Rachael Blackmore’s Busy Weekend Should Be A Fruitful One6 min read
We caught up with the rider once again to get the inside track on the weekend ahead.
Saturday – Gowran Park
I am really looking forward to my rides at Gowran and begin with riding Eagle Moon (12.25) in the EBF Maiden Hurdle. He was 2nd in a bumper at Saumer in France last October and makes his hurdling debut here. We’re really looking forward to this, he’s schooling well at home, so we go here full of confidence.
I was looking forward to partnering Tiger Voice (Non-Runner) in the Novice Hurdle for Henry De Bromhead. He was a good 2nd to Janidil on seasonal debut at the start of October, then I was lucky enough to be aboard him when he won his maiden at Cork a couple of weeks ago. So, after two excellent performances we were full of confidence. He’s come out of his last race well and we expected a good run.
I take the ride again on Rebel Early (13.35) who goes for the Mares Handicap Hurdle. We managed to get her maiden win back in February and since then finished 4th on handicap debut at Gowran. We’re hoping she can return to her Clonmel form to be involved at the finish here.
Next up at Gowran I team up with Albert Bartlett winner Minella Indo (14.45) for the EBF Beginners Chase. He ended last season in terrific form when backing up his Cheltenham win at the Punchestown Festival. He’s still lightly raced and we’re hoping this switch to jumping fences brings out more improvement again. He tends to be the type to benefit from a run and will improve from whatever we achieve on this seasonal return.
Kavanaghs Corner (15.15) is my final ride on Saturday in the Handicap Chase over 2 miles. He was 3rd after a long break back in October and followed that up with a win a few weeks ago at Clonmel. He’s open to improvement and is going well at home, so he shouldn’t be too far away from making it back to back wins.
Sunday – Navan
Onto Sunday where I partner Allbarone (12.30) in the Maiden Hurdle at Navan. He won his only PTP start exactly one year ago, so it’s fair to say he’ll be in need of the run here. He’s a lovely horse and is going well at home, so we’re hoping he can start his campaign in the best possible way.
Next up, I am aboard State Of Cognac (13.30) in a Handicap Hurdle. He’s been off the track since March when finishing 9th. This is his handicap debut and he’s in good form at home, so I’m hoping he can translate that onto the racecourse here.
My penultimate ride on Sunday is on Demain Des L’Aube (14.00) in the EBF Beginners Chase. He was a good 2nd on chasing debut at Cork in October and should improve from that run after a lengthy break going into the race. Hopefully he continues his upward curve, and if that’s the case, he should be in the mix again.
My final ride of weekend is aboard Solomn Grundy (14.30) in the Troytown. He’s not run since the Cheltenham Festival in March however he competed against top level company last season so deserves to take his place in this one. He was 2nd at Navan just over a year ago, so that should stand him in good stead. There are obviously a few very good chasers in this line up, however, we go here hoping that if he puts his best foot forward, we could be there near the end.
State Of Cognac
Demain Des L’Aube
Altior v Cyrname
Altior and Cyrname go head to head on Saturday at Ascot and it’s great to see two horses at the top of their game facing off. Altior is a horse I just love to watch, and it will be fascinating to see if he can take the step up in trip in his stride. It’ll be an absolute cracker and it’s great for racing to have two horses of this calibre competing at the very top level.