Rachael Blackmore To Make The Most Of Conditions With Perfect Pairings4 min read
I start a busy weekend aboard Soloheadbeg (14.05) in a competitive 3-year-old Maiden Hurdle at Galway. He should improve from his latest run when he was a good third at Gowran Park. As I mentioned, this looks competitive but let’s hope he’s learned from his previous experience and runs well.
I’m looking forward to partnering Visioman (15.15) in the Novice Chase. We’ve been lucky enough to win on the last two occasions together and I certainly feel that he is going in the right direction. If he handles the ground here, he shouldn’t be far away at the end.
Razoul (16.25) is in a great run of form. He was a classy winner at Listowel and subsequently went on to finish second to Turnpike Trip at Tipperary. This looks like a competitive race, but the horse has been working well so we’re hoping for another good run here.
I partner Midland Millie (17.00) in what looks an open Handicap Hurdle. She finished a credible 5th last time on her second run back after six months off. We’re hoping that she continues her progress and if she puts her best foot forward, we could be in the mix.
This will be my first time riding My Uncas (12.50) and it’s one I’m very much looking forward to. I’m hoping he comes on for the run after only his second start back in September. He’s progressing nicely and we’re aiming to take another step forward with him.
I’m hoping the ground remains soft for Rovetta (13.25) as she goes for the Mares Hurdle. If that turns out to be the case, she will relish the conditions. We’re hopeful of a good run and the small field should suit her. All being well, we could be in contention come the finish.
Despite not running to his potential at Galway, I am optimistic about the chances of Dancing On My Own (14.00) in the Maiden Hurdle. Going left-handed should suit his style. He remains a horse with a lot of potential, so we’re hoping he can move forward on an upward curve here.
Cherokee Bill (15.10) was 2nd on his last appearance when he ran in a Maiden Hurdle at Downpatrick. He may have won that day but appeared to be closed out when trying to find a gap close to home. He’s got plenty of experience and is in good form, so we’re expecting a him to run well. This will be Mount Hanover’s first start in Handicap company and my 3rd time partnering him. He comes into this with a light weight and loves the rain, so with conditions on his side, fingers crossed we can finish the weekend with a strong run.
Dancing On My Own