we start at Hexham. Waiting Patiently had a racecourse gallop as a King George prep. On the track, there was a treble for Brian Hughes with Derriana Spirit, Inchcolm and Echo Express. At Leicester, there was a treble for Philip Hobbs with Dark Episode, Falcon Sun and Ebony Gale. At Kempton, Alan King was on target with Lexington Law. At Lingfield, Keyzer Soze was a worthy winner of the feature race.


Thursday, we start at Newcastle. There was a winner for Dan and Harry Skelton with Gold Chain. There was also a double on the day for Nicky Richards with Reivers Lad and Blakerigg. At Warwick, there was a double for Philip Hobbs with Keep Moving and Keep Rolling. At Taunton, Paul Nicholls was on target with Southfield Stone. At Chelmsford, Divine Image bolted up for Charlie Appleby by six lengths. At Tramore, Final List was an impressive winner for Gordon Elliott in the bumper.


Friday, we start at Bangor. There was a treble for Donald McCain and Brian Hughes with The Some Dance Kid, Knock House, and Same Circus. At Doncaster, Donald McCain made it four on the day with Lough Derg Jewel. At Cheltenham, there was as always some interesting races as always. The Worlds End was a very impressive winner of the novice chase. The Novice hurdle went to Elixir De Nutz who looks a good horse and a realistic supreme contender. Gordon Elliott was on target with Synopsis in the mares handicap chase. The finale a handicap hurdle went to Aaron Lad. It was good news for our members. Aaron Lad advised to our members(1pt each way) at 15/2. At Kempton, John Gosden Reeth was an impressive winner.

On to Dundalk in what was a night that promised much for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. We headed to Dundalk with two realistic chances, even writing that its hard to believe sometimes. The show goes on though and as always our rivals are as always respected. Our number one priority as always was the safe return of Alfirak, Stanhope, Rory Cleary as well as all those who care and look after our horses at the races. Its strange people ask do we still get nervous ? does every win feel the same? The answer is simple we get nervous, we do not feel pressure as we trust our horses and the team behind them. The wins and places mean just as much. When you have tasted it you want that feeling over and over again. We want to win all the time.

We were joined by a competition winner, Seamus Ward who won a prize on social media to spend the evening at the races with The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Seamus played a full part in the night, we look forward to seeing Seamus at the races again soon. First up was Alfirak 600 Dundalk.  Alfirak has grown massively physically in the last 4 months, he is now a man of a horse. The huge growth in his frame has meant we have been giving Alfirak time between his races. It has been for all the world like a teenager growing into an adult. We think the world of Alfirak, he has a great attitude, he is a very determined horse. Alfirak has been very solid for us to date, he really likes Dundalk. Alfirak had run three times over a mile at Dundalk winning twice going into the race. Alfirak was heavily supported in the market from 8/1 to 5/1. I really fancied him myself and we were on. In a bizarre turn of events, Alfirak had to contend with another loose horse just as he did when he won on 21-9-18. On this occasion, the loose horse was no help making Alfirak race a bit earlier than ideal. The third place for Alfrirak who ran a courageous race from the front into a dreadful headwind. Only checking out late on to be third.  Alfirak was 2.5 lengths clear of the fourth horse he ran a blinder. We could not be prouder of Alfirak or the people who manage him. If Alfirak was a human he would give you his last tenner.

Second up was the new kid on the block Stanhope 730 Dundalk. We all saw what Stanhope did last Friday. Stanhope was very good on the night and was well on top at the line. Stanhope surprised us as this was his original target. Stanhope had a hike in the weights and going into we were intrigued to see he would beat the four horses he beat last week. Stanhope duly did. We had been warned about Alfredo Arcano going into the race that this was a talented horse so it proved. Stanhope from his wide draw gave Alfredo Arcano a really good race. Stanhope continued his great start finishing second. Stanhope has earned over 12,000 already which is very good. Stanhope ran into a very good horse in Alfredo Arcano. Stanhope lost nothing in defeat and is still not fully fit. The encouraging thing is Stanhope confirmed the form on worse terms with all the horses he defeated on 7-12-18. We have plenty to look forward to in 2019 with Stanhope. Stanhope has serious gears as well as ability. The intelligence of Damian and Craig English to purchase this horse is remarkable. A plan hatched in a meeting with ourselves and brilliantly executed by the English brothers. It was a great night for our syndicate when we showed our best qualities. Thanks to Marcella McCoy who provided us with free bets for our members. Our thanks also go to Emma Meehan of Dundalk racecourse who provided us with extra tickets on the night. 

It was an incredible night for Damian English and his team with all 4 runners making the frame landing some lovely each way Yankees for his supporters. The other horses were Confident Kid who ran a blinder under Stephen Mooney. I thought Twenty Minutes ran a cracker and looks a lovely horse Damian has a freakish talent. I am glad he is on our team. The team at Grougha have worked very hard over the last few weeks, the horses are running very well. The overwhelming sense at the end of the night was one of immense pride in our horse and Damian's team. The bond between us all is a special one, we feel like a team. Rory reminded us after Stanhope and Alfirak receptions back in that we hadn't won. That's the way it is we enjoy and savor it all. After Confident Kids second place all the owners from Damian's yard made their way down to the second place spot to clap the team and Stephen into the enclosure. Given the weather, on the night it shows what the spirit is one for all and all for one.

The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate passed €54,000 in prize money on Friday night. Next Friday will be the first anniversary of our first win with Mokhalad. As it should be Mokhalad will have it in his hands to mark that most special and treasured of days. Mokhalad himself will attempt to win the race he won last year. Our horses and Damian's are running well, it would be a fairytale if Mokhalad could do it. However, the whole thing has been a fairytale so far. So we will trust Damian and our captain Mokhalad to write another chapter for us. We would never count these two out.


Saturday, we start at Cheltenham it was Caspian Caviar Gold Cup day. The admirable Frodon gave weight and a sound beating to his rivals to claim his second victory in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup. It was another big Saturday win for Byrony Frost. It was also good news for our members. Frodon advised to our members(1pt each way) at 10/1. Nicky Henderson’s decision to switch Brain Power back from fences paid off as he claimed victory in the Unibet International Hurdle. After his run in the International Hurdle, Nigel Twiston Davies confirms that The New One has been retired. Go well old friend. Drovers Lane continued the resurgence of Rebecca Curtis. It was more good news for our members. Drovers Lane advised to our members(1pt each way) at 11/2 (rule 4 of 40%). Nelson River maintained his unbeaten record since switching codes after staying on powerfully to take the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle.

At Doncaster, Rocky’s Treasure galloped his rivals into submission in the bet365 December Novices’ Chase. Hot favorite Quel Destin came out on top in a thrilling finish to the bet365 Summit Juvenile Hurdle for Paul Nicholls who completed a double Amour De Nuit. At Hereford, Kim Bailey was on the board again with Bandon Roc following the earlier victory of Rocky’s Treasure at Doncaster. At Newcastle, Stargazer took the feature race. At Fairyhouse, there was a double for Paul Townend with Brosna George and Dunvegan.


Sunday, we start at Navan. Battleoverdoyen looks another potential superstar for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud after a stylish display in the Irish Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle. Willie Mullins dominated the Navan Novice Hurdle once more with Easy Game quickening up to beat stablemate Getareason. This was a rough race I would keep an eye on Rhinestone who got blocked at a few vital points. At Southwell, over the jumps Stoney Mountain bolted up for Richard Johnson. At Carlisle, the Pertemps qualifier went to Isaacstown Lad.