The Racing Week That Was 19-9-21


Monday, we start at Thirsk. There was a double for Danny Tudhope with Quilted and Golden Hind. There was also a double for Cameron Hardie with Hillary's Boy and Manumission. At Worcester, there were doubles for Phillip Hobbs and Tom O'Brien with Luttrell Lad and Leapaway. Tom O'Brien made it a personal treble with Push The Tempo. At Brighton, Discomatic took the feature race under Hayley Turner. At Kempton, there was a double for Hollie Doyle with Sundayinmay and Dark Terms. 


Tuesday, we start at Punchestown. The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate had its first runner at Punchestown. It was a day to forget for ourselves with Double Kodiac. It was a disappointment as Double Kodiac had been showing some real promise earlier in the season. Double Kodiac just ran no race at all he was beaten after 100 yards he was never a factor. It was a puzzling run he got a fright early on having stumbled badly. We will try again later in the next few weeks most likely a straight track. We need rain as well for a straight track. The rest of the Punchestown card saw Jessica Harrington keep her excellent run with a double. The horses were My Holy Fox and Alizarine.

At Fontwell, there was a double for Nico De Boinville with Jakamani and Chives. At Redcar, there was a double for Paul Mulrennan with Le Beau Garcon and Adjudicator. At Yarmouth, Light Infantry was on target for Jamie Spencer. At Wolverhampton, there were doubles for Jamie and Saffie Osborne with Astaroth and Sunshine Fun.


Wednesday, we start at Sligo.  Trainer John Ryan completed a first career four-timer. Dairy farmer Ryan, who trained four winners in the 1990s and 2000s, has expanded his racing business in recent years with his latest win being his 29th of the new season. The delighted winning trainer later commented “I thought he’d win and I thought That’s Lifebuoy was my biggest certainty of the day - I need Bryan (Cooper, fallen jockey) for Listowel so I hope he’ll be all right. There was a first winner for Gordon Elliott since he returned to racing with Fancy Foundations. 

At Beverley, there was a double for Mark Johnston with Victory Star and Five Stars. At Yarmouth, the feature race went to Sir Michael Stoute with Ville De Grace. At Sandown, Mostahdaf took the feature race for John Gosden. At Kelso, Zafar was on target for Donald and Abbie McCain.


Thursday, we start at Naas. There was a treble for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley with Sablonne, Bellabel and Eurocart. At Yarmouth, Mighty Ulysses was a very impressive winner for John Gosden. At Ayr, there was a double for Tim Easterby with Bollin Margaret and Eclipse De Lunar. At Pontefract, Gale Force Maya took the feature race under Graham Lee. At Chelmsford, Chocoya took the feature race for Hugo Palmer.


Friday, we start at Ayr. The Bronze Ayr Cup was the feature it went to Call Me Ginger for Jim Goldie. At Newbury, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Neenee's Choice and American Star. At Newton Abbot, there was a double for Nick Scholfield with Joey Steel and Borak. At Kempton, Beholding was a twelve length winner. At Downpatrick, there was a double for Gordon Elliott with Top Bandit and Hurricane Georgie. The good run of John McConnell continued as Ally Cay made it two wins in her last two starts at Downpatrick.

At Dundalk, It's Friday night in the Autumn so that means Dundalk. We returned to Dundalk with our captain Mokhalad for the first time in over a year. Dundalk of course holds many happy memories for us. The night that set us on this journey was December 21st 2017 when Mokhalad himself gave us our first winner. Every day Mokhalad races it matters to us. I must say the mood in our camp was relaxed. We were looking forward to going back to Dundalk and trying with Mokhalad. Mokhalad gave it a great go at Galway last time out. A tough draw from 13 made life hard for Siobhan Rutledge, however, the duo ran a good race going down by 4.26 lengths, in the end, to finish fifth. It was another good performance at Galway for Mokhalad who now in three runs at Ballybrit has a record of 335. Another point of interest was another good run on faster ground. This appears to be a new string to Mokhalad's bow. This has given us the encouragement to go for Dundalk.

It turned out to be a washout with Mokhalad at Dundalk. He jumped out smartly, Siobhan Rutledge opted to try and drop in a little. This was not a good move as it transpired. Mokhalad seemed to resent the kickback and it all ended in a bit of a mess. We will make a plan in a few days. We are not really any wiser as regards the surface which is frustrating. It was one of those things it's all part of the sport.


Saturday, we start at Gowran. Astadash continued Jessica Harrington’s sensational run of form with victory in the feature event. Harrington then made it 14 winners in the space of a week when Bonte Moi (17-2) and Conor Hoban saw off better-fancied stablemate Goodnight Kiss. Harrington added: “It’s unreal – I feel I’m going to wake up sometime. It’s just amazing. The horses are running really, really well. At Navan, Davy Russell had his first winner since returning from injury with Chemical Energy. There was another winner for John McConnell with Yamato. 

At Newmarket, Jockey John Egan lamented the fact Turnpike Trip is not entered in next month’s Together For Racing International Cesarewitch after the Irish raider ended a lengthy losing spell with victory in the Cesarewitch trial for Charles Byrnes. At Newbury, Callum Shepherd predicted a bright future for Injazati having partnered Charlie Fellowes’ colt to a smooth success in the valuable Dubai Duty-Free Handicap. Winning for the third time in succession, this victory came off a mark of 91 and was achieved with relatively little fuss by two lengths.

At Ayr, A brave ride from Kevin Stott enabled Bielsa to secure big-race honours in the Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup. With the results of Friday’s Bronze Cup and the Silver Cup earlier on Saturday’s card suggesting a low draw was favourable over the sprint distance of six furlongs, it looked like Bielsa would have his work cut out drawn highest of all from stall 25. As the stalls opened, the majority of the field split into two groups, with several horses racing on the far side of the track and another batch going down the middle. The Kevin Ryan-trained Bielsa (15-2), however, ploughed a lone furrow against the stands’ side rail, which ultimately proved a masterstroke. Hollie Doyle and Nazanin claimed a last-gasp victory in the Virgin Bet Firth of Clyde Fillies’ Stakes. 


Sunday, we start at Listowel. Easy Game took the measure of Ballyoisin to win the feature Kerry Group Chase and complete a treble for Paul Townend and Willie Mullins on day one of Listowel’s Harvest Festival. The reigning champion jockey and trainer struck again as Grade Two-winning hurdler and chaser Easy Game went one better than his fine second behind stablemate Royal Rendezvous in the Galway Plate.

Oisin Murphy broke new ground with his first winner at Hamilton as he stretched his jockeys’ championship lead over William Buick to double figures. While Murphy’s title rival had to serve a ban on Sunday, the dual champion made a rare trip to the Scottish course for five rides. He was out of luck on the first two, as Ben Curtis instead rode a quickfire double, but then struck on all-the-way winner Trusty Scout in the Big Drew Hunter Memorial Selling Stakes – taking his tally to 134 this season, and into a lead of 10 over Buick.