Paul Townend discusses his chances at Auteuil on Sunday
I head to Auteuil in Paris this Sunday where I have three rides for Willie Mullins.
French Made runs in the 4-year-old-race at 2.50. She ran a cracker the last day and the experience of running over them hurdles should stand to her.
We hope she can repeat a good run again. I haven’t seen the full decs yet but I am sure she is taking on the two that beat her the last day. The experience of being over the French-style hurdles will be an advantage.
Total Recall runs in the Prix des Drags at 3.25. He didn’t have an overly busy season last year. He seemed to take to the fences after a while. He warmed up to it in the Grand Steeple where Danny Mullins was on board that day.
He is dropping back to two miles six which probably isn’t ideal for him but as I said he didn’t have a busy season so we hope he can put up a nice performance. He is definitely going there with a chance.
Danny rides Isleofhopeanddreams in that race. He ran a great race in the Irish National this year and Danny gets a good tune out of him. He will take his chance as well.
My third ride is Bapaume in the Prix la Barka (4.32), a race he won last year. He has to carry a few penalties, which isn’t ideal.
He has to give plenty of weight to other horses in the race but this trip seems to suit him and he comes into his own this time of year.
We have another couple of runners in the race like Mr Adjudicator who has the experience of being around here recently which should stand to him. I’m happy with my ride and as I say, this race seems to suit him and this is his time of year.