Robbie Power Rides Minella Indo In Irish Gold Cup On Saturday
Robbie Power has said he is hopeful Minella Indo can bounce back from pulling up in the King George after it was confirmed he will partner Henry De Bromhead’s charge in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown this Saturday.
Power made his return to the saddle last weekend after an injury kept him side-lined for more than three months and insists the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner will be more suited to the Leopardstown track than he was at Kempton. He spoke to Leon Blanche about the Irish Gold Cup & his own chances riding Minella Indo. Take a look below!
"There’s no horse more exciting to get on than Minella Indo!"
🏇 @Robbie_Power_ is riding Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Minella Indo, in the Irish Gold Cup at the Dublin Racing Festival in Leopardstown on Saturday.
— BoyleSports (@BoyleSports) February 3, 2022
“This is why you get up every morning whether you’re fit or not and fight hard to get back racing,” he told BoyleSports on Thursday. “Sitting at home watching racing over Christmas was hard to take, but there’s no more exciting to get on than Minella Indo and hopefully he can run a big race.”
“Obviously, it was disappointing when he pulled up in the King George, but horses can do that and bounce back; Chantry House won at Cheltenham last week after pulling up in the King George.
“So, I’d be very happy to put a line through that. Some people may say he’s on a retrieval mission, but I don’t think he is; he has loads of class and as a multiple Grade One winner, he has nothing to prove to anybody. Leopardstown will suit him more than Kempton and he ran a decent race here last year before going on to win the Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
“I was down at Henry De Bromhead’s yard this week and jumped four fences on Minella Indo and he gave me a great feel. I’m looking forward to riding him in what looks to be a fantastic race.
Power also lined up the opposition in Saturday’s showpiece, with Frodon and Kemboy the current joint favourites at 5/2 with BoyleSports.
“It’s a cracking renewal,” he added. “Frodon was so impressive at Down Royal before a solid King George and it’s guaranteed to be a strongly run race with him in there, Bryony will be taking no prisoners. Kemboy is a Leopardstown specialist and is probably the horse we all have to beat.
“I wouldn’t rule Delta Work out either; he ran better than his finishing position suggested when sixth in the Savills Chase at Christmas, he’s a very talented horse.”
Irish Gold Cup Latest Odds:
5/2 – Frodon
5/2 – Kemboy
3/1 – Minella Indo
9/2 – Asterion Forlonge
14/1 – Delta Work
14/1 – Janidil
33/1 – Conflated
66/1 – Cilaos Emery
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR ROBBIE POWER
Robbie ‘Puppy’ Power is BoyleSports’ Racing Ambassador and a successful National Hunt jockey with a number wins and achievements under his belt.
During his career he has won many prestigious races. He famously rode 33/1 outsider Silver Birch to victory in the 2007 Grand National at Aintree in only his second appearance in the illustrious race.
In 2011, he had his first Cheltenham Festival winner in the RSA Chase. In 2017 he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Punchestown Gold Cup on Sizing John. He also won the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Our Duke.