A busy day for BetVictor ambassador Racheal Blackmore who heads back to Galway for five rides which include Spyglass in the big race of the day, the Galway Plate. We get the lowdown on her mounts on what is always a special day in the Irish calendar.
My first ride is on Telmesomethinggirl in the two-mile listed race, she was really good the last day at Roscommon it was great to get her head in front. I think she is a very nice type and whilst she needs to improve to win a more competitive race like this I think she can and hopefully shouldn’t be too far away.
She Tops The Lot
Next up for me is She Tops The Lot in the mares handicap hurdle, she has a tongue-tie for the first time which I hope will help her. She won nicely last time out at Bellowstown and seems to be improving with every run, I hope that can continue and we are in the shake-up turning for home here.
Hand In My Pocket
In the Maiden Hurdle I am on Hand In My Pocket who has a lovely profile for coming into a race like this having finished second in a Point to Point and won a bumper, looking at the form Gordon Elliott now trains the winner of that point who is Queens Brook that was last seen finishing third in the Cheltenham Festival Bumper. There is plenty to like about her and I am looking forward to taking the ride for John McConnell who has had a couple of winners recently.
The two-mile-five handicap hurdle has me riding Bold Enough for Henry, he seems a type who has been improving all the time and is pretty straight forward to ride. He showed a good attitude to win last time out at Tipperary staying on nicely, he seems a type that will hopefully take to Galway.
Then onto the big race of the day the Plate, I think Spyglass Hill for Henry has the sort of profile for one you would like to ride in this race. He was contesting some decent Beginners Chases in the Winter and beat Milan Native on his most recent start at Gowran, he, of course, went on to win the Kim Muir for Gordon at the Cheltenham Festival. I can’t fault him, he seems to be going very well at home and everyone is happy with him. It’s one of the biggest races of the Summer and I am delighted to have a ride of his calibre in the Galway Plate.
My final ride of the night is on Jan Maat, I have to say I was a little disappointed with him in Killarney, I could never get him into the race. I think we just have put a line through that run and he looks the type that should be up to winning a handicap of this nature on his runs prior to last time out. Hopefully he can put that effort behind him and be involved at the finish here.