Fresh from her success at Galway on Sunday, BetVictor Brand Ambassador Rachael Blackmore starts her week at Wexford today. We caught up with the rider once again as she shares her thoughts with us exclusively on the BetVictor blog.
It was a different experience than usual at Galway this year for obvious reasons. The atmosphere was missed; however, the racing was fantastic. I hit the crossbar a few times and unfortunately in the two big races, the Galway Plate and the Galway Hurdle, things didn’t quite go my way. That was disappointing, especially when the 2nds ran so well. However, it was fantastic to get a winner on Eight And Bob in the last race on Sunday, so at least we ended on a high at the festival.
The final race here @Galway_Races
The FR. Breen Memorial Handicap of €10,000
Won by: EIGHT AND BOB and @rachaelblackmor win for owners Act D Wagg Syndicate & trainer @WillieMullinsNH with groom Paul Roche (pictured).
📸Photo Healy Racing. pic.twitter.com/KgKnPKrmJR
— Galway Races (@Galway_Races) August 2, 2020
I start my day at Wexford aboard Arthur Fonzarelli for Henry. He’s been a bit frustrating so far. He’s had a couple of clumsy falls, although he shows plenty of ability at home. I think with a clear round of jumping he’d hold every chance. As mentioned, he goes well at home, so we’re hopeful of improvement here.
My next ride is Getaway Glenda for Denise O’Shea, the mare was a good winner last time out in a maiden hurdle at Tramore. I was second that day on Sani Pass for Henry, she is a mare we like a lot. This will be her first handicap start and runs off a mark of 100 and looks like she could well be involved if she improves again.
In the Handicap Hurdle over three miles, I am aboard Balinaboola Steel. I was second on him back in 2018. He can be a bit hit and miss; however, I’m hoping he can put his best foot forward here. Shark’s horses are in excellent form just now, so we’re hopeful this can be another winner.
Finally, I partner Popong for Henry in the Beginners Chase. She ran well on chasing debut last day. I’d be expecting her to improve on that as she really seemed to enjoy it. I’m really looking forward to the ride and positive about her becoming a nice chaser in time.