A rare Saturday off for me with no jumps racing in Ireland so it’s given me chance to watch a little rugby and Munster’s dramatic win against Edinburgh.
It won’t be quite so relaxed next Saturday though as the Grand National will be just hours away and I can’t wait to get back aboard Tiger Roll who is such a hero.
I popped him over a couple of the mock National fences at the Curragh this week and he was in fine fettle, although we could have done without the weights going up 4lb with Bristol De Mai being pulled out.
Tiger Roll and @_Davy_Russel_ along with the rest of @gelliott_racing‘s Grand National team were on the Curragh schooling grounds today practicing over the Grand National fences ahead of @AintreeRaces next week. 🏇👏#GrandNationalFestival pic.twitter.com/BafVydMcr9
— Horse Racing Ireland (@GoRacing) March 27, 2019
Final riding plans are still to be confirmed but I hope to be at Aintree on all three days of the meeting and will be bringing you my latest news on my Star Sports blogs.
Back to Sunday though and I have three rides at Limerick. We’ve had some glorious weather today so I’m expecting it to quicken up there.
SERIOUS EGO (2.20pm)
We thought at the beginning of the season this fella would win a couple of races but so far it’s just been the one win at Leopardstown last month when the ground was soft. Although he’s back in novice company today, the conditions of this race make it very similar to a novice handicap and like a lot of races at Limerick today it looks very competitive. Whatsafellatodo is going for a hat-trick and looks a big danger – if coping with the quicker ground.
BLACK TEARS (2.55pm)
She ran a cracker for me at Cheltenham when fourth to Eglantine Du Seuil in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. She got a bump just before the last which probably cost us third spot but it was still a grand effort and obviously this looks easier. You never quite know how they are going to run after Cheltenham but I saw her the other morning and she looked good. Our biggest danger on the form book looks likely to be Cut The Mustard who also ran at Cheltenham.
TYCOON PRINCE (4.40pm)
He’s been struggling in his latest races and is probably best on left-handed courses but this represents a drop in class for him which will hopefully see a better effort. Stable companion Dakota Moirette should win a handicap chase at some point but it looks a trappy race with most of them having something to prove.
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