Rachael Blackmore provides the inside track on her 10 rides across the weekend – including an ever-improving Baldurs Gate at Fairyhouse on Saturday, while conditions should suit Miss Tempo at Naas on Sunday

  • Betfair has launched an initiative – the ‘Rachael Blackmore – Serial Winners Fund’
  • A further £5,000 is added to the fund every time Blackmore rides a winner
  • Blackmore has 10 rides across the weekend at both Fairyhouse and Naas 

Betfair launched its one-of-a-kind charity initiative, the ‘Rachael Blackmore – Serial Winners Fund’, to benefit both the ‘Injured Jockey Fund’ and the ‘Irish Injured Jockeys’ on Betfair Chase Day last November.

They kicked-off the fund with an initial £100,000 donation and add a further £5,000 every time Rachael Blackmore rides a winner. The fund currently stands at £150,000 and is expected to reach £250,000 by Grand National Day, Saturday 13th April, when the fund will draw to a close.

Rachael was the toast of Gowran Park on Thursday when guiding home A’int That A Shame in the historic ‘Thyestes Chase’. 

That victory saw the ‘Rachael Blackmore Serial Winners Fund’ swell by another £5,000 to £155,000 so it’s well on course to hit £250,000 by April. 

Blackmore has 10 rides across the weekend. Five on Saturday – Freddie Robdal, Baldurs Gate, Look To The West, Red Glory, Time For Tea – at Fairyhouse and five on Sunday – Spirit Of Legend, Katakana, Telmesomethinggirl, Nas Na Riogh and Miss Tempo – at Naas.

Rachael Blackmore will have 10 rides across the coming weekend with five on Saturday and five more on Sunday as she aims to grow Betfair's 'Rachael Blackmore - Serial Winners Fund'

Rachael Blackmore will have 10 rides across the coming weekend with five on Saturday and five more on Sunday as she aims to grow Betfair’s ‘Rachael Blackmore – Serial Winners Fund’

Fairyhouse – Saturday 

13.05 – Freddie Robdal

I ride on Freddie Robdal in the two mile one furlong handicap chase at Fairyhouse on Saturday. His last two runs have been way below his best but he seems in good order at home so we are hoping he can put in a much better performance here. 

13.40 – Baldurs Gate 

He was impressive when winning over an extended three miles in Punchestown back in November. I think the step back up in trip here should suit, he ran very well the last day behind R’evelyn Pleasure and that was over two miles four furlongs so hopefully he can go one better here. 

14.15 – Look To The West 

Look To The West runs in the Solerina mares novice hurdle. She was a really good winner of a point to point in Dromahane and won well then in Navan after a long enough absence, we were really happy with her run that day. She was very straightforward, jumped great and galloped well to the line. Hopefully she can put up another good performance here and what looks very competitive race. 

14.50 – Red Glory

Red Glory runs in the two mile maiden hurdle. He ran in Punchestown at the end of May which was his first run over hurdles. His jumping was a bit novicy that day but he has been schooling well since and with that experience under his belt, he should take a step forward here. 

15.25 – Time For Tea 

She runs in the restricted maiden hurdle for horses that haven’t been placed first, second or third and have had three runs. She was fourth in Down Royal over Christmas and ran a lovely race that day so hopefully another run like that should put her bang up there in this contest.

Blackmore is hoping Baldurs Gate can continue to improve at 13:40 at Fairyhouse on Saturday

Blackmore is hoping Baldurs Gate can continue to improve at 13:40 at Fairyhouse on Saturday

Naas Sunday 

13.00 – Spirit Of Legend 

Spirit Of Legend runs in the two and a half mile novice handicap chase. He was last seen over Christmas when he finished a long way behind Fact To File in a beginners chase at Leopardstown. It was a very good race but I was disappointed in how he finished and know he is a lot better than that but performance. He seems in good form at home so hopefully we can get him back on track here and see him run a much better race. 

13.35 -Katakana 

She’s a really nice four year old filly who has won twice over a mile and a half in France out of three runs. She is by the same sire as Envoi Allen. She’s been schooling really well at home so I’m very much looking forward to riding her here. 

14.10 – Telmesomethinggirl 

I ride Telmesomethinggirl in the Limestone lad hurdle. She was running over fences all of last season and was back over hurdles in Leopardstown at Christmas finishing fourth behind Jetara. She didn’t jump as well as she can that day but hopefully having that run back over hurdles will help her. She has schooled very well at home since. She is a very good mare and one that should never be discounted. 

15.15 – Nas Na Riogh 

Nas Na Riogh ran very well in Navan the last day to finish second behind Dancing City. He has come out that race really well and seems to be progressing. He is a lovely big horse and hopefully can step forward again here. 

15.45 – Miss Tempo 

I’m looking forward to riding Miss Tempo in the two mile two furlong handicap hurdle. Her last run was behind Harvard Guy in Navan, she was well beaten that day. She is back down in trip here but with the ground being heavy I think that should suit. Hopefully we can see her back to her best here.

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