The Racing Week That Was 25-4-21


Monday, we start at Limerick. There was a deserved breakthrough over hurdles for Global Equity for Joseph O'Brien. At Tramore, After taking the second on Runrized, Danny Mullins doubled up on Shantou Sisu in the Anne Valley Walk Handicap Hurdle. At Pontefract, Wemyss Point took the two miles five furlongs marathon handicap. At Windsor, there was a winner for David Pipe with Ranco. At Hexham, Harry Skelton appears almost certain to be crowned British champion jockey for the first time on Saturday after extending his lead over Brian Hughes to eight with a double. At Market Rasen, there was a double for Olly Murphy with Made For You and Ripper Roo. At Kempton, there was a double for Paul Nicholls with Adrien Du Pont and Samarrive .


Tuesday, we start with the news. Apprentice jockey Benoit de la Sayette has tested positive for metabolites of cocaine, the Professional Jockeys Association has announced. This issue with Cocaine is now at a point that racing really needs to tackle it head-on. Benoit de la Sayette is a young man it is of course natural young people will make mistakes. Hopefully, Benoit de la Sayette can recover from this. At Sedgefield, Harry Skelton still holds an advantage of eight over title-holder Brian Hughes in the race to be champion jump jockey after both drew a blank. At Tipperary, It was a double on the card for connections as Shane Foley did the steering on the Jessica Harrington -trained colt in the colours of Zhang Yuesheng. Foley and Harrington had also struck with Indigo Balance who was a very impressive winner of the Sprint Handicap. At Epsom, Wirko took the Blue Riband Trial for Godolphin. I liked the way Wirko handled the track as well as staying on strongly.


Wednesday, we start at LudlowHarry Skelton moved into a commanding 10-winner lead in the jockeys’ title race with just three days of the season left after completing a double. At Perth, Paul Nicholls beat his best ever tally of winners for a single season as Threeunderthrufive gave him his 172nd victory of the campaign. It was good news for our members Threeunderthrufive was advised 1.5pts win at 9/4.

At Dundalk, there was a 1-2 for our friends at Hilltop Racing. In a thrilling finish Approach The City got up to beat Liberty StarHe’s very keen and I just thought it was worth a try dropping him back in trip in a race like that. I’m not sure you’d drop him back like that in a handicap,” said McAuley on the Donagh O’Connor-ridden victor.“He’s grand for that grade. We paid two thousand for him and he’s won two claimers. He’s a good fun horse.“We schooled him over hurdles last week and he jumps well. If he’s not claimed I’d say we’ll run him over hurdles this summer.”  The rest of the card saw a double for Colin Keane onboard Aikido and Tipperary Moon.


Thursday, we start at PerthPistol Whipped brought up the century for Nicky Henderson. At Kilbeggan, Patrick Mullins moved two winners clear of Jamie Codd (45-43) in their race to be Champion Amateur Jockey this season, doubling-up at Kilbeggan today and completing the feat in the Bumper with Kottayam. At Warwick, Ratfacemcdougal made it five wins from his last seven starts with a gutsy win. It was good news for our members Ratfacemcdougal was advised 1.5pts win at 11/4. At Beverley, Out In Yorkshire was on target for Mark Johnston. At Exeter, Singapore Saga was an impressive winner for Philip Hobbs. At Chelmsford, Love Destiny was on target for Mark Johnston.


Friday, we start at Cork. It is a race day for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate as we enter a busy period. It is the turn of one of our newest recruits Double Kodiac who makes his turf debut for ourselves. Double Kodiac is part of the younger team we have assembled to complement our established horses. All our team have high regard for Double Kodiac, horses need time to develop and we have given Double Kodiac plenty of time. The horse is always central to all we try to do. With Mokhalad, Parkers Hill, Trading Point, Fastman, Stanhope, Casa Comigo (starting over hurdles) and Double Kodiac. We are looking forward to the next few months.

It was a very satisfactory race day for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate as Double Kodiac ran a race filled with promise. On his turf debut for ourselves, there was plenty to be pleased with in terms of attitude and ability to travel well in a good race. Double Kodiac ran a very fine race to be sixth to Bopedro in what was a strong race. Our patient approach with Double Kodiac looks to have paid off. We got great feedback from Chris Hayes which we can use. We are very much looking forward to the next race for Double Kodiac. On the rest of the Cork card, there was a double for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning with Vocito and Ivy Avenue. 

At Kilbeggan, Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore had a hat trick with The Cathal Don , An Taibhse and Cavalry Master which leaves Blackmore trailing Paul Townend by just four (95 plays 91) heading into the closing Punchestown Festival next week. Of course, the participation of Townend at Punchestown hasn’t yet been confirmed, and the Tipperary woman is heading to County Kildare with serious momentum in any case. Paddy Power bet 1/5 Paul, 7/2 Rachael. At Sandown, Palace Pier proved a class apart from his rivals as he returned to winning ways in the bet365 Mile. Waldkonig confirmed himself as a top-class prospect for the season ahead as handled the step up in class to win the bet365 Gordon Richard Stakes at Sandown for John and Thady Gosden. Naamoos put up a fine weight-carrying performance to land an eventful bet365 Esher Cup for trainer Mark Johnston and jockey Ben Curtis. At Doncaster, Seven Brothers made a winning seasonal reappearance for Kevin Ryan and Kevin Stott.


Saturday, we start at Sandown. King George hero Frodon showed all his renowned battling qualities to end his season on a winning note in the bet365 Oaksey Chase. Greaneteen lowered the colours of Altior with a stylish success in the bet365 Celebration Chase. It gave Byrony Frost and Paul Nicholls a double. Harry Skelton and Paul Nicholls – who were crowned champion jockey and trainer on the afternoon – were denied a dream end to the season when Enrilo lost the bet365 Gold Cup in the stewards’ room, with Potterman the beneficiary. It looked likely to be the perfect finale for both at Sandown as 7-2 favourite Enrilo made a bold bid for home with three to jump. However, despite the champion jockey having his whip in his left hand, Enrilo veered badly away from the rail with serious consequences for Kitty’s Light.  Christian Williams’ five-year-old had worked up a real head of steam after the final fence and was making ground rapidly on Enrilo, only to be stopped in his tracks. To Enrilo’s credit, once straightened he did pick up again to cross the line first, with Alan King’s 12-1 chance Potterman, on the far side, beaten three-quarters of a length and another short head back to Kitty’s Light in third. As the disqualified horse has to be placed behind the one it interferes with, Potterman was awarded the race with Kitty’s Light second and Enrilo only third.

At Leicester, Record-breaking rider Hollie Doyle lit up Leicester with a 135-1 four-timer.  At Limerick, Andy Slattery successfully combined with his son and namesake for a quickfire 233/1 double as Solene Lilyette and Dedillon. There was also a double on the day for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley with Soaring Sky and Still Standing. At Haydock, Persuasion took the feature race for Charles Hills. At Ripon, the racecourse put on two valuable races and sadly both races only attracted 3 runners. The races went to Zabeel Champion and Rajinsky.


Sunday, we start with Mutasaabeq is set to be supplemented for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday. At Navan, Baron Samedi continued his winning ways when springing a 20-1 surprise in a dramatic renewal of the Vintage Crop Stakes for Joseph O'BrienRocky Sky ran her rivals into the ground to register a convincing success in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes for trainer Ross O'Sullivan. At Wetherby, Noon Star emerged as a potential Oaks contender after making an impressive start to her campaign.