The Racing Week That Was 23-8-20


Monday, we start at Tipperary. The 2/11 favourite Finest Evermore landed the Maiden Hurdle in keeping with her short odds, for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend. At Catterick, Altalune took the two-year-old race. At Uttoxeter, the feature race went to Fleeting Visit for Graeme McPherson. At Windsor, Spoof was very impressive for Charles Hills in the five-furlong handicap.


Tuesday, we start at RoscommonMona's Star gamely got off the mark in Roscommon and gave Shane Foley a double on the cardFoley, who leads the race for the Irish flat jockeys' title, was also successful on Rocket Science for Jessica Harrington. At Beverley, Talk Now was a very impressive winner for Ian Jardine. At Fontwell, Chapmanshype took the feature race for Jamie Snowden. There was a very impressive winner in Arthur's Sixpence. At Kempton, Round Six was on target for Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy.


Wednesday, we start at York. The four day Ebor festival got underway Acclaim The Nation ran out a decisive winner of the opening Sky Bet And Symphony Group Handicap. Gear Up got up in the final strides to deny Spycatcher in the Tattersalls Acomb Stakes. Pyledriver delivered a power-packed performance to register his second Group Two triumph in the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes. Ghaiyyath took his brilliant winning run to three Group Ones this season by repelling all challengers in the Juddmonte International Stakes. The four-day festival got underway at Killarney. Willie Mullins started the afternoon on the right note when Shewearsitwell took the mares maiden hurdle at Sligo, and it got better for him at Killarney when Zenon captured the feature, the Kerry Group Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap. After their success with Friary Rock earlier, Mouse Morris and Phillip Enright doubled their Sligo score courtesy of Baily Thunder. At Stratford, Ashutor took the feature race for Paul Nicholls. At Bath, Mark Of Gold was an impressive winner for Richard Hannon.


Thursday, we start at YorkHappy Romance landed her owners another huge pot when holding off the late attention of favourite Devious Company in the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes. Miss Amulet saw off favourite Sacred to win the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes for Ken Condon. Dual Classic heroine Love remains on course for a titanic clash with Enable after cruising to victory in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks. Aidan O’Brien believes Love could be the best filly he has ever trained following another demolition job in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

At Leopardstown, there was a double for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane with Roca Roma and Estepona Sun. The win for Roca Roma was good news for our members Roca Roma was advised  (2pts win) at 3/1. At KillarneyPurple Mountain sealed Willie Mullins’ treble in Killarney with victory in the concluding bumper. Mullins landed the first two races on the card through Jon Snow and Buildmeupbuttercup, both ridden by Paul Townend. At Chester, Spanish Moon took the feature for Andrew Balding.


Friday, we start at KillarneyAnother new chapter for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate as we had our first runner with Adrian McGuinness. It was with Trading Point who lined out in the 205 at Killarney. It has been a wish for us to race at Killarney for some time of course with us being in attendance. It is a course we have all wanted to visit, it looks stunning on TV. It was still not possible to attend of course we are not politicians after all. Trading Point has been at Adrian's yard only ten days, so it's still very early days. That said there has been encouraging signs already with Aido and his team taking to the task with gusto. I and Johnny saw Trading Point working last Saturday he went well with Aidos team of recent Galway winners. The goal for us is simple we need to get more out of Trading Point.

We have been impressed with Adrian's attention to detail already. The race got the go-ahead following a precautionary inspection. Adrian was keen to travel so we supported him on it. We thought Trading Point would handle the ground. Ronan Whelan who has won on Trading Point was back on board, for the first time since he won on Trading Point last October. We have not been able to get Ronan for ages so this was a plus. The fact is no runner including ourselves was certain if they would handle this sort of ground. That said, Trading Point has produced two of his best runs for us on soft ground. A second in the Irish Lincoln and a fine second at The Curragh. We have lost no confidence in Trading Point we very much believe in him still.

In the end, Trading Point ran a very decent race to finish fifth. We have plenty to build on from this. We found out although he may not have loved the Heavy ground you certainly could not say he did not operate on it. So that opens up some more options. Adrian McGuinness has only had Trading Point ten days, this will help us plan. In my view when he gets Trading Point into his system we will see a fair bit of improvement. The feedback from Ronan was positive, Ronan giving it to us himself another plus. There is plenty of opportunities to come for Trading Point in 2020, there is a lot to look forward to. This was an excellent day one from our point of view.

At York, Enbihaar will seek an elusive Group One success after fending off the late challenge of Stratum to claim the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup. Minzaal overcame a tardy start to register a taking success in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes. Battaash continued his brilliant sprinting CV with a hard-fought victory in defence of his Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes crown. The win for Battaash formed part of a four-timer for Jim Crowley.

Malone Road made his eagerly-awaited comeback a winning one with a debut victory over hurdles at Kilbeggan. There was also a win for two of our syndicate members Noel Kelly and Brenny Bergin with High Sparrow. Three-time Grand National-winning owner Trevor Hemmings has announced he is scaling down the size of his string after 36 years in the sport. It is the latest high profile owner to scale back.  A worrying time for racing for certain.


Saturday, we start at YorkCertain Lad finished with a flourish to provide Hollie Doyle with another big-race victory in the Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes. John Quinn will consider top-level targets at home and abroad for Safe Voyage following a thoroughly impressive display in the Sky Bet City. Fujaira Prince followed up his Royal Ascot success with victory in York’s Sky Bet Ebor Handicap. The feature race at Killarney went Decor Irlandais who justified strong market support as well as Noel Kelly's long journey from County Derry. Three bets for the members today three winners Fujaira Prince 340 York (1pt each way) 6/1 won Decor Irlandais 400 Killarney (1pt each way) 9/2 won (rule 4 deduction 5%) 0.5pt each-way double won.

At the Curragh, Make A Challenge outclassed his rivals to win the A.R.M. Holding Curragh Sprint Stakes with ease. Pretty Gorgeous impressed in the A.R.M. Holding Debutante Stakes at the Curragh, as she gained her revenge on Shale to pick up Group Two honours. One of our trainers Leanne Breen had a very good run in the finale with Mandolin Wind. Leanne has plenty to go forward with her following the fifth-place finish.


Sunday, we start at SandownEtonian entered the picture for next year’s 2000 Guineas as he maintained his unbeaten record in the Betway Solario Stakes. Maamora made a triumphant start to her British campaign with a front-running success in the Betway Atalanta Stakes. Data Protection toughed it well to take the Betway Handicap. Data Protection was advised (1pt each way) at 14/1to our members.

Chief Little Hawk got the better of Monaasib in a thrilling finish to the inaugural Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes at Naas. A lucrative day for Seamie Heffernan got even better when John Murphy's Sweet Gardenia landed the Silver Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes at 50/1 this gave Seamie Heffernan a 5,277.5/1 treble. The winning prize money for the three races totalled €227,550. His other winners were Chief Little Hawk at 22/1 in the Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes and Passion (7/2) in the Group 3 Stanerra Stakes, both for Aidan O’Brien.

Campanelle maintained her unbeaten record as she ran out a ready winner of the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville. Freddy Head ended a barren spell when Call The Wind proved his class in the Darley Prix Kergorlay at DeauvilleJames Fanshawe’s Audarya caused a huge shock in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.