BetVictor Brand Ambassador Rachael Blackmore is enjoying a superb Leopardstown Christmas Festival scoring another Grade 1 winner on Friday. We caught up with her again as she takes us through her rides on Saturday.

Friday Review

A Plus Tard has been a very special horse to me, he gave me my first Cheltenham winner and another big Grade 1 win today. He was very impressive in the way he won on a trip that might have been on the short side for him.

I’m not sure what race he’s going to be aimed at for The Festival but he’s very exciting and it’s a privilege for me to be getting on these horses.

Saturday Preview

First on Saturday I’m on Somptueux in the Maiden Hurdle (12.15) for Henry. He’s a really nice horse who’s definitely going to improve from his first run like a lot of Henry’s are.

The last day was over 2 miles, we’re over 2m4f today and that’ll be a big help to him and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in the shake-up.

Then we move on to Cuneo in the 3 mile Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Qualifier (12.50).

We won this race last year and were then 4th in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham. He has blinkers on today which I think should help him a bit and hopefully he’ll run well.

So then we’re on to the Grade 1 Frank Ward Memorial Hurdle over 3 miles at 14.00. I ride Dommage Pour Toi in this for Henry. He has a little bit to find on the ratings compared to some of the others but I think he’s definitely better than what he’s rated. He’s been running over fences recently and we’re over hurdles now, and hopefully he’ll run well.

Then I ride Punitive in the 14.35 Handicap Hurdle. He won the last day in Limerick but was probably a little bit disappointing before that, but he’s a nice horse and he should like the ground so I’m hoping he can run well.

I’ve got Monalee in the Grade 1 Savills Chase at 15.10. This looks like a very good race with last year’s winner Kemboy and Road To Respect in it as well. Monalee was 3rd in Clonmel the last day and should definitely come on from that run, he likes it around Leopardstown and should run a big race.


Somptueux (12.15)

Cuneo (12.50)

Dommage Pour Toi (14.00)

Punitive (14.35)

Monalee (15.10)


Be sure to come back tomorrow when Rachael will be previewing all her rides on the final Sunday at Leopardstown.

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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