The Racing Week That Was 20-12-20


Monday, we start at Naas. Take Tea won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares’ Flat Race for Willie Mullins. It was a double on the day for the Mullins stable after Echoes In Rain in the opener. At Ayr, there was a treble for Nicky Richards Wetlands, Marown and Nells Son. There was a double Ian Duncan with Portstorm and Strong Economy. At Plumpton, there was a double for Gary Moore with Full Back and Benevolendictator. At Kempton, Culture was on target for Tom Ward.


Tuesday, we start at WincantonAlan King was thrilled to see Messire Des Obeaux roll back the years with a heart-warming victory on his debut over fences. There was a double for Paul Nicholls with Brewers Project and Friend Or Foe. At Catterick, Paddy The Wire was on target for Denis Hogan. At Newcastle, Danny Tudhope had a treble with Red Poppy, Save The Spirit and Stay Smart. At Wolverhampton, Howzer Black was on target for Keith Dalgleish. The Nursery went to Miss Nay Never who was advised 1pt each-way at 9/1 to our members.


Wednesday, we start at DundalkCasa Comigo was in action for ourselves. I must admit I have yet to meet Casa Comigo due to the ongoing Covid restrictions here in Ireland. Casa Comigo has done well since his debut race for us and is pleasing Leanne Breen.  He won at Lingfield two starts ago. In fact, Casa Comigo has won five times in the UK all over 16 furlongs. His debut race was over 12 furlongs which was a slight worry with a potential slow pace. This was a good starting point for Casa Comigo as we ventured into the long-distance division for the first time, however, the race panned out as we feared it was a total mess. We learned plenty from day one. There are opportunities for Casa Comigo through the winter at Dundalk. We are back up to 16 furlongs here which is a real plus. We think there are plenty of stamina doubts about our rivals today. We welcome back a Galaxy hero in Chris Hayes to the saddle. Chris is very much a go-to man for ourselves, he rides brilliantly his feedback is outstanding. Chris, of course, was victorious on Mokhalad in one of the Kings finest hours a stunning victory at Bellewstown in 2019.

Casa Comigo ran a very decent race for ourselves finishing sixth. It was the manner he moved through the race that was impressive. Chris Hayes was very complimentary of the horse, he thinks he is very decent and a turf campaign is on the cards. Casa Comigo had a tough journey over from the sales he lost a lot of weight on the journey. Leanne Breen is delighted with his progress we look forward to his next race.

At Dundalk, Sam Ewing completed a quick double in the two divisions of the Join Us On Instagram @dundalk_stadium Handicap as Make The Switch scored for the in-form John McConnell yard. The first leg was Irish Poseidon. The finale Farnese proved the third big priced winner on the card when taking the finale at 33/1. The Oasis Dream gelding won here last year for Denis Hogan but had shown little in four outings earlier this season for owner/trainer James McAuley. The north County Dublin-based McAuley also saddled the third Caesar’s Comet who was just a head further back. McAuley said, “It wasn't a surprise, to be honest. We've always loved him. Three different jockeys rode him and said he travelled but was just cutting out and we had no idea why. It was a great success for the Hilltop team.

At Lingfield, there was a double for Ryan Moore with Possible Man and Mustaqqir. At Newbury, there was a double for Nicky Henderson with Goodbye Stranger and Lecale's Article. It ended up being an across the card treble for Nicky Henderson with La Bateau. At Kempton, Sir Michael Stoute was on target with Beating All.


Thursday, we start with the news Kempton’s Ladbrokes Christmas Festival will be staged behind closed doors following the latest announcement from the Government on areas of England which are to move to the highest level of coronavirus restrictions. At Down Royal, the hunter chase went to Billaway for Willie and Patrick Mullins. At Hereford, there were doubles for Richard Johnson and Philip Hobbs with Demopolis and Keep Rolling. At Exeter, there was a double for Harry Fry with Pure Bliss and Momella. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Mark Johnston with Kondo Isami and Ladywood. At Southwell, Johnston made it an across the card treble with Notation winning by 16 lengths.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. It was at this meeting three years ago The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate achieved its first success with Mokhalad. It fell to Trading Point to be our last runner of 2020. Many will be glad to see the end of 2020. Trading Point is our best horse as it stands right now. This race was far from easy. We have three of our own stablemates to contend with as well as numerous other high-class horses. The race itself was a very high standard where any one of the 12 horses could win, if they did you would say after I could see that. The standard of the race for Trading Point did not phase us at all for this is the life of Trading Point it is what he does. Trading Point has been running very well since switching to Adrian McGuinness. Trading Point ran a cracker in the feature race last time out to finish fourth. We welcomed young Adam Farragher on board for his Galaxy debut, he would claim seven pounds.

Our 2020 for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate ended with a respectable run for Trading Point in the feature race at Dundalk last night, finishing sixth beaten 3.44 lengths. Trading Point has had a good campaign since switching to Adrian McGuinness. Trading Point has turned into a rock sold racehorse who runs his race nearly every time. Trading Point was most unlucky not to win at the Listowel Festival. It is most likely that Trading Point will have a break now and he will be aimed at the Irish Lincoln early in the turf season. We feel that with the knowledge that Adrian has built up on Trading Point this will be a major asset as he has a full campaign with our horse, We have an exciting announcement in relation to the syndicate coming at the weekend so more of that later in the week.

At Navan, Sir Gerhard strengthened his position as the ante-post favourite for the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival with an impressive display in the BetVictor Flash Cashback “Future Champions” Flat Race. Gordon Elliott will no doubt go down the same route as he did with Envoi Allen in his bumper career. Ashdale Bob sprang a surprise in the Grade 2 BetVictor Make Your Best Bet Novice Hurdle, as the market leaders both failed to fire. Having got off the mark on his fourth start over the course and distance last month, the Jessica Harrington trained gelding was sent off a 14/1 chance this afternoon (from 20s). At Ascot, Nicky Henderson was delighted with the outcome of Allart’s chasing debut in the Sky Bet Noel Novices’ Chase at Ascot, having been a little nervous at starting off at such a lofty level. At Wolverhampton, the feature race went to Venturous who saw off Lord Riddiford (who was advised 1pt each-way 6/1).


Saturday, we start with an exciting announcement for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. We are delighted to add our Ninth Syndicate horse a 4-year-old gelding Fastman who is rated 90. John McConnell will train Fastman. It brings our team to seven in training. Alfirak, of course, was retired earlier this year and Lottieloveheart was sold. The ones in training are Mokhalad, Stanhope and Fastman who are with John McConnell. We have Parkers Hill, Casa Comigo and Double Kodiac at Leanne Breen's yard. We have Trading Point at the Adrian McGuinness yard. We would hope to start Fastman off in January and take it from that point.

At Lingfield, Royal Ascot winner Sangarius defied a long absence to beat Bangkok and Dubai Warrior in the Betway Quebec Stakes. At Haydock, Sam’s Adventure bounced back to form with a strong, staying performance to win the Betfair Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase. At Ascot, Not So Sleepy repeated his front-running tactics to win the Betfair Exchange Trophy at Ascot for the second year running. Belfast Banter was advised 1pt each way at 12/1 we got paid on the fifth place special. Paisley Park returned to winning ways with a power-packed finish to catch Thyme Hill in the dying strides of the Porsche Long Walk Hurdle. This was an excellent race, and Paisley Park looks back to his best level. It is now one each in the head to head match up. This division needs a couple of stars. Bennys King stuck to his task well to run out a convincing winner of the “For The Love Of Racing” Handicap Chase for Dan Skelton.


Sunday, we start at ThurlesGauloise maintained her unbeaten record with victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Boreen Belle Mares Novice HurdleOakley Brown, recently back from injury, rode his first winner since early September when triumphing aboard Jack Dillinger in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase. Dakota Moirette advised 1pt each way at 16/1 placed.