The Racing Week That Was 26/7/20


Monday, we start with the news that Colin Keane will ride Siskin in next week’s Qatar Sussex Stakes, with the jockey believing the opportunity is “definitely worth” serving a 14-day quarantine period on his return to Ireland. At Ballinrobe, Shane Foley, setting the pace in the jockeys title race, moved on to 39 winners for the season when Cliara gave him a double on the card. The other horse in the double was Nan Yehi who won by five lengths. At Gowran, Flooring Porter rallied gamely to give Gavin Cromwell and Jonathan Moore a quick double at Gowran Park this afternoon. Half an hour after Luis Van Zandt's victory the pair struck again in the three-mile handicap hurdle on the card.

At Market Rasen, there was a double for Olly Murphy and Aidan Coleman with Sangha River and Craigmor. At Ayr, Chase The Dollar was on the board for Mark Johnston. Giving Frankel another two-year-old winner. At Windsor, there was a double for William Haggas and Tom Marquand with Kettle Hill and Star Of Wins.


Tuesday, we start at Sandown. There was a double for Ben Curtis with Fev Rover and Mancini. At Perth, Clever As A Fox struck for Dr Richard Newland. At Chepstow, Bal Mal made it five wins on the spin under Danny Redmond. At Stratford, Hilconic made it three juvenile hurdle wins on the spin for trainer Alex Hales.


Wednesday, Millisle got off the mark for the season with a dominant success in the Yeomanstown Stud Ballyogan Stakes at Naas for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley. Irish Derby third Dawn Patrol was sent off at odds of 1/8 after several non-runners he got the job done under Wayne Lordan. At Ballinrobe, Sean O’Keeffe completed a 675/1 double on Famous Escape. As was the case with O’Keeffe’s earlier winner, Our Nancy, Famous Escape went off at 25/1. At Bath, Motagally took the feature race it was good news for our members Motagally was advised (2pts win) at 3/1. At Yarmouth, Boss Power was on target for Sir Michael Stoute who was completing an across the card double following the victory of Lehwaiyla at Bath. At Catterick, there was a double for Kevin Ryan with Stars In The Night and Ventura Rascal.


Thursday, we start at Leopardstown. There was a double for Gavin Ryan and Donnacha O'Brien with Nicest and Fernando Vichi. At Limerick, there was a double for Danny Mullins on board Mystery Stowaway and Gunfire Reef. At Uttoxeter, Young Wolf was on target for Jonjo O'Neill. At Pontefract, Dark Vision continued his brilliant season for Mark Johnston with a listed win. At Sandown, there was a treble for Ryan Moore with Arthurian Fable, Blue Cap and Shouldering. There was also a treble for trainer David Menuisier with  Blue Cap, Gypsy Whisper and  Shouldering.


Friday, we start at Down Royal. This would normally be a massive day at Down Royal Uster Derby and Oaks day. Red Kelly cut down front-running Sunchart to win the BoyleSports Ulster Derby under Shane Kelly. It was a profitable afternoon for Kelly as this was his second winner on the card. In addition, Red Kelly gave trainer Johnny Murtagh a Down Royal treble. Kelly and Murtagh also teamed up with Measure Of Magic in the opener. Ben Coen was on board Murtagh's She's Our Queen in the fillies' maiden. Going for a four-timer of her own, the front-running Wilderness but she was headed close home in the BoyleSports Ulster Oaks by Elizabethofaragon (6/1). Bella Brazil Placed at 33/1 (4th place special) for our members (0.5pt each way).

At Cork, Patrick Mullins completed a double when 8/13 favourite Finest Evermore. The winning rider, completing a quick double after winning on Pilbara half an hour earlier. At Newmarket, there was a treble for John Gosden with Al Rufaa, Darain and Grand Bazaar. At Beverley, there was a double for David O'Meara with Stonific and The Trendy Man. At Newton Abbot, Soldier Of Love was on target for Paul Nicholls. At Ripon, there was a double for Richard Fahey with Selected and Kensington Art. There was also a double at Ripon for Tim Easterby with Fishable and Nearly A Gonna. There was also a double for Nigel Tinkler with Not On Your Nellie and Citron Major.


Saturday, we start at Ascot. It was King George day. Only three runners however that is not a problem for John Gosden and Enable. So it proved as Enable produced another sparkling display to claim an unprecedented third victory in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes. Ridden by William Buick, last year’s surprise Irish Derby winner Sovereign cut out much of the running — opening up a significant advantage at one stage over Enable and Frankie Dettori and Japan under Ryan Moore. However, it was clear rounding the home turn that the leader’s petrol tank was beginning to empty — while Dettori remained motionless aboard Enable and was even able to take a nonchalant look over his shoulder to see Japan toiling in behind. Once given her head, Enable strode clear magnificently and passed the post five and a half lengths clear under her jubilant rider, with Sovereign filling the runner-up spot.

Mohawk King continued Richard Hannon’s excellent recent record in the Anders Foundation British EBF Crocker Bulteel Maiden Stakes at Ascot. Blue Mist put his luckless run at Royal Ascot behind him with a dominant victory in the Moet & Chandon International Stakes. At York, Aspetar ran out an impressive winner of the Sky Bet York Stakes to complete a memorable 15 minutes for Roger Charlton following the win for Blue Mist at Ascot. At Newmarket, Pretty In Grey took the feature race for Marco Botti. At Doncaster, Wild Hope was an 18/1 winner for Kevin Ryan. At Gowran, there was a winner for Thomas and Rory Cleary with Kodiac Prince. At Tramore, Basils Boy was on target for the shrewd Liam Cusack.


Sunday, Not a good day for us as a syndicate with Stanhope it was clearly not his form. It is obviously worrying when your horse fades like that. However, John McConnell is a qualified vet so Stanhope could not be in better hands. It is too early to say it could be something very simple or something not so simple. There is no point in speculation as always the horse's welfare is our core principal. Stanhope will get everything he needs from ourselves be it time or resources. As stated before it is simply not realistic to expect things to go well all the time. This is all part of it. We have a very intense period coming up this week with Trading Point, Mokhalad and Parkers Hill all potentially in action.

Magical proved a cut above her rivals as she added another Group One to her tally in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. There was a very good performance from Rayounpour in the ten-furlong handicap winning by three lengths. Rayounpour was advised (1pt each way) at 6/1 to our members. Santosha provided trainer David Loughnane and jockey Thomas Greatrex with the first Group race win of their respective careers in the Princess Margaret Betfred Stakes at AscotLady Bowthorpe took her career to new heights to give trainer William Jarvis his first Group race success in 12 years in the Betfred Valiant Fillies’ Stakes at Ascot. Charlie Fellowes praised his team after Jeremiah gained his first win in almost two years at Ascot on Sunday.