BetVictor Brand Ambassador Rachael Blackmore has a busy afternoon ahead with 5 rides at Clonmel. Once again, we caught up with the rider as she shares her thoughts exclusively on the BetVictor blog.
So, I start at Clonmel with Petibonome for Henry in the auction maiden hurdle. He was a very impressive winner of a point-to-point at Lismore where he won by 15 lengths, only to be disqualified on a technicality. He’s going well at home, so we’re looking forward to seeing him on the track and confident he can put in a good run.
Then I’m onto the two maiden hurdles. First, I’m on Viscount Gord for Henry in the Gigginstown colours. This will be his first ever run. At home, he’s doing everything right, so we’re looking forward to seeing him out on the course. As I mentioned, this is his first run, so anything he does here should be improved upon moving forward.
Next up, I’m with Battling Warrior for Henry. He’s been a little bit disappointing on his last two runs. He’s definitely better than that, so I’d be expecting him to put in an improved run here. He’ll certainly like the softer ground, so hopefully that brings out the best in him.
Then I’m onto Benkei for Harry Rodgers in the handicap hurdle. He had a much more encouraging run on the last day at Down Royal. He’ll have to improve again here. That said, the ground and the trip should suit, so I’m hoping we can be there at the business end.
My final ride of the day is on Paloma Blue in the Clonmel Oil chase. He ran well at Gowran, but didn’t jump as well than he can. Since then, he’s been well at home, and if he can get into a nice rhythm with his jumping, I’d expect him to do better here. Cilaos Emery is the one that sets the standard in what is a very competitive renewal, but we couldn’t be happier with Paloma Blue going into the race.