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Here he is with his thoughts ahead of Day Two…
I ride Duc Des Genievres in the Ballymore and when you’re up against Samcro, it’s obviously going to be a very hot race, but I’d be disappointed if he couldn’t run into a place. He’s improving with every run and I’d say he has a very good each way chance.
Against the likes of Monalee and Presenting Percy, Bonbon Au Miel looks up against it in the RSA. It’s his first run at Cheltenham but the trip and ground will suit him, however, he’ll have to improve on all known form if he wants to get involved.
I ride Bleu Berry in the 2.50pm, who in all honesty, is a bit of a long shot. I’d be hoping that he can run a nice race and show some improvement from the last day, but with horses like Max Dynamite and Royal Vacation in the race, I think it’ll be tough.
The Queen Mother is shaping up to be a very exciting race and I’m delighted to be on top of Min in this one. It would have been very hard for Ruby to get off Douvan and after Min’s win at Leopardstown at the Dublin Racing Festival against Special Tiara, I’m hoping for a big, big run from him.
I ride one for Dan Skelton called Solo Saxophone, in the Fred Winter who I know very little about but he won his first two runs of the season but then disappointed the last day, coming third at Exeter. These handicaps can be quite unpredictable though, and you never know what’s going to happen, so I’ll be hoping for the best here.
In the Bumper I’m on board Tornado Flyer who just got home to beat one of Gordon’s in his only run so far. Getaway John who he beat, then went on to win the next day at Punchestown which is a positive for us heading into this one. He’s inexperienced, like a lot of them in the race, but we like him at home and hopefully he can run a big race.
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