Brand Ambassador Rachael Blackmore had a couple of places at Leopardstown on Saturday and she’s looking forward to six more rides on Sunday – here she takes us through the prospects for each.
First on Sunday is Trebizond for Henry and Robcour. This lad is nice, he’s been schooling well and seems to have a lovely attitude. He’s taken to jumping well so we’re looking forward to getting him out and seeing where he’s at but he’s ticking a lot of boxes at home.
Then we have January Jets in the Beginners Chase. Obviously we’re against Klassical Dream in this, but my lad has experience under his belt now. He was behind Envoi Allen and Janidil in his last two outings and ran well on both occasions. He’s rated 138 now so he sets a nice standard, so we’re hoping to put his experience to good use and that he’ll run well here.
Then we have Notebook who I’m really looking forward to riding. I couldn’t have been happier with him the last day in Naas, I think he’ll have come on fitness wise from that and he likes it around Leopardstown.
On to the Novice Hurdle and I ride Irascible in this. He won in Clonmel the last day where he finished in front of Decimation. This is obviously a big step up for him, we’re hopeful that he can put up a good show and he shouldn’t be too far away. Obviously it looks competitive with Appreciate It, Ballyadam and I think Fire Attack could run a big race as well. We’re happy with him at home but we’ll see what he can do being upped in grade.
Then we’re on to the Handicap Hurdle, I have Due Reward in this, we’re back on a bit of nicer ground here and I’m hoping that’ll bring a bit of improvement. He’s going to want to improve on his last few runs to be in the shake-up but hopefully being back on the nicer surface will do that for him.
My last one for the day is in the Paddy Power Chase and I ride Minella Times in this. He won in Listowel the last day, he seems well at home, obviously you need a lot of luck in a race like this but I’m delighted to be riding him and hopefully we won’t be too far away.