After another busy horse racing week it seems strange to have a rare Sunday with no jumps action, that said it will be a nice chance to catch my breath ahead of what should hopefully be a very busy Christmas time with plenty of big names that I am lucky enough to look forward to riding.
I feel like I have spent plenty of time at Punchestown this week between the frustration of the fog on Sunday contrasted with a very good day on Tuesday. Eklat De Rire was keeping on really nicely over a trip on what was his first start over fences, he will hopefully have a big future chasing and I loved how he jumped.
Earlier on the same card it was great to win the rated novice hurdle with Rodger Brookhouse’s Gabbys Cross who just came out on top. Henry’s runners are in good form and yesterday it was a real thrill to get Captain Guinness off the mark over fences, it was well documented that he had the heart issue at Tipperary but yesterday he jumped well and came home in good fashion from Midnight Run.
The ground probably was a bit on the testing side and I would expect to see him run even better on nicer ground. Henry after the race mentioned he could head to Naas in January before a crack at the Irish Arkle which would be a nice target to have and was of course a race we won last year together with Notebook.
Onto Saturday at Fairyhouse where I have just the one ride on Capuccimix in the two mile handicap chase, he was disappointing the last day at Cork hopefully that was more fitness related than anything else and he will have come on for that run.
Off his current mark can see him being competitive, it looks a good race with Daly Tiger for Noel Meade an interesting contender having beaten Tornado Flyer at Punchestown last time out who ran a close second to Min in the John Durkan. Chosen Mate who won the Grand Annual at the Festival last March gets a handy seven off with the booking of Rob James is another to watch.
Hopefully Capuccimix can put his best foot forward and be involved in the finish at Fairyhouse.