Monday, the day started with the news. Apple’s Jade will have an easy week after winning her third Hatton’s Grace Hurdle – she pulled off a shoe at Fairyhouse. While Gordon Elliott does not expect the issue to force her out of her next intended race at Leopardstown over Christmas, it has required treatment. As one member texted me Apples Jade could have worn High Heel and still won!! On the track, Philip Hobbs made the long journey pay to Musselburgh as he had a double with Kensukes Kingdom and Come On Charlie. There was a treble for Donald McCain with Morraman, Spin The Coin and Yes No Maybe. At Plumpton, Kalashnikov maintained his unbeaten record over fences with a near faultless display in the Sky Sports Racing Novices’ Chase. At Wolverhampton, Redicean took the feature race for Alan King. Redicean advised to our members(3pts win ) at 9/4
Tuesday, we start at Southwell over the jumps. There was a double for Harry Skelton with Destrier and Crosspark. At Lingfield, Corinthia Knight who won on all-weather finals day here at Lingfield was on target again here in the feature race. Olly Murphy loves a trip to Fakenham he was in the winner's enclosure again with Skandiburg.
Wednesday, we start at Ludlow. The feature race went to Philip Hobbs with Beau Du Brizais. There was another step forward for Coup De Princeau. At Haydock, there was a double for Kim Bailey with Newtide and Mr. Grey Sky. At Kempton, Spark Plug took the listed race beating smart hurdler Verdana Blue into second. At Newcastle, John Gosden looks to have a smart recruit on his hands as Almashriq made a winning debut. At Lingfield, Cantiniere landed the odds of 1/10 for Godolphin.
Thursday, we start at Wincanton. There was a double for Paul Nicholls with Rhythm Is A Dancer and Danse Idol. There was a very good front-running performance from Our Merlin. It was good news for our members as Our Merlin was advised to our members (1pt each way) at 10/1. At Market Rasen, Adjali was a wide margin winner for Nicky Henderson and Simon Munir in the juvenile hurdle. At Leicester, the Irish raiders enjoyed a good day with Gordon Elliott winning with Rightdownthemiddle and Joseph O'Brien winning with Camile. At Chelmsford, Crossing The Line to the feature race for Andrew Balding. At Clonmel, Scarpeta took the three-mile hurdle race in good style and should go on to better things from here.
Friday, we start at Dundalk in what turned out to be another incredible night for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate. Our third syndicate horse Stanhope (530 Dundalk) hit the track for the first time in our silks. Stanhope is a sprinter who has settled in well to life in Balscadden. We were very happy with Stanhope going into the race and could see potential in him, this was supposed to be very much a fact-finding mission. Stanhope had been brought along gradually we had thought whatever he did today he would improve. Stanhope pleased us on Wednesday morning myself and John Maher (syndicate co-founder) saw his work. The priority was a positive experience as well as to learn about our new horse Stanhope.
The race turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises we will ever get. Stanhope made all the running under Stephen Mooney to win holding off his stablemate Dance Alone in a first 1-2 for Damian. Stephen loses his ten-pound claim for winning on Stanhope and gained an agent. We were delighted for Stephen who is a massive part of our team and racing story. Stephen rides a lot of the work on our horses and has a sharp sense of where our horses are health and fitness wise. The team at Grougha have again done a remarkable job. Damian and Craig identified as we expanded we needed a sprinter, the lads then bought Stanhope. It was a first career 1-2 for Damian. Myself and John Maher were interviewed on At The Races live another surreal experience. The celebrations were as you would expect back to the Balscadden Inn for a long night. This was our fourth winner in under 12 months and we now have a 30% strike rate at Dundalk as a syndicate. It is remarkable by any standard. Our first three horses have now all won and we have yet to run our highest rated horse Trading Point. As always I am grateful to John, Damian, Craig, Stephen, Darryl, all the syndicate everyone plays a part. Damian has a remarkable talent that he wears lightly, Craig is simply a brilliant racing manager and Damian's assistant. Damian has been injured with a cruciate injury. Craig has done a brilliant job. It is a genuine team between Galaxy and Grougha stables, a real team spirit. I and John are also very grateful to our wives Siobhan and Grace who stand fully behind us and are always encouraging and supportive on good or bad days. We could not do it without you girls!! Thanks for everything. It would be wrong to finish this section by not mentioning Mokhalad. It is no exaggeration to say what Mokhalad has done for us has been incredible. I am grateful nowadays for several weeks hounding from John Maher for me to go and see Mokhalad. John rightly knew if I saw him we would have to go for Mokhalad. A sincere thank you to John and Mokhalad who has fired the whole project, he means the world to us all.
The road ahead is there for Stanhope we find ourselves way ahead of schedule. The race report is from Irish Racing.com
Stanhope made a winning debut for Damian English at Dundalk today when leading home a 1-2 for the trainer in the opening Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Handicap.Ridden by 10lbs claiming jockey Stephen Mooney, the son of Equiano made much of the running and in the end beat stablemate Dance Alone by half a length.Stanhope won once from 17 starts for trainer Simon Crisford in Britain and following today's debut win for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate, English stated “we thought he'd need the run, to be honest and we fancied Dance Alone big time. I told Stephen going out 'try for your life but he might just come up short fitness-wise'.“Credit to the horse he's dug deep and he could be a right little sprinter for the winter.”The trainer added “we bought this lad at the Autumn sales and thought he'd be a nice sprinter for up here.“We threw him down to Francis Casey when we got him; he's had him for a long time and we've only had him for a few weeks.“There is a race here next week over six, worth €15,000 to the winner, and if he comes out of this well we might let him tip on into that.“I have to credit my brother Craig as well as Stephen (Mooney) because I've just had a cruciate injury and the lads are keeping the show running in the yard. They're doing a great job so fair play to them.“That's Stephen's third winner so he loses the 10lb now. I'm delighted as that's my first one-two as well.”
The rest of Dundalk is a bit of a blur with a double for Dermot Weld with Days Without End and Chateau La Fleur. There was a great win for our friend James McAuley with his very talented Kerosin. I adore this horse and if I could buy him in the morning I would. Kerosin in my view is a very talented horse and has a really bright future in front of him. It is great to see James among the winners he and his family put a lot into racing. They have all been really good to John and I since we came into the game. Thanks, lads for all your help and support. John and I are very grateful for it.
At Exeter, there was a return to form with a vengeance for Defi Du Seuil who took a very good novice chase to pieces. This was a smart race Black Op and Topofthegame lost little in defeat and are both really good prospects. At Sedgefield, there was a double for Brian Hughes with Ettila De Sivola and Inch Lala. At Sandown, Simon Munir and Isaac Souede unleashed another useful juvenile with Torpillo winning by 23 lengths. There was nothing that caught my eye at Kempton.
Saturday, we start at Sandown. Altior survived a heavy downpour and a determined Un De Sceaux to extended his winning streak to 15 in the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase. This was a brilliant horse race with Altior producing a performance out of the top draw. Un De Sceaux put it right up to Altior who just had too many guns. I think Altior is the best two-miler I have ever seen. I make no apologies for saying that it's not recency bias either in my case. The Henry VIII novice chase went in really impressive style to Dynamite Dollars for Paul Nicholls. The disappointment of the race was Lalor who was only third. At Aintree, The Betway Many Clouds Chase brought highly-contrasting fortunes for two Aintree favorites as Definitly Red bagged the race again – but 2017 Grand National winner One For Arthur’s comeback ended in anti-climax with a fall at the third fence. The Becher chase went to Walk In The Mill. The other race over the National fences went to Warriors Tale.
At Chepstow, Truckers Lodge was a really impressive winner for Paul Nicholls. At Wetherby,Bouvereuil had the hood restored on debut for Ben Haslam. Bouvereuil got the job done it was a great result for our members. Bouvereuil advised to our members(2pts win) at 16/1. At Navan, Gordon Elliott was cross-channel for his runners at Aintree, but the team from Cullentra House that stayed at home enjoyed a Navan treble. The winners were Askari, Hardline and The Very Man. De Name Escapes me landed a punt for JP taking the handicap chase. Burren Life advised to our members(1pt each way) at 10/1 placed in the race. Bouvereuil 250 Wetherby (16/1) & Burren Life 245 Navan (10/1) advised to our members 0.5pts each way double both placed.
Sunday, we start at Punchestown. Min showed admirable battling qualities to make a winning return to action in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase. It was a treble on the card for Mullins and Walsh with Min, Getabird and Tornado Flyer. Willie Mullins also had three winners at Cork. The winners were Maze Runner, Come To Me and Camella De Cotte. Castlegrace Paddy took full advantage of the early exit of Great Field to run out a most impressive winner of the Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase. Charbel dictated proceedings from a long way out to record a convincing success in the Tattersalls Ireland Edredon Bleu Chase at Huntingdon. I was really impressed with Bags Groove who took the novice chase apart. At Kelso, Harry The Viking took the Borders National.