The Racing Week That Was 8-8-21


Monday, we start at Naas. There was a double for Joseph O'Brien with Albula and Ulster Blackwater. At Cork, Go Another One stable star for John McConnell won his 12th race. McConnell said post-race“He’s a very special horse for me. He goes to war for you every time and he won this last year.“We weren’t as well in this year with the conditions of the race but he’s still really enthusiastic and was probably the last horse to pull up there.“We might go to Down Royal for the race he won after this race last year.“He’s a funny old jumper but the last five hurdles were brilliant. I don’t think you can teach him to be any better or worse — that’s just him.”

At Kempton, Fast Attack bolted up by 6 lengths under James Doyle. At Ripon, there was a double for Joe Fanning with Justified and Act Of Magic. At Newcastle, Trinity Girl was an impressive winner under Thore Hansen. At Carlisle, Lord P was most impressive for Fergal O'Brien. At Windsor, Glen Ask took the nightcap for Chris Wall.


Tuesday, we start at Roscommon. Alice Avril was an impressive winner for Henry DeBromhead. At Catterick, Eye Knee was on target for Tim Easterby. At Chelmsford, there was a double for David Probert with Imagine Freedom and Excellent George. At Ffos Las, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Beowulf and Harrow. At Nottingham, there was a double for William Buick with Fashion Free and Neptune Seas. At Lingfield, Midfield was on target Sir Mark Prescott.


Wednesday, we start at Sligo. Betrayed was on target for Adrian McGuinness. At Bath, Yannifer was a winner for Jamie Osborne and Saffie Osborne. Pour La Victoire galloped into retirement in the finest of styles on the first day of Brighton's summer festival as he stormed clear up the hill to record his 11th-course success in the 7f handicap. On his 36th start at the course and his 121st overall, the 11-year-old rolled back the years to beat 100-1 shot Mr Moneypenny by a length and three-quarters to the delight of the Brighton faithful. At Pontefract, Johnny Drama was on target for Richard Fahey. At Yarmouth, Sweet Enough at John Gosden. At Kempton, there was a five-timer for Oisin Murphy.


Thursday, we start at Leopardstown. Tarnawa was the star name on show at Leopardstown this evening and she didn't disappoint, as she blitzed her rivals in the feature Group 3 Grant Thornton Ballyroan Stakes. At Sligo, Attitash made the breakthrough on his third start for Willie Mullins, as he ran out an easy winner of the In Celebration Of The Racing Achievements Of Billy Boyers Handicap Hurdle. At Brighton, there was a treble for Oisin Murphy. At Redcar, Absolute Star was on target for Richard Fahey. At Yarmouth, Rizg was on target for Hollie Doyle. At Sandown, the feature went to Rewired under John Egan. At Doncaster, it was the second night of the racing league. The O'Brien brothers shared a double with Moon Daisy and Night Of Romance.


Friday, we start at Tipperary. There was a return to form for Strong Johnson under Coln Keane who took the five furlongs sprint. The feature race went to Seisai for Joseph O'Brien. At Wexford, there was a double for Hugh Morgan with Good World and Urabamba. The excellent August for John McConnell continued as Roi De Dubai was an impressive winner for the first time over fences. At Thirsk, Symbolize was on target for Andrew Balding. At Brighton, there was a treble for David Probert with Wonderful World, Pagan and Adace. At Musselburgh, Dreams Unwind was on target for Mark Johnston. At Newmarket, Radio Caroline secured an across the card treble for Mick Channon who had a double earlier in the day at Brighton. At Haydock, Triple Time bolted up by 9.5 lengths for Kevin Ryan.


Saturday, we start at Cork. It was a busy Saturday for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. We headed south with Mokhalad and Stanhope 207 Cork both in the same race. Both of these horses have done so much for us as a syndicate. They have won 9 races between them. It is never easy running two in one race. They came into this race in decent form with Stanhope having run two alright races at Navan and Bellewstown. Mokhalad was looking to build on his brilliant third at the Galway festival last weekend. To say it did not go according to plan for Stanhope and Mokhalad would be very polite. Both horses ran shockers it was a real head-scratcher. Mokhalad never went a yard he was irritable beforehand and ran as if he was very unhappy with something. He missed the break and was never a factor. Stanhope jumped off well-travelled strongly until halfway but stopped like he was shot. There was nothing Siobhan Rutledge or Rory Cleary could do. It was a long day for both horses, owners and trainer John McConnell. Both horses will be checked over on Monday. We will speak to John McConnell later on in the week to pick through what happened.

The rest of the Cork card saw Snapraeterea take the feature race for Joseph O'Brien. At Kilbeggan, Flemencello took the bumper for Willie Mullins. At Ascot, Hayley Turner is looking forward to taking home the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup for good after leading the Ladies team to victory in the 20th running of Ascot’s annual competition. Nicola Currie was delighted after an Ascot double helped her claim the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle award in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. At Haydock, Andrew Balding is considering a potential tilt at the Qipco Champion Stakes with Foxes Tales following the three-year-old’s gritty victory in an attritional renewal of the MansionBet Rose of Lancaster Stakes. At Newmarket, Majestic Glory continued her progression with victory in the Sweet Solera Stakes.


Sunday, we start at Downpatrick. There was a brilliant day for the John McConnell stable as they saddled a 247-1 treble. The winning horses' Ally Cay, Mullaghmore Wave and Eco Pete will go down in the yards folklore. The McConnell team has had a great start to August. The meeting at Haydock was abandoned due to waterlogging. At the Curragh, Gustavus Weston recorded his second group win of the season, as he made all in the Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint Stakes. A surprise winner of this Group 3 in 2019, however, there was no fluke about this. Fresh from a trip to the USA Shane Foley completed a treble in the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes as he guided Ebro River to victory for Hugo Palmer. Foley finished down the field on Cadillac in the Saratoga Derby yesterday evening and only arrived home from the US at 8 am this morning. He was completing a near 370/1 three-timer aboard the chestnut colt Ebro River.