The Racing Week That Was 21/10/18


Monday, we start at Gowran. There were doubles for Noel Meade and Joseph G Murphy. The Meade double contained Art Of America and Harvest Bow which was also a double for Colin Keane. The Murphy double saw Littlevix and Solomons Seal which was also a welcome double for Gary Halpin.  At Musselburgh, the feature race went to Hayadh for Rebecca Bastiman. At Yarmouth, the feature race went to John Gosden with Azano. At Kempton, Mark Johnston made the journey worthwhile as Desert Friend won.


Tuesday, we start at Hereford. Richard Johnson reached 100 winners for the season when steering Arty Campbell to victory at Hereford. Johnson completed a double on board Atlanta Ablaze. There was also a double for Oliver Sherwood and Leighton Aspell with What's Occuring. At Huntingdon, Dan and Harry Skelton were on target with Denmead. At Leicester, Sir Michael Stoute was on target in the last with Crystal King. At Kempton, Argentello was very impressive for John Gosden. At Punchestown, Ruby Walsh secured his first winner back from an injury lay-off on board 4/11 favorite My Sister Sarah. Willie Mullins completed the double with Royal Illusion.


Wednesday, we start at PunchestownSub Lieutenant was a dominant all-the-way winner of the Irish Daily Star Chase. The race did lose of its interest as Road To Respect and Snow Falcon both declared as non-runners. Cadmium put up a solid display to win the Grade Three Buck House Novice Chase for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. At Nottingham, Dubai Icon was a very impressive winner for Godolphin. At Bath, Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins hit the target on the flat. The winners were Divin Bere and True Self. At Wetherby, over the jumps, the feature race went to ACDC for Chris Grant. At Newcastle, Spray The Sea was an impressive winner for Richard Fahey.


Thursday, we start at Brighton. There was a double for Dane O'Neill with Napanook and Zaajer. At Carlisle, there was a treble for Nigel and Sam Twiston- Davies. The horses were Luckofthedraw, Good Boy Bobby and Al Dancer. At Uttoxeter, there was a double for Dan and Harry Skelton with Tokay Dokey and Sounds Of Italy. There was a winning return for the talented Mias Storm for Alan King. At Wolverhampton, Metatron bolted up for Tom Dascombe by seven lengths. At Chelmsford, there was a double for Oisin Murphy with Gallipoli and Mankind. At Tramore, nothing stood out for me, to be honest.


Friday, we start at Haydock. There was a double for Adam Kirby on board Welcoming and Alemaratalyoum.  There was a double for Mick Easterby and Natha Evans with Elysian Flame and The Knot is Tied. At Wincanton, the feature race went to Equs Amadeus for Tom Lacey. Volpone Jelois advised to our members(1pt each way) at 5/1 placed in the race. At Fakenham, the feature race went to Charlie Longsdon with Midnight Shot who ran out a thirteen length winner. At Redcar, Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan enjoyed a double with Cognac Blue and Absolute Dream. At Newcastle, there was nothing that stood out in my view. At Dundalk, there was a first career treble for Tom Madden on board Red Charmer, Pulsating and Echo Park. There was also a double for Joseph O'Brien with Eagle Song and Kings Field.


Saturday, we start at Ascot for Champions Day. Magical proved the pick of Aidan O’Brien’s six runners to win the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot, as hot favourite Lah Ti Dar fell short in the Group One showpieceStradivarius capped a magnificent season when coming out on top in a dramatic race for the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup. Roaring Lion justified the decision to drop the colt back in the trip by landing a gutsy success in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Cracksman returned to his brilliant best to register back-to-back triumphs in the Qipco Champion Stakes. A Champions Day hat-trick secured the trainers’ title for John Gosden. The horses being Stradivarius, Roaring Lion, and Cracksman.

At Ffos Las, the Welsh Champion hurdle went to Silver Streak. There was a double for Jermy Scott and Matt Griffiths with Gonnabegood and Our Dot's Baby. At Market Rasen, the feature 50K handicap chase went to Ian Williams with Royal Village. At Catterick, the feature race "The Dash" went to Foolaad. At Stratford, there was a double for Sam Twiston -Davies on board One Forty-Seven and Dandolo Du Gite. At Wolverhampton, Udogo was an impressive winner for Brendan Powell.

At Leopardstown, It was another big day for The Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate as our captain Mokhalad led out the in Leopardstown 415. There is no doubt about it we feel we have unfinished business with Mokhalad at Leopardstown. Mokhalad was favourite for a race at Leopardstown earlier this year when a waterlogged course caused it to be abandoned.  We finally got to go to Leopardstown and we were looking forward to it very much. This, of course, was a tough race as it should be at one of Europe's premier racetracks. The feeling of unfinished business at Leopardstown remained. We were very unhappy with the ride given to Mokhalad by Nathan Crosse. We did not get an early handy position as instructed by Damian English. At one point Mokhalad,  was in last place a full fifteen lengths off the leaders with four furlongs to race. Mokhalad made rapid headway at the top of the straight making up 8 lengths in quick time. The bird had flown and Mokhalad could not get involved in the finish beaten 4.88 lengths. Nathan came in and gave his feedback it would be the politest thing to say we strongly disagree with Nathan's view of the race. We move on and its a lesson learned. We are looking forward to Mokhalad's next race lets leave it at that. The rest of the Leopardstown card saw Dermot Weld get a treble. The horses were Lightning Amber, Rakan, and Flavius.


Sunday, we start at Kempton over the jumps. There was a double for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden with Quel Destin and Copain De Classe. The feature race went to Verdana Blue under Nico De Boinville winning by an easy seven lengths. De Boinville completed a double on board. At Sedgefield, The Durham National descended into a farce. The result stood and the race went to Brian Boranha for Peter Niven. At Cork, Judgement Day and Penny Jane completed hat tricks for Henry De Bromhead and Gordon Elliott. At Naas , there was a treble for Aidan O'Brien with San Andreas, Sarrocchi and Curly. There was a winner for the best pal of Mokhalad Stephen Mooney who steered See Of Rome to victory for Damian English. Well done team Grougha.