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It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a blog as I’ve had a bit of time to myself since Cheltenham. Listen, things didn’t quite go to plan there and came to a premature end as I was still feeling a bit sore.

My phone has been buzzing the whole time with journalists asking me whether that’s it and the answer is no, it’s not. I will ride in Aintree but not at Fairyhouse this weekend. To be honest with you I’ve been plenty sore enough since Cheltenham and it’s taken a bit of time to come to myself. I’m feeling a lot better now but will concentrate on getting fit for Aintree. I’ve chatted things through with Gordon and we agreed that was the right thing to do. It didn’t feel right to end it after the way things finished in Cheltenham.

Looking back at things, Leopardstown all went according to plan with Mighty Potter giving me a fantastic day and then I just took that innocuous fall from The Tide Turns. The horse coming behind me just knelt on my back and got me under the back protector. That didn’t help me going to Cheltenham and that just set me back. I’d been bouncing fit before that, and it just put me on the back foot. Don’t get me wrong, I felt good going into Cheltenham, but riding for four days solidly at that level without a break was just too much.

I cleared my head immediately post Cheltenham by heading to Dubai where we were selling horses in the breeze-up sales for three or four days. I’m not great at sitting around on holiday doing nothing but I did manage to sit by the pool for a while.

As for this weekend, I won’t be in Fairyhouse as we are going jumping in Limerick with the kids for a few days. In fact, we have taken a cottage for a few days and will make a weekend out of it.

I can’t tell you the buzz I get out of spending time with them and we’ll take three ponies with us. We’ll be rushing around non-stop from 6am each day catching up with so many friends from the past. The kids will be mad busy and love warming up other peoples’ ponies let alone ours.

With a week to go until the Grand National itself, Gordon has earmarked Galvin as my possible spin and he gave me some feel in Cheltenham when he chased home Delta Work. Listen, there is still a lot of water to go under the bridge between now and then and we both have to get there, but that would be lovely. Ronnie (Bartlett) has been a huge supporter of mine over the years and it would be great to give the National a crack. Speaking of Nationals, it’s the Irish version on Monday…

EASTER MONDAY

FAIRYHOUSE

Irish Grand National – 5.00pm

I’m posting this before the final declarations have been made and it looks like Thedevilscoachman will be favourite for JP. He’s a smart novice with a lovely racing weight, but he’ll have to jump better to win this. I’d say the one that catches my eye at this stage is Panda Boy (pictured below, red cap) for the Brassils. He took a fall the last day but is much better judged on his good third in the Paddy Power Chase in Leopardstown at Christmas. He looked worth a crack at this trip and he won’t be far away. Gordon will saddle a few headed by Chemical Energy and The Goffer. The former was a good second in Cheltenham behind last year’s Irish National runner-up and should go well. The Goffer was brilliant in Leopardstown at the Dublin Racing Festival and gave me a great feel in Cheltenham. He’s a grand horse but has had a few tough races now and is 9lbs higher than Christmas. ⭐ STARSPORTS.BET MARKET

Wishing you all well over the Easter weekend and look forward to blogging over Aintree.

Good Luck
Davy


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