Considering the time of year, it has been a relatively busy week. I had a winner at Tramore last Friday and have ridden most days since. Plenty of meetings run well into the evening at this time of year and that can be a bit of a grind for us jockeys. There always seems to be plenty of punters at a sunny evening meeting which has got to be good for racing but it’s not all sunshine for the guys in the weighing room! I finished fourth on my only ride at Killarney last night and rode out at Michael Hourigan’s yard this morning. There was no point in driving home for the afternoon so it’s back to Killarney ahead of tonight’s racing. I am now here seven hours earlier than I need to be which should give me enough time to walk the track!
I have just the one ride tonight on Supreme Vinnie at 7.55. Unfortunately for me and Vinnie it’s raining at the moment buy I’m hoping it’s going to stop soon. He finished second under Rachael Blackmore at Galway last month, she is nursing an injury at the moment and I wish her a speedy recovery. The track will suit Supreme Vinnie but Bentelimar looks the one to beat. I’m confident that if we can beat him it will take a fair one to beat us.
I will be back at Killarney again tomorrow and I’m looking forward to riding Marinero for Gigginstown and Henry De Bromhead. I won on Marinero over hurdles a month ago and he was very good that day. Briar Hill obviously brings plenty of class to the race for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh and will probably start favourite. Having said that, he has only had one start over fences to our five and I think that’s where we might have an edge on him. Marinero knows how to jump and travel over the bigger obstacles but there’s a chance Briar Hill might lack a gear in a race like this. Marinero is a good and classy horse, I would have to say he is my best ride of the week. Bryan Cooper would obviously be on board Marinero if he wasn’t injured. Whilst it’s a great ride to pick up I know that Bryan will be chomping at the bit to get back and I hope everything is going to plan for him.
It’s disappointing to see Ivan Grozny come out of the Ebor tomorrow. I won on him at Aintree in April and he gave me a great feel. I always pay close attention to one of Willie’s on the flat and having ridden him it would have been very interesting to see how he faired in a big handicap.
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