I start the weekend on Hook Up for Willie Mullins in the Juvenile Hurdle. This is her first start for Willie, so it will be interesting to see where she’s at. She is going well at home, and we will hopefully learn a bit more about her here. Interestingly, she has an entry in the Triumph Hurdle at The Festival, so we’ll see how this goes and go from there.
Next, I partner Sub Lieutenant in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse. I obviously know him well, so it’s an exciting ride for me. I got a fantastic spin on him in the Topham at Aintree last season, he was exceptional over the bigger obstacles as he took to the Aintree fences very well. He’s got an entry in the Grand National, and this is his first start since running at Punchestown in May. We’re hoping he runs a nice race to take us forward to the big one in April.
On to Sunday where I start off at Naas on Mormon for Henry. He Has a nice bit of form, having finished 2nd most recently at Thurles. This was after finishing 10 ½ lengths behind Carefully Selected at Fairyhouse, so he seems to be progressing. We’re happy with him at home and we are looking forward to a good run here.
Next up, I partner Jason The Militant in the Novice Hurdle. I was a little bit disappointed with him over Christmas, however, back on heavy ground I’d expect him to run his race. He’s been doing well at home, so we’re hopeful of a return to form here.
Finally, I’m aboard Lord Erskine in the Handicap Hurdle. I know the horse well and partnered him to victory at Tipperary two starts ago. He should improve again, and I think he’ll handle the ground without a problem. Harry Rogers does a great job with his horses and I’m confident he has a win in him, so I’m very much looking forward to this.