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Paul Townend previews the Gold Cup and Al Boum Photo on Day Four at Cheltenham

| 12.03.2020

It’s the final day of the festival and I have four rides to look forward to, starting with Burning Victory in the Triumph Hurdle (1.30).

She was a good winner at Fairyhouse. She did everything wrong to be honest and still won so that is a good sign. We have worked on her jumping at home and she seems to be jumping a lot slicker now.

I don’t know how good that form is. I think the English form of the juveniles is a bit stronger than the Irish but the fact that she done everything wrong and still won at Fairyhouse means there will be plenty to come from her.

I ride Aramon in the County Hurdle (2.10). He has a good profile for the race. He is a Grade One winner dropping back to handicap company. He carries plenty of weight though because of that.

He is probably up against it going on recent form. He wasn’t beaten far by Honeysuckle at Leopardstown the last day in the Irish Champion Hurdle and that was a big improvement from his first run. However, he will have to have a career best here to defy all the weight in this race.

In the Albert Bartlett (2.50), I ride Monkfish. He is a horse going the right way, learning on the job, and has been impressive in winning thus far.

I think he can still improve and this race will really suit him. It is a very competitive race but I am hoping he can hit the shake up.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup

I round off the week by riding Al Boum Photo in the Gold Cup (3.30) and I am really looking forward to this. He seems in great form and I wouldn’t swap him for anything else in the race.

He is the defending champion, he has been here and done it, and it is just really exciting to get back on him.

He took the same route as last year to the Gold Cup so hopefully he can be lucky for us again.

Chacun Pour Soi

It was very disappointing that Chacun Pour Soi didn’t make it to the Champion Chase. I was bullish about him before the race and thought even if Defi Du Seuil did fire, that he would have put it up to him.

As it transpired, he didn’t fire so it looks like it would have been ours for the taking. That’s racing I suppose. He is a very good horse and hopefully there are plenty of winning days to come for him.




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.