DAVY RUSSELL: Thurles Saturday

After the Cheltenham Festival it was nice to get back to normality this week and I’m delighted to have ridden a couple of midweek winners for Gordon (Elliott).

Final List (Navan, Monday) and Ocean Voyage (Cork, Thursday) both got their jobs done nicely and will hopefully go on and win more races this season.

I stayed on in the UK on Saturday to ride Folsom Blue (pictured) in the Midlands Grand National which ended up being very attritional on the deep ground at Uttoxeter. He can be a bit quirky but he does keep plugging away and has entries for both the Aintree Grand National and the Irish Grand National next month.

Looking back on Cheltenham I can’t deny it was a frustrating week but that can happen at such a competitive meeting and you can only beat yourself up afterwards if you feel you made a mistake or could have done things differently and I don’t think that was the case.

Presenting Percy was never happy in the Gold Cup – he didn’t jump with his usual flair – there were no excuses with the ground but he simply never got into his comfort zone.

It’s obviously transpired since that he was found to be lame in his right hind. The only thing I can think of, looking back, is that we got a bump from the horse that came down at the first (Kemboy) and I don’t know, but maybe that could have caused some problems?

Earlier on Gold Cup day I thought going into the last that Coeur Sublime was going to win the Triumph. But Nico’s (de Boinville) horse Pentland Hills stayed on really well in what I thought was a very good renewal of the race.

Delta Work travelled well for me in the RSA but he just into the second last which halted his momentum at a crucial stage, he was staying on well again up the hill.

This weekend I am riding at Thurles on Saturday – my thoughts below and I’ll be back on Saturday evening looking ahead to Downpatrick on Sunday.




I’m riding her for the first time so don’t know much about her as yet. She’s been beaten a long way in her three starts to date, so we need to see an improvement as she gets stepped up in trip from the last day at Clonmel. She has placed form in point to points so hopefully the test of stamina will suit her here too.

CUBOMANIA (4.05pm Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase)

Makes a quick reappearance after I had to pull him up in the Close Brothers Handicap Chase at Cheltenham. The combination of the ground and trip may have gone against him there and the step back in trip and better surface will hopefully see him bounce back to form. Stable companion Duca De Thaix will also be suited by the quicker ground and could prove hard to beat.

STOOSHIE (5.15pm)

A horse I’m beginning to know really well. He made a pleasing start to his chasing career when third here but took a step backwards the last day at Naas when down the field. We need to see an improved run from him here and hopefully get him back in the right direction.


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