DAVY RUSSELL Cheltenham Thursday

first_imgDelighted to get off the mark on Wednesday with Presenting Percy for Pat Kelly in the RSA and the Gold Cup dreams for next year are now very much on. He gave me a grand ride and I’m pleased to keep up my record of at least one winner every year at the Festival since 2006.The highs and lows of racing are never far away though and I’m bit sore on the knee after the fall from Bless The Wings in the Cross Country which forced me to give up my last two rides of the day. I’m resting up overnight and fingers crossed for the all-clear as I’ve got four rides to look forward to on Thursday.Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Ruby. Having worked so hard to be fit in time for the Festival it’s an absolute gut-wrencher for him to have suffered another leg injury.Here’s my thoughts on my four rides and the other races on day three.CHELTENHAM THURSDAY1:30 JLT Novices’ ChaseNo ride here but I think it’s between Invitation Only and Terrefort. Invitation Only’s close up third to Monalee at Leopardstown the last day looks better after Monalee’s good second in the RSA. Snow Falcon was fifth in the Leopardstown race but on a different day you never know and he could get involved.DELTA WORK (2:10 Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle)He is what he is and will need to produce a career best to win this. The Philip Hobbs trained Louis’ Vac Pouch has had a break to prepare for this and could run well as could Glenloe, stable companion of Delta Work, who will be suited by the ground conditions. I was onboard Presenting Percy when he won this 12 months ago and he’s turned out OK BALKO DES FLOS (2:50 Ryanair Chase)The ground softening is a worry for him but he is in good order and hopefully the sun will make an appearance on Thursday morning which would help. Un De Sceaux looks the one we’ve all got to beat as he bids to go back to back in the race.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>3:30 Sun Bets Stayers’ HurdleWide open but I just think Sam Spinner is young, stays really well and has done very little wrong all year. He looks the one to beat and at bigger prices L’Ami Serge might have place chances. I just worry with Supasundae that the ground might catch him out being by Galileo.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>THE STORYTELLER (4:10 Brown Advisory Handicap Chase)First run in a handicap. He’s in good form and has travelled over well and we think this is the right race for him. Plenty of dangers. King’s Socks is one to keep on the right side of and I thought Guitar Pete could run better than his odds suggest.HIGH SCHOOL DAYS (4:50 Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle)Hasn’t done a whole lot wrong but was well held by Getabird in the Moscow Flyer. Laurina will be a massive danger to all after her impressive success the last day at Fairyhouse.5:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge CupKatie Walsh rode Mall Dini last year but rides Sugar Baron this time which is an interesting booking but I think Squouateur will be hard to beat.Best of luck on day three.DAVY YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at [email protected] and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img