Nice to get a pre-Cheltenham winner on Saturday with Edene D’Arc who travelled well for me and stayed on nicely to win the opening maiden hurdle. She put her experience to good use and still seems to be on the upgrade.
Just Naas now before Cheltenham, the course passed their 7.30am inspection on Sunday because of the threat of snow and ice !!
Real winter weather and talking of which hope you’ve had chance to watch my ‘fireside Cheltenham chat’ with Alastair Down. The videos are below – hope you enjoy.
I’m Cheltenham bound on Monday morning and will be bringing you a daily blog with the latest news on all my rides.
Always seems to run his race but keeps finding a couple too good. I was third on him on his chasing debut at Thurles and he should know a bit more now about the bigger fences. He’s a grand horse and won’t mind any more rain should it arrive. Chacun Pour Soi is one of the more interesting rivals here – despite having not been seen for nearly three years.
3.45pm Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase Grade 3
No ride for me here but I think Camelia De Cotte will be hard to beat. She looks the most interesting runner in Ireland over the weekend with her bidding for a fourth successive win.
COUNT SIMON (4.20pm)
Making his handicap debut here after a consistent spell in novice and graded company. Always seems to run his race but this will be a new challenge for him – a big field handicap hurdle. Most of his recent form has come on better ground and I hope he can get competitive here. A whole host of dangers including Joseph’s (O’Brien) West Coast Time who ran a big race the last day at Gowran.
DAVY and ALASTAIR: PART 1
DAVY and ALASTAIR: PART 2
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