I was at Naas yesterday, where I had four rides throughout the day, picking up a nice win with SOME PLAN, and coming third on ARVICO BLEU and BLOOD CRAZED TIGER.
The opening race of the day was the I.N.H Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Maiden Hurdle, where I rode ARVICO BLEU for Henry De Bromhead and Gigginstown. He is a big horse, but is also raw and a bit immature. I’m confident that he’ll win a Maiden Hurdle over two-and-a-half miles, but his future will be over fences next year.
It was great to win the 1.20pm Novice Chase with SOME PLAN. We were up against some tough opposition in AMERICAN TOM, ROAD TO RESPECT and STONE HARD, so it was pleasing to come away with the win. SOME PLAN was very good and seems to have learned from his fall the last day. He did everything right and deserves another crack at graded level. He could even be a possible Arkle horse, depending on which way connections go.
BLOOD CRAZED TIGER ran a bit free in the Grade One Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle, but stayed at it very well, so I think he could pick up a few nice Novice Hurdle wins before he goes chasing. You can’t take anything away from DEATH DUTY, who won this race. He did it well and he’d be a great ride in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham.
I'm at Doncaster today, riding the Nicky Henderson trained HAMMERSLY LAKE. He has plenty of experience and his run the last day was very good. If he reproduces that form again, then I think he should be bang there. Saying that, Davy Russell is on MA DU FOU, who could be dangerous if he can make the transition and build on his first run over fences.
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