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Paul Townend rides at Fairyhouse and Punchestown this weekend

| 10.01.2020

I am not overly busy this weekend with two rides each day. I start at Fairyhouse on Saturday with Jazzaway (1.00) in the mares maiden hurdle over two and a quarter miles.

She has been running consistently okay without setting the world on fire. Gordon Elliott’s Flying Risk probably has the strongest line of form.

We would be hoping for a good run with the return to mares company being a help for her.

Charles O’Brien’s Strange Notions is a horse I rode last year and who caught my eye running well for a long way last time on New Year’s Day.

She sets a nice standard as well but probably Gordon Elliott’s is the one to beat. We would be hoping to get placed at least and anything better is a bonus.

Voix Des Tiep (2.45) ran a cracker on his first start over fences behind Tornado Flyer in Naas. Unfortunately he tipped up when well fancied in Navan on his next run.

I think a reproduction of his first run should be good enough here. Chosen Mate ran well on his last run over fences but I think the Tornado Flyer race looks the strongest bit of form. If we can keep him on his feet he should take all the beating.


I am at Punchestown on Sunday where I am really excited to be on Carefully Selected (1.05) in the Grade 3 novice chase.

He was just touched off in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham two years ago, had an interrupted season over hurdles but ran a belter behind Minella Indo and Allaho in the Grade 1 in Punchestown.

Two and a half miles is probably on the sharp side for him. He jumps well so hopefully that will override the distance. He is a lovely novice chaser hopefully destined for bigger and better things.

City Island didn’t jump in Leopardstown and would have to jump a lot better. Dallas Des Pictons was disappointing as well. So we will be hoping Carefully Selected can win here.

I thought Blackbow (3.45) would have won at Navan when he tipped up at the last. He is on a retrieval mission after doing that. He ran well on his first run. I think any of that form should be good enough.

Hopefully the fall didn’t dent his confidence – I don’t think it did. If he reproduces one of his previous runs he will take all the beating.




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.