First up on day two, I ride Telmesomethinggirl (1:10) in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle. As you’d expect, this is a very competitive race as it comes with huge prize money on offer.
She’s a winner of her last two starts and comes into this having been very well at home.
This will be her first start in a handicap and it’s one I’m looking forward to. If she continues on her upward curve, she shouldn’t be too far away.
My second ride is on Ha D’or (1:40) for Willie Mullins in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle.
I rode him over Christmas when we finished 3rd in behind Zanahiyr. He ran well that day and if wasn’t for a slow jump at the second last things may have been different.
That said, it was his first run over hurdles, so if he improves again here, he could be in the mix at the business end.
Next, I’m with Irascible (2:10) for Henry in the Grade 1 Novice Hurdle. He was second to Appreciate It over Christmas, and whilst this is a competitive race, he is very lightly raced and is doing everything right at home.
This is only his 3rd run over hurdles, so we’re hoping there’s room for more improvement. If that turns out to be the case, he could be knocking on the door again.
Heroes Of Renown
In the Handicap Hurdle I ride Heroes Of Renown (2:40) for James Motherway in the Robcour colours.
He’ll need to improve from his run over Christmas, however, I’ve spoken to James since then and he’s been happy with him.
He ran well over Christmas back in 2019 when he was 5th in behind Cobbler’s Way, so if he can recapture that form, he shouldn’t be too far away.
Next, I’m onto the Grade 1 Flogas Novice Chase where I partner Janidil (3:10) for Willie Mullins.
He won his Beginners’ Chase well at Naas and then was a little under par in his following run over Christmas.
That said, I do think this trip will suit him better. With the likes of Monkfish and Latest Exhibition in there, it’s going to be a competitive race, however, I’m really looking forward to the ride and we’re hoping he can put in a good performance.
I’m really looking forward to riding Minella Indo (3:40) in the Irish Gold Cup.
Whilst the run over Christmas was disappointing, it’s well behind us now. Despite his fall, he showed no ill-effects, so we’re ready to go here.
This renewal has a smaller field, but it’s very competitive nonetheless with the likes of last year’s winner Delta Work in there as well as Kemboy and Melon.
That said, Minella Indo is ready to go and we’re hoping he’ll show everyone what he’s capable of on the day.
Finally, I partner Minella Times (4:10) Handicap Chase for Henry.
He ran well over Christmas when finishing second to Castlebawn West. He done everything right that day and just bumped into one that ran a great race.
If he can reproduce that kind of performance, I’m confident he’ll be in the mix again.