Right Decision To Throw Supasundae At Punchestown Defence
It’s still up in the air a little bit about what horse I’ll be riding in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National.
BoyleSports Irish Grand National
Jessie has got a couple of runners in the race but it’s not definite if they’re going to run yet or even if they’ll get into the race. I think Willie Mullins is going to throw plenty of darts at it, as is Gordon Elliott. The next forfeit stage on Wednesday will be very interesting.
Jury Duty is a possibility for me. He was going very well when he unseated me in the Aintree Grand National. It’s a possibility that he might line up again, if Gordon is happy with him.
Others to look out for include Pairofbrowneyes, who was very impressive at Naas. Total Recall was a strong fancy for the English Grand National for Willie last year and it didn’t work out.
One for me that would be very interesting where she to line up is Shattered Love.
She was fancied each way for the Gold Cup, is a very, very good mare and won a JLT last year.
The rain is going to big a big help, particularly to the officials at Fairyhouse. They can ease off on the watering for a couple of days. I’d imagine we’ll have good ground for the Easter Festival.
Scottish Grand National
The Scottish National was ultra-competitive. It was brilliant for Nicky Richards and Sean Quinlan to win with Takingrisks. Well-named as a few risks were taken on the way around but he got away things. It was great for both of them in claiming a big prize. It was a good performance from the winner.
Verdana Blue was very impressive too in the Scottish Champion Hurdle. She’s a very, very good mare when she gets her conditions and it’ll be interesting to see where Nicky goes with her next.
He didn’t get home over the 3 miles at Cheltenham this year and the ground was probably a factor there too. But he won the Champion Hurdle at Punchestown last year and he won impressively over 2½ at Aintree so we just decided not to complicate things and let him go and defend his title at Punchestown.
It’s the right decision from Jessica Harrington to give him just one entry because if he’s fit and well that’s the race he’ll run in.
I’ve met Brendan on a few occasions and he’s a really nice man, very sociable and a real people’s person. Joseph has a huge operation down there with over 200 horses in training over both flat and national hunt but Brendan’s been in the game a long time and has fantastic knowledge.
I think he’ll be a huge asset to that team.
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