Fine week starts with Wallop
MY week got off to an encouraging start. On Monday morning, I was in Tommy and Fozzy Stack's to give Noll Wallop its last piece of work before tomorrow's Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. I just gave him a short blow over five furlongs, and he did it easily.
He was really well afterwards, so that put a spring in my step as I headed up to Roscommon for four rides on Monday evening. I ended up with a winner and two seconds, which wasn't a bad return.
Leo Gali, a nice filly of David Wachman's, won the fillies' maiden. She got the mile-and-a-quarter trip well and she might get even further in time.
Speechmaker, another three-year-old of David's, was second in the colts' race. That was only his second run and his first this year, so he should pay his way too.
I'll need him to, because when I got home to Cashel, I found that my fiancée, Carey Ann, had got slightly carried away with the home improvements. She told me she was going painting. Why a new kitchen and fireplace had to be put in for the walls to be painted is beyond me.
We got engaged a few months ago and people have been telling me that you're done for once the ring is on the finger -- I only realised on Monday what they meant!
I was back in Stack's on Tuesday. We had a busy morning, with most of this weekend's runners getting a blow.
Lolly For Dolly did her bit nicely. She's fit already, but it was good to see how well she was ahead of Sunday's 1,000 Guineas.
I also rode Great Huzzar, a Danehill Dancer two-year-old that makes its debut on Sunday. He did a nice piece on the grass and he handles this better ground well, so I'm looking forward to him now. He should be thereabouts.
I hadn't much on in the evening. I buy and sell a few hunters, so I went and checked on them in the field, before sitting down to watch the racing from Punchestown.
On Wednesday, I went into David's to ride work. His team is healthy and well.
I've been lucky that the Stacks' horses went so well early on in the soft ground, and David's are getting into gear now that it has dried up. With Fozzy's also holding their form, I'm lucky to be riding for two quality yards.
Thankfully, both Fozzy and David are straightforward to work with. If I have to choose between them, neither minds if I ride for the other. That makes my life easy.
I was back in David's again yesterday before heading to Tipperary in the evening. Wexford is the next port of call tonight, where Lady L might be my best spin.
When I rode her to finish third there over a mile two weeks ago, they didn't go very quick and she ran green. Stepping up to a mile and three furlongs tonight, with the run under her belt, she has a decent chance.
It's on to the Curragh tomorrow then. To have two good rides on such an important weekend is great.
Noll Wallop was very impressive when he won his trial, and I think he'll run a big race tomorrow. Lolly For Dolly has done nothing wrong either.
She had to be supplemented for Sunday's race on Tuesday, but it was the obvious target after she won so nicely at the Curragh the last day.
On her two performances this year and the way she works at home, she seems to have all the ability in the world, so we just want her to go out and prove it now.
For a jockey, the important thing is to be getting these good rides in the Group Ones. I haven't managed to win one yet, but if you are being put up on the right type of horse, it will come.
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