Monday, we start with a brilliant day for the John McConnell yard who had an across the card treble with Clondaw Hollow at Downpatrick as well as a double at Cartmel with Bardenstown Lad and Roi De Dubai. It could have been even better as Bout Time Bobby and Tango Theatre both came second at Downpatrick. The most unlucky McConnell horse was probably Fred The Foot who fell at the water jump having overjumped. I must say water jumps are a pet hate of mine. They are unfair and outdated obstacles which in my view should be scrapped.
At Roscommon, Ger Lyons recorded his 1,000th winner with Offiah. Shane Lyons, brother and assistant trainer, paid tribute saying: “Ger is so dedicated. He just loves animals and that shines through with certain horses especially this lad. He just gets into their heads and fills them with loads of confidence.“In our yard they are happy horses. Happy staff make happy horses and visa versa.“He doesn’t copy what other trainers do - he thinks outside the box. Sometimes you think this lad is losing it but all of a sudden you realise none of us would have thought of that with certain genius things that he does. At Epsom, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Beautiful Surprise and Curtiz. At Ripon, there was a dead heat in the opener between Sunday Justice and Maybe Even Better. At Chepstow, Devon Envoy was on target for jockey Ross Coakley. At Wolverhampton, there was a double for Adam Kirby with Charming Kid and Prop Forward.
Tuesday, we start at Epsom. There was a double for William Buick with New Mission and Smooth Talking. At Ripon, there was a treble for Tim Easterby with Dreamseller, Wade's Magic and Little Ted. At Newton Abbot, former Cheltenham Festival winner Eglantine Du Seuil was on target for Paul Nicholls. At Hexham, Donald McCain was on target with Kensington Art.
Wednesday, we start at Gowran. There were doubles for Colin Keane and Ger Lyons with Cornman and Safari Quest. At Lingfield. Beholding was a superb ten length for John Gosden. At Uttoxeter, there was a double for Jonjo O'Neill with Generation Gap and Pens Man. At Bath, Goldenhurst was an impressive winner for Richard Hannon. At Worcester, Jonjo O'Neill made it an across the card treble with Quartz Du Rheu. At Hamilton, I'M A Gambler was on target for Mark Johnston.
Thursday, we start at Dundalk. The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate had a crossbar job at Dundalk with Parkers Hill losing out by a neck to Hodd's Girl. Parkers Hill did not run as well as we hoped last Friday a 25 runner apprentice race did not suit us at all. However, this was a totally different story for Parkers Hill who turned out again quickly back over six furlongs. Prior to last Friday at The Curragh. Parkers Hill ran very good races for ourselves at Naas and Navan finishing third. Parkers Hill again broke very fast in both races this again was the story last night. It is hard being up with the pace in these races, but you actually cant take Parkers Hill back when he jumps out like that. The leader tried to slow it up and get Parkers Hill to lead. Ben Coen did a superb job and did not fall into the trap. Misty at Sea had no more to give at the two-furlong Parkers Hill hit the front travelling well.
Parkers Hill battled on bravely just getting run down in the last 50 yards by Hodds Girl. We lost out by a neck. You would not be human not to feel slightly sick to get touched off with the run we have been on. However, for me, the underlying feeling is a sense of pride in Parkers Hill he is very consistent. You would love a team of Parkers Hills as owners.
This was a great job by Leanne Breen the horse and the team to back up six days after a tough race at the Curragh. When things just did not go right. This is the sport it is really hard. The addition of the visor to help Parkers Hill concentrate was a brilliant move again Leanne and Aili deserve great credit for this. We came back to Dundalk a track Parkers Hill loves, very much a home game with a short drive from our Warrenpoint base. It looks like we will have plenty of fun with Parkers Hill through the winter at Dundalk with a bit of even luck. We will get Parkers Hill out again as soon as we can.
The rest of The Dundalk Card saw a double for John Feane with Anatoli and Tresorier. At Clonmel, there was a double for Thomas Mullins with Takarengo and Excelcius. At Salisbury, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Outbreak and Neenee's Choice. At Sedgefield, there was a treble for Brian Hughes with October Storm, Instant Replay and Glorious Spirit. At Haydock, there was a four-timer for William Buick with True Scarlet, Al Sulhail, New Kingdom and Tall Order. At Chelmsford, there was a double for James Doyle with Valiant Prince and The Vegas Raider. At Newcastle, the racing league came to an end. There was a dead heat between Delgrey Boy and Bonneval.
Friday, we start at Down Royal. The Ulster Cesarewitch went to Anyonecanhaveitall for Michael Halford. At Kilbeggan, Trixie Mc was on target with Thomas Gibney. At Newcastle, Richard Fahey was on target with Lexington Warfare. At Haydock, there was a double for Mark Johnston with Fairmac and Tadreeb. At Ascot, there were doubles for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori with Uncle Bryn and Saga. At Pontefract, Bookmark won by a mind-boggling 17 Lengths for Michael Bell. At Kempton, Migdam was on target for Sir Michael Stoute.
Saturday, we start at Navan. Stanhope ran a really good race. He attacked the Navan hill with real relish to finish an excellent fourth. Stanhope was beaten just .78 of a length. Shane Foley as when he has ridden him got Stanhope travelling sweetly. The decisive moment was when Shane Foley had to decide to shift out from behind horses with no gap opening. Shane took the bull by the horns and went around horses. We lost a little ground obviously, however, Shane Foley had no other option at that moment. Hathiq got the first run and was a good winner. Hathiq and Stanhope ran in the same race at Bellewstown. The form of that has worked out well here.
Hathiq has plenty of class and started fav for an Epsom dash a couple of years ago. It was a great job by James McAuley and our friends at Hilltop. They brought Hathiq back from a series of injuries and setbacks. We will look to get Stanhope back to Navan and exploit his current mark and well being. It was a good day for Stanhope. It gave all of us involved at Galaxy a great thrill. We have had a decent week with Parkers Hill and Stanhope both running very well. Our next runner will be Mokhalad on Tuesday at Galway.
On the rest of the Navan card, John Feane continued his fine run of form with Art Of Unity. At Wexford, Druid's Altar was an impressive winner for Joseph O'Brien. At Kempton, Hamish took Group 3 in a ding dong finish for William Haggas. At Stratford, there was a double for Brian Hughes with Larch Hill and Presentandcounting. At Thirsk, there was a double for James Doyle with Mythical Dancer and Noble Dynasty. At Ascot, Chalk Stream was a very impressive winner for her majesty The Queen. There was a double for Ryan Moore with Mine's A Double and Popmaster.
At Haydock, Emaraaty Ana held the late thrust of hot favourite Starman to win a thrilling race for the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock. The five-year-old gelding, trained by Kevin Ryan, showed his 40-1 second to Winter Power in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York last month was no fluke as he took the Group One showpiece over six furlongs. Art Power burst out of the stalls and soon set up a decent lead, with Supremacy leading the pack and Emaraaty Ana close to the pace. Emaraaty Ana (11-1) picked off Art Power over a furlong out and set sail for home. Starman, who was under pressure some way out, stayed on strongly – but Emaraaty Ana held on by a short head. Chil Chil was three-quarters of a length back in third, with Happy Romance fourth.
Sunday, we start at York. Great Ambassador took the listed race for Ed Walker. At Perth, Shark Hanlon was on target with Dalileo. At Fontwell, Gary Moore had a double with Vorashann and Mister Tickle.