Delighted on Saturday to win the Dan Moore Memorial for the second year in a row. Duca De Thaix travelled really well for me during the race and stayed on bravely up to the line.
On now to Punchestown on Sunday where I have four rides.
ANGE D’OR JAVILEX (12.40pm)
I’m reunited with Ange D’or Javilex here and it’s fair to say he hasn’t set the world a light yet in his first three runs over hurdles for Gordon (Elliott) after a long absence from the track. This is not the most competitive race but my fella has a lot to prove and I’m hoping switch to fences can spark him into life.
BEN DUNDEE (1.15pm)
A really good looking Grade Two Novice Chase where I’m reunited with Ben Dundee who fell in the big Grade One Chase in Leopardstown over Christmas. He is somewhat on the comeback trail here having been pulled up at Navan before that spill the last day, but he was good before that. This will require a lot more though with Winter Escape looking the obvious one despite the penalty. He won nicely at Cork and should take some beating if handling the step up in trip. Another one to keep an eye out for is A Plus Tard who gets a lot of weight down the bottom. He’s only five, but has plenty of ability.
FELIX DESJY (2.50pm Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle Grade 2)
I’m looking forward to riding Felix Desjy in the feature race as he took a step back in the right direction the last day. He started the season with a nice win in Galway, but didn’t really build on that at Navan in his next two starts. He was better last time behind Salsaretta and is entitled to be competitive here. He steps back to two miles here which will hopefully suit and there are grounds for optimism. Gordon also saddles Swordsman who looks a huge danger though. He is a full brother to the unbeaten Battleoverdoyen so if he can repeat that fella’s heroics from last weekend, he’ll take some beating.
SONG OF NAMIBIA (3.20pm)
I rode this fella for the first time over Christmas in Leopardstown where he finished seventh. It wasn’t a bad start but he’ll need to improve for the run as there could well be some decent types lurking in this big field including Elixir D’Ainay who has a Grade 1 entry later in the month and Song Of Namibia’s stable companion Vision D’Honneur who should come on plenty for his debut in Leopardstown when fourth.
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