The Dublin Racing Festival kicks off today and BetVictor Brand Ambassador, Rachael Blackmore has taken time out of her busy schedule to give us an exclusive run down of all her rides.
Cobbler’s Way (12.50)
I start a tremendous weekend aboard Cobbler’s Way (12.50) in the opening race of the Dublin Racing Festival. He was very impressive over Christmas at Leopardstown when he won against a field that included The Big Getaway. We were delighted with that; however, this looks a competitive race itself. If our lad can improve again, we should be in the shake-up at the end.
A Plus Tard (13.25)
I partner A Plus Tard (13.25) next in the Dublin Chase. This looks like an extremely exciting race, and I ‘m really looking forward to taking the ride on a horse that has been part of such fond memories for me in the past including giving me my first Cheltenham Festival winner. He’s very straightforward to ride and arrives here in good form having defeated one of today’s main rivals, Chacun Pour Soi, at Leopardstown over the festive period. We’re hoping for another good run and I can’t wait to get started.
I ride Notebook (14.00) in the Arkle Chase in what is a particularly exciting ride for me. He relishes jumping fences and seems to attack his obstacles in some style. Fakir D’Oudairies looks to be his closest rival again, so we’re optimistic that we can repeat the form of their last encounter and come out on top here.
In the Handicap Chase I partner Niccolai (14.35). She made a good step forward at Clonmel over fences. She was a little bit disappointing at Limerick over Christmas, she’s in here off a very low weight, she is definitely one to keep an eye on an a competitive race.
It’ll be fantastic to take the ride on Honeysuckle (15.10) in the Irish Champion Hurdle. Personally, this is huge for me. She arrives here having won six on the bounce and this will be her biggest test to date. She comes back to 2 miles here having not put a foot wrong on any of her starts, so far. She’s a very special mare and I just can’t wait to ride her again.
Daybreak Boy (15.45)
Daybreak Boy (15.45) is my final ride of the day. He ran well over Christmas when he was 2nd at Leopardstown to The Moyglass Flyer. He’s been very well since and arrives here in good order, so we’re hopeful of another good run in this hot handicap hurdle.