Tuesday 28th February, 2017
Just returned from a trip to Ireland including a trip to Willie Mullins yard and the Dungarvan Cheltenham Festival Preview.
Thanks to the generosity of owner Jay Taylor, who purchased the morning on the gallops at the Adlestrop Club Charity
Golf Day last year, I attended the Mullins gallops yesterday morning.
It was a press morning which meant all the good horses were out in one lot and seeing all that talent in one session, I felt like a little boy in a sweet shop.
Willie and his wife Jackie are great people and made us very welcome. Although things may have not gone perfectly for
them this season, their list of talent is still remarkable.
I sense a fair bit of confidence behind Djakadam in the Gold Cup, Augusta Kate in the Albert Bartlett, Vroom Vroom Mag in the mares hurdle and Let’s Dance in the mares novice.
Yorkhill also looked outstanding and looks to have a life chance in the JLT. Limini looks on target to run in the Champion Hurdle and looked in good form after her weekend win, whilst Un De Sceaux looks to have a great chance in a competitive Ryanair.
In the evening I went to the Dungarvan Charity
Cheltenham Preview, organised by Sean Daly and Gordon Clarkson. Their great friend Kenny Whelan has been fighting serious illness recently and they wanted to use the evening as a benefit to him. However Kenny said he would rather the money go to the local Waterford Children’s Hospice. Ex-jockey Kenny is so popular that an incredible panel was produced for the night including AP McCoy, Davy Russell, David Casey, Henry De
Bromhead, Alan King and MC Mike Cattermole.
Everyone was in flying form and the Davy and Henry double act is one not to miss.
Snippets from the night include Kingy’s confidence in Master Blueyes in the Triumph and Davy Russell’s confidence in Zabana. For your information Henry de Bromhead’s charity bet was Petit Mouchoir in the Champion hurdle and David Casey, Mullins right hand man went for Augusta Kate in the Albert Bartlett.
AP was in particularly good form despite having played golf badly in the afternoon and his each way bet was Jezki in the Stayers Hurdle. With Barry Geraghty injured, you could sense the Champ wouldn’t mind coming back for one week only.