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Dai Bando is back for another crack at Kalkir


Leopardstown races

Leopardstown races

Leopardstown races

WHILE I think that Willie Mullins will mop up the Graded races at Kempton and Leopardstown, I would obviously love if he settled for second to Dai Bando who is trained by my husband Ross in the Grade Two Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Dai Bando locks horns with Kalkir again following their meeting at Fairyhouse when Willie's horse was an impressive winner and to be fair, while Ross is happy with Dai Bando and he has hopefully even improved from that run, you'd have to say that Kalkir probably did as well as it was his first run in Ireland.

Ross is dead right to have another go at him though as in horseracing you can never be afraid of one horse.

Friday is still a bit away yet and you don't know what could happen between this and then and if you hadn't declared and were sitting at home watching some other horse come up the straight you'd be fairly sick so he'll take his chance.

If Dai Bando runs the same race as the last day he should be placed and I think everyone will be happy with that.

I go to Leopardstown myself on Friday to ride a horse called Alamein in the bumper for Mouse Morris.

It is your typical Leopardstown bumper and it's a real good race with newcomers from Willie's, Dermot Weld's and Henry de Bromhead's and others with form in the race too but my lad had a run at Punchestown when he just met an aeroplane in Forgotten Rules and Mouse's horses are flying at the minute so hopefully we'll make the frame and see what happens after that.


It's certainly a good ride to pick up. I think Nina was to ride him but she goes to Down Royal to ride ON THE FRINGE and DELEGATE in the bumper up there and they should both win with a bit of luck.

On Saturday, Dad will run two in the Paddy Power Chase. Foxrock seems well after Punchestown and did a bit yesterday and Adrian Heskin was happy with him, while Colbert Station runs well around Leopardstown and hopefully can again but in a race like the Paddy Power you need an awful lot of luck in running and whichever horse gets that will go close.