Mr Tambourine Man
My first of seven rides at Killarney is on Mr Tambourine Man (14:00). He ran well when finishing third the last day in what was his first run over hurdles, so you’d like to think there will be some improvement after that.
He looked to stay on to the line at Kilbeggan, so hopefully he can get a bit closer and run another nice race.
Desir Du Large
Next up, in the maiden hurdle, I’m on Desir Du Large (14:30) for Joseph O’Brien. Winning his bumper prior to a long break, he comes into this having ran well in two Grade Two Novice Hurdles, both of which were won by Echoes In Rain.
Back here in a maiden hurdle, we’re hoping for more improvement. If that turns out to be the case, it would be great to see him get his head in front for the first time over hurdles.
Then I’m onto Rescue Package (15:00) in the Mares’ Novice Hurdle for Tony Mullins. Interestingly, she beat Belfast Banter back in November at Punchestown, so that form line is certainly encouraging. She fell on her last start, so if she turns up back at her best here, she could go close.
In the Handicap Hurdle, I’m on Annexation (15:30). He’s a very nice horse and is doing things well at home. I think he’ll enjoy this ground, his run behind N’golo at Navan in a grade three was encouraging and he will arrive here fresh after a break since his most recent run at Fairyhouse in November.
Like I said, we’re happy with him at home, so it’s just a case of seeing what we can do back on the racecourse now.
Calvary Master (16:00) is my next ride in the Novice Chase. Winning impressively the last day at Kilbeggan, he seems to have come out of that race well.
The slight step up in trip should suit, as should the ground, so we’re looking forward to trying to make it back to back wins on him.
Gin On Lime
Next, I ride Gin On Lime (16:30) in the EBF Mares’ Beginners’ Chase for Henry and Robcour. She hasn’t run since November; however, she is going along nicely at home. The plan is to campaign her through the spring/summertime, so let’s hope she gets off to the best possible start here.
My final ride of the day is on An Marcach (17:00) in the Handicap Chase for Des Donovan. He won well when I rode him at Clonmel on heavy ground, however, he was slightly disappointing last time out at Fairyhouse.
He definitely needs a bit of rain to fall, and if he gets it, he could go well.