‘I’m still trying to let the events of the last week and month sink in! I feel so incredibly lucky to be in the position I’m in to be riding these horses. What Henry is doing as a trainer is nothing short of incredible. Riding a Grand National winner is something every jockey would love to do, and I feel privileged to say I have accomplished that.
To do it for JP McManus is very special. Minella Times jumped brilliant and really took to Aintree very well. I saw him out in the paddock this morning in the sunshine – he looked great and more than deserves some down time.
Onto Sunday where I have five rides at Tramore.’
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— BetVictor Racing (@BetVictorRacing) April 12, 2021
My first ride of the afternoon is on Saucy Yeats (1.30) for Henry in the EBF Mares’ Maiden Hurdle. She’s been a bit disappointing so far, however, she schooled well this morning (Friday).
Her work at home has been really encouraging and we’re hoping the addition of cheekpieces will bring out the best in her.
If she can translate her form at home to the racetrack, we should see a much improved performance.
Next up, in the FormaHoof Handicap Hurdle, I partner Centurion Steel (2.38).
Stepping back up to 2m5 should help him here. He’s another one that has shown a lot at home, so we’re hoping if he puts his best foot forward, he’ll run a nice race.
My third ride of the day is on Spyglass Hill (3.13) in the Tramore Racecourse Directors Chase.
He’s been running well without winning recently. We come up against Bapaume, who has been in consistent form himself, so this should be a competitive race.
Like I said, he’s been running well, so if he’s at his best here, hopefully he’ll get his head in front.
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 15, 2020
Game Of War
I am on Game Of War (3.48) in the Green Acre Marketing Handicap Chase. He ran very well the last day when finishing 2nd to Midnight Maestro at Limerick.
He’s doing everything right at home, so If he can put in a performance similar to what we saw at Limerick, he could go one better.
Finally, in my last ride of the day, I’ll be on Western Boy (4.20) for Pat Fahy. He was a good second to Burlesque Queen at Leopardstown over Christmas.
Since then, he’s been a bit unlucky, unseating the last day at Clonmel when going well.
So, if he puts in another good performance, he should be in the mix here.