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DAVY RUSSELL: Cheltenham Wednesday

No wins on the opening day but agonisingly close on Midnight Tour who ran an absolute cracker for me in the Mares’ Hurdle. Also delighted with Mick Jazz’s great run in the Champion Hurdle to finish third behind Buveur D’Air.

I have a full book of rides on the second day, here are my thoughts on them:

CHELTENHAM WEDNESDAY

MIND’S EYE (1.30pm Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle)

Trip is a slight worry but he should be OK in the ground as I was onboard him at the back end of last year when he won both his maiden at Fairyhouse and a handicap at Leopardstown both on testing ground. This really is the deep end for him though and it’s stating the obvious that Samcro is going to be very hard to beat with Next Destination the most likely danger.

PRESENTING PERCY (2.10pm RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase)

We were hoping for decent ground and whilst we are not going to get it, it’s encouraging to see some drying weather at the track on Tuesday. He’s raced well on testing ground this season but needs a career best for him to win this. It’s the race of the meeting for me with the likes of Monalee, Dounikos and any number of other dangers.

DIAMOND KING (2.50pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle)

Just the one run so far this year but he ran well behind the Willie Mullins trained Killultagh Vic at Punchestown. My fella won this for me back in 2016 when he carried 11-3 and tops the weights here off 11-12 which is not ideal in the ground. It’s a wide-open race but he he’s in good form and I can only be hopeful rather than confident. There are dangers everywhere, keep an eye on the novices too.

ORDINARY WORLD (3.30pm Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase)

Very consistent and likeable horse. Made a mistake behind Min and has a lot of ground to make up with him. Would have preferred better conditions. He’s a good actioned horse who jumps well off better ground. Altior and Douvan are the obvious class acts in a top quality championship race.

BLESS THE WINGS (4.10pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase)

Now a 13-year-old but I got a great tune out of him the last day here when he won well over this cross country course and trip. The twists and turns really play to his strengths and he was second in this last year. Stable companions Cause Of Causes and Tiger Roll will be big dangers along with the Enda Bolger team.

MITCHOUKA (4.50pm Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle)

Ground is in his favour. He’s a great jumper and really enjoys it, although might prefer a jump closer to the finish as that’s his strength. Joint top weight but he has earned his rating for a great season so far and fingers crossed he can put in another massive effort.

FELIX DESJY (5.30pm Weatherbys Champion Bumper)

A lot of confidence behind him, he is working really well. Might appreciate better ground but it is what it is. Very competitive bumper this year – dangers include Acey Milan, the Willie Mullins runners and interesting to see Barry (Geraghty) team up with Joseph O’Brien on Rhinestone.

Best of luck on day two.

DAVY


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