BetVictor Brand Ambassador Rachael Blackmore has a busy Saturday afternoon with 6 rides at Fairyhouse. We caught up with the rider as she previews her rides as well as reflects on last week’s fantastic win on the impressive Bob Olinger.
It was great to win the Grade 1, Lawlor’s Of Naas with Bob Olinger on Wednesday. To do it for Robcour and Brian Acheson was excellent as they are big supporters of the game. That was their first Grade 1 winner, so it was fantastic to be a part of it. Bob Olinger looks a very exciting horse for the future, so everyone is delighted and looking forward to what the future holds.
A busy day at Fairyhouse starts with Merry Poppins (12:00) in the Trail Hurdle. She was good the last day at Tipperary where she jumped nicely and won well. This looks a good race with plenty of recent winners in this field it should be competitive, however she seemed to really enjoy herself the last day, so we’re hoping for more of the same here.
Next, I’m on Schone Aussicht (12:30) for Henry in the Division 1 Mares’ Maiden Hurdle. She was 5th the last day at Naas. That was her first run over hurdles, so she should learn from that. If she improves again here, we’ll hopefully be in the shake-up at the end.
One More Light
My third ride of the day is on One More Light (13:05) in the Division 2 Mares’ Maiden Hurdle. She ran a very nice race with me on her second last start but was a little disappointing the last day. She’s very well at home and if she brings her best to the track, she should run well.
Then I’m on to the Dan & Joan Moore Handicap Chase with Arvico Bleu (14:15). He’s a lovely big horse and with only 10-3 on his back, he’s more than capable of being competitive here. It does look a good race; however, he’s definitely has the ability to put in a big run. If he can do that, he should be there or thereabouts at the business end.
On to the beginners’ chase where I’m on Sovereign Gold (14:50). She won a few point-to-points before coming to Henry and I’ve always thought chasing would suit her. Despite being a little disappointing over Christmas, she’s been doing everything right at home. If she can replicate that on the track, she could run a big race.
My final ride of the day is on Fully Charged (15:25) in the rated novice chase. He’s won twice for Henry now over fences. He seemed to jump better at Leopardstown the last day, so if that keeps improving, he should be in the mix again.