Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cheltenham Festival: Brian OConnell happy to carry the hopes of Ireland: Horse Racing

By Marcus Armytage 735PM GMT eleven March 2010

Cheltenham Festival Brian O Great expectations Brian O"Connell and Dunguib will be a short cost to get Irish punters off to a drifting begin at Cheltenham Photo GETTY

The partnership have been dominant given entrance second in their initial competition and last deteriorate Dunguib gave O"Connell his initial ambience of Festival success when using afar with the Champion Bumper. It was usually his second float there, his initial carrying been in an pledge competition progressing that day.

Some have pronounced the destiny of Ireland"s economy hinges on Dunguib winning, but if there is vigour O"Connell, the son of a burst jockey, is not display it. On Thursday, he gave the sense of patience personified and it would crop up there is small risk of the tip half of the partnership pang any symptoms of overexcitement.

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"Sure there"s pressure," he said, "but there"s a bit of that each time you float a prohibited pot. Put it this way, I wouldn"t wish barter my kid only given of the pressure. I will only put it to one side and combine on you do the elementary things right."

O"Connell incited veteran only prior to Dunguib ran at Fairyhouse, last Dec and it valid a financially receptive to advice preference given Dunguib scooped up the �53,000 initial esteem with a smallest of fuss. The equine has contributed hugely to the jockey"s earnings, for dual of his five wins as veteran have been in Grade One hurdles on Dunguib.

"I"m seeking brazen to it," he said. "At this theatre all you wish is for the equine to get there in one piece. I"d contend he"s warranted his pretension as the Irish banker."

Despite still claiming an allowance, O"Connell has a resources of experience carrying ridden 45 winners underneath Rules as an pledge and in a little 500 point-to-points. He is not concerned, either, by Dunguib"s critics, who hold the gelding"s jumping will crack in such a rival race.

"I don"t think it"s a problem. His jumping was excellent up until Leopardstown last time, when I was carrying a pursuit switching him off. I managed to switch him off a bit as well most though and he was defunct some-more than anything. He"s been drill really well since."

Sam Thomas out of movement for 6 weeks

Sam Thomas will miss the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National assembly after nutritious a neck damage yesterday, writes Marcus Armytage.

Thomas was drill Woolcoombe Folly for Paul Nicholls when the Arkle entrance fell. He was airlifted to sanatorium in Bath, where a hairline detonate of the T1 vertebra was discovered.

Thomas had been due to float Albert Bartlett prime Tell Massini for Tom George and Tricky Trickster for Nicholls in the Gold Cup. He has been told that it will take up to 6 weeks to heal and was approaching to be liberated last night.

George pronounced "I think he has probably been lucky. It sounded a lot worse when I initial listened about it."

AP McCoy was additionally in movement at Ditcheat. He rode Denman for the initial time given their tumble at Newbury. "He was his common self," pronounced Nicholls, "not impressive, but not unimpressive. He jumped well."


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