I’ll be back for Punchestown
16 April 2014
Fighting fit for Punchestown:
I'll be getting back on a horse at the weekend. It’s like riding a bike, you never forget how to ride. I was laid up for a fortnight, but then I’ve been doing plenty of physio and gym work since. I'll probably be fitter going to Punchestown than I was going to Cheltenham – if the physio has his way! I'll be plenty fit enough.
I will have to have an operation, but I won't have to have it until later in the summer. They did enough with me to get me fit enough to ride and I'll have the operation a bit further down the line. The doctors are happy with it and if they're happy with it, I'm more than happy.
It's not been as frustrating as I thought it would be. Gillian (Walsh, wife) had our third daughter, so that took up quite a bit of time. Thank god they’re both home, healthy and well.
I thought I'd be out for quite a bit longer, so to find out then I might make Punchestown has made the time shorter than I thought it would be.
A lot will depend on the weather for the Powers Gold Cup on Sunday. It’s been unbelievably dry weather. Fairyhouse is drying quickly and lot of horses who Willie’s entered are winter horses.
If the ground was okay then this two and a half miles would look ideal for Ballycasey. He did not quite get home in the RSA at the Cheltenham Festival but he won the Moriarty over two miles five furlongs at Leopardstown on his previous run. He’s a very good jumper, which is what you need at Fairyhouse. But if it is dry ground then that would really suit Willie’s other entry Felix Yonger.
Racing Post Hurdle:
Un De Sceaux is entered for the race at Punchestown. He won in Auteuil last time, just getting home but jumped spectacularly. He’s obviously had to travel to France and back so he will have to show the right signs now. This looks the obvious race for him but I’m not sure what Willie has in mind.