The Racing Week That Was 7/7/19


Monday, we start at Windsor it was a very taking performance by Dream Kart winning by six lengths for Silvestre De Sousa and Mark Johnston. At Wolverhampton, there was a great day for our former winning jockey Sean Davis who enjoyed a memorable first career treble at mammoth odds of 7,955-1 at Wolverhampton, featuring two big-priced winners for boss Richard Fahey and a winning spare for David Simcock. The Fahey-trained Primeiro Boy relished the step up to seven furlongs for the first time to win at 33-1 in the opening classified stakes, while stablemate Micronize registered his maiden victory at the 15th attempt, staying on best to score by a neck in the 6f handicap at 25-1. Davis replaced the ill Jim Crowley on the Simcock-trained Moment Of Hope in the 1m4f novice median auction, who scored for the second time in three starts by a neck at 8-1.  Well done Sean from all of us, we are delighted to see you doing so well. At Pontefract, the feature race went to Hurtswood for Tim Easterby. At Catterick, Tim Easterby's day got even better as he saddled a double with Timetodock and Rux Ruxx.


Tuesday, we start with the news our six-month profit for members stands at 145.38 points profit . On the track, we start at Brighton. There was a double for Cieren Fallon on board Princess Florence and Pink Flamingo. At Hamilton, there was a double for Mark Johnston and PJ McDonald with Victory Command and Mondain. At Chepstow, there was a double for Mich Channon with Jungle Juice and So Near So Farhh. At Stratford, Fidux made it two out of two for Alan King over fences.


Wednesday, we start at Bellewstown. It was to prove to be an incredible night for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Our leader, captain and banner carrier Mokhalad bounced into action at Bellewstown. We traveled in large numbers ourselves to get behind Mokhalad. He gets great support locally it was a chance for people who like him and back him to see him race in the flesh. It was a valuable race with 12 grand to the winner. We were delighted to support the four-day festival at Bellewstown. Mokhalad has already had a golden 2019 winning twice and finishing second twice. We stepped Mokhalad up in distance to just under a mile. Every jockey who has ever ridden him on the quicker ground has told us to try this trip on faster ground. We had the opportunity tonight so we went for it. Chris Hayes came in for the ride.

We knew our stablemate Geological would bowl along in front, with several front runners in the race we knew the pace would be fierce. The race went as we thought. Mokhalad was anchored at the back. Mokhalad looked detached at one point, to be honest, I was happy with the way he was going through the contest. Mokhalad latched onto the field at the two-furlong pole, he began to surge through. Mokhalad was in the fifth position just before one furlong out. Mokhalad hit top gear with his turn of foot powering clear for a two and a half-length win which in 50 yards more would have been five lengths. Mokhalad showed all his attributes as a racehorse in one perfect performance. The biggest asset Mokhalad has in my view is his mind he is a very determined horse who tries his heart out. The scenes in the parade ring were amazing Mokhalad was mobbed by his delighted connections. The crowd at Bellewstown gave Mokhalad a tremendous welcome into the parade ring.

From a personal point of view, it was a wonderful moment. My brother Dave and his family were seeing Mokhalad race for the first time in the flesh, they are on holidays here from South Africa. Dave has played his part in the syndicate from the start and is involved in our four horses. For Damian English, Craig English and the whole team. This was a plan brilliantly executed. The team had targeted this race several months ago as a race for Mokhalad. We have had a difficult few weeks with various setbacks for our horses and the yard. We always look long term as much as we can. The center of our philosophy is to let Damian work without interference while considering the horse's needs as our priority.  Chris Hayes gave Mokhalad a magnificent ride. For the lads involved with Mokhalad from the start all of whom were in attendance bar one, it was a truly special night. We were joined by our wives, children, and families. It was a perfect night at our local track. We think this is Mokhalad's greatest performance.

Mokhalad did not have to do anything else to secure his place in our hearts. Mokhalad has from day one led our team and this whole project magnificently. This win opens up lots of options for Mokhalad. We are dealing with a very good horse who is in a tremendous moment. Mokhalad will head to Galway now. We know what's in front of us we were here last year. Whatever happens for the rest of the season and indeed the future. This glorious July night on the hill at Bellewstown will always shine brightly. It was a night filled with Mokhalad magic.

Damian English Comments are below

Afterward English said “there is not too much between them at home. When they work on the beach the slower the sand they work on the further Mokhalad wins and on quicker sand Geo (Geological) would win.

“Chris Hayes gave him an absolute peach. I said Geo is going to make it and if they take him on you’re going to come along and pick up the pieces. Talk about balls of steel, to drop him out that far and come with one rattle. It makes up for Twenty Minutes being beaten on the Curragh last weekend.

“He’ll go straight to Galway now. We were going to go for one of the little seven-furlong handicaps but that might sneak him in now to the big race on the Sunday of the Galway Festival. “He’s in the form of his life and it doesn’t matter about ground or trip — once he’s in good form he’s going to run his heart out. He was third there last year so you never know.”

Damian English had a night to remember his three runners ran brilliant races Mokhalad (won), Dance Alone (2nd) and Geological (3rd). The rest of the Bellewstown card is a blur. Chris Hayes completed a double on board Sam Langford. There was also a double for Donnacha O'Brien with Jupiter Road and South Sea Pearl.


Thursday, we headed back to Bellewstown bleary-eyed and in buoyant mood following Mokhalad's victory the previous night.  It was the turn of Stanhope to show his stuff. Stanhope had been pleasing us the last few weeks, he ran a very good race at Down Royal two Saturdays ago. The form has been franked since by our stablemate Twenty Minutes last Saturday at The Curragh. Going into the week we would have thought Stanhope was our best chance of a winner. Damian ran three horses last night they finished 123. Stanhope had an excellent draw. We all know what Stanhope can do he has shown us already. We had booked Colin Keane who gave Stanhope a very good ride at Naas earlier in the season. Stanhope takes a bit of knowledge so it was great to have Colin who is a former champion jockey and riding brilliantly just now. Stanhope had a very good chance and we were very hopeful he might give the Bellewstown crowd something to cheer about.

The race itself panned out the exact opposite producing a thrilling finale. Stanhopes evening started in the worst possible fashion as he pitched forward leaving the stalls. Colin Keane was shot forward in the saddle, however, he kept the partnership intact somehow. They went an incredible pace early on with Stanhope detached from the main group. Colin had to sit, suffer and nurse Stanhope back into the race. Stanhope on meeting the rising ground really started to motor. Colin Keane was inspired, galvanizing Stanhope forward. True Blue Moon to his credit for Joseph O'Brien rattled home as well. They hit the line together. The photo finish took a while to sort out, it was a dead heat. Stanhope showed incredible courage as well as lots of talent. It was a remarkable effort from Stanhope and Colin Keane.

Colin Keane got mobbed as the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate piled on top of the former champion jockey. To be fair Colin got into the spirit of it, he got a great kick out of it. It capped a remarkable 48 hours for ourselves. We have had a difficult time since the start of May with various setbacks. We kept our nerve and our faith in Damian, Craig and the wonderful team. We were rewarded in spades. We are unlikely to ever experience anything like the emotions of the last 48 hours again, it has been incredible. We have now run three horses at Bellewstown our local festival. Alfirak finished second in 2018, Mokhalad and Stanhope won in 2019. We do not take any of this for granted, it truly is the days of our racing lives.

Away from Bellewstown, it was a good day for the members. Strive For Glory 645 Tipperary (1pt each way) 7/2 won Allegiant 850 Epsom (1pt each way) 5/1 placed 0.5pt each way double placed.


Friday, the news of John McCririck’s death at the age of 79 came through. Big Mac divided opinion however as a young racing enthusiast, he brought the betting ring to life for me. McCririck was far more knowledgeable then he got credit for. McCririck learned there was more money in adopting the persona of an over the top performer than being a serious journalist. McCririck was always well prepared and on top of his subject. I learned all these betting expressions from McCririck. 

BOTTLE Betting odds of 2/1.

BURLINGTON BERTIE Betting odds of 100/30.

CARPET Betting odds of 3/1.

Double CARPET Betting odds of 33/1.

EAR OLE 6/4 betting odds.

JOLLY The Favourite.

MONKEY £500 bet.

PONY £25 bet.

UP THE ARM 11/8 betting odds.

 TIPS 11/10 Betting Odds.

TOP OF THE HEAD 9/4 Betting Odds

I also learned some tic tac which when I first went to racing in the UK I used to love watching the white-gloved tic-tac man. In 1978, McCririck was named the specialist writer of the year at the British Press Awards for, among other things, ­exposing the Rochester greyhound coup. A year later, he was campaigning journalist of the year after he proved the Tote was authorizing bets after the off to reduce dividends. It was, however, in front of the camera that he found his niche in life for 30 years, beginning with Derby day in 1981 when Shergar ran away with the race. He was part and parcel of racing coverage on ITV and then Channel 4 and was distraught to be put out to grass in 2012 because, he claimed, of old age. In a world decreasingly devoid of characters McCririck stood out. Go Well, Big Mac.


Saturday, I will keep it brief as this is a massive blog already. Kelly’s Dino put up a game display to land the spoils in the bet365 Old Newton Cup at HaydockEnbihaar gave John Gosden a record eighth victory in the bet365 Lancashire Oaks when taking the Group Two contest at Haydock. Kurious is fast becoming a Sandown course specialist and Henry Candy’s filly made it three wins from four visits to the track with victory in the Coral Charge. Hidden Message finally let her talent do the talking after opening her account for the season with victory in the Coral Distaff at Sandown. Frankie Dettori showed his prowess in the saddle yet again as he got Falcon Eight home for Dermot Weld after a thrilling duel with Ryan Moore and Mekong in the Coral Marathon at Sandown.

However, Saturday belonged to Enable the wonder mare. Enable showed her brilliance as she made a superb seasonal debut in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. The John Gosden-trained mare became only the third of her sex to win the mile-and-a-quarter showpiece, after Pebbles (1985) and Kooyonga (1992) — and did it in style as she registered her eighth Group One triumph.

Frankie Dettori had the 4-6 favorite in the ideal pitch in second place behind the Aidan-O’Brien-trained Hunting Horn, before asking the dual Prix de ‘Arc de Triomphe heroine to go and win her race. Though it was her first start since the Breeders’ Cup, she had the class to overcome any race-rustiness and defeat her old rival Magical, from the O’Brien team, by three-quarters of a length. Regal Reality was two lengths back in third advised to our members 1pt each way at 17/2.

Bentham rounded off a remarkable week for Gavin Cromwell, as he took the finale at Bellewstown, the McLoughlin Oil Flat Race. The son of Jeremy was completing a treble on the evening for Cromwell, while it was his ninth success of the week, his seventh at the four-day Bellewstown Festival.


Sunday, Too Darn Hot got his career back on track with a clear-cut victory in the Group One Prix Jean Prat at Deauville.Sea Of Class has had her racing career ended by a serious bout of colic.