The Racing Week That Was 31/3/19


Monday, yesterdays aftermath of  Stanhope's and Trading Point's brilliant runs at Naas took up some of Monday. We got so many messages, I have tried to answer them all as personally as I could. Thank you so much to everyone. A 730 am start in my day job kept me honest though, but to be honest I floated through the day. We are still on top of the world. So proud of all the team and of course the horses. On the track, winners have been hard to come by for me in the last week. This is the life of a punter, you must have the determination to continue to work, as well as trust the methods that have served you well. It will pass it always does.

At Wincanton, Secret Investor got off the mark for Paul Nicholls overs fences he seemed to enjoy going from the front. I think Secret Investor will pay his way next autumn. At Lingfield, talented hurdler Gumball won for Philip Hobbs on the flat under Oisin Murphy, not a bad pairing.  At Wolverhampton, Megan Nicholls and Olly Murphy combined to win with Krazy Paving.


Tuesday, we start at Clonmel. It looks like Paul Townend is firmly in charge of the jockeys title race. There was a double for the Townend on board Annamix and Acapella Bourgeois. There was some spark from Yorkhill in second place behind Acapella. On the rest of Clonmel. There was an impressive win for Littlestickarubarb in the beginner's chase. It was a welcome winner for your correspondent. Littlestickarubarb was advised to our members (1pt each way) at 6/1. At Hereford, Nicky Henderson was on target with Tiffin Top. At Hexham, there was a double for Brian Hughes with Sidi Ismael and Ginger Flame. At Wolverhampton, Jackstar was on target for Tom Dascombe.


Wednesday, we start at Lingfield. The opener went to Dragon Sun for Richard Hannon. What Will Be advised to our members (1pt each way) 9/2 placed in the race. At Market Rasen, Nikki Steel was on target for Dr. Richard Newland. At Southwell, Ranch Hand was on target for Andrew Balding. At Kempton, Global Tango was on target for Jamie Spencer.


Thursday, we start at Warwick. The bumper went to Nicky Henderson with Welsh Saint. At Newcastle, Ruth Jefferson looks to have a really good prospect on her hands as Lemon T won by eight lengths. At Wolverhampton, the feature race went to Tom Dascombe with Reflektor. At Wolverhampton, Fox Leicester and Rux Power gave Silvestre De Sousa and Andrew Balding a double.


Friday, we start at Dundalk She is diesel made it four wins on the spin for Noel Meade. At Lingfield, Albert Finney was on target for John Gosden. At Fontwell, there was a double for Gary Moore with Waikki Waves and Twenty Twenty. There was also a double for Philip Hobbs with Le Ligerien and Victarion. At Wetherby, there was a double for Dan Skelton with Denmead and Theatrebar. At Newcastle, Rey Loopy took the feature race.


Saturday, only one place to start at Navan. It was the return of Mokhalad the top gun of the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Mokhalad had been on a nice break prior to Saturday coming back to work in February. If in the last week in February you had spotted a regal looking horse walking the roads of Balscadden it would have been Mokhalad. One of Mokhalad's big qualities is his liking for training. Mokhalad is very professional, he had been training with Stanhope. The two lads had been going well together with Mokhalad giving Stanhope plenty to think about on the beach. We were happy with Mokhalad going into the weekend.

Mokhalad holds iconic status within the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate, he has earned that right over and over, he was also our first winner. Mokhalad has featured in a Horse Racing Ireland commercial as well as an RTE racing feature on the syndicate at Galway. Mokhalad stepped up at Galway during the feature running a stormer to finish third ensuring great publicity for ourselves. Pretty much every door the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate have gone through in racing. Mokhalad has walked in front of us and kicked it down for us. Mokhalad's activities have jet-propelled our syndicate forward earning stacks of prize money, as well as some very good punts for us. We owe Mokhald everything as regards racing. Mokhalad is very curious by nature as well as being pretty intelligent generally, he like his owners has the capability of doing something stupid out of the blue. Mokhalad in the run-up to Saturday sustained a nasty cut to his head bumping it on the walker not ideal. That's Mokhalad though that's how he rolls.

There was huge excitement for Mokhalad' s return with last Sunday's glory fresh in the minds of all members. Mokhalad's role in getting us to Naas last Sunday was not lost on anyone involved. The founding fathers of The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate were out in force to bang Mokhalad's drum. We obviously hoped that the break would do him good. The pure 5 furlongs was a concern as he won over the extended 5 here at Navan last April. The drying ground was a concern also.  A special memory from the day was walking the course with my friend and co-founder John Maher. When we came off the course we both said he has a chance here. Magical moments. The going was not as quick as we feared, so all good from that side.

I mentioned the founding fathers, it's worth introducing them at this point. There is John Maher, Derek McGeehan, Connor D'arcy, Paddy Marsella, Gerry Callinan, Gerry Murphy, Dave McGeehan, Gavin & John Byrne. These are the first people to invest in our syndicate. They are all involved in the four horses. All were in Navan except Dave McGeehan who lives in South Africa.  This will show you the regard Mokhalad is held in. Dave actually fancied Mokhalad big time and spent most of Saturday telling us why he would win on the phone. We are so grateful to all the lads, by the way, the wives, partners and children's roles should not be forgotten either, its a big part of it.  Inclusion is our big thing one in all in. Grace Maher gets a special mention, for countless hours of work. Thanks, Grace. It's a great vibe we are in it together. Also involved in Mokhalad are Dave Stephens, Thomas McGrath and Tom Mcgrath (uncle of Thomas) great racing men all. The lads were there with us as well. We met these lads through Damian at the outset. The lads aren't involved in our other horses. However, they are involved in multiple horses with Damian.

Stephen Mooney was back on board Mokhalad. Stephen has a very good record on Mokhalad. In five rides on Mokhalad including Saturday Stephens record is 2,8,4,3,2. Stephen looks after Mokhalad every day he knows him better than anyone. Mokhalad arrived into the parade ring with his two handlers Craig and Jimmy. As usual, he got photographed extensively. Mokhalad looked very well, he was in very good form. The race started with a bang Mokhalad broke like a greyhound going straight to the front. At the halfway point Mokhalad was putting them all under pressure, using his speed and stride. At the furlong pole Stephen said go, Mokhalad set sail for home, he looked to have done it. Our old friend Rory Cleary riding for his boss Jim Bolger produced a tremendous drive on board Madam Seamstress who flew home to deny Mokhalad in the shadow of the post by a half-length.  We may have run into one in the shape of Madam Seamstress. Mokhalad was two lengths clear of the third horse. Mokhalad had run an incredible race, he got a hero's welcome back into the second place spot. Everyone was delighted, there was a real feel-good factor after the race. This was a great piece of training by Damian English as well as the team at home. They had Mokhalad bang on form. Mokhalad has plenty of options now with Galway being a natural target. We all learned a lot about Mokhalad last summer. Damian and Craig have a plan we look forward to it unfolding. The main thing is Mokhalad is back on form, we have our captain back. We could not be happier.

If we all stay in racing for another 40 years it is most unlikely we will ever get a horse who will do as much for as Mokhalad has. It has been an incredible 6 days for the syndicate, three horses placed over €25,000 in prize money won. Mokhalad took his earnings for us to over €35,000 on Saturday. Mokhalad also took us through the €80,000 barrier in total prize money A proud day for myself and John Maher. We are only going since September 2017. These are the days, we know it as well as appreciate it.  We do not take any of it for granted. We are blessed with a wonderful team of horses in Mokhalad, Alfirak, Stanhope and Trading Point. We are equally blessed with a wonderful team of humans looking after the horses. Thank you, Damian, Craig, Stephen, Darryl, Jimmy, and Jordan.

Away from Navan, there were two big flat races. Auxerre bolted up in the Lincoln for Godolphin very impressive. Beringer advised to our members (1pt each way) 9/1 placed in the race. Thunder Snow became the first ever dual winner of the Dubai World Cup in a pulsating renewal of the Meydan showpiece. It was good news for our members Thunder Snow advised to our members (1pt each way) 9/2. Beringer 335 Doncaster 9/1 & Thunder Snow 440 Meydan 9/2 advised to our members (0.5pt each way) both placed.


Sunday, we start at Limerick. There was a double for Willie Mullins with Burrows Saint and Breaken. At Doncaster, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Right Action and Fox Champion. At Ascot, for the last jumps meeting of the season, David Pipe had a double with Rathlin Rose and Legal History