The Racing Week That Was 18-7-21


Monday, we start at Dundalk. The Highway Rat impressed again at Dundalk with an emphatic victory. The Highway Rat was advised to our members' 2pts win at 3/1. There was another winner for our friends at Hilltop as Meishar took the claimer for James McCauley. The resurgent John McConnell team were on target with Zahee. At Killarney, Johnny Murtagh completed an across-the-card treble at Killarney today as his Sassified won. Murtagh had a double at Dundalk with Safecracker and Puerto De Vega. The feature race at Killarney went to Ger Lyons and Colin Keane with Roca Roma. 

At Newton Abbot, Phoenix Dawn was on target for Dr Richard Newland. At Ayr, Fairmac was on target for Mark Johnston. At Lingfield, Hollie Doyle was on target with Colonel Faulkner. At Wolverhampton, Midrarr was on target for William Haggas. 


Tuesday, we start at Killarney. It was the first runner for our syndicate at Killarney. Trading Point has had a disappointing 2021 to date. Everyone knows what ability Trading Point has though he has run to very high marks on several occasions. Trading Point has done plenty for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate in a good career to date. However, he needs to buck up on recent efforts. Trading Point has run well in Killarney on his only previous visit. Cian MacRedmond came back in for the ride he will take a valuable 7 pounds off. Trading Point was bitterly disappointing trailing in last. It was a real low point in the history of our syndicate. Trading Point never went a yard. We are now in a situation where it looks like we will have to change something with Trading Point or potentially he leaves our team. Nobody can ever take away the great days Trading Point has brought us to. That said nothing lasts forever. We will take stock over the next few days, making a decisive course of action after reflection. 

The rest of the Killarney card saw the good run for our members continue as Sincerest advised (1pt each way) at 9/1 (rule 4 10%) got the job done landing some big bets returning 16/5. Great Bear was a tenacious winner for Thomas Gibney. I must say despite everything that went wrong with Trading Point. I really enjoyed my visit to the Killarney Racecourse. It is, without doubt, the most stunning setting for a racecourse. If you have not been please go! In life, you always need context at low points. As we left the racecourse, my nephew, Daniel who as a child himself survived a long battle with Leukaemia turned to me and said: " Poor Trading Point I hope he is ok?" I remember what Daniel had been through himself at that moment, suddenly things did not seem so bad. The Galaxy team will roll our sleeves up over the next few weeks to get the pendulum swinging our way again. We have some exciting developments coming up as well as managing some transition with our older horses.

At Downpatrick, there was a double for Denise Foster with Grangeclare Native and Gris Majeur. At Bath, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Tardis and True Romance. At Beverley, Tim Easterby had a double with Ugo Gregory and Clodovea. At Brighton, there was a treble for David Probert with Kelmscott, Flame Of Freedom and Buy Me Back. At Southwell, there was a treble for Martin Keighley with Debden Bank, Dreamsundermyfeet and Pinnacle Peak.


Wednesday, we start at Killarney. There was a double for Aidan O'Brien with Luxembourg and Exuma. At Lingfield, there was a treble for Oisin Murphy with Kodiak Attack, Mooseme and Dusk Chorus. At Uttoxeter, Zafar was on target for Donald and Abbie McCain. At Catterick, Improvised was on target for David O'Meara. At Yarmouth, there were doubles for Martyn Meade and Tom Marquand with Swayze and Bake. At Wolverhampton, Russco under Ella McCain made it a day to remember for Donald McCain as he had an across the card double with both his daughters doing the steering,


Thursday, we start at Leopardstown we were back in action with our syndicate horse Fastman in an apprentice race. Fastman finished an excellent third at Naas last time out. It was a very good performance from Fastman who gave a stone to the winner, 8 pounds to the second and 15 pounds to the fourth horse. Fastman came out of the Naas race well. It is the first ride for us for Cillian McConnell it is a deserved chance for a young man who is a big part of our team.  The John McConnell team are in really good form. The ground should suit as will the drop-down to seven furlongs. In seven runs for ourselves, Fastman has placed three times. It was in the end disappointing. Fastman did not really fire. We will have a look at what the handicapper does and make a plan from that point. It is possible Fastman did something during the race we will have the vets check him over. We won't know for a few days. 

The rest of Leopardstown saw doubles for Oisin Orr and Dermot Weld with Kazakdaria and Suwayra. At Hamilton, there was a treble for Keith Dalgleish with Misty Ayr, Home Before Dusk and Clay Regazzoni. At Leicester, there was a treble for Oisin Murphy with Merry Secret, Marsabit and Marching Army. At Chepstow, Tawaafoq was on target for Hollie Doyle. At Worcester, No Worries was on target for Tom Scudamore. At Epsom, three horses who won at the previous Epsom meeting won again. The winners were Mythical Madness, Amalfi Bay and Otago.


Friday, we start at Killarney. Rachael Blackmore, the most successful female jockey of all time over jumps and the first woman to win the Grand National, is said to be in "good spirits" as she begins her recovery from a fractured ankle and hip injury sustained at Killarney on Friday. The hugely popular rider, who turned 32 last Sunday, is currently setting the pace at the top of the jump jockeys' championship in Ireland and moved on to 22 winners for the season with an early double at Killarney on Friday, but she later suffered a nasty fall from 11-10 favourite Merry Poppins in the 2m4f handicap hurdle. Blackmore was treated by medical staff on the track and was subsequently taken to Tralee Hospital where she underwent surgery on Friday night. Ironically Rachael Blackmore had ridden a double earlier in the card on board Baltinglass Hill and Leac An Scail Lady.

At Kilbeggan, Henry De Bromhead completed an across the card four-timer with Not Available. At Newbury, there were doubles for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori with Golden Bugle and Reach For The Moon. At Haydock, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Global Wisdom and Nine Tales. At Nottingham, Sir Michael Stoute was on target with Possible Man. At Newmarket, there was a double for Godolphin with Storm Damage and Magical Land. At Hamilton, there was a treble for Danny Tudhope with Pocket Rockett, Soul Seeker and Aleas.


Saturday, we start at the Curragh for Irish Oaks day. Snowfall gave another blistering performance to become the 15th filly to complete the English/Irish Oaks double at the Curragh. Aidan O’Brien’s filly had blitzed her rivals at Epsom to win by a record margin of 16 lengths and she produced a similar display on home soil in the Juddmonte-sponsored Irish equivalent. Having scared off a lot of the opposition, Snowfall was the 2-7 favourite and she did not disappoint. The early running was made by one of her three stablemates, La Joconde, in the eight-runner line-up, with Nicest and Willow close up. Ryan Moore had Snowfall just off the pace until the field turned for home and it was not long before she made her move – and once she hit the front two furlongs out there was only going to be one outcome. Snowfall opened up and was simply away and gone from the others, scoring by eight and a half lengths to provide O’Brien with a sixth triumph in the race. Mooneista gave trainer Jack Davison his biggest success when storming home in the Group Two Paddy Power Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh.

Francky Du Berlais provided trainer Peter Bowen with his seventh victory in the Betway Summer Plate after a taking success at Market Rasen. Sent off at 11-1, the eight-year-old has won twice already during his summer campaign and relished the bustle of a busy handicap to secure a seven-and-a-half-length triumph from Exelerator Express under James Bowen. The Bowen family have a brilliant record in the valuable Grade Three handicap, with Peter having won the race seven times in its 26-year history and elder son Sean successful himself when steering More Buck’s to victory for his father in 2018.

Richard Hannon is gaining ground on his father having notched up his fourth victory in the Weatherbys Super Sprint through Gubbass at Newbury. A good run at Royal Ascot was followed with a win for Declared Interest who was advised (1pt each way) 7/2 to our members. Happy Romance bounced right back to her best in the bet365 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury. Winner of the Super Sprint on this card 12 months ago, the filly was only narrowly beaten at Sandown last time out but she had generally been running below the form which made her such a favourite of Richard Hannon’s last season. Golden Pass gave a game front-running performance to take Listed honours in the Ric And Mary Hambro Aphrodite Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket. There was a popular winner elsewhere on the card, as Accidental Agent recorded his first victory since the 2018, Queen Anne Stakes, at Royal Ascot. Eve Johnson Houghton’s stable stalwart finished with a flourish to land the Fine Watch Handicap.


Sunday, we start at Newton Abbot. Harry Kimber ended a year-long losing streak by riding a remarkable near 340-1 treble at Newton Abbot – kickstarted when Oscars Fame struck in the colours of his parents. The 7lb claimer completed his and trainer Bill Turner’s treble as Scrappy Jack made it back-to-back course-and-distance victories in the Juvenile Hurdle and Youvebrokenmydream took the  Novices’ Handicap Hurdle. After the latter had registered the first treble of Kimber’s career, arriving with a late challenge up the stands side to win by a length and a quarter at 11-2 from Easkey Lad, the young rider could hardly credit what had happened in the space of little more than two hours.

At the Curragh, Breeders’ Cup hero Order Of Australia made the most of having his sights lowered in the Romanised Minstrel Stakes. Insinuendo claimed Group Two honours for Willie McCreery and Billy Lee in the Kilboy Estate Stakes. At Tipperary, there was a double for Henry De Bromhead with The Cathal Don and Havingagoodtime.