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DAVY RUSSELL: Saturday Racing Preview

I forgot to mention in last week’s blog that I was re-united with my old friend Tiger Roll at Gordon’s a couple of Thursday’s ago. It was smashing seeing him and we went for a little walk and a chat, nothing more strenuous than that. He was really well behaved and Mary, who looks after him, absolutely adores him writes DAVY RUSSELL.

I’m still remarkably in Dancing With The Stars although things are definitely hotting up now. This week we are dancing the Jive in front of a live orchestra. If I’m honest, I had thought I was ok at it until this morning’s practice. The reality is that my interpretation of the dance and the professionals’ interpretation are two very different things.

Anyway, I will continue to keep riding my luck and see how long this journey carries on. When I eventually get knocked out, the kids won’t know what to do with themselves – maybe they can have dancing lessons! They have their ponies to look after anyway.

On the subject of ponies, the Cheltenham Festival draws ever closer, and it was great being in Gordon’s seeing the buzz building. It’s a magnificent meeting and I just love the place. I tried to always play down the build-up to take pressure off myself. I’ve just been penning my thoughts on the big races this year for Star Sports’ Cheltenham Guides which will be out soon.

As for this weekend’s action, there is some good stuff on both sides of the Irish Sea…



3.50pm Fairyhouse Tote.ie Bobbyjo Chase (Grade 3) 3m 1 1/2f

Only the four of them headed by last year’s Irish Grand National winner I AM MAXIMUS who will love the ground. I can see why he is favourite, but I’m sure he prefers going the other way and he has to give a fair chunk of wait away to VANILLIER (pictured below). I’m not sure there is as much between them as the market suggests and the latter has his Grand National weight now so there are no concerns over marks. Gordon saddles both FURY ROAD and MINELLA CROONER who may just be up against it.


1.50pm Coral Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) (Class 1) 2m

This is always a good race and Paul Nicholls runs a really nice four-year-old here in KALIF DU BERLAIS (pictured below) He had a bit of reputation before his first run and looked every bit as good as the chat suggested he might be. Things are a bit tougher here under a penalty, but I reckon his class should see him through. Connections then may find it tough to sit Cheltenham out.

2.27pm Coral Pendil Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) (Class 1) 2m 4 1/2f

Another trappy looking small field affair where Nicky Henderson’s mare ARCLIGHT may just be the call getting chunks of weight. She has been really good this season and the horse she beat the last day won in Thurles earlier in the week.

Good Luck



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