Husband and wife team to land Bobbyjo
Riding a winner for your husband must be a nice feeling, and Katie Walsh can experience it again in the At The Races Bobbyjo Steeplechase today at Fairyhouse, with the pair teaming up with the doughty filly, Baie Des Iles.
The six-year-old grey, which gave Walsh an exhilarating spin when scoring at Punchestown earlier in the month, was promoted to a rating of 146. That leaves Ross O'Sullivan's steed with something to find with Roi Des Francs, Wounded Warrior and former Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere. None of that trio is guaranteed to give his running.
"The Irish National is a race we've our eye on, but a lot will depend on the ground," O'Sullivan said.
"We've also left her in the Kim Muir in Cheltenham and there's the Leinster National in Naas the Sunday before, so we've got a few options."
An intriguing opening Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle, a Grade Three, sees Landofhopeandglory return to the track. Joseph O'Brien's best juvenile may be a shade vulnerable on this ground, with the race perhaps a prep for Cheltenham, and he must give a stone to Dinaria Des Obeau.
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Gigginstown's filly would have finished closer to stablemate Mega Fortune at Leopardstown had she jumped with more alacrity; that experience should stand to her.
The mares' handicap hurdle provides The Green Lady with the opportunity to quickly supplement her Punchestown maiden win. She is probably well-in under a fixed penalty in theory, but Golden Flowerpower should prove better than her rating also.
The two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle is an excellent contest. Presenting Percy, which is going to be on the Cheltenham ticket if he can sneak into the Pertemps, may need to win this in order to do so. Perhaps he can out-stay the progressive That's A Wrap, though Marakoush rates a dark one on his first outing in over a year.
Davy Russell takes the steer on Pat Kelly's charge and he can double up aboard Blackmail, the nap selection, in the maiden chase. With Dicosimo not straightforward, Blackmail - a smart sort over hurdles - can take advantage.
Jamie Codd, with an excellent book of rides considering his amateur status at Cheltenham, will fancy the chance of Aupcharlie in the hunter chase. His former stablemate, Fulham Road, makes his racecourse debut in the Ian Smith Memorial (Pro/Am) Flat Race.
Though it is over three years since he ran in his point, Rich Ricci once described him as the best bumper horse he owned. That need not still be the case and he can collect this.
Meanwhile, Lizzie Kelly is to become the first woman to ride in the Timico Gold Cup for 33 years, and only the second ever, aboard Tea For Two.
Willie Mullins is aiming to win that for the first time with two-time runner-up Djakadam. The same connections' Limini remains a potential runner in the Stan James Champion Hurdle, though she would need to be supplemented by Ricci. She is now as low as 9/2 for the race, well backed yesterday.