The Racing Week That Was 23/9/18


Monday, we start at Galway. There was a first winner for trainer Aidan Anthony Howard in the colors of JP McManus with Winter Escape. At Hexham, the feature race went to Rebel Yeats for Ian Williams. The finale went to Cockley BlackDamut I'M Out advised to our members(1pt each way) at 11/2 placed in the race. At Brighton, the feature race went to Arcanista. At Worcester, the torch was passed in the Swan family as Harry Swan (son of Charlie Swan) rode his first winner in the bumper on board Stacey Sue. At Kempton, there was a treble for James Doyle on board Kamikaze Lord, Awalii and Klassique.


Tuesday, we start at Galway. There was a 659/1 (4-timer) for red-hot Joseph O'Brien. Those lucky enough to have put the four of them together were rewarded at odds of 659/1 as Joseph O'Brien's final runner of the night at Galway, Cascabel (6/4 favourite) brought up a four-timer for the yard in the Sean Cleary Memorial Fillies Maiden. Niall McCullagh on Baby Pink and Shane Crosse on Elleanthus and Song Of The Sky did the business earlier for Joseph O'Brien. At Lingfield, there was a double for Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute with Vivionn and Romola. The feature race went to Lethal Lunch under James Doyle. Lethal Lunch advised to our members(2.5pts win) at 2/1. At Yarmouth, there was some good prizemoney on offer. The feature race went to Protected Guest under Jane Elliott. At Redcar, there was a treble for Kevin Stott on board Jackamundo, Knighted, and Ice Galley. At Kempton, there was another winner on the day for Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute with Ledham.


Wednesday, we start at Naas. Last year's Goffs Orby sale-topper Old Glory made a perfect start to his racing career when claiming the finale in fine style at Naas this evening. The Frankel colt made €1.6 million at last year's Orby sale winning on his debut outing. Donnacha O'Brien produced the Ballydoyle-trained colt to challenge a furlong from home in the seven-furlong maiden and asked him to claim front-runner Erich Bloch in the last 100 yards. The 6/4 favourite kept on nicely under 'hands and heels' riding close home to secure a comfortable length-and-a-half success. Old Glory runs in the American Pharoah colours of Zayat Stables and is owned in partnership with the Coolmore. Donnacha and Aidan O'Brien completed a double with All The Kings Men.

At Sandown, there was a treble for Silvestre De Sousa on board Geetanjali, Knight Errant and Akvavera. At Beverley, the feature race went to Matewan for Ian Williams. At Yarmouth, the feature race went to Encore D'Or under Ryan Moore. At Kelso, Cubomania was on target for Gordon Elliott and Richard JohnsonCubomania advised to our members(2pts win) at 5/2 (Rule 4 Deduction 20%)


Thursday, we start at Ayr. There was a double for David O'Meara and Danny Tudhope with Sarysshaggan and Liamba. There was also a double for Keith Dalgleish with Saint Equiano and Handsome Bob. At Yarmouth, there was a double for Oisin Murphy on board Hidden Message and Mazzini. At Pontefract, the feature race went to Maid In India for jockey Rachel Richardson. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Godolphin with Very Talented and Auxerre. At Clonmel, there was a double for Darragh O'Keefe on board The Princetonian and Glamorous Nellie.


Friday, became a night the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate will never forget as Alfirak charged into Mokhald's hoof prints and won at Dundalk. Alfirak also gave Damian English his 50th career win. It is one year to the day that we had our first runner. Alfirak had run really well at Laytown and we were really pleased with him going into the race. Alfirak had done well since and we are very happy with him. On the figures, Alfirak had a really good chance here. Alfiralk wore cheek pieces tonight for the first time. He tends to be very relaxed in the stalls. The cheek pieces kept Alfirak alert and he got a good position early. Alfirak was a previous winner over course and distance. We would have been disappointed if Alfirak was not in the first three tonight.

Alfirak defied top-weight in the second division of the Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap. Successful over the course and distance in April, the Damian English trained gelding was last seen finishing third to Waqaas at Laytown. Fitted with cheekpieces for the first time this evening, the son of Tamayuz was sent off at 7/1 (from 5s on-course) in the colors of the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Soon in front under Rory Cleary, the chestnut victor was ridden from the two-furlong pole and kept on well from there, going on to score by three parts of a length. Path Of Silver (8/1) came out of the pack, but couldn't reel in the winner, and had to settle for second under Oisin Orr for Dick Brabazon. Bouquet Garni (10/1) was another length and a quarterback in third with Kevin Manning aboard this one for Edward O'Grady. Paved With Gold was sent off a well-backed 5/1 favorite (11s in early shows and from 7s on-course), and he finished sixth.

"I kind of expected that if I'm honest," said English."He ran a blinder on the beach over seven, which is just short of his best, and he just met the stream on the wrong stride when he was bang there."When he won here back in April I expected him to go on a do a lot more."He ran a blinder at Bellewstown when he got shuffled back and flew home to be second. Then it was soft ground in Galway, he was a little unlucky at Roscommon and we stepped him up to mile-and-two in Leopardstown."We haven't got everything right but we'll crack on now for a winter campaign and hopefully, he'll be able to progress up the ratings. He should be one we can have a bit of fun with up here."The loose horse was a blessing there as he does idle in front. We told Rory to sit second or third but he was clever, once he saw the loose horse he said 'this is going to take me a long way'."You could see him in the final stages that he was looking around a bit. He's still a big baby and hopefully, he can keep progressing."

The night itself was incredible the team celebrated long into the night at the Balscadden Inn which has become a special place for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. There are a few different people in Alfirak as opposed to Mokhalad. For many of these people, it was the first taste of success. We have had some difficulties with Alfirak, however, we never lost faith in him he has a lot of ability. Alfirak can go from strength the strength now. Damian and Craig English deserve massive credit for this. Alfirak had his regime changed after 16-8-18 at Leopardstown. The lads did brilliant and it was a tremendous piece of training and horse management. I would say this was my most emotional night in horse racing to date. This was a very special win and means the world to all involved in the Galaxy Horse Racing project.


Saturday, we start at Ayr. Son Of Rest and Baron Bolt dead-heated in a thrilling finish to the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup. It was the first dead heat in the history of the race. There was a double for David O'Meara with Waarif and Hajjam. At Newbury, William Haggas saw his hard work and perseverance rewarded after Young Rascal got his career back on track in the Dubai Duty-Free Legacy Cup Stakes. Kessaar can now look forward to an outing at the top table after giving trainer John Gosden his first victory in the Dubai Duty-Free Mill Reef Stakes. Take Cover ran a gallant race in defeat on what owner Andrew Hollis is adamant was his final start after finding Mr. Lupton too good in the Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Ian Williams with Boy In The Bar and Swordbill. At Catterick, there was a double for Hollie Doyle on board Fognini and Two Blondes. At Newmarket, Ian Williams was on target with Sars Over The Sea who took the Cesarewitch trial by ten lengths. At Wolverhampton, Hollie Doyle rode her second double of the day this time on board Felix The Poet and Kodiline. At Gowran, there was a double for Aidan O'Brien with Circus Maximus and Broadway.


Sunday, we start at Navan. The card was riddled with Non Runners due to the quick ground. There was a double for Rachael Blackmore and Henry De Bromhead with Daybreak Boy and Abbey Magic. There was also a double for Gordon Elliott with Ballydunblaze and Its All Guesswork. At Hamilton, Adrian McGuinness continued his excellent week as the Irish trainer sent Military Hill over to win. There was another Irish winner on the card as What Wonders Weave won under Ronan Whelan. At Uttoxeter, Sam Twiston - Davies was at the double on board Equs Millar and Omega Springs. At Plumpton, the feature race went to Ennistown for Anthony Honeyball and young jockey Rex Dingle.