The cold weather continues to disrupt racing across the UK and Ireland, however, there’s still action from Naas this weekend where BetVictor Brand Ambassador Rachael Blackmore has several rides.
We caught up with the rider again as she gives us exclusive insight ahead of another busy weekend.
My first ride of the day is on Hurricane Cliff (12:35) for Henry. He’s been runner up on his last two starts over hurdles, earning himself a mark of 125. That’s sets a good standard in a race like this, so we’re hoping that if he continues in this vein, he can get his head in front.
Then we move onto Tintangle (13:40) in the Mares’ Chase. On paper she has a bit to find on ratings against the top two, however, she is well capable. Elimay ran very well in behind Allaho the last day, so she looks the one to beat. However, if Tintangle can get into a good rhythm, we’ll hopefully be in the mix at the end.
Next, I’m with Sovereign Gold (14:15) in the Handicap Chase. I think she’ll be happier going back up in trip here, so hopefully that brings out the best in her. She’s very well at home, and if she runs as well as I know she can, she could run a big race.
My final ride on Saturday is on Petibonome (16:00) in the Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle. He’s been runner up on his last two starts over hurdles, finishing second to Cape Gentleman the last day. It looks to me like Henry has found the ideal race for him here. Since he is still to win, he will be in receipt of weight from a few in the race, so it looks like an ideal opportunity to get his head in front.
My first ride on Sunday is with Uhtred (14:00) for Joseph O’Brien in the Novice Hurdle. He’s been off the track since winning the Future Champions Bumper in 2019 where he beat a few notable horses, including Pencilfulloflead. So, I’m really looking forward to the ride, and if he brings his best to the table, he should run a big race.
Then I’m onto Nick Lost (16:30) in the Punchestown Grand National Trial. We were happy with him the last day as it was great to see him run so well when finishing 3rd after a long break. He has come on for that run, so we’re hoping he can put up another big performance here. If he does, he shouldn’t be too far away.