It has been a busy week for me with rides in both codes. It was lovely to ride winners at Kilbeggan and Tipperary but I wanted to touch on my experience at the Curragh. The Irish Derby was truly fantastic, it was a real thrill to be part of such a special race. I got a great ride and thought for a brief moment we were going to run a huge race, but unfortunately, it just didn’t happen for us. King Of The Throne is a lovely horse and I am sure he will have plenty of big days ahead of him on the flat.
My first ride Saturday is Sani Pass in the two mile four maiden hurdle. She is a very nice mare that was second in her only point to point start. She has been going well at home and I would be disappointed if she wasn’t involved in the shake-up.
My second ride of the day is on Million Percent in the maiden hurdle at 3.55. He is a four-year-old by Sageburg. This is his debut, and we will learn a lot more about him for the run. He has been schooling well at home and seems straight forward and I am looking forward to seeing what he can do on the track.
Next up is Wishful Thinking. He was a bit disappointing on his only bumper run, but has schooled well and hopefully he can improve significantly for going jumping today.
My fourth ride on Saturday is Accidental Rebel. He was a very good second at Leopardstown, but can be a bit in and out as runs after that show. He has been going well at home and is reappearing quickly after his recent run, unlike many others in the race. Hopefully he won’t be too far away today.
My final ride of the day is Zarkareva who was a winner on her debut in France, before having two runs for Henry. She gets in to this off a lovely low weight. She seems very well at home and I’m hoping for a big run from her to finish my day at Bellewstown.
Just the one ride at Cork on Sunday as I switch back to the flat. I won on True Self at Punchestown back in 2018 over hurdles and it is safe to say she has come a long way since having enjoyed quite the world tour on the flat! I am really excited to be reunited with her for this warm looking Munster Oaks at Cork. Fingers crossed she can hold her own against the field, who are all a fair bit younger than her in this Group Three.