The Racing Week That Was 19-5-19


Monday, we start at Killarney. The feature race went to Peregrine Run who extended his excellent record at Killarney.  At Roscommon, Dermot Weld enjoyed yet another double with Lake Takapuna and Georgeville. At Wolverhampton, Star Ascending claimed a thirteenth career victory. At Musselburgh, there was a double for Keith Dalgleish with Jacob Black and Northern Society. Dalgleish completed a treble with Robben Rainbow who had a dead heat with Mi Capricho. At Kempton, Jonjo O'Neill junior and senior combined to win with Tidal Watch. At Windsor, Silvestre De Sousa was at the double with Bye Bye Hong Kong and Geizy Teizy.


Tuesday, started with the news that. Grand National-winning owner Michael O’Leary has announced he will phase out his National Hunt team over the next five years.O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud operation is one of the biggest in the jumping world, with horses such as dual National hero Tiger Roll and Cheltenham Gold Cup winners War Of Attrition and Don Cossack sporting the famous maroon and white silks. However, O’Leary plans to reduce his interests over the coming years — with the decision not to buy any younger or store horses signaling the beginning of the end for his team, although his colours will be seen for some time yet.

The Ryanair boss said in a statement: “We wish to sincerely thank all our trainers and their teams for the enormous success we’ve enjoyed over the past decade, but as my children are growing into teenagers I am spending more and more of my time at their activities and I have less and less time for National Hunt racing, a situation that will continue for the foreseeable future.“I hope that by running down our string over an extended four- or five-year period it will give our trainers ample time to replace our horses without disruption.”

At Killarney, Shakespear'sgalley (8/1) relished a step up in trip for the two-mile-one-furlong handicap in Killarney to bring up Joseph O'Brien's brace who was earlier on target with Eminent Authority. At Tramore, Princess Vega got the breeding career of Quevega off to a winning start. At Beverley, there was a double for Danny Tudhope with Execlusive, Astrologer and Lincoln Trail. At Chepstow, there was a double for Brian Millman and Oisin Murphy with Sir Roderic and Master Grey. At Kempton, there was a treble for Daryl Jacob with Fix Sun, Baiser interdit and Shanroe. At Ffos Las, there was a double for Colin Tizzard with Sizing At Midnight and Pingshou. At Southwell, Ashoka was on target for Dan Skelton.


Wednesday, we start at York. Nausha claimed a narrow victory in a thrilling climax to the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes. Invincible Army ran out an emphatic winner of the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes. At Punchestown, Farclas made it two out of two over fences for Gordon Elliott. At Yarmouth, Archers Dream was an impressive winner for James Fanshawe. At Newton Abbott Byrony and Jimmy Frost combined to win with Quinto. At Bath, Roys Dream was on target for Franny Norton. At Perth, Karl Thornton was on target with Shanroe Al C.


Thursday, we start at YorkToo Darn Hot was upstaged by Telecaster in a surprise result for the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes. Telecaster will have to supplement for the Derby, however, this was impressive. Garrus came out on top in a thrilling three-way finish to the British Stallion Studs EBF Westow Stakes. Lah Ti Dar made hard work of it before ultimately landing the odds in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Middleton Fillies’ Stakes. At Salisbury, Humanitarian was on target for John Gosden. At Perth, Katgary bolted up. At Fontwell, Southfield Vic was on target for Paul Nicholls. At Newmarket, Hameem was on target for John Gosden. At Clonmel, a good evening got even better for Henry de Bromhead, as Visioman completed a treble for him The first two de Bromhead winners were Ourauldman and Megalomaniac. Rachael Blackmore was due to ride all three but was stood down after a fall from Game Present in the second.


Friday, we start at York. Stradivarius made a triumphant return to action with a battling display in the Matchbook Yorkshire Cup. Southern France ran a cracker in second to be fair. Magnetic Charm carried the colors of the Queen to a narrow victory in the Oaks Farm Stables Fillies’ Stakes. Good Vibes gave positive signs for a crack at the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot when showing a decisive turn of foot to win the Langleys Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes. At Newbury, there was a double for John Gosden with Light Angel and Logician. At Newmarket, Laieth was an impressive winner for Godolphin completing a double for Oisin Murphy who had earlier won on Glen Coco. At Aintree, Minella Daddy took the feature race for Peter and Sean Bowen. At Hamilton, there was a treble for Keith Dalgleish with Glasvegas, Universal Gleam and Never Be Enough.

At Kilbeggan, there was a double for Henry DeBromhead. Fresh from a treble at Clonmel yesterday Henry de Bromhead sent out a double at Kilbeggan tonight when Put The Kettle On landed the Wright Windows 50 Anniversary Celebration Beginners Chase. Judgement Day had kicked off the De Bromhead double. There was also a double for Gordon Elliott with Arctic Sofia and Mill Quest. At Leopardstown, Twilight Payment had gone close in the Saval Beg Levmoss Stakes twice before and finally came out on top in the Listed feature at Leopardstown on Friday evening. The star of the night was, of course, the pride of the Damian English stable Geological who gained the tenth victory of his career at Leopardstown. Geological blitzed them from the front under Colin Keane. It was another wonderful chapter for Joe, Mary, and the broader English family. Geological lives next door to Mokhalad. I often get to hand feed Geo when hand feeding Mokhalad. Geological has a wonderful presence about him. He is an incredible racehorse who gives everything every day. Rock on Geological, hero, icon, leader of the Grougha stables team.


Saturday, we start at Newbury. Mustashry put up a career-best performance as he skated away from his rivals to lift the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes. Sir Michael Stoute’s quest to get what would be a much-deserved first Group One triumph with Crystal Ocean came a step closer when the five-year-old outclassed his foes in the Al Rayyan Stakes. Queen Power kept up her progress march for Sir Michael Stoute to clinch a big-race treble for the trainer in the Haras de Bouquetot Fillies’ Trial. Headman took the Al Zubarah London Gold Cup. Good Birthday advised to our members (1pt each way) 7/1 placed in the race. At Newmarket, Raise me was a brilliant winner of the listed Stakes for Andrew Balding. At Thirsk, Furzig was on target for Sean Davis and Ricard Fahey. At Doncaster, there was a double for Kevin Ryan with Romero and Bielsa. At Uttoxeter, Irish Octave took the feature race. At Bangor, Sean Bowen had a double with Ruthless Article and Martha Brae. At Navan, there was a double for Donnacha and Aidan O'Brien with Barbados and Western Australia. There was also a double for Colin Keane with Double Martini and My Laureate. Benie Des Dieux lowered the colours of last year’s winner De Bon Coeur to land the Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil (French Champion Hurdle) in Paris.


Sunday, we start at Naas. Ryan Moore rode his third winner at Naas when Aidan O’Brien made it four with Ferretti (7/2 into 100/30) in the Royal Ascot Trials At Naas Handicap. Ferretti supplemented earlier O’Brien gains with Pistoletto (Moore), Etoile (Seamie Heffernan) and So Perfect (Moore), by half a length. Pistoletto had a lot go wrong, he lost two shoes banged his hip on the way into the stalls, had to be taken out and then bit his tongue. He was very well backed from 2/5 - 1/5. At Market Rasen, there was a double for the Skelton brothers with Bandsman and Istimraar. At Stratford, Jonjo O'Neill Jnr rode a treble on board His Dream, The Kings Baby and Stony Stream. At Ripon, there was a double for David O'Meara with Fayez and Fairy Fast. There was also a double for Saeed Bin Suroor with Global Heat and Great Example. Carriacou ran out an easy winner of the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at Auteuil in the hands of Davy Russell.