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DAVY RUSSELL: Weekend Blog

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that again I’m not riding this weekend.

We’ve had some sickness in the family, all the little ones have been ill and we can’t seem to shrug this bug off.

It does mean that I have given my bruised ribs time to heal – but I could just do with everyone getting a bit better now so we can all move on.

There is some good racing both sides of the Irish Sea this weekend and here are my thoughts on some of the action. I’ll be back with a new blog on Saturday evening looking ahead to Naas on Sunday.

PS: Don’t forget to download my Cheltenham Festival Pocket Guide. Packed with stats and my thoughts on all the big races.




2.45pm Tommy Carberry Handicap Hurdle

American Mike runs in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle and Gordon (Elliott) came out earlier in the week and said he was keen to get a fourth run under hurdles for this lad just to open up the opportunity of potentially running in one of the handicaps in Cheltenham. He gave me a good spin at Navan a couple of weekends ago when he was fourth to Hunters Yarn over two miles which would have been plenty short enough for him. Hopefully he can take a step forward here.

3.55pm tote Fantasy Bobbyjo Chase (Grade 3)

The big race of the afternoon in Ireland is the Bobbyjo Chase where Gordon runs both Pencilfulloflead and Farclas. Listen, on paper this looks the ideal opportunity for Kemboy to get back into winning ways but both of our lads will keep him up to his task. Pencilfulloflead was much better in Gowran the last day and won’t be far away again.


1.50pm Coral Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)

It will be fascinating to see how Nusret gets on against some of the good English juveniles. He’s got plenty of form at home in Ireland against some good ones so we get some kind of feel where the English juveniles are at. Nusret chased home two good ones of Willies in his last starts – Blood Destiny and Lossiemouth so if he were to win here win it would enhance their Cheltenham prospects.

3.00pm Coral Trophy Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap)

A good renewal of this valuable handicap chase with some smart ones at the top including both Frodon and Saint Calvados. I was impressed with Cap Nu Nord last weekend and Cian Quirke comes over for his first ride in England. The pair should take some beating again.


3.25pm Vertem Eider Handicap Chase

This takes plenty of getting and it could be a good day for Christian Williams who saddles Kitty’s Light here. He was in grand form at the back end of last season when a good second in the Scottish Grand National followed by a third behind Hewick in the Bet365 Gold Cup. That form is rock solid and he appears here a good 10lb lower than those days. The stable hit form last weekend and he may just take some beating.

Good Luck



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