I‘ve been taking things a little bit easier this week recovering from a bump at Down Royal last Saturday. I took a tumble and suffered a dead leg when The Greek fell. It’s one of those things where the best cure is just some time and rest but I’m lucky enough to live close to the sea and have found that walking in the (cold) water does wonders.
I’m looking forward to tuning into some of the Breeders’ Cup action this weekend. I’ve always enjoyed riding over the jumps in the USA and always like to tune into the top flat action too.
But my main focus this weekend is the double bill of Naas and Navan and I’m looking forward to my rides at both. Sunday’s blog will be published on Saturday evening.
12.15pm PREVARICATE BetVictor Maiden Hurdle 2m
This fella got off to a good start when winning his point at Knockmullen and built on that with a good effort at Down Royal when second in a bumper. Prevaricate was only fifth at Fairyhouse in February but the break has done him the world of good and he has schooled well for his first day at school over hurdles. It’s a huge field so it’s hard to know what we are up against – Joseph O’Brien’s Uhtred obviously catches the eye with his smart bumper form.
2.30pm MALTON GROOVE BetVictor Irish EBF Maiden Hurdle 2m 3f
Gordon (Elliott) runs two here and they are hard to split on what we’ve seen so far at home. They are both really nice prospects and we can’t do any more with them at home so they’ll be ready to hopefully show good promise on the course. I ride Malton Groove, a son of Kayf Tara, who hasn’t raced on the flat. Again Joseph O’Brien looks to have a big chance, this time with the useful Eric Bloodaxe who is having his first start since finishing fourth in the Champion Bumper at Punchestown.
Elsewhere on the card …..
12.50 BetVictor Fishery Lane Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo) 2m
Gordon runs Teahupoo here who won his first three races before chasing home Jeff Kidder in Fairyhouse. He’s done loads of work so shouldn’t lack for fitness and will get every yard of this two miles and I’m sure beyond in the future. Quilixios will be a tough nut to crack if back to his best.
1.20 Poplar Square Chase (Grade 3) (4yo+) 2m
Gordon runs two here Felix Desjy and Andy Dufresne and again both have done plenty of homework. I think both will do well over longer trips later in the season. They are hard to split but I guess Felix Desjy has the benefit of a recent spin against his three main rivals who are all back after decent breaks.