The Racing Week That Was 30-5-21


Monday, we start at Ballinrobe. The evergreen Youngnedofthehill at 13 years young flew home under Rachael Blackmore to win. At Wolverhampton, Hello You was an impressive 6.5 lengths winner under Rossa Ryan. At Ludlow, Hurling Magic was on target for Nicky Henderson. At Brighton, there were doubles for Jamie and Saffie Osborne with Big Little Lie and Good Earth. The meeting at Windsor was abandoned because of waterlogging.


Tuesday, we start at Tipperary. Phillip Enright initiated an across the card double with Nelsons Point completed by Agent Boru who took the Mayo National at Ballinrobe. At Southwell, The Queen enjoyed a double as Nico De Boinville steered two horses to success at the Nottinghamshire track in the royal silks. At Musselburgh, there was a double for God Of Dreams and Euro Implosion. There was a double for Iain Jardine The Gloaming and Smart Lass. At Bangor, Philip Hobbs was on target Man Of Light. At Lingfield, there was a double for Hollie Doyle with Excel Power and Bicep. At Newcastle, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Confrontational and Irish Legend.


Wednesday, we start at Hamilton. There was an impressive win for Tricorn for Iain Jardine by 3.5 Lengths. At Warwick, there was a double for Nicky Henderson with Russian Ruler and Broomfield Burg. At Wolverhampton, Royal Pleasure was an impressive winner for Sir Mark Prescott. The meetings at Gowran, Newton Abbot and Beverley were all abandoned.


Thursday, we start at SandownEuchen Glen bounced right back to his very best to take the Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes. Not content with dominating Cheltenham and Aintree, Henry de Bromhead was in winning action at Sandown as he sent out Lismore to take the Coral Henry II Stakes. At Worcester, Eglantine Du Seuil got off the mark over fences for Paul Nicholls. At Ripon, there was a double for Tim Easterby with Wildcitydiva and Fishable. At Haydock, there were doubles for Richard Hannon and Thore Hansen with Tacarib Bay and Raging. At Carlisle, Sir Michael Stoute was on target with Crossing The Bar.


Friday, we start at Fairyhouse. Kevin Coleman and Luke McAteer enjoyed a brace with Queens Carriage and Aurora Eclipse. There was another win for Is That Love for Adrian McGuinness. At Carlisle, there was a double for Joe Fanning with Cool Dandy and Thai Terrier. At Yarmouth, there was a double for William Buick and Charlie Appleby with Kemari and New Science. At Brighton, Dawn View took the handicap under Marco Ghiani. At Stratford, Law Of Gold took the Champion Foxhunters chase. At Haydock, Yesyes was on target for Ralph Beckett. At Pontefract, Angel Bleu made it an across the card double for Ralph Beckett.


Saturday, we start at Punchestown. Expensive recruit Grangeclare West breezed to victory on his debut under rules in the Ladbrokes (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race. At Haydock, La Lune graduated to Group Three company in style with a clear-cut victory in the Betway Pinnacle Stakes for Henry CandyKing’s Lynn will bid to provide the Queen with a Royal Ascot success next month after opening his account for the campaign in the Betway Achilles Stakes for Andrew Balding. At Cartmel, Fugitives Drift was on target for Nicky Henderson. At Beverley, Royal Ascot-bound Tipperary Sunset remained unbeaten after a taking victory in the bet365 Continental Two Year Old Trophy for John Quinn.

At Catterick, there was a treble for Tim Easterby with Obee Jo, Tequila Royale and Bollin Neil. The good day for Tim Easterby continued at Chester with a win for Boardman. At Ffos Las, Wicket West was on target for Dr Richard Newland. At Salisbury, the feature went to Master Milliner for Emma Lavelle.


Sunday, we start at NavanStanhope got back into action for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate at Navan yesterday. John McConnell's stable is not in good form right now so you just know when these things will end, Stanhope in the end ran a race full of potential. The draw was not a good draw on the ground that was drying out. However, Shane Foley gave Stanhope a completely different tactical ride to what would normally be associated with Stanhope. Shane opted to drop Stanhope in and switch gradually from stall 1 across to the stand side. Foley was at his inspired best as he filled Stanhope with confidence, travelling powerfully through the race. Stanhope got checked at a vital moment as he was still trying to get across from the inside to the stand side. Stanhope charged home to be beaten 1.64 lengths into 8th place of 21 runners. I thought it was a really positive run. It also opens up a lot of possibilities tactically for Stanhope with that type of ride and a more favourable draw. As is typical the Racing TV presenters did not miss Stanhope in the post-race analysis highlighting our Stanhope's effort in detail. Stanhope is an undoubted Syndicate favourite. A gorgeous horse in every way, a pleasure to own and be around. He will be visited in the next week and get several packets of his favourite polo mints. The job is to find a suitable race for Stanhope now because he looks like he is ready to run a big race next time out.

Although the hunt goes on for the elusive winner, we are working relentlessly to find one. Our team are starting to shape up. The John McConnell team are starting to bounce back. The established horses may well be the ones who emerge to lead a revival. They will be supported by the talented youngsters Fastman, Double Kodiac and the returning Parkers Hill. Trading Point will be the next Galaxy runner on Thursday at Leopardstown. The Adrian McGuinness team are starting to hit form, we are looking forward to running Trading Point.

On the rest of the Navan card, Star Harbour was on target for Adrian McGuinness. At Punchestown, Powersbomb was the veteran of the ten runners for the Ladbrokes Handicap Chase but showed age was no barrier to gaining a sixth career win when taking the feature race. At Kelso, Charcor was a successful raider for Noel Kelly. At Uttoxeter, Francky Du Berlais took the feature race for Sean Bowen.