Rachael Blackmore provides the inside track on her two rides at Limerick on Sunday – including Henry de Bromhead’s Lets Go Champ in the handicap chase

  • Betfair has launched an initiative – the ‘Rachael Blackmore – Serial Winners Fund’
  • Blackmore is hoping for a big run from Lets Go Champ in the handicap chase
  • The jockey also has high hopes for Baldur’s Gate at Limerick on Sunday 

It’s been a quite week for Betfair Ambassador Rachael Blackmore and a couple of nice rides at Limerick on Sunday could see her add to the ‘Serial Winners Fund’ which currently stands at £205,000’’

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 every Cheltenham winner) every time Rachael Blackmore rides a winner. 

The fund currently stands at £205,000 and is expected to reach £250,000 by Grand National Day, Saturday 13th April, when the fund will draw to a close.

Here, Blackmore provides the inside track on her two rides at Limerick on Sunday.

Rachael Blackmore's two rides have a chance of adding to her Serial Winner Charity Fund

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

Limerick (Sunday)

4.05 – Lets Go Champ

I’m looking forward to riding Lets Go Champ in the two-mile-three-and-a-half-furlong handicap chase at Limerick on Sunday.

He ran well on his seasonal debut, his first chase, to finish third behind American Mike and Fact To File in a beginners’ chase at Navan in November, and he ran well again for a long way in the beginners’ chase that Embassy Gardens won over nearly three miles at Punchestown in December.

He is nine now, but he is very lightly raced for his age. He was a progressive hurdler last spring, he won his maiden hurdle at Tipperary in mid-April and he ran a big race to finish second in a competitive handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Festival nine days later. He seems to enjoy jumping fences, this trip is a good trip for him, and he’s in really good order at home. We’re hoping for a big run.

4.40 – Baldur’s Gate

Baldur’s Gate is very consistent. He has finished second in three of his last four runs, and he ran another good race last time in a qualified riders’ race at Leopardstown under Alan O’Sullivan. 

He led from the fourth last fence there and he was only passed on the run-in, after the by-passed final fence.

That was over two miles and five and a half furlongs, but he stays further than that, so the step back up in trip here should suit him. 

Conditions should suit him too, he goes well on soft and heavy ground, and he ran well in a novice handicap chase at Limerick over Christmas. He has been hitting the crossbar, so hopefully he can get his head in front here.

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