The Racing Week That Was 24/3/19


Monday, we start at Navan. There was a double for JP McManus with Darasso and Scoir Mear who captured the feature events. There was a winner for young Harry Swan (son of the great Charlie) as he took the bumper on board Fiddlerontheroof. At Southwell, over the jumps, Savello won for Dan Skelton. The former Cheltenham festival winner was retired on the spot. At Exeter, there was a double for Philip Hobbs with Dolphin Square and Dostal Phil. There was also a double for Miss J Du Plessis with Ericas Lad and St Erney. At Plumpton, Alan King completed an across the card double with The Cull Bank having won earlier with Eyes Right at Southwell.


Tuesday, we start at Huntingdon. There was a winner for Noel Fehily with Capone. At Wetherby, Top Ville Ben recovered from a fall in the RSA last week to win by thirty-seven lengths here. At Taunton, there was a winner for Paul Nicholls with Birds Of Prey.


Wednesday, we start at Market Rasen. There were doubles for Olly Murphy and Fergus Gregory with Mon Part and Let's Get At It. At Haydock, the feature race went to Kim Bailey with Knockanrawley. At Chepstow, McNamara's Band was a very impressive winner of the maiden hurdle for Richard Johnson and Philip Hobbs.


Thursday, we start with the news to ban given to Declan Lavery at the Cheltenham Festival has been overturned. Declan Lavery has had his 10-day riding ban quashed following an appeal heard by an independent disciplinary panel at the headquarters of the British Horseracing Authority on Thursday. Lavery was one of three jockeys punished by the stewards at Cheltenham last week after just four of the 18 runners completed in the National Hunt Chase, a race confined to amateur riders that was run over four miles on rain-softened ground. The three jockeys in question were suspended for a collective 37 days, with the stewards ruling Lavery had “continued in the race when it appeared to be contrary to the horse’s welfare” after finishing third on the Philip Hobbs-trained Jerrysback.A statement from the BHA following the race said the governing body was “extremely disappointed by the conduct of a small number of riders”, adding “amateur participation in its current format future Festivals will be under material threat should further incidents occur”.

Lavery told Sky Sports Racing: “I’m very relieved that we got the result we were looking for.“I was very shocked initially because I was delighted with myself for getting him around as he nearly fell a couple of times, so to get back and find out I’d got 10 days took the buzz away.“The drama around it hasn’t affected me, I just put my head down and I’m pleased to get it over and done with.“I had a really good team behind me, I had Andrew (Coonan), I had Rory (Mac Neice) and Mr. Hobbs — I was very happy he came up to help me. I didn’t feel like I’d done anything wrong.“I was quietly confident I’d get it turned around, but having the right people behind me made it a bit easier.“I was confident I’d done the right thing.”He added: “I can get back point-to-pointing this weekend, get things back to normal.“It was brilliant AP (McCoy) was standing up for me. He gave me his phone number and told me to ring him anytime, maybe that’s just a Northern (Ireland) thing!

On the track at Sedgefield. Bordeaux Bill took the feature race for Brian Ellison and Danny Cook. At Chepstow, Newton Lad took the feature race for Brendan Powell. At Ludlow, there was a double for Phillip Hobbs with Musical Slave and Jatiluwuh. At Cork, the talented Landofhopeandglory got back in front in the feature race for Joseph O'Brien.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. There was a great victory for a good friend of ours Cathal McGuickin as his beloved Wild Shot landed a nice punt (16/1-8/1) Well done CJ from all of us at Galaxy. There was a treble for Ronan Whelan on board Lunas Luck, Annabelle Rock, and Sky Seven. At Newbury, there was a double for Richard Johnson on board Bob Mahler and Zanza. At Musselburgh, the feature race went to Sporting Press for Keith Dalgleish and Brian Hughes. At Lingfield, Travel On bolted up for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. At Newcastle, Lord Lemmington was an easy winner by seven lengths for Mark Johnston.


Saturday, we start at Newbury. Leading figures in the world of racing have paid tribute to Noel Fehily after the Grade One-winning rider brought the curtain down on his career with a winner at Newbury on Saturday with Get In The Queue. Noel Fehily in my book was a fantastic jockey, who always rode his own race Jonjo O’Neill junior continued what has been a memorable spell in the saddle with a notable Saturday double at Newbury through Annie Mc and Chic Name. Sean Bowen made the long journey to Kelso worthwhile with a double on board Kupatana and Winston C. At Bangor, Dan Skelton was on target with West To The Bridge. At Lingfield, Executive Force made it six wins from seven races. At Thurles, Scarpeta was on target for Willie Mullins. The feature race went to Cubomania for Gordon Elliott.


Sunday, we are only talking about our own horses at Naas. A day in our racing lives we will never forget. We got two incredible performances from our horses. Stanhope who ran a blinder to finish third in the six-furlong race. Stanhope is a real star, he has been brilliant for us since we got him four runs never out of the first three yet. We know Stanhope will do 5 furlongs on soft ground and 6 on the better ground now. Colin Keane was delighted with him. Stanhope is the real deal. Everyone needs some stardust in their lives we appear to have it in Trading Point who produced a breathtaking performance to finish second in the Irish Lincoln. Trading Point showed us everything he had been showing us at home and more. This is a very talented horse. Trading Point loomed up at the two-furlong pole having moved through the race brilliantly. Karawaan who looks very talented had too many guns for us, Trading Point ran a blinder to land our biggest payday to date. The scenes in the parade ring were epic , Trading Point got a reception like a winner he deserved it all.

What can I say about the team? Damian and Craig have bought all our horses they have a great talent that they wear lightly. The staff at Grougha live for the horses the treatment they get as well as the effort that goes into the horses is second to none. We have been blessed with the team as well as the wonderful horses. Damian English is an incredible talent he has a sense of horses that can only be described as a gift. One of my moments of the day was seeing what it meant to Damian and Craig's parents. Mary and Joe have been great to us they have given us a great welcome. When we started out with Mokhalad Joe and Mary showed us the ropes bringing us to the parade ring to be part of their horses. The emotion was plain to see for all

As we drove back from Naas the conversation turned to a certain son Of Dubawi Mokhalad who has helped us immeasurably to drive us forward. God bless you Mokhalad, we can never repay you. Mokhalad will reappear very soon he will do so to a heroes welcome forever in our hearts. My co-founder John Maher and I were understandably emotional last night, we will keep our feet on the ground. We are delighted for all the investors. We had a huge crowd at Naas yesterday, it's a day that will be long cherished. We put our heart and soul into the syndicate so it's great to have a day like yesterday for everyone. The key thing is the horses come out of the races fine and the four boys stay healthy through the summer. We are so grateful for all the support from those around us as well as all the good wishes of the people who got in touch with us. Thank you all it is great to see so many people getting a kick out of it. I also note plenty of you backed Trading Point and Stanhope delighted for you all.