Saturday at Fairyhouse
I kick off with Walk Away in the Beginners Chase (12.25) for Henry De Bromhead. He was maybe a little bit disappointing over Christmas at Leopardstown but he had a lovely run the time before that behind Faugheen. If he can get back to that form he should definitely be there or thereabouts. He seems to be going well at home and everyone’s happy with him. Robbie Power is in England so that allows me to get the call up on him.
Then I’m on Minella Melody in the Grade 3 Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle (14.10). She runs in the Honeysuckle colours, and Laurina and Honeysuckle have been the winners of this in the last two years.
We won a maiden in Cork and she won then with Robbie in Punchestown in December, so she’s definitely going in the right direction. This looks a good race with Colreevy and Yukon Lil the standout opponents, but this mare is really nice, we’re really happy with her and she should run a big race.
Just on Honeysuckle, it’s looking likely that she’ll turn up for the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown next weekend which will be very exciting.
Epson Du Houx is my final ride on Saturday in the 15.20 Maiden Hurdle. I was very disappointed with him the last day in Tramore, but he steps up here to 2 ½ miles and hopefully he can give a better account of himself. He seems a nice horse at home and there’s definitely a strong case to be made for him putting up a better show than he did the last day.
Sunday at Naas
I start with Cape Islay in the Maiden Hurdle (13.10) at Naas on Sunday. She ran an OK race the last day and will definitely have come on from that run. She’s been schooling better since, so I’d be hopeful that she can put up a much better performance on Sunday.
In the Grade 3 Limestone Lad (13.40) I’ve got Big Blue and he’s a very exciting runner. He’s the first runner for an Australian based trainer in Ireland, so there’s a lot of media attention surrounding him in Australia. He won the A$150,000 Galleywood Hurdle which is one of the biggest hurdle races over there.
This looks a very good race but hopefully he can run well and reward his connections for their endeavor. It’s a massive deal in Australia that he’s coming over, and though it hasn’t got the same hype over here we hope he can run his best race.
Spyglass Hill for Henry is my next ride in the Grade 3 Novice Chase at 14.10. He ran a really nice race in Naas the last day behind Bapaume, but this is obviously a big step up. He’s definitely looking like he’s going to be a better chaser than he was a hurdler so hopefully he can be in the shake-up.
My last one then is Glendine Susie in the 14.40 Maiden Hurdle. She ran a nice race for her first run the last day behind Captain Guinness in Navan. All of Henry’s seem to improve a lot from their first run so if she can do that you’d be hoping she can finish in the first couple. The Big Getaway runs here and it looks like a good race.