Brand Ambassador Rachael Blackmore heads to Naas where she will be onboard some familiar faces with who she has experienced great success before.
It’s great to see BetVictor sponsoring once again in Ireland fingers crossed, I can go well with my rides today.
First up for me is Uthred in the maiden hurdle for Joseph O Brien, a dual bumper winner he ran against some very good opposition in his two starts over hurdles last season, I am looking forward to getting his season started here, it looks a great opportunity heading back into maiden company and Josephs horses are in good form.
It’s great to get back on Quilixios in the grade three Fishery Lane, he seems very well at home and has been going nicely. He was a brilliant winner of the Triumph at the Festival last March; he then didn’t run a true race at all at Punchestown after that. This looks a good race with the likes of Jeff Kidder taking us on who may have a slight fitness edge having had a run on the flat recently, but we couldn’t be happier with Quilixios it’s great to get him started here.
Then I ride Captain Guinness in the grade three Poplar chase, he seems to have summered well and has come back in very fresh. It will be good to get him started, when he was last seen he was coming third in the Arkle to Shiskin where he was just running a bit free. The strength of that form was shown when the second Eldorado Allen won the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter earlier this week and Allmankind the fourth won a grade two at Aintree at the end of October. It will be good to get his season underway and hopefully he can go well in a competitive renewal of the race.
Eric Bloodaxe has some very high-class form in the book having beaten Ferney Hollow in a Bumper back in December 2019. He has had a few issues since, but he ran very well to finish fourth in the Champion Bumper at Punchestown last season. He makes his seasonal debut here and could be a very exciting horse over hurdles for the season ahead.
My final ride of Saturday comes on Mr Incredible who runs in the beginner’s chase, a winner of a maiden hurdle over course and distance here, he has been off since January so whatever he does today he will improve for the run. He finished second to Carroll’s Cottage in his only point-to-point start who is also in the race. His schooling has gone well at home, and I am looking forward to the ride.