Balko Des Flos
My first ride at Thurles on Sunday is on Balko Des Flos (12:45) in the Grade 2 chase. He will be wearing cheekpieces for the first time here, so we’re hoping that will spark a bit of improvement after a couple of disappointing runs. He’s a very talented horse, and on his day can mix it with the very best, so let’s hope he gives a better account of himself in this one.
Next up, I’m with Nick Lost (13:20) in the handicap chase. He hasn’t run in almost under two years, so whatever he does here he should improve on. He’s another that’s been going well at home and we’re really looking forward to seeing him back out on the track.
In the EBF Novice Hurdle, I partner Heather Rocco (13:55). He was a very impressive winner at Limerick over Christmas, winning his maiden hurdle. Before that, he won a point to point, so he takes another step up here what looks a good race. With the likes of Fighter Allen in there, it will be competitive. That said, we couldn’t be happier with Heather Rocco and we’re positive about him putting in a good run here.
History Of Fashion
My penultimate ride of the day is on History Of Fashion (15:30) for Pat Fahy in the Auction Maiden Hurdle. This is his first run in a maiden hurdle although he has point-to-point experience under his belt which will no doubt help him. He has plenty of decent snippets of form, including finishing four lengths behind Eurotiep in a bumper, so it looks like he could be very competitive in this and I’m really looking forward to the ride.
Finally, I’m with Whatsnotoknow (15:05) in the Handicap Hurdle for Mouse Morris. I won on him in a maiden hurdle around this time last year, so he’s a course and distance winner. He ran well at Thurles in a beginners’ chase the last day, finishing only 6 lengths behind Franco De Port. So, he’s in good order ahead of this and I’d like to think we won’t be too far away at the business end.