Brand Ambassador Rachael Blackmore heads to Punchestown on Sunday for a busy day of six rides. She shares her insight on these ahead of the action.
Another busy day for me at Punchestown and the first of my of six rides comes on Premium Package in the Beginners Chase over two miles four. This will be his first run over fences but did win a point to point for Liam Kenny. He seems to be schooling well at home and looks the type to go well over them. Fingers crossed we can get him off to a good start here.
Next up is another for Henry with Somptuex he won well last time out at Fairyhouse and since then we have been really happy with him at home. This is his first run in a handicap chase and I am looking forward to seeing how he gets on in this competitive race, whilst his better form to date has come on better ground, if he handles the slightly softer conditions he should give me a nice spin here in a competitive handicap.
Mind Your Money
Mind Your Money runs in the maiden hurdle having been a good winner of a bumper last time out at Tramore and also finished fourth in a listed race at Fairyhouse. Today she will encounter more testing ground than she has done on her recent starts, she should handle that and is a lovely big mare who jumps well at home. I am looking forward to seeing how she goes on her hurdles debut.
Kate Ill Know
Then I ride Katie Ill Know for Denise O’Shay in the two mile handicap hurdle, she won a maiden hurdle back in March on soft at Clonmel so should handle the ground, off her current mark and back with some ease in the going she should be well capable of being involved at the finish.
Lily Light Foot
My penultimate ride of the day comes on another mare in the shape of Lily Light Foot in the second divsion of the handicap hurdle for Eddie and Patrick Harty. This is my first time riding her and I am looking forward to it, a replication of her recent fourth at Downpatrick could see her involved once again here in the shake up.
The final ride of the day for me is Spancil Hill who reverts back to hurdling having been running well over fences recently having won at Clonmel and finished third at Wexford last time out. Off this much lower hurdles mark if he can run to the same sort of form you would have to expect him to go well over the smaller obstices.