The Racing Week That Was 19/7/20


Monday, we start with the news. Trainers Aidan and Donnacha O’Brien have been fined 2,500 euro each and prohibited from attending race meetings in Ireland for two weeks for failing to enter the Curragh through the health screening area at a meeting last month. The pair were found to have breached coronavirus health screening protocols at the Co Kildare course on June 12, which was Irish 2,000 Guineas day during the week racing resumed in Ireland. The matter was heard by the referrals panel of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board on Monday. A tweet from the IHRB read: “At a referral hearing of Aidan O’Brien (Trainer) & Donnacha O’Brien (Trainer) following a referral from The Curragh on 12/06/20 both trainers were fined €2,500 & prohibited from attending a racecourse for 2 weeks for failing to enter The Curragh through the health screening area.”IHRB press officer Niall Cronin said: “We noted the decision of the referrals committee and the various protocols regarding Covid-19 are very serious.“It is important that they are strictly adhered to at all times to make sure that racing can continue in a safe manner for everyone involved.”

At Killarney, Trainer Fozzy Stack bagged his eighth win in the past 11 days when his Star Of Cashel brought up his treble at Killarney today, winning the MC Construction Handicap under jockey Paddy Harnett. Bubbles On Ice won earlier on the card under Joey Sheridan completing the Stack double. Hugh Horgan drove Dawn Over Owning home at 9/2 in division two of the mile and six handicap at Killarney to give Joseph O'Brien a double. Traisha took the fillies handicap earlier in the card to complete the Joseph O'Brien doubleThe Abbey defied the top weight of 10-2 to land the first split of the mile and six handicap in Killarney by the narrowest margin. This gave trainer Gordon Elliott and across-the-card treble as The Very Man and Make My Heart Fly was successful in the National Hunt card at Roscommon in the afternoon. At Roscommon, it was two wins on the spin for Bread And Butter for Gavin Cromwell. There was a double for Sean Flanagan with Macgiloney and The Very Man.


Tuesday, we start at Bath. There was a double for Hollie Doyle with Port Noir and Corinthia Knight. There was also a double for trainer Grace Harris with Port Noir and Air Of York. At Southwell, over the jumps, the feature race went to Rhythm Is A Dancer for Paul Nicholls. At Ripon, Queen Of Rio was on target for Adrian Keatley who completed an across the card double with Champagne Terri.


Wednesday, we start at Downpatrick. A 602/1 four-timer at Downpatrick for Gordon Elliott was completed by Curlew Hill. After earlier successes for Cullentra House inmates, Insane Bolt and Soldiers Hill Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell completed a 218/1 Downpatrick treble with Give Him Time (12/1). Elliott completed a personal five-timer at Killarney as Cheltenham Festival winner Chosen Mate won on the flat. The rest of Killarney, Raphael was on target for Galaxy winning jockey Stephen Mooney. Well done Stephen. Portrush took the first small step towards emulating her close relation Enable after striking gold at the second time of asking at YarmouthZac Purton set the seal on another championship-winning season in Hong Kong as he rode a double on Wednesday’s final card of the campaign at Happy Valley.


Thursday, we start with the news that. Plans for owners to be allowed back on track in Ireland from next week have been put on hold following the Irish government’s announcement it is delaying the next phase of its lockdown-lifting roadmap. It is obviously very disappointing we just have to stick with it. Newmarket handler Ed Vaughan has announced he is to quit training later in the season. Vaughan, who has sent out multiple Group and Listed winners since taking out a licence in 2004, claimed success with Dame Malliot in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket just last week. On the track, Ubettabelieveit looked a smart juvenile sprinter when taking Listed honours for trainer Nigel Tinkler in the National Stakes at Sandown. Mark Johnston believes Subjectivist could develop into a St Leger contender after providing him with a sixth victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton. Over at Leopardstown, there was a double for Joey Sheridan with Caesar's Comet and Rocky Blue.


Friday, we start at Limerick. A disappointing day for us with Lottieloveheart at Limerick. Things went as we hoped early on we adopted positive tactics, for a good part of the race it went well. However, in between the two-furlong and one furlong, it started to unravel. Lottieloveheart got into a bumping contest with a horse on the inside, she seemed to lose confidence folding tamely. We will get Lottieloveheart checked over on Monday. Let the dust settle and nail down a plan for the horse. This is all part of the journey. We have had tremendous success to date. We never take it for granted that's why we can take Lottielovehearts current run in our stride. A drop back in trip looks the way to go. We will work on it with Leanne and Aili.

Racegoers will be allowed to attend the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival after the Government confirmed the fixture would be one of the pilot events to welcome crowds back to elite sporting events in England. At Limerick, there was a double for Aidan O'Brien and Wayne Lordan with Finest and Giorgio Vasari. At Kilbeggan, there was a double for Paul Townend with Bective Cave and Rasiym. At Beverley, there was a double for Kevin Ryan with Beechwood Donna and Queen's Sargent. At Haydock, Revolver made it four wins on the spin for Sir Mark Prescott. There was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Mafia Power and Treacherous. There were also doubles for William Haggas and James Doyle with Lawahed and Cod Front.


Saturday, we start at NewburyMethod enhanced his position as the new flag-bearer for trainer Martyn Meade after maintaining his unbeaten record in the bet365 Rose Bowl Stakes. Tabdeed rewarded the perseverance and patience of Owen Burrows in taking his career to new heights with a battling success in the bet365 Hackwood Stakes. At York, Sinjaari gave trainer William Haggas his third win in the John Smith’s Cup when storming home in the 61st running of the big mile-and-a-quarter handicap. At the Curragh, Laws Of Indices sprang a 66-1 shock in the Gain Railway Stakes to complete a Group Two double for trainer Ken Condon. Romanised showed his class when overcoming a 314-day absence to make a winning reappearance in the Paddy Power Minstrel Stakes. Even So gave trainer Ger Lyons his second Classic triumph of 2020 with a game success in the Juddmonte Irish Oaks


Sunday, we start at the CurraghA’Ali finished with a rare rattle to win the Holden Plant Rentals Sapphire Stakes for Simon and Ed CrisfordLemista took the Group 2 Kilboy estates for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane. If you’re a Chris Hayes follower this weekend, the socially distanced drinks are on you after the jockey rode 33/1 chance Aloha Star to victory in the Group 2 Airlie Stud Stakes. At York, Spright could be set for a swift step up in class at Ascot after opening her account in brilliant style. Queen Jo Jo lunged late to claim a last-gasp victory in the William Hill Summer Fillies’ Stakes. Kevin Ryan’s four-year-old won a Listed prize at Nottingham last season, before being placed in Group-race company in Ireland.

At Newbury, Happy Romance returned to winning ways in convincing fashion to give trainer Richard Hannon his third victory in the Weatherbys Super Sprint. At Tipperary, Topweight Mind’s Eye (14/1), with his impost reduced by Hugh Morgan’s 7lbs claim, just held on by a diminishing short head from Riviera Sun. In France, Persian King ran out a ready winner of the Prix d’Ispahan at Chantilly for Andre Fabre and Pierre-Charles Boudot. Winner of the French Guineas last season and second in the French Derby, the Kingman colt missed the second half of the campaign. Richard Hannon’s decision to supplement Ventura Tormenta for the Darley Prix Robert Papin paid dividends as he edged out The Lir Jet in a thrilling finish at Chantilly.