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Paul Townend previews his Saturday rides at Thurles

| 20.12.2019

I have three rides at Thurles on Saturday ahead of a short break before we enter a busy Christmas period.

I start on Max Dynamite (12.10) who has been around the world on the Flat. Interestingly he was second in the Galway Hurdle, which is his best line of form over hurdles.

It will be interesting to see how he jumps fences. He wasn’t the bravest over hurdles but three miles here will help him get into a rhythm and if he takes to them he is the class horse in the race.

He has to take on plenty of horses with experience which won’t be easy.

Small Farm jumped very well in Gowran and the step up to three miles will be a big help to him. Captain Cj has experience behind a couple of decent horses as does Jessie Harrington’s Discordantly.

So it’s not going to be an easy task for him but his schooling has been good over fences and hopefully he can put in a good round of jumping, which will be very important to him going forward.

Drury (1.55) was very impressive in her maiden the last day. She drops back to two miles here which probably won’t be ideal for her. 

Jeremys Flame brings the highest level of form to the race. She ran a cracker in Newbury the last day. I couldn’t see Heaven Help Us improving by her on that form.

Drury ran into a good sort in Mallow a couple of runs ago and that form has been franked. If the drop back to two miles doesn’t inconvenience her too much I think she can run very well.

Kalanisi Og (3.05) was impressive winning probably not the strongest race in Clonmel. Her form before that ties in with Drury’s in Mallow. She has a nice level of form. She disappointed the last day.

Silver Sheen is the mare to beat. Her form with Allez Dance is probably the strongest in the race. Henry de Bromhead’s horse Royal Thief will take a bit of beating too after finishing third behind Jessie’s horse Silver Sheen.




Paul Townend

Paul is an Irish jockey who competes in National Hunt racing and is an integral part of the famous and vastly successful Willie Mullins team. Paul was Irish jump racing Champion Jockey for the 2010-11 season and will be discussing his rides in a weekly blog with Ladbrokes News throughout the jumps season.