First up, before I let you know my thoughts on the two big races in Gowran, plenty of you have asked me about the dancing writes DAVY RUSSELL.
Sunday night was really tough as it was the first elimination, and the judges gave me a really poor score.
I went home and watched it again with the kids who couldn’t understand why I scored so low as they thought I was brilliant.
To be fair to the judges, it was a tough watch if I’m being critical on myself as I was just a bit slow and clumpy.
Edelle thought it wasn’t too bad and told me she thought I was going to be brutal 😊
Anyway, I’ve had a fair bit of stick on social media about trying to slip into the finals by qualifying off the bare minimum mark – if only that were true and this is no Pertemps Final!
I have to up my game big time as this week’s dance is a real fun one which should get you all up out of your chairs.
PIC: Dancing With The Stars / RTE
Anyway, more about the racing and less about the dancing…
2.15pm – John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle (Grade 2) 3m
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Only the five in the Galmoy where Thedevilscoachman is a warm favourite with first time blinkers. I’d say he might be worth taking on though with Ashdale Bob (pictured below) who finished behind him the last day. The pair were second and third behind Sir Gerhard in Punchestown and there may not be that much between them again. The presence of Monkfish after his absence and Farouk D’alene make things interesting. I’ve just a feeling that Ashdale Bob may be the forgotten one in the race.
2.50pm – Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m 1f
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Gordon saddles a fair old team as you might expect. The pick looks to be Dunboyne as he goes well in Gowran and Jack looks to have picked him over the rest. Gevrey has become a little inconsistent as he seems to either win or pull up. There is a race in Diol Ker for sure and he could go well at a massive price while Fakir D’alene was brought down the last day having been in good form.
I’d say you’d have to respect Jack’s opinion and the lad doesn’t know how to ride a loser at the moment – fair play to him. Looking at the opposition and I’d say this might not be enough of a test for Angels Dawn. I’d fear Any Second Now more than her to be honest despite the fact that he is now 12-years-old. He’s been trained specifically for the race and is bound to run his race. Paul (Townend) rides Glengouly who has a nice racing weight and the benefit of a nice prep race. That combo are always to be feared in a race like this.
Then there’s local trainer Pat Fahy with Stormy Judge down the bottom of the weights. He’s switching back to fences off a lovely mark for a stable in form. There you go, I’ve mentioned just about every runner. So, I am going to narrow it down to a 1-2-3 and think Jack may ride another winner…