Rachael Blackmore Goes Into The Weekend In Terrific Form4 min read
Fresh from a fantastic double at Clonmel on Thursday, BetVictor Brand Ambassador, Rachael Blackmore goes into the weekend in terrific form.
Rachael has a ride for Willie Mullins tomorrow at Down Royal, before a busy day at Cork on Sunday, which includes partnering Aherlow in the Cork Grand National.
Once again, we have caught up with the rider to hear her thoughts ahead of the weekend.
It’s great to start the weekend with the ride on Allez Dance (13.50) for Willie Mullins at Down Royal. She seems to run well fresh and this is only her 3rd run for the yard, so we’re hopeful there is plenty room for improvement. She’s going well at home and we’re expecting a strong run.
On Sunday, I start with Tiger Voice (13.00) in the Maiden Hurdle at Cork. He ran a lovely race at Tipperary last time when he finished second to Janidil. He looks an improved horse from last year and if he continues on that upward curve, he won’t be far away here.
Next, I am really looking forward to partnering Minella Melody (13.35) in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle. She’s a really nice type and showed a lot of promise in bumpers last season, when she placed at Gowran, Aintree and Punchestown. She is by Flemensfirth, so we’re hopeful she’ll like the winter ground and continues her excellent form from last season. She has all the attributes of being a very good Mare for Kenny Alexander.
I am aboard Multifactorial (14.10) for Gordon Elliot in the Irish EBF Novice Hurdle. He was 2nd last time out in a Maiden Hurdle at Downpatrick after a while off the track. This one looks a competitive race, but we’re hopeful he can improve from that run and not be too far away.
In the Grade 3 Novice Chase, I am aboard Dallas Des Pictons (14.45). He was second to Early Doors in the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival and won his Beginners Chase at Gowran Park last time after making the running. It’ll be exciting to see how he progresses over fences and I feel he’s definitely one to keep an eye on going forward.
My final ride of the weekend is aboard Aherlow (15.20) in the Cork Grand National. He should relish conditions here and comes into the race with a lovely weight. He’s been consistent so far and I’d expect him to improve further with the step up in trip here.
Dallas Des Pictons