The Racing Week That Was 28-3-21


Monday, we start at Navan. Backed into 5/1 from 11/1  and from bigger earlier, Ahead Of The Field kept up the great momentum for red-hot conditional Jordan Gainford. At Southwell, Harry Skelton kept up the chase for the jockeys' title as Cadzand was on target. The Moore team seldom leave Plumpton without a winner, today was no exception as Darkest Day was on target in the finale. At Kelso, Donald McCain was on target with Word has it.


Tuesday, we start at ClonmelWillie Mullins' Robin Des Foret got the job done at Clonmel but favourite backers who took the 8/13 certainly had a raised heartbeat or two. Robin Des Foret scrambled home by a head. At Huntingdon, Ajero kept the great run of Kim Bailey up. At Wetherby, Brian Hughes was on target with Marown. At Taunton, Copperless was on target for Olly Murphy.


Wednesday, we start at Tipperary. There were several wide-margin winners on the Tipperary card and 7/4 favourite Bardenstown Lad was another in the concluding he looks a smart prospect for John McConnell. At Haydock, Mr Glass was on target for Paul and Megan Nicholls.


ThursdayBapaume against much lower-rated rivals and he duly made all and cruised home by nine lengths for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend. At Chepstow, there was a double for Alan King with Major Dundee and Moonamacorona. At Ludlow, there were doubles for Nigel Twiston-Davies and Sam Twiston-Davies with Fontana Ellissi and Checkitout. At Sedgefield, there was a double Harry Whittington with Dargiannini and Sir Sholokov.


Friday, we start at Newbury. There was a double for Paul Nicholls with Scaramanga and Adrien Du Pont. At Musselburgh, the Northern Lights Series came to an Island Mahee was on the mark with Stuart Crawford. There was a win for Ratfacemcdougall for Graeme McPherson. It was good news for our members as Ratfacemcdougall was advised 1.5pts win at 7/2. At Dundalk, Colin Keane helped Ado McGuinness to a double of his own with Betrayed and  Is That Love. At Lingfield, Regent gave John and Thady Gosden a winner with their first runner since taking out a joint licence when successful with Regent.


Saturday, we start at Navan, It has been a very busy period for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. We had Casa Comigo schooling over hurdles which thankfully went well. Casa Comigo will now school on the grass next. We have four potential runners starting with Stanhope at Navan tomorrow. We also have Mokhalad, Double Kodiac and Fastman in at Naas on Sunday. The race did not bounce our way after a good start Stanhope faded. We got Stanhope scoped post-race. he will need a bit of treatment following the scope. He will have a quiet week now and we will bring him back in a few weeks. It was just one of those things. Jessica Harrington's Pepperoni Pete absolutely spread-eagled the field . The five-year-old gelding went off 11/2 favourite in this race run in the honour of the Navan racecourse manager who is retiring after a 40-year career in Irish racing.

At Doncaster, it was Lincoln day. Haqeeqy powers to Lincoln glory for apprentice Benoit De La Sayette. Brunch broke cover from the pack over a furlong out, but when Haqeeqy saw daylight he put the race to bed in a matter of strides, looking the proverbial Group horse in a handicap in the process. The 9-2 shot – owned by Hissa Hamdan Al Maktoum, whose father Sheikh Hamdan died earlier this week – won by a length and a half. Hortzadar was third, with Danyah fourth. Royal Commando pounced late to win the Unibet Cammidge Trophy Stakes at Doncaster. Charlie Hills’ four-year-old sprinter was held up by jockey Kieran Shoemark, behind the pace set by Just Frank, until challenging inside the final furlong and then seeing off runner-up Emaraaty Ana.

At Meydan, American challenger Mystic Guide provided Godolphin with victory in the landmark 25th edition of the Dubai World Cup. Mystic Guide recorded a third successive victory in the Meydan showpiece in the owners’ blue silks, and their ninth in all following Thunder Snow’s back-to-back triumphs in 2018 and 2019. John Gosden’s Lord North produced an irresistible surge down the outside to deliver a famous victory for Frankie Dettori in the Dubai Turf. Mishriff delivered another brilliant performance to win the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.John Gosden’s colt, already a winner of the world’s richest race in the Saudi Cup at Riyadh last month, displayed versatility as well as the highest class by switching back to turf here and winning on his first attempt at a mile and a half.

At Newbury, Jonbon lived up to the huge billing that preceded him on his debut when smoothly dispatching his rivals for Nicky Henderson and Nico de Boinville in the BetVictor Standard National Hunt Flat Race. At Kelso, Agrapart nailed Doyen Breed on the line in the feature race. At Kempton, Al Zaraqaan took the Roseberry.


Sunday, we start at Naas. We had three horses down to run only two did in the end. An action-packed weekend for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate ended with a mixed bag. The turf season is now up and running. We need some decent weather now to dry the ground out a bit. Double Kodiac who we are really looking forward to seeing on turf, however as we thought earlier in the week. If the ground was not right we would not run. Leanne Breen stuck to her guns. Double Kodiac has been training hard since January. He is very fit and has done plenty. Double Kodiac has been working well. We were very concerned about potential Heavy ground. We did not want to waste the work. Double Kodiac will be out in April.

Mokhalad had a very tough time at the back end of last season. The reasons for that have been well documented. John McConnell has changed Mokhalads entire regime for this season. Mokhalad had 4 months of complete rest through the winter, he has returned in good form. We were hoping Mokhalad could show some spark, he did just that he broke smartly from the stalls getting into a lovely rhythm for Siobhan Rutledge. Drawn in the centre Mokhalad did not get the gaps. Once Siobhan switched him to the outside Mokhalad charged home to finish seventh of 18 in a hot race. The sense of pride in Mokhalad was massive. In his 50th race for us, he showed us he still wants to do it and the flame still burns. Mokhalad will be out again in April. It was great to see him back in action

Fastman has made a very decent start for ourselves a 2nd and a 5th before yesterday. He has a lot of ability and we will have our day in 2021 with this horse. The big unknown for Fastman today was the ground. Fastman coped well on the ground so we will be able to race on yielding or soft without any fear in the future. Yesterday's ground was very heavy as tough as it gets on the flat. Siobhan Rutledge got her tactics wrong holding the horse up too far off the pace. This happens with young jockeys she did not want the horse to over race early on.  Siobhan then tried to come up the inside with her run on the worst of the ground.  It did not work out that's sport at the top level. Siobhan held her hands up after, there is no problem with that from our side. We are a team at Galaxy we win and lose together. We will see how Fastman is in a few days and try again in the next few weeks. We are really looking forward to this horse.

On the rest of the Naas card, Ballydoyle made it a treble on the day at Naas, as following on from Tenebrism and Broome Aidan O’Brien and Seamie Heffernan were at it again in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden with the very exciting first-timer Empress Josephine (3/1). At Limerick, Chatham Street Lad (evens favourite) stamped his class all over the Grade Three Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase at Limerick to put aside any worries about a quick reappearance after a Cheltenham fourth placing.