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DAVY RUSSELL BLOG: Down Royal Saturday

It felt like the season really stepped up a gear at Down Royal on Friday with two of the big guns from the stable getting the job done very nicely in American Mike and Pied Piper whose job was made easier when my intended mount Fil Dor ended up a non runner because of the ground.

As I said in my blog yesterday the ground wasn’t likely to trouble Jungle Prose and that was the case as she gave me a lovely feel. The mare travelled really well for me and I thought it was a super performance from her defying her hike up the handicap after her win in Thurles the last day.

I’ll be staying over in Down Royal on Friday night as it’s a good four hour drive which is just a bit too far.

Two nice rides to look forward to including Galvin in the big one …

SATURDAY

DOWN ROYAL

FELIX DESJY 1.58pm Charles Hurst DS Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+ 0-150) 2m 1f

I ride Felix DesjyΒ (pictured below, right) in the handicap hurdle and we all know how classy he can be on his day – so he’d have a chance if he puts his best foot forwards. This is mighty competitive though and he’s got to give a fair bit of weight away. Gordon also saddles Ebasari, Douglas Dc and Pats Choice who I rode to finish second at Galway the last day. He’ consistent and got a nice racing weight so should competitive again>

GALVIN 2.32pm Ladbrokes Champion Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+) 3pm

The big race of the day is the Grade 1 Champion Chase where I am looking forward to riding GalvinΒ (pictured below) again. He gave me a lovely feel when I sat on him earlier in the week and the fact he has a run under his belt is a big plus. He was good in Punchestown and comes here in great form. This will be no pushover as they all can be given a chance despite the small field. Don’t forget my fella was beaten in this 12 months ago. Gordon also saddles Conflated who is in rude form at home and won’t be far away either. And then there’s the likes of Envoi Allen – and we know how good he can be on his day if he bounces back to his best form.

Good Luck
Davy


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