The Racing Week That Was 23-6-19


Monday, we start at KilbegganPlinth completed a 120/1 double for Niall Madden, Joseph O'Brien and JP McManus, as he bounced back to his best in the Carmel Fay Memorial Novice Chase. Madden, O'Brien, and McManus were earlier on the mark with Miami Beach (10/1) in the opener. At Carlisle, there was an incredible day for Keith Dalgleish and jockey Shane Gray. The duo had a remarkable four-timer. The winners were  Gometra Ginty, Caustic Love, Cliff Bay, and Beechwood Jude. At Catterick, Dalgleish made it five winners on the day with Fashion Advice. At Windsor, William Haggas and James Doyle had a double with Boosala and Hamish. At Nottingham, William Haggas made it three on the day with a win for Aplomb.


Tuesday, we start at Royal Ascot the blog will focus on this meeting until its conclusion. There was heavy rain through day one making the ground soft. The opening race went to Lord Glitters Last year’s runner-up who just prevailed in a blanket finish to the Queen Anne Stakes for David O'Meara and Danny Tudhope. The second race saw Arizona came home strongly to give Aidan O’Brien a ninth success in the Coventry Stakes. The next race up was for the sprinters. Blue Point confirmed his superiority over Battaash to win back-to-back renewals of the King’s Stand Stakes. Blue Point could reappear on Saturday. The feature race on day one the St James’s Palace Stakes. Blue Point was advised to our members (2pts win) at 5/2.

It went to Circus Maximus showed his adaptability when dropping back in trip to land the St James’s Palace Stakes. Circus Maximus who had previously run in the Derby at Epsom made it a double for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore. Ian Williams enjoyed his first success at Royal Ascot when The Grand Visir defied top-weight in the Ascot Stakes and for good measure saddled the third, Time To Study. There was a very good run by Kerosin for James McCauley and family. Kerosin finished tenth and will have other days back down in trip. Addeybb took the Wolferton, the finale on the day. It gave Danny Tudhope a double on the day having won the opener on Lord Glitters earlier in the day.


Wednesday, day two of Royal Ascot. The opener saw Frankie Dettori produced Raffle Prize with a perfectly-timed challenge to win the Queen Mary Stakes. Oisin Murphy scored his first winner at this year’s Royal Ascot as Dashing Willoughby landed a gamble in the Queen’s Vase. Crystal Ocean graduated to Group One class as he lifted the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. Crystal Ocean advised to our members (1pt each way) 9/2.  The feature race saw Danny Tudhope chalked up his third win at this year’s Royal Ascot as Move Swiftly snatched the Duke of Cambridge Stakes on the line. Charlie Hills saw his concerns over running Afaak on soft ground brushed aside after he went one place better than 12 months ago in the Royal Hunt Cup. The Windsor Castle Stakes went to Southern Hills for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore.


Thursday, day 3 of Royal Ascot. Frankie Dettori steered A’Ali to a narrow victory in the Norfolk Stakes. Sangarius delivered on his early promise with a clear-cut success in the Hampton Court Stakes. Frankie Dettori made it three from three on the third day of Royal Ascot as he steered Star Catcher to victory in the Ribblesdale StakesStradivarius successfully defended his Gold Cup crown to provide Frankie Dettori with a remarkable fourth successive victory on day three of Royal Ascot. Stradivarius was advised to our members (3pts win) 5/4. Frankie Dettori was denied a sensational five-timer when he was caught close home on Turgenev by Biometric in the Britannia Handicap. The finale King George V Stakes went to South Pacific for Aidan O'Brien. It was a remarkable day for Dettori who has battled back from a number of issues to the top of the sport. Dettori is one of the few personalities from our sport who transcends into the mainstream of the general public. His success helps racings profile.


Friday, day four Of Royal Ascot. Daahyeh rewarded favorite-backers and gave David Egan a first Royal Ascot winner with victory in the Albany StakesJapan did what the market expected of him in running out a dominant winner of the King Edward VII Stakes by four an a half lengths. Advertise got his career back on track with a brilliant victory in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Martyn Meade’s colt was one of the top performers in the juvenile division last season – winning 3 of his 5 starts and finishing second in the Coventry Stakes & the Dewhurst. Hello, Youmzain advised to our members (1pt each way) 13/2 placed in the race. Chantilly trainer Francis-Henri Graffard completed a fairytale week when Watch Me sprang a 20-1 surprise in the Coronation Stakes after Channel had given him his first French Classic success in the Prix de Diane on Sunday. Hayley Turner became only the second female jockey – and first since Gay Kelleway 32 years ago – to ride a Royal Ascot winner when Thanks Be, triumphed in the Sandringham Handicap. Baghdad made it two wins in two years at Royal Ascot when taking the  Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes. Fujaira Prince advised to our members (1pt each way) 6/1 placed in the race.


Saturday, day five of Royal Ascot. Pinatubo maintained his unbeaten record with a deeply impressive display in the Chesham StakesDanny Tudhope claimed his fourth win of the week at Royal Ascot when steering Space Traveller to a narrow victory in the Jersey Stakes. Defoe followed up his Coronation Cup triumph of three weeks ago with a hard-fought victory in the Hardwicke Stakes. Blue Point clung on grimly to complete a remarkable Royal Ascot double in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Blue Point was advised to our members (2pts win) 9/4. Cape Byron looked like a Group horse masquerading as a handicapper as he justified his short price to run out a comfortable winner of the Wokingham Stakes. Cleonte collects Queen Alexandra the finale of Royal Ascot for Andrew Balding and King Power. Cleonte was advised to our members (1pt each way) 9/2. The week ended with Frankie Dettori ending his 15-year wait for top rider title at Ascot. The week belonged to Frankie.

It was another exciting occasion for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate as Stanhope finished fourth in the 215 at Down Royal on Ulster Derby day. It was great to see our friend Emma Meehan Mccoy who is now the CEO of Down Royal. Emma has always been a great supporter of our syndicate from her days as marketing manager at Dundalk. There was a huge crowd at Down Royal, it was a wonderful occasion. Stanhope was on a bit of a recovery mission, he has been running fine without making the frame. Stanhope started off so well for us in his first four runs 1234 earning plenty of prizemoney. It was only natural a dip would come. Today's race was a drop in class we had a good draw in 2. Shane Foley came in for the ride. Stanhope ran a good race giving 17 pounds to the winner, 9 pounds to the second and 23 pounds to the third. We were very happy with the run and look forward to driving on with Stanhope when hopefully himself and Mokhalad will form a two-pronged assault on the Bellewstown Festival.


Sunday, we start at Hexham. There was a follow-up Hexham win for Melody Of Scotland. It was good news for our members. Melody Of Scotland advised to our members (1pt each way) 15/2. At Tipperary, Cityman took the feature race, Bailly advised to our members (1pt each way) 5/1 placed in the race. Bailly 310 Tipperary  5/1 & Melody Of Scotland 315 Hexham 15/2 advised to our members 0.5pt each way double both placed. Completing a fine day for our members. Willie McCreery saddled his second treble this month as Killourney made virtually all in the Follow BetVictor Racing On Twitter Handicap at Tipperary. The Curragh trainer, who also saddled a treble at Gowran Park on June 3, has his team in flying form and this brought his tally for the season to 17. Sweetest Taboo and Memyselfandmoi were the other legs of this 159/1 treble for the former Kildare county footballer. Sam Twiston-Davies registered his 1000th winner in Britain and Ireland, with a double in the last two races at Southwell. At Pontefract, there was a double for Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute with Soffika and Derevo.