The Racing Week That Was 25-10-20


Monday, we start at Pontefract. Pythagoras gave trainer Richard Fahey his 100th domestic winner of the campaign in the Silver Tankard Stakes. There was a double on the card for Richard Fahey completed by Society Queen. At Windsor, Good Listener was on target for Richard Hannon. At Plumpton, Dr Sanderson was on target for Paul Nicholls. At Wolverhampton, Charlie Fellowes bolted up by 7.5 lengths under William Buick. At Gowran, Gavin Ryan strengthened his grip on the apprentice jockey's crown with victory on board Ado McGuinness' Politicise in the concluding mile and six handicap at Gowran Park.


Tuesday, we start at Tipperary. Unexcepted put up a sparkling round of jumping to win the Cashel Beginners Chase at Tipperary – in which odds-on favourite Captain Guinness was pulled up at halfway. Bottom-weight Rock On Barney won the first split of the two and a half-mile chase in Tipperary for father and son Paul and Jack Gilligan. At Fairyhouse, Sagittarius Rising found plenty for pressure to give Colin Keane a double on the Fairyhouse card. Gavin Ryan made it a brace of winners on Fairyhouse's card when steering home Final Endeavour in the second split of the extended mile and five handicap.

At Exeter, Oscars Moonshine was on target for Paul Nicholls. At Yarmouth, Whitehaven bolted up by seven lengths for Hughie Morrison. At Newcastle, Brian The Snail was on target for Richard Fahey. At Kempton, Dubai Welcome was on target for Godolphin.


Wednesday, we start at Gowran which passed an early inspection. The apprentice Handicap saw All The Mollies (13/2) gain a third career victory and her first for over three years. The mare, partnered for the first time by Siobhan Rutledge, hit the front over a furlong out and went a few lengths clear. At Newmarket, there was a double for Dane O'Neill with Mutasaabeq and Numoor. At Hereford, Young Buck was an impressive winner for Paul Nicholls. At Fontwell, there was a treble for Neil Mulholland with Lord Accord, Rookie Trainer and Chirico Vallis. At Kempton, there was a four-timer for James Doyle on board Looktotherainbow, Quintillus, Noble Dynasty and Johnny Reb.


Thursday, we start at Navan. Our Syndicate horse Stanhope was in action. A very pleasing run from Stanhope. This was a real step forward with Stanhope finishing fourth. This was a tricky race, Stanhope moved through the race well. Rory Cleary and John McConnell were very pleased with Stanhope. He has come out of the race well. Stanhope is a really tough horse mentally he has been through a lot in the last twelve months. Of all our syndicate horses Stanhope has a brilliant personality, a real gent. When we are meeting John McConnell we can stand in Stans box for 15 or 20 minutes. We have plenty of options for Stanhope in November and December. We hopefully will now get a clear run for the rest of 2020 with Stan. Stanhope's owners are all delighted for the horse, we are very proud of him. We have had not had any luck in the last few weeks, however with Trading Point finishing fourth at Leopardstown and Stanhope finishing fourth at Navan yesterday. It feels like we are turning the corner. We have plenty of chances for the rest of 2020 we are very much looking forward to the run-up to Christmas.

The Navan card was dominated by Shane Foley and Colin Keane. Following on from Sounds Of Spring (Ken Condon) and Ilmig (Jessica Harrington), Shane Foley made it three on the day at Navan aboard John McConnell’s Make Good (11/2 into 9/2) in the Racing Again Sunday 8th November Handicap (DIV I). Colin Keane reached the 95-winner mark for the season on Master Matt in the Blackcastle Handicap, bringing up a double at his local track. Gordon Elliott doubled his score at Thurles when Indigo Breeze came in from his position as first reserve to win the Munster INH Flat Race in the hands of Jamie Codd. Elliott was also on the mark at the County Tipperary venue with the Gavin Brouder-partnered, The Bosses Oscar, in the He’llberemembered Hurdle.  In my view, The Bosses Oscar was very fortunate to keep this race having interfered with the second. At Carlisle, Protektorat was a stunning winner on chasing debut for the Skelton's. Ribble Valley booked his ticket for the Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle with a smooth success on his comeback at Carlisle. John Gosden and his staff at Clarehaven waved goodbye to Enable for the final time on Thursday, as the great mare left for her new home at Banstead Manor Stud.


Friday, we start at Cheltenham. Locally-based trainer Kim Bailey was delighted to claim the first race of the new season at Cheltenham with the impressive Does He Know. An on-song Rouge Vif staked an early claim for some of this season’s top-two mile chases with a stunning performance on his return to Cheltenham following his Arkle third at the Festival. This was a real case of a graded horse against handicappers. There was more Cheltenham success for Gordon Elliott as Galvin took the novice chase in very good style. Galvin is now qualified for the National Hunt Chase at the Festival. Given Elliott's record in this race, Galvin will be a real player in March.

The Handicap Hurdle over two miles five furlongs was very competitive. It went to Captain Tom Cat for Dr Richard Newland. There was a brilliant run for our members as Debestyman advised 1pt each way at 28/1 ran a cracker to be second. The Conditional Jockeys Hurdle saw Jonjo O'Neill land the mother and father of a punt with Tegerek (14/1-5/1). There was a good run for our members with Magic Dancer who was advised 1pt each-way at 8/1 (placed 5th). We had a 0.25pt each way Trixie with Magic Dancer, Debestyman, with Ballywood finishing unplaced. The novice chase went to Fusil Raffles who was impressive for Nicky Henderson.

Away from Cheltenham, it was a quiet day. Shane Foley got Soaring Sky up late on to land the spoils in the median sire series maiden at Dundalk. Sam Ewing notched a double in the concluding ten-furlong handicap at Dundalk tonight when Moving Forward won on his first outing for Shane Duffy. Ewing had also claimed the opener on tonight's card aboard Crystal Dawn. Ocean Wind put up a strong staying performance when defying the steadier of 10st at Doncaster under Jack Mitchell. There was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Aberama Gold and Kaleidoscopic.


Saturday, we start at CheltenhamSouthfield Stone resumed his progression over fences with a near foot-perfect round of jumping in the Best Odds At Matchbook Novices’ Chase for Paul Nicholls. There was to be a double on the day for Nicholls as Frodon started out on the path towards the Cheltenham Gold Cup with a tremendous weight-carrying performance in the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Chase. Frodon is just what jumps racing is all about the way attacks the fences at Cheltenham with such relish. It was good news for our members. Frodon was advised to our members (1pt each way) at 11/2. I could not have Frodon for the Gold Cup, he could run well in a King George.  Irish raider Streets Of Doyen makes it four wins from as many starts with a gutsy success for one of our own trainers John McConnell this was great stuff. John is a great fella and an excellent trainer. I would imagine the Albert Bartlett would be on the long term target list.

On the Flat, Mac Swiney was a tenacious winner of the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster for Jim Bolger and Kevin ManningEuchen Glen is proving to be better than ever as a seven-year-old – and confirmed that impression with victory in the Pravha Stakes at NewburyDermot Weld and Oisin Orr doubled up at Leopardstown through Amma Grace in the Listed Trigo Stakes. Weld and Orr also landed the opener on the card with EylaraVan Gogh produced an impressive burst of speed to win the Group One Criterium International for Aidan O’Brien at Saint-Cloud.


Sunday, we start at AintreeNuts Well gave Northumberland trainer Ann Hamilton her biggest success to date in the Monet’s Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase. The Veterans handicap chase was a good contest Don Poli ran a cracker for a long way. It went in the end to Minellacelebration who was advised (1pt each way) at 15/2.  

Beacon Edge confirmed himself a smart prospect with victory in the Marlin Hotel Dublin, Supporting The National Breast Cancer Institute Hurdle at Galway. Gigginstown House Stud, Noel Meade and Sean Flanagan combined for a double at Galway courtesy of Lieutenant Command along with Beacon EdgeRachael Blackmore completed a double aboard Jiving Jerry having won earlier onboard Pencilfulloflead. There was a local winner Father and son team Paul and Jack Gilligan landed the Anna O’Coinne Memorial Handicap Chase at Galway with 11/4 market-leader Rock On BarneySubjectivist put up a fine front-running performance to land the Prix Royal-Oak (French St Leger) at ParisLongchamp and complete a memorable weekend for the Mark Johnston stable.