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Paul Townend previews his weekend rides at Navan and Thurles

| 22.01.2021

I am glad to be back riding. I was sore after Youmdor’s fall at Fairyhouse last Saturday and the days I have had off since have given me a chance to recover in time to be in action at Navan on Saturday and Thurles on Sunday.

At Navan I start with Ruaille Buaille (12.50) whose last run was an improved effort on the few days she disappointed before that. She was unlucky in Galway and showed a bit more the last day.

Gordon Elliott’s four-year-old at the bottom Riviere D’etel gets all the weight and looks to be the one we have to beat. I was very taken by her win in Punchestown. She looks to race quite freely but the weight allowance will be a big help.

Noel Meade’s horse The Devilscoachman didn’t run too bad behind Appreciate It in the Grade 1 in Leopardstown and this will be a much easier task.

Eden Flight (13.22) was in the process of running a nice race when he fell at the last in Navan. At the time our horses probably weren’t flying. Everything else that ran that day improved a lot. I can’t see any reason why this fella won’t be the same.

Henry De Bromhead’s horse Mr Incredible followed home Gaillard Du Mesnil in what I thought was a very good maiden in Leopardstown. The West Awaits also has some nice bits of form for Willie. It’s her first run for a while and first over hurdles but she does receive a 7lb allowance.

But Eden Flight wears a hood that will help him settle and if he can improve he will be thereabouts.

The step up to three miles will be a help for Lord Royal (15.07). I thought I was going to win in Thurles when he fell at the second last. He then disappointed in Naas but that run was nearly too bad to be true.

I think three miles is what he has been looking for and this looks a nice opportunity for him. The Big Dog has plenty of experience and a rating of 135. He sets a good benchmark so we will know where we are after this.


My first ride is Colreevy (13.30), who was the winner of a Grade 1 in Limerick over Christmas. She has taken really well to chasing, but this won’t be an easy task given she will be conceding 7lb to Yukon Lil because of the Grade 1 penalty.

Hopefully she can overcome that. Chasing seems to have brought about some improvement on her decent hurdle form.

I’m with Allaho (14.00) again in the Grade 2 Chase where the conditions of the race seem to suit him very well. I can’t see the drop back to 2m4f being a problem for him. Hopefully he can get back to winning ways. It looks an ideal opportunity.

Fighter Allen (15.00) has to leave a very poor run in Navan the last day behind him. It was too bad to be true. The trip shouldn’t be a worry for him.

I was very taken by Gentlemansgame the last day. Giving him 3lb won’t be easy but hopefully Fighter Allen can put that last run behind him because I liked him a lot when he won first time out for us.




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.