DAVY RUSSELL BLOG Sun: Naas
Happy New Year !! 2022 started nicely for me with a win on Mount Ida in the Grade 3 Mares Chase in Fairyhouse on Saturday. She travelled really nicely for me despite a few jumping errors but made up for that with a really brave and gutsy display and fought all the way to the line.
The show moves on to Naas on Sunday and I’m really looking forward to teaming up again on Hollow Games in the feature. Thoughts on my three rides below.
1.35pm GEVREY Eastcoast Seafood & Gouldings Hardware Handicap Chase 2m
I’m riding Gevrey for the first time and hopefully he will start showing us a little more over the larger obstacles. His only win over hurdles was on heavy ground, which is expected again today, so hopefully that will help him again, together with the step back in trip. That said it looks a competitive enough opener.
2.10pm HOLLOW GAMES Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f
The first Grade 1 of 2022 for me and I’m hugely looking forward to getting back aboard Hollow Games (pictured below) and am hoping he can continue his unbeaten sequence. He’s turning into a really good horse – winning two bumpers and two hurdles for us but this, without doubt, will be his toughest task to date. As I’ve mentioned in the blog before we really don’t know how good he is because he doesn’t really show us much at home. He seems to save all his best form for the racecourse which I guess is a nice problem to have. Gordon (Elliott) also runs Ginto who also races in the Bective Stud colours and is also developing into a really talented performer. He handled his step up in class to a Grade 2 in grand style the last day in Navan. They wouldn’t have worked together so we have no line there but I think it would be a mistake to think this is a two horse race. I’ve huge respect for the chances of both Whatdeawant and Grand Jury who both come into this on the back of wins and look progressive enough to be competitive at the top table.
2.45pm NOBLE BIRTH I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle 2m
Noble Birth ran better than his 8th place might suggest the last day in Punchestown when not beaten but far but his jumping let him down and he needs to brush that up to be competitive in this company. Fingers crossed he’ll have learnt from his first start over hurdles and can build on that run.