I have no regrets about Annie Power. That was just something that happened.
I’ve watched it one hundred times, I would ride her to the last hurdle the very same way every time.
She stepped, I didn’t step, she stepped. I made the decision on Commanche Court, I didn’t make the decision on her back. So I’ve no regrets about Annie Power.
But I’ll be honest – Commanche Court in the Gold Cup I do regret. Tactically, down the hill I was full sure he would out-stay Best Mate.
I kicked off the bend on the outside of See More Business… Commanche Court propped and half banked the second last and that, I always felt, was the difference between winning and losing.
I would have loved to have won a Gold Cup for my father and that’s the one thing I would have changed about my career.
Enough about me, let’s talk about horses – in particular them travelling.
It’s grand on the flat at Ballydoyle what with the money they’re racing for they fly the horses, but Laurina left Willie Mullins’ yard on Thursday morning to go to Sandown for Saturday so she should be in Sandown on Thursday afternoon so she’ll have two nights away, have the race then come home again through the night on Saturday night to get back for Sunday morning.
It’s a much bigger thing than people think to actually bring a horse to England and race so we always think if we can bring a horse to Cheltenham and it wins it will be much easier to win the same race at Punchestown on home ground. Travelling has to be factored in when you’re looking at a horse..
Before I go, I’m going to go for a bit of value for my top tip for Saturday’s Dublin Racing Festival with Buildmeupbuttercup in the Handicap Hurdle (3.45pm).
Willie Mullins throws a few darts at the board here and I can see why Paul Townend has chosen Buildmeupbuttercup out of the ones he had the choice to ride. One of the market leaders Unexpected, is owned by JP McManus so Mark Walsh rides.
Buildmeupbuttercup was a little unlucky at Fairyhouse last time, where she bundled herself over the last hurdle and that arguably cost her the race. She could be a bit of value here to hit the frame at least.