The Racing Week That Was 20-10-19


Monday, we start at Gowran. There was a treble for Donnacha O'Brien with Arthur's Kingdom, King Pellinor and Pasley. At Musselburgh, there was a double for Archie Watson with Carmel and Luna Magic. The meeting at Windsor was abandoned. At Yarmouth, John Gosden was on target with Donnybrook. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Forbidden Dance and Red Secret.


Tuesday, we start at Punchestown. There were doubles for JJ Slevin and Rachael Blackmore on the day. The Blackmore double came on board Notebook and Sixshooter. The Slevin double was on board Fruits Of Glory and A Wave Of The Sea. At Hereford, there was a double for Neil Mulholland with Milkwood and Runasimi River. The novice's handicap chase went to Anteros under Adrian Heskin.  It was good news for our members, Anteros was advised to our members (1pt each way) at 6/1. At Musselburgh, there was a double for Keith Dalgleish with Beechwood Jude and Forever A Lady. At Huntingdon, Rebel Royal was an impressive winner for Alan King. At Kempton, Alrajaa was a very impressive winner for John Gosden. I think Alrajaa is a very smart horse, he could go on to far better things.


Wednesday, we start at PunchestownJack Kennedy faces around six weeks on the sidelines after breaking his collarbone in a fall from Swordsman in the Buck House Novice Chase. Jett inched out Alpha Des Obeaux in a thrilling finish to the Irish Daily Star Chase for Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power who completed a double with Conron. There was a double for Rachael Blackmore with Beacon Edge and Jan Maat. At Bath, the feature race went to Sapa Inca for Mark Johnston. At Wetherby, Trainer Jedd O’Keeffe was “elated” to see stable star Sam Spinner make a winning debut over fences. At Nottingham, So I Told You was on target with Richard Hughes. At Kempton, Khuzaam was a very impressive winner for Roger Varian by seven lengths. At Southwell, Escalade was a surprise 33/1 winner for Sir Mark Prescott.


Thursday, we start at Tramore. There was a double for trainer Liz Doyle with Envol Pierji and Silk Worm. The meeting at Brighton was abandoned after two races. At Carlisle, there was a double for Lucinda Russell with Methodtothemadness and Le Frank. At Wincanton, there was a double for Paul Nicholls with Enrilo and Ecco. The feature race a handicap hurdle went to Sebastopol under Nico De Boinville. Grey Diamond advised to our members (1pt each way) at 6/1 placed in the race. At Wolverhampton, Guroor won very impressively by five lengths for Marco Botti. At Chelmsford, Jeweller landed prohibitive odds of 1/6 for Sir Michael Stoute.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. The legend that is Geological was having his 100th race. Geo, as he is known to all associated with Grougha stables, did not disappoint. Geo took command from the outset getting to the front from a difficult draw of stall 10. Geo at the cutaway had matters under control having powered into a four-length lead. He was never going to be pegged back Geological won by a length and a half.  Geological gave Vanessa Maye a first winner. Vanessa is a good rider who has been working hard behind the scenes with Damian and the team. That's the third jockey Geo has given a first winner to as well. It was a brilliant moment for Damian, Craig, Joe and Mary English. Well done from all at Galaxy. There was a double for Colin Keane with Long Arm and Leadership Race. That formed a treble for Ger Lyons which was completed by Major Reward who won the claimer. Major Reward has now moved to James McCauley, good luck to James, Jim Gough and Stephen McCauley with the new horse.

At Fakenham, there was a double for Paul Nicholls with Touch Kick and Red Force One. At Uttoxeter, there was a double for Jonjo O'Neill with Onurbike and Pop The Cork. At Newcastle, there was a double for Tim Easterby with Perfect Swiss and Wadi Al Salaam. At Wolverhampton, Chasing Dreams was an impressive winner for Charlie Appleby.


Saturday, we start at Ascot for Champions dayDonjuan Triumphant lunged late to claim a poignant victory in the Qipco British Champions Sprint for King Power Racing. Star Catcher rounded off her excellent campaign with victory in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. Stradivarius suffered his first defeat in almost two years as Kew Gardens came on top in a pulsating climax to the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup For Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien. King Of Change ran out an authoritative winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes for Richard Hannon. Magical stamped her class on the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot. Aidan O’Brien’s ultra-consistent four-year-old won the Fillies And Mares Stakes on the corresponding card 12 months ago completing a double for the O'Briens. Escobar finished with a flourish to go one better than last year and claim top honours in the Balmoral Handicap on Qipco Champions Day at Ascot in the finale.

At Leopardstown, Colin Keane kept the heat on in the jockey's title race winning on board Stela Star. At Ffos Las the welsh Champion hurdle went to Monsieur LecoqOisin Murphy and Cieren Fallon received the accolades before the racing action began on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot, as they were crowned top Flat jockey and apprentice respectively. Murphy took the apprentice title just five years ago and has developed into one of the best jockeys in the business, while Fallon was the surprise package of the fledgling ranks at the start of the campaign. At the age of 24, Murphy is the youngest to win the senior title since Ryan Moore lifted the title at 23 in 2006. The Irish-born rider has only been in action in Britain since 2013 — but his rise to stardom has been startling. Oisin Murphy rode for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate earlier this year. He was a very nice lad, to be honest. Commiserations to Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate winning jockey Sean Davis who finished second in the apprentice jockey title race. You can be very proud of your season Sean, as we all are at Galaxy.

The racing day ended on a sad note. Wicklow Brave sadly lost his life when falling in the American Grand National at Far Hills on Saturday evening. The remarkable Willie Mullins-trained 10-year-old was on the verge of adding another notable win to his record when he fell at the last with the race at his mercy. Nicky Henderson’s Brain Power went on to land the spoils. A winner of 17 of his 59 races, he won the Irish St Leger under Frankie Dettori in 2016, the 2015 County Hurdle and the 2017 Punchestown Champion Hurdle in a remarkable career. Go well Wicklow Brave for you gave much.


Sunday, we start at KemptonSilver Streak will stick to the highest class this season after resuming with an emphatic victory in Kempton’s Matchbook VIP Hurdle. Trainer Evan Williams admitted after his Champion Hurdle third had won first time out for the third successive season, that he got it “spectacularly wrong” by campaigning the grey as a mere handicapper for much of his career to date. On a card which provides another signpost to the start of the core jumping season, Silver Streak was one of two Listed winners — after Jamie Snowden’s Pacify had taken his unbeaten sequence to five in the Matchbook Betting Exchange Novices’ Hurdle. Adam Wedge was riding the middle leg of a treble as he bided his time on Silver Streak, who produced an authoritative change of gear in the straight to win by eight lengths at 9-4 from outsider Beat The Judge. The Adam Wedge Treble was completed by Vendredi Trois and Celtic Joy.

At Naas, there was a double for Donnacha O'Brien with Hong Kong and Love Locket. At Sedgefield, The Caller took the Durham National. At Cork, Linger was on target for Joseph O'Brien. Eighteen-year-old Englishman Oakley Brown registered a first winner over jumps. It was good news for our members Linger was advised to our members (2pts win) at 5/2.