I have an exciting couple of days of racing ahead, after a nice win yesterday on ALPHA DES OBEAUX at Thurles who was very good. He jumps well and I think he’d look a lot better in a better race, around a better track with bigger fences, but he did everything I asked of him yesterday, so I was pleased with his performance.
It’s great to be back at Cheltenham today on the opening day of the Showcase Meeting, where I have three rides. My first is RIDESTAN in the Squareintheair.com Novice chase who won a Grade 3 the last day. I think Paul Nicholls’ horse MARRACUDJA is the one to beat in this one though, who was very impressive last time out, but I think if we can get past him then we’ll be bang there.
I ride WINTER LION in the next, who has been very impressive in the past, wining a number of Handicap Hurdles, but has been disappointing since. Saying that though, if he’s back to his best he could do well in what looks to be a pretty open race. He likes to get on with things and goes a good gallop, so I’m hoping he returns to good form.
My third and final ride today is FULL CRY who is a consistent horse who jumps well, and if we can get past TIGER ROLL, he has a squeak of winning here.
I’m at Punchestown tomorrow and I’m really excited to be on board IDENTITY THIEF in the Beginners Chase at 3.55. He was a top hurdler last year and hopefully he jumps as well as does at home where I have been very impressed with him.
I ride BILKO and POLYMATH for Gordon Elliott as well, who both have their chances in their respective races. Things look very open in both races, so I am hoping for two strong performances.
My final ride tomorrow is FAIRY ISLAND who’s trained by my Father. He’s been off the track for a good while and the last few days he jumped terribly, giving away a lot of ground, but hopefully he has learned from that and if he puts his best foot forward he has a great chance.