Rachael Blackmore has a big weekend which gets started with the Gold Cup runner up A Plus Tard at Haydock before heading to Navan where she has four rides on Sunday. We get her views on each runner across the two days.
A Plus Tard
Haydock - 15:00
I’m really looking forward to heading over to Haydock for the ride on A Plus Tard. He ran an incredible race in the Gold Cup at the Festival last season to finish second. He then went on his well-deserved summer break, since coming back in everyone in the yard has been happy with him and his work has been good at home. He is a horse who has to go left-handed, and this looks the ideal race for him. He won’t have it easy for him however with the likes of Bristol De Mai taking him on who has an outstanding record in the race.
Gowran Park - 12:00
I will also be watching on with interest to see how Bob Olinger gets on at Gowran, it’s obviously frustrating that they are both running on the same day at different venues but that is just the way things are sometimes. Hopefully he gets around safe and sound, he has been schooling well at home and is one of the most impressive horses I have ever ridden.
Navan - 12:50
Dixie Flyer gets my day started at Navan in the handicap hurdle, he won a bumper before joining Henry and has run well without winning on his three efforts in maiden hurdles so far to date. He has been going well at home and will be fine on the ground, with a bit of luck we can go close here in handicap company for the first time.
Navan - 14:20
Fissa also runs in a handicap hurdle and is my second ride of the day. Looking back over the form he ran against Dixie Flyer in the bumper he won at Down Royal ending up third that day. Like my ride in the first this is another handicap debutant. His two runs in maidens showed plenty of promise being just touched off by a nose at Clonmel in May before a decent effort to finish third at Downpatrick last month. He seems well at home and fingers crossed we can go close.
Eleazar Des Neiges
Navan - 14:50
The big race on Sunday is the Troytown and I ride Eleazar De Neiges, he was a very good second at Galway when running in the BetVictor chase. He was last seen pulling up in the Cork National where things just didn’t go his way that day. It looks a very competitive race as you would expect with a host of horses all having a good chance on paper, hopefully we are involved at the finish, it’s a great race to ride in and one I would love to win.
Navan - 15:20
Just six of us in the beginner’s chase and I am on Kapard getting her season started with her first ever run over fences. She is a lightly raced mare who won her maiden and a novice over hurdles in nice style and was last seen running in a grade three at Fairyhouse last February. This looks a good race to start her off in, she seems well at home and has schooled well. It looks like we all have the race fit Mt Leinster to beat.