Paul Townend is hoping for a winner at Navan

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My first ride of a relatively quiet weekend is for Willie Mullins in a Maiden Hurdle (1.45) at Navan.

Fenta Des Obeaux has had a couple of rides for us already. She’s run ok and run into come decent sorts including Chosen Mate and Carlos Biraghi.

Chosen Mate franked the form when winning a Novice Hurdle in Naas last weekend so I don’t think she will have to improve too much more from what she’s done to be competitive here.

There are a good few unknowns coming off the flat here and Our Legend brings a good level of form here with Coeur Sublime. It’s by no means an easy task but we have a chance.

Willie has two runners here. Formentera was running a nice race albeit after being very free at Fairyhouse the last day before she fell at the last. If she has learned from that then I think she is opened to improvement as well.

I ride Great White Shark for Mullins again (2.20). She was very disappointing on her first run where she ran behind Caravation. She takes her on again here.

She’s a lot to find with her on that but she settled and jumped much better on her second run so she is learning but she has a lot of ground to make up with on Dempsey’s mare.

One down the bottom, Ocean Voyage, receives a lot of weight from us and she will take a bit of beating as well.

My final ride is Jetz (3.25) for Jessica Harrington; a good spare ride to pick up. It’s a small field. He’s been running over further of late.

He has a few pounds to find with Duca De Thaix on ratings but he did beat him over this trip in November. I think he has every chance and is possibly my best ride over the weekend.

Cheltenham is getting close now; we’ve had a few mishaps earlier this week with Cilaos Emery. That was a big blow to the team.

On a more personal note, Penhill who has been very good to me at Cheltenham, was ruled out which is hugely disappointing for me.

We don’t have a massive team going this year but hopefully I can pick up some nice rides and have a winner over there. Fingers crossed!

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.