Monday, we start with Owners returned to Irish racecourses for the first time since the resumption of racing, at Fairyhouse and Listowel. Winning trainers Kayley Woollacott and Christian Williams voiced resounding endorsements of Warwick’s pilot crowd meeting. The pilot will not last as the UK government has decided to change its policy again.
On the track at Listowel, the Adrian McGuinness team win another Lartigue 16 years on with Politicise from the previous victory for the yard with Victram. Play The Game proved well up to making a winning chase debut in the hands of Brian Hayes for trainer John McConnell. At Fairyhouse, Donegal apprentice Luke McAteer has serious momentum behind him at present and he completed a Fairyhouse double this afternoon on That’s Not Me. Lady Princess was delivered to perfection down the inner in the final quarter-mile by Joey Sheridan, to win the Listed Ballyhane Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse. At Leicester, Toronado Queen was on target for Richard Fahey.
Tuesday, we start at Listowel. Our Syndicate Horse Trading Point got a very busy spell started for us. Trading Point has still only been at the Adrian McGuinness yard just over a month. We had got three quick runs into him. We need to brush up his start of races, but that has been worked on prior to this. As for today, this was a very good race. Colin Keane took the reins. Colin has been inspired form riding 24 winners in September alone. Colin spoke to us after the race in Navan earlier in the season. He expressed the view that seven furlongs would be a good plan for Trading Point. We gave it a try here. We had a good draw from stall one. The hope was we could get a prominent position using Trading Points stride. We are happy with how Trading Point is going, we are also happy that Trading Point is racing more regularly then he was. We were hopeful we would get a good run from Trading Point.
A brilliant run from Trading Point at Listowel yesterday gave the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate a great lift. Trading Point was carried out on his shield beaten a short head into second by Master Matt. It was a performance from Trading Point which he demonstrated his quality. From the very outset, Trading Point was galvanized into action by Colin Keane who was once again superb. Colin used Trading Points stride superbly. This was a very good plan brilliantly executed by Adrian McGuinness and his team. We have a horse now raring to go for Dundalk. We could not be happier with this performance from Trading Point a horse who has taken us to plenty of big days already.
One massive improvement already since we have moved Trading Point to Adrian McGuinness. We are seeing Trading Point racing a lot more already having raced four times in just over 30 days. This is exactly one of the improvements we wanted. Obviously, it is very tough when you lose a photo finish however the overriding feeling is pride in Trading Point. If you look at Big Baby Bulls form it gives you a very clear idea of how well Trading Point has run here. We have a strong team for the rest of 2020. Trading Point will have a big role to play in that. We are really excited to see what Adrian McGuinness and his team can do next with Trading Point. Our X factor horse looks set to bounce back as the evenings close in. We can expect a hike from the handicapper as Trading Point has thrashed four horses rated higher than 90.
On the rest of the Listowel card. Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning doubled up at Listowel with Agitare. Shane Crosse secured his first winner since fending off Covid-19 when top-weight Magnanimous came home well in the premier nursery at Listowel. One bet for the members today Magnanimous 500 Listowel (2.5pts win) at 11/4. Crowds returning to racecourses appear further away than ever after it was confirmed Newmarket’s pilot scheme this week has been abandoned on Government advice. At Beverley, Naamoos won by 17 lengths for Mark Johnston. At Warwick, there was a double for Richard Johnson with Let The Heirs Walk and Grey Spirit. At Lingfield, Andonno was on target for Mark Johnston.
Wednesday, we start at Listowel. Two mares fought out a thrilling finish to the Guinness Kerry National, with Cabaret Queen just holding off the late thrust of Moyhenna. I must say the Photo looked a dead heat to me. Stacks Mountain completed doubles for Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore following Popong winning the mares’ chase. N'golo rallied well to turn over Malone Road. The Willie Mullins trained N'golo is improving all the time, however, Malone Roads many admirers will be disappointed. It is early days he could still work out to be very good.
At Redcar, there was a double for Ben Curtis on board Dapper Man and Montalvan. At Goodwood, The Lamplighter made it two wins on the spin. David Menuisier has paid tribute to “horse of a lifetime” Thundering Blue after the popular grey suffered a fatal injury at Goodwood. At Perth, Warren Greatrex was satisfied with La Bague Au Roi’s return effort after a last-fence blunder saw her finish fourth in the Weatherbys Racing Bank David Whitaker Handicap Chase At Kempton, there was a double for Sir Michael Stoute with Tawreed and Thunder Sun.
Thursday, we start at Newmarket. Ranch Hand under Oisin Murphy ended a lengthy losing streak when showing his battling abilities to secure a tenacious success in the Jockey Club Rose Bowl Stakes. La Barrosa survived a scare to maintain his unbeaten record in the Tattersalls Stakes for Charlie Appleby. At Pontefract on his first run since the Champion Hurdle Not So Sleepy was a very impressive winner. At Perth, Not That Fuisse was an impressive winner for Dan Skelton. I think this horse will be an excellent candidate for the Bet Victor Gold Cup at Cheltenham. At Listowel, Foreign Legion on his second run of the week at Listowel went one better than earlier in the week winning under Shane Foley.
Friday, we start at Newmarket. Classic hero Kameko made a triumphant return to Newmarket with a comfortable success in the Shadwell Joel Stakes. Antonia De Vega set up a return to Group One company with victory in the Princess Royal Muhaarar Stakes. At Listowel, Drop The Anchor found plenty for pressure to land the Grade B handicap hurdle in Listowel for Pat Fahy and Simon Torrens. He brought up a 179.5/1 double for Torrens who took the preceding race on the card with Northern Emperor (18/1). At Dundalk, Bowerman maintained his unbeaten Dundalk record when winning a competitive renewal of the Group 3 Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Diamond Stakes and gave trainer Ado McGuinness his first Group-race success. The win for Bowerman formed part of a treble for Colin Keane completed by Conor Hogan and Ahyoka. At Uttoxeter, there was an impressive chasing debut for Fusil Raffles for Nicky Henderson.
Saturday, we start at Newmarket. New Mandate under Frankie Dettori continued his rapid rise through the ranks with victory in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes. Paul Hanagan has celebrated bigger winners than Majestic Dawn’s success in the bet365 Cambridgeshire, but few victories will have provided greater satisfaction given the year he has endured. Alcohol-Free under Oisin Murphy prevailed in a tight finish for the Group One Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes. Supremacy under Adam Kirby led his rivals a merry dance and held off Lucky Vega to win the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes. At Haydock, Came From The Dark took the feature race at Haydock for Ed Walker.
At the Curragh, High Definition is the new favourite for next year’s Derby after he provided Aidan O’Brien with a 10th successive win in the Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes. Ventura Rebel returned to form when landing the Qatar Racing And Equestrian Club Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh. The Richard Fahey-trained colt won twice early last season as a juvenile and went close in the Norfolk Stakes but this was his first victory since. At Listowel, the JP McManus colours were to the fore at Listowel on Friday with Drop The Anchor and Minella Times landing valuable prizes, and the green and gold were to the fore again in the Charlie Chute Memorial Handicap Chase as Winter Escape (11/4 joint fav) won well in the hands of Mark Walsh.
Sunday, we start at the Curragh. Dawn Patrol gave Aidan O'Brien and Seamie Heffernan a treble on the card after earlier victories with Van Gogh and Order Of Australia. Noel Meade’s Elysium caused a minor upset in the Weld Park Stakes. A Step Too Far continued to leave the handicapper scratching his head as she made it six victories in a row in the valuable Joe McGrath Premier Handicap. At Chester, there were doubles for Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote with Harmony Lil and Wild Edric.