Monday, we start with the news that Pertemps has been announced as the new sponsor of next month’s St Leger Festival at Doncaster. At Ballinrobe, The feature race the Hollymount Nursing Home 4-y-o Handicap Hurdle was won very easily by 15/8 favourite Yafordadoe ridden by Jonathan Moore. The Gavin Cromwell-trained winner is a progressive sort who won twice on the Flat last autumn and landed a maiden hurdle at Cork last month. At Southwell, over the jumps, Miss M was an impressive winner for David Pipe. At Ayr, trainer Jim Goldie picked up a treble with Ayr Poet, One Last Hug and Firlinfeu. At Bath, Bring The Money was very impressive in winning by four lengths for Mick Channon.
Tuesday, we start with Champion jockey Oisin Murphy is weighing up whether or not to appeal against the seven-day suspension he picked up at Ayr on Monday, which rules him out of the Pertemps St Leger Festival at Doncaster. Sussex Stakes winner Mohaather has been retired after picking up “significant bone bruising” in his near hind fetlock, connections have announced.
Principalship was the surprise 20/1 winner of the Mallow Handicap in Cork. The eight-runner sprint over five furlongs looked a competitive contest on paper, but the winner handled the tough conditions best of all. At Bellewstown, in terrible conditions, Denis O'Regan charted a wide course on Serpolette to win. Eamonn Delany loves a winner at his local track. At Bangor, there was a double for JP McManus with Chirico Vallis and Joly Maker. At Catterick, Stag Horn was on target for Archie Watson. At Yarmouth, there was a treble for Oisin Murphy with Warren Rose, Martineo and Coco Bear.
Wednesday, we start at Bellewstown. Colin Keane had an evening to remember at Bellewstown, with Jeff Kidder completing a first four-timer for the former champion jockey in the finale. The other winners were Misty Millie, Ecliptical and A Step Too Far. At Musselburgh, there was a double for Keith Dalgleish with Heights Of Abraham and Three Castles. It was three wins on the spin for Militia under Graham Lee. At Lingfield, Ocean Hawk was an impressive winner for Roger Teal.
Thursday, we start at Beverley. Dakota Gold returned to form with a decisive victory in the William Hill Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes. The 5/4 favourite A Step Too Far made light of a 6lbs penalty for yesterday’s course and distance victory when again making all under Colin Keane. The Indaver 3-y-o Handicap saw 5/2 favourite Take My Hand completed 12/1 doubles for Michael Mulvany and Gary Carroll. Passing Trade was the other winner for the duo. At Sedgefield, there was a double for jockey Daniel McMenamin with Ask Paddington and Lovely Schtuff. At Lingfield, there was an impressive winner in Premier Power for Roger Varian. At Chelmsford, Gifts Of Gold bolted up for Godolphin.
Friday, we start at the Curragh. Trading Point made his second appearance for Adrian McGuinness following a decent effort at Killarney last week. Trading Point has settled in very well to live at Adrian's yard, he has already made a good pal in Aussie Valentine who is his paddock buddy. Trading Point has been working well, Adrian has been keeping him busy adjusting to Adrian's training methods. Every trainer has there own method. Adrian has made us very welcome, we feel very much part of the yard already. Adrian is in touch on an almost daily basis. Trading Point found himself in competitive waters again, this time the Irish Cambridgeshire. These are very hard races no margin for error.
A disaster of a start for Trading Point finished off our chances before we even got going at The Curragh. For whatever reason Trading Point just blew it, lifting his head at the wrong moment he never moved for a few seconds. Ronan Whelan did his best to retrieve the situation. We have to take it on the chin. Since Stanhope won on 2-7-20 we have had a difficult time of it, with very little luck its all part of it. We know the territory we have been around, it does not phase us. We will attack the road ahead hard. We know we have had a lot of change during 2020, however, the reasons for those changes are for the long term. We still have had three winners with three different trainers since racing resumed on June 8th.
The reason we moved to Adrian McGuinness was to get more from Trading Point. Adrian wanted to run here despite plenty of other options. We trust our team as always giving them the freedom to operate. Adrian McGuinness has forgotten more about these big handicaps then we will ever know. We will leave it in Adrian's very capable hands to plot the course ahead. Lots of time on all our sides.
Colin Keane is certainly no stranger to the winners’ enclosure but the victory of Laughifuwant in the Paddy Power Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh will no doubt have been extra sweet for the former champion jockey as the five-year-old is trained by his father Gerry. The 14/1 chance made headway between horses over a furlong out and led inside the final 100 yards to score by three-quarters of a length. The Sheila Lavery-trained pair Quizical and Breaking Story finished second and third, with Agitare also close-up in fourth. Gerry Keane said, “He’s a good horse on soft ground, the softer the better. There was a double for Aidan O'Brien and Wayne Lordon with Divinely and Brazil.
It may not have been our day however Galaxy trainer John McConnell was on target at Down Royal with Go Another One. A facile success for 8/15 favourite Go Another One, who was always prominent and never came off the bridle before accounting for Samurai Cracker by 18 lengths. John McConnell has placed the horse brilliantly and this was the 11th win from 25 starts, with seven of those victories coming over hurdles including a Grade 3 novice hurdle at Thurles in 2019 when he beat the useful Notebook. In my view Go Another One will do very well over fences with the Bet Victor at Cheltenham and Paddy Power Chase at Christmas being very good potential targets for Go Another One.
The final two pieces of news to wrap up from Friday are Ben Curtis will be sidelined for 14 days after being escorted from Newmarket on Friday for breaching Covid-19 protocols. Oisin Murphy will miss the Pertemps St Leger Festival at Doncaster after deciding not to appeal against a seven-day suspension. Frankie Dettori is on track to renew his famous association with Enable at Kempton next weekend, after confirming he has received the all-clear from the first of his two mandatory coronavirus tests.
Saturday, as poor as a Saturdays racing as I can remember. Galileo Chrome continued his progression with a stylish win in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Yeats Stakes at Navan. Make A Challenge made a swift return to action pay dividends by securing back-to-back Listed wins in the Abergwaun Stakes at Navan.
Extra Elusive provided Hollie Doyle with another notable success in the Gallagher Group Winter Hill Stakes as the rider lit up Windsor with a five-timer. Hollie Doyle made history at Windsor on Saturday, as she became the first female rider to win fives races on the same card in the UK — at odds of 899-1. Subjectivist warmed up for next month’s Pertemps St Leger in perfect fashion with a front-running victory in the Ladbrokes March Stakes at Goodwood. Century Dream relished testing conditions as he ran out a comfortable winner of the Ladbrokes Celebration Mile at Goodwood. Isabella Giles earned quotes for next year’s 1000 Guineas after getting her career back on track with a decisive success in the Ladbrokes Prestige Stakes at Goodwood.
Sunday, we start at Perth. There was a double for, Neil Mulholland, with Soupy Soups and Frau Georgia. At Yarmouth, Hollie Doyle finished a brilliant weekend with a treble onboard Global Esteem, Light Lilly and Igotatext. Amateur jockey Guy Mitchell enjoyed a day he will never forget after creating history at Goodwood by becoming the first rider with one eye to ride a winner under rules in Britain. Jim Crowley reached a major milestone at Goodwood as he secured his 2,000th career winner in Britain aboard Modmin.
The week ended on the worst possible note as we learned on Sunday evening that one of our syndicate members John Quinlan had passed away on Saturday evening. John along with his daughter Sarah joined the syndicate in December 2018. John played an active part in syndicate life. John loved racing very much, he was very passionate about the game. I would have spoken with John regularly at length getting his views and updating him. John loved when the horses won he got a great kick out of it all. Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Margaret, his children Sarah, Jonathan, Gwen, Pierce and Rebecca, (son in law Enda and partners Thomas, Valerija and Carl), his grandchildren Mark and Donnacha, his sister Ann, brothers Billy and Tommy, extended family and friends.