DAVY RUSSELL Thurles Saturday

first_imgFair to say I’m still coming to terms with last week and it’s safe to say the memories of the four winners on the big stage at Cheltenham will remain forever.Thanks for all the messages of support which are really appreciated.The show goes on, as ever, and it’s been another good week so far with three from three at Limerick on Wednesday and a winner at Cork yesterday. Hopefully that form will continue into the weekend.I’m riding at Thurles on Saturday and at Downpatrick on Sunday where the feature is the Ulster National. As usual, I’ll be back after racing on Saturday looking ahead to Sunday’s rides in a new blog.For now though, Thurles on Saturday and it’s going to be testing ground again but Thurles is a course that handles the wet weather well and it’s their last meeting of the season – so plenty of time for the ground to recover!THURLESBALLELA BOY (2.10pm)Very consistent and has form with some classy horses but a little frustrating so far not to have had a first win over fences. He is gradually being nudged up in trip by trainer Gordon Elliott and sooner or later will get his opportunity. He looks my best chance of a winner on the card, although we do have the Willie Mullins trained Turcagua to contend with. He showed plenty of promise on his chasing debut but fell at the second here at Thurles the last day.TOMBSTONE (2.45pm)It’s easy to make a case for all five runners here as there looks to be precious little to choose between them. My fella has to give weight away which isn’t ideal. He does have plenty of class though. Even when stepped up to Grade 1 level for the Flogas Novice Chase in Leopardstown last time he wasn’t beaten far even though finishing seventh to Monalee. I’ve ridden Castlegrace Paddy over hurdles and he made a nice winning chasing debut at Fairyhouse and looks a danger – but really they are all dangers.DIAMOND KING (4.30pm)Had no chance in the Coral Cup when caught up behind Dusky Legend who fell at the second. My fella was badly hampered and ground to a halt, I pulled him up before the next when he was tailed off. He has a much smaller field to contend with here, although the testing ground might not be ideal. Call The Taxie looks the biggest danger after going close in his last two starts.QUEEN KHALEESI (5.05pm)I ride this one for the first time but she finished a close second to me a few starts back here when I was on Goodthynemilan. That looked a good run and over the same course and distance and similar ground I’m hoping that she can play a part here and make amends for unseating her rider at Limerick the last day. The winner of that Limerick race, Ballea Fox, is back again and could go well off top weight.Good Luck.DAVY YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at [email protected] and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img

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