Ahead of Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Festival, we caught up with BetVictor Brand Ambassador Rachael Blackmore as she shares her thoughts on her rides, including leading Gold Cup hope, A Plus Tard.
Hear from Rachael Blackmore on this week’s special edition of the BetVictor Podcast. Live from Cheltenham, she gives us her thoughts on the week so far and her ride on A Plus Tard in the Gold Cup.
In the opener, the Triumph Hurdle, I partner Quilixios (1.20). Having only arrived at Henry’s recently, he seems to have settled in very well.
Winning on all his three starts over hurdles, he’s a very exciting talent.
He stays well, which is especially important on the new course, so I’m really to looking forward to the ride and hopeful he’ll run a big race in what is a strong renewal.
Next up, I am with Champagne Gold (1.55) in the County Hurdle. He’s been very consistent and ran well on his last run when finishing 2nd at the Dublin Racing Festival.
Henry thinks a lot of him, so much so that he had him entered in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, however, he lines up here and we are very hopeful that he’ll put in a big run.
My next ride is on Pats Fancy (2.30) in the Albert Bartlett for Rebecca Curtis. This is my first time riding Pats Fancy, but he comes into this with decent form having won and placed in two of his last three starts.
It’s great to pick up a ride for Rebecca, so let’s hope he’s there or thereabouts at the business end.
A Plus Tard (3.05
Next, we’re onto the Cheltenham Gold Cup with A Plus Tard (3.05) for Henry. Once again, it looks like it will be a very exciting race with many arriving with chances of landing the prize.
One thing that we all have in common is that we have to beat Al Boum Photo. He’s going for his third successive win in the race, which is an amazing achievement.
However, we are very happy with A Plus Tard. Winning over 3miles at Leopardstown in the Grade One Savills Chase, he galloped all the way to the line.
With that in mind, I don’t think the additional trip should be any trouble for him. So, we’re ready to go and all hoping that he runs a big race.
My final ride of the week is on Cabaret Queen (4.15) for Willie Mullins in the Mares’ Chase.
Winning a Kerry National, she’s been very good to her syndicate owners. I think if she can get into a good rhythm, there’s every chance she’ll play a big part in this.
She’s a mare that really enjoys jumping, so it’s a great ride to end the festival with and one I’m very much looking forward to.