Paul Townend previews Sunday’s rides at Thurles
Ladbrokes ambassador Paul Townend is at Ascot on Saturday and Thurles on Sunday, and he gave us his thoughts on each of his rides this weekend.
I think she has a squeak. It is a competitive race but she is consistent and runs well everyday. It will be nice to have a spin around before the Clarence House Chase.
I am delighted to be on his back whether it was at Ascot or Leopardstown. It’s a big clash and I suppose Shishkin sets the standard. We will have to give it a go at some stage so why not this weekend?
It is hard to be confident taking on a horse with his ability, he looks a champion, but we are in good form and will give it our best. This is the stiffest task he has taken on but he showed a lot of potential as a novice. His first run back at Cork was very good but we just need to see how we get on.
I have rode Un De Sceaux at Ascot a couple of times a few years ago, and it is a lovely track to ride around. It is a fair track too, the only difference is that this is an away game and we have to travel further.
She had a heavy fall at Cork the last day and hopefully that doesn’t affect her. She has schooled well since so we aren’t worried. The ground will suit her. It is a good race and she will have to bring her A game.
Allaho beat Fakir D’oudairies at Punchestown well and takes him on again. He is a course winner. I suppose the ground will probably be dry enough for him and shouldn’t be an inconvenience for him. He seems well since his John Durkan win.