Cheltenham Festival16-19 March

It was a day that will live long in the memory for BetVictor Brand Ambassador, Rachael Blackmore. Rachael’s win on Bob Olinger was as good a performance as we’ll see at this year’s festival, and her win in the days final race on Sir Gerhard was mightily impressive. However, the afternoon was not without its challenges as Rachael suffered falls with three of her rides, but thankfully both Rachael and her mounts arrived back on their feet.

Ahead of day three, we caught up with the jockey as she previews another exciting book of rides.

‘It was an incredible day, full of ups and downs. I made a few too many trips home in the ambulance after three falls, however, it started and finished very well.

 Bob Olinger was very good in the Ballymore and I am delighted for his owner Brian Acheson and his family. He puts so much into the game and it certainly looks like he has a special horse on his hands.

To finish off with a win in the Champion Bumper was great and really topped off an incredible day.

Allaho

Cheltenham (2.30)

5/1

In the Ryanair Chase I’m with Allaho (2.30) for Willie Mullins. He put in a big performance over 2 ½ miles at Thurles the last day after two disappointing runs, both over 3miles.

Back over this trip, if he shows the form that he has previously, he could run a big race. It’s an exciting ride to pick up and it goes without saying that it’s one I’m really looking forward to.

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Assemble

Cheltenham (3.40)

Next, I’m with Assemble (3.40) in the Plate. Second to Envoi Allen, he is a horse with a lot of ability.

If he can put in a clear round of jumping, he’s more than capable of running a big race. He’s fell on his last two starts, but like I said, if he has a bit more luck here, there’s no reason why he can’t go well.

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Telmesomethinggirl

Cheltenham (4.15)

7/1

I am on Telmesomethinggirl (4.15) next in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. She finished 3rd when running well at Leopardstown over Christmas, showing again how consistent she is.

There’s every chance that she could improve again, and if that is the case, she’s more than capable of running a big race.

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Plan Of Attack

Cheltenham (4.50)

8/1

In the Kim Muir I’m with Plan Of Attack (4.50). He ran very well in this race last year, coming 4th under Barry O’Neill. Blinkered for the first time, I’d say that should help him.

He will like the drying ground as he never really enjoyed the heavier winter conditions underfoot. So, with that in mind, he could go close if he brings his best form to the table.

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