You will have noticed that I’m not booked for any rides this weekend and that’s because I’m recovering from the spill I took in the last at Gowran on Thursday. I’m penning this now as I sit in hospital having just had an x-ray on my ribs. There doesn’t seem to be anything broken, but I’ll still take a few days off to recover and will hopefully be back in action again on Tuesday.
Percy back with a bang
The one bit of good news from Gowran was PRESENTING PERCY’s performance in the Galmoy Hurdle on his first run back of the season. It was a magical day and he got such a lovely reception from the knowledgeable crowd going out, as well as coming back in. He did everything perfectly throughout the race and as I said afterwards, he always seems to just do enough and pull out that bit more when asked. I am just very lucky to be asked to ride him and his trainer Pat Kelly is a master of his trade. The plan will probably be to come back to the Red Mills here next month, but I’ll leave that one to the trainer. It was the perfect stepping stone towards the Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March and it’s exciting to have him back on course.
Cheltenham Trials Day
There is some cracking racing to look forward to at Cheltenham this weekend with the feature being the Cotswold Chase (2.25pm). It will be interesting to see how Frodon gets on with the step up in trip as he is so good around the track. However, I reckon he will be doing well to beat ELEGANT ESCAPE who looks to be a horse on the upgrade. He looked all about stamina when he won the Welsh National last time and will run all the way to the line. As for the Cleeve Hurdle (3.35pm), it looks a fascinatingly competitive race between the old guard and the potential new one. The likes of Unowhatimeanharry fly the flag for the old-timers whilst you have to respect some of the rising younger talent like Midnight Shadow and Paisley Park. That said, the one I’d like to be on is BLACK OP as he returns to hurdles after failing a little over the bigger obstacles. He was a good second to Samcro at the Festival last year and I’ve always felt he was worth a try at this trip.
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