Paul Townend discusses his Saturday rides at Listowel

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I have three rides on Saturday at Listowel, starting with Bronagh’s Bell (1.45) for Willie Mullins in a Maiden Hurdle.

She had her first run over hurdles in Sligo the last day and I expect her to improve plenty for it. She was off the track for a year so hopefully that run will bring about enough improvement for her to be in the shake up here.

Joseph O’Brien’s Winner Takes Itall will probably be the one to beat. He had his first run over hurdles at Galway. He was thrown into the deep end and he wasn’t disgraced so he’ll be tough opposition. We are getting the mares allowance so that’ll be a help for us along with the experience of a run.

I’m on Poker D’ainay (3.25) next and he has been fairly in and out. He disappointed at Galway but then David Mullins was very good on him at Tramore to win the last day.

He seems to be more suited to smaller fields so 11 isn’t too bad here. He must improve again because he got 5llbs for the last day. It’s hard to be confident with him as it looks a competitive race. He’d need a career best to get involved.

Lastly, I ride Contingency (4:00) in a Mares Novice Chase. She won well on her only run over fences at Tramore but this is a stiffer task for her here.

She ran well in a good 2m6f handicap hurdle in Galway and faired better than her finishing position suggests. She has her chance here but Humm Baby will be hard to beat.

She has good course form and Michael Hourigan’s horses are hard to beat down here. She looked a natural over fences winning at Kilbeggan. Hopefully we can back up our run at Tramore over fences and be there or thereabouts as well.

Paul

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Paul Townend

Paul is an Irish jockey who competes in National Hunt racing and is an integral part of the famous and vastly successful Willie Mullins team. Paul was Irish jump racing Champion Jockey for the 2010-11 season and will be discussing his rides in a weekly blog with Ladbrokes News throughout the jumps season.