The Racing Week That Was 8-11-20


Monday, we start at The Curragh. Trading Point was in action for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Trading Point ran a very good race to finish fourth in a really competitive race at Leopardstown last time out. His work had been good since. Trading Point had been rock solid in his recent runs. Adrian McGuinness has his team in great form. We feel Trading Point has become really consistent since going to Adrian. It was the Curragh it was a competitive race the ground was very testing.  We welcomed back Gavin Ryan who knows Trading Point well. Trading Point is one of the syndicates top horses we always look forward to running him. It did not happen for Trading Point from the wide draw he had to use up a lot of petrol. He was in trouble a long way out. Trading Point is in on Friday at Dundalk it is unlikely he will take up that engagement. We will most likely rely on Double Kodiac. We will freshen Trading Point up and try to get a win at Dundalk before Christmas. Adrian McGuinness knows what to do we will trust our racing staff. Like everything else in life, this difficult run will pass. We have signed up a stayer in Casa Comigo. We will run Double Kodiac, Mokhalad and Stanhope between the 6th and 9th of this month.

Colin Keane spoke of his delight at being crowned Irish champion Flat jockey for the second time after bringing up his century for the campaign on board Pretty Boy Floyd. John Oxx is looking forward to the next chapter in his life after saddling his final runners at the Curragh on Monday. Harry Cobden celebrated the 400th winner of his career as Amour De Nuit defied a 617-day absence to make a winning return to action at Plumpton.


Tuesday, we start at Flemington for the Melbourne Cup. Joseph O’Brien once again denied his father Aidan in the Lexus Melbourne Cup as Twilight Payment made all to lift the Group One contest. This is yet another amazing achievement from Joseph O'Brien a 27-year-old man. There was a sad postscript to the Melbourne Cup. Anthony Van Dyck, the winner of last year’s Derby, has been euthanised after fracturing a fetlock in the Lexus Melbourne Cup. At Exeter, it was Haldon Gold Cup Day. Greaneteen joined an illustrious list of Paul Nicholls-trained runners to land the Haldon Gold Cup after forming the feature leg of a four-timer for the Ditcheat handler and jockey Harry Cobden. It could be that Greaneteen is a potential star two-miler. I am not sure about that, to be honest. The Tingle Creek will tell us that.

Paul Hanagan joined an elite list of riders on Tuesday when partnering the 2,000th winner of his illustrious career. Twice crowned champion jockey, Hanagan rode 15-2 chance Anif for Michael Herrington in the Bombardier Handicap at Newcastle, travelling nicely at the rear of the field before getting the gaps when needed and finishing strongly. The 40-year-old missed the first half of this truncated season as he was still recovering from a fall at the Gosforth Park track in February that was to prove a serious one, having suffered a back injury that nearly brought his days in the saddle to an end.


Wednesday, we start at Dundalk. There was a  44/1 Dundalk double for Adrian McGuinness and Gavin Ryan. The horses were Ablah and Highly Approved. The finale went to John McConnell with Fryerns. At Musselburgh, there was a double for Donald McCain with Bareback Jack and Armattiekan. At Lingfield, there was a double for jockey Raymond Dawson with Good Effort and Newyorkstateofmind. At Nottingham, Main Fact took the two-mile handicap for David Pipe. At Kempton, there was a double for Silvestre De Sousa with Star Jewel and Farasi Lane.


Thursday, we start at Thurles. There was a double for Sean Flanagan with Dinard Rose and Flash De Touzaine. At Market Rasen, Ballingers Court was on target for Nicky Henderson. The Mares Chase went to Chilli Filli for Henry Daly. At Sedgefield, Donald McCain was on target with Cousin Oscar. At Newbury, there was a treble for Nicky Henderson with Morning Vicar, Gran Luna and Dusart. The meeting at Kempton was abandoned after 3 races due to fog.


Friday, we start at Dundalk. It's another night at Dundalk for one of our Syndicate horses as Double Kodiac heads into battle 545 Dundalk. Double Kodiac ran a very good race for a long way on day one for us last time out. Double Kodiac was entitled to get a little tired late on. Double Kodiac was having his first run since February. We think Double Kodiac is a nice horse, he will make a turf horse next summer so it will be one step at a time with this horseDouble Kodiac ran a grand race to a point last night. It was a higher grade than his previous race. The race was a bit of a mess with plenty of pace on. Double Kodiac along with the McGuinness horses set a strong gallop which helped the closers as the front runners got racing too early. All the horses are reassessed at the end of the turf season we will see what the handicapper does. Double Kodiac might go back to seven next time out although a mile would be fine also. This horse will be a really good turf prospect so Dundalk will not define him. His fitness has come forward again, lots to take forward. The race went to Bucky Larson who is an excellent horse as we know.

Recently purchased Harry's Bar led home a 1-2 for both his trainer Ado McGuinness and owners Shamrock Thoroughbreds in the featured Listed Belgrave Stakes at Dundalk today beating Laugh A Minute into second, on a profitable evening for the pairing. Eglish returned to winning ways with a first win on the resurfaced track at Dundalk today as the Ado McGuinness trained filly. It gave McGuinness a double on the night.

At The Curragh, Cillian McConnell, 19-year-old son of trainer John McConnell, registered his first winner as a jockey at the Curragh today on his father's well-backed Sagittarius Rising (25/1 — 12s) McConnell, having his 11th ride, held up Sagittarius Rising behind the leaders for much of the race and when asked for effort two furlongs out, the son of Camacho quickened to lead in the closing strides and beat Mogwli by a neck. “I took out an apprentice license before lockdown but had to wait a while to get going. I’ve a few options whether to keep riding or go to college next year and I’ll see how Dundalk goes in the next couple of months.“Dad has a good team of horses and I’m in competition with Siobhan (Rutledge) who is riding very well.”McConnell senior was on lead-up duty and added “I made Cillian defer college for a year as he’s very good helping me at home. This is probably the first horse he’s really had a chance on and he did well. We have got to know Cillian he is a very nice chap. It was a wonderful day for himself and John.

At Warwick, Allmankind was a very impressive winner on debut over fences. The Skelton team completed a double with Accordingtogino. At Fontwell, Midnightreferendum was on target for Alan King. At Hexham, there was a double for Brian Hughes with Bobby Bow and Stainsby Girl. At Newcastle, The Thin Blue Line was on target for Keith Dalgleish.



Saturday, It is no secret we have had our share of disappointments with the Syndicate horses since Stanhope won in July. Mokhalad has endured an Autumn of malaise along with ourselves. Mokhalad has had a few small problems we have been working on them. It is hard not to feel emotional about Mokhalad as his owners he has done so much for us. Ran into battle for us countless times delivered when we needed him most. Taken us to unbelievable highs. So many magical days, so many wonderful memories, so much to cherish, so much to be grateful for. We hoped he could show his best.

A very bad day at the office with Mokhalad, sadly he burst blood vessels which led to his lack of performance. It was very upsetting to see him tailed off. He will go to where he always goes for his winter break. This will start straight away. We need to switch Mokhalad off from racing straight away and the mental trauma of what he has experienced. His lungs have always healed during the winter break. We find ourselves where we were in the winter of 2018/ 19. Mokhalad means the world to us we will give him all he needs. See you in the spring old friend.

Sceau Royal’s commanding victory in the Unibet Elite Hurdle completed a swift Grade Two double for jockey Daryl Jacob at Wincanton. Following the impressive victory of GA Law. It was the UK turf flat finaleDakota Gold recorded a third successive victory with an explosive performance from the front in the Listed Betfair Wentworth Stakes at Doncaster. Alan King collected a first November Handicap title when On To Victory obliged at 10-1 under James Doyle in the Doncaster Flat season finale.

The Breeders Cup. Kentucky Derby hero Authentic gave Bob Baffert a fourth Breeders’ Cup Classic success at Keeneland. The three-year-old made virtually all the running and dug deep when needed to hold his year-older stablemate Improbable in the closing stages. The Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Authentic has been retired to stand at Spendthrift Farm. Dermot Weld and Colin Keane teamed up to great effect as Tarnawa stormed to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at KeenelandOrder Of Australia led home a one-two-three for trainer Aidan O’Brien with a shock victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland.


Sunday, we start at Navan. Castlegrace Paddy proved too strong for hot favourite A Plus Tard in the Tote Fortria Chase. The Jam Man made the most of a lenient mark over fences with a wide-margin victory in the Ladbrokes Troytown Chase. Dual Cheltenham Festival hero Sire Du Berlais made a winning return to action in the Lismullen Hurdle. Pym made the most of a return to calmer waters with a front-running success in the Future Stars Intermediate Chase at Sandown. Altior is set to have a racecourse spin at Newbury on Tuesday week ahead of his planned return to action at Sandown next month.