Henry Daly blissful to bypass Pageant choices with Blenkinsop

Henry Daly won’t ship Blenkinsop to the Cheltenham Pageant, even when he completes a five-timer on the observe on Saturday.

The six-year-old has rattled up a sequence of 4 victories this season since stepping up in distance and his handicap mark has rocketed 27lb since his successful spree began at Ludlow in November.

Following his newest success at Newbury, he tackles Grade Two firm for the primary time within the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on a bumper nine-race card.

“We hold attempting to run him and so they hold saying ridiculous issues like ‘Ascot is off’ and issues like that!” quipped the Stanton Lacy-based coach. “It has been very irritating.”

Now on a mark of 131, the son of Westerner will deal with Graded firm for the primary time.

Daly mentioned: “We may wait and go to Ascot, the place there’s a handicap at their subsequent assembly, however truly he’s match and nicely and I’ve at all times believed if they’re match and nicely, it’s maybe higher to run them on a racecourse than have them charging up and down my gallop. Typically, you solely win a Mars Bar right here.”

Plans for Blenkinsop are fluid, though a return to Prestbury Park for the March Pageant have been shelved, because the handler believes there are different avenues to discover.

“We are going to see how we go, however I’ve not entered him at Cheltenham,” he added. “The observe just isn’t an issue. I simply don’t suppose we should be doing that.

“It’s the Cheltenham factor, it doesn’t actually seize me a lot. The difficulty with Cheltenham, it has turn out to be much less concerning the prize cash and extra about Cheltenham.

“Horses can have a really exhausting time there, as nicely.”

Leave a Comment