Rachael Blackmore

Rachael Blackmore: Gabbys Cross has his chance in the Galway Plate

Betfair ambassador and jockey Rachael Blackmore
Rachael Blackmore is aiming to win the Galway Plate with Gabys Cross

Betfair ambassador Rachael Blackmore provides exclusive insight on her five Wednesday runners at the Galway Summer Festival including Gabbys Cross in the big race at 18:40...

  • Immelmann aims to capitalise in favourable draw

  • Plate hopeful Gabbys Cross has another big day in him

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18:10 - Galway: Immelmann

It was nice to pick up the ride on Immelmann for Willie Mullins in the two-mile handicap. Immelmann is a good recruit, he ran five times for Simon and Ed Crisford as a three-year-old last season, reaching a handicap rating of 85.

He has raced just once for Willie, staying on well on the inside to finish sixth in a two-mile handicap at The Curragh on Irish Derby day. That was his first run in over a year-and-a-half, so there is every chance that he will come on for it.

The handicapper left him on a mark of 78 after that, and he should be competitive off that mark. I've ridden him at home, and he's very straightforward. He has a nice draw, and I hope that he will be able to build on his run at The Curragh.

Galway - 18:40: Gabbys Cross

I'm looking forward to riding Gabbys Cross in the Galway Plate. The Plate is one of the big races of the summer, it's steeped in history, there have been some great winners in the past. Henry has won it twice before, with Shanahan's Turn and Balko Des Flos, and I'd love to win it for him again.

Gabbys Cross has his chance too in an open-looking race. He won the Galway Blazers last year over the same course and distance, and we know how important course form is at Galway. That is his only run at the track before now.

He is only 6lb higher in the handicap now than he was then, and we think that there is another big day in him. He has been in good form at home, his work has been very good, and I am looking forward to riding him now. Any rain that falls will be a help.

Galway - 19:15: Lady Rita

It was great to win on Lady Rita at Killarney two weeks ago. She did it well too, having to be strong all the way to the line to see off a good challenge from Uhtred.

The handicapper has raised her by 7lb for that win to a mark of 120, so she is probably going to have to be better again if she is going to win this competitive mares' handicap hurdle, but I think that she can improve. She is a mare who is going forward.

She is dropping down in trip, but she is versatile and the ground will be on the slow side, which should bring her stamina into play. I hope that she will be able to put up another good performance.

Galway - 19:50: Tag Man

Tag Man looked like an exciting horse when he won his bumper at the Punchestown Festival last year. He hasn't managed to win his maiden hurdle yet, but he has run some good races in defeat.

He finished second behind Good Land at Leopardstown at Christmas, and Good Land then won a Grade 1 novice hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival.

He hasn't been out of the first four in four runs over hurdles, and he is in great order at home, so hopefully his first win over hurdles isn't too far away.

Galway - 20:20: Bella Bliss

I ride Bella Bliss for John McConnell in the final race on Tuesday, the two-mile-six-and-a-half-furlong handicap hurdle. I have never ridden her before, but she showed a good attitude when she won a three-mile hurdle at Down Royal in early May.

She was well beaten at Downpatrick last time, but hopefully she will be able to bounce back from that. She is stepping back up in trip too, and that should help her. On her best form, she goes there with her chance.


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