Burn and Turn set to run a very big race

I had no runners last weekend, or so far this month for that matter.

The ground was just too bad, so I felt it was best to hold onto them.

We’re more than making up for that this weekend though with a fairly strong team travelling to Naas today and Leopardstown tomorrow. Because I have kept them home to protect them from the ground, there are three races where I’ll be having two runners because a few of them just need a run now.

Tomorrow really is a serious card at Leopardstown,with four Grade Ones. I go into two of them feeling that I have excellent prospects.

Bostons Angel is back to himself thankfully ahead of the Hennessy, after missing the Lexus when he just wasn’t right.

He’s had a strange year, starting off when unseating Robert at Down Royal when he was probably going better in terrible ground than Quito De La Roque, who won the race. He never got going at all in Sandown and because of the whip rules they have in Britain, Robert couldn’t get him out of his slumber.

He worked on Tuesday and then schooled excellently in cheekpieces on Thursday morning. I have a row of four fences that he went over twice and he jumped very well. I was very pleased and it seems that the cheekpieces will focus his mind. We had considered blinkers, but were worried they might make him a bit free.

He is good form and has proven that he likes it around Leopardstown. If he returns to the form he showed last year you’d have to be very hopeful and I think he’ll go well.

I think Burn And Turn will run a great race in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle. The handicapper doesn’t give her any chance but we’ve proved him wrong before.

She ran brilliantly to win at Leopardstown on ground she hated but came out of it very well. I’m very happy with her. She has only had a breeze this week and is ready to run a big race. She battled really well a fortnight ago and on this ground, will be a better horse again.

Nicky Henderson brings over Captain Conan so that adds a bit of intrigue to it. It’s the first time that we will be able to get a line of form between England and Ireland. It’s a hot contest but I really do think Burn And Turn can run a very big race.

Espresso Lady and Born To Benefit represent us in the mares’ handicap hurdle. I think Espresso Lady is on a very reasonable mark which gives her a great chance. Initially we would have been thinking of going back to win her maiden after finishing third to Ceol Rua and Shadow Eile in a listed contest at Fairyhouse last month, but given that she seemed to be well handicapped, we decided to go this route.

Born To Benefit hated the heavy ground at Christmas and will appreciate running on better ground. Again, it’s her first handicap. She will be up against it, but she’s got to run somewhere.

We’re trying everything different to get Gimli’s Rock going again. We’re claiming seven pounds and taking the blinkers off him. To be honest, I don’t know what is likely to happen. We all know he has plenty of ability but we’ll just have to see what happens.

The ground will suit Rear View in the bumper. He’s in good form and his run at Christmas was very good because that was a hot race. A repeat of that effort should hopefully put him in the mix.

Mystic Desir and Feabhra run in the maiden hurdle at Naas today. Mystic Desir has been a bit of a head-scratcher for us since landing from France. We have thought a few times that we’d gotten the secret and it hasn’t just happened but we’re hoping for a good run today. Feabhra has come on a good bit from her last run as well.

I’ve got two in the handicap chase as well. Paradis De Thaix is coming back after a break having run well in the autumn including winning in Listowel. He seems to be in good form. Pontiac had his first run back a few weeks ago and he’s in good form too. He’d probably want further but he needs another run.

I haven’t had Green Energy that long but he seems very nice. He’s a straightforward horse but whether he’ll go on the ground I’m not certain. He has to start somewhere though.

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