The Racing Week That Was 16-8-20


Monday, we start at Southwell. Ben Case paid tribute to his Cheltenham Festival winner Croco Bay after he sadly suffered a fatal injury at Southwell on Monday. The 13-year-old was running in the Support The ARC Racing Club Handicap Chase when he unseated his rider Bryan Carver and injured himself in the race. There was a chasing debut success for The Butcher Said for Olly Murphy. At Ballinrobe, the feature race went to Drifting Back under Conor McNamara. At Chester, Judicial continued in top form to take the Listed Queensferry Stakes, as racing returned to the Roodee on Monday winning easily.


Tuesday, we start at Haydock. There was an impressive winner for Mark Johnston with Run This Way.  At Wolverhampton, Vindicate bolted up for Sir Michael Stoute and her majesty The Queen taking the feature race. At Wolverhampton, End Zone was an impressive winner for Qatar Racing. At Perth, there was a treble for Lucinda Russell with Effet Special, Boys On Tour and Katalystic.


Wednesday, we start at Gowran. It was another brilliant day for Johnny Murtagh, saddling a 437/1 treble. The horses were Laggata, Lord Rapscallion and Springbank. At Kempton, Ryan Moore paid tribute to Sir Michael Stoute’s late partner Coral Pritchard-Gordon after completing a treble at Kempton with an emotional success aboard My Frankel. A hugely popular figure in Newmarket and a regular attendee at the races with the Classic-winning trainer, Pritchard-Gordon, 73, died on Tuesday following an 11-month battle with illness. Conscious (15-2) & Lucid Dreamer (7-1) completed the treble. At Beverley, there was a double for Richard Fahey with Let Her Loose and Pythagoras. At Kempton, there was a treble for Oisin Murphy with Kingsholm, Benny And The Jets completing it with Surprise Exhibit.


Thursday, we start with Oisin Murphy ramped up the pressure on title-chasing rivals trying to dethrone him as champion jockey with a near 31-1 treble at SalisburyRyan Tate celebrated the biggest win of his career after steering Alpinista to a front-running success in the British Stallion Studs EBF Upavon Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury. Royal Dornoch finished with a flourish to claim top honours in the Clipper Logistics Desmond Stakes at LeopardstownHe Knows No Fear created history at Leopardstown when winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at 300-1. Before his success, the longest-priced winner in Ireland was Killahara Castle at 200-1 in December 2017.


Friday, we start with Rebecca Menzies broke new ground at Pontefract when Stormy Girl provided her with a first Listed winner in the EBF Highfield Farm Flying Fillies’ Stakes. Delphi initiated a big-race double for Aidan O’Brien and Seamie Heffernan when making it four from four for the season with a determined display in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh. Frankie Dettori described himself as “gutted” to be missing next week’s Ebor Festival at York after choosing instead to ride in France this weekend. Racecourse officials in the UK are awaiting confirmation from the Government as to which fixtures will be able to stage pilot events to welcome the return of crowds. Dual Classic heroine Love is the star attraction among eight contenders for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks. Following a dominant victory in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, Aidan O’Brien’s filly was even more impressive when stepped up to a mile and a half for the Oaks at Epsom.


Saturday, we start at Dundalk. It has been a week of change for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. We have moved Trading Point to Adrian McGuinness, while Mokhalad has gone to John McConnell. It ends our association with Damian English and Grougha Stables. We are grateful for all the success achieved with Damian English, who along with his brother Craig has played an excellent role in helping us grow. Our horses also played a significant role in contributing winners to Damian's yard since 2017. In fact, Damian English has had 33 winners since 2017 with our horses having supplied 10 of those winners, so just over 30% of his total winners in our time working together. It has been a good relationship for both parties. We had some brilliant times with Damian, Craig and the rest of the team at Grougha. We wish Damian, Craig and all the team every success in the future. As life throws up in the sport. We had to take on Damian English straight away with his marvellous horse Geological. We had Parkers Hill and of course Mokhalad in the 155 at Dundalk. This was a very hot race, to say the least. A Premier handicap in all but name.

We were part of a brilliant horse race no other way of saying it. Our promising young horse Parkers Hill ran a brilliant race to be beaten .3 of a length in total securing a dead heat for fourth. We warmly congratulate Geological on his brilliant victory, he was exceptional here doing it the hard way from the front. Geological battled back brilliantly having been headed. We know Geological well having spent a lot of time with him over the last three years he is a true superstar. It was Geological who brought Damian English to our attention before we joined forces. A wonderful horse with the heart of a lion. In a week we parted ways with Damian English it was probably written in the stars that Geological would do the business. Geological had run two brilliant races on his last two starts so fair play to Geological and all the team at Grougha. 

For us though the overwhelming feelings are pride and excitement in Parkers Hill. This was a top-class race Parkers Hill ran an absolute cracker for us. The future is bright for this horse, still only four years of age. In four runs for us, Parkers Hill has earned prizemoney in three races, including a win at Naas. Parkers Hill could be very good, we learned plenty yesterday we can use. I and the other members of the syndicate are just thrilled to have got Parkers Hill on our team. Parkers Hill will be out again before the end of August ground permitting. Leanne Breen did a superb job recovering from Leopardstown last time out. Nothing went right that day, Leanne felt she had Parkers Hill right, she sure did. Leanne Breen is clear on her role for us with the younger brigade, she has taken it on with relish. Parkers Hill will meet some of today's rivals again in September at Champions weekend. We have reason to be optimistic about being competitive with those horses then. Mokhalad ran a very respectable race he got the worst of the kickback and the widest draw getting beaten just over 5 lengths. It was a decent run in our view from a terrible draw. We have a few plans in mind for The King. The hope being a straight track a steep 6 furlongs race with some ease in the ground. Despite far from ideal conditions for Mokhalad at Dundalk we were happy with him. Mokhalad owes us nothing, he will get his head in front again.

We had a very positive meeting with Adrian McGuinness earlier in the day around Trading Point we expect to see Trading Point sooner rather than later. Trading Point is doing really well and worked yesterday with Aidos recent Galway winners. Trading Point went well, we have a plan coming together for him which is exciting. Overall today was a really good day for us. We are looking to really kick on in the next few months. It's going to be an intense period but brilliant fun, we have built a nice team of horses. We also have our new horse the 83 rated Double Kodiac to unleash in the coming weeks with Leanne Breen. It can only be of benefit to Double Kodiac to train with Parkers Hill.

At Newbury, Hukum moved a significant step nearer giving trainer Owen Burrows his first runner in the St Leger with an impressive success in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Geoffrey Freer StakesHukum was advised to our members (1pt each way) at 5/1 . Dream Of Dreams finally gained the big-race victory his efforts over the years have deserved with an authoritative success in the Unibet Hungerford Stakes. Starman denied King’s Lynn a winning comeback in the Follow At The Races On Twitter Novice Stakes at Doncaster. Mishriff backed up his French Derby success with a comfortable victory in the Prix Guillaume D’Ornano at Deauville.

Former jockey, Willie Robinson, who was famous for his association with Mill House, Arkle's greatest rival in the 1960s, has passed away aged 86. Mr Robinson rode a succession of other big-race winners in the 1960s, most notably Champions Hurdle wins with Anzio and Kirriemuir, Mandarin (Hennessy Gold Cup), and Team Spirit in the Aintree Grand National. Willie will be best remembered as the jockey of Mill House with whom he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1963 and later that year beat Arkle in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. However, Arkle won the 1964 Cheltenham Gold Cup and went on to win all three of their subsequent clashes.


Sunday, we start with James Ferguson enjoyed a day to remember at Newbury as Zoetic provided him with the biggest winner of his career in the Unibet St Hugh’s Fillies’ Stakes. Internationaldream booked a return trip to Ripon for the Champion Two Yrs Old Trophy when swooping late to win the William Hill Ripon Hornblower Conditions Stakes. Staxton provided Tim Easterby with a third win in the historic William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon. Palace Pier maintained his unbeaten record with a dominant display under Frankie Dettori in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville. Palace Pier would not have been at his best on the ground today so this was a very good performance.