The Racing Week That Was 26/5/19


Monday, we start at Redcar. There was a double for David Barron with Frosted Lass and Venturous. At Carlisle, there was a double for Keith Dalgleish with I Could Do Better and Howzer Black. At Ludlow, there was a double for Tim Vaughan with Alltimegold and Jefferson Davis. At Windsor, there were doubles for Oisin Murphy (Earl of Harrow & Equitation) and James Doyle ( Theory Of Time & Divine Spirit). At Leicester, there was a treble for Michael Bell with Geetanjali, Bushtucker Trial and Babbo's Boy.


Tuesday, we start at Sligo. There was a double for Oisin Orr on board The Names Jock and Olay Power. There was another winner the McCauley family as Lincoln took the claimer under Rory Cleary. At Wolverhampton, Alkaraama bolted up for Sir Michael Stoute. At Brighton, Andrew Balding was on target with Dudley's Boy. At Nottingham, Sir Michael Stoute made it an across the card double with Layaleena. At Huntingdon, Lord in Red was on target for Christian Williams. At Hexham, there was a double for Brian Hughes on board For Three and Glinger Flame.


Wednesday, we start at Wexford.  There was a double for Willie Mullins with Great White Shark and Pont Aven. At Cork, there was a double for Ronan Whelan with Royal Admiral and Balefire. At Ayr, there was a double for Keith Dalgleish with Maulesden May and Universal Gleam. At Yarmouth, there was a double for Ryan Moore with Local History and Maxi Boy. At Warwick, there was a winner for Dan Skelton with Olly The Brave. At Southwell, Major Dundee was an impressive winner for Alan King. At Kempton, Baccarat was on target for Andrew Balding.


Thursday, we start at SandownDee Ex Bee confirmed he will be a major player in the Ascot Gold Cup after enhancing his position as the rising star of the staying division in the Matchbook VIP Henry II Stakes. Regal Reality took the  Brigadier Gerard Stakes under a masterful Ryan Moore ride who did a brilliant job to get the horse post never mind win. It was good news for our members. Dee Ex Bee 705 Sandown (8/11) & Regal Reality 735 Sandown (9/4) advised to our members 3pts win double both won. At Tipperary, Paul Townend was at the double with Humm Baby and Ask and Answer. At Lingfield, Mark Johnston was on target with Francophilia. At Chepstow, Ocala was impressive for Andrew Balding. At Goodwood, Oisin Murphy had a double with Spirit Of Appin and Wedding Blue. At Chelmsford, Star Of Bengal built on his tall reputation for John Gosden justifying his rating in the process.


Friday, we start at the Curragh. There was a double for Colin Keane with Siskin and Viadera. At Downpatrick, Canadian Steel was an impressive winner for Noel Kelly. At Goodwood, Private Secretary took the feature race for Gosden and Dettori. At Bath, there was a double for Hayley Turner with Sadlers Beach and Applecross. At Haydock, there was a double for David Egan with Rhea and Pierre Lapin. At Worcester, Darcy Ward made it three wins out of three over fences. At Pontefract, Mark Johnston took the feature race with Monoski.


Saturday, we start at the Curragh for 2000 Guineas was a massive day for ourselves. As Mokhalad was the first of three runners for us at the Curragh over the weekend. Our Curragh Hoodoo continued as Mokhalad gave his all, however, finished out of the money. On the faster ground, Mokhalad could not find the rhythm of his recent races. Mokhalad really pleased Colin Keane and no doubt our captain will bounce back sooner rather than later. We were very proud of Mokhalad as he once again carried our banner with distinction and courage. A couple of things did not go right for us no excuses though we have had a great start to the season with Mokhalad. We will now look to bring Mokhalad to our and his local festival at Bellewstown. It will be a chance for friends, supporters, and families to go to support Mokhalad in our backyard. We look forward to the next day out with Mokhalad.

The rest of the Curragh card saw a double for Jamie Spencer winning on board as Mr Lupton came from last to first to claim the Grade Two Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes. The Spencer double was completed by Phoenix Of Spain upstaged his old rivals Too Darn Hot and Magna Grecia to take the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas in emphatic fashion. Phoenix Of Spain had the form in the book to be fair, there was no fluke about this win in my view. At Haydock, Battaash again staked a big claim for top sprinting honors as he scorched home in what looked a vintage renewal of the Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes. There was a double for Mark Johnston and Franny Norton with Lucky Deal and Sir Ron Priestly. Hello Youmzain inflicted a shock defeat on red-hot favorite Calyx in the Armstrong Aggregates Sandy Lane StakesForever In Dreams provided Irish trainer Aidan Fogarty with a winner at his first attempt in England as she scored a tenacious Listed success.

At Goodwood, there was a double for Sir Michael Stoute with Neon Sea and Mirage Dancer. At York, Cardsharp was on target for Mark Johnston. The feature race went to Duke Of Firenze. At Chester, Mark Johnston was on target with Raffle Prize. There was also a winner for Sean Davis with Gabrial The One. At Cartmel, Sackett was on target with Byrony Frost. At Salisbury, Ship Of The Fen took the feature race. At FfosLas, Forgot To Ask took the feature race for Tom George.


Sunday we start at the Curragh. Our Curragh Hoodoo was extended as Stanhope & Trading Point finished out of the money. On the faster ground, Stanhope could not find the rhythm of his recent races. Trading Point's run was more baffling as he traveled strongly but stopped like he was shot. Both horses will be checked over thoroughly as they did not give what we expected on the day that's racing. It was a tough weekend however its a measure of how far we have come as a syndicate that we come away from the Curragh Guineas festival deflated. We will go through the weekend with Damian and the team, dust ourselves down to face the summer ahead. We do so appreciatively for what we have achieved to date, while determined to get back to this stage to compete again. We got many good wishes before and after the weekend. They all mean a lot to us thank you to everyone who took the time to encourage us, including some household names. Our underlying feeling after the weekend is pride in all our horses and the whole team.

The silver lining of Stanhope's defeat was seeing our friends Jim Gough, Stephen McCauley and James McCauley have a really special day with the brilliant Hathiq. This was a performance right out of the top drawer. Hathiq pulverized the opposition by three and a half lengths. Hathiq looks, top class. We were delighted for the lads, hopefully, Hathiq goes on to Epsom on Saturday and wins again. It was also great to see our friend Rory Cleary ride a winner on a big day. We all had a chat with Rory before and after the race, Rory has been a big part of our journey. Rory was beaming, a great man to see him getting to ride a horse like Hathiq on a big day is wonderful. Unlike other sports, the comradeship between the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate, Rory and the McCauleys was clear for all to see. The McCauleys and Jim Gough put a huge amount into the sport in a quiet, humble manner. They deserve this day as well as any other that may follow. Hathiq was brilliant business bought for £3,000 at Doncaster by Stephen and James McCauley. The McCauleys were great to us when we first started in the sport. We could not be happier for them. Congratulations to the whole team involved.

The feature race the 1000 Guineas went to Hermosa completed a Classic double when waltzing away with the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas. Magical set herself up for a possible trip to Royal Ascot with a dominant display in the Tattersalls Gold Cup. Arizona completed a treble for Moore and O'Brien. I thought Arizona looked a machine and a Royal Ascot winner in waiting. I will finish with a point about the Curragh. It was a much better experience than day one this season. There is a journey to go for the new Curragh, however, they listened after day one. There were noticeable improvements from an owners point of view.