After landing a double on Tuesday for trainer Henry De Bromhead, BetVictor Brand Ambassador, Rachael Blackmore heads into the weekend in tremendous form. Rachael has 9 mounts at Fairyhouse over Saturday and Sunday, so we’ve caught up with the rider as she shares her thoughts ahead of the action including the ride of Honeysuckle in the Hatton Grace.

Saturday – Fairyhouse

I take my first ride of the weekend upon Mormon (11.50) for Henry De Bromhead in the Gigginstown silks. He’s lightly raced, with this being his first race since April and his debut over fences. He will have a bit to find with his hurdles form, however, we’re hopeful he makes this a good start to his chasing career.

My second mount of the day is aboard the exciting Mind’s Eye (13.00) in the EasyFix Handicap Chase. He goes into this after finishing 2nd to Dinons, he is sure to improve for that run having had 164 days off the track. He has a lot of ability and is going well at home, so hopefully he’s not too far away here.

One to keep an eye on

Next, I partner Somptueux (13.35) in the Maiden Hurdle for Henry. He was 2nd to Mossy Fen in a PTP back in April, who has since gone on to win two from two for Nigel Twiston-Davies. He’s doing everything right at home and is definitely one to keep an eye on.


Imperial View (15/2) is my penultimate ride at Fairyhouse. She arrives here after winning last day at Tipperary after previously finishing 6th at Listowel. She’s progressing nicely and if we see further improvement, we should be in the mix at the business end here.

My final ride on Saturday is on Presented Well (14.45) in the Handicap Hurdle. He last ran back in May when he was a good 3rd at Punchestown in an Auction Maiden. If he can improve on that we should be there or thereabouts near the finish.



Mind’s Eye


Imperial View

Presented Well

Sunday – Fairyhouse

I start with the ride on Guinevere (12.30) in the Juvenile Hurdle. She finished 3rd last day in only her 2nd start over hurdles. There has been improvement with each run she’s had so far, so we are positive that if she can continue progressing here, she’ll be in contention at the end.

Next, I partner Midnight Run (13.00) for Joseph O’Brien in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle. This looks an exciting race with the likes of Envoi Allen and Abacadabras in there. He was a bumper winner back in February before making a winning start over hurdles a couple of weeks back at Cork. He’s a horse Joseph thinks a lot of, and although this will be a tough test, we’re hopeful of a good run.

I’m looking forward to pairing up with Aherlow (14.05) again in the Porterstown Handicap Chase. We’ve finished 3rd on each of the last 3 starts, so go into this in decent form. His latest run was particularly encouraging, and it possibly could’ve ended with a better result if he had more luck in running. He should relish the ground and the trip here. He comes into this carrying only 9-10, so we’re expecting him to run well, as he always does.

Excited to be partnering Honeysuckle

I’m most excited to be partnering Honeysuckle (14.40) in the Hatton’s Grace. She comes here in rude health having won each of her 5 starts, so far. This is obviously a step up for her, so it will be exciting to see how she fares. She’s very well at home and came out of her race the last day at Fairyhouse very well. We come up against Apple’s Jade who’s going for her 4th Hatton’s Grace in a row and Bacardys is in there as well, so it’s going to extremely competitive. However, I wouldn’t swap her for anything else in the race and we go there full of confidence.


My final ride of the weekend is aboard La Sorelita (15.10) in the Handicap Hurdle for Willie Mullins. She’s been consistent enough before her last run where she was slightly disappointing, so we’re hopeful of improvement here. If that’s the case and we get a performance similar to her runs before Down Royal, I feel we could go close.



Midnight Run



La Sorelita

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