It has been a busy time for BetVictor ambassador Rachael Blackmore as she combines riding on the Flat and over jumps. We caught up with her to touch on her recent winner and her five rides at Kilbeggan including the midlands grand national.
It was great to get a winner at Bellewstown earlier in the week with She Tops The Lot for Henry, the horse really seemed to appreciate the better ground, she had improved to finish second last time out at Roscommon and it was great to go one better, she seems to be a different mare for the nicer ground.
My first ride on Friday is in the twomile four furlong maiden hurdle, I ride Fierami who is certainly a better horse than his form figures suggest given how he feels to me at home. He fell and finished fifth in two point to points before he ran at Leopardstown over Christmas in a bumper. I think in time he will turn into a nice horse and hopefully he will show that here.
Royale Joana Has
Next up for me is a ride in the 17:55 over two miles four again, I am on Royale Joana Has for Henry again she is a French import who seems like a forward going type, I actually think the lack of a crowd tomorrow will be a benefit to her, I don’t know too much about her yet but I am looking forward to learning a bit more from the run. That said she looks to be going ok at home and is fairly versatile on the ground looking at her form.
My third ride is Yamato who runs off ten stone one in this handicap hurdle, it’s my first time riding him and he should be fit from a busy campaign on the Flat, trainer John McConnell is in good form a repeat of his run the last time he went over hurdles should have him in with a good chance.
Demain Des L’Aube
My next ride is in the beginners chase on French winner Demain Des L’Aube, He had the four runs last season starting off well at Cork when he was second on stable debut before last being seen pulling up behind Faugheen at Christmas. The break should have done him good and whatever he achieves today he will improve for the run.
My final ride of the night comes in the Midlands National which is a good renewal with plenty of familiar names; I am on Megalomaniac. He won at Tramore so should handle a track like this; he is a nice horse I like and am very happy with him at home. We have done plenty with him so he should be ready to go.