Monday, we start at Pontefract. Mark Johnston equalled the record for the total number of winners trained in a calendar year in Britain when Bo Samraan came home in front at Pontefract on Monday. There was also a double for Karl Burke and Ben Curtis with Guipure and Hidden Spell. At Plumpton, Magens Moon made it two wins on the spin at Plumpton. It was good news for our members Magens Moon was advised to our members (2pts win) at 6/1. At Windsor, Letscrackon bolted up for Gary Moore. At Southwell, Ben Curtis was on the target making it an across the card treble on the day with Finery.
Tuesday, we start at the Curragh for the last meeting of 2019. There was a double for Jim Bolger with Mother Vincent and Ten Year Ticket. At Yarmouth, Lady Light was an impressive winner for Hayley Turner. At Exeter, the Devon National went to Colin Tizzard with Golden Sunrise. At Newcastle, there was a double for Richard Hannon with Buridan and Count Of Amazonia.
Wednesday, we start at Navan. Its the start of a busy period for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. We got in the places as Damian's horses continue to run well As always Mokhalad did us proud with a massive run in fourth to Aidan O'Brien's All The King's Men. Mokhalad has had a brilliant season winning three times from 12 starts as well as finishing second twice and now the fourth place. The last run it was a case of the pure five furlongs was just a bit sharp. Mokhalad would have had a very hard race at Leopardstown so Navan last time may have come a little soon, we knew there was a little improvement in Mokhalad from the last day. The big thing was the extra distance. Mokhalad had won over this course and distance already in April 2018. Mokhalad loved the extra distance yesterday. We welcomed back Shane Foley to the team. Shane Foley has ridden Mokhalad three times and finished 214 they have formed a really good partnership. Shane understands Mokhalad and he gets the best from him.
Anyone who saw the way Mokhalad finished the last day at Navan would have been thinking from stall one and the rail Mokhalad will have plenty to work with. It turned out Mokhalad would have been better off in the middle. Mokhalad was a big price at 33/1, he landed some nice each-way bets for his supporters going off at 12/1. The truth of it is if you took Mokhald's runs in two premier handicaps and over a trip too short the last time out. Mokhalad went off the price he should have been in reality, if the contest had been priced up correctly. We expected him to run well in what was to be his last race in 2019, After the race, Damian has decided to go to Naas on November 3rd potentially. We are fine with that. Shane Foley said to us after the race " He is a pure legend, never stops trying. If we had been drawn in the middle we would have gone close lads, he'll be even better next year lads" That will keep us warm on the long winter nights dreaming of the spring at Naas and Navan with Mokhalad.
On the rest of the card, the likable Shore Step got his head in front for, Johnny Murtagh. There was a double for Colin Keane with Nullifier and Sea Ducor. At Worcester, there was a double for Richard Johnson and Philip Hobbs with Larkbarrow Lad and Big Shark. At Newmarket, there was a double for Richard Kingscote with High Flying Bird and Trefoil. At Fontwell, Way Out West was an impressive winner by 23 lengths for Stan Sheppard. At Kempton, there was a rare 14/1 winner for Sir Michael Stoute with Satono Japan. At Wolverhampton, The Met landed the bets for odds on punters in the finale.
Thursday, we start at Thurles. There were impressive wins for Augusta Gold for Danny Mullins and Rebel Og for Paul Townend. At Southwell, Fergal O'Brien was on target with Oscar Rose. At Carlisle, there were doubles for Richard Johnson and Olly Murphy with Overthetop and Brewin'upastorm. At Ludlow, Legends Gold was an impressive winner for Rebecca Curtis. At Chelmsford, Animal Instinct was on target for Sir Mark Prescott. At Wolverhampton, Footsteps At Dawn was on target for Shane Nolan.
Friday, we start at Cheltenham which opened its doors for the first time in the new National Hunt season. Al Dancer did what was asked of him in returning to winning ways with victory at the first time of asking over fences. Leading Irish greyhound trainer Paul Hennessy can now boast training a winner at Cheltenham on his CV after Heaven Help Us made a successful debut over hurdles. There was a brilliant treble for Fergal O'Brien with Benny's Bridge, Petite Power, and Champagne Well.
At Dundalk, there was a first winner for our new trainer Leanne Breen with Latchet. It was brilliant for Leanne so early in her career. Here is what Leanne had to say to Irish Racing. Trainer Leanne Breen said: “That's my first winner and I had a funny feeling it would be at Dundalk as it's our local track.“I got her in the July Sale and she's been a bit unlucky for us, I thought she would have won by now but she's won tonight so I'm happy enough.“I have eight in training and a few yearlings. I have some nice horses to kick on with. I'll concentrate mainly on the Flat but if anything wants a trip and a hurdle they'll definitely get it.”Latchet won three races for Jim Bolger, her previous trainer.
On Saturday, we start at Cheltenham. I was in attendance with my father, two brothers, two nephews and a very good friend. I have to admit I have never seen like it in all my years going to Cheltenham. The meeting got the go-ahead at 115 much to my relief. A cracking day at Cheltenham it was, no luck punting wise however you cannot put a price on doing something you always hoped you would as a family group. A special day for us all. Back to the racing. Saint Calvados exorcised his Cheltenham ghost when making the most of a drop-in class to provide Harry Whittington with his first winner at the track in the Randox Health Handicap Chase.
Slate House returned to form with a victory that suggested the best is yet to come as he slammed his rivals in the Matchbook Best Value Betting Exchange Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham. Barry Geraghty celebrated his first winner back from injury when Time Flies By made a successful debut in Cheltenham’s Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. I was really impressed with Time Flies By he could be a smart horse. Doncaster was abandoned Newcastle will stage the rescheduled Vertem Futurity Trophy on Friday evening – making it the first Group One race to take place on an all-weather surface in Britain. Newbury was also abandoned.
Sunday, we start at Aintree. Forest Bihan upset the big boys with a clear-cut victory in the Virgin Bet Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase. I must admit the low sun may have had a big impact on this with the best weapon of Frodon blunted with many fences omitted. Plan Of Attack was on target for Henry De Bromhead. At Galway, Battleoverdoyen made the perfect start to his career over fences with a dominant front-running display. At Wincanton, the feature race went to Wandrin Star, White Moon looked to have it won when unluckily knuckling over at the last having jumped it well. At Wexford, Dancing On My Own got his head in front, at last, having had very good form in the book.