The Racing Week That Was 16-2-20


Monday, we start with the news that with regret that our syndicate horse Alfirak has been retired from racing. It's a sad day for all of us, however, it's the best decision for Alfirak. We would like to thank Damian English, Craig English and all the team at Grougha stables for the care and attention Alfirak received throughout his racing career for ourselves. We would like to thank the staff at Lisadell Equine hospital especially Simon Hennessy who has treated Alfirak most regularly. We would also like to thank the staff of Fethard Equine Hospital who treated Alfirak most recently.

The positive news is we have found a forever home for Alfirak which will allow him to have an active and happy retirement. Alfirak after a summer's grass will start his new life. The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate will continue to be a presence in Alfirak's life. We will chart and update Alfirak's story in his retirement as a racehorse across our social media platforms. There will be a tribute article to Alfirak and his career for us on the website later on this week. Go well Alfie and Thank you from all of us.

On the track at Plumpton. The Paul Nicholls charge continued as Calva D'auge took the opening novice hurdle. The feature race saw Finnegans Garden gain the fourth win of his career at Plumpton. It was good news for our members, Finnegans Garden was advised (1pt win) at 4/1. At Wolverhampton, Mark Johnston had a double with Asdaa and Mountain Brave.


Tuesday, we start at Chelmsford. Olly Murphy was on target with Krazy Paving. At Newcastle, Yes My boy was on target for Archie Watson. The meeting at Punchestown was abandoned.


Wednesday, After losing Alfirak as a racehorse on Monday. The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate went out and bought Parkers Hill from Leanne Breen.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the purchase of Parkers Hill who will become our sixth syndicate horse. Parkers Hill was claimed by Leanne Breen at Dundalk 7-2-20. The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate has purchased Parkers Hill outright, with Leanne Breen training the horse. We would like to welcome new members on board for Parkers Hill as well as our core of stalwart members. Parkers Hill is a son of the very talented No Nay Never. Parkers Hill is already a winner at Leopardstown and Dundalk. Parkers Hill is rated 75, We feel Parkers Hill is a Leopardstown Thursday night horse/ weekend horse. We have made huge strides as a syndicate since our foundation in September 2017. We believe Parkers Hill is a quality horse who will improve what is already a good team of horses for our syndicate. There are a very limited number of shares available in Parkers Hill for sale. Contact for further information.

We are grateful to Leanne Breen for selling Parkers Hill to ourselves. We have been working with Leanne Breen since October 2019. Leanne Breen has impressed us with her hunger and ambition. It matches our own. Leanne has made it very easy for us to work alongside her while integrating us into the yard. Leanne has state of the art facilities at her Warrenpoint yard. Leanne has worked alongside high-profile trainers including; David O’Meara, Willie McCreery, James Cummings in Sydney, and Mark Johnston; she had a diversity of roles within those respected yards; from being a rider, traveling assistant and yard manager. Leanne also has the excellent Aili Leah working on the team. The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate and Leanne Breen have formed a good partnership. We look forward to seeing what Leanne can achieve with Parkers Hill.

Leanne Breen commented "I am delighted to have another horse sent to me by The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Since joining forces in October 2019 we have formed a brilliant owner-trainer relationship which, I am sure many winners will result from. Parkers Hill is a very exciting horse to be joining the team. Rated 75 he is already shown his ability by winning at Dundalk and Leopardstown. I believe this horse has the ability to improve by a change of scenery and a gelding. The aim for him this year is to win at tracks such as Leopardstown and the Curragh in the summer months on the true good to firm ground which he has shown a liking too. Parkers Hill is a fantastic model of a horse, great temperament and has settled in brilliantly to his new surroundings."

On the track, Badayel bolted up for Ivan Furtado who does very well at Southwell. Speaking of bolting up Bold Suitor did exactly that. It was good news for our members One bet for the members today and its a winner Bold Suitor 630 was advised (1pt win) at 3/1.


Thursday, we start with the news that our syndicate horse Alfirak settled down to his first night as a retired racehorse. We waved him off earlier, it wasn’t sadness, grateful for his contribution to our syndicate. We are delighted he has got a chance of a rewarding retirement with Ciara Thomas.  This is a brilliant outcome for Alfirak. We will update on his progress.

On the track, Kim Bailey was delighted to see First Flow get back on the winning trail with a fine front-running display at Leicester. At Chelmsford, Solar Heights took the fast track all-weather finals day qualifier. It is one bet for the members today a shorty but a winner Solar Heights was advised ( 2pts win) at 4/5Magic Lily continued to make up for the lost time when she followed up her victory in the Cape Verdi by taking the Group Two Balanchine at Meydan. It made up a treble for Charlie Appleby completed by Ya Hayati and Eynhallow.


Friday, we start with positive news about our syndicate horses our talented sprinter Stanhope has got the green light to step up his training. We also worked Mokhalad and Trading Point together both did what was expected, we are happy with both horses. At Dundalk, Ado McGuinness sends Bowerman to contest a Lingfield All-Weather Qualifier in France tomorrow and the trainer kept up momentum at Dundalk today with Eglish, which completed an unlikely hat-trick of wins under Colin Keane. King's Vow justified 1/4 favoritism when winning the Happy Valentine's Day Race at Dundalk today, scoring for trainer Joseph O'Brien and jockey Declan McDonogh. At Fakenham, Greanateen made it three wins over fences for Paul Nicholls. The meeting at Sandown was abandoned.


Saturday, we start at Ascot. Riders Onthe Storm ran out a slightly fortunate winner of a dramatic Betfair Ascot Chase. Since joining Nigel Twiston-Davies from Tom Taaffe, Riders Onthe Storm had won both his starts in Britain, but this Grade One heat represented a huge jump in class. Cyrname was sent off the 4-11 favorite to get back on the winning trail after his King George defeat, but he looked in trouble down the back straight when the eventual winner loomed upsides.Riders Onthe Storm soon assumed control as Cyrname started to toil, but 50-1 outsider Traffic Fluide then appeared to be finishing with real purpose. However, Gary Moore’s charge crashed out at the last – with a tired Cyrname also taking a heavy fall further back, as the winner coasted home by 14 lengths at 7-2 under Sam Twiston-Davies, from the only other finisher Janika. Traffic Fluide was quickly on his feet, but Cyrname was down for some time before eventually getting up – a moment that drew huge applause from the anxious Ascot crowd. Ballyoptic completed an Ascot double for Nigel Twiston - Davies. Sporting John was an impressive winner of the novice hurdle. Copperhead ran out a hugely impressive winner of what looked a hot Sodexo Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase for Colin Tizzard. A decent day for the members three bets all placing Regal Encore 225 Ascot (1pt each way) 15/2 placed Lord Du Mensil 315 Haydock (1pt each way) 11/2 placed 0.5pt each-way double placed.

At Haydock, Smooth Stepper stayed on through the Haydock mud to spring a surprise in the Unibet Grand National Trial Handicap Chase. Emitom returned to impressive winning form in the Unibet Rendlesham Hurdle. There was a double for Nicky Henderson with Caribean Boy and Welsh Saint. There was also a double for Paul Nicholls with Alcala and Sir Psycho. Owner Dave Lowe paid tribute to all-weather star Kachy after he suffered a fatal injury at Lingfield.  Kachy broke in his usual electric style, he took a false step before the race began in earnest and was swiftly pulled up by Richard Kingscote. As well as winning four times at Lingfield, including on 2019 Finals Day, Kachy claimed the Group Three Molecombe at Goodwood as a juvenile and was twice placed in Group One company at Royal Ascot, finishing second in the 2016 Commonwealth Cup and third in last year’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

There was a quality card at GowranChris's Dream has Gold Cup or Ryanair Chase possibilities following a second Grade 2 chase win at Gowran today as the Henry De Bromhead trained gelding landed the featured Red Mills Chase under jockey Rachael Blackmore. Cilaos Emery will be supplemented for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham next month having easily won his Grade 3 Red Mills Trial Hurdle 'qualifier' at Gowran today. The Willie Mullins trained eight year old bagged Grade 3 and Grade 2 chase wins earlier this season before falling at the first fence in the Grade 1 Dublin Chase at Leopardstown on February 1. Today's decision by connections to revert to hurdles, for the first time since December 2017, was, however, a tactical one rather than a confidence-restoring mission, as his owner Luke McMahon eyes a tilt at a weak-looking Champion Hurdle next month.


Sunday, we start at NavanCaptain Cj was rewarded for his fine effort when second to the highly-regarded Minella Indo at Navan as he opened his account over fences in the Ten Up Novice Chase. Tiger Roll left connections highly satisfied with a creditable fifth on his comeback as stablemate Cracking Smart ran out a surprise winner of the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle. Gordon Elliott on Tiger Roll Elliott said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with Tiger Roll – Keith (Donoghue) said he cantered to the second-last and just said he blew up. I couldn’t be happier.“The way he traveled into the race, a blind man could see you’d have to be happy.

At Kempton, Champion jockey Oisin Murphy celebrated his first winner in Britain this year after Rainbow Dreamer completed a four-timer with victory in the 32Red Conditions Stakes. Off the track, Cilaos Emery is to be supplemented for the Unibet Champion Hurdle following his victory at Gowran Park on Saturday.