The Racing Week That Was 28-4-19


Monday, we start at Fairyhouse. There was a double for Jessica Harrington with The Holy One and Jett. There was a treble for Willie Mullins with French Made, Golden Spread. The treble was completed as Willie Mullins smashed his BoyleSports Irish Grand National hoodoo as Burrows Saint led home a one-two-three for the trainer. The 1-2-3 was completed Isleofhopenddreams and Acapella Bourgeois. To my eyes, Burrows Saint looks to be an Aintree type. At Cork, there was a double for Michael Winters with Littlestickarubarb and Osca Loca. At Huntingdon, there was a winner for Dan Skelton with So Lonely. At Fakenham, the feature race went to Hammersly Lake. At Plumpton, Mercian Prince took the feature race. At Redcar, there was a double Jed O'Keefe and Jack Garrity with Anna Bunina and Echo. At Chepstow, there was a double for Paul Nicholls with Friend Or Foe and Southfield Harvest. At Wolverhampton, Setting Sail was a very good winner for Godolphin.


Tuesday, we start at Fairyhouse. Ivanovich Gorbatov claimed his first victory since the 2016 Cheltenham Festival in the RYBO Handicap Hurdle. Camelia De Cotte got back on the winning trail with a fine front-running display in the Boylesports Grand National Festival John & Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Chase. The hunter chase went to Ucello Conti for Gordon Elliott. At Yarmouth, there was a treble for Silvestre De Sousa with Take It Down Under, Companion and Love So Deep. At Sedgefield, Carter McKay bounced to form. At Ludlow, Jonjo Oneill jnr and snr were on target with Young Wolf. At Lingfield, there was a double for Jim Crowley with Habub and Come On Tier. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Dane O'Neill with Greenview Paradise and Margub.


Wednesday, we start at Perth. Three Irish trainers had winners on the card Karl Thornton (Shanroe Al C) Gordon Elliott (Braid Blue) and John McConnell (Go Another One). At Epsom, Cape Of Good Hope took the Derby trial for Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien. At Fontwell, there was a double for Gary Moore with  Gleno and Waikiki Waves. At Southwell, there was a double for Oliver Sherwood and Leighton Aspell. At Taunton, David Pipe had a very good winner of the bumper in Dromineer.


Thursday, we start at Tipperary. A big day for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate as two of our syndicate horses Mokhalad and Stanhope clashed in the 505 at Tipperary over five furlongs.  Both were prominent in the betting. It was a great position to find ourselves in potentially, however, as always the horses do not know what prices they are, they don't care either! Many of you will be wondering why we ran two horses it's straight forward it was a good opportunity for both horses. Mokhalad is, without doubt, our most popular horse the punters love him his supporters are fiercely loyal. He has received a lot of good wishes already tonight. Mokhalad has since the day John Maher and I first met him in September 2017 never let us down. Mokhalad has returned from his winter break resurgent, his confidence is through the roof. Mokhalad went off 5/2 favorite in the end. Stanhope is a dream horse to own he wastes no energy at home likes working and is very laid back. Since Stanhope has arrived in Ireland he has been brilliant for us in four runs he has finished 1233

Mokhalad and Stanhope lined up.  This was an open race we had eleven other opponents to deal with all of whom have some sort of chance. No rival could be easily discounted from calculations for punters. In the end, it turned into a one-horse race. Hathiq for Denis Hogan, The McCauley family, and Rory Cleary bolted up from the front taking the field apart by three and a half lengths. Mokhalad was second sticking on courageously on a track he didn't seem to enjoy. It mattered not as Hathiq had plenty left in the tank, landing a few nice bets for his connections in the process (25/1 overnight into 8/1). The McCauleys are on a great run and have had 8 winners since Christmas. The McAuleys and Rory Cleary have been very good to us since we came into racing, it's nice to see them having success. Well done lads. Hathiq looks to be a nice who was very well bought for 3 grand.

For ourselves, it was a tale of two runs. Mokhalad.This most gorgeous of racehorses delivered yet again for us. Mokhalad was backed into favorite his supporters and admirers insured that. Mokhalad ran a brilliant race in second behind Hathiq who could be anything. Shane Foley reported Mokhalad did not enjoy the track at Tipperary, however, he was very impressed with the desire of Mokhalad to fight for his position. Shane recommended if Mokhalad came out of Tipperary fine that we run him in Naas on Monday night. We will leave that to Damian and the team. Mokhalad has even in our time of having him never strung three really good runs together like his last three so it brilliant for us and himself.

Stanhope, It just was not Stanhopes night at all. Stanhope got very warm in the preliminaries which is not like him he had to be blindfolded to go into the stalls again unlike him. Stanhope was beaten very early. Donagh reported he was never going and he was never happy with him. We will get Stanhope checked over It was just one of those things.


Friday, we start at Perth. There was a double for Gordon Elliott and Richard Johnson with Load Up Time and Count Simon. At Doncaster, there was a winner for Sean Davis on board Dream World. At Sandown, there was a double for Ryan Moore with Masaru and Crystal Ocean. There was also a double for John Gosden with Sparkle Roll and Private Secretary. There was a double For Silvestre De Sousa and Andrew Balding with Beat The Bank and Bangkok. At Bangor, there was a double for Paddy Brennan with Packedtotherafters and Artic Road.  At Chepstow, Grey Diamond was an impressive winner for Alan King.


Saturday, we start at SandownAltior sets a new standard with record-breaking Celebration win. Altior took his unbeaten run over fences to a record 19 in a row as he led all the way to win the bet365 Celebration Chase for the third successive year at Sandown. Altior is probably the best horse I have ever seen. I will never get tired of watching him. I am struggling to see his connections need to step him up in trip.  Altior has yet to be defeated over obstacles if he more mine he would keep doing what he is doing. Why not wait until he is beaten? Then step up in trip. Anyway its a matter for themselves he is a brilliant horse, long may Altior reign. Talkischeap powered home for bet 365 Gold Cup glory, he traveled very strongly through the race putting The Young Master away in second as he liked. The Young Master was advised to our members (1pt each way) 9/1. Getaway Trump saved his best until last after putting in a smart weight-carrying performance in the bet365 Novices’ Championship Final Handicap Hurdle. Paul Nicholls hopes to continue where he left off next season after being crowned champion trainer for the 11th time. Nicholls celebrated his latest championship with a double courtesy of Getaway Trump and Black Corton at Sandown. It was a decent day for our members. Black Corton 225 Sandown (3/1) won Younevercall 410 Sandown (3/1) won Bothar Dubh 445 Wexford (10/3) unplaced advised to our members (0.5pt each way Trixie).

At Limerick, Jassaar was a very impressive winner for Dermot Weld. At Wexford, trainer Declan Queally enjoyed a double with Cloudy Morning and Uisce Solas. At Haydock, there was a double for Pat Cosgrave on board Mordin and Bristol Missle. At Leicester, Moonlight Spirit really impressed me for Godolphin. At Ripon, there were double for Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning with Making Miracles and King's Advice. At Doncaster, I was impressed with another Godolphin horse Jalaad who took the maiden. At Wolverhampton, Sir Michael Stoute was on target with the regally bred Crystal King.


Sunday, we start at Navan. Donagh O'Connor reached a career-high when winning the Listed Committed Stakes at Navan on Inverleigh. On outing three for Joseph O'Brien French recruit Master Of Reality caused a 33/1 shock under Wayne Lordan in the Group Three Sequence Events Vintage Crop Stakes. After Pink Dogwood's Listed race success earlier on, Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore completed a Navan double courtesy of Blenheim Palace. At Sligo, A 51/1 four-timer for Gordon Elliott was completed in the Sligo Supporters Annual Badge (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race by well-touted newcomer Glen's Finale (6/5 into 5/6). The Elliott winners were ridden by different jockeys, Keith Donoghue took the feature race on Take A Turn, Davy Russell set the ball rolling on Lethal Steps, whilst Jack Kennedy weighed in on Soldier At War and Jamie Codd topped it off on Glens Finale. At Salisbury, Gumball landed the feature race for Silvestre De Sousa. At Wetherby, Fanny Logan was on target for John Gosden.