Vautour in good form for Ascot return
18 November 2015
We have worked and schooled a lot of horses over the past two days, and that includes Vautour, who is entered at Ascot in the Stella Artois 1965 Chase on Saturday.
He also has the option of the John Durkan Memorial Chase on the first weekend in December but we’ve supported that Ascot card well over the past few years – Annie Power and Faugheen both won the hurdle there in the past two seasons.
He worked well on Tuesday and is in good old form.
Hennessy Gold Cup:
The build-up to the Hennessy Gold Cup stepped up a gear on Tuesday when they held the press conference at the track. We left in Don Poli, Valseur Lido, Vroum Vroum Mag, Ballycasey and Urano just in case.
Realistically, it’s a big ask for a horse to win the Hennessy without a prep run. Our season goes on a lot longer for us than in England as we are trying to keep going for Punchestown at the end of the season so it probably comes a little early for us in our season. You can try to win everything but you just can’t.
The Hennessy probably comes a little early for Vroum Vroum Mag, who was impressive at Clonmel last week.
You are always tempted to find out what is under the bonnet but you like to leave as much as you can in the tank for the next step - temptation is the root of all evil. Racing is all about longevity so you try to do things as easily as you can.
You’d imagine she'd have scope for improvement. We are delighted what she does at home and what she does on the track.
I’m at Thurles on Thursday, when I ride Moyle Park in the www.thurlesraces.ie Beginners Chase.
If you don’t remember him it is because he hasn’t run since he was third to The Tullow Tank at Leopardstown in December 2013.
He has been going well at home. Obviously he’s got a long layoff so you’d imagine he’d improve for the run. I schooled him myself on Wednesday morning and he jumped nicely.
Willie [Mullins] has two in it and Net D’Ecosse was disappointing when he came from France last year. Gigginstown unleash All Hell Let Loose as well so it’s a decent beginners’ Chase, which is what you expect at this time of the year.
Willie also runs Sir Des Champs in the Boomerang Animal Bedding And Boomerang Horse & Country Store Chase.
He hasn’t run for the same length of time as Moyle Park but he is going well at home and seems to be in good form.
Like Sprinter Sacre at Cheltenham on Sunday the race conditions really suit him and is getting weight from horses that you’d imagine would be inferior to him.