So, it’s been a good week having had 5 winners. Henry horses are firing at the moment and it’s great to be part of it.
It was also special for me to ride a winner for Arthur Moore. I used to ride out for him when I was at UCD. On reflection, I think the combination of riding out there and visiting nightclubs in Dublin is possibly the reason why I failed my exams!
I really enjoy riding out there and it was great to get that winner.
The first one is on Sovereign Gold. She was 2nd in a point-to-point, before going on to win 2 races at that level. That was all on soft or soft to heavy, so she should handle the ground here. I’m really looking forward to seeing her on the racecourse. She seems to be going well at home and we can’t wait to find out what she can do on her first run at the track.
Next up, I partner Bloodstone. He was disappointing the last day. Hopefully, he’ll be better on not such an undulating track as he was at Downpatrick. This should suit him better, so I’m positive about seeing him run a better race here.
Then we’re onto My Uncas. He hadn’t run in a long time before he ran at Listowel. However, I feel like he will come on for that run. So, we should see a much better performance here and he could well be in the shake-up at the business end.
Onto Cork on Sunday where I have 5 rides. The first one is Knockmoylan for Ellmarie Holden. He’s been running very well in bumpers recently and has a point-to-point run under his belt.
So, he’s a lovely ride to pick up, and hopefully, he can get his career over hurdles off to a good start. Ellmarie does a good job with her horses, so I’m looking forward to riding him.
Next, I’m on Ballyadam Destiny for Terence O’Brien. This is my first time riding him. He wasn’t beaten too far the last day and is in blinkers again here as well as a first-time tongue-tie. Hopefully, that will bring out the best in him and we can be in the mix at the end here.
Room To Room
My third ride on Sunday is on Room To Room for John McConnell. He was second the last day in Galway. That race developed well for him and if he can put in a similar performance, he’ll be there or thereabouts again.
Then I’m on to Daybreak Boy in the beginners’ chase. He jumped okay at Killarney when Robbie Power rode him. Since then, he seems to be going well at home, so we’re hoping he can put it in a good performance with the yard in fantastic form.
My final ride of the weekend is on Abbey Magic in what’s a very competitive race. She ran very well after a long lay-off at Kilbeggen the last day. Visioman just chinned her at the end there, so we’re hoping she can put in a big run and go one better here.