Rachael Blackmore provides the inside track on her three rides on day two of the Grand National Festival – including Envoi Allen in the Melling Chase

  • Betfair has launched an initiative – the ‘Rachael Blackmore – Serial Winners Fund’
  • Blackmore looking forward to riding Life In The Park over Grand National fences 
  • Multiple Grade One winner Envoi Allen out to put up another solid performance

Betfair Ambassador Rachael Blackmore has the chance to add to the ‘Serial Winners Fund’ before it draws to a close on Grand National Day on Saturday.

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 (£10k for per Cheltenham winner) every time Rachael Blackmore rides a winner. 

The fund currently stands at £205,000. 

Here, Blackmore provides the inside track on her three rides at Aintree on Friday.

Rachael Blackmore’s three rides have a chance of adding to her Serial Winner Charity Fund

Aintree (Friday)

1.45 – Heart Wood

Heart Wood is set to take his chance in the Grade 1 Mildmay Novices’ Chase on Friday.

He was very good in the Leopardstown Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival. He’s very lightly raced and I think that he’s progressive.

He’s obviously taking a big step up here, from a handicap chase into a Grade 1, but we’re really happy with him at home. I hope that he can stay the trip, and I’m hoping that he can take the step up in class.

3.30 – Envoi Allen

Envoi Allen came out of Cheltenham really well, he seems to be in great order.

He ran a brilliant race again in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham, we were as happy as you could have been, in finishing second. Heavy ground wouldn’t be his preference, but the Melling Chase is run over a slightly shorter trip than the Ryanair Chase, and Aintree’s finish obviously isn’t as stiff as Cheltenham’s. It’s going to be a very good race, but we’re hoping that he can put up another solid performance.

4.05 – Life In The Park

Life In The Park ran really well in the Plate at Cheltenham. He finished fourth, but he didn’t have the clearest of passages at an important part of the race.

It was a really good run from him though, it was great to see him bounce back to form. He was racing in a first-time tongue-tie on that occasion, and that seemed to help him, so hopefully it can have a similar effect now.

I’m very much looking forward to riding him over the Grand National fences. He schooled over some Aintree type fences last week and he schooled really well. He should take to the fences all right and, as long as he does, he could run a big race.

Source link