Have to start the blog this week with a look back to Thursday’s action at Gowran Park. Obviously it was bitterly disappointing that Apple’s Jade didn’t run anything like her race. It’s just one of those things that sometimes happens in racing. She certainly felt fine for me going down to the start but I knew we were in trouble from as early as halfway and had no option but to pull her up in the end. She’ll get fully checked out to see if anything comes to light and has plenty of time before Cheltenham to hopefully make it to the Festival again.
In the Thyestes I was pleased with Roaring Bull – he was up in the weights after his Paddy Power win but still ran a big race for me, even though they may not have gone quick enough for him early on.
The surprise package was Chosen Mate winning so well in the beginners chase. It was a huge step up on his Fairyhouse run and he just seemed to handle the ground so much better at Gowran.
Have got some good rides to looks forward to this weekend at Fairyhouse on Saturday and Naas on Sunday. As usual I’ll be back on Saturday evening with thoughts on Sunday’s rides and reflections from Saturday.|
I’ll also be keeping a close eye on the Trials Day action from Cheltenham. Next weekend we have our own Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown so there should be clues aplenty in the next week ahead of all the preview nights.
Now for Saturday.
MILAN NATIVE (12.25pm)
He’s had a bit experience in beginners chases now and ran a good race for me in Thurles back in November when second to Royal Rendezvous. Since then he has finished fourth over course and distance so needs to build on that as it looks quite a tough opener with dangers including Allaho who runs in the Cheveley Park colours and Joseph’s (O’Brien) Early Doors who both bring decent form to the table.
FROM EDEN (1.00pm)
He was a winner here over hurdles but comes into this on the back of breaking blood vessels in his last race in Navan. He’s back over fences here with top weight. He can be a bit in and out and fingers crossed he’s on one of his better days and can give me a good spin round.
KAYF THOU (1.35pm)
A good genuine horse who always threatens to run a big race but is just struggling to get his head in front recently. He popped up at a big price to win this last year but you just have to be concerned that he’s now 10lb higher in the weights in what looks a strong renewal.
GALET D’OUDAIRIES (2.45pm)
First run for Gordon (Elliott) but the Simon Munir & Isaac Souede owned runner does bring some soft ground form from France so should be suited by conditions. We should know plenty more after this run in a big field of lightly raced sorts where dangers include Jon Snow who has finished third in both his maiden hurdles for Willie Mullins.
GOLDEN NOMAD (3.20pm)
No world beater but seems to be going the right way and wasn’t beaten too far when fourth in a big field at Naas last month. Back up in trip today but has winning Point form so stamina shouldn’t be much of a problem. Despite the big field it doesn’t look the deepest of races.
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