Mahon's Way deserves his shot at this Graded race
Hoping for big run from Jungle Boogie against El Fabiolo
Step up in trip for first handicap could help Mahler
I ride Mahon's Way in the Grade 3 three-mile novice hurdle at Cork on Sunday, a race that Hiddenvalley Lake won last year. He was good in winning his maiden hurdle over two miles and three furlongs at Naas on his hurdling debut last time, and we hope that he can come forward from that.
He is a point-to-point winner, and he stayed on well the last day, and I think that the step up in trip will suit him. He is a good jumper who has a big stride, so I think that Cork will suit him too. He deserves a shot at a graded race.
I ride Jungle Boogie in the Hilly Way Chase. He hasn't run since he won his beginners' chase almost two years ago, and it will be a big ask, taking on El Fabiolo.
All eyes will obviously be on El Fabiolo, but Jungle Boogie has never been beaten, he won his only bumper and his maiden hurdle and his beginners' chase, he made just about all the running in all three races and he was impressive in winning on each occasion. He is nine, but he has only raced three times. He is working well at home, so hopefully he can run a big race.
The novices' handicap hurdle is obviously a really competitive contest, but I hope that Champagne Mahler can go well in it.
He could only finish fifth in a maiden hurdle at Limerick in October on his seasonal return, but he ran much better last time at Wexford, when he finished third behind Glorytogod Tom, clear of the fourth horse.
This will be his first run in a handicap, and I hope that the step up in trip to two and a half miles will help him.
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